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Last month, Finland's gifuhornawon the Full Tilt Sunday Major, defeating a field of 850 players en route to a $34,000 payday. The top 90 finished in the money and the final table consisted of three PocketFivers, including Jeff YoungSupremacy Hakim. We virtually traveled to balmy Finland to get the scoop on his latest claim to fame. "It's obviously nice to reach a final table in a Sunday tournament, but winning it makes me happy," the #28 player in the PocketFives Rankingstold us. "I had a pretty big stack when there were three tables left and tried to keep the pressure on against the other players. There weren't many aggressive players before the final table that I ran into, so it was kind of the perfect situation for me. When the final table started, I had a good stack and there were ups and downs, but finally I was the only one left." As we said at the top, Hakim, who was ranked as high as #17 on PocketFives in 2009, final tabled the Full Tilt Sunday Major as well and finished in seventh place. According to gifuhorna, "He could have been a bigger threat if he had a bigger stack, but he was short and forced to play push-fold. He was out pretty quickly at the final table." The other PocketFiver to make the final nine was England's Jables20, who took fourth. With $2.1 million in career online tournament earnings, the Fin now has the bankroll to play seemingly whatever he needs. He added that he has been hunting for a new apartment in downtown Ouluand will perhaps be speeding up that process after his latest Sunday Major win. In January, gifuhorna won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuyfor $59,000 and 427 PLB Points, his largest cash to date. He final tabled the same tournament last October for $35,000 and when asked who the top MTT player is right now, gifuhorna responded, "I prefer Finns and PocketFivers, so LarsLuzak is a pretty good answer. I think there aren't many players who have an edge on him." LarsLuzak is one of 540 registered PocketFives members from Finland (pictured), about half of whom have PLB scores. The group has accounted for $45.7 million in total online tournament earnings, including $2.6 million in the last three months. Speaking of Finland, we wanted to ask gifuhorna where his screen name came from. What the heck is gifuhorna, anyway? If you search Google for "Sisu," which is a Finnish salt liquorish candy, you'll see that the logo actually looks like it says "Gifu." It's printed in Fraktur font and looks like something out of medieval times. What's next for gifuhorna? How about a six-figure payday? "It's special to get a five-figure score," he said, "but it's a dream to get a six-figure score, so that's next for me." If you don't already have a Full Tilt Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get $25 free and one free month of PocketFives Training when you make a deposit. Get started by clicking here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
Earlier this month, 3,342 entrants showed up for the weekly PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, which meant a prize pool of $607,000. Muscling his way to second place was Germany's orhi83, who cashed for $78,000, the largest score of his career and his biggest haul since a $64,000 take in the Super Tuesday in 2013. "I'm feeling pretty good," orhi83 told PocketFives. "I am a lıttle bıt sad about second place, though, as I hoped to be first, but it's my biggest score, so I am very happy about it. I was down to 5,000 in chips in the beginning, but after that, everything went pretty smoothly." He is up to a healthy $685,000 in online tournament winnings across 563 in the money finishes, an average of $1,217 each. He is the top-ranked PocketFiver in Hessen, Germany and said he'll use his newfound bankroll to continue grinding and "hopefully not lose it all back." He was also eyeing a few live events in Europe, including the Eureka/EPT stop in Prague in December. Third place in the Sunday Warm-Up that week went to Finland's gifuhorna, who is #4 in his home country. "He played very well and was really solid," orhi83 said of the third place finisher. "I doubled him up three-handed with 6-6 against 7-7, but in the end, he busted against the winner with A-10 against A-Q." gifuhorna ended up cashing for $55,000, pushing his career total to just south of $2.5 million. We have almost 1,000 members from Germany who have registered PLB scores, but orhi83 indicated that locals are sometimes confused when he tells them he plays poker for real money. He surmised, "In general, I think poker is not accepted very much here." The Germany pokercommunity is #13 in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 members of 79,539 points. orhi83 got started in poker through home games with friends before migrating to online poker. During the week, he is employed at a chemical firm and said, "It's sometimes hard because of my schedule, but I always try to play on Sunday and Tuesday." Over the years, he has final tabled the Sunday Brawl, Sunday Warm-Up, Super Tuesday, Sunday Second Chance, and $109 Rebuy, just to name a few. The Sunday Warm-Up runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
[caption width="640"] There were 13 new tournaments on Monday during 888poker's XL Eclipse.[/caption] In addition to the return of PLO to the XL Eclipse schedule, 888poker unveiled their latest tournament theme catered to those players who always want to know “what'd you have?” A pair of “ShowMe!” tournaments added a new wrinkle to the game where every winning hand would be revealed. Every bluff, every value bet and everything in between – if it dragged the pot, the table got to see it. In Event #118 ($55 $10,000 ShowMe! NLHE) it would be Russian player 'ElGradiente' who not only showed his cards, he was showed the money. Outlasting the field of 226 and taking down 'UrBadBeat' in heads-up play, he took home $2,310.85 as well as the XL Eclipse champion title. The mini version, Event #119 ($5 $3,000 Mini ShowMe! NLHE), was one of the best bang-for-your-buck tournaments over the entire XL Eclipse series. At only $5, 641 players flocked to the fun-themed tournament whereYaDaKiss'' won it all and made 100x his buy-in with his victory. PocketFiver 'gifuhorna' joined the two-time champion club on Monday as he took down Event #117 ($109 $15,000 Tornado NLHE). The former Top-30 ranked professional from Finland claimed one of the largest cashes of the day, over $5100, when he defeated Brazil's Alexandre 'Cavalito_' Mantovani heads-up. Notable finish in this one includes 888poker ambassador Parker '888tonkaaaa' Talbotjust missing out on the final table, finishing in 14th. A pair of PocketFivers took home their first wins of the series as well. Osmas Alves 'Chipss182' Martins Junior from Brazil won over $2,000 in Event #116 ($22 $10,000 Monday Flush NLHE) while 'marko2710' ended up on top in Event #109 ($109 $15,000 Deepstack Swordfish), the largest tournament of the day. XL Eclipse Day 9 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 107$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]trickeiries$4,966 108$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]nutcracker95$3,134,70 109$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]2701marko$3,340.22 110$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]bezfrke$6,450 111$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]crossthervr$3,179.18 112$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]CoCoMic$4,838.40 113$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo PLO8$109][poker card="TD"]doyleb102$3,458 114$5,000 Mini Omaha Hi-Lo PLO8$12][poker card="TD"]lebeniss$951.27* 115$10,000 Monday Royal NLHE$22][poker card="TD"]decaff$1,569.67* 116$10,000 Monday Flush NLHE$22][poker card="TD"]Chipss182$2,056.32 117$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]gifuhorna$5,117 118$3,000 Mini ShowMe! NLHE$5][poker card="TD"]YaDaKiss$566.70 119$10,000 ShowMe! NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]ElGradiente$2,310.85 * denotes final table deal
Over the last few years, players from Brazil have had an amazing ride in the PocketFives Rankings. Joao Mathias Baumgarten, Yuri Martins, Joao Simao and Caio Pessagno have all held down the #1 spot in the world at some point and it appears they may have company very soon. Renato Almeida Prado Valentim, known online as 'bauruzito', continues to move up the Rankings and this past week found himself at an all-time high at #16. That's up two spots from the previous week. He's now the second-highest ranked Brazilian behind Simao, who is currently #13 in the world. His upward move could mostly be attributed to his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up on May 28. He earned $35,508 and added 376.12 PLB points to his total. He picked up three more qualifying cashes last week as well to bring his total PLB points earned for the week to 782.9. Valentim wasn't the only player to jump into the top 20 for the first time though. Russia's 'Ti0' went from #21 to #19 and is the second Russian currently in the top 20 along with 'hellohellohello' who is just ahead of him at #18. Other players to reach career high marks inside the top 100 include 'nilsef' (#35), Pablo 'pabritz' Brito Silva (#52), 'Apotheosis' (#57), Akash 'funwheel' Majumdar (#59) and, cracking the top 100 for the first time in his career, 'Perfect1232' (#73). Finland's 'gifuhorna' Latest $3 million Man Even though he's currently ranked just outside of the top 1,000 players in the world, Finland's 'gifuhorna' still managed to find himself breaking through a major career milestone this past week. Thanks to a string of moderate-sized cashes over the past seven days, 'gifuhorna' managed to surpass $3,000,000 in career earnings. There are just 3033 players to have hit that number over the course of their career. There were three other players who managed to finally join the seven-figure club; 'nandinhojah', 'guix2x' and 'kyleeeOMC'.