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  1. When you date someone, everything they love becomes everything you love. For PocketFiver girafganger7(pictured), that meant horses and chickens. Luckily, he chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million Double Vision late last month for $88,000, the third largest amount given out in the four-way deal. We're sure that money will go a long way in helping his animal friends. "It still hasn't sunk in," girafganger7 told PocketFives. "It feels unreal." He came into the final table, which was played six-handed on Double Vision Sunday, with the fifth largest stack after routinely battling with fellow PocketFiver hitthehole. As he said, "I had to be aware of ICM considerations. The pay jumps were huge." hitthehole ended up in fifth place and banked $35,000; he did not participate in the chop. Three of the final six players in that week's Sunday Million, which attracted 4,802 entrants, were members of PocketFives. He said of the last six, "It was going to be hard to win it. The other players were all decent and very aggressive." The Sunday Million Double Vision actually fell short of its guarantee, shelling out a total of $1 million to 600 players. "Life is expensive," girafganger7 said pretty bluntly when asked what his plans for the money were. "It certainly takes some of the pressure off. My girlfriend and I have three horses and 20 chickens saved from the slaughterhouse. On top of that, she has chronic Lyme disease and her medication is expensive since it is not an 'official' disease yet." You could say that $88,000, in this case, is very much life-changing. Let's get back to the fowl and horses for a minute. According to girafganger7, they "came with the girlfriend, all in one package. I never really had a special connection with animals, but I love them now." Hopefully he has plenty of room for his non-human friends and they're not all pent up in a living room watching reruns of "Cheers" while girafganger7 grinds online. Outside of poker, girafganger7 watches movies and listens to music. He classified his day as "90% poker" and said he got his start in the game by depositing $50, and then another $50, "playing for fun, not having a clue what I was doing." He quit the game briefly due to restrictions in his native Belgium, but fell in love with it all over again after he was working at a bar. As he explained, "I quit my bar job because it started affecting my health. I joined Pocarr and grinded hard so I didn't have to find a real job." The rest, as they say, is history. Congrats to girafganger7 on chopping the Sunday Million Double Vision! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. In the limited amount of time post-World Series of Poker that has seen a more consistent schedule from the top players in the world, 'C Darwin2' continues to hold down the #1 ranking. ‘C Darwin2’ took third place in the Hot $215 on PokerStars, marking his largest score since his return to a full schedule after some time spent in Las Vegas. Staying at #2 in ‘lena900,’ who found a podium finish in the 5-card Pot Limit Omaha event on PokerStars on July 27 and won the Hot $215 for over $13,000 spread between the two cashes. The combined PLB point totals for the events were worth just over 300. The third spot in the list is another familiar face in ‘Ariados.’. They managed to find a fifth place finish in last Sunday’s partypoker High Roller and that was worth just over $8,000 along with 146.22 points. ‘inhoo’ holds steady at #4 after a week that included a win in the PokerStars $109 6-Max Hyper Turbo, which earned 154.86 points. Former #1 players Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez and Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro come in at #6 and #7, respectively. Both players are expected to resume their standard online schedules in the upcoming weeks. Dropping back into the final spot in the top-10 is another Swedish player,'DeathbyQuads.' As the online world gets back to normal and WCOOP not far off in the distance, the rankings are expected to change yet again in the near future. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,914.491 2lena9008,568.362 3Ariados8,540.233 4inhoo8,262.484 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,597.755 6Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez7,040.497 7Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,032.558 8Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,003.465 9Sheater6,869.389 10DeathbyQuads6,853.1810
  3. [caption width="640"] Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura had a massive win this week. (PokerStars photo / Neil Stoddart)[/caption] Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Belgium's 'girafganger7' Soars to Career-Best Rank Nobody had a bigger jump in the PocketFives Rankings this past week than Belgium's 'girafganger7', who moved from #39 to #5 - an all-time high. The big jump is the result of five big cashes that earned him 777.83 PLB points. He was already the #1-ranked player in Belgium, and now has more than double the points of the next highest fellow countryman. There were seven other players who hit career-high rankings in the top 100 this past week. Brazil's 'brunovolks' went from #33 to #27. James 'Jaymo' Noon rose from #50 to #38. Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar #45 to #43 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert #63 to #56 Adrijan 'Adrijan_s' Sinishtaj #61 to #59 'truchota' #95 to #92 'paylakos' #99 to #96 The $5M Club Finally Gets a German This might sound like a surprise, but until this past week, there wasn't a single PocketFiver from Germany with at least $5,000,000 in lifetime earnings. That all changed though as 'nilsef' broke through the $5M barrier after posting a min-cash in the PokerStars Mini-Super Tuesday. The next closest German is Giuseppe 'LeChiffre19' Pantaleo with $4,967,677. 'DeathByQuads' Hits $3,000,000 Swedish online poker players continue to be a force on the PocketFives Rankings and the all-time earnings list. 'DeathByQuads' passed the $3,000,000 earnings milestone this past week, becoming the 22nd Swedish player to do so. Other players to hit million-dollar milestones this past week were 'seahawk89' ($2,000,000) and MrNorberto ($1,000,000) Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura Highlights Biggest PLB Scores Just four players hit career-high marks for PLB Scores over 500 points this week, but none were bigger than Peru's Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura. He beat out 369 other players to win the PokerStars Super Tuesday for the first time in his career. John 'JohnSo18' So - 591.61 'brunovolks' - 547.72 Dalton 'CheckmyShoes' Brinker - 525.81
  4. As if resubmitting his screennames last week and taking over the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings wasn’t good enough, Belgium-based poker pro ‘girafganger7’ added to his lead this week after posting three more qualifying cashes. His latest scores have helped him further separate himself from the group of five Swedish players directly behind him. He started things off on Sunday by finishing second in the partypoker Super High Roller for $27,524 and 208.63 PLB points and winning the partypoker High Roller for $20,201/316.23. He rounded the week out with a third place finish in a partypoker High Roller event on Tuesday for $7,565/129.84. He now has a 1,441.16. Moving up one spot from #3 to #2 is former #1 ‘C Darwin2’. Thanks to the World Series of Poker, he hasn’t recorded a single online cash since June 25, but his previous scores have allowed him to pass last week’s #2-ranked player, ‘inhoo’, who has been in Las Vegas since at least mid-June. Andres 'probirs' Nemeth moved from #9 to #7 on the back of making both the Super High Roller and High Roller final table on partypoker on Sunday. He finished sixth in the SHR for $4,936/107.92 and then fourth in the HR for $11,335/165.58. Those two results propelled him past Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez and Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro, who fell to #8 and #9 respectively. Rounding out the top 10 is the sixth Swedish player in that group, ‘DeathbyQuads’. He moved up from #13 to #10 after winning a PokerStars Hot $215 for $15,303/291.55. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1girafganger710,624.001 2C Darwin29,182.843 3lena9009,148.852 4inhoo8,965.484 5Ariados8,692.685 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,860.576 7Andres 'probirs' Nemeth7,646.959 8Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez7,637.277 9Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,339.918 10DeathbyQuads7,071.2613
  5. A trio of high profile spring online poker series has wreaked havoc on the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 Rankings. In fact, rankings of nine of the top 10 players shifted this week. The only exception…the number one spot still belongs to ‘C Darwin2'. As PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker, partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Inferno provide players some of the largest prize pools of the year, online poker’s elite are on the full-time grind. The results posted by those who end up crushing the competition is enough to help them make major moves in the rankings. That said, current king of online poker ‘C Darwin2’ fended off all challengers and retained his top spot. Perhaps the most interesting part of ‘C Darwin2’s week is that his largest qualifying PLB score had nothing to do with any of the major series. His PLB point boost, to keep him as the only player propped up above 11,000 PLB points came in the May 7 edition of the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max. He took third in that tournament for $16,888 and 240.19 points. That was good enough this week but if Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky continues on the incredible heater he has been on, next week we may see a new number one for the first time all year. Romanovsky rocketed up 10 spots to a career-high #2 ranking this week. Romanovsky accumulated three six-figure scores and an additional three five-figure scores in what must be the best week of his online poker career. He ripped off a victory in PokerStars SCOOP Event #2 (High) for $123,935, another victory in SCOOP Event #16 (High) for $138,536 and a runner-up finish in SCOOP Event #14 (High), the $25,000 NLHE High Roller for $442,299. In total, Romanovsky banked over $834,000 this week and now sits on the doorstep of the exclusive $10 million lifetime earnings club. What’s the only thing better than coming in second in the $25,000 High Roller? Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth was the player to best Romanovsky to take down that prestigious event. The win in SCOOP Event #14 (High) brought him $576,087 plus 1,581 PLB points, helping him climb three spots to land in the #3 ranking this week. Just like Romanovsky, the score in Event #14 represents a career-high cash for the Hungarian. In total, Nemeth accumulated over 2100 PLB points during the week, yet still sits around 1100 points behind the #1 spot. ‘hellohellohello’ may have slipped a couple spots to the #4 ranking this week but the Russian certainly held his own in terms of results. He accumulated five qualifying cashes this week and his efforts were highlighted by cashing in both of PokerStars’ SCOOP Event #14, both the High and Mid, for a total combined earnings of over $107,000. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ also took a couple steps back, slipping from #3 to # 5 this week. He finished in fourth place during SCOOP Event #14-M for just over $87,000 and 514.29 PLB points. He and ‘C Darwin2’ are partners in the high-stakes $100,000 results prop bet against Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and ‘bencb789’. Hello once again to Belgium’s #1-ranked professional ‘girafganger7’ who, after reinstating his screen names, instantly appears in the top 10 at #6. The former #1-ranked player posted a runner-up finish in partypoker’s POWERFEST Event #18 for $14,895 and 258.70. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford jumped up into the #7 spot due to earning six qualified PLB scores including a second place finish in POWERFEST Event #2-HR for over $47,000. After Latvia's Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins took down SCOOP Event #14-M for a career-high cash of just over $240,000 he bounced up into the top 10 for the first time ever. He currently sits acareer-highhigh ranking of #8. The true grinder that he is, just days after basking in a career-defining victory later he found himself playing a pair of $20-something tournaments, cashing for just under $300 for the two. The top 10 is rounded out by a pair of familiar names as Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff slipped 5 spots to #9 on light volume and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone hits the #10 spot even after booking a victory in SCOOP Event #19-M for $57,321. While there was some major shifting within the top 10, there were no other new entries into the top 25 this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,398.47 1 2 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,640.28 12 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,304.94 6 4 hellohellohello 10,105.47 2 5 lena900 9,836.99 3 6 girfganger7 9,528.18 NR 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,982.60 9 8 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,913.95 15 9 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,874.10 4 10 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,745.44 8 11 Ariados 8,602.63 7 12 European 8,407.20 5 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,274.99 17 14 DamageAP 8008.26 14 15 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 7,976.68 11 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,969.42 18 17 GINS FINEST 7,947.27 16 18 kofi89 7940.27 10 19 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,754.96 13 20 Sheater 7,702.84 21 21 josef_shvejk 7,657.10 20 22 perrymejsen 7,325.08 25 23 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,251.36 22 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,246.70 19 25 NoPlanB 7,244.15 23
  6. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker. PokerStars' 2018 World Championship of Online Poker came to a conclusion this week and the two-week online festival paid out nearly $100 million to tournament grinders from all over the world. Amongst those competing for the six-figure scores and title of WCOOP champion were some of the one-time PocketFives #1-ranked players. Here we take a look back on how some of the best poker players in the world fared during the series. Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb WCOOP Titles: 2 Total Earnings: $176,533 Shaun 'shaundeeb' Deeb found the time to put his beef with William Kassouf aside and grind the WCOOP. And grind he did. Deeb seemingly played everything on the schedule and found his way into the money an astonishing 48 times for over $176,000. His 48 in-the-money results were, far and away, the most cashed by any former or current #1 ranked player. In the process, Deeb picked up two victories, both while playing Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better. His first triumph was in Event-22-H ($1,050 PLO8 Eight Max) for over $38,000. Then the four-time WSOP bracelet winner won again in Event-59-H ($2,100 PLO8 Six Max) for another $69,000. Deeb pulled off four final tables and five cashes of five-figures. While Deeb is no longer a top-100 ranked player, due to his inability to play with regularity from inside the United States, he continues to prove that he is still a top online tournament player. Deeb has accumulated over $6.7 million in lifetime online earnings. ‘Lena900’ WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $189,871 The current #1-ranked ‘lena900’ picked himself up a WCOOP title early in the series. He booked the win during Event #27-H ($530 PLO Six Max) for $58,228. However, that was not the Swedish superstar’s largest result of the series as he had a final table finish in Event-30-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $62,942. 'lena900's 29 cashes during the series helped put him up over $12 million in lifetime earnings, making him only one of three players to ever reach this plateau. He’s second only to Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, who recently passed $15 million, in terms of total lifetime earnings. Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $300,007.65 Florida native, but playing out of Costa Rica, Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver also picked up a WCOOP title when he defeated online giant ‘bencb789’ for the victory in Event-30-H ($5,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for over $250,000. The win represents one of the single largest scores by a former PocketFiver #1 during the 2018 series. In total, Oliver registered 21 WCOOP cashes, 10 of which were for four-figures of better. This helped propel him back inside the top 25, jumping 38 spots from 59th to his current rank of 21st. girafganger7 WCOOP Titles: 1 Total Earnings: $214,368.42 UK crusher ‘girfganger’ fought his way to three final tables during WCOOP and booked a title win in Event-55-M ($530 PKO No Limit Hold’em Eight Max) for $55,846. But like ‘lena900’, his title win wasn’t the largest of the series for him as he was a final table participant in one of the biggest tournaments of the series. He took eighth place in Event-12-H ($10,300 Eight Max High Roller) for over $62,000. The #14-ranked ‘girafganger7’ earned 20 total WCOOP cashes helping him rocket past $6.5 million in lifetime earnings In addition to the four former #1-ranked players who added WCOOP Champion to their resume, a number of other players turned in big-time performance. Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen Total Earnings: $305,772.26 With his fifth-place finish in Event-43-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max High Roller), Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen took home of the largest cashes of the series, $204,221.95. The #16-ranked Hunichen also nearly captured a title of his own finished as the runner-up in Event-10-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Win The Button) for $61,567.36. His series helped elevated him to over $11.6 million in lifetime earnings, good for fourth-place in total career online earnings. ‘C Darwin2’ Total Earnings: $247,247.09 The man who held the #1 spot for the better part of a year, ‘C Darwin2’ did as he was expected to do - he crushed tournaments. In total, the Swede cashed in 27, made four final tables and finished 10th in Event-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) for $72,681.57. He had a runner-up finish in Event-38-H ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em PKO) for $48,164.70 and six five-figure cashes overall.
  7. Upon first blush, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of sympathy for 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo and his current predicament with online poker giant PokerStars. It was revealed this week that Vayo unconditionally dropped his $600,000 lawsuit against PokerStars for withholding the bulk of his winnings from Event #1 of the 2017 SCOOP. PokerStars did so after evidence that Vayo broke the terms of service and played the event from inside the U.S. Vayo provided documents alleging that he was actually in Canada, as he claimed, but after a “third party” provided PokerStars proof that those documents were forged, Vayo is now being countersued for PokerStars legal fees of over $279,000. In other words: One of the players who chimed in was top-flight Belgian tournament pro 'Girafganger7' (aka 'Giraf'). Giraf, who we spoke to about this just weeks ago, technically finished as the runner-up in the event that Vayo won, even though he took home the bulk of the prize pool in a final table deal. The notion of using forged documents in a lawsuit, especially against a company with as many resources as PokerStars struck people as not the brightest thing to do. For instance here's Luke Vrabel's take:
  8. “If you ask: ‘Is it still beatable?’, ‘Can you make a lot of money?’, ‘Can you start low and grind it up?’, The answer is yes.” Five years into his online poker career as a member of the PocketFives community, high-stakes online poker professional ‘Girafganger7’ still believes in the poker dream. The well-known Belgium pro, who goes by ‘Giraf’, is a fixture in the online tournament scene. He’s a consistent threat to take down any tournament he enters and, in 2018, he has been a mainstay in the top 25 of the PocketFives Rankings. Of course, like most, it wasn’t always easy for Giraf, he recalls his early years when he was trying to figure out the game and was basically “clicking buttons.” It wasn’t until he hooked up with a staking stable and received coaching that a whole world opened up for him. Nowadays, he insists that with the wealth of available online training sites and hard work, the poker dream is still there for the taking for everybody. “(The dream) is just a bit smaller. You can’t really win a million every year, but you can still win more than a normal job. And it’s fun, you know? I wouldn’t advise people to quit a good job to try online poker but if you just got your degree or something and want to give it a shot, I think it’s a viable thing to do,” he said. “You can still do it playing MTT’s online because there is so much good information out there. It’s actually not that hard, basically, anybody can do it, it just takes work…and grinding out the variance.” Giraf has done just that. He’s put in the work and his results prove it. He’s rapidly approaching $7 million in career earnings and currently sits as the #15-ranked player in the world. This fall he took home a World Championship of Online Poker title in Event #55 (Medium - $530 NLHE 8-Max PKO Turbo) for over $106,000 in a month where he racked up over $400,000 in earnings. While he says he’s not concerned with reaching money milestones, the former #1-ranked player in the world is looking to make a return to the top of the list. “I would like to be number one again. I think that’s pretty special because the Swedes are really good,” Giraf said. “So, just getting there would be great again. I’m going to get to $10 million in cashes anyway if I keep playing. Profit is still more important than overall cashes.” A good portion of his lifetime earnings occurred in the first half of 2017. Giraf’s results for the beginning of that year had an occasional five-figure score but nothing that was going to separate him from the pack. Then in April, he soared to a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million 11th Anniversary for a massive $292,000 score. That propelled him into a spring season he’ll likely never forget. He notched a pair of five-figure scores and then took tenth in the $10,000 Spring Championship (High) Main Event for $72,567. All of that paled in comparison to what would be a career-high score for Giraf. At the end of the 2017 SCOOP $1,050 NLHE Phase Tournament, he struck a deal that had him take home the lions share of the prize pool of $745,000. “That whole period, that whole six months was kind of insane. It was just the massive heater that people dream of happened right then.” As it turns out, Giraf’s deal in the SCOOP tournament is both one of his fondest career moments and it is also the sidebar for a larger story. This is the very tournament that Gordon ‘holla@yoboy’ Vayo ended up winning, earning $692,460 after the deal. This amount was then withheld from Vayo on suspicions of Vayo playing against site's Terms of Service and using a VPN to play from the United States. The situation has prompted Vayo to file a lawsuit against PokerStars to try and recover the money. With Giraf finishing as the runner-up, he reached out to see what happens in this case. “The guy who used to work at PokerStars, (Michael) Josem replied to me on Twitter and he said that in cases like (Vayo’s) where there wasn’t real cheating, it goes to charity,” Giraf said. “I would be fine with that but of course I’d rather just have Gordon Vayo keep his money. I think it’s pretty ridiculous. There’s so much shady stuff going on and then a guy who plays on his own account and can kind of prove that he was in Canada at the time, but maybe not completely, like maybe one day or another he can’t prove it and then PokerStars decides to go after that. For me, that’s ridiculous.” Giraf has recently relocated himself in order to continue to play poker a little more freely. He’s been living in the UK for over a year, getting settled and keeping the grind alive. He’s been exploring new ways to keep the game fun, even dipping his toes into the world of poker streaming. “I was doing it for my Facebook group just to try it out. I enjoy it, but it’s not like an educational thing. I don’t want to become a Twitch streamer, that seems like way too much hard work. But I do like it,” he said. “I’m not 100% sure if I’m going to keep streaming, I would like to. But, like I said, it’s kind of a lot of work. If I do it, I want it to be decent, you know? I want people to enjoy themselves so I would have to take it kind of seriously.” This all goes back to his original thought. He believes poker is still a world where fun and profit can be had at the same time. “I want to do it because you can still make it in online poker. You can still do it. I think for a while it used to be all crazy gamblers before Black Friday. Everybody was a ‘degen’, spending all their money on coke and hookers. After that was kind of the backlash where everybody was doing yoga, being healthy and doing boring, serious stuff. I think there is some kind of middle ground where you can just enjoy playing online poker. Like, really enjoy it. I feel like people forget that it’s really a lot of fun. I mean, it’s a game, you know?” Outside of his love of the game, his goals have little to do with the game of poker. For years now he and his girlfriend have been caring for farm animals in Belgium. He has been splitting his time between online poker in the UK and traveling to Belgium. “The goal, mid-to-long term, is to have my own sanctuary for animals. Mostly farm animals, maybe some stray dogs,” he said. But in the meantime, to help continue his efforts in helping the animals he loves, he plans on continuing to grind. Also, finding his way back into the top-5 and letting people watch while he goes on the rider. Or not. “I just kinda want to do something fun. I haven’t figured it out what it is yet but I’m trying stuff. We’ll see where it lands.” You can follow along with Giraf's poker journey via Twitter: @Girafganger7.
  9. The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. ‘girafganger7’, Matthew ‘mjw006’ Wakeman Top $7 Million Belgian online superstar ‘girafganger7’ crushed the $7 million lifetime cash mark this week in spectacular fashion. It was just two weeks ago that PocketFives spoke with 'giraf' from his residence in the UK about his upcoming mile marker. This week, he put together a string of five-figure cashes to soar past the milestone by roughly $80,000. First up was his victory in the November 15 edition of the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller for $26,795. He followed that up the very next day with a runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 for another $18,452. He then picked up another victory on partypoker on November 18 in the Sunday Main Event High Roller for $22,130. ‘girafganger7’ seems to be on a mission this month. He has already registered over 100 cashes for more than $190,000. The former #1-ranked player currently sits ranked #14 in the world. Joining ‘Giraf’ in topping $7 million is Australian longtime grinder Matthew ‘mjw006’ Wakeman. A seasoned grinder both online and live, Wakeman had been a PocketFiver since 2010 and has earned three Triple Crowns in his career. He eclipsed the new mile marker with a runner-up finish in the November 16th edition of the PokerStars $55 Daily Marathon for $3,050. Wakeman, a former top-5 ranked player, is currently the #5-ranked player in all of Australia. Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen, ‘KKremate’ Hit $5 Million Sweden’s Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen cruised past the major milestones of $5 million in lifetime earnings. He hit the mark with his final table finish in the PokerStars SECOOP Event #142 (€250 NLHE Progressive KO 6-Max) where he picked up $5,111. The result was just one of many for the Swedish grinder in the month of November as he has been putting up results non-stop this fall. So far, in November, Odeen has produced over 80 cashes for more than $52,000 in cashes. His dedication has him currently sitting ranked #49 in the world and #9 in Sweden. The $5 million badge is just another accolade for Odeen who also has five PocketFives Triple Crowns to his name, the last one coming as recently as April of 2018. Joining Odeen in the $5 million club is Brazilian powerhouse ‘KKremate.’ A former top-20 player, ‘KKremate’ is a high stakes tournament grinder and has been a PocketFiver since 2010. His recent victory in the November 17 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 for $12,546 helped bring him closer to the milestone. However, it was officially a seventh-place finish the next day during the PokerStars $215, NLO8 Sunday Supersonic where he picked up $1,345 that sealed the deal. Still putting in a respectable amount of volume all these years later, ‘KKremate’ sits just outside the top-100, currently ranked at #124. If he were to decided to put in the time, he most certainly coulee find himself back inside the elite ranks of the top-100 in no time. Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann Flys Past $4 Million Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann has been on a tear in the month of November. So much so that he flew past $4 million in lifetime earnings and worked his way to a career-high ranking of #16 in the world. Officially, Volkmann passed the milestone on November 11 with a fifteenth place finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $2,805. That said, his month has been red-hot with three five-figure cashes helping him earn a total of over $96,000. His recent run has helped him supplant Brazil’s perennial top player Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao as the #1-ranked player in the country. Ivanildo ‘ivan limeira’ Limeira Earns Triple Crown Another Brazilian celebrating a new career-high is Ivanildo ‘ivan limeira’ Limeira who booked three victories on his way to earning his first Triple Crown. It all happened incredibly fast for Limeira. On October 29 he took down the PokerStars Hot $44 for $3,543. The very next day he was playing on PokerStars.es when he won the €250 High Roller for another $5,028. On October 31st he ended up winning the PokerStars Big $215 for $5,593…but that didn’t count. He needed one more win on a third site. That came the same day as he took down the $12,000 Mega Deep on 888poker for $3,650. His current hot streak has sent him flying up the PocketFives rankings where he currently sits at a career high #129. Additionally, Limeira is less than $7,000 away from passing $900,000 in career earnings. Volkmann Enters Top 20, Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov Hits Career-High More than simply passing Simeo, Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann strode into the worldwide top 20 for the first time this week climbing to #16. He picked up a good portion of necessary PLB points with his first-place finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 for $13,042 and 243.93 PLB points. In total during November, ‘brunovolks’ has picked up 916.86 PLB points. partypoker ambassador Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov is doing work both online and off, this week reaching a new career ranking high of #31 in the world. His volume has been light, likely due to the Caribbean Poker Party, but he still managed to pick up valuable PLB points with his fourth-place finish in the November 4 edition of the Sunday Main Event High Roller for $8,775 and 146.00 PLB points. Career High Rankings In The Top 100 Artschgamble - #113 to #97 Futti18 - #70 to #66 bigfish112392 - #69 to #65 lincownz - #50 to #44 Wildace_hun - #40 to #37 nl_profit - #33 to #31 brunovolks - #21 to #16
  10. The #1 player in Sweden and the world is 'lena900,' and he was also the #1 player in November, topping the November PLB race with 4,915.85 points. From 191 cashes in the month of November, 'lena900' won a total of $585,250. His largest single score from the month was worth $80,555 from a third-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 25. That also earned him 569.39 points. His biggest tournament victory came when he won the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller: $100K Gtd on November 18 for $41,480 and 387.30 points. It was an incredible month for 'lena900' that allowed him to finish more than 1,000 Monthly PLB points ahead of second place. Second place on the November PLB race belonged to 'girafganger7,' who earned 3,891.24 points. His largest score of the month came from a victory in the $530 buy-in KO Series #40-HR: $100K Gtd [6-Max Turbo] on partypoker for $27,503 and 336.54 points. 'Girafganger7' also won the partypoker $1,050 buy-in Bounty Hunter High Roller: $75K Gtd [Fast] in November for $26,795 and 274.74 points. Rounding out the podium in third place was no stranger to leaderboards here on PocketFives, with 'C Darwin2' and his 3,768.10 points for November ranking next. He secured his largest take of the month from a second-place result in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $300K Gtd for $30,739 and 332.83. Fourth and fifth places on the November PLB were taken up by 'hellohellohello' with 3,181.18 points and Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen with 3,141.87 points, respectively. Foxen, who is slated to play in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl coming up in December, landed two big results in PokerStars High Roller Club events in November. First, on November 6, he took second in the High Roller Club: $1,050 Super Tuesday, $175K Gtd for $28,747 and 286.82 points. Then, on November 25, he won the High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $100K Gtd for $43,057 and 468.43 points. PocketFives November PLB Leaderboard 1. 'lena900' - 4,915.85 2. 'girafganger7' - 3,891.24 3. 'C Darwin2' - 3,768.10 4. 'hellohellohello' - 3,181.18 5. Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen - 3,141.87 6. 'Futti18' - 3,075.38 7. 'Gedis92' - 3,063.59 8. Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone - 2,882.70 9. 'DamageAP' - 2,836.41 10. Pablo 'pabritz' Silva - 2,735.69 Stay tuned to PocketFives for more rankings from the world of online poker.
  11. Halfway through the final month of 2018, Sweden's 'lena900' remains atop the PocketFives 2018 PLB race. Most of the top five stayed the same, with each of the top four places having the same player as our last update, but the #5 spot did change and it now belongs to 'DamageAP.' PocketFives 2018 PLB Top 5 as of December 20 1. 'lena900' - 29,692.68 2. 'C Darwin2' - 26,944.29 3. 'hellohellohello' - 24,818.53 4. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky - 21,906.06 5. 'DamageAP' - 21,254.51 Thanks to adding 1,575 points since the last update on November 14, 'lena900' now has a lead of 2,748.39 points over the rest of the field. That's a fair bit more than the lead of 2,124.20 he had on a month ago. Helping 'lena900' extend his lead was a third-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 25 for $80,555 and 569.39 points. He also won the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter: $100K Gtd [Fast] on November 28 for $30,340 and 316.23 points. In second place stayed 'C Darwin2,' but he only added 950.81 points to the 1,575 for ‘lena900’ and that caused him to fall behind further. With a total of 26,944.29 points and two weeks to go in 2018, it doesn’t appear that 'C Darwin2' is going to be able to catch 'lena900' for the Yearly PLB win. Even still, 'C Darwin2' has been performing well as of late. He has cashes for $20,926 (225.84 points), $14,247 (163.58 points), $13,370 (246.98 points), $12,282 (120.94 points), and $11,000 (137.65 points) in December already. The largest of those came from a fourth-place result in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $150K Gtd on December 2. Russia's 'hellohellohello' stayed in third place and Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky stayed in fourth place, and the big change came with the addition of 'DamageAP' to the top five. 'DamageAP' overtook Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone for fifth place thanks to adding 846.60 points and moving to 21,254.51 points on the year. 'DamageAP' was only 119.04 points behind Petrone when we last updated and he earned 184.08 more PLB points since then. 'DamageAP' cashed for $15,504 and 187.29 points in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up [8-Max], $100K Gtd on November 18, he took second in the partypoker KO Series #09-HR: $100K Gtd [Mix-Max Fast] on November 19 for $16,916 and 208.63 points, and he won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Daily Warm-Up [8-Max], $100K Gtd for $23,734 and 320.94 points on November 20. In December, 'DamageAP' won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $125K Gtd on December 1 for $13,614 and 267.39 points, and he also won the partypoker Sunday Deepstack: $100K Gtd on December 9 for $16,500 and 316.23 points. Petrone is now the one on the outside of the top five looking in with 21,189.47 points, and 'girafganger7' isn’t too far behind him with 21,119.80 points.
  12. Poker action on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean came into focus throughout October. Another edition of WSOP Europe got underway - but didn't finish - in Rozvadov, Czech while some of the best online players in New Jersey were busy chasing down NJCOOP titles. Steve O'Dwyer Picks Up $1M With Two Tournament Wins It could be argued that nobody had a better October than Steve O'Dwyer. He traveled to Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK and beat 51 and 105 players in back-to-back tournaments to win $407,734 and $592,448 respectively. The two wins came one month after O'Dwyer picked up PokerStars WCOOP and partypoker Powerfest wins. READ: Steve O’Dwyer Wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Super High Roller for £450,000 READ: Steve O’Dwyer Wins Again; Captures partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK High Roller Title Haralabos Voulgaris Takes Job Alongside Mark Cuban Haralabos Voulgaris has a cult-like following in the poker world. Once a regular in World Poker Tour events, Voulgaris is now more known for his deep understanding of NBA analytics. While Voulgaris was one of the most successful NBA bettors of all time thanks to his application of those analytics, Voulgaris had been able to resist overtures from NBA teams looking to bring him on board. That all changed in October when Mark Cuban came calling. READ: NBA’s Dallas Mavericks Hire Haralabos Voulgaris New Jersey Grinders Shine in NJCOOP The NJCOOP prize pools don't yet compare to their WCOOP or SCOOP counterparts, but for New Jersey online poker players, it's a must-play series. Some of the best players in the Garden State shined brightest during the 10-day series. Anthony Maio, fresh off of a sixth place finish in the WPT Borgata Poker Open, won the Moneymaker Tour Online event to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass. The man that tour was named for also managed to put on a show of his own during NJCOOP, picking up two titles. READ: NJCOOP: Chris Moneymaker KO’s The Competition, Wins Event 14 READ: NJCOOP: Moneymaker Does It Again, Takes The Title In 8-Game Mix The series wrapped up with Ryan Hohner winning the Main Event for a little more than $28,000. READ: NJCOOP: Anthony Maio Grabs Platinum Pass with Moneymaker Tour Win READ: NJCOOP: Ryan ‘ISlowRollYou’ Hohner Takes Down Main Event for $28K 'Girafganger7' Still Enjoying the Chase One of online poker's most well-respected MTT grinders, 'Girafganger7' is far from being stressed out by the daily grind. Just the opposite in fact. He's still in love with the game and believes that the dream of being a top pro is still alive for anybody that wants to put the work in. READ: The Poker Dream is Still Very Much Alive For ‘Girafganger7’ WSOP Europe Kicks Off - Nine Bracelets Before the Main King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic might be in the middle of nowhere, but for a little more than three weeks in October, it was also the center of the poker universe. WSOP Europe 2018 had 10 bracelet events on the schedule and nine of them concluded in October while the Main Event carried on into November. The biggest win of the nine came from poker bad boy Martin Kabrhel. The Czech picked up €2,624,340 after beating David Peters heads-up in the €100,000 Super High Roller event. READ: WSOP Europe: Tamir Segal Wins Colossus for €203,820 READ: WSOP Europe: Asi Moshe Wins €82,280 and Second Bracelet in NL Deepstack READ: WSOP Europe: Hanh Tran Earns Second Bracelet, €59,623 In PLO READ: WSOP Europe: Ukraine’s Mykhailo Gutyi Wins Bounty Hunter For €61,299 READ: WSOP Europe: Timur Margolin Wins Second Bracelet In Monster Stack READ: WSOP Europe: Norbert Szecsi Denies Shaun Deeb, Wins PLO/NLHE Mix READ: WSOP Europe: Hong Kong’s Anson Tsang Wins Bracelet, €91K In PLO READ: WSOP Europe: Michael Addamo Conquers €25K Super High Roller READ: WSOP Europe: Martin Kabrhel Wins €100,000 Super High Roller  
  13. November was a big month for attention-grabbing poker headlines. There was a hard-to-believe $100,000 prop bet that generated incredible buzz, the return of a high-profile lawsuit between a WSOP Main Event runner-up and the largest online poker site in the world, and the conclusion of a handful of prominent live poker tournaments that found winners. Here are PocketFives' top five stories from November 2018, plus a look at who won the PocketFives Monthly PLB title. Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch-Black Bathroom Prop Bet Poker players can be known to make wild prop bets, and that was certainly the case for Rory Young and Rich Alati. The two grabbed more than just poker headlines in November when their $100,000 bathroom prop bet was featured in headlines from several mainstream media outlets. It was one of the craziest prop bets we've ever heard of and will be one that is remembered for years and years to come. The bet was made to see if Alati could live in a pitch-black bathroom with no human contact and no electronics, among several other stipulations, for 30 days straight. Soon after the bet was made and began making its way around the poker world, PocketFives spoke with Young about the details of the bet and how it came to fruition. READ: Rory Young Reveals Details of $100K Pitch Black Bathroom Prop Bet Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Back in May, it was made known that Gordon Vayo, runner-up in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, was suing PokerStars for the winnings the online poker site withheld from him from a 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament that was worth nearly $700,000. That story made headlines everywhere within the poker world, but it made even bigger news in November when a November 12 California court filing revealed that Vayo had voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. What really kicked things up a notch, though, were two things. First that the lawsuit was dropped amid accusations of forgery committed by Vayo. Second, PokerStars was seeking repayment of their attorney fees for nearly $300,000 - quite the tipping of the scales. READ: Vayo Dismisses PokerStars Lawsuit; Stars Counters Alleging Forgery Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event A former eighth-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event in 2017 for $1.2 million, Jack Sinclair was back in the World Series of Poker spotlight in November 2018, only this time in Europe. Sinclair made his way to the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event final table and emerged victorious atop the 534-entry field to win the €1.222 million ($1.277 million) first-place prize. To claim victory, Sinclair had to defeat one of online poker's toughest players in heads-up play, Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas. The victory earned Sinclair the largest payday of his poker career and first WSOP gold bracelet. READ: Jack Sinclair Beats Laszlo Bujtas to Win WSOP Europe Main Event Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 The World Poker Tour was in action in Canada in November for the Season XVII WPT Montreal. The event attracted 792 entries, and it was Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda who came out on top after entering the final table with the chip lead. Serda defeated the first female winner of an open WPT Main Tour event, Ema Zajmovic, in heads-up play to take home the C$855,000 ($652,801) first-place prize, denying Zajmovic her second World Poker Tour title. READ: Patrick Serda Wins WPT Montreal for C$855,000 Big Titles Won at partypoker Caribbean Poker Party in the Bahamas While the WSOP and WPT were busy dishing out titles in colder climates, partypoker LIVE was down in the Bahamas for the much-anticipated partypoker Caribbean Poker Party tournament festival. The series was full of big buy-in events, notables faces capturing huge sums of cash, and nine seven-figure prizes awarded. The first big tournament of the series to find its winner was the $25,500 buy-in partypoker MILLIONS World. The event generated 394 entries and fell just short of its $10 million guarantee, but enormous prizes were still to be had, including the $2 million first-place prize that Roger Teska took home after he defeated Steve O'Dwyer in second place. O'Dwyer scored $1.3 million for the runner-up result, and third-place finisher Charles La Boissonniere also took home seven figures, winning $1 million. READ: Roger Teska Battles Back to Win partypoker MILLIONS World for $2M We then saw a $3.685 million winner come from the partypoker $250,000 Super High Roller Championships event, and it was Steffan Sontheimer earning a new career-best score. The event generated a field size of 34 entries for a prize pool of $8.235 million. Sontheimer beat out Sean Winter in heads-up play, and David Peters finished in third place. Winter and Peters took home $2.43 million and $1.42 million, respectively. READ: Steffan Sontheimer Wins partypoker $250K SHR Championships For $3.68M In the $5,300 buy-in Main Event, another $10 million prize pool guarantee was on the line. The event fell short of the guarantee with just 1,815 entries, but the top three spots still gave out a million dollars or more each. Winning the event was Portugal's Filipe Oliveira, taking home the $1.5 million top prize. Craig Mason finished second for $1.2 million, and Marc MacDonnell took third for $1 million. READ: Filipe Oliveira Wins 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event Sweden's 'lena900' Wins Another Monthly PLB Title in November Sweden's 'lena900' stayed hot and won another PocketFives Monthly PLB title in November after cashing 191 times for a total of $585,250. It was a dominating performance for 'lena900,' who racked up more than 4,900 points. The closest competitor was 'girafganger7' with a monthly point total of less than 3,900. A couple of the notable November scores for 'lena900' included a third-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 25 for $80,555 and 569.39 points and a win in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller: $100K Gtd on November 18 for $41,480 and 387.30 points. READ: Top-Ranked ‘lena900’ Wins November Monthly PLB Title
  14. The online poker alias of 'Lena900' is a name that regular PocketFives readers will be familiar with, mainly because the Swedish player can be seen to be battling it out in the highest stakes online poker tournaments have to offer week-after-week. For the past two years, 'Lena900' has just been pipped to the top of PocketFives.com Yearly PLB by his compatriot 'C.Darwin2', but 2018 was the year this all changed as 'Lena900' took the glory in five major festival events to sit at the summit of online poker. 'Lena900' finished 2018 with a total PLB score of 29,952.68, and had a clear gap over runner-up 'C.Darwin2' with 26,992.73. 'Lena900' recorded seven of his top ten online cashes over the past 12 months which included three victories. On May 16th, he reached the final table of the partypoker Powerfest $10,300 #53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO] event which came with a staggering $430,047 first-place prize. The Swede battled his way to a heads-up match against partypoker ambassador Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell, and ultimately was the last player standing to pick up his biggest online score to date. But his day wasn't done with the Swede picking up a second PokerStars SCOOP title of the year as well in the #39-High: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max] event. Fast forward to September and 'Lena900' added a second partypoker Powerfest title to his name as well as a PokerStars WCOOP victory. The Swede came through a 194 player-field to win the Powerfest $5,200 #062-SHR: $1M Gtd [Championship Event] for $203,900, as well as picking up the gold medal in the WCOOP-27-M: $530 PLO [6-Max] for $58,228. And just over a week later, there was to be another Powerfest Championship Event final table for 'Lena900', after he achieved a third-place finish in the event #095-SHR for $157,560. Back in 2014, 'Lena900' helped kick-start his online career with a fourth-place finish in the prestigious PokerStars Sunday Million and turned $215 into $81,366. Well in 2018, he was able to go one place better and ended November with a bronze medal worth $80,555. A sensational second half of 2018, helped propel 'Lena900' up to second place on the Online Poker All-Time Earnings Leaderboard with over $13.6m and closed the gap on Chris Moorman who leads the way with $15.6m. As for 'Lena900's closest rivals, 'C.Darwin2' outlasted a field of 122 players to win the PokerStars High Rollers 07: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd event for $267,406, and also took down the PokerStars Turbo Series 70: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for $161,411. A silver medal came in the 888 Poker XL Eclipse #32 - $1,000,000 Gtd Main Event for $135,000, after 'C.Darwin2' was pipped to the title by 2018 PLB fourth-place finisher Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky who banked $187,500 for victory. PLB third-place finisher 'hellohellohello' from Russia beat his best online score three-times throughout 2018, which included victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 during August. Also securing their place in the top ten was Hungary's Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, Latvia's 'DamageAP', Argentina's Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, 'Girafganger7', Sweden's 'Ariados', and the U.K.'s Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard. Nemeth took down the PokerStars SCOOP-14-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for an eye-watering $576,087, with Romanovsky taking the silver medal for a cool $442,299. 'DamageAP's top score came in the Powerfest #002-HR: $500K Gtd [PKO] event after defeating a 358 player-field to bank $94,546. Petrone started the year fantastically when he took down the Powerfest #48-H: $1M Gtd Main Event for in February $195,720 and followed it up with a second Powerfest title in September, as well as a SCOOP and WCOOP title. Fellow high-stakes crusher 'GirafGanger7' saw 2018 reward him with another WCOOP title after he won the WCOOP-55-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] for $55,846. 'Ariados' had a day to remember on February 4th after a third-place finish in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Million 12th Anniversary $10M Gtd event saw them turn $215 into a career-best $539,554. The Swede followed up this result with several five and six-figure scores including a Powerfest title. And completing the top ten was former world ranked #1 Leonard, who had an imposing end to the year with multiple scores in the PokerStars Winter and High Roller series, having earlier won three Powerfest titles including the #46-High: $1M Gtd NLH event for $207,978. Username Points Biggest Score Average Score 1 lena900 29,952.68 1,414.21 299.53 2 C Darwin2 26,992.73 1,104.54 269.93 3 hellohellohello 24,909.33 1,091.60 249.09 4 Romeopro 21,906.06 1,043.16 219.06 5 probirs 21,783.32 1,581.14 217.83 6 DamageAP 21,684.83 707.11 216.85 7 Ramiro 21,602.44 1,086.29 216.02 8 girafganger7 21,588.41 603.32 215.88 9 Ariados 20,215.49 1,635.79 202.15 10 pleno1 20,177.75 1,009.95 201.78  
  15. Over 9,000 Twitch viewers saw popular streamer and 888poker ambassador Parker 'Tonkaaa' Talbot take the silver medal in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $124,114 following a heads-up deal with eventual winner 'PokerDave476'. Talbot, who enjoyed success on the live poker felt after a sixth-place finish in the PokerStars EPT Prague Main Event last month for $203,626, agreed to a chop with 'PokerDave476' following 'Rus_us8''s exit in third place for $77,622. With $20,000 in the prize pool still to play for, the poker fans flocked to Talbot's Twitch stream to see if the Canadian could go all the way. Both players started with even chips before Talbot took a 2-1 lead, but the U.K.'s 'PokerDave476' pulled it back and was ultimately crowned victor for $144,114. Both players achieved their biggest online cashes to date in the process and added six-figures to their bankrolls. https://twitter.com/tonkaaaap/status/1087259669591150592?s=20 'Secret_M0d3' took down the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $48,431 after a heads-up deal with Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar. PokerStars Team Pro Igor Kurganov was the first player to fall from the final table of nine before his fellow Team Pro, and girlfriend Liv Boeree just missed out on a place on the podium after she finished in fourth-place for $24,182. Russia's 'Futti18' took the bronze for $45,435, before the final two agreed to a deal. 'Secret_M0d3' then got the better of Korsar during heads-up and banked $48,431, with Korsar settling for $45,435. 'Bjuran' came through a 1,005 player-field in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller to win over $76,000. 'DanielLUCKY' took the bronze medal for $22,243 + $7,710 in bounties and paved the way for the heads-up match. Germany's 'Tydarax' fell as runner-up for an online best score of $30,346 + $9,811, which left 'Bjuran' to be named the victor. 1,058 runners in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up created a $211,600 prize pool and a $34,334 first-place prize. Among the players at the final table looking to take down the title were PocketFivers 'Easterdamn', 'newguy89 ', and 'LlKE A G6', but they all hit the rail before the well-known 'girafganger7' binked a bronze medal worth $17,749. 'Dabledore7' was then the unlucky final player to depart and took away $24,685 as runner-up with Russia's 'Egor699' claiming the gold medal and top prize. 'Mr.Water99' got the better of partypoker ambassador Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov heads-up to take down the partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR. A field of 111 players created a $111,000 prize pool with 'chadi6969' taking the third-place prize worth $13,875. Filatov was looking to score another victory on his partner site, but was unable to get through the challenge from his opponent and exited as runner-up $19,425, with 'Mr.Water99' banking $27,195 as the winner. 'pockjack0' saw off the challenge of 61 opponents in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller to claim victory for $50,375. The prize pool was set at $155,000, and just beat the $150,000 guarantee. When the final eight came together Canadian High Roller Sam 'DeanMalenko' Greenwood was the first player to hit the rail, followed by partypoker ambassador Roberto 'Welsh_Wizard' Romanello who departed in seventh-place and eventually saw his team-mate Patrick Leonard eliminated in third-place for $22,475. 'RedDwarf9' was then the final player that 'pockjack0' needed to depart for victory, and the former fell with the silver medal for $34,000. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,837 entrants, $1,167,400 prize pool PokerDave476 - $144,114.99* tonkaaa - $124,114.98* Rus_us8 - $77,622.29 Pseudo Fruto - $54,472.98 BuddyAces2 - $38,227.56 WhaTisL0v3 - $26,826.96 T0X16 - $18,826.42 rmullen - $13,211.93 icebearrr - $9,271.84 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 121 entrants, $242,000 prize pool Secret_M0d3 - $48,431.57* Greenstone25 - $45,435.63* Futti18 - $31,420.09 Liv Boeree - $24,182.28 fish2013 - $18,611.73 raidalot - $14,324.41 pads1161 - $11,024.69 caecilius - $8,485.07 IgorKurganov - $6,530.49 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $350k Gtd 1,005 entrants, $502,500 prize pool Bjuran - $41,401.47 + $35,099.99 (in bounties) Tydarax - $30,346.52 + $9,811.03 DanielLUCKY - $22,243.91 + $7,710.92 SwalzB - $16,304.71 + $3,224.61 NEWFlat - $11,951.30 + $6,595.72 Neanderthal4 - $8,760.28 + $7,289.06 serggorelyi7 - $6,421.27 + $4,282.22 progre69 - $4,706.76 + $1,500.00 cliff47 - $3,450.03 + $1,289.06 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,058 entrants, $211,600 prize pool Egor699 - $34,334.00 Dabledore7 - $24,685.91 girafganger7 - $17,749.36 LlKE A G6 - $12,761.95 newguy89 - $9,175.94 fellatiado - $6,597.60 CPUrul0r - $4,743.73 Easterdamn - $3,410.80 john220764 - $2,452.40 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 114 entrants, $114,000 prize pool CASHEEEGAMEEE - $25,786.71* BuyThaPot - $22,093.30 SouthftfW - $14,250 haddoken - $9,975 DeanMalenko - $7,410 DamianLillard - $5,700 adolfnitler.ftw - $4,560 Drulitooo - $3,705 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Bounty Hunter – HR $150k 167 entrants, $170,340 prize pool SpiritDNA - $18,478.55 + $21,198.13 (in bounties) p0kchkmonsta - $13,276.50 + $7,101.25 rdcrsnn - $9,686 + $2,470 omgitsgiraf - $6,930.50 + $5,776.87 jizonhisniz - $4,843 + $1,690 spinner2255 - $3,757.50 + $1,495 VeGeTTo99 - $2,922.50 + $3,867.50 Lord_Rav3n - $2,296.25 + $1,170 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $150k Gtd 62 entrants, $155,000 prize pool pockjack0 - $50,375 RedDwarf9 - $34,000 Patrick_Leonard - $22,475 MOTHERSMATTERS - $13,950 chadi6969 - $10,850 eet_smakelijk - $8,525 Welsh_Wizard - $7,362.50 DeanMalenko - $7,362.50 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $100k Gtd 111 entrants, $111,000 prize pool Mr.Water99 - $27,195 NL_Profit - $19,425 chadi6969 - $13,875 AlSaherrr - $9,712.50 rafaelmoraesgm - $7,215 ABOUDIABY2 - $5,550 VolZoK_ - $4,440 chaAat - $3,607.50 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 479 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Texxxas_ - $17,592.86* robbiish1 - $16,257.14* GoinInDry - $11,000 ultraviol3nt - $8,250 lasochobi - $5,700 Romeopro33 - $4,400 PokerJoe332 - $3,400 tier999111 - $2,400  
  16. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. There is a lot on the line in this week’s Movers & Shakers. For the first time in a long time, Sweden’s ‘lena900’ is faced with a serious threat to his worldwide #1 ranking. Along with a pair of tournament crushers cruising up the ranks of the top 10, some notable names have made double-digit jumps up the rankings, plus a Bulgarian pro broke into the top 100 for the first time. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky (#2) and ‘Girafganger7’ (#3) The column is called Movers & Shakers for a reason, it’s not simply the players who have made the biggest moves inside the top 100, it’s also about those are looking to shake up the rankings. Regular readers of PocketFives will know the names of Ukranian crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky and UK, by way of Belgium, superstar ‘Girafganger7’. But if you haven’t been paying close attention you have missed the major strides the pair have been making, almost in tandem, up the ranks of the top 10. Romanovsky is spending his second week in a row in the #2 position, and now he’s closer than ever to achieving his primary goal of taking over the #1 spot in the world. He trails ‘lena900’ by 357 points, putting him closer to the top spot than any player has been for months. Romanovsky put together some serious PLB points including a runner-up finish in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $28,616 and 314.65 PLB points, followed by a victory in the PokerStars Big $215 for another $5,700 and 166.73 PLB points. This week he had already recorded a third-place finish in the 888poker $50,000 Whale for $8,850 and he’s been grinding nearly every day to hit that new career high. Right behind Romanovsky is ‘Girafganger7’ who displaced ‘C Darwin2’ for the worldwide #3 spot. ‘Giraf’ has been the #1 player in the world once, back in 2017, but in a recent interview with PocketFives, he acknowledged that returning to the top of the PocketFives Rankings was, once again, on his mind. He made major strides in getting back to the top by winning the March 3 edition of the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $42,351 and 447.21 PLB points. The very next day he had another top-three finish when he picked up the silver in the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for another $10,446 and 166.99 PLB points. ‘Giraf’ still trails ‘lena900’ by roughly 1000 PLB points, which is a sizable margin, but with the amount of volume ‘Giraf’ has been putting in lately, a couple more large Sunday scores could really close the distance. DeathbyQuads (#30) 'DeathbyQuads' is Sweden's #5-ranked player and this week he’s jumped up 11 spots to break back into the worldwide top 30. It has been a good few months for ’DeathbyQuads’ as has he recently surpassed more than $5 million in lifetime earnings and he continues to add to that by picking up four four-figure cashes just last week. He saw a spike in the rankings thanks to three solid PLB scores including a final table finish in the March 3 edition of the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $4,774 and 138.93 PLB points. He followed that up the very next day with an outright victory in the PokerStars Hot $82 for another $3,958 and 148.74. ‘DeathbyQuads’ is a perennial presence in the top 100 and a consistent grinder that has the ability to go on a heater and soar back into top 10 contention. Diego ‘MrBittar’ Valadares Bittar (#35) Another well-known name jumping up double-digits in the rankings is Brazilian grinder Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar who broke back into the top 50 by moving up 17 spots. It was a momentous week for Bittar as he, also, just surpassed the $5 million lifetime earnings. On March 10 when he finished in the money in the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter where he picked up $1,171 for a 33rd place finish. That was the cash that put him over the top of the major milestone. In the meantime, he’s been moving in the right direction on the rankings mostly due to a major victory in the March 7 edition of the PokerStars $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder where he picked up $19,224 and 326.73 PLB points. Bittar is nearly halfway to his career high ranking of #16 in the world and he sits less than 300 PLB points behind the next nearest Brazilian, that being one of online poker’s all-time greats Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao, who currently sits at #29. Boris ‘olelemaiko’ Koley (#72) The largest leap in the rankings this week belongs to Bulgaria’s Boris ‘olelemaiko’ Koley who shot up the rankings 107 spots. The move puts him into the top 100 for the first time and landing him at a career-high ranking of #72. That kind of shift is usually indicative of a massive score and this is no different for Koley who took down the ACR OSS $1M GTD for a career-high score of $196,741 and 1,098.64 PLB points. It didn't hurt that on the same day, on the same site, he booked a runner-up finish in the $250,000 Sunday Special adding $36,000 and 354.06 PLB points to his one day total. The rise in the rankings puts his as the #2-ranked player in his home country and has sent his lifetime total scores north of $1.5 million.
  17. For the first time in 10 months, there is a new #1 ranked player in the world of online poker - Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Regardless of rankings, Romanovsky is considered one of the very best MTT players in the entire world. He regularly competes and earns victories in tournaments at the highest stakes offered on every online site he plays. The Ukranian crusher has been a mainstay in the worldwide top 10 for the better part of two years and finally, for the first time, he's taking over the #1 spot. Although this is his first turn at the top of the rankings, it certainly was not the first time he had come close. ‘Romeopro’ had spent some time as the #2-ranked player in the world in 2018, trying to catch the #1-ranked player at the time, 'C Darwin2’. However, throughout 2018 Romanovsky had a reoccurring theme - he’d show up for the biggest online series of the year, dominate them and then take time away from the online tables. At times, those long breaks turned from weeks into months and his pursuit of the #1 spot began to slip away as other top-flight grinders around him put in more volume, accumulating more PLB points. At the beginning of 2019, it appeared that Romanovsky rededicated himself to the grind, with the goal of climbing the rankings in mind. After taking the entirety of October and November 2018 off, and playing for only one week in December that year - Romanovsky came back to online poker with a vengeance. In January, he played and cashed nearly every day, racking up 13 five-figure scores including a fifth-place finish in the partypoker $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. His online grind earned him the January PLB title and with it he began his climb back into the top five, finishing the month as the #4-ranked player in the world. February was another stellar month for Romanovsky. He finished second in the monthly PLB race to ‘Girafganger7’ but still amassed massive amounts of PLB points. He picked up his first six-figure score of 2019 in the partypoker $1M GTD Big Game with a bronze medal finish for $105,500 and 517.28 PLB points. Romanovsky kicked off March with a victory in the GGpoker $5K Blade for over $87K and 451.94 PLB points which lifted him back to his then career-high ranking of #2 in the world. He was on the doorstep of overtaking the top spot. It looked like it was going to happen the week of March 15 after picking up two victories for five-figure cashes on March 12. However, when the rankings came out, he was just 2 PLB points shy of besting the leader, ‘lena900’. This week that changed. Aging results for ‘lena900’ dropped his total PLB score and, with Romanovsky’s recent surge, the two-point gap collapsed. ‘lena900’s PLB total slipped and Romanovsky now holds a 127 PLB point lead - taking the top spot from the longtime king of the rankings. ‘lena900’ nearly set a PocketFives record, sitting as the #1 ranked player for an astounding 44 weeks. That was just one week shy of the longest consecutive reign which sits at 45 weeks, held by online poker legend Chad ‘M8kingmoves’ Batista in 2007-2008. For ‘lena900’ this may simply be a brief vacation from the top spot as Romanovsky opted not to grind this week. As has been demonstrated time and time again, a 127 point deficit can quickly be covered in the world of the high rollers. Additionally, this isn’t ‘lena900’s first time having dropped from the top spot and needing to retake it. He first earned the #1 ranking back in 2013 and since that time ‘lena900’ has spent seven turns in the pole position. While all eyes will be the battle between Romanovsky and ‘lena900' for the top spot, the grinders had better not take their eyes off the rest of the top 5. Now based in the UK, ‘girafganger7’ is the currently #3 in the world, sitting only 785 PLB points behind Romanovsky. Another one of the most respected tournament players on the scene, ‘Giraf’ has been picking up PLB points in large chunks, including a victory in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter at the beginning of the month for over $42,000 and 447.21 PLB points. ‘Giraf’ is only 12 PLB points ahead of Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ who sits with 10,092 PLB points. ‘C Darwin2’ just recently took down the March 19 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for $21,723 and 316.23 PLB points. The longtime former #1 could easily be back into the top spot in the next few weeks. Rounding out the top 5 is Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Leonard has been away from the online grind for a few days while he was running deep in the partypoker MILLIONS South America Main Event. He finished 10th place for over $61,000. Leonard, also a former #1 ranked player, makes the entirety of the current top 5 alltop-rankedd players.
  18. Justin 'ZeeJustin' Bonomo was too strong for the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller field and added yet another win to his name. The American found himself heads-up against 'WATnlos' after players such as Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, Kristen 'Krissyb24' Bicknell and three-time Sunday Million champion 'veeea' had all departed from the final table. Ultimately Bonomo came through the final test and banked $55,673 for his win, with 'WATnlos' having received $42,848 as runner-up. 'CoriACE777' walked away from the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million with the biggest share of the prize pool following a three-way deal. The total prize pool was set at $1,155,900 after 11,559 entrants took part, and after 'MrsLynn18' hit the rail in fourth place for $44,929, the remaining three players agreed to a money-deal before play resumed. 'DIFINI' was awarded the second-highest chunk of cash, but the records will show they finished in third place. 'koyotus' was then the final player to fall and banked his share worth $76,066, as 'CoriACE777' picked up the title alongside $99,888. 'Sanderssi' came through a 1,090 player-field in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller and banked over $89,000. With the total prize pool set at $545,000, 'ade messi' departed with the bronze medal for $23,582 + $2,687 (in bounties), and when 'M.nosbocaJ' saw their title chances come to an end in second place for $32,172 + $734, 'Sanderssi' was the last player standing and collected the gold medal alongside $43,892 + $45,823. Russia's 'Fakhish' won this week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up and earnt himself $32,779 in the process. 950 entrants took part which meant the prize pool remained at the guaranteed $200,000. Bryan Paris made the final table and exited in sixth place for $6,597, with 'chicalltreta' and 'Respect_Lt' taking the following two spots. 'NY17PATS14' fell in third place for $17,263 and 'Fakhish' secured victory after he eliminated '12dürma89' in second place for $23,788. There was a return to the schedule for the partypoker $5,200 The Big Game: $1m gtd and with it came 196 entrants. When the final table of eight was set, the UK's Tom 'Fugliee' Simm departed first and banked $23,000, with 'Lintyonthelash', 'Colette1986', 'Don_Marato', and 'FMylife' the next players to hit the rail. High-stakes crusher Roman 'SanityWaterline' Romanovsky collected the bronze medal for $105,000 before 'RPILON' faced off against 'drakeonne' heads-up for the $203,900 first-place prize. The latter was ultimately the final player to fall and banked $148,000, with 'RPILON' taking the glory. partypoker ambassador Joao Simao won the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator for over $65,000 after he came through a 120 player-field. 'ifearpanic' exited in eighth place for $4,193 + $4,200 (in bounties), before the Sweden based trio of 'Drulitooo', 'haddoken' and 'MOTHERSMATTERS' were next to depart. 'RovoDice' took fourth place for $11,290 + $6,496, and Sam 'DeanMalenko' Greenwood just missed out on a place in heads-up after he fell in third place for $16,129 + $7,153. The Brazilian Simao then saw off the challenge from 'skitzo793' to record yet another victory on his partner site. Current PocketFives world-ranked #3 'omgitsgiraf' took down the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter for a score worth over $44,000. A entrants total of 227 created a $231,540 prize pool, and when the play had reached the final three, it was 'raedge' who collected the bronze medal for $13,035 + $6,816 (in bounties). 'rudiqa1' was the final player to lose their bounty and departed in second place for $18,275 + $4,501, which meant a 203rd PocketFives gold medal for 'omgitsgiraf'. Over on 888poker, 'FItip4ldI' came through a 67 player-field in the $1,000 $50,000 gtd Whale to win $24,790 following a heads-up match against PocketFives world-ranked #1 'tutten7' (aka 'Lena900') who collected $16,750 as runner-up. And in the $100,000 gtd $215 Sunday Mega Deep, 'Turrrrible' topped a 496 field for $19,350 after a heads-up win over 'IggyGak' who banked $14,500 in second. Below are this week's Sunday Major results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,559 entrants, $1,155,900 prize pool CoriACE777 - $99,888.91* koyotus - $76,066.14* DIFINI - $88,839.01 MrsLynn18 - $44,929.02 Polcito666 - $32,604.93 JasonX85 - $23,661.27 Bo$$ D4wg - $17,170.89 RamiroUY - $12,460.94 End now - $9,042.83 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $200k Gtd 127 entrants, $254,000 prize pool ZeeJustin - $55,673.22 WATnlos - $42,848.53 Kot_Spartac - $32,978.11 Pimmss - $25,381.40 probirs - $19,534.63 srxakgirona - $15,034.71 krissyb24 - $11,571.37 veeea - $8,905.82 Lrslzk - $6,854.31 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 1,090 entrants, $545,000 prize pool Sanderssi - $43,892.77 + $45,823.12 M.nosbocaJ - $32,172.73 + $734.38 ade messi - $23,582.51 + $2,687.50 JAGUARRRRRRR - $17,285.90 + $5,429.69 pvigar - $12,670.50 + $10,577.13 mraink - $9,287.43 + $3,968.75 bigstealer - $6,807.65 + $4,679.70 12durma89 - $4,989.99 + $4,863.28 LoneHixx - $3,657.67 + $4,787.11 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 950 entrants, $200,000 prize pool Fakhish - $32,779.54 12dürma89 - $23,788.12 NY17PATS14 - $17,263.04 Respect_Lt - $12,527.78 chicalltreta - $9,091.40 bparis - $6,597.62 Skubidu888 - $4,787.88 R0HR - $3,474.56 MinRaise - $2,521.48 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $200k Gtd 120 entrants, $246,000 prize pool joaosimaobh - $22,592.72 + $42,623.46 skitzo793 - $22,568.64 + $5,414.06 DeanMalenko - $16,129.03 + $7,153.12 RovoDice - $11,290.32 + $6,496.87 MOTHERSMATTERS - $8,387.09 + $3,018.75 haddoken - $6,451.61 + $1,575 Drulitooo - $5,161.29 + $2,231.25 ifearpanic - $4,193.54 + $4,200 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 227 entrants, $231,540 prize pool omgitsgiraf - $18,298.70 + $26,731.26 rudiqa1 - $18,275.95 + $4,501.25 raedge - $13,035.88 + $6,816.87 marlin5555 - $9,637.90 + $4,103.12 madgenius87 - $6,795.95 + $1,755 YumsYums - $5,189.64 + $845 simba8787 - $3,830.44 + $3,315 GettinDaize - $2,841.94 + $2,356.25 partypoker $5,200 The Big Game: $1m gtd 196 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool RPILON - $203,900 drakeonne - $148,000 SanityWaterline - $105,000 FMylife - $78,000 Don_Marato - $55,000 Colette1986 - $42,000 Lintyonthelash - $31,000 Fugliee - $23,000 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Grind - $200k Gtd 203 entrants, $203,000 prize pool SchelampigaUhu - $41,391.70 STORTjavlaGL - $30,044 megustaestrecha - $21,416.50 alwayswin2222 - $15,834 freddeaik11 - $11,165 PotatoLottery - $8,526 KONY2012 - $6,293 GewoonBeef - $4,669 888poker $1,000 $50,000 Whale 67 entrants – $67,000 prize pool FItip4ldI - $24,790 tutten7 - $16,750 matokr - $10,050 BriIliant - $6,700 Hateeeeem - $5,025 BeeTheBeagle - $3,685 888poker $100,000 gtd $215 Sunday Mega Deep 496 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Turrrrible - $19,350 IggyGak - $14,500 SkallePer58 - $11,000 Santtu0 - $8,250 SpiderMonk03 - $5,700 Graftekkel - $4,400 BluFFaLot90 - $3,400 allesrigged - 2,400
  19. 'Bencb789, 'GirafGanger7' and Jamie 'Ship it 2010' O'Connor were among the big Sunday winners as Roman Romanovsky and 'hello_totti' picked up silver medals. The biggest prize of the day unsurprisingly came in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million, after 'Lucky_Jew_17' came through the gigantic 11,525 player-field to bank $117,222. Canada's 'BigStick91' recorded by far their biggest online score to date for $61,729 after a third-place finish, and when the heads-up battle finally came to its conclusion, 'Iv Run' exited in second-place for $85,061. 'DRONCHEK' got the better of Russia's #1 ranked online player 'hello_totti' to win the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller. Current world #3 'C.Darwin2' took eighth place before Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford continued his recent run of high roller results by taking fourth place for $26,237. 'Malaka$tyle' banked $33,916 and the bronze medal before 'hello_totti' fell in second place for $43,842, which allowed 'DRONCHEK' to come through the 135 player-field and pick up the $56,673 first-place prize. The UK's Jamie 'Ship it 2010' O'Connor topped a 1,184 player-field to bank over $84,000 in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. PokerStars Team Pro Igor Kurganov finished in fifth place for $13,462 + $656 in bounties before 'mx.k' took fourth for $18,366 + $8,940. 'KuuL' departed in third place for $25,057 + $4,777, which saw O'Connor face off against 'anteen' for the win. The latter was unable to get the better of the Brit and collected $34,184 + $12,216 as runner-up, as O'Connor secured the top prize. 'fellatiado' defeated '69sBigLick' heads-up to win the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $32,681. A 997 player-field created a $199,400 prize pool with 'rofllocktree' finishing in third place for $17,211. 'fellatiado' then came through the final battle to take the title, and '69sBigLick' took away $23,716 in second. Former PocketFives.com world #1 'omgitsgiraf' saw off the heads-up challenge from 'Christoph3rP' to win the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter Fast. The current world ranked #4 collected $17,699 + $24,651 in boutnies for his win, as runner-up 'Christoph3rP' banked $17,678 + $1,235, and bronze medalist 'mematanlimon' was awarded $12,905 + $2,470. There was a Sunday victory for another well-known name in the poker world as 'mwhldwn' aka 'Bencb789' took down the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack for $40,780. The guaranteed prize pool of $200,000 was met as exactly 200 entrants took part and when the field had been whittled down the final three, it was 'Melania_Trump' who took the bronze position for $21,100. 'RaiseYourEdge' Head Coach 'Bencb789' then secured his victory by sending 'madgenius87' to the rail as runner-up for $29,600. 'SpiritDNA' prevented Roman 'SanityWaterline' Romanovsky from achieving a 14th gold medal of 2019 after a heads-up battle in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter. 'TullaMoreFan12' took third place from the 223 player-field for $12,806 + $6,601 in bounties, before current world ranked #2 Romanovsky just missed out on the win and exited in second place for $12,806 + $6,601, and saw 'SpiritDNA' bank $17,976 + $21,858 as the victor. 'SouhftfW' secured a second partypoker knockout title in as many weeks after taking down the $1,050 Sunday High Roller Gladiator. 'Maddonaa' was the third-place finisher for $17,196 + $7,710 in bounties, before 'CrazyLissy' was the final player to hit the rail in second place for $23,631 + $6,119, and 'SouhftfW' added another victory to their name for $23,658 plus a massive $51,564 in bounty prizes. 888poker offered their player pool the opportunity to take part in their flagship tournaments at a discounted prize this Sunday. The half-price $530 $50,000 Gtd Whale was won by 'ThERaIN96' for $15,812 after battling through a 115 player-field, and in the $100,000 Sunday Sale $109 Mega Deep,'DubaiPrince4' was the victor for $23,472 after seeing off a 1,304 player-field. Below are this week's Sunday Major results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 11,525 entrants, $1,152,500 prize pool Lucky_Jew_17 - $117,222.79 Iv Run - $85,061.64 BigStick91 - $61,729.16 SoEzForMe - $44,796.86 igor12345673 - $32,509.02 Vera15 - $23,591.67 Waulker - $17,120.38 CDOSSANTOS95 - $12,424.29 Openshoves85 - $9,016.23 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $200k Gtd 135 entrants, $270,000 prize pool DRONCHEK - $56,673.69 hello_totti - $43,842.62 Malaka$tyle - $33,916.59 1_conor_b_1 - $26,237.84 kufungua - $20,297.54 papan9_p$ - $15,702.17 Bounatirou - $12,147.16 C. Darwin2 - $9,397.02 prebz - $7,269.53 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $500k Gtd 1,184 entrants, $592,000 prize pool Ship it 2010 - $46,637.45 + $37,798.46 anteen - $34,184 + $12,216.53 KuuL - $25,057.05 + $4,777.34 mx.k - $18,366.74 + $8,940.91 IgorKurganov - $13,462.79 + $656.25 SoulRead93 - $9,868.19 + $5,339.94 LFmagic - $7,233 + $6,105.46 th'kick - $5,302.04 + $11,881.83 kenny05 - $3,886.39 + $4,226.57 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 997 entrants, $199,400 prize pool fellatiado - $32,681.76 69sBigLick - $23,716.75 rofllocktree - $17,211.25 papusha81 - $12,490.19 ccyrenne - $9,064.12 PeroQmaloSoy - $6,577.82 eijseijs - $4,773.51 extragloves - $3,464.13 pipiki - $2,513.91 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $200k Gtd 134 entrants, $274,700 prize pool SouhftfW - $23,658 + $51,564.86 (in bounties) CrazyLissy - $23,631.13 + $6,119.53 Maddonaa - $17,196 + $7,710.94 HeavensEdge222 - $12,180 + $3,806.25 RosenheimCops - $8,598.01 + $4,200 trinkie - $6,806.75 + $3,412.50 Chelsea72 - $5,416.74 + $4,134.37 FkTheseGuysBro - $4,299 + $4,265.62 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $200k Gtd 223 entrants, $227,460 prize pool SpiritDNA - $17,976.25 + $21,858.29 SanityWaterline - $17,953.91 + $10,662.03 TullaMoreFan12 - $12,806.17 + $6,601.56 Dark_Poker - $9,468.07 + $4,696.25 Chelsea72 - $6,676.20 + $5,256.87 SirStanleyRoyce - $5,098.19 + $4,972.50 Jojo_Bebeto - $3,762.95 + $2,941.25 Baila Conmigo - $2,791.86 + $260 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter Fast $200k Gtd 184 entrants, $200,000 prize pool omgitsgiraf - $17,699.48 + $24,651.26 Christoph3rP - $17,678.46 + $1,235 mematanlimon - $12,905 + $2,470 lafocafabla - $9,233.82 + $9,343.74 madgenius87 - $6,452.55 + $1,820 ca11meron - $5,006.29 + $2,908.75 savageplenty - $3,893.78 + $5,313.75 Ilove2fish - $3,059.78 + $3,575 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Deepstack - $200k Gtd 200 entrants, $200,000 prize pool mwhldwn - $40,780 madgenius87 - $29,600 Melania_Trump - $21,100 BackDoorMat - $15,600 AstraIncognita - $11,000 slayerv1fan - $8,400 SpiritDNA - $6,200 Boy-George - $4,600 888poker $530 $50,000 Sunday Sale Whale 115 entrants – $57,500 prize pool ThERaIN96 - $15,812.50 bah23 - $10,637.50 Grafkohks - $8,050 velkommeninn - $5,462.50 f0rmEiTseGal - $4,025 Kannwas - $3,018.75 Farrugia_1 - $2,443.75 Imyurfriend - $2,012.50 allesrigged - $1,725 888poker $100,000 Sunday Sale $109 Mega Deep 1,304 entrants – $130,400 prize pool DubaiPrince4 - $23,472 O_fenomeno - $16,952 Grobbshinit - $12,648.80 MuckFest - $9,454 tooCoolForNL - $6,572.16 Mistermoney2 - $5,216 R2Rka - $3,912 ZapanE - $2,608 ChristaBorg - $1,564.80
  20. One of online poker's most popular players, 'girafganger7,' scooped the 2019 PocketFives February PLB title. Girafganger7's February included 124 cashes for $454,604 in prize money and a leaderboard-topping 4,867.51 points. Girafganger7's largest score of February came in the GGPoker Sunday Blade $5K on February 25. In that event, he took third place for $52,437 and 314.86 points. Girafganger7 also had scores of $45,267 and $45,030 in February, with both of those coming in tournaments on partypoker. With the month of February he had, girafganger7 surged past $8 million in online tournament earnings and now boasts more than $8.38 million in earnings total. All told, girafganger7's February was 569.66 points better than the competition, with January PLB winner Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky coming in second place. Although he didn't win the monthly PLB title for the second month of 2019, Romanovsky had another solid showing. His biggest score in February was a $105,500 third-place finish in the The Big Game: $1M Gtd. on partypoker. He also recorded scores of $32,030 and $31,771 on GGPoker. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford placed third on the February PLB, tallying 4,041.66 points. His largest score was a sixth-place finish in the PokerStars Turbo Series 54: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for $54,106 and 336.12 points. He also took second in the PokerStars Turbo Series 100: $530 NLHE for $36,954 and 357.73 points and third in the partypoker Turbo Series 100: $530 NLHE for $32,400 and 253.42 points. Girafganger7, Romanovsky, and Beresford were the only three players to tally more than 4,000 monthly PLB points. Rounding out the leaderboard's top five were 'dartazzzz' with 3,984.01 points and 'lena900' with 3,914.57 points. PocketFives February PLB Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 'girafganger7' 4,867.51 2 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 4,297.85 3 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 4,041.66 4 'dartazzzz' 3,984.01 5 'lena900' 3,914.57 6 'inhoo' 3,859.73 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 3,651.31 8 'papan9_p$' 3,616.58 9 'DamageAP' 3,534.30 10 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro 3,282.27  
  21. partypoker’s $30 Million guaranteed POWERFEST super series kicked off on Sunday with 25 of the 255 scheduled tournaments generating prize pools in excess of $4.28 million. The largest buy-in tournament of the day was the $5,200 POWERFEST #03-SHR which smashed it’s $500K guarantee as 141 entries created a prize pool of $705,000. Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood, playing under his partypoker screen name ‘DeanMalenko’ took down the contest for $162,079, the largest POWERFEST score of the day. Greenwood defeated Hungary’s #2- ranked ‘wildace10’ heads up, who took home his own six-figure payday of $116,325. The final table of this event was packed with online poker’s elite as ‘mwhldwn’ (aka ‘Bencb789’), ‘girafganger7’, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot and partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao all made the top six and took home five-figure cashes. There will be plenty of the popular Progressive Knockout tournaments throughout the POWERFEST schedule and the biggest buy-in of them all on Sunday was the $2,100 POWERFEST #04-HR. 250 entries helped the tournament exceed the $500,000 guarantee by $12,500. The bulk of that prize pool was claimed by ‘JgsNV’ who took home the $40,305 first place prize and added on over $56,000 in bounties. ‘pockjack0’ officially finished as the runner-up for $40,255 and an extra $17,156 in bounties. There were two $1K tournaments on the schedule on Sunday. ’Hac3Cosas’ bested the 371 entry field in the $1,050 POWERFEST #02-HR [Deep, Eight Max] to earn the $71,974 first place payday. He outlasted ‘bscmt’ who settled for just over $51,000 as the runner up. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot also made an appearance on this final table, bowing out in eighth place for $6,900. The second of the $1K’s saw the #10-ranked player in the world, Sweden’s ‘inhoo’, take down the $1,050 POWERFEST #06-HR [PKO, Fast, Eight Max] for a total score of over $50K. Playing under his partypoker screen name ‘petdet3ctive’, the Swede grabbed the first place prize of $23,827 and tacked on an additional $28,384 over 10 collected bounties. ‘MysterioBrown’ finished in second place, taking home $23,827 plus over $8,600 in bounties. partypoker ambassador Kristen ‘Krissyb24’ Bicknell finished in sixth place for over $6,400 + $1,885 in bounties. POWERFEST $530 #01-HR [Slow, 8-Max], $250,000 Gtd 555 entrants, $277,500 prize pool 1. Ignent - $51,726 2. DamianLillard - $36,768.75 3. beguidobao - $25,058.25 4. z-booooo - $17,343.75 5. La.Brouletterie - $12,210 6. spinner2255 - $8,824.50 7. Krissyb24 - $6,354.75 8. Alien_Army - $4,551 POWERFEST $1,050 #02-HR [Deep, 8-Max], $300,000 Gtd 371 entrants, $371,000 prize pool 1. Hac3Cosas - $71,974 2. bscmt - $51,940 3. Sheparentao - $35,987 4. TullaMoreFan12 - $25,784.50 5. BateBicoPLZ - $18,364.50 6. NoisiaRadio - $13,615.70 7. shorezydrew - $9,460.50 8. proudflop - $6,900.60 POWERFEST $5,200 #03-SHR [8-Max], $500,000 Gtd 141 entrants, $705,000 prize pool 1. DeanMalenko - $162,079.50 2. wildace10 - $116,325 3. mwhldwn - $84,600 4. omgitsgiraf - $59,925 5. proudflop - $42,300 6. joaosimaobh - $33,487.50 7. Equilibrium_x - $26,649 8. TIMEXCNT - $21,150 POWERFEST $2,100 #04-HR [PKO, 8-Max], $500,000 Gtd 250 entrants, $512,000 prize pool 1. JgsNV - $40,305.44 + $56,023.28 in bounties 2. pockjack0 - $40,255.41 + $17,156.83 in bounties 3. mnbvcxziki - $28,713.40 + $9,089,06 in bounties 4. lgnent - $21,228.86 + $17,316.80 in bounties 5. smir9david - $14,969.07 + $10,352.34 in bounties 6. hi_all - $11,430.92 + $1,570 in bounties 7. Beeeetelgeuse - $8,437.11 + $4,331.25 in bounties 8. Maddonaa - $6,259.79 + $525 in bounties POWERFEST $530 #05-HR [Deep, Turbo, 8-Max], $100,000 Gtd 218 entrants, $111,725 prize pool 1. lincownz - $22,780.79 2. spera9k1 - $16,535.30 3. Spacey1891 - $11,786.98 4. petdet3ctive - $8,714.55 5. Flompe - $6,144.87 6. Jeff7010 - $4,692.45 7. kimokh - $3,463.47 8. ilushan - $2,569.67 POWERFEST $1,050 #06-HR [PKO, Fast, 8-Max], $300,000 Gtd 303 entrants, $309,060 prize pool 1. petdet3ctive - $23,827 + $28,384.70 in bounties 2. MysterioBrown - $23,797.32 + $8,616.57 in bounties 3. A23456789 - $16,701.80 + $7,645.62 in bounties 4. alwayswin2222 - $12,154.28 + $9,441.24 in bounties 5. Otxark0agabr0 - $8,598.94 + $3,956.87 in bounties 6. Krissyb24 - $6,449.21 + $1,885 in bounties 7. KERBMODE - $4,547.52 + $6,191.25 in bounties 8. SleepWalker13 - $3,307.28 + $4,452.50 in bounties POWERFEST $530 #07-HR [PKO, Turbo, Mix-Max], $100,000 Gtd 230 entrants, $117,875 prize pool 1. Barsukeen - $10,105.27 + $14,917.51 in bounties 2. megustaestrecha - $10,093.70 + $3,248.45 in bounties 3. alex2pairs - $7,180.25 + $2,190.25 in bounties 4. Krissyb24 - $5,235.19 + $2,272.26 in bounties 5. RhymeAndReason - $3,909.46 + $1,529.89 in bounties 6. Maddonaa - $2,606.31 + $1,443.75 in bounties 7. BernhardPavar - $1,581.25 + $1,000.79 in bounties 8. zxsd1976 - $1,581.25 + $1,804.67 in bounties 9. Isildur1 - $1,581.25 + $2,411.71 in bounties
  22. Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa had himself a very busy - and very fruitful - July as took down the PocketFives Leaderboard for the month. Koplimaa picked up 2,601 PLB points through his 20 qualifying cashes to win the Monthly PLB for the first time in his career. Koplimaa's biggest score came from a runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up event on July 14. Not only did he win $22,826.70, but he also picked up 246.86 PLB points. His second biggest score came three days prior when he beat out 104 other players in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $12,785 and 231.3 PLB points. Those were the only two times that Koplimaa picked up more than 200 PLB points. He did have 16 other cashes that earned him between 108.31 and 180.68 points. The biggest of those scores came when he finished second to former #1 'veeea' in the High Roller Club $530 Sunday 500 on July 7. He added $12,179 to his winnings and 180.68 to his PLB total. He also won a $109 NLHE (Six Max Hyper-Turbo), a pair of Big $44s, a $215 Bounty Builder Saturday Special, and a Hotter $82 all in the month of July. Only two of his 20 qualifying cashes earned him less than 100 points. All told, Koplimaa cashed 397 times in July amassing $163,496 in winnings. Geraldo Cesar 'GeraldoCesar' Neto finished one spot and 133 PLB points behind Koplimaa. Neto's biggest score came on July 28 after he beat out 3,290 other players in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder to win $23,679.72 and 405.65 PLB points. That same day he took down the PokerStars Hotter $215 for $16,347 and 301.33 PLB points. He also final-tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million on July 21, finishing eighth for $11,891 and 300.25 PLB points. Former #1-ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski rounded out the podium finishers, scoring 2,274 PLB points to finish third. Sikorski's biggest PLB score came thanks to his win in a 421-player field in the $215 Monday Six Max on PokerStars on July 22. Sikorski earned $15,185.10 and 290.17 PLB points. He also won the PokerStars Hotter $215 on July 14, and a pair of $109 Six Max events on July 18 and 31. The top-finishing American in July was New Jersey online poker grinder Vladimir 'Donate_here' Alexandrov who rode a third-place finish in the $3,200 High Roller bracelet event on WSOP.com on July 4. He won $173,241.39 and 694.53 PLB points. Playing only on regulated sites in New Jersey, Alexandrov managed a total of 23 cashes with 20 of them earning him enough points to crack the top five of the July PLB. Rounding out the top five, just nine points behind Alexandrov, was Britain's Patrick 'thebigdog09' Brooks. His biggest score came on July 14 when he took down the PokerStars Hotter $55 for $9,320 and 257.97 PLB points. Two days prior to that, he beat out the 252-player field in the High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $12,114 and 251 PLB points. The bottom half of the top 10 reads like a list of some of the best online players on the planet including Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii, and two former #1s 'girafganger7' and Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 markovitsus 2,601 2 geraldocesar 2,468 3 p0cket00 2,274 4 Donate_here 2,244 5 thebigdog09 2,235 6 girafganger7 2,158 7 josef_shvejk 2,060 8 Gettin Daize 1,979 9 Wonderboy222 1,967 10 whatisL0v3 1,966
  23. Former #1-ranked online poker player in the world ‘girafganger7’ added another line item to his already incredibly packed resume by taking down the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for August. While some online players may have been taking one last chance to go on vacation before summer ends, ‘Giraf’ (2399 PLB points) was putting in maximum volume accumulating over 120 results for a total of just over $125,000 in earnings. His highlight score came on the back half of the month when he outlasted the 284 runners in the August 21 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR, taking home $13,519 for the win. He accomplished the same feat just 10 days later, winning the same tournament on August 31 for another $9,721. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] In total, ‘Giraf’ picked up four-figures or more in 21 of his results, three of which were good for over $10K. Adding to those results, he earned eight PLB qualifying scores making up 1,398.74 of his total August PLB of 2,399 points. His PLB point accumulations have helped the UK-based pro to keep himself among the elite players in the world, where he currently sits at #14 in the world. This is the third time in 'Giraf's storied career that he has picked up a Monthly PLB award. His first came back in April of 2017 and his second PLB badge was awarded in February of this year. Just 62 PLB points behind ‘Giraf’ was another former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver (2,337). Over the past few months, Oliver has been making strides back up the PocketFives Rankings, where he currently sits as the #8 player in the world. He kicked off August with a bang, taking down the August 1 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder for $17,397 and 309 PLB points. Oliver picked up his second five-figure score of the month on August 11 when he had a final table finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $15,023 and 182.99 PLB points. He added two more five-figure scores en route to amassing $134,000 over the course of 123 in the money finishes. Russia’s ‘papan9_p$’ (2,194) is enjoying a career-high ranking of #10 in the world after a stellar month of August as well. Coming in at #3 on the Monthly PLB, ‘papan9_p$’ earned his highlight score of the month by taking down the August 4 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $32,862 and 403.73 PLB points. After his over $118,000 in earnings in August, he is days away from breaking past the major milestone of over $5 million in total career online earnings. Another player enjoying career-high online poker success is noted live tournament crusher Kristen ‘krissyb24’ Bicknell, who comes in at #4 for the month of August. Bicknell recently just smashed through into the top ten in the PocketFives Rankings and is coming off an all-time high of #6, currently landing at #7 in the world. Unlike some of her peers on this list, Bicknell was not putting in tons of online volume in August - notching just 30 tournament results in the month. But when she did play, she routinely crushed. A partypoker sponsored ambassador, Bicknell started the month off with a five-figure score in the POWERFEST #21 High Roller for $14,857 and 184.16 PLB points. She followed that up just days later with a final table finish in the POWERFEST #38 Super High Roller, picked up another $20,000 and 220 PLB points. Her third and final five-figure score came in the August 11 POWERFEST Super High Roller where she earned another $29,082 and 306.26 PLB points. Her total earnings for the month wer over $119,000 with eight PLB-qualifying cashes. Bicknell's stellar month was just enough to help her soar past $3 million in lifetime online earnings to go with her more than $4 million in cashes on the live circuit. Rounding out the top five for the month of August was emerging Brazilian online superstar Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar. Cesar racked up 129 total cashes in August for a total of over $115,000 in earnings. This included a runner-up finish in the August 18 PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder for $28,595 and 321 PLB points - his largest score of the month. He followed that up with a victory in the August 26 GGPoker Sunday Blade for another $15,546 and 273.86 PLB points. PocketFives August Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 girafganger7 2,399 2 Gettin Daize 2,337 3 papan9_p$ 2,194 4 krissyb24 2,187 5 geraldocesar 2,171 6 funwheel 2,076 7 YugiohPro 1,872 8 pleno1 1,866 9 s.totuli 1,852 10 x_zola25 1,847
  24. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. Even though it was August, the WSOP Main Event was back in the headlines, as a player that was disqualified from the tournament had a terrorism charge brought against him and another player was being sued over a staking deal. Ken Strauss Arrested and Charged for Terroristic Threat Ken Strauss, who was disqualified from the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, was taking into custody and charged with making terroristic threats against a Las Vegas casino. The charge stemmed from Strauss’ social media activity at the end of July. In a tweet, Strauss threatened the Venetian Resort. WSOP Main Event Seventh-Place Finisher Sued Another big story from August that had WSOP Main Event ties was a lawsuit involving seventh-place finisher Nick Marchington. The 21-year-old Marchington won $1.525 million for his result, but he was soon hit with a lawsuit from two men who claimed to have bought a 10% piece of his WSOP Main Event action. David Yee and Colin Hartley, partners in C Biscuit Poker Staking, alleged that Marchington attempted to back out of a staking deal after he had agreed to sell 10% of his action to them for the WSOP's $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em and Main Event tournaments. There were many questions surrounding the situation, most of which focused on the conversations had between the two parties and if the deal was on or off. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Aaron Zang Wins Poker’s Richest Tournament With a buy-in of £1.05 million, the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity became poker’s richest tournament. It was also set to award some absolutely mammoth paydays. Topping the field of 54 entries was Aaron Zang, who won £13.779 million. But, Zang wasn’t the event’s biggest winner. A heads-up deal between Zang and Bryn Kenney saw Kenney take home £16.89 million. The conversion rate put the score north of $20.4 million for Kenney, making him the holder of poker’s largest single score from a live tournament. Triton Million Results 1st: Aaron Zang - £13,779,791* 2nd: Bryn Kenney - £16,890,509* 3rd: Dan Smith - £7,200,000 4th: Stephen Chidwick - £4,410,000 5th: Vivek Rajkumar - £3,000,000 6th: Bill Perkins - £2,200,000 7th: Alfred DeCarolis - £1,720,000 8th: Timothy Adams - £1,400,000 9th: Wai Leong Chan - £1,200,000 10th: Chin Wei Lim - £1,100,000 11th: Winfred Yu - £1,100,000 *First and second prizes as a result of a heads-up deal. For more on this incredible tournament, go back and read the PocketFives recap. Bryn Kenney Doing His Own Thing and Crushing Speaking of Bryn Kenney, PocketFives’ Lance Bradley had the opportunity to sit down with Kenney for an interview. Even though he’s younger, Kenney isn’t often thought of as the same wizard-like player that his peers are. Kenney would be the first to admit it, too, but with a style all to his own he put together a tremendous year of poker in 2019. Checking in on Kenney’s stats on Hendon Mob, we can see that Kenney has more than $56 million in live tournament earnings and is atop poker’s all-time money list. As we mentioned before, he’s also the holder of poker’s largest single score from a live tournament. In 2019, Kenney won more than $30 million. Take some time and read the special feature story on this special player. PSPC Going To Barcelona in 2020 The first-ever PokerStars Players Championship was a smashing success, becoming the largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. PokerStars wanted to run it back, only in a different location, and announced that the PSPC would be heading to Barcelona, Spain. Taking place August 20-24, the 2020 PSPC will be part of the European Poker Tour stop in Barcelona that is ever so popular with players. Platinum Passes are back and currently being given out through a variety of promotions from PokerStars, and this event is anticipated to be even larger than the first. ‘Girafganger7’ Wins Monthly PLB in August 'Girafganger7,' a former top-ranked online poker player in the world, earned his second PocketFives Monthly PLB title by topping the leaderboard in August. He put in a ton of volume and accumulated 2,399 points from more than 120 results. He won just over $125,000 from those results. His August was highlighted by a win in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $13,519.
  25. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. When the calendar turned to February, a number of the top online poker players attempted to take a stand against PokerStars and a much-heralded new online poker site launched. The Boycott: PokerStars vs MTT Heavy Hitters Just before Valentine's Day, PokerStars broke the hearts of some of their most frequent high stakes tournament grinders. A little over 18 months after first introducing Stars Rewards, the company announced major changes to the program that meant MTT players would be earning 55% fewer reward points for any tournament fees paid. Players originally earned 100 reward points for every $1/€1 in rake paid. The changes meant players would now earn just 45 reward points for every $1/€1 in fees. The online MTT community didn't respond well to this change. One of the top-ranked players in the world, 'girafganger', organized a boycott which started out as 250 other players agreeing to sit out a $5,200 buy-in Turbo Series event on PokerStars that same week. "The nonstop rake increases and unbeatable formats they have been pushing on all of us, with the latest one pushing me over the edge, made me reach out to some of the high stakes regs to try and convince them to skip the $5K PokerStars Turbo Series event as a protest," 'girafganger' said in a statement. "The positive feedback was overwhelming and it didn’t take long for a group to naturally form." Some of the players boycotting included 'lena900', 'C Darwin2', Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas, Calvin Anderson, and Samuel '€urop€an' Vousden. PokerStars' chief competition, partypoker, even went as far as to create a special $5,000 buy-in tournament with a $1,000,000 guarantee to run against the PokerStars tournament that was subject to the boycott. The boycott didn't seem to have the impact the players were hoping for. The PokerStars event drew 187 total entries, down just seven players from the same tournament a week earlier while the partypoker event met the guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Bryn Kenney Chops Up the Aussie Millions Main Event Bryn Kenney had himself one helluva 2019 and it all started in earnest in February when he won the Aussie Millions Main Event after a three-way chop. The tournament ended as soon as the deal was agreed upon. Michael Del Vecchio actually had a slight chip lead when negotiations began, but Kenney was able to talk his way into a deal that gave him the title and a $1,272,598 AUD ($914,617 US) payday. Kenney won the title despite not being responsible for eliminating a single player from the final table. Del Vecchio took home $1,272,162 AUD while third-place finisher Andrew Hinrichsen banked $1,097,739 AUD. The event drew 822 runners to break the previous record of 800 from 2018. Kenney wasn't the biggest winner from the Aussie Millions though. Toby Lewis, who won the $50,000 High Roller and finished runner-up in the $25,000 Challenge, earned $1,607,654 AUD ($1,149,064 US) to top the 2019 Aussie Millions earnings list. Team PokerStars Loses Two In January, PokerStars was more than happy to trot out their Team Pros and Ambassadors at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for every media opportunity possible. Less than a month later, two of the most visible pros on their roster began what would be a season-long exodus. In early February, Jamie Staples and Jeff Gross both announced that they were leaving Team PokerStars. Gross and Staples each made an announcement of their own confirming their departure. For Gross, it was a matter of not being able to come to terms on a new contract to continue representing the site. “Is this it for you in poker? The answer is ‘no’,” Gross said “If anything, we are just getting locked in, just getting strapped in and it’s seriously about to turn up.” Staples was looking further ahead and had plans to take his career, poker and streaming, to a new level. “I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker,” Staples said at the time. “It was a risk and I thought about it a lot and I decided to go on my own.” Over the course of the next few months, Gross and Staples both signed on with partypoker to represent their brand at live events on via player-created content on YouTube and Twitch. David Peters Takes Home US Poker Open In mid-month, the PokerGO airwaves were jam-packed with the 10 events from the US Poker Open. Most of the high roller regulars were out in full force for events with buy-ins from $10,000 up to the $100,000 Main Event. David Peters closed out the by winning the Main Event for $1.32 million. That victory also allowed him to beat out Sean Winter for the overall Series title. Peters had two cashes heading into the Main Event. He finished second to Winter in Event #4 ($10,000 Short Deck) for $100,800 and then fifth in Event #9 ($50,000 No-Limit Hold’em) for $164,000 before winning the 33-player Main Event. Stephen Chidwick won a pair of USPO titles. He beat Winter heads-up to win Event #1 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em) and then won Event #6 ($25,000 Pot Limit Omaha). Other US Poker Open event winners included Jordan Cristos (Event #2), Lauren Roberts (Event #3), Ali Imsirovic ( Event #5), Bryn Kenney (Event #7), Nick Schulman (Event #8), and Koray Aldemir (Event #9). Run It Once Goes Live When Phil Galfond announced in 2016 that he was launching an online poker site of his own, the poker world was excited that one of their own was stepping out to give them a new place to play. It became a patience tester for both Galfond and poker community. It took two years longer than Galfond expected, but in February, Run It Once launched the Public Beta version of their software to much fanfare. Galfond, who had been transparent about the delays and hiccups experienced along the way, was more than happy to put the product out to the world in an effort to get much-needed feedback. “The deck may be stacked against us, but I believe that with just a little bit of help from you, we can make our poker dream a reality – we can conquer threats to online poker’s future through the innovations we launch with and the countless more still to come, we can be a driving force for positive change in the industry, and we can make Run It Once exactly what a poker site should be.”  

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