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  1. [caption width="640"] Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman widened his lead in the Nevada rankings[/caption] After taking hold of top spot in the Nevada rankings in February, Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman made sure there was no changing of the guard in March. After holding down a 233-point lead last month over second place, Steinman widened his lead to over 500 points. He now sits with 2,393 points as the state's top-ranked player. Steinman had 54 in the money finishes in March, nine of which were wins. Seven days into the month, he took down the WSOP.com $10,000 Guaranteed Sunday Reloader for $4,100, his largest cash of the 31-day stanza and his fourth largest overall. Eighteen days later, he found the winner's circle of the site's $3,000 Guaranteed Nightly No Limit Hold'em and put back another $1,800, his second largest payday of the month. The nine wins in March raised Steinman's career total to 60. He is about $10,000 shy of hitting $100,000 in career winnings on WSOP.com, the lone regulated online poker room in Nevada, and calls Carson City home. At the end of the month, he was seen at the WPT DeepStacks event in Reno and won the $3,000 Guaranteed from his hotel room. Must be nice. Second place in the Nevada rankings belongs to 'ChaosTheory', who has 1,890 points. He logged two dozen in the money finishes in March, although no cash hit four-figures. His two tracked wins came in the WSOP.com $800 Guaranteed No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack on March 29 and in a Mini Fest tournament eight days before that. 'ChaosTheory' now has $107,000 in lifetime winnings on WSOP.com and is the top-ranked online poker player in Henderson. His largest Nevada cash came last year in the Sunday Reloader on WSOP.com for $3,800. 'wsopfreezer' moved up one spot in the Nevada rankings to #3. He trails 'ChaosTheory' by only 40 points and landed in the money 27 times during the month of March, four of which were first place finishes. 'wsopfreezer' won the WSOP.com $3,000 Guaranteed Nightly No Limit Hold'em twice last month for over $4,000 total to zoom his way up the leaderboard and now has 37 tracked wins. He officially passed $100,000 in winnings on WSOP.com last month. Michael 'Freakinpoet76' Mulvania was up three spots to #5, his highest position ever. He amazingly cashed almost 100 times in March and had a whopping 14 wins. He opened the month by winning the WSOP.com $2,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack for $1,100 and closed it by taking second in the $3,000 Guaranteed Nightly No Limit Hold'em for another $1,300. Mulvania has 331 top-three finishes over the years and, if his volume continues, he could be a major threat to break into the top three next month. He has $121,000 in career winnings on WSOP.com and is the #3 ranked player in Las Vegas. Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn moved up two spots to #7 on the strength of three four-figure cashes, including two wins in $3,000 Guaranteed tournaments for $1,700 total. McLawhorn also won the WSOP.com $2,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack. He now has 109 tracked wins and $127,000 in earnings on WSOP.com, where he plays under the user name 'bcmclawh'. Daniel 'voff' Deveau entered the top 10 at #10 after taking down the $3,000 Guaranteed Nightly No Limit Hold'em for $2,200, his largest score of March. He also finished second and third in the same tournament last month and has 1,273 PLB Points, about half of what Steinman has, but over 100 more than 11th place. Deveau is over $1 million in career winnings online, much of which came on Full Tilt when that site serviced the US market. Here are the top 10 in Nevada: APokerJoker2 - 2,393.92 points ChaosTheory - 1,890.55 points wsopfreezer - 1,850.63 points MastAAce08 - 1,849.45 points Freakinpoet76 - 1,649.03 points DatDude - 1,645.48 points bcm4924 - 1,524.51 points PaulDewald - 1,502.48 points Power - 1,481.09 points voff - 1,273.99 points
  2. [caption width="640"] Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman continues to dominate the Nevada Online Poker Rankings.[/caption] Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman continued his dominance over Nevada online poker in the month of May after finishing atop the Nevada Online Poker Rankings for the fourth straight month. Steinman won 18 tournaments over the 31-day span and had countless other final table appearances. While his biggest win was worth $2,263 on May 6 in the $3,000 guaranteed nightly rebuy and add-on, but his biggest score of the month came in a runner-up finish for $3,312 in the $10,000 guaranteed Sunday Reloader. Mark “wsopfreezer” Johns jumped a spot this month and sits in the second spot on the leaderboard. Johns is right on the heels of Steinman, just 35 points behind the current leader. This is the closest anybody has been to knocking Steinman out of the top stop in a few months. Johns took down eight tournaments in May and capped it off with a five-figure score. On May 29, Johns took home $10,969.83 for his win in the $500 buy-in $20,000 guaranteed “BIG Deal.” The win gives him $147,868.50 in earnings on WSOP.com alone and puts him in a position to potentially overtake the top spot with a strong June. Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn dropped a spot and is now in third place. McLawhorn took down six events of his own, but his biggest cash came from a third place effort in the $20,000 guaranteed Weekly Sunday on May 22. McLawhorn earned $2,847 for his deep run. Rounding out the top five are David 'MastAAce08' Goodman and Paul “PaulDewald' Dewald. After another strong month, Goodman jumped from fifth to fourth, while Dewald jumped from seventh to fifth and has been trending upward in the rankings for the last two months. 'DatDude' also moved in the right direction throughout May. He netted 27 cashes in May and earned two titles to jump up from the eighth spot to sixth on the leaderboard. While Goodman, Dewald and 'DatDude' have been trending upward, Michael 'Freakinpoet76' Mulvania dropped in the rankings for the second straight month. In April, he fell out of the top five and was in the sixth spot, and in May he dropped another spot, sitting in seventh. Mulvania cashed 15 times in May with 14 final table appearances, but couldn't take one down and finished second in four events. 'Sunesona' and 'RichrdParker' are the two newcomers into the top 10 this month, with 'ChaosTheory' and 'Power' falling out of the top 10. They sit in eighth and 10th place, respectively. For the second consecutive month, 'voff' finishes the month in ninth place. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 1. APokerJoker2 – 2,360.62 (-) 2. wsopfreezer – 2,362.02 (+1) 3. bcm4924 – 2,259.05 (-1) 4. MastAAce08 – 2,014.95 (+1) 5. PaulDewald – 1,756.43 (+2) 6. DatDude – 1,623.67 (+2) 7. Freakinpoet76 – 1,500.03 (-1) 8. Sunesona – 1,498.95 (NR) 9. voff – 1,462.16 (-) 10. RichrdParker – 1,344.27 (NR)
  3. [caption width="640"] Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman continues to lead the Nevada rankings[/caption] It seems that nothing is going to be able to shake Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman from the #1 spot in the Nevada Online Poker Rankings. Steinman finds himself sitting on top of the leaderboard for the third straight month and the group of players chasing him did their best in April to close the gap. Steinman had nine wins, five second place finishes and another nine third place finishes in April. His most impressive day was on Sunday, April 17 when he booked two small wins before finishing second in the $20,000 Guaranteed Weekly. Last month Steinman had a 500-point lead over his next nearest competitor, but Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn closed the gap to just 358 points after having a month to remember. McLawhorn, who rose from #7 to #2 over the course of the month, had nine wins of his own, including four straight wins over four days from April 13 - April 16. He also took down the $10,000 Guaranteed Sunday Reloaded on April 11 for his single biggest score of the month ($3,696). Mark "wsopfreezer" Johns maintained his #3 ranking despite winning only two tournaments all month. All told, he cashed 25 times with eight of those being top three finishes. 'ChaosTheory’ dropped four #2 to #4 but cashed 29 times in the month, winning twice and finishing third five times. His biggest win of the month came in the $50,000 guaranteed Spring Poker Series Main Event where he finished third for $5,471. Rounding out the top five this month is David ‘MastAAce08’ Goodman who had five wins on WSOP.com including two $2,000 Guaranteed Nightly events and wins in the $1,500 Guaranteed and $2,500 Guaranteed Nightly events. Goodman also finished sixth in the Spring Poker Series Main Event for $2,153 – his biggest score of the month. Michael ‘Freakinpoet76’ Mulvania fell out of the top five, slipping to #6. Mulvania cashed 38 times in April, but only found the winner’s circle one time – in a $500 guaranteed event with 69 players. He too had his biggest score of the month in the Spring Poker Series Main Event, where he finished seventh for $1,795. Paul ‘PaulDewald’ Dewald moved up one spot to #7. His month was highlighted by a win in the WSOP.com Spring Poker Series $10,000 Guaranteed Six Max for $3,737.37. Right behind Dewald is ‘DatDude’, who fell from #5 despite three wins among his 27 cashes in April. ‘Power’ and ‘voff’, who were #9 and #10 respectively last month, swapped spots this month. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 APokerJoker2 - 2,355.4 bcm4924 - 1,997.67 wsopfreezer - 1,973.69 ChaosTheory - 1,928.24 MastAAce08 - 1,925.61 Freakinpoet76 - 1,664.62 PaulDewald - 1,664.01 DatDude - 1,663.49 voff - 1,443.28 Power - 1,342.83
  4. [caption width="640"] Mark 'wsopfreezer' Johns jumped three spots to take the top spot of the Nevada Online Poker Rankings[/caption] Mark 'wsopfreezer' Johns had a monster month of August to take over the top spot in the Nevada Online Poker Rankings. He leapfrogged Bobby 'bcm4924' McLawhorn to claim the pole position from McLawhorn, who held it for the month of July. Johns crushed August to the tune of 43 cashes, with most of them being final table appearances and winning six of them. On the first day of the month, Johns cashed five times, all of which were final tables. He never looked back from there. His biggest cash of the month came from winning the $3,000 guaranteed nightly with rebuys and add-ons for $2,190 on August 5. Overall, Johns cashed for over $10,000 in August, which brought his career earnings to $192,765 on WSOP.com alone. McLawhorn dropped one spot to second and Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman held the third spot for the second straight month. Steinman is a fixture on the leaderboard and August was just another example of why he's consistently at the top. Steinman cashed a massive 73 times with 10 wins. Unfortunately for Steinman, most of his deep runs and wins came in smaller buy-in events which carried less points. His biggest cash of the month was a fourth place finish in the $3,000 guaranteed nightly with rebuys and add-ons on WSOP.com. He netted $562 for his finish and was four-handed with two other PocketFives members – ur_a_towel and Stimey661. ChaosTheory and David 'MastAAce08' Goodman each moved up a spot to round out the top half of the rankings, sitting fourth and fifth, respectively. Both ChaosTheory and Goodman put in most of his volume on Americas Cardroom. ChaosTheory won the $20,000 guaratneed Phat Big10 for $3,962, while Goodman's lone win came on WSOP.com. Goodman took down the $3,000 guaranteed nightly with rebuys and add-ons for $1,657. Goodman's biggest cash was on another network, taking second in the $30,000 guaranteed Phat Big10 for $3,825. CloverSparklesFartShovels made one of the biggest jumps on the list. After making his debut in the rankings last month in ninth, he jumped up three spots to sixth. Like everybody else on the list, he had a solid month. He took down six tournaments on WSOP.com Daniel 'voff' Devau held the seventh position for the second straight month. He had four, four-figure cashes on WSOP.com, including two wins, but he was unable to move up in the rankings. Datdude dropped two spots to eighth and the two newcomers this month round out the top 10. James 'VintageATL' Piccolo and Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman move into the ninth and tenth spots, respectively. Piccolo has a steady stream of cashes to his name, but picked up the volume in August and earned 32 cashes to push him into the top 10. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 1. wsopfreezer – 2,178.72 (+3) 2. bcm4924 – 2,102.73 (-1) 3. APokerJoker2 – 2,058.77 (-) 4. ChaosTheory – 2,013.44 (+1) 5. MastAAce08 – 1,929.46 (+1) 6. CloverSparklesFartShovels - (+3) 7. voff – 1,632.71 (-) 8. DatDude – 1,446.25 (-2) 9. VintageATL – 1,401.33 (NR) 10. JCHAK – 1,380.75 (NR) Dropped Out of Top 10 – Sunesona, PaulDewald Just Missed – jonmon101 (11th), PaulDewald (12th), Power (13th)
  5. [caption width="640"] Bobby McLawhorn claimed the top spot in the Nevada Rankings for the second straight month[/caption] For the second straight month, Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn sits atop the Nevada Online Poker Rankings. And for the second straight month, he had to edge out another grinder to do it. In June, McLawhorn just beat out Mark ‘wsopfreezer’ Johns to earn the top spot. In July, however, Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman made a run at the top spot, ultimately finishing second to McLawhorn. McLawhorn started out July on the right foot, making two final tables on July 3, converting one into a win and the other into a third place finish. He kept that momentum going on Independence Day and won the $1,500 guaranteed Weekend Sprint Turbo with rebuys and add-ons for $1,221, one of his biggest scores of the month. His biggest score came on July 19, when he bested 92 players in the $3,000 guaranteed nightly No Limit Hold’em to take home $2,100.73. For the whole month, McLawhorn had 26 cashes, 16 final tables, and four wins. McLawhorn maintained the number one spot in the rankings, but Steinman didn’t make it easy. Steinman held the top spot for four straight months before dropping out of the top 10 in June. Steinman had another solid month on the virtual felt, earning 43 cashes in July. Of those 43 cashes, he made final tables in 33 of them, but was only able to convert two into a win. Steinman won the $800 guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Deepstack for $358 and the $1,500 guaranteed nightly for $487. His biggest score of July came in a fifth place finish in the $10,000 Sunday Reloader for $1,145. Rounding out the top three for July is Johns. Last month, he just missed out on the top spot, but this month he fell one spot to third. Johns put up another good month on WSOP.com with 39 cashes and an impressive six titles. Johns made a plethora of final tables as well, but his biggest score of the month came in a second place finish in the Sunday Reloader, earning $2,828. Outside of the top three, there was plenty of movement up and down the rankings. Aside from Steinman’s return to the top of the rankings, three other players made their way into the top 10 after being absent in June. ‘ChaosTheory,’ ‘voff,’ and ‘CloverSparklesFartShovels’ all made appearances in the rankings after not having a spot in last month. Of the non-Steinman newcomers, ‘ChaosTheory’ finished the highest with a fourth place finish. He didn’t have the type of volume that other players had, but racked up over $18,000 in cashes throughout the month. His biggest score was a win in event #89 of the Online Championships on WSOP.com. He took home $10,756 after besting 97 players in the $200 buy-in re-entry and one add-on event. ‘voff’ dropped out of the top 10 in June, but came back and finished seventh In July’s rankings, while ‘CloverSparklesFartShovels’ just missed a top 10 spot in June and cracks it with a ninth place finish in July. The rest of the leaderboard is filled with regulars on the list. David ‘MastAAce08’ Goodman dropped two spots to fifth, ‘DatDude’ fell one spot to sixth, Paul ‘PaulDewald’ Dewald slid four spots to eighth, and Kevin ‘Sunesona’ Suneson dropped four spots to 10th and just barely keep a spot on the leaderboard. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 Bcm4924 – 2,398.55 (-) APokerJoker2 – 2,326.32 (NR) Wsopfreezer – 2,268.32 (-1) ChaosTheory – 2,153.16 (NR) MastAAce08 – 1,920.08 (-2) DatDude – 1,547.35 (-1) Voff – 1,481.96 (NR) PaulDewald – 1,463.75 (-4) CloverSparklesFartShovels – 1,418.94 (NR) Sunesona – 1,360.49 (-4) Dropped Out of Top 10 – Freakinpoet76, Sir, RichrdParker, MR Gamblor
  6. [caption width="640"] Mark Johns takes the top spot for the third straight month in Nevada[/caption] For the third straight month, Mark ‘wsopfreezer’ Johns claimed the top spot in the PocketFives Nevada Online Poker Rankings. The rest of the leaderboard saw some movement among the familiar names who have been dominating the Nevada online poker scene for the better part of the year, but after yet another solid month from Johns, he keeps his seat at the front of the class. After seemingly taking some time off during the later parts of September, Johns picked it back up in October. He won tournaments on three consecutive days on WSOP.com to close out the first week of the month. He took home seven titles total over the course of the month with a handful of four-figure scores. Johns’ best score of the month came in a runner-up finish, however, in the $5,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Super Deepstack (Re-Entry) event for $1,395. Chaos Theory and CloverSparklesFartShovels both made strides throughout October to crack the top three spots. CloverSparkesFartShoves was tied with James ‘VintageATL’ Piccolo for the biggest jump in the standings. They both jumped three spots, with CloverSparklesFartShovels jumping from sixth to third and Piccolo jumping from ninth to sixth. CloverSparklesFartShovels only had 13 cashes and three wins for the entire month of October, but he made his scores count. He took home $4,000 for a runner-up finish in the $20,000 guaranteed Fall Poker Festival event on WSOP.com and had two other four-figure scores, including a win in the $5,000 guaranteed Weekend Warm-Up for $2,054. ChaosTheory put together another strong month, with lots of volume spread out between the Winning Poker Network and WSOP.com. He jumped two spots from fourth to second this month. With so many players making big strides, some players had to fall. For the first time in several months, Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman dropped out of the top three spots, sitting in fourth place on the leaderboard. Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn rounds out the top five this month. He fell three spots from second to fifth. Piccolo starts the second half of the list and has been continuing his surge up the rankings. He started off October on the right foot by winning two tournaments on the same day on the third day of the month. He also finished second in another event that day to bring his total winnings for that day alone to over $3,500. He continued his strong results throughout the rest of the month, finishing up with six wins and 10 top three finishes. Behind Piccolo were several names that are very familiar to this list. David ‘MastAAce08’ Goodman finished seventh, Daniel ‘voff’ Devau finished eighth, and Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman finished ninth. All three players slide at least one spot this month. The one newcomer to the leaderboard rounded out the list, finishing in 10th. Wesley ‘ESCAPE595’ LeMahieu just missed out on cracking the top 10 last month, but jumped into the top 10 this month. He put on a proverbial clinic throughout the month. He cashed 41 times, all on WSOP.com, with eight wins. LeMahieu’s best score of the month came when he took down the $3,000 guaranteed nightly No Limit Hold’em for $1,560 to finish out the second week of October. With another couple months like this, LeMahieu could be a force to be reckoned with much higher up on the leaderboard. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 1. wsopfreezer – 2,051.77 (-) 2. ChaosTheory – 1,808.08 (+2) 3. CloverSparklesFartShovels – 1,779.41 (+3) 4. APokerJoker2 – 1,759.54 (-1) 5. bcm4924 – 1,701.23 (-3) 6. VintageATL – 1,647.29 (+3) 7. MastAAce08 – 1,511.92 (-2) 8. voff – 1,465.42 (-1) 9. JCHAK – 1,397.29 (-1) 10. ESCAPE595 – 1,394.66 (NR) Dropped Out of Top 10 – DatDude Just Missed – Nutsinurface (11th), Power (12th), DatDude (13th)
  7. [caption width="640"] Mark Johns continues to lead the way in Nevada[/caption] In a nearly identical ranking from last month, Mark ‘wsopfreezer’ Johns spends his second straight month atop the Nevada Poker Rankings and is the top online tournament player for the month of September. There were no new players able to break into the rankings this month and aside from a little movement near the bottom of the top 10, eight of the 10 spots remained consistent with last month’s results. Johns was the only player to finish with more than 2,000 points and had another solid month on the virtual felt. Johns finished the month with 22 cashes and earned three wins. His biggest score of the month was winning the $3,000 guaranteed nightly with rebuys and add-ons on WSOP.com for $2,000. Despite not recording a cash in the final 12 days of the month, presumably taking some time off from poker, Johns’ strong start to the month was enough to keep him on top. The top seven spots remained unchanged from last month. Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn spends a second straight month in the runner-up spot and Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman comes up third again. Steinman is one of the highest volume grinders in Nevada and it shows with another strong showing in September. He cashed an astonishing 78 times in the month span, but his average cashes were smaller than Johns’ or he would have ran away with a top finish. Steinman came out of the proverbial gates fast, earning a win in the $1,250 guaranteed deepstack with rebuys and add-ons on WSOP.com for $530 on the second day of the month. He found himself in the winner’s circle eight times and netted his biggest score of the month when he took down the $3,000 guaranteed six-max with rebuys and add-ons on WSOP.com for $1,185. ChaosTheory and David ‘MastAAce08’ Goodman round out the top half of the rankings again. Most players in Nevada tend to put in the majority of their volume on WSOP.com, but these two players put most of their volume in on Americas Cardroom which is part of the Winning Poker Network. ChaosTheory scored two, four-figure scores on ACR. He finished fourth in the PHAT BIG10 with a $30,000 guaranteed prizepool for $2,459, and finished 10th in the Sunday Special with a $115,000 guaranteed prizepool for $2,098. CloverSparkesFartShovels cracked the top 10 a few months ago and looks to be a mainstay in the rankings moving forward. He took down four tournaments on WSOP.com and earned four, four-figure scores on the site. The biggest of which came in a second place finish in the Sunday Reloader for $2,282. Daniel ‘voff’ Devau finishes the month in the seventh spot for the third straight month and Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman made the only upward movement in the top 10. After cracking the rankings last month in 10th, he jumped two spots to eighth. Hoffman can credit his upward movement to his two wins on WSOP.com. His biggest cash came when he took down the $3,000 guaranteed nightly with rebuys and add-ons for $1,945. James ‘VintageATL’ Piccolo and DatDude round out the top 10 for the month. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 1. wsopfreezer – 2,091.01 (-) 2. bcm4924 – 1,937.77 (-) 3. APokerJoker2 – 1,887.01 (-) 4. ChaosTheory – 1,700.51 (-) 5. MastAAce08 – 1,696.14 (-) 6. CloverSparklesFartShovels – 1,657.00 (-) 7. voff – 1,526.95 (-) 8. JCHAK – 1,435.21 (+2) 9. VintageATL – 1,359.04 (-) 10. DatDude – 1,342.52 (-2) Dropped Out of Top 10 – None Just Missed – PaulDewald (11th), Nutsinurface (12th), ESCAPE595 (13th)
  8. [caption width="640"] Mark Johns finished 2016 with his fifth straight month atop the Nevada Leaderboard[/caption] 2016 ended with Mark ‘wsopfreezer’ Johnsatop the PocketFives Nevada Online Poker Rankings. Johns put an exclamation point on an already solid year by claiming the top spot for almost the entire second half of the year, finishing the year with five straight months in the pole position. Johns started the month on a good note, winning The $10 at 10 on WSOP.com for $538 and never looked back from there. He finished the month with 1,880.38 points and edged ‘ChaosTheory’ for the top spot. ChaosTheory jumped from third to second this month, thanks in part to a win in the $20,000 guaranteed Weekly Sunday on WSOP.com to earn $6,112, which was his biggest score of the month. It was also his only win of the month among his 13 cashes. His 12 other cashes came on Americas Cardroom, part of the Winning Poker Network. ChaosTheory switched places with ‘CloverSparkesFartShovels’ this month, with CloverSparklesFartShovels dropped to third in the rankings. Rounding out the top five are Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman and Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Hoffman, like many other players in December, put in less volume. He only cashed six times in the final month of the year, but he made them count with three final tables and two second place finishes. His biggest cash came in the Sunday Reloader on WSOP.com for $2,583. Steinman, on the other hand, took a different approach to the holiday season. He put in a ton of volume and racked up a massive 78 cashes and 12 wins. He easily had the best month of anybody on the leaderboard and it was highlighted by a win in the $3,000 guaranteed prizepool nightly no-limit hold’em with rebuys and add-ons for $1,836. He grinded all the way up until the very end of the year, cashing in two events on New Year’s Eve, including a third-place finish in another nightly event on WOSP.com. The second half of the rankings saw the most movement in the leaderboard. ‘Power’ and Daniel ‘voff’ Devau both moved up two spots to come in sixth and seventh, respectively. Power put in more volume than most, cashing 29 times and winning eight. Devau’s biggest cash of the month came when he topped 83 players to earn $1,626 in the $3,000 guaranteed nightly on WSOP.com. While Power and Devau made the biggest leaps forward this month, the lone newcomer is sandwiched in between two of the biggest drops on the list. James ‘VintageATL’ Piccolo slid two spots to eighth and Bobby ‘bcm9424’ McLawhorn fell three spots to tenth. ‘GodsBigToe’ cracked the top 10 for the first time this year after finishing the year strong with lots of cashes spread over many different networks. He cashed 40 times in the final month of the year to end 2016 in ninth on the Nevada leaderboard. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 10 wsopfreezer – 1,880.38 (-) ChaosTheory – 1,809.85 (+1) CloverSprkesFartShovels – 1,744.51 (-1) JCHAK – 1,740.87 (+1) APokerJoker2 – 1,662.23 (-1) Power – 1,488.59 (+2) voff – 1,355.55 (+2) VintageATL – 1,312.10 (-2) GodsBigToe – 1,293.68 (NR) bcm4924 – 1,274.94 (-3) Dropped Out of Top 10 – ESCAPE595 Just Missed Out – Nutsinurface (11th), ESCAPE595 (12TH), jmd123 (13th)
  9. [caption width="640"] Ian Steinman has had a very good summer compared to his last few. =[/caption] Ian ‘APokerJoker2’ Steinman, the #4-ranked online poker player in Nevada, has had himself a decent 2017 World Series of Poker. He’s cashed five times, including a final table, and now starts Day 1B of the Main Event with an above average stack of 94,300. It’s a stark difference from years past for Steinman. “I think I played 10 or 11 tournaments (this year). One was Lowball, ten were Hold’em and I had five cashes and a final table which is pretty crazy for me, because I’ve had terrible summers the last six or seven years,” said Steinman. The numbers don’t lie. Prior to this year he had two WSOP cashes and just $6,729 in earnings. This summer he’s earned $70,658, with $48,276 coming from his seventh place finish in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in late June. He gives one of his friends, Taylor Black, a some of the credit for giving him the confidence to play better. “I think it all started because one of my best friends made the Colossus final table and ended up doing really well and it felt like a freeroll for me, and I didn’t even have a piece,” said Steinman, of Black’s $545,430 score for finishing second in the $565 buy-in event. “Just seeing him make it I was like ‘well if he can do it, then I can do it’. I’ve just been crushing since then, it’s been crazy. I’m running well and I think I’m probably playing well.” Looking back now at his own final table appearance this summer, Steinman can’t help but wish things had gone better for him. His elimination hand saw him racing with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] against Brandon Ageloff’s [poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"] for a pot worth over 75 big blinds. “It hurts. It’s the standard conundrum where, I made a lot of money and I made the final table and I enjoyed every second of it but then it’s like I flipped for all the chips in play for a massive chip lead. Had I folded my way there it would (hurt) less, but the fact that I flipped a coin, I got in a $100,000 real money equity coin flip was brutal, ” said Steinman. “I’m super happy with all of it honestly, because money comes and goes, I would have liked to have won the bracelet, but other than that I’m super happy.” Even though he’s had some success this summer, don’t expect to see him playing bigger buy-in events all over the world. It’s not necessarily an issue of bankroll, it’s about the travel required. Steinman isn’t comfortable flying thanks to a scary incident in his teenage years. “I used to fly all the time. I took a plane trip when I was 15 with my high school band and there was a few of us that got stuck on a second plane. It ended up getting hit by lightning, all the lights went out, it dropped and people were praying,” said Steinman. “It totally traumatized me. I’ve flown once since then and it was a horrible experience.” Even with that, he does want to travel more and has talked about doing hypnosis and other forms of therapy to get him past the fear. “It’s like the final table. In the moment you can’t think about what’s really happening. You’re in a gigantic metal tube flying at 600 miles. I’m playing for more people make in eight years for first place, I can’t think about that. I just have to play,” said Steinman. Even with the profitable summer he’s had, Steinman still wasn’t sold on playing the Main Event. “Everybody was asking me if I was going to play it and I didn’t have any plans to play it, but I answered yes every single time and my friends were like, ‘You’re an idiot, you’re professional poker player, you’re going to play the Main Event’,” said Steinman. He played the Main Event last summer, and even found himself flirting with a top stack late on Day 2. The next day his run was over and he had nothing to show for three days of effort. “Last year I made Day 3, with 300,000 with the 2,400 big blind and I didn’t make the money, which is like six hours into Day 3 so it’s hard to say I played well. I feel like I played well but it had to be some kind of punt,” said Steinman.
  10. In the days leading up to the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder event at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California, David Larson was playing mega-satellites trying to get into the Main Event. He stone-bubbled one, walking away with $2,000 in cash. He decided to use that money to buy-in directly to the $3,500 buy-in event. Good decision. Larson outlasted 439 other players to win the WPT Rolling Thunder event for $295,128 and now finds himself preparing to play the WPT Tournament of Champions this May in Las Vegas. Larson took care of the first elimination at the final table. Down to just 12 big blinds, D.J. Alexander moved all in from UTG and Larson called from the button. Alexander showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"] while Larson turned over [poker card="td"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="qd"] to eliminate Alexander in sixth place. Five-handed play continued for over 3.5 hours but during that time, Ian Steinman and Joe McKeehen, the two biggest stacks at the time, clashed in a hand that left many fans watching at home shaking their head in disbelief. Action folded to Steinman in the small blind and he raised to 160,000 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] and McKeehen called from the big blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"]. After the [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5h"] flop, Steinman bet 150,000 and McKeehen called again. The turn was the [poker card="jc"] and Steinman check-called McKeehen's bet of 370,000. The river was the [poker card="kc"] and Steinman bet 800,000. McKeehen announced he was all in for 2,940,000. Steinman used six of his time banks before folding. Steinman regained some of those chips when he eliminated Rayo Kniep some 30 hands later. McKeehen raised to 200,000 from UTG, Kniep called from the small blind and Steinman called from the big blind. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="th"][poker card="5c"] flop got all three players to check. The [poker card="tc"] turn got Kniep to check, Stienman bet 255,000 and McKeehen folded. Kniep moved all in for 1,100,000 and Steinman called. Kniep showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] but got bad news when Steinman tabled [poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"] for trip tens. The river was the [poker card="jh"] and Kniep was sent to the rail. Five hands later, Steinman busted another one. Ping Liu moved all in from the button for 1,415,000 and Steinman called from the small blind. Liu showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"] but found himself dominated when Steinman showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4h"] flop changed nothing and Liu could only watch as the [poker card="5s"] turnand [poker card="6h"] river sealed his fate. Despite having held the chip lead at multiple times during the final table, McKeehen couldn't carry that momentum to his first WPT title. McKeehen raised to 250,000 from the button, Larson called from the small blind and Steinman folded his big. After the [poker card="jh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"] flop, Larson fired 400,000 into the middle only to have McKeehen move all in for 1,320,000. Larson called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="7h"] for the nut flush draw while McKeehen tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"]. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner picked up extra outs on the [poker card="kc"] turn but was eliminated after the [poker card="4s"] river failed to connect. Heads-up play began with Steinman holding 8,500,000 million of the 13,100,000 million chips in play. Larson took the chip lead for the first time just five hands into heads-up play though and after 24 hands of play between the two, he finished Steinman off. Larson raised to 375,000 from the button before Steinman made it 1,100,000 to go. Larson called to see a [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"][poker card="6c"] flop. Steinman check-called Larson's bet of 400,000. The turn was the [poker card="ah"] and both players checked. The [poker card="qs"] river got Steinman to bet 500,000 and Larson responded by moving all in. Steinamn called off his last 1,000,0000 and showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"] but got the bad news as Larson tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="6d"] for a full house. Final Table Payouts David Larson – $295,128 Ian Steinman – $201,428 Joe McKeehen – $131,081 Ping Liu – $97,510 Rayo Kniep – $69,650 D.J. Alexander – $56,417
  11. The poker calendar was in full swing by the time March came around with plenty of headlines fueling the fire of the late winter months. In addition to all of the news and results of the month, the world of poker vlogging took center stage on PocketFives in March. VLOG/TURN/RIVER Early in 2018, poker vlogging had hit a fever pitch and the PocketFives in-depth series VLOG/TURN/RIVER put the spotlight on the ever-groaning poker content created by the poker player for the poker player. We conducted in-depth interviews with some of the mediums most popular personalities including Andrew Neeme, Jaman Burton, Brad Owen and more. Additionally, PocketFives drilled down on the art of vlogging. We tackled topics including how to get started vlogging, the tools of the trade and how to grow an online audience. Take a look back at the entire VLOG/TURN/RIVER series: Profiles: Andrew Neeme Andrew Pieper Brad Owen Jaman Burton Matt Vaughan Tim ‘The Trooper’ Watts Inside Vlogging: A Primer On Starting Your Own Vlog Inside The World Of Poker Vlogging Learn About The Tools of the Trade Growing A Vlog Audience Requires Commitment Vloggers Still Hoping For Endorsement Windfall Negreanu, Polk Among Big Names on Vlog Train World Poker Tour Crowns A Pair of First-Time Champions The World Poker Tour wrapped two of their Season 16 events in the month of March as a pair of first-time champions were crowned. In the first week of the month, Dennis Blieden, playing in his very first WPT event defeated Toby Lewis heads up to claim the title of 2018 Los Angeles Poker Classic Champion. Blieden, who had a total of roughly $22,000 in total recorded cashes before the tournament, walked with a cool $1,000,000 first place prize. READ: First-Timer Dennis Blieden Wins WPT L.A. Poker Classic, $1M The very next week Bay Area grinder David Larson bested the 440 runners at WPT Rolling Thunder at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, CA. Larson, who stone-bubbled the satellite to win a seat, bought in and turned his $3,500 investment into a $295,128 payday and a ticket to the WPT Champions Club. READ: WPT - David Larson Wins Rolling Thunder While Larson walked away with the title, it was runner-up Ian Steinman that had everyone talking. In one of the most talked about hands of the year, Steinman made one of the biggest folds the poker world had seen in some time when he let go of a set of kings against World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen when McKeehen went runner-runner into the nut straight. Watch the amazing hand below. Matt ‘OLD TIME GIN’ Stone Wins Sunday Million Before he made his way into the worldwide top 10 in 2018, Canada’s Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone picked up a massive score when he took down the PokerStars Sunday Million. Stone defeated a field of 5,971 to bring home the $161,237 prize just days after winning both the Sunday Warm Up the weekend before and the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday in late February. After his March heater, Stone continued to grind straight through to the summer and beyond. He entered the worldwide top-10 for the first time and climbed to a career-high ranking of #3 in the world. He eclipsed the $5 million mark in 2018. READ: SUNDAY MAJORS - Matt 'Old Time Gin' Stone Grabs Sunday Million Win partypoker Hit With Server Issues Increases Sunday Guarantees Many months before the partypoker 2018 MILLIONS Online set the record for the largest tournament in history, partypoker announced that they were ramping up their tournament offerings and guarantees on their Sunday schedule. In the middle of their March 4 tournament schedule players experienced significant downtime and technical problems causing partypoker to postpone and even cancel some of their tournaments. The site addressed the issues head-on, dealing with player complaints on social media. Finally, in a bid to make things right with their customer base partypoker added $2 million worth of guarantees to their schedule the following weekend continuing their campaign of going “All In.” Read: partypoker Increases Sunday Guarantees In Wake Of Server Issues Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ Wins Monthly PLB Title, Stays #1 In The World There was no stopping Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ in early 2018 and at the end of March not only did he capture the monthly PLB title, but he had spent the entire calendar year as the #1-ranked player in the world. On March 4, ‘C Darwin2’ finished as the runner-up in Event 70 of the PokerStars Turbo Series ($5,200 NLHE Eight Max High Roller) for a mammoth $161,411 score. However, this would not be his largest payday of the month just weeks later, on March 20, he won PokerStars High Rollers #7 ($10,300 NLHE) for $267,406, his current career all-time high payday.
  12. The World Series of Poker has a history of making stars and has played a key role in solidifying the reputation of some of the game's biggest stars. Finding the players who could enjoy new success on the WSOP stage isn't an easy task but the PocketFives editorial staff has accepted the challenge. Jeff Walsh, Senior Writer You never really know who that "Breakout Player" will be but I’ve got a couple of players I’m keeping my eye on this summer that I think could take the next step and elevate their game. You might remember Ian Steinman from his hero fold against Joe McKeehan at the 2018 WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event when he spikes a set of kings on the river and after exhausting all of his time bank chips found an amazing fold. Well, Steinman is not only an accomplished online grinder, having won the WSOP.com online Player of the Year award in 2016 but a mid-stakes live beast. Like most amazing NLHE players, he’s fearless at the table and is able to accumulate chips in a hurry. Last year, Steinman barely missed out on his first gold bracelet falling to Eric Baldwin in heads up play in a $1,500 NLHE event, settling for a $197K score for second place. This could be the year he takes the experiences from all those big-time spots and puts it together to pick up his first WSOP win. It feels like it’s just a matter of time for this West Coast grinder and it may be this year. Speaking of big-time my second pick has already had plenty of time in the spotlight. You might remember Julien Martini from his runner-up finish at this year’s PokerStars Players Championship. Martini is a fantastic player who plays all the games and picked up his first bracelet event in 2018. So, with all these accolades how can he break out? I’m tracking Martini to pick up his second bracelet this year in one of the Championship events. He plays all the games and he’s bringing that PSPC bankroll boost to the summer series. I figure when all is said and done, his price in the 2020 $25K Fantasy Draft is going to go through the roof. Donnie Peters, Managing Editor Adam Owen is very much skilled in all poker variants and is known to put in a lot of volume. His name may be known around the poker community, but the Brit has yet to truly breakout. Not only has he not won a WSOP gold bracelet yet, but he’s never experienced a major tournament victory. Specific to the WSOP, Owen has a handful of final tables and a trio of top-three finishes. I’m going to say that 2019 is a huge summer at the World Series of Poker for Owen. He’ll win his first bracelet, rack up the cashes, and contend for WSOP Player of the Year. Ping Liu is another player who can be considered in a similar light as Owen is. Liu has gained some notoriety through his run on the World Poker Tour this season, and he’s challenging to win the WPT Player of the Year award. Like Owen, his best finish in a WSOP event is a third-place result and he’s still searching for his first major tournament title. Liu has been very much on form in recent months and earned some big scores. He closed out 2018 with a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond event for $600,000. With his padded bankroll and so many No Limit Hold’em events on the WSOP schedule, look for Liu to make a few big splashes this summer. I can easily see him winning his first WSOP gold bracelet if he puts in any sort of decent volume. Lance Bradley, Editor in Chief It's hard to pick players out of relative obscurity that might enjoy success at the WSOP. That's why the first player on my list is more of a known commodity that maybe anybody else listed here. Patrick Leonard is a former #1-ranked player on PocketFives, the current #3-ranked player in the world, and has a little more than $2.4 million in live earnings. Despite all of that, he's never really had a big WSOP. He only has seven WSOP cashes for $114,229 in earnings but he's never committed to a full schedule. That changes this year. Leonard is putting the online grind to the side for seven weeks to play a full WSOP schedule. He's an extremely talented player and will be free of the potential distraction of returning to the online felt. I expect Leonard's going to find his way deep in a number of events this summer and might finally find himself with a realistic shot at winning his first bracelet. Each year there's a handful of players who skyrocket into the public eye with double-digit level cashes after having previously found some success at the Rio. Last year, Lexi Gavin cashed seven times at the WSOP including a 12th place finish in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha. That doubles her lifetime career cashes and I don't see any reason why the upward trend can't continue. She's predominantly a No Limit Hold'em player and the WSOP schedule includes an almost endless number of opportunities for her to run up a stack and potentially make her first career final table.
  13. New Jersey grinder David 'dehhhhh' Coleman had a strong December on the virtual felt and as a result has taken over the #1 spot on the USA Online Poker Rankings. Coleman cashed 30 times in December but picked up a bulk of his points with impressive back-to-back wins in the PokerStars Sunday Special. On December 15, Coleman topped the 116-entry field in the $200 buy-in event to win $6,250 and lockup 158.11 PLB points. One week later, he beat out 114 other players to win another $6,250 and 158.11 PLB points. He also managed to pick up 102.7 points thanks to a runner-up finish in the WSOP $15,00 Weekly Saturday on December 8. His total earnings for December were $15,272. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] One spot behind Coleman was former #1-ranked American Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon. Kwon cashed just 14 times but managed to win the PokerStars NJ Nightly Stars on two separate occasions for 95.33 and 96.29 PLB points respectively. Sandwiched between those two scores was a sixth-place finish in the WSOP.com Sunday Weekly for 71.5 points. Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein holds down the #3 spot following a massive month in terms of PLB points earned. He cashed just nine times and just three of those counted towards his PLB total. He won the WSOP.com $100,000 GTD Sunday on December 2 for $29,256 and 332.26 points. Three weeks later he did it again, this time winning $28,859 and 330 points. He also picked up 60.17 points for an eighth-place finish in the WSOP.com $30,000 Weekly Sunday on December 2 and 96.22 points for coming in third. USA Online Poker Rankings Rank Name Points 1 David 'dehhhhh' Coleman 4,654 2 Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon 4,357 3 Jon 'itsmejon' Borenstein 4,200 4 Dan "centrfieldr" Lupo 4,128 5 Vladimir 'Donate_here' Alexandrov 4,064 6 Mike 'Lav519' Lavenburg 3,690 7 Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. 3,567 8 Michael "Gags30" Gagliano 3,432 9 Tenzin 'tc_ownz' Chakdor 3,357 10 sri100k 3,298   David Goodman Continues to Dominate Nevada There isn't a single player from Nevada in the top 14 of the USA rankings. The #1 player from the Silver State is David 'bewater' Goodman at #15. He is currently sitting on 2,944 points - 1,710 points behind Coleman for top spot. Goodman continues to hold on to the top spot despite taking nearly all of December off. He cashed just once and it wasn't a strong enough finish to count towards his PLB total. Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat sits at #2 after having three of his five December cashes boost his PLB points total to 2,783. On December 17, Bibat finished second in the $5,555 Weekly Monday for $1,071 and 52.37 points. Then, on December 23, he finished 11th in the WSOP.com $15,000 Weekly Sunday Deepstack for $262 and 33.68 points before taking down the WSOP.com $7,000 Daily Turbo Deepstack for $2,179 and 87.43 points. Rounding out the podium for Nevada is Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman. He started December off with a fifth-place finish in the WSOP.com $10,000 Weekly Saturday event for $885 and 43.13 points. He then picked up 45.42 points in the Sunday $100,000 to finish off the month. Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman moved up to #4 in Nevada after having four of his five December cashes add 212.59 points to his PLB total. Steinman now sits at 1,056th in the world - an all-time high for him. Nevada Online Poker Rankings Rank Name Points 1 David 'bewater' Goodman 2,944 2 Tanner 'Bamatide88' Bibat 2,783 3 Jed 'JCHAK' Hoffman 2,434 4 Ian 'APokerJoker2' Steinman 1,942 5 PunnyYouSayThat 1,828
  14. It took just 55 minutes on Friday morning for 'MacDaddy15' to go from middle of the final table pack to World Series of Poker bracelet winner in Event #9 ($1,000 NLHE Six Max) and in the process earn the single biggest score of the 2020 WSOP to date. A total of 1,026 entries from 658 unique players created a $974,700 prize pool with the eventual champion getting to take home $188,214 and the bracelet. When the final table began, Ruth 'crazeeelf666' Ruffman held a comfortable chip lead with 'WillowG23' in second and 'MacDaddy15' not far behind in third. Ian 'apokerjoker2' Steinman was the first player sent packing by 'MacDaddy15'. From the button, 'MacDaddy15' raised to 332,500 with [poker card="2d"][poker card="2s"] before Steinman moved all in for 1,365,109 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"]. 'MacDaddy15' called and then had to sweat all the way through a [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5s"][poker card="js"][poker card="jc"] runout to eliminate Steinman in sixth. Five-handed play lasted another 15 minutes before the next elimination hand occurred. 'Im.Sorry' raised to 250,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"] before 'moodeez' re-raised all in for 890,486 from the small blind with [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] and 'Im.Sorry' called. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"][poker card="4d"] flop gave 'Im.Sorry' second pair and the [poker card="5c"] turn and [poker card="5h"] river failed to save 'moodeez' from a fifth place finish. A few moments later, 'Im.Sorry' raised to 254,000 from the hijack with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] only to have Ruth 'crazeelf666' re-raise to 806,000 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. 'Im.sorry' continued betting, moving all in for 4,489,926 and Ruffman called all in. Ruffman was unable to improve on the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"] runout and was eliminated in fourth. 'Im.Sorry' continued to be the aggressor and ended another player's run five minutes later. 'Im.Sorry' called from the button and 'WillowG23' checked their big blind. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"] and 'WillowG23' checked and then called after 'Im.Sorry' threw in a bit of 160,000. The turn was the [poker card="jc"] and 'WillowG23' check-called after 'Im.Sorry' bet 225,000. The river was the [poker card="5c"], 'WillowG23' checked and 'Im.Sorry' moved all-in for 10,070,712 . 'WillowG23' called all in for 1,614,568 and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="9c"] for top pair but 'Im.Sorry' turned over [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"] for a flush to send 'WillowG23' home in third position. That both gave 'Im.Sorry' 62.8% of the chips at the start of heads up play. The play played for nearly 15 minutes before 'MacDaddy15' took over the lead thanks to winning an all in preflop hand with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] against the [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"] of 'Im.Sorry'. Two minutes later, the tournament was over. Down to 10 big blinds, 'Im.Sorry' open-shoved for 1,752,560 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="4c"] and 'MacDaddy15' called with [poker card="td"][poker card="5d"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"] flop gave 'MacDaddy15' a flush draw and gave 'Im.Sorry' to pair. The [poker card="qd"] turn filled that flush draw and eliminated 'Im.Sorry' as the runner-up as the [poker card="2c"] completed the board to officially crown 'MacDaddy15' as the winner. Final Table Payouts MacDaddy15 - $188,214 Im.Sorry - $116,379 WillowG23 - $81,972 Ruth 'crazeelf666' Ruffman - $58,482 mooodeez - $43,301 Ian 'apokerjoker2' Steinman - $30,995 Faces in the Crowd The #1-ranked player in the United States, Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon, came in 56th for $2,729.16 and was one of a handful of notable names to make it into the money. Daniel Negreanu picked up another cash, his fourth, coming in 96th for $1,851.93 and Event #1 champion Jonathan 'Art.Vandelay' Dokler snuck into the top 100, finishing 99th for $1,851.93. A pair of former #1 PocketFivers also had a winning day. Ari 'philivey' Engel finished 105th for $1,754.46 and Chris 'Robotbob47' Moorman was behind him, coming in 141st to take home $1,656.99. Anthony 'heheh' Zinno (22nd - $5,360.25), Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels (37th - $3,703.86), Nick 'cashUSklay' Schulman (43rd - $3,703.86), and Kevin 'ImaLuckSac' MacPhee (95th - $1,851.93) also cashed.
  15. Ian Steinman is only 30 years old, but for those that have followed the career of the young poker pro his recent gold bracelet victory in World Series of Poker Event #27 ($400 No Limit Hold’em Freezout) for $110,557 was a long time coming. “I’m still kind of shocked by it,” Steinman said. “I kind of expected it to happen, but when it did I was like…I don’t know…it’s definitely really cool. A lot of people have been telling me they’re happy for me. It’s good to see other people are happy for me.” When Steinman says he “expected it” it’s spoken without an ounce of self-congratulation or ego. In fact, it’s the opposite. It comes from a place of a player who has grown up in the game and evolved into a consummate pro. A pro who understands that through hard work and volume and by putting himself in a position to win, with time, it would come. “At the same time, it’s just one poker tournament that I won,” he quickly added. “I usually don’t get excited about winning any one tournament, but this one was a little more important to me.” “But if there’s anything to be a little bit too excited about, it’s probably winning a bracelet. I like to kind of keep my emotions in check with poker, but I think it's one of those times where you can kind of celebrate and be a little different than usual and treat it like something special.” That celebration was put on display in a video shot by his brother, Justin, that made the rounds after Steinman’s victory. In it, a stone-faced Steinman, zeroed in on his screen sees the final card hit and finally explodes with emotion. The video captures not just a moment of a big score but perhaps a moment of some relief. Steinman has spent half his life pursuing poker. At first playing home games with his friends, dreaming about winning a bracelet like Chris Moneymaker who they watched on ESPN. After he found his way to online poker as a teenager, Steinman took to grinding the daily tournaments at the old Bay 101 in San Jose, CA, just outside his hometown of Mountain View, battling against players like recent bracelet winner Pat Lyons. A move to Carson City, NV allowed Steinman to play on WSOP.com where he became a top-10 ranked player in the U.S. and took down the 2016 WSOP.com leaderboard. And since 2017, he’s also won four WSOP Circuit rings. But even after all of that, the bracelet feels special. “I guess I'd be lying if I didn't say there's a little bit of the validation,” he said. “I wish I could just say, ‘No, it's just another day,' but it's a World Series event. I'm 30, so when Moneymaker won and it started being on TV, I was like 14, 15 years old. Me and all my friends were always talking about trying to win a bracelet, so not just for myself, but for some of the people around me that have been telling me that I’m going to be able to win and they wanted me to win.” “It’s more just the sense that I can tell my friends or even my mom. She’s probably more excited than I was because she knows how badly I wanted to win one, especially when I was 15 years old.” But that moment might not have been possible if it weren’t for the lessons Steinman learned along the way. He’d had been close before to a major title before. This includes his deep run in the 2018 World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event where he made an amazing, in-the-moment, correct fold of a set of kings to WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehan. “I mean, you've probably seen the video of that fold. I sit there for like, I don't know, probably an extra minute, saying ‘I’m the worst, I'm the worst’ before I folded. It was definitely a little bit of, I knew I was going to fold, but I also knew I was on a live stream and the hole cards were up. I knew that I would be wrong sometimes making that fold. But I didn't care. That was the main thing I really didn’t care at all what I looked like. I'm just trying to do what I think is best.” “So that kind of gave me that confidence. Because even if I wrong, I don't think it would bother me. That'd be pretty funny, because I'd be the guy who folded a set to somebody's eight high or whatever,” he said. “I don't care if Doug Polk makes a video saying how bad you are or whatever. Just make the decision you think is right.” He finished as the runner-up that day, but he walked away with a career-high live score of over $200,000. Just one month later, Steinman was in position yet again. This time in a $1,500 WSOP No Limit Hold’em tournament. With a healthy chip lead in heads-up play against Eric Baldwin, all the chips were in the middle and Steinman was ahead in the hand. He lost that hand and ended finishing as the runner-up, earning his second six-figure score in a month’s time and ultimately missing out on the bracelet. “I lost that heads up, and at first I treated it like it wasn't a big deal, but it kind of did affect me a little bit. Like I was definitely a little bit on an emotional low. Not in a huge way, but, yeah, it's funny, something about the bracelet events that kind of get me on those highs and those lows in particular.” Steinman is on a high and his persistence has paid off with his recent victory. He adds a new landmark experience to draw from when he will undoubtedly be in a big spot again. That includes taking it all in. “Just be in the moment, do what you can, and then accept the outcome either way. If that's a win, just enjoy it,” he said. “I don't have any problem with enjoying it. Some people, yeah, they want to be robots. They want to act like they've been there before. But I hadn't been there before, so I don't mind looking like I hadn't been there before.” Only now, after a decade of evolving as a pro, Steinman can act like he's been there before because he has.
  16. Heading into Event #27 ($400 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, Ian 'apokerjoker2' Steinman had cashed 10 times, made two final tables, and was in the top 20 for the WSOP leaderboard. Steinman, who has 4 WSOP Circuit rings to his credit, outlasted 1,939 other players to win Event #27 for $110,557 and his first career bracelet and now moves into the driver's seat for the leaderboard. Down to less than four big blinds, Chris Radcliff moved all in for 747,602 and 'Psycho101' called from the button and Lokesh Garg defended his big blind. The flop came [kd][6d][3c], Garg bet 950,000 and 'Psycho101' folded. Radcliff showed [ks][jh] for top pair but Garg tabled [kh][qh] for top pair with a better kicker. The [tc] turn was no help and neither was the [6c] river to bust Radcliff in ninth. There wasn't an elimination for another 20 minutes. Huiwen Liu shoved for 2,130,748 from late position and 'crezident' defended their big blind. Liu showed [kc][qh] and 'crezident' was ahead with [as][9s]. The board ran out [ah][th][7c][6h][qc] to give Liu multiple draws on the flop and turn before bricking out on the end to eliminate Liu in eighth place. From UTG, Alida Veliu bet 1,225,000 before 'Psycho101' re-raised to 2,170,000 forcing the rest of the table to fold. Veliu called all in and tabled [qd][qs] with 'Psycho101' showing [as][6s]. The [ac][ks][jh] flop gave 'Psycho101' top pair and left Veliu drawing thing. However, neither the [5s] turn nor [5c] river managed to save her from a seventh place result. The relatively slow pace of eliminations continued and it took 10 minutes for the next player to bust. Steinman opened from UTG to 560,000 before Garg moved all in for 3,042,128. Nicholas 'Got_The_Glow' Brancato then came over the top for 5,746,148 and Steinman folded. Garg was racing with [7c][7d] against Brancato's [ac][qs]. The [ks][6c][5h] kept Garg in command of the pot but the [ad] turn flipped the script to give Brancato top pair. Garg found no help on the [jh] river and was out in sixth. It took another 15 minutes to go from five players to four. 'crezident' opened to 640,000 from the cutoff before Steinman moved all in for 12,530,824 from the small blind. 'crezident' called and showed [ac][jd] with Steinman tabling [9d][9h]. The [6c][5h][3s][8d][2h] run out was a safe one for Steinman and 'crezident' was out in fifth place. Steinman sent another player to the rail 10 minutes later. After Steinman opened to 800,000 from UTG, Nicholas Brancato move all in from the button for 3,351,882. Steinman called and showed [ah][qd] and Brancato tabled [as][th]. The [jh][9s][6h] flop kept Steinman in front. The [kc] turn changed nothing and Brancato was sent packing in fourth after the [5s] river completed the board. The Steinman show continued five minutes later when he sent the tournament to heads up. 'Psycho101' moved his last 5,351,012 into the middle and Steinman re-raised to 10,302,024 from the small blind and Satoshi folded. 'Psycho101' showed [ah][9h] but was outpipped by Steinman's [as][9h]. The [th][7d][4c][3h][qs] runout failed to improve anything for 'Psycho101' and they were eliminated in third. Steinman began heads up play with a nearly 4-1 chip lead over Satoshi Tanaka though he did relinquish it briefly before battling back to a 2.5-1 lead before ending the tournament. Steinman shoved for 26,974,082 and Tanaka called for 11,700,948. Tanaka turned over [kh][jc] which put him behind Steinman's [as][5d]. The board ran out [qc][8h][2s][7h][6d] to eliminate Tanaka in second place and give Steinman his first career bracelet and $110,557. Final Table Payouts Ian 'apokerjoker2' Steinman - $110,557 Satoshi 'Godzillla' Tanaka - $68,373 Psycho101 - $49,796 Nicholas 'Got_The_Glow' Brancato - $36,526 crezident - $27,028 Lokesh 'lanku111' Garg - $20,254 Alida 'av1925' Veliu - $15,295 Huiwen 'HLM99' Liu - $11,663 voltron12 - $9,009 Faces in the Crowd A pair of former #1-ranked PocketFivers narrowly missed out on the final table. Shaun 'ddtgg' Deeb finished 13th for $5,517.36 one spot ahead of Bryan 'Pellepelle' Piccioli who also earned 5,517.36. Jamie Kerstetter finished 163rd for $838.08. One day after winning Event #26, Ethan 'RampageP' Yau snuck into the money with a 217th place finish for $698.40.

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