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It's not easy being Matt papamat25Iles (pictured), who took second place in the PokerStars Sunday 500 earlier this month for $50,000. "It feels great," Iles told PocketFives. "It's always one of the toughest fields of the week, so any time you are able to make a run in it is an accomplishment in itself." TyRusTwon the Sunday 500 that week and four other members of PocketFives made the final table. "I think everyone played really well at the final table," Iles surveyed. "ImaLuckSac was the person whom I noticed first when we reached the final table and he plays so well. I was lucky to be seated to his direct left so he couldn't make it too hard on me." Kevin MacPhee, aka ImaLuckSac, is a European Poker Tour champion whose live winnings are north of $3.4 million. "I'm assuming that some of the players, myself included, weren't looking to take as many marginal spots against a player of his caliber," Iles said of how others approached MacPhee at the Sunday 500 final table. He plans to put aside a "large chunk" of the money toward savings because, as he put it, "Downswings are a real thing in this profession. I'm sure I'll find something small to treat myself to, though." He is originally from New Jersey in the United States and spent time in Amsterdam with Bryan bparis Paris, who backs him. When we caught up with Iles, he was camped out in Canada. In 2008, Iles won the Full Tilt $1K Mondaytwice in three months for almost $200,000 total. "It was the very beginning of my professional poker career," Iles said. "I was grinding pretty small-stakes at the time and randomly played a $26 satellite for the $1K Monday and was fortunate to win the seat. I considered unregistering from the $1K and taking the tournament dollars because I knew I would be a huge underdog in a field of the best online MTT players. I also didn't think I'd ever get the chance to play such a large tournament again since I was a small-stakes grinder, so I took a chance and somehow won it." He added, "As a result, I went from a very small bankroll to over a $100,000 bankroll overnight, so I started playing the highest stakes MTTs from there on. I know I was very lucky to be in the position I was in, so I started studying the game and taking it more seriously. The second win was the same as the first in regards to me being outmatched by the majority of the field. I was very fortunate to run as well as I did." Iles has almost $3 million in online tournament scores to his credit along with another $258,000 in live events. "This year, I think I'm going to try to play more live tournaments than I have in the past. I really enjoyed my time in Europe and am itching to go back. I think I'm going to play a few of the EPTs there and then gear up for the long six weeks of the WSOP." Outside of poker, Iles is a big fan of the outdoors and enjoys fishing and camping with his father. He explained, "I'm into horseshoes and bonfires, just your typical South Jersey stuff." He closed by saying, "I'm lucky to have been able to make a career out of a game that I have such a passion for. It's truly a blessing to be able to live out my dream." He has been a member of PocketFives for the last seven years and is well-known online as I Pay Ur Rent. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
For the fifth straight week, Brazil's Yuri Martins (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. He ascended to the throne on December 17 and hasn't looked back since. The man they call theNERDguyon PokerStars is up to $4.5 million in tracked online tournament cashes and showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, Brazilians are #1 and #2 in the Rankings this week. Martins hasn't recorded a five-figure cash since he became our #1 player, but on December 14, he scored in a big way by taking down the PokerStars Knockout Week Main Event for a blistering $76,000 and over 707 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings. He has recorded two smaller wins since then, raising his career total to 129. Likely due to many poker players being camped out at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas and focusing on live poker, there was little movement at the top of the Rankings this week. Outside of the top 10, Kevin ImaLuckSac MacPhee rose 16 spots to land at #30 on the strength of three five-figure cashes in January, including a final table in the Sunday 500 for $15,000 over the weekend. After final tabling the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend for $24,000 and 263 PLB Points, Cyprus' daskalos (pictured) moved up 19 spots to settle at #47. He has $2.2 million in career online tournament winnings and is the top-ranked poker player in Cyprus. The biggest jump inside the top 100 went to Denmark's x_zola25, who climbed 29 spots and can be found at #62 in the world. He won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy two days ago for $7,500 and has four wins already this month, two of which came PartyPoker. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings and he is the #1 player in Denmark. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Belarus' OMGitshunt, who reentered the top 100 at #74. He has been a one-man wrecking crew since 2015 began, turning in four wins, including the Big $162 and $109 Rebuy on PokerStars for $30,000 combined. He is about to break $3.5 million in career scores and resides in Minsk. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Yuri Martins - 7,415 points 2. joaomathias - 7,344 points 3. p0cket00 - 7,240 points 4. PokerKaiser - 7,207 points 5. Big Huni - 7,066 points 6. pleno1 - 7,051 points 7. r4ndomr4gs - 6,851 points 8. CrownUpGuy - 6,573 points 9. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,521 points 10. Ssick_one - 6,478 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
When the 2020 World Series of Poker Online schedule came out it was clear that Event #4 was designed with fireworks in mind in more ways than one. Event #4 ($500 Super Turbo NLHE) was designed to finish quickly so players could get outside on July 4th in Las Vegas and the quick pace of the event meant things moved along quickly. Those July 4th celebrations didn't seem to stop the players from turning out. There were 828 unique entries who fired a total of 351 rebuys to create a $530,550 prize pool. The event took just five hours and 48 minutes to play down to winner. The final table started with an average stack of just 10 big blinds. Holding nine big blinds, Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg shoved for 3,554,584 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] from UTG+1. Action folded to Brian 'XcrazylegsX' Frasca who moved all-in for 5,081,808 on the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4d"] to give Frasca top set and eliminate Luxenberg in ninth place. Just five minutes later, Kevin 'ImALuckSac' MacPhee lived up to his screenname and it led to the elimination of Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels. MacPhee moved all in for 2,833,565 with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] only to have Daniels call all in for 1,652,932 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"]. The [k][q][t] flop gave MacPhee top two pair but left Daniels drawing live to an ace or a jack. The [poker card="5h"] turn and [poker card="2s"] river were both bricks and Daniels was sent to the rail in eighth place. This was the second final table of the 2020 WSOP for Daniels after he finished fourth in Event #1 ($500 No Limit Hold’em Kickoff) for $42,060. Ryan 'Whosyourdodd' Dodd got to stick around for another six minutes before he was exiting stage right. Dodd moved all in from the button for 3,591,334 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"] and Frank 'spaghettiii' Marasco called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="th"] to miss Dodd entirely and give Marasco a rivered top set. Dodd was out in seventh place. Down to just over two big blinds, Bode move all in for 2,129,268 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. Marasco then shoved for 13,068,178 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"], and 'DrJayTrotter' called all in for his last 1,048,964 wiht [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Bode top pair. The [poker card="2s"] turn and [poker card="as"] river were both bricks for 'DrJayTrotter' and they were eliminated in sixth place. Bode then picked up another victim. Down to 1.5 big blinds, MacPhee moved all in from UTG for 1,776,726 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"] Bode called from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Bode top pair and MacPhee was unable to get any relief through the [poker card="3d"] turn and [poker card="9s"] river and was denied a third WSOP bracelet with a fifth place result. The fast pace of eliminations continued and Bode was more than happy to be the one doing the work. Bode moved all in from the small blind for 12,342,242 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"] and Marasco called all in for his last 5,213,910 from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop left Marasco needing a hail mary to stay alive but the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="jd"] river were no help. Marasco was eliminated in fourth place. A few minutes later, Frasca sent the tournament to heads-up. Frasco moved all in from the small blind for 20,135,952 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="2s"] and 'KTUUUH' called all in for 1,745,872 with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Frasco bottom pair and that held up through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="as"] river and 'KTUUUH' was eliminated in third. Frasca had a 2-1 chip lead when heads-up play began but over the course of eight hands, Bode found himself holding all of the chips. On the final hand of the night, Frasca moved all in for 13,593,648 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"] and Bode called with [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"] to give Bode trip sevens to eliminate Frasca and capture his first career WSOP bracelet and $97,091. Final Table Payouts Matt Bode - $97,091 Brian Frasca - $59,952 'KTUUUH' - $42,603 Frank Marasco - $30,772 Kevin MacPhee - $22,389 'DrJayTrotter' - $16,500 Ryan Dodd - $12,362 Shawn 'Saygoodnight' Daniels - $9,338 Jason 'Daluxxx' Luxenberg - $7,162 Hellmuth Cashes Again Phil Hellmuth finished in 37th place finish for $1,963.03 to go along with 11th place finish for $7,872 from Event #1. He wasn't the only familiar face to wind up in the money on Saturday night. Ryan 'KOVID19' Ko (14th - $4,403.56), Ari Engel (16th - $3,501.63), Tim 'unorth0dox' Reilly (17th - $3,501.63), Bryan 'Pellepelle' Piccioli, Event #3 champion Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (33rd - $2,334.42), and Yong 'LuckySpewy1' Kwon ($75th - $1,061.10) were just a handful of players who earned a positive result.