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  1. With a month and a half left in the year, Sweden’s 'lena900' (28,117.68) maintains his lead in the PocketFives 2018 PLB race. His last few weeks have been filled with plenty of volume as he widened the gap between himself and 'C Darwin2' (25,993.48). There have been no changes to the top five spots on the leaderboard in the past two weeks. PocketFives 2018 PLB Top 5 as of November 14 1. 'lena900' - 28,117.68 2. 'C Darwin2' - 25,993.48 3. 'hellohellohello' - 23,840.61 4. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky - 21,678.21 5. Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone - 20,526.95 Since the last update on October 23, 'lena900' has added nearly 1,000 points to his total. His largest score since was worth $36,628.52 when he won the $1,050 buy-in partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller on November 4. Other notable recent scores for 'lena900' include a first-place finish in the 888poker Sunday Mega Deep on November 4 for $20,867, a win in the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller on November 1 for $10,877.22, a second-place result in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $10,069.75, and another second-place finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $15,671.39. Although 'C Darwin2' maintained his second-place standing in the PocketFives 2018 PLB race, he only added 237.17 points to his total. Only two recent scores were worth five figures for 'C Darwin2' and both came on PokerStars - a third-place finish in the High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $10,038.30 and a first-place result in the High Roller Club: Daily 500 for $15,523.81. Russia’s 'hellohellohello' (23,840.61) stays in third place, but he did close the gap a bit between himself and 'C Darwin2.' November has been good to 'hellohellohello' so far, as he’s notched two scores of more than $20,000. The first of the two came in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller on November 4 for $20,587.78. The second was a victory in the partypoker BIG Bounty Hunter High Roller for $23,446.15. Rounding out the top five spots in the PocketFives 2018 PLB are two players who are no strangers to the top of this race, Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky (21,678.21) and Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone (20,526.95). The ground Romanovsky is standing on in fourth place is getting a little shaky, though. He has no recorded results since September 30 and Petrone is grinding hard to try and move up. Then just outside of the top five is Latvia’s 'DamageAP' (20,407.91), just 119.04 points behind Petrone.
  2. After weeks of very little movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 10, there has been some shifting of spots with two online grinders climbing their way into career-high rankings. At the top of the rankings remains Sweden’s 'lena900'. While he didn’t manage any PLB qualifying cashes, “lena900” continues to pad his bankroll with a pair of five-figure scores this week. His grind was highlighted by a runner-up finish in 888poker’s July 15 edition of The $50,000 Whale for $14,500. He continues his climb to $12 million in lifetime earnings, nearly surpassing the $11.25 million mark. Still trailing the #1 spot by over 1800 PLB points is fellow Swede, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’. He did pick up some valuable points this week when he finished in second place in PokerStars’ June 15 edition of the Hotter $215 for $10,689 and 187.77 PLB points. There’s a new #3-ranked player this week as Russia’s 'hellohellohello' overtook Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky, who continues to be MIA from the online tables. “hellohellohello” benefitted from the aging PLB scores of Romanovsky, as he was also unable to score any new PLB points, despite making a few appearances online. A new member of the top 5 is Canada’s 'GINS FINEST' who touches #5 for the first time in his career. Like 'hellohellohello' just above him, the Canadian’s one spot jump up is mostly due to a lack of activity from the, now, #6 ranked Andres 'probirs' Nemeth who took the entire week off. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone had a healthy schedule this past week, picking up a second place finish in the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter on June 14 for $4,674 and 130.52 PLB points. The top ranking Argentinan is very likely to hit $4 million in lifetime earnings within the next two weeks as he is less than $14,000 shy of the milestone. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ maintains his #8 rank despite not registering for any tournaments this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez picks up one spot to land at #9 this week. The UK’s new #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot is the second player in the top 10 to reach a new career high rank by coming in at #10. In total, Proudfoot made over $26,000 this week over the course of 29 cashes. Proudfoot had been steadily ascending over the course of the past few months and now is only 100 PLB points from taking another step up in the rankings. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,414.08 1 2 C Darwin2 10,560.35 2 3 hellohellohello 9,932.16 4 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,866.80 3 5 GINS FINEST 9,323.64 6 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,201.01 5 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,820.04 7 8 Ariados 8,487.90 8 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 10 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 11 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,286.06 9 12 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 13 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 16 14 DamageAP 8,105.03 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,939.84 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,823.92 18 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,791.43 12 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,680.88 17 19 Palyaaa 7,604.02 20 20 girafganger7 7,542.63 19 21 European 7,411.14 21 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,316.18 22 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,278.08 23 24 kofi89 7,181.95 25 25 NoPlanB 7,168.12 26
  3. PokerStars SCOOP and partypoker Powerfest offered ROW players numerous opportunities to pick up PLB points for the May PocketFives Leaderboard. The best players in the world took advantage of the chances given to them and earned points along with hundreds of thousands of dollars for their time. 'lena900' did the most lifting in May with 7,135.57 points to their name by the time Memorial Day weekend wrapped up. The #1 ranked player in the world won a SCOOP event (39-H: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max], $175K Gtd) and Powerfest MTT (#53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO]) in the same week to cap off a fantastic few weeks of grinding. The $430,047 Powerfest Main Event win is the largest score for 'lena900' in their esteemed career. 'lena900' now ranks #7 on the all-time money list with $10.979 million in cashes. Current ROW #3 Roman 'romeopro' Romanovsky pulled off the incredible by winning two SCOOP titles in a single-week to open the series. The Ukranian masher won Event #16 6-Max $5,200 NLHE Turbo for $138,536 and Event #2 $1,050 8-Max for $123,395 to boost his surge up the rankings. In between the victories, Romanovsky earned a silver medal in the SCOOP $25,000 High Roller to earn a personal-record for best cash by taking home $442,299. At a new all-time high is Michael Chi 'mczhang' Zhang, who notched three monumental scores. Zhang shipped the SCOOP Event #21 ($2,100 Six-Max Shootout) and took second in the SCOOP #37 ($215 8-Max Mini Super Tuesday) a few days later. The month capped off with a fifth-place run in the $25,500 Powerfest Championship Event. Zhang placed sixth and added $212,100 to his growing bankroll. The Brazilian contingent made their presence known via Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. The former PocketFives #1 struck gold in the SCOOP #48 $2,100 PLO Win the Button worth 726.64 points along with the Powerfest #54 PLO High Roller for 312.25 more. Another former #1 to hit it huge was Chris 'BigHuni' Hunichen. The #4 ranked all-time earner on PocketFives added $618,944 to his winnings in the SCOOP $10,000 Main Event. Hunichen placed third out of 654 runners to claim the prize. Thomas 'Dattebayo' Muhlocker did himself plenty of favors by climbing the ladder to sixth place in the SCOOP Main Event. The result provided Muhlocker with 872.77 PLB points. Muhlocker also won two Powerfest events on the same day to earn over $93,000 combined. Russia is on the PLB rankings board thanks to 'hellohellohello.' They claimed a bronze medal in Powerfest and a few final table finishes in SCOOP. The volume equaled 4,017.70 points on the month. 'hellohellohello' placed sixth and 10th in the SCOOP 14 (8-Max High Roller) Medium and High variations, respectively. Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot shipped the 888poker $1 million guaranteed XL Inferno Main Event. The win was $209,779 and 1,076.57 points to boost his name up the list. Proudfoot also bagged a second-place finish in SCOOP #40 ($5,200 8-Max High Roller) and added 752.24 more points. The top-10 is concluded by Andres 'probirs' Nemeth. The Hungarian climbed the mountain in the prestigious SCOOP $25,000 High Roller and was awarded $576,087 for his troubles. Nemeth earned his third career SCOOP title with the win. May 2018 Top 10 PLB Points Winners RANK Player POINTS 1 lena900 7,135.57 2 Romeopro 5,588.51 3 mczhang 4,535.26 4 joaosimaobh 4,186.83 5 Big Huni 4,147.56 6 Dattebayo 4,037.37 7 Illini213 4,034.53 8 hellohellohello 4,017.70 9 proudflop 3,977.69 10 probirs 3,962.67
  4. 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
  5. Online poker is a global game with players logging on and grinding from every part of the world. Every country has a #1-ranked player and here we take a look at some of those that lead the way in their home countries. ‘hellohellohello’ - Russia For the better part of 2018, Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ has not only been the #1-ranked player in the country but he has also been a perennial player in the worldwide Top 5. The Russian is currently sitting less than $500 shy of reaching the incredible milestone of $8 million in lifetime earnings and he continues to grind regularly. Even though he has been taking some days off after the large fall online series he has still managed to post up a pair of five-figure scores in October. His largest recent score came with his victory in the October 11 edition of the bwin.com Bounty Roller High Roller for $31,555 and 339.50 PLB points. He followed that up just over a week later with another outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $23,851 and another 352.14 PLB points. In addition to his October victories, back in September he pulled off back-to-back six-figure score and took home over $647,000 in that month alone. ‘hellohellohello’ is currently ranked #4 in the world. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao - Brazil partypoker Ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao is not only generally regarded as one of online poker’s best, but he is also currently sitting as the #1-ranked player in Brazil. Like ‘hellohellohello’, Simao is closing in on $8 million in lifetime earnings and if he continues to keep grind as he has in October, he’ll likely get there by the end of the year. In October, to date, Simao has earned just over $97,000. His highlight score came in the October 21 edition of the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller where he took second place for $42,875. It was his second five-figure score of the month. The former #1-ranked grinder is currently sitting at #16 in the world thanks in part to his massive month of September in which he picked up 15 PLB qualifying cashes, nine of which were for five-figures or more. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - Hungary Another player who has recently spent regular time in the top 10 is Hungary’s #1-ranked player Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth. Nemeth, the #7-ranked player in the world, is one of the few players in history to eclipse $9 million in lifetime earnings. Nemeth is a regular in the biggest online tournaments available having just made a final table appearance at the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars WCOOP-62-H High Roller, where he finished in sixth place for $201,804. He crushed the month of September, regularly cashing in both partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars' WCOOP festivals. In total, he cashed for roughly $650,000 and accrued 14 PLB qualifying scores. In addition to his WCOOP finish, he earned a POWERFEST title in Event-29-SHR where he took first for $177,935 and an even 1000 PLB points. Although Nemeth has been putting in low volume in the month of October, registering only six cashes to date, he already has two five-figure scores. Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone - Canada After recently eclipsing over $5 million in lifetime earnings, Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone has become the current #1-ranked player in Canada. He recently posted a major six-figure score by taking down PokerStars WCOOP-45-H ($2,100 5-Card PLO) for $101,928 and over 730 PLB points. When many of the top flight poker pros were taking time off in the summer, Stone was grinding and racking up PLB qualified cashes helping him reach as high as #3 in the world. Since the end of the major fall online series, Stone has scaled down his volume and currently sits as the worldwide #13-ranked player. That’s not to say Stone is not battling it out online in the month of October. To date, he has posted 18 results for just over $17,000 including a runner-up finish in the October 2 edition of the PokerStars $215 Fat Tuesday for $8,323 and 158.07 PLB points. ‘Dattebayo’ - Austria Austria’s #1-ranked player is ‘Dattebayo’, a former top-10 ranked pro who is climbing back up the rankings. Back in 2012, ‘Dattebayo’ reached as high as #7 in the world, today he currently sits at #24. The Austrian is on the precipice of hitting $6.5 million in lifetime earnings, needing less than $20,000 to get there. One of his country’s true grinders, ‘Dattebayo’ put in work in the month of September. He started the month off strong when he bubbled the final table of the partypoker POWERFEST #3-SHR for $20,000 and 237.23 PLB points. Then he wrapped up the month with a second place finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Hight Roller for another $29,587 and 328.39 PLB points. He recorded over 50 cashes in the month for just over $145,000. It’s likely that ‘Dattebayo’ will hold down the top spot in Austria for quite some time as the next closest player to him in the country is over 3000 PLB points behind him.
  6. On the heels of the 2018 World Series of Poker, the month of August is usually a reset for many in the poker world after they take some time to recharge from the strenuous Vegas grind. That doesn't mean the news slows down, though. Here are PocketFives’ top stories from August. Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company August closed with a bang as far as news headlines were concerned, after it was made known that Shelby "Anna" McCann, a former employee of poker media outlet CardPlayer, was charged with the theft of $1.1 million from the company. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, McCann had been stealing from the company for quite some time, writing checks to herself, increasing her own salary without approval, and paying off personal debt with company money. READ: Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for €1.65M Mikita Badziakouski has had himself quite the 2018. Entering the December Super High Roller Bowl, Badziakouski had already earned more than $14.5 million on the live felt, including four seven-figure scores. One of those huge scores came in August when Badziakouski won the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller. Badziakouski topped a field of 54 entries in the six-figure buy-in tournament to continue his incredible pace in 2018. He won the event for the third-largest score of his live tournament career, €1.65 million, and did so in one of the toughest high-stakes tournaments in the world. READ: Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for €1.65M SHRPO Big 4: Eisen Wins Championship, Foxen Goes Back-to-Back Seminole Hard Rock's 'Big 4' group of poker events has quickly risen the ranks as one of the best tournament festivals in the world. This year's event saw Brandon Eisen, Alex Foxen, Marc MacDonnell, and Jake Schindler earn the four major victories. Foxen's win stuck out in particular, and it’s because the event he won, the $2,650 No-Limit Hold'em event, was the same one he won the year before. In 2018, he took home $208,452 for topping a field of 422 entries. In 2017, he bested a field of 395 entries to win $204,600. READ: Eisen Wins Championship, Foxen Goes Back-to-Back The Year of the Fox: Alex Foxen Now Living the Poker Dream Sticking with Foxen, PocketFives' Jeff Walsh sat down with the poker pro in August to discuss the year he was having, bookended by the two SHRPO wins in South Florida. At the time, Foxen stated that he was "aiming to reach #1 in the GPI rankings." He reached that goal in October and remained #1 on the GPI for the rest of the year. READ: Alex Foxen Now Living the Poker Dream SUNDAY MAJORS: Sunday Million DDoS’d; Moorman, Leonard Win Elsewhere Although the names of Chris Moorman and Patrick Leonard are included in the headline on this story, the big story from Sunday, August 12, was that PokerStars had to cancel many of its tournaments due to a DDoS attack across its network that caused outages in events such as the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, High Roller, and Bounty Builder High Roller, with refunds and prize money distributed. In more positive news from this Sunday, Moorman and Leonard both scored sizable victories on the platforms of their sponsors. READ: Sunday Million DDoS’d; Moorman, Leonard Win Elsewhere ‘hellohellohello’ Wins August Monthly PLB Title PocketFiver 'hellohellohello' claimed the Monthly PLB title for August with 3,062.21 points. His biggest score came on August 19 when he won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 and 1,091.60 points. He also won the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill [Progressive KO], $175K Gtd for $27,270 and 378.15 points during August.
  7. The partypoker MILLIONS Online wrapped up yet another starting flight on Sunday with Colombian Carlos 'carlitos350' Camargo topping the Day 1C field. Camargo ended the day with 19,285,021 which puts him sixth overall after the third starting flight. Sweden's 'JORD_GUBBEN' bagged up 18,421,926 for the second best stack of the day. Just 162 of the 1,112 Day 1C entries advanced to Day 2. There are now 464 players already through to Day 2 with two more starting flights to come. The #3-ranked player in the world, Russia's 'hellohellohello', finished with 13,648,610, the 15th biggest stack of the day. Fedor Holz finished with 11,946,929. The current #2-ranked player in the world, 'C Darwin2', snuck into the top 40 Day 1C stacks after finishing with 9,192,875. Overlay Tracking The Day 1C field added another $5,560,000 to the prize pool which now sits at $15,850,000 - $4,150,000 short of the guarantee with just two starting flights remaining. Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts carlitos350 - 19,285,021 JORD_GUBBEN - 18,421,926 hamishc2 - 17,777,764 Alien_Army - 17,351,003 Thomas 'chaAat' Boivin - 16,938,436 Joni 'JJouhki' Jouhkimainen - 16,158,283 RosenheimCops - 156,969,561 savetrpo - 15,329,451 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - 15,378,83 Hahaha_Owned - 15,042,585 Overall Chip Leaders Phil_Gruissem – 26,865,379 hi_all – 24,126,018 bfzhang – 22,549,892 patrondelmal – 21,904,963 Beezneez360 – 21,808,451 carlitos350 - 19,285,021 M1KE1NBRAZIL – 18,884,694 CASHEEEGAMEEE – 18,682,668 JORD_GUBBEN - 18,421,926 hamishc2 - 17,777,764 partypoker MILLIONS Online Schedule Monday, Dec. 3 – Day 1D Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Day 1E (Turbo) Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Day 2 Wednesday, Dec 5 – Final Day
  8. We've done a lot of interviews here on PocketFives featuring players who have won some of the largest tournaments offered on a weekly basis. Recently, Russia's hellohellohello(pictured), whom we'll refer to as H3 from here on out, won the 888 Poker Sunday Challengefor $23,000, an iPOPS event for $25,000, and the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $65,000 officially. All three scores, which combine for over $110,000, have happened in the last two months. The 23-year-old Russian player from Togliatti told us he "plays $109 Rebuys on my own and I hate nits." How has he managed to be so successful in the last eight weeks? He touts a pretty simple recipe for success: "How did I do it? Easy! I was just winning coin flips and fighting for each ante. In general, my victories happened at the right time." He said of his iPOPS score, "I managed to make the top 18 using two entries. I made a deposit right before the session to be able to do so. I was playing really well using both entries. At the final table, I was lucky to be seated on the opposite side of the table as the top regs, so they didn't give me a hard time. And then it was an easy game for me until heads-up play, where I managed to win by making a fortunate hero call against joaomathias." The hero call resulted in his largest career cash at the time. Nine days after the iPOPS win, the 888 Sunday Challenge served as his stomping ground. The tournament happened on the same weekend as the PokerStars SCOOP Main Event and, as H3 put it, many of the game's top players were likely more focused on SCOOP than on 888. "The 888 tournament was scheduled at the same time as the SCOOP Main Event," he said. "Apparently, the top regs were focused on the $10K and, therefore, the field in the later stages of the 888 tournament was pretty soft. My heads-up opponent deserved the victory more than I did, but the RNG was on my side." His Sunday 500 win came on June 1 and has helped boost his total cashes on PokerStars to over a half-million bucks. H3 is the top-ranked PocketFiver in the city of Togliattiand #4 in Russia. Worldwide, partly on the strength of his Sunday 500 win, he has shot up to #94, his highest ranking ever. He said of his homeland, "The Russian community is very friendly. But in case you suck out on your colleague in a deep run, be ready to get a punch to your face and liver. Ha-ha, just kidding of course! Just the face." We're pretty sure that's the first time a liver punch has ever been mentioned in an interview, so we're definitely charting new territory. He admitted, "Russians don't have the best reputation in the world, but in fact we have many good poker players and vivid personalities." In case you're wondering, there are just over 1,000 Russians with PLB scores on PocketFives. H3 has eight online MTT scores of at least $10,000 and is closing in on 1,900 in the money finishes overall. He plays as hello_totti on PokerStars and Full Tilt and hellohelloooon 888. We asked what qualities he thinks make for a successful MTT player nowadays. After all, this author has been in the industry for eight years and has seen our world spin upside down multiple times. "Discipline, psychological stability, controlled ego, and aces on the button," he jokingly responded. If you don't have an 888 Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a special 100% up to $600 deposit bonus (normally 100% up to $400), $88 free in most locations, and one free month of PocketFives Training with no signup fee. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. Headed into the final months of 2018, the race for the PocketFives 2018 PLB is in the final stretch. Players who have spent the better part of the year inside the top-10 rankings continue to grind out major volume and pack on PLB points in an effort to not only hit huge scores but also finish the year as at the top of the online poker world. The current leader of the pack is Sweden’s ‘lena900’ (27,159.68). The current #1-ranked player in the world took over the top spot in online poker at the end of the major spring online series and has not let go of his lead for the better part of five months. ‘lena900’ has had an amazing year by any standard thus far in 2018 with five six-figure scores. Those five tournaments alone would be enough to put the Swede well over $1 million in earnings for the year. Back in February 2018, he celebrated $9 million in total career earnings, however as of October he has soared past $12.4 million. His highlight score came during the major spring online series. During partypoker’s POWERFEST Event-53-SHR $10K Championship Event ‘lena900’ won the event and earned $430,047 plus 1,414.21 PLB points. It stands as a career-high online score for him and had helped propel him as the frontrunner for the 2018 Yearly PLB award. Not that far behind ‘lena900’ is his fellow countryman, the Swedish sensation ‘C Darwin2’ (25,756.31). Before ‘lena900’ took over as the #1-ranked player in the world, that title was held by ‘C Darwin2’ for the first five months of 2018. Currently ranked #3 worldwide, the Swede has also spent the year skyrocketing up the list of all-time career cashes. He celebrated $8 million in total cashes in February and currently sits with roughly $10.9 million, likely to surpass $11 million before the end of the year. ‘C Darwin2’ recorded his career-high score back on March 20. He took down Event #7 in the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($10,300 NLHE Eight Max) for $267,406 and 1,104.54 PLB points. He recorded another cash by finished as the runner-up in the Main Event of 888poker’s XL Eclipse for $135,000. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ (23,147.70) is currently sitting in third place on the Yearly PLB thanks to a scorching hot end of summer run. On August 19, ‘hellohellohello’ added a marquee victory to his resume by winning the PokerStars Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $160,888 and 1,091.60 PLB points.. The cash was one of four six-figure results in 2018 for the Russian, which included back-to-back results of over $100K during the major fall online series. He first found himself fishing in third place in PokerStars WCOOP-62-M ($2,100 NLHE Eight Max High Roller) for $136,573. The very next day he had a bit-time final table finish in partypoker’s POWERFEST-108-SHR for another $114,400. His 2018 journey has led him to rank as high as #2 in the world. He currently sits at #4. Ukrainian pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky (21,678.21) is currently sitting in the #4 spot on the Yearly PLB list. Like others on this list, Romanovsky had himself a career-best score in 2018 during the spring online tournaments. On May 9 during PokerStars SCOOP-14-H ($25,000 NLHE Eight Max High Roller) Romanovsky finished as the runner-up for a massive $442,299 prize. On the same day, he picked up another six-figure cash of $138,525 by taking down SCOOP-16-H ($5,200 NLHE Turbo). Those two results, with the addition of another six-figure score only days earlier, had Romanovsky well over $700,000 for the month of May. After SCOOP, Romanovsky essentially disappeared from the online scene for roughly three months. He made an appearance at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, but hardly any results online. When the fall series came back around, so did Romanovsky and he went on to win his fourth six-figure cash of 2018 by taking down the 888poker XL Eclipse Main Event for $187,500. He currently ranks #5 in the world with nearly $10.7 million in lifetime earnings. Rounding out the top five on the Yearly PLB leaderboard is Argentina’s Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone. Ranked #9 in the world (having reached as high as #3), Petrone had a trio of scores of over $100,000. He picked up both a POWERFEST and a WCOOP title this year however his largest cash came in the Main Event of PokerStars TCOOP when he finished as the runner-up in Event #72 ($1,000 NLHE Twin Turbos Main Event) for $282,436 which, just similarly to everyone on this list, was a career-high cash. Petrone crossed $3 million in total career earnings in the first quarter of 2018. He now sits on nearly $4.5 million.
  10. It took a big week at the online tables by #1-ranked ‘lena900’ in order for him to hold on to his spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings again this week. Though the majority of the top 10 remain in the same spots they occupied last week, the online action was plentiful. For ‘lena900’, he turned in a big-time performance on Sunday, August 19 that brought him two victories, over 900 PLB points and over $80,000. The highlight of his week was his victory in the bwin.com Sunday Big Bounty Hunter where he took home over $37,000 of his $80,000. It turns out that 'lena900' needed every PLB point he could muster. What was once a 2000 PLB point lead just weeks ago over fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' has been slimmed down to just over 169. ‘C Darwin2’ is one good week away from recapturing the throne that he held on to for most of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ celebrated surpassing $10 million in lifetime earning this week. He did it in what may have seemed like a trivial result to the online high roller. He crossed the milestone with a 15th place finish in the August 18 edition of the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $1,647. The was by no means ‘C Darwin2’ best score of the week as he booked three tournament victories this week, two of which for five-figures. This included a win in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for $17,942 and 318.43 PLB points. On the morning of Monday, August 20, it looked like Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ was going to finally reach the top spot in the rankings. After all, he had just defeated 5957 runners to win PokerStars’ flagship weekly tournament the $1,000,000 Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $160,888 and 1,091.60 PLB points. Even with his win, the Russian didn’t slow down. He booked two more victories this week as well as two more five-figure scores. In total, ‘hellohellohello’ racked up 1,461.02 PLB points and only sits 489 points behind the #1 spot. He has yet to reach that marker in his career and while he’s sat in the #2 spot once before, he’s never been so close in terms of PLB points. The rest of the top 5 remain the same as Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone retains his #4 spot. Unlike last week, he did fire up the online client this week, however, he was unable to pick up any additional PLB points. Right behind him sits Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot, the UK’s #1-ranked player. Like Stone, Proudfoot fired a few tournaments but his results this week didn’t do anything to add to his pursuit of a new career-high ranking. Both #6-ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone and #7-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth continue their vacation from the online grind, perhaps getting ready for the two online super series which begin in under two weeks. It’s another return to the top 10 for former #1-ranked partypoker Ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. Leonard pulled in some valuable PLB points this week including his runner-up finish in the partypoker Sunday Second Chance High Roller for $9,800 and 156.13. Leonard jumped up three spots this week to land at #8. Will Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky return for the World Championship of Online Poker? That’s the big question hanging over the world’s #9 ranked player. He hasn’t been seen in online tournaments since May and it’s a testament to his incredible previous scores that he’s maintained a top 10 presence for so long without playing. Wrapping up the top 10 this week is another Swedish sensation as 'Ariados' looks to make another Rankings run. He booked a massive win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up for $34,431 and 460.65 PLB points. Other Top 25 notes: With WCOOP right around the corner it’s fitting that the reigning, defending WCOOP Main Event Champion Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff returns to the top 25, jumping eight spots to #22. Joining him is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen who used a victory in the Hotter $109 on PokerStars to leap back into the top 25, rising 12 spots to end up at #24. If two people enter the top 25, then two must exit and this week that falls to ‘kofi89’ and Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen who both remain right around the top 25 bubble. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 10,490.06 1 2 C Darwin2 10,320.55 2 3 hellohellohello 10,002.02 3 4 GINS FINEST 8,639.55 4 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,059.06 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,012.19 6 7 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,928.25 7 8 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,751.52 11 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,701.45 8 10 Ariados 7,609.43 12 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,570.43 10 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,413.92 14 13 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,370.20 9 14 Palyaaa 7,336.85 15 15 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,235.42 16 16 DamageAP 7,180.74 18 17 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,976.47 21 18 Dattebayo 6,960.80 13 19 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 6,939.71 20 20 girafganger7 6,883.07 19 21 PaDiLaH SP 6,851.14 17 22 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 6,779.68 30 23 European 6,725.11 24 24 Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen 6,679.71 36 25 MrBittar 6,661.92 25
  11. Both PokerStars and partypoker announced their schedules for their massive fall online poker series this week, which means it’s time for the elite online players in the world to get back to the business of grinding. Once again this week, the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 Rankings looks very similar to the way it has shaped up for the previous month. There have, however, been some minor shifts in position as players attempt to put themselves in good positions prior to WCOOP and POWERFEST. The top spot in the rankings remains the same as ‘lena900’ enjoys yet another week as the world’s #1. If there’s one player who is expected to anticipate the large guarantees of the fall online series it would be ‘lena900’. After all, it was his superior performances in the massive spring series that helped propel him above the current #2-ranked ‘C Darwin2’. For both of these Swedish superstars, this summer has been a quiet one. Both have spent quite a bit of time away from the online scene. For ‘lena900’ it’s the second week in a row that he’s been unable to capture any PLB qualifying scores, watching his PLB total dip below 12,000 for the first time in over a month. ‘C Darwin2’ on the other hand picked up a little ground by taking home over $21,000 and 279.43 PLB points for his runner-up finish in the July 29 edition of the partypoker Sunday Big Bounty Hunter. A player who is likely eager to pick up some ground this fall is Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’. This week he remains in the #3 spot, over 1000 PLB points from reaching the Swedish duo. Although he was unable to pick up any PLB points this week, he did just recently hit a new career milestone of over $7 million in lifetime earnings. Canada’s ’GINS FINEST’ has finally surpassed Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky to touch the #4 rank for the first time in his career. He was assisted by a final table finish in the July 29 edition of PokerStars Omania High Roller where he picked up over $6,000 and 109.69 PLB points. The Montreal resident continues to climb the ranks of the top 10 and is currently only 214 PLB points away from making a run at the top 3. Romanovsky slips to the #5 ranking, still keeping his distance from playing online. Putting in his grind though is Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone who jumps up one spot to #6 this week. Petrone booked over $26,000 in cashes this week, highlighted by a victory in the PokerStars Hot $109 for $6,532 and 187.62 PLB points. In total, he earned 439.44 in qualified PLB points. Another player who has not let off the gas is the UK’s #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proutfoot, who checks in at a career-high ranking of #7 this week. He helped himself hit new heights with a fantastic score of $27,938 and 382.75 PLB points in the July 29 edition of the PokerStars Sunday 500. Proudfoot is knocking on the door of over $2.5 million in lifetime cashes, sitting under $60,000 away from the milestone. It’s likely, with his skill and volume, he’ll reach that mark by the end of the fall series. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth slips two spots to #8 on no volume while both Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez and Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard keep their same rankings from last week, #9 and #10 respectively. Other Top 25 Notes: While there was some shuffling in the top 25, there were no new additions. The biggest move of the week belongs to Austria's 'Dattebayo' who jumped up eight spots to land at #13. He picked up a pair of five-figure scores on July 29, including a victory in the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller for $40,828 and 380.79 PLB points. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 11,918.64 1 2 C Darwin2 10,440.46 2 3 hellohellohello 9,491.36 3 4 GINS FINEST 9,277.31 5 5 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,195.46 4 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,891.29 7 7 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,829.59 8 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,738.81 6 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,301.85 9 10 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,300.92 10 11 Ariados 8,255.58 11 12 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,986.44 12 13 Dattebayo 7,858.33 21 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,761.31 16 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,752.23 15 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,723.21 13 17 Palyaaa 7,642.59 19 18 PaDiLaH SP 7,630.84 17 19 girafganger7 7,571.71 20 20 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,565.42 18 21 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,468.23 23 22 DamageAP 7,416.67 14 23 European 7,345.85 22 24 kofi89 7,131.76 24 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 6,882.31 25
  12. There is major movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 this week as a pair of players that have been steadily rising the ranks have broken new ground resulting in a new look top 5. It seems that the stagnant summer has come to a close with some new challengers gearing up to make a run at #1. But in order to take the crown, they have to get by the Swedish sensation that is ‘lena900’. Even though ‘lena900’ spends another week in the #1-ranking, he has also encountered the problem of not picking up any PLB points. In fact, It’s been over three weeks since he’s accumulated any PLB points causing him to steadily losing ground in that regard. What used to be a 2000 point lead over his countryman, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’ has dwindled to about 1000. That’s still a healthy lead, but it’s one that when the major fall online series fire up (WCOOP, POWERFEST), a lead like that can be eclipsed in short order. ’C Darwin2’, who is ranked #2 again this week, is also in a bit of a PLB point drought not picking up any himself this week either. PLB points haven’t been a problem for Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone who, for the third week in a row, rises in the top 10 to a new career-high ranking. Stone is now in a position to make a run at the Swedish domination of the top two spots. Stone picked up a nice score when he finished as the runner-up in the August 5 edition of the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $22,989 and 270.02 PLB points. That, combined with his third-place finish in the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $8,729 and 136.86 PLB points, allowed Stone to cash for over $33,000 in the week. Even though Stone has been making huge leaps in the rankings all summer, he’s going to need some serious results if he wants to break into the next level. He currently sits roughly 1000 points behind ‘C Darwin2’ and that means almost 2000 behind ‘lena900’. With ‘GINS FINEST’ rising that means that ‘hellohellohello’ had to take a step backward, as he slips to the #4 spot. Even though it was light volume, the Russian did spend some time online and was able to pick up over $12,000 and 178.14 PLB points for his final table finish in the August 5 edition of PokerStars’ Sunday 500. Some aging results took their toll on ‘hellohellohello’s total PLB score as he dropped nearly 400 points from last week, even with his score. He still sits just above 9000 points and trails ‘GINS FINEST’ by 374 points. The top 5 also welcomes Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot for the first time. Proudfoot, currently the UK’s #1-ranked player, rises two spots to a career-high ranking. He recorded a silver medal in the Thursday Major on partypoker for $5,453 and 131.62 PLB points. As an additional accolade, Proudfoot managed to capture the July PLB monthly leaderboard. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone maintained his #6-ranking, despite not logging on to the online tables this week. Joining Petrone in keeping the lowest of profiles online is #7-ranked Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez and Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, who remains in the #8 spot for another week. The top 10 welcomes back Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar, who leaps five spots to land at #9. Korsar, yet another player from Sweden in the top 10, had a mammoth week on the online felts. Since August 2 he has amassed over $56,000 in cashes. This includes a final table finish in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $19,970 and 191.72 PLB points. He also picked up back to back victories on PokerStars. The first in the August 6 edition of the Big $109 for $6,030 and 179.16 PLB points. The very next day he won the Daily 500 for another $14,357. In total, Korsar picked up over 1000 PLB points since August 2 and is now in striking distance of his career high ranking of #6, which he last held in 2016. The inactivity finally caught up to Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky as he slips five spots to #10 and in all likelihood, fall back outside of the top 10 next week. He hasn’t been seen at the online tournament tables since May 28. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 11,333.49 1 2 C Darwin2 10,328.99 2 3 GINS FINEST 9,389.02 4 4 hellohellohello 9,014.65 3 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,695.05 7 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,228.20 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,173.48 9 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,119.97 8 9 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,997.32 14 10 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,977.85 5 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,707.50 12 12 Ariados 7,597.28 11 13 Palyaaa 7,559.39 17 14 PaDiLaH SP 7,543.20 18 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,531.37 10 16 DamageAP 7,527.04 22 17 Dattebayo 7,508.69 13 18 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,492.80 16 19 girafganger7 7,396.62 19 20 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,294.27 15 21 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,223.28 21 22 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,130.78 20 23 kofi89 7,073.16 24 24 MrBittar 6,981.29 33 25 European 6,809.71 23
  13. Perhaps the attention of the poker world is transfixed on the happenings of the World Series of Poker Main Event or perhaps it’s simply a wonderful week to go on vacation, but this week is yet another week of minimal movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10. In fact, the nine out if the top ten players in the world retain their exact same rank as they did last week. This includes Sweden’s own ‘lena900’, who maintains his position as the #1-ranked player in the world. For ‘lena900’ not only did he maintain his position, but he also, somehow, managed to keep his exact same PLB points (12,662.67). While the Swede did not manage to accumulate any PLB-qualifying scores, he was back on the grind this week. He picked up two podium finishes this week including a victory in the bwin.com Sunday Omaha Main Event High Roller for an even $10,000. He backed that up on the same day when he took third in the July 8 edition of the bwin.com Super Sunday High Roller for another $12,000. The lack of movement didn’t really matter this week as he still holds an over 1900 PLB point lead over countryman ‘C Darwin2’. ‘C Darwin2’ also had a quiet week on the PLB point front, but he did cash for over $29,000 this week helping him continue his march to $10 million in lifetime earnings. Also like ‘lena900’, the top-tier pro did not suffer much of a PLB point loss, having only slipped less than one total point. One of the biggest questions in the past month or so regarding the Top 10 has been - where is the #3 ranked Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky? It’s been nearly two months since the Ukranian pro has logged an online result. That was back in May when Romanovsky logged a career-high score of $442,299. Perhaps he’s simply still enjoying the spoils of his spring series run good. Russian crusher 'hellohellohello' continues his run as the #4-ranked player in the world. This is thanks in part to his third place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $17,753 and 179.19 PLB points. While he did not put in an overwhelming amount of volume, he did rack up 11 total results this week - seven of which were worth four-figures or more. Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth only really took to the online felts on Sunday, July 8 and his results for the day were minimal. He ended the day with three total cashes and without any relevant PLB qualifying scores. Last week he held a nearly 200 point lead over the #6-ranked ‘GINS FINEST’, but this week that lead has degraded to just over 25 points. His decrease in PLB points is simply because of aging scores and not due to anything Canadian ‘GINS FINEST’ did this week, as he did not make a single appearance online this week. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#7), ‘Ariados’ (#8) and Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang (#9) all kept their ranking without putting in any volume online. For UK’s Zhang, his excuse is that he is wrapping up a stay in Las Vegas where he participated in the World Series of Poker. So, while he didn’t make any money in online poker, he did manage a 24th place finish in Event #71: $5,000 No Limit Hold’em for $13,110, the same event that wrapped with Phil Hellmuth taking home gold bracelet #15. The one and only change to the top 10 in terms of players this week is Uruguay’s former #1-ranked player Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez rejoining the top 10 at #10. His rise was due in part to a runner-up finish in the partypoker Super Sunday Deepstack High Roller for $17,500 and 208.63 PLB points. Finally, keeping with the theme of this week - there were no other significant movements in or out of the top 25. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,662.67 1 2 C Darwin2 10,752.84 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,008.98 3 4 hellohellohello 9,831.52 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9.348.52 5 6 GINS FINEST 9.323.64 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,061.64 7 8 Ariados 8,630.34 8 9 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,436.77 9 10 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 12 11 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 15 12 'PaDiLaH SP' 8,290.48 10 13 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 14 14 DamageAP 8,152.15 13 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,125.99 16 16 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 11 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,796.15 17 18 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,690.47 18 19 girafganger7 7,687.22 19 20 Palyaaa 7,644.14 22 21 European 7,613.00 20 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,408.22 21 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,273.95 25 24 Sheater 7,235.30 23 25 kofi89 7,219.96 24
  14. Stability reigns at the top of the PocketFives Rankings this week. The top five players in the world stayed the same as last week with Sweden's 'lena900' holding on to the #1 spot for the fifth consecutive week. 'Lena900' managed to hold on to the top spot despite not picking up a single qualifying cash. In fact, he cashed just 15 times this past week, with the biggest coming via a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller which earned him $14,774. Fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' finished fourth in that same event for $25,812 and 239.7 points. That was his only qualifying cash of the week. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky is almost a month out from his last online cash. His last tracked result came on May 28. Russia's 'hellohellohello' is in a very similar boat. He picked up a single cash, finishing 14th in the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter event for $1,345 but it wasn't deep enough to add to his PLB points total. Andres 'probirs' Nemeth joins the chorus of players not picking up qualifying cashes this past week. The first signs of movement inside the top 10 of the Rankings saw Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone and 'GINS FINEST' swap the #6 and #7 positions. Brazil's Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha moved up to #8 from #11 and is now the top-ranked player in his home country. Sweden's 'Ariados' jumped from #10 to #9. The only new face in the Top 25 wasn't much of a new face at all. Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman, who has been as high as #4, moved from #29 to #25 this week after runner-up finishes in both the partypoker Big Bounty High Roller and the PokerStars Hot $215 for 415.61 points. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,694.39 1 2 C Darwin2 11,115.52 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,232.56 3 4 hellohellohello 9,827.21 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,825.35 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,554.14 7 7 GINS FINEST 9,358.53 6 8 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,791.75 11 9 Ariados 8,675.16 10 10 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,654.72 9 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,633.85 12 12 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,549.77 8 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,249.20 14 14 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,164.70 17 15 DamageAP 8,149.10 13 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,976.19 18 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,915.00 21 18 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 7,892.01 15 19 girafganger7 7,860.37 16 20 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,845.65 19 21 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,730.07 24 22 European 7,693.35 22 23 Sheater 7,660.18 23 24 Dattebayo 7,588.34 20 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,535.47 29
  15. It’s yet another summer week without much movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 as Sweden’s ‘lena900’ continues to ride the wave he had been on for the past two months, retaining the #1 spot. ‘lena900’ did not have a heavy volume week this week, especially for him, but he did manage to book a five-figure score by taking third place in the Super Sunday High Roller on partypoker for $13,050. Even though he wasn’t able to add to his overall PLB score this week, he still maintained a massive lead over his #2-ranked countryman, ‘C Darwin2’. Like ‘lena900’, ‘C Darwin2’ wasn’t able to increase his overall PLB score this week, falling almost 2000 points behind the #1 spot. He did continue to add to his over $9.7 million in lifetime earnings by cashing for over $27,000 this week. At his formidable pace, he’s very likely to join the elite $10 million lifetime club in the second half of 2018. Also grinding his way to $10 million lifetime earnings is Ukraine’s #3-ranked Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. While ‘Romeopro’ did only secure five total cashes this week, did manage to pick up 128.33 PLB points through his final table finish in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ maintained the #4 spot once again, and picked up a number of big-time cashes in the process. First up, he won the June 24 edition of the Super Sunday High Roller on bwin.com for $32,625 and 269.26 PLB points. Then later in the wee,k he booked another win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $13,424 and an additional 265.52 PLB points. His nice uptick in points has him sitting less than 100 PLB points behind ‘Romeopro’. Hungary’s Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth once again rounds out the top 5. He maintains his spot moreso because it’s the doldrums of summer than through any results as the grinder only managed to register two total cashes for just over $5,000 and zero PLB points. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone checks in at #6, Canada’s ‘GINS FINEST’ takes #7 and ‘Ariados’ from Sweden climbs one spot to #8. Rejoining the top 10 this week is partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard. He didn’t spend much time online, but through a reduction of PLB scores from a pair of Brazilians, ‘PaDiLhA SP’ and ‘joaosimaobh’ (who has been spotted in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker), he fell upwards into the top 10. Michael ‘mczhang’ Zhang wrapped up the week at #10, a career-high ranking for the Brit, despite not firing up his online client all week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include a debut from Ukraine's 'Palyaaa', who climbed to the #23 ranking. He achieved the career-high ranking on the back of three PLB qualifying cashes, including an outright win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder for over $13,000 and 264.58 PLB points. For the first time in over a year, former #1-ranked player and PokerStars WCOOP Champion Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff has fallen outside of the top 25. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,627.69 1 2 C Darwin2 10,707.59 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,160.29 3 4 hellohellohello 10,060.67 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,752.20 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,295.09 6 7 GINS FINEST 9,277.86 7 8 Ariados 8,630.34 9 9 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,493.41 12 10 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,482.39 11 11 'PaDiLaH SP' 8,456.39 8 12 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,407.94 10 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,134.87 13 14 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,132.16 14 15 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,069.64 16 16 DamageAP 7,963.99 15 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,811.95 17 18 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,753.51 20 19 girafganger7 7,726.78 19 20 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,674.12 21 21 European 7,638.99 22 22 Sheater 7,555.43 23 23 'Palyaaa' 7,486.81 28 24 Dattebayo 7,290.43 24 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,278.86 25
  16. Once again, the top spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings belongs to the super Swede ‘C Darwin2’. Though he slipped just beneath the 12,000 PLB point threshold that he’d been keeping for the past couple weeks, the phenom enjoys a lead of well over 2,000 PLB points from the next closest player. ‘C Darwin2’ continues to put the pressure on those who would look to catch him with a pair of qualifying cashes this week, both resulting in five-figure scores. This included a runner-up finish in Event #131 of Winamax’s W Series for $13,553 and 193.63 PLB points. Another reoccurring theme in recent weeks has been top-tier players taking their shot at dethroning ‘C Darwin2’ and this week it’s ‘hellohellohello’s turn. The Russian has ascended to the #2 ranking for the first time in his career after going on an absolute tear on April 8. He earned over $85,000 on that day alone, the bulk of it thanks to his victory in the bwin.com Super Sunday Super High Roller where he took home $48,750 and 387.30 PLB points. He also notched another pair of qualifying cashes helping him become the latest player that could conceivably make the steep climb to the #1 perch. Last week’s #2, Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, drops back to the #3 ranking this week mostly due to low volume. He was unable to record any qualifying cashes and so he slips from his career-high ranking but remains a mere 188.13 points behind ‘hellohellohello’. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ also took a small step backward as he also had but a single qualifying PLB cash this week. A final table finish in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars resulted in a $15,592 score and 170.27 PLB points. That result also helped ‘lena900’ cross $9.5 million in lifetime earnings and with some huge online series coming up in the next month, including PokerStars SCOOP and partypoker’s POWERFEST, he may find himself a member of the prestigious $10 million club sooner than later. Rounding out the top 5 this week is ‘European’, who maintains his same ranking from last week with the help of a final table finish in the PokerStars Bigger $215 for $3,213 and 110.79 PLB points. It should be noted that like Nemeth and ‘lena900’ just ahead of him in the rankings, ‘European’ maintains a PLB score of above 9000. Any one of these elite players could find themselves in the midst of a heater and rocket up the rankings to be the next player to challenge ‘C Darwin2’. The bottom half of the top 10 saw very little movement this week with both Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone both holding fast in their respective #6 and #7 positions. While van Zadelhoff seemed to be taking a breather, Petrone put in work and recorded three qualifying PLB cashes. The three podium finished totaled nearly $25,000 in earnings for the Argentinan and has him in position to make another run back into the top five. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford swapped places with Romanovsky rising to the #8 rankings and Beresford slipping to #9. Beresford didn’t have any volume to speak of this week while Romanovsky took third place in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder Hight Roller for over $18,000 and 233.78 PLB points, enough to help him shift up this week. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar completes the top 10 this week. The Swedish grinder with over $11 million in lifetime earnings, joined those would take their foot off the gas this week, likely preparing for the large volume series that are right around the corner. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,913.36 1 2 hellohellohello 9,573.40 4 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,385.95 2 4 lena900 9,234.95 3 5 European 9,186.70 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,986.06 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,661.43 7 8 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,446.38 9 9 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,362.41 8 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,288.90 10 11 kofi89 8,162.23 11 12 Ariados 8,146.69 12 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,905.87 13 14 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,784.12 23 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,705.96 14 16 DamageAP 7,651.49 16 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,638.42 15 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 19 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 18 20 josef_shvejk 7,439.46 17 21 Sheater 7,422.04 21 22 Flat 7,339.79 20 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 22 24 NoPlanB 7,100.49 25 25 joppiesaus 7,051.82 26
  17. If you follow the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings at all in 2018 then you know the story. This week it’s more of the same as the Swedish crusher ‘C Darwin2’ continues his reign as the only player to occupy the #1 spot in all of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ locked himself up three qualifying cashes and a pair of five-figure scores this week. But when he took first place in the PokerStars Daily 500 for $16,064 he did something less than 20 players in the history of online poker have done before. He surpassed $9 million in lifetime earnings. What is even more amazing is the speed with which he did it. He sprinted through his last million in earnings having achieved $8 million in earnings less than two months ago. He’s one of two Swedish players to eclipse that mark this week and he’s only the 18th player to ever do so. For the second week in a row Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ holds down the #2 spot in the rankings. He does this despite putting in very low volume and not bringing in any new PLB points. Nevertheless, thanks to his massive scores the week before, his PLB score edged slightly closer to the 10,000 PLB mark. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ and Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth swapped places in the rankings again this week. ‘lena900’, locking up the #3 rank, put together another stellar week at the tables and boosted his PLB scores with a trio of victories. This included a victory in the PokerStars $55 Sunday Marathon for $18,178 where he ended up besting PokerStars Team Online Pro Lex Veldhuis to take it down. His impressive week brought him four five-figure scores and places him just over 200 points away from re-taking the #2 spot in the rankings. Nemeth, on the other hand, continues his break from the online grind, resulting in his slipping to the #4 rank. The middle of the top 10 rankings remains the same this week as ‘European’ (#5), Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff (#6) and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#7) all hold their ground. Petrone managed the largest score of the three grinders this week when he took down the partypoker $200K Super Sunday Main Event to add over $28,000 to his bankroll. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ jumps into the top 10 this week, coming in at #8. Earlier we had mentioned ‘C Darwin2’s $9 million achievement, well, his fellow countryman ‘Ariados’ pulled off the same feat in the same week. 'Ariados', just two days before the #1-ranked player, finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to earn over $33,000 and put him up over the $9 million mark, becoming the 17th player in history to do so. Then to pad his earnings, he ended up winning the PokerStars €250 Sunday High Roller for an extra $14,880 on the same day. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky yielded one place, slipping to #9 this week and the UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford wraps up the top 10 this week. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,820.54 1 2 hellohellohello 9,937.76 2 3 lena900 9,3717.22 4 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,248.54 3 5 European 9,049.75 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,960.27 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,845.56 7 8 Ariados 8,495.44 12 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,316.67 8 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,216.93 9 11 kofi89 8,216.74 11 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,095.95 10 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,022.07 13 14 DamageAP 7,852.23 16 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,778.47 14 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,679.23 15 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,521.43 17 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 18 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 19 20 Sheater 7,420.08 21 21 PaDiLhA SP 7,350.64 26 22 Flat 7,258.36 22 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 23 24 josef_shvejk 7,191.77 20 25 NoPlanB 7,080.99 24
  18. 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  
  19. The ongoing dominance of the PocketFives Rankings by 'C Darwin2' appears to have no end in sight. The Swedish superstar has been #1 for all of 2018 and leads #2-ranked 'hellohellohello' by 1,835.74 points - the largest gap between any two consecutive spots inside the top 25. 'C Darwin2' picked up two qualifying cashes this past week, both coming with him standing tall at the end of a tournament. The first came in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Supersonic (NL08) when he beat out 243 other players to win $9,651 and pick up 223.52 points. Three days later he topped the 104-player field in the $530 Main Event High Roller on partypoker for $12,019.28 and 228.04 points. Those two scores helped widen the gap between himself and 'hellohellohello' because the Russian only picked up one qualifying cash, finishing fifth in the partypoker $1,000 Sunday Big Bounty Hunter High Roller for $12,818 and 246.74 points. Another Swede, and former #1-ranked player, 'lena900' holds down the third spot on the podium for another week. He too picked up a pair of qualifying cashes and both were victories within minutes of each other. He won the Omania High Roller and the Hot $215, both on PokerStars, for a combined $20,519 and 447.94 points. There were no other changes inside of the top seven. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford moved up from #10 to #8 after winning the partypoker Sunday Smooth Bounty Hunter event for $45,153 and 539.44 points. That's his second largest PLB score ever, trailing only his PokerStars Sunday High Roller win earlier this year. He capped off his week by taking down the PokerStars Big $109 for $8,811 and 222.49 points. 'kofi89' moved up one spot from #11 to #10 despite not picking up any additional points this past week. There are no new names inside the top 25 this week as the rest of the contenders simply shuffled around in the bottom 15. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,661.43 1 2 hellohellohello 9,825.69 2 3 lena900 9,447.74 3 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,234.26 4 5 European 8,979.42 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,953.90 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,752.99 7 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,686.61 10 9 Ariados 8,418.63 8 10 kofi89 8,182.93 11 11 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,062.28 9 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,905.83 13 13 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,885.46 12 14 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 7,788.51 21 15 DamageAP 7,773.18 14 16 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,682.18 15 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,534.56 17 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,492.82 18 19 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,408.68 16 20 Sheater 7,352.85 20 21 GINS FINEST 7,351.68 19 22 NoPlanB 7,334.30 25 23 josef_shvejk 7,291.61 24 24 Flat 7,209.76 22 25 rolandbauer 7,200.25 23
  20. The long reign of 'C Darwin2' is over. For the first time in 2018, a new name sits atop the PocketFives Rankings and it took a schedule packed with PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and partypoker Powerfest events to make it happen. Fellow Swede 'lena900' picked up two SCOOP titles and a Powerfest victory plus three other qualifying cashes to move from #5 to #1. All told, 'lena900' picked up an astonishing 3,375.86 points and $628,508 in those six events. The three victories came in Powerfest #53 ($10,300 Super High Roller NLHE), SCOOP #24-High ($530 NLHE w/rebuys) and SCOOP #39-High ($1,050 NLO8). 'C Darwin2' didn't fall far though. The Swede, who held the #1 spot for the last 20 weeks, wound up at #2 thanks in large part to the massive lead he had built up and the four qualifying cashes he picked up over the last week, adding 979.94 points to his total. While 'lena900' has won multiple titles during POWERSCOOP, 'C Darwin2' failed to win in either of those series over the last week. He did pick up a win in the PokerStars Daily 500 on May 12. Andres 'probirs' Nemeth held on to the #3 spot by adding 917.63 points to his total from two Powerfest cashes and one SCOOP cash. Nemeth now sits 852.4 points behind 'C Darwin2' but just 88.99 ahead of his next closest competitor, Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky. Romanovsky, who won two SCOOP titles two weeks ago, picked up just two qualifying cashes for just 311.75 points this past week and fell from #2 to #4. Russia's 'hellohellohello' stayed in the top five, but dropped from #5 to #4. He picked up just 685.59 points from three qualifying cashes and is one of five players with a PLB points total of 10,000 or more. Other big movers this week include 'GINS FINEST' (#17 to #8), Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#15 to #12) and Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan (#24 to #17). The biggest jump inside the Top 25 though comes from 'Dattebayo'. The Austrian moved all the way from #47 to #25 thanks to an astonishing 11 qualifying cashes. The Austrian added 2,161.54 points to his total with 975.52 of those coming from a pair of Powerfest wins on May 12. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,120.06 5 2 C Darwin2 11,627.33 1 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,774.93 3 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,685.94 2 5 hellohellohello 10,643.99 4 6 girafganger7 9,495.45 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,412.94 10 8 GINS FINEST 9,310.73 17 9 Ariados 9,228.53 11 10 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,015.83 9 11 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,925.32 8 12 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,841.52 15 13 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,697.33 7 14 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,357.73 13 15 European 8,264.97 12 16 DamageAP 8,133.50 14 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 8,125.69 24 18 kofi89 8,046.96 18 19 Sheater 7,895.88 20 20 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,890.79 16 21 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,738.67 23 22 NoPlanB 7,736.42 25 23 josef_shvejk 7,649.66 21 24 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,521.66 19 25 Dattebayo 7,507.77 45
  21. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Poker Rankingshave been updated. After moving into the #1 spot for the first time ever last week, norfair18 is still the winner in the clubhouse this week with 7,489 PLB Points, 68 ahead of second place. Moving up two spots this week to #10 in the world, his highest ranking ever, is hellohellohello(pictured). He has won five tournaments in the last ten days, including the PokerStars$109 Cubed for $20,000. He's the owner of $1.9 million in career online tournament winnings and plays as hello_totti on PokerStars and Full Tilt. There wasn't much movement in the top 10 this week, but potentially joining the group in the coming weeks is Brazil's Yuri Martins, who moved up ten spots to #17. He won the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend for $40,000, which amazingly is just his tenth largest score to date. He finished second in last year's WCOOP Main Event for over $1.2 million officially. One of the most notable jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to Portugal's Sergio trujustrus Cabrera, who rose from #80 to #26, his highest career ranking. He won last week's Super Tuesday for a blistering $103,000 and 784 PLB Points to bring his career total to just south of $1.6 million. Cabrera is #1 in Portugal. Canada's justin ouimette(pictured), who has been on fire this year, rose 39 spots to #35 in the world, his best showing ever. He won the 888 Poker Mega Deep over the weekend for $34,000 and final tabled the Super Tuesday the week before that for $13,000. He won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl two weeks ago for the second time this year and has deservingly been one of the fastest risers in the Rankings. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Scott Aggro SantosMargereson, who reentered the top 100 at #38, nine spots shy of his best ranking ever. Margereson was the big winner in this weekend's Sunday Million, cashing for almost $200,000 and raking 1,130 PLB Points. He won the PartyPoker Daily Major this month as well and is the #5 ranked player in the UK. Here are the top ten players in the Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. norfair18- 7,489 points 2. PokerKaiser - 7,421 points 3. Romeopro - 6,952 points 4. Big Huni - 6,774 points 5. pleno1 - 6,749 points 6. CrownUpGuy - 6,679 points 7. joaomathias - 6,678 points 8. MendaLerenda - 6,633 points 9. p0cket00 - 6,626 points 10. hellohellohello- 6,296 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  22. It’s another week at the top of the PocketFives Rankings for Swedish crusher ‘lena900’. The online poker superstar has had the luxury of sitting on a wide PLB point lead for weeks, however, it seems that may be coming to an end. It was yet another week without a substantial PLB score for the Swede and, with some aging results, his total PLB score plummeted over 800 points. This puts him under the 11,000 mark for the first time all summer and well within reach for the #2-ranked ‘C Darwin2’. Despite not picking up PLB points, ‘lena900’ still had a nice week at the online tables booking scores that totaled more than $35,000. This included a victory in the bwin.com $40K Bounty Hunter for $12,651. ‘lena900’s fellow Swede ‘C Darwin2’ one again sits in the #2 spot and now only trails the top spot by roughly 351 PLB points. For ‘C Darwin2’ it wasn’t a matter of climbing the ladder as much as simply holding his position. He did manage a final table finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller to pick up $14,850 however, like his countryman, there were no PLB points earned for the former #1 this week. That cannot be said for Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ who reclaimed the #3 spot this week. He rose one spot on the back of a victory in the August 16 edition of the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill where he picked up $27,270 and 378.15 PLB points. In total this week, ‘hellohellohello’ only recorded three cashes, having taken nearly a week off. He currently sits a full 1000 PLB points behind the #2 spot, yet that can all change in an instant one the World Championship Of Online Poker and POWERFEST kick off in early September. Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone takes a small step backward from his career-high ranking of #3 and lands at #4 this week. After putting together a big week last week, it looks as though Stone opted to enjoy a week of summer, staying away from the online grind altogether. Perhaps Stone reached out to a few of his fellow top grinders to pitch the idea of a vacation as he wasn’t the only top-tier pro to go dark this week. Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot (#5) and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#6) both held their respective spots in the top 10 despite continued time away from the tables. It was quite the opposite for Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth who made his return to the online tournament scene this week. Prior to this week, the last time Nemeth had recorded a score was July 8. His hiatus ended on August 12, as he hopped online and got back in the game. Nemeth played a couple tournaments and picked up some valuable PLB points, 258.54 in total, which helped him climb one spot to #7 this week. He made the final table in two tournaments earning four-figure scores in both. This included a seventh-place finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller for $7,838. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky actually rises two spots in the rankings despite still being absent from the online scene. It’s a mix of inactivity and aging scores that lands him at #8. Maintaining his #9 spot is Swedish online legend Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar. While he wasn’t able to bring in any PLB points this week, Korsar still sits within striking distance of his all-time best ranking of #6, which he touched back in 2016. Korsar is currently approximately 348 PLB points behind the #6 spot as of this week. Finally, wrapping up the top 10 this week is Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez, who slips three spots joining the pros who opted to take the week off. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 10,529.70 1 2 C Darwin2 10,178.52 2 3 hellohellohello 9,143.29 4 4 GINS FINEST 8,832.51 3 5 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,411.17 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,087.84 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,952.56 8 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,882.11 10 9 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,739.80 9 10 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,708.31 7 11 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,642.11 15 12 Ariados 7,444.91 12 13 Dattebayo 7,357.63 17 14 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 7,300.63 11 15 Palyaaa 7,277.74 13 16 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,255.38 22 17 PaDiLaH SP 7,253.33 14 18 DamageAP 7,253.33 16 19 girafganger7 7,042.87 19 20 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,030.91 20 21 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,997.57 18 22 kofi89 6,951.77 23 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 6,864.23 21 24 European 6,770.64 25 25 MrBittar 6,651.31 24
  23. He's in the worldwide top-10 and for the month of July, Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot is the king of the PLB points mountain. The Brit was the only player to top the 3,000 point mark on his way to claiming the title. Following Proudfoot is the usual group of Swedish and Russian characters with a few surprises thrown in. Proudfoot gained control of the PLB title thanks to a few major wins. Sundays were kind to Proudfoot on partypoker and PokerStars. On July 29, Proudfoot effectively closed out his month by winning the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $27,938 accompanied by 382.75 points. That point total accounts for the largest percentage of Proudfoot's monthly total of 3,216.30. Proudfoot had his say in June, as well, and improved from sixth in PLB to July's top spot. In second place by almost 500 points on the back of Proudfoot is Denmark's Jonas 'Palsgaard1' Christensen. The #1 ranked Danish player and 35th overall worldwide did the majority of his damage in one event. Christensen took second place in the July 8 Sunday Million and earned 714.24 PLB points along with a career-high online score of $111,045. Right behind Christensen is Russian rankings regular 'papan9_p$.' They finished July with another productive month that included eight wins with a triumph across PokerStars, partypoker, and 888poker. The last Sunday of July was the cherry on their month. A win in the partypoker Super Sunday 6-Max Bounty Hunter High Roller came with $23,204 in nuts and 302.03 worth of sprinkles. The group of Swedes are in the fourth and seventh positions. 'lena900' stands just off the podium and is joined by June PLB winner 'C Darwin2' three spots behind. Sweden remains the king of the jungle as 'lena900' leads the Worldwide Rankings with 'C Darwin2' in second. 'lena900' captured four wins with the best of the bunch coming on July 1. The PokerStars Hotter $109 ended with 'lena900' holding the trophy and $14,245 grand prize. The crowning July triumph for 'C Darwin2' was a silver medal in partypoker's Sunday Big Bounty Hunter High Roller. 'C Darwin2' notched 279.42 points for the result. Second on the Ukraine charts and fifth in PLB is 'Palyaaa.' They put together another top-10 month after taking third in the June PLB rankings. As a result of the strong consecutive campaigns, 'Palyaaa' is up to a career-best Worldwide Ranking of 17th. Current Worldwide top-10 member and former #1 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez lodges in the sixth position. Gonzalez spent all of July recording results on partypoker and 888poker which resulted in six wins. Two more Russians reside in the top-10 to close out the bottom of the third of the July PLB rankings. 'kot_spartac' is in the eighth spot and Worldwide #3 'hellohellohello' dwells in 10th. 'kot_spartac' emerged with three wins in July in only two full weeks of action after ostensibly taking some time off to play live poker. 'hellohellohello' became the 37th player in PocketFives history to cross the $7 million mark in career tournament earnings. Their largest score of the monthly session was on PokerStars. The $2,100 Sunday High Roller winner's circle came lined with 316.23 points and $38,215. Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang is in the nine-hole. Lang put in a metric ton of volume in July and came away with five gold medal to show for his efforts. Officially around the corner on the second half of the year, Lang is ranked 50th in the world and fourth in his native Canada. A month after David 'bewater' Goodman hit the top-10 in June's PLB, fellow American Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo almost duplicated the feat. New Jersey's Lupo finished 16th in the July PLB rankings, only 145 points outside of 10th. PocketFives July PLB Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 proudflop 3,216.30 2 Palsgaard1 2,722.75 3 papan9_p$ 2,718.58 4 lena900 2,630.43 5 Palyaaa 2,542.25 6 SixthSenSe19 2,481.25 7 C Darwin2 2,480.66 8 hellohellohello 2,359.76 9 OU_dlanger610 2,324.43 10 kot_spartac 2,282.12
  24. 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.
  25. Winning the PocketFives April PLB Leaderboard was none other than worldwide #1 'lena900,' who banked 4,541.07 points. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth finished in second, less than 100 points behind, and 'hellohellohello' was third but a bit further off in points. 'Lena900' had several big scores in April, including a huge day on Sunday, April 21. That day, 'lena900' finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $82,752 and 698.59 points, fifth in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $2,100 Sunday HR, $225K Gtd for $19,688 and 192.64 points, and first in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Predator: $150K Gtd for $39,376 and 409 points. He also had two big scores in partypoker Powerfest events, first on April 5 and then on April 11. In the first, 'lena900' took 12th in the Powerfest #23-SHR: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max] event for $13,699 and 159.21 points. In the second, the Powerfest #54-SHR: $2.5M Gtd [Championship Event - 8-Max, 'lena900' finished 10th for $65,625 and 406.97 points. Speaking of the partypoker Powerfest, Nemeth was the winner of Powerfest #21-SHR: $1M Gtd [Championship Event - 8-Max], scoring $311,150 and 1,126.94 points. That turned out to be the second largest score of his online career. Nemeth also took fifth in Powerfest #13-SHR: $500K Gtd [PKO, 8-Max] for $39,732 and 289.03 points. For 'hellohellohello,' he earned the largest score of his online career in April, winning the partypoker Powerfest #54-SHR: $2.5M Gtd [Championship Event - 8-Max for a whopping $643,125 and 1,620.19 points. He also had scores of $40,879 and 379.34 points and $25,400 and 241.84 points in partypoker Powerfest events in April. Rounding out the top five in April were 'Dattebayo' and Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky. April PocketFives Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 'lena900' 4,541.07 2 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth 4,471.36 3 'hellohellohello' 4,183.75 4 'Dattebayo' 3,946.59 5 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 3,945.83 6 Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen 3,653.74 7 'emeriaa' 3,651.82 8 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 3,643.36 9 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro 3,529.09 10 Viktor 'papan9_p$' Ustimov 3,502.30
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