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  1. It has been a busy month of August on PocketFives. In fact, two of our longtime members, one of whom is ranked #1 worldwide, won PocketFives Triple Crowns. They were the 73rd and 74th Triple Crowns awarded this year. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Let's start with the heck a Triple Crown is in case you have no idea. In order to get one, a person must win three multi-table tournaments, each of which starts within the same seven-day period, across three of the sites we track. Each tournament must have a prize pool of at least $10,000 and have at least 100 players. Satellites and freerolls do not count. Okay, back to the story now. On August 9, Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured above) earned his 19th PocketFives Triple Crown. Our current #1 player in the world, Fierro won two Sunday Majors in the process. First, he took down the 888 PokerMega Deep on August 2 for $22,000. The next day, he won the PokerStars$109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-Entry for $2,700 before rounding out his Triple Crown the following weekend in the PartyPoker Sunday Major. This was Fierro's 19th Triple Crown and his ninth of 2015. His last Triple Crown came in June of this year and he has amassed the second most number of Triple Crowns all-time, trailing only Chris Moorman1 Moorman, who has 25. Fierro has every single one of Chile's Triple Crowns. Then there's Sweden's inhoo. He won his fifth Triple Crown on August 11. In fact, all three of his wins came on the same day. inhoo won the PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-Entry for $3,600, the Winamax XPERT for $3,000, and the PartyPoker Daily Major for $9,800. It was his first Triple Crown in almost exactly a year. Sweden has 51 Triple Crown wins, so inhoo has been responsible for 10% of them. He's #109 worldwide in the Rankings right now after ascending as high as #3 last year. PocketFives has awarded over 1,000 Triple Crowns since 2005, including 138 last year. We are on pace for about 120 this year. The most number of Triple Crowns awarded in one year was in 2013, when 208 were won. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. Eight wins. Thirty top-ten finishes. 2,981.55 points. And that was just one month. The scores have been calculated. We've made a list. We've checked it twice. 'lena900' won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard, or MPLB, in January with a total of 2,981.55 PLB Points. He led the second place total belonging to Bryan 'bparis' Paris by 200. After largely taking off the month of December, 'lena900' came to play in January. The Swede won the PokerStars Hot $162 for $7,500, PokerStars Big $162 for $14,000, a Winamax W Series event for $13,000, and the PokerStars $10,000 Guaranteed for $3,100. That was just the first three weeks of the month. He went on to win the PokerStars $215 Weekly Pot Limit Omaha H/L, 888 Octopus, PokerStars $8,000 Guaranteed, and PokerStars Big $82 as well. On the last day of the month, 'lena900' cashed in 16 tournaments tracked by PocketFives. What a way to close out the first 31 days of 2016. This was the first MPLB title 'lena900' has won and the fourth claimed by his home nation of Sweden. He won his first PocketFives Triple Crown in January to boot and is up to $3.8 million in career online tournament winnings. 'lena900' is the #7 ranked player in the world. How much higher can he go in the rankings? And can he keep up his smoking hot pace? Stay tuned to find out. Bryan 'bparis' Parisfinished in second place in the January MPLB with 2,771.09 points. Paris nearly missed out on his second MPLB title, having first won the award five years ago in January 2011. Paris won the PokerStars $215 Rebuy in January for $15,000, his largest cash of the month, and, like 'lena900', he crushed the stanza's final day, cashing in 17 tournaments. Paris had two cashes during EPT Prague to close out 2015. [caption width="450"] Bryan 'bparis' Paris[/caption] "It was definitely one of my best months ever despite the biggest individual score being around $12,000," Paris said. "I'd say it was a combination of three factors: spreading out onto more sites, a lot of good regs taking the start of the year off due to PCA and Aussie Millions, and re-dedicating myself to studying a lot more towards the end of 2015. My goal is to keep up a similar pace for the rest of 2016 and make a run at getting in the top 10 again." Another Swede, 'inhoo', appeared in third in the January MPLB standings with 2,762.82 points. He is just a couple thousand dollars shy of hitting $6 million for his career and won a TCOOP $700 NLHE Eight-Max Progressive Knockout for $46,000 last month and a commanding 514 PLB Points. Also in January, 'inhoo' final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $17,000 and took second in the site's Bigger $22 for $15,000. On the 25th of the month, the Swede finished fourth in the PartyPoker High Roller. He has never earned an MPLB title, but is the holder of five Triple Crowns and is the #9 ranked player in Sweden. Four of the top five finishers in the January MPLB were from Sweden, as the country continues to dominate the worldwide rankings on PocketFives. [caption width="450"] Sweden's 'inhoo'[/caption] Fourth place belonged to Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who ascended to #1 this week worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. 'C Darwin2' recorded his third largest cash ever during January, an $89,000 score for getting second in the PokerStars Super Tuesday on the final week of the month. He also final tabled a TCOOP Wrap-Up event for $62,000, his fifth largest score ever. All told, he had 2,649.39 points in January. Finally, Sweden's 'Ariados' landed in fifth place in the January MPLB with 2,627.32 points. He is ranked #8 worldwide on PocketFives and had 39 cashes in the first 15 days of January and finished the month with 81. His largest cash came on the last day of the month, a final table in the Sunday Second Chance for $22,000. He won his second Triple Crown of his career last month as well. Here were the top 10 finishers in the January Monthly PLB:
  3. [caption width="450"] Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo won his second career TCOOP title[/caption] The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker rolled on like a runaway freight train on Thursday, with four more events and four more winners. This time around, a top-50 ranked player earned his second TCOOP title. Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo, also known as 'inhoo', earned $85,000 for the win in a $700 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max Progressive Ultra Knockout after a heads-up deal with Canada's 'marlin5555'. Ylitalo is on the cusp of hitting $6 million in career online tournament winnings and is #40 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, 37 spots off his all-time high. The Swede also won a $27 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Quad TCOOP event in 2013 for $27,000. Ylitalo came into the eight-max final table third in chips, but quickly assumed the lead after knocking out 'viktorrz' in sixth place. Ylitalo had A-J to A-9 in the hand after the money went in pre-flop. 'viktorrz' flopped a nine to take the lead, but the eventual winner hit a jack on the river to take the chip lead. In the end, Ylitalo earned $41,000 plus $43,000 in bounties, as 'viktorrz's' bounty was worth $25,000 by itself. The Swede, who according to his Twitter was in Mexico, posted a video of his post-game celebration dance. In Event #32, a $7.50 No Limit Hold'em 3x Turbo Rebuy, 'SKD20™' came away with the win after being one of two massive chip leaders entering the final nine. There were 6,806 entrants, 23,563 rebuys, and 4,037 add-ons, which pumped the prize pool all the way to $234,000. The winner is also known as 'DONKAROO' and now has $306,000 in tracked winnings. Heads-up, 'SKD20™' had to battle back from a 3:2 chip deficit. In the final hand, Georgia's 'zeruka' 3bet shoved with 8-7 on a flop of 8-2-6, but 'SKD20™' had him out-kicked with 9-8. The turn and river were blanks and 'SKD20™' won his first TCOOP title and $36,000. Event #33, also held on Thursday, was an $82 Razz Turbo. Entering the final table, the average stack was less than three big bets and a deal was struck three-handed. Despite trailing 2:1 in chips entering heads-up play, 'aramesko' won the TCOOP title in just 12 hands. On the final one, the money went in on fourth street, with 'aramesko' showing 10-7 to K-Q for the win. First place was worth $7,900 after the three-way chop. Finally, Event #35 was a $27 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy that had 1,602 entrants, 4,082 rebuys, and 1,080 add-ons for a total prize pool of $166,000. There was also a heads-up deal in this tournament, which ended with 'FrederickH.' from the Netherlands winning his first TCOOP title and $22,000. 'FrederickH.' was the chip leader entering the six-max final table and, after the deal was struck, only ten hands were needed to determine a winner. 'FrederickH.' went wire-to-wire on the final hand, leading from start to finish. According to the chat log, he plans to buy his wife a new ring with his winnings, as he originally "bought [a] really old one." Mazel tov. TCOOP Event #32: $7.50+R No Limit Hold'em 3x Turbo 6,806 entrants, 23,563 rebuys, 4,037 add-ons $234,648.92 total prize pool SKD20™ - $36,274.61 zeruka - $26,984.62 scrubbyz - $19,006.56 gahoibvthakn - $13,175.53 aurimelis - $9,855.25 Pokerfan89Gr - $7,508.76 Kasabian88 - $5,162.27 basketziomb2 - $2,933.11 stam83 - $1,830.26 TCOOP Event #33: $82 Razz Turbo 724 entrants $54,300 prize pool aramesko - $7,950.69 Kevin0126 - $7,376.87 holtekila - $7,614.31 kema56 - $4,072.50 mr.peretz007 - $2,715.00 bcoulas - $1,900.50 renkenfish - $1,221.75 dimastik007 - $814.50 TCOOP Event #34: $700 No Limit Hold'em 8-Max Turbo Progressive Ultra-Knockout
 1,593 entrants $264,836.75 regular prize pool, $794,508.75 bounty prize pool Robin "robinho" Ylitalo - $41,801.04 + $43,454.47 in bounties marlin5555 - $37,650.83 + $25,677.47 in bounties 7DonCool7 - $25,159.44 + $29,996.35 in bounties marcasa - $18,538.53 + $2,524.90 in bounties stebn83 - $13,241.81 + $20,360.78 in bounties viktorrz - $7,945.08 + $3,140.52 in bounties DoEasyMoney - $5,696.72 + $16,902.73 in bounties hpinceli - $2,648.36 + $748.12 in bounties TCOOP Event #35: $27+R Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Turbo 1,602 entrants, 4,082 rebuys, 1,080 add-ons $166,056.20 total prize pool FrederickH. - $22,000.00 Bald Warrior - $20,853.25 caprioli - $20,000.00 Zbad - $9,963.37 Murat Yilmaz - $6,642.24 kiselevich1- $4,151.40
  4. The 888 Poker XL Inferno continued Monday with a number of players taking home final table cash prizes ahead of the event's final weekend. The #2 ranked online tournament player in the world, 'inhoo' of Sweden, was victorious in the $160 buy-in "Crocodile" tournament and collected $6,418 followed by PocketFives member 'kellerassel007' of Germany who earned $4,627 for finishing runner-up. The No Limit Hold'em Monsoon was won by 'siittimest' for a score of $5,169 while 'Ern3sti7o' was awarded $3,788 in second place. The $55 buy-in Tornado saw 'botteonpoker' come out on top and take home $4,730 with 'backdown8' collecting $3,410 for second. The six-max Lightning tournament awarded $4,578 to the eventual winner 'unclesala' as Canadian 'erikUf' cashed for $3,066 in the runner-up slot. 'Coffee_pot' won $3,267 with a first place finish in the "Deepstack Swordfish" event. Peru's 'jota_ocho' won the "Breeze" for $3,193 and 'DreamIsOver' earned a victory in the $30 buy-in "Swordfish" tournament for $3,106. If you don’t have an 888poker account yet and want to get in on the XL Inferno action, sign up from this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. Use promo code 'pocket5s'. and you'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away! XL Inferno Event #107: $109 No Limit Hold’em Lightning 6-Max Entries: 103 Prize pool: $16,800 unclesala - $4,578 erikUf - $3,066 Terbrand1234 - $2,352 MrRoAdKiLl - $1,596 shipitfast - $1,176 QuibeDoNeto - $882 (Timunim) XL Inferno #108: $55 No Limit Hold'em Breeze Entries: 330 Prize pool: $16,500 jota_ocho - $3,193 cuadrado12 - $2,399 (machiavelli3) garyt20 - $1,815 ESchellnast - $1,361 juicetus - $941 IToldUSo99 - $726 COMINGTHRU - $396 Iplay4pipas - $396 GodfryJONES - $289 (Conor 'ccoonnoorr' O'Driscoll) XL Inferno #109: 30 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Swordfish Entries: 629 Prize pool: $17,298 Coffee_pot - $3,267 Jesper8 - $2,370 Dobrinya985 - $1,747 thepunzle - $1,315 wacko90 - $924 Rihard4a - $735 LeoJoseCarne - $562 2pacnrw16 - $389 DiMag1a - $259 XL Inferno Event #110: $160 No Limit Hold’em Crocodile Entries: 199 Prize pool: $29,850 inhoo - $6,418 KellerA - $4,627 (kellerassel007) EgorVoytusen - $3,507 MarkHelfrich - $2,612 HinduKrush - $1,781 IamKenji1967 - $1,493 bluffaholic1 - $1,194 progree69 - $896 Perrymejsen - $597 XL Inferno Event #111 : $30 No Limit Hold’em Swordfish Entries: 598 Prize pool: $16,445 DreamIsOver - $3,106 WillSeeMan - $2,253 (MIL_O_90) Octopokes - $1,661 (Swaggersorus) hore68 - $1,250 Frankel98 - $878 F4RG0 - $699 Jaymo0o - $534 luffEEE - $370 laceppa1976 - $247 XL Inferno Event #112: $55 No Limit Hold’em Monsoon Entries: 547 Prize pool: $27,350 siittimest - $5,169 Ern3sti7o - $3,788 hownorez - $2,790 krastev19726 - $2,106 SwagDullars - $1,477 Foleon - $1,162 Technosphera - $889 kinsQ - $615 vadovauju - $418 XL Inferno Event #115: $22 No Limit Hold’em Monday Royal Entries: 604 Prize pool: $12,080 Acestain - $2,282 lpoker64 - $1,655 (Peetoon) zedonato - $1,220 (CannaGrower1) ch1c0taz0 - $918 EtEsIAben - $645 psion87 - $513 dirtysound - $393 Iancrona123 - $272 gioriz - $181 XL Inferno Event #116: $12 No Limit Hold’em Monday Flush Entries: 585 Prize pool: $11,700 antonmar - $1,911 Potovics - $1,902 *2-way deal iTSReTSaM - $1,182 jota_ocho - $889 Chip_giveme - $625 WowAceDude - $497 uarebad_lol - $380 BredaBredaBR - $263 Crakot - $176 XL Inferno #117: $55 No Limit Hold’em Tornado Entries: 152 Prize pool: $22,000 botteonpoker - $4,730 backdown8 - $3,410 GodfryJONES - $2,585 (Conor 'ccoonnoorr' O'Driscoll) _WhiteBear_ - $1,925 Fette_Pro - $1,320 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren - $1,100 DoubleNature - $880 AshTheSlave - $660 KestasLOST - $440 XL Inferno #118: $55 No Limit ShowMe Entries: 248 Prize pool: $12,400 rrradiovolna -$2,536 3thereal - $1,860 (Karen Radia) EyeofSkadi - $1,401 (MatveichukR) pokerdave128 - $1,054 IanJoy - $719 GangstaGo - $558 I_do_no_ICM - $434 AKyki89 - $310 FlipMaster08 -$236 XL Inferno #119: $5 No Limit Hold'em Mini ShowMe Entries: 932 Prize pool: $5,000 HarryLepps - $900 libsetag14 - $650 trutschel - $485 GetSomeValue - $363 Alex_News - $252 Sokolov23 - $202 OvTimE - $152 sekwi - $103 Dinhocs - $63
  5. There were just six PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker final tables on tap Wednesday and none bigger than the conclusion of the Super Tuesday Special Edition, but it was also a big day for two of Ireland’s top-ranked players. The 1,408-player field of Event #12 High ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday SE) got down to heads-up before ‘anti-durrr’ and former WSOP Main Event champ Ryan ‘MrMaximize’ Riess talked chop to split up a little over $400,000. Through the deal ‘anti-durrr’ guaranteed himself $200,000 and ‘MrMaximize’ $186,982.40 and left the remaining $20,000 for the champion. It didn’t take too long for ‘anti-durr’ to put his chip lead to work and eventually eliminated his final opponent to claim his first SCOOP title. ‘Alimounda’ finished third for $129,536. The current #4-ranked player in the world, Robin ‘robinho’ Ylitalo, finished fifth for $68,992 and former #2-ranked Grayson ‘gray31’ Ramage finished ninth for $14,643.20. Irish grinder Dan ‘DatWillDoPig’ Rankin won Event #12 (Medium) $109 No Limit Hold’em for $63,267.61. The win is likely to move Rankin into the top 1000 of the PocketFives Rankings later this week. Runner-up ‘tekelson221’ walked away with $50,574.55 as part of a deal amongst the final three players. Eventual third-place finisher ‘hongsi93’ took home $60,889.55. Brazil picked up its fifth SCOOP title when Felipe ‘goofy bolado’ Torres took down Event #12 (Low) $11 No Limit Hold’em for $16,094.25 after chopping with ‘Sezarr’. The second-biggest first place prize went to the #2-ranked player in Ireland, Toby ’sadface11’ Joyce, after he took down Event #11 (High) $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys. The win outright win was worth $87,880.25. The win could move Joyce into the #1-spot in Ireland. Runner-up André 'Sira Al Aziz' Santos earned $61,316.34. Another Irish player, ‘luckymo82’, won Event #11 (Medium) $55 Six Max PLO w/rebuys for $30,938.61. Germany’s ‘ToxicBluff’ finished runner-up in that event after posting a sixth place finish in the High version of the event. The United Kingdom’s ‘HlavatyUK’ beat out online poker legend Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom in Event #11 (Low), $5.50 Six Max PLO w/rebuys. SCOOP Event #11 (High): $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys 
Entries: 256 + 337 rebuys and 198 add-ons Prize pool: $388,455 * Toby ‘sadface11’ Joyce - $87,880.25 
André 'Sira Al Aziz' Santos - $61,316.34 * 
Zinobrinho - $45,937.32 *
 Thomsgen - $31,956.40 danfiu - $23,967.30 ToxicBluff - $15,978.20 SCOOP Event #11 (Medium): $55 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys
 Entries: 1,076 Prize pool: $184,702.65 luckymo82 - $30,938.61 ToxicBluff - $23,087.83 Desolas - $17,546.75 12bcire - $12,005.67 kofi89 - $7,863.33 OptionNz - $5,541.07 SCOOP Event #11 (Low): $5.50 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys 
Entries: 4,037* 
Prize pool: $73,915 HlavatyUK - $11,274.90 Isildur1 - $8,130.65 Nofear900 - $5,913.20 Le_Blem1 - $3,853.92 CarlosCRG - $2,217.45 18bremen99 - $1,256.55 SCOOP Event #12 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Super Tuesday SE Entries: 1,408 
Prize pool: $1,408,000 anti-durrr - $220,000* MrMaximize - $186,982.40* alimounda - $129,536 jani890311 - $95,744 Robin ‘robinho’ Ylitalo - $68,992 wiciu777 - $54,912 DSmunichlife - $40,832 gusmaa - $26,752 Grayson ‘gray31’ Ramage - $14,643.20 SCOOP Event #12 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 4,916*
 Prize pool: $491,600 Dan ‘DatWillDoPig’ Rankin - $63,267.61* tekelson221 - $50,574.55* hongsi93 - $60,889.55* hatraised - $27.775.40 MateeCocido - $20,893.00 cookiemo8436 - $15,977.00 IIDepredator - $11,061.00 Daddddymufff - $6,145.00 pabritz - $3,932.00 SCOOP Event #12 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 14,215 *
 Prize pool: $142,150 goofy bolado - $16,094.25* Sezarr - $14,094.25* pooltje12 - $9,524.05 bolkov76 - $6,681.05 yegon - $5,259.55 Ditsch1979 - $3,838.05 farditsis - $2,487.62 XIOwnYouAAIX - $1,279.35 sejmajneim - $852.90
  6. For the fifth consecutive week 'C Darwin2' continued to hold down the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings and the Swedish superstar has plenty of company from his fellow countrymen at the top of the rankings 'C Darwin2' is one of seven Swedish players in the top 10 including the all of the top five. Beating 334 other players to win the $530 partypoker High Roller on Aug. 6,'C Darwin2' added $31,273 to his bankroll and 409.27 PLB points to his total. It was his only qualifying cash of the week but it allowed to extend his lead over the rest of the field to 594.34. Despite not recording a single qualifying cash, 'lena900' held on to the #2 spot. In fact, the only change in the top five came from Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo moving up to #3 and 'Ariados' dropping to #4. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren rounded out the top five. The first non-Swede in the rankings also stayed the same with England's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford holding on to the #6 spot. Another Swede, 'DeathByQuads', moved from #9 to #7 thanks to three qualifying cashes. He started with a win in the partypoker High Roller on Aug. 6 and followed that up with a seventh place finish in a partypoker High Roller and a fourth place finish in the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max on Aug. 7. Those three cashes earned him a total of 586.8 points. His success moved him past 'Sheater', the final Swedish player in the top 10, who dropped from #7 to #8. The final two spots went to players moving up into the group. Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved from #14 to #9 and Russia's 'veeea' moved from #13 to #10. Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez both dropped out of the top 10. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,881.031 2lena9008,286.692 3Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo8,124.084 4Ariados7,755.543 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,598.515 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,426.796 7DeathbyQuads7,169.279 8Sheater6,953.467 9Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,815.7214 10veeea6,799.1513
  7. The PokerStars Sunday Million saw a four-way final table chop over the weekend as 'Dimitri005' took home $132.437 as a result of an official first place finish, while PocketFives member 'SokyrkoDima' of the Ukraine earned a career online tournament best $110,851 in the runner-up position. 'Wh0AndBeni' finished third in that event for $87,717 and 'Akyllas1' walked away with $88,661 in fourth place. There was a heads-up deal in the Sunday Warm-Up as 'gordosvaner' received $39,737 for the win. The fifth-ranked online poker tournament player in the world, Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo of Sweden, earned an outright victory in the $1,050 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Sunday Grand and was awarded $32,543. The Pot Limit Omaha version of that event was taken down by Canadian 'GINS FINEST' (ranked #210 worldwide) for a cash score of $21,053. A three-way final table deal in the Sunday Supersonic saw 'sawik04' come out on top for $19,924 while 'mrówq' was victorious in the Sunday Storm and collected $18,436 as a result of a four-way chop. There were two High Roller events on partypoker this weekend, as 'josicz' received $22,477 upon winning the $100,000 Guaranteed and 'maximum8282' finishing second for $16,475. Player 'maximum8282' took home another $16,363 by winning the $75,000 Guaranteed High Roller on Party to add to an impressive weekend outing. Perennial online poker tournament star and $7.3 million cash prize winner 'lena900' of Sweden (currently ranked #2 worldwide) took down the 888 Poker Baby Whale tournament and received $19,028. The $215 buy-in Mega Deep event was won by 'Nemekiss' who walked away with an even $15,200 in the $80,000 Guaranteed tournament. PokerStars Sunday Million($200 + $15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed - 5,593 entrants - $2,118,600 paid out to 899 spots Dimitri005 - $132,436.60 Sox[tyol] - $110,850.75 (SokyrkoDima) Wh0AndBeni - $87,717.27 Akyllas1 - $88,660.65 *4-way deal yhsimplicio - $38,471.78 leomobarak - $26,625.58 Mr.Andersen5 - $18,427.03 j8_diego - $12,753.04 (jota_ocho) WiNNiNGaTpT - $8,826.20 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$275K Guaranteed - 1,316 entrants - $275,000 paid out to 215 spots gordosvaner - $39,737.20 riversouza - $34,237.20 *2-way deal torscotr06 - $22,574.86 zyxel888 - $16,382.57 thesighlife - $11,888.82 Hjørngaard - $8,627.71 heyalisson - $6,261.11 vinstill - $4,543.68 Cavalito - $3,297.36 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$125K Guaranteed - 157 entrants - $157,000 paid out to 20 spots robinho - $32,543.06 (inhoo) SU1990 - $24,801.79 uwinho312 - $18,902.03 Los-Melones - $14,405.67 RogueTrader2 - $10,978.90 BacolodKid - $8,367.28 missuso - $6,376.90 slickchick47 - $4,859.98 jcada99 - $3,703.91 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000 + $50 PLO Six-Max) *$50K Guaranteed - 78 entrants - $126,000 paid out to 9 spots OLD TIME GIN - $21,052.98 (GINS FINEST) Tagult - $15,467.27 dunphi - $11,363.57 brianm15 - $8,348.64 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $6,133.62 baadger - $4,506.27 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200 + $15 NLHE 6-Max Hyper Turbo) *$125K Guaranteed - 779 entrants - $159,508 paid out to 107 spots sawik04 - $19,923.99 BillLewinsky - $19,786.75 vitinhorrn15 - $17,053.11 *3-way deal Mata11Zar - $7,782.18 rojorulez - $5,134.73 (rojostars) SU1990 - $3,387.93 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10 + $1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed - 24,941 entrants - $249,410 paid out to 4,526 spots mrówq - $18,435.84 Dima Sky - $17,548.72 molomus - $15,563.93 Melodic Kid - $12,352.20 *4-way deal TheGodFish72 - $6,384.47 João.m.96 - $4,551.08 snafer1 - $3,244.17 a873993549 - $2,312.57 dzoqer - $1,648.50 partypoker High Roller ($500 + $30 NLHE) *$100K Guaranteed - 233 entrants - $116,500 paid out to 39 spots josicz - $22,476.98 maximum8282 - $16,475.43 TullaMoreFan12 - $12,076.39 m0ntecarlo13 - $8,852.01 skitzo793 - $6,488.46 HAMENAKE - $4,755.99 fish2077 - $3,485.68 partypoker High Roller ($500 + $30 NLHE) *$75K Guaranteed - 162 entrants - $81,000 paid out to 27 spots maximum8282 - $16,362.88 PhileasFogg - $12,040.65 (hellohellohello) BuyThaPot - $8,860.18 BOOMALOOM_ - $6,519.77 Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver - $4,797.63 skitzo793 - $3,530.30 Gylbert 'GylbertFD1' Drolet - $2,597.67 888 Poker Baby WHALE ($300 + 20 NLHE) *$80K Guaranteed - 204 entrants - $88,500 paid out to 27 spots tutten7 - $19.027.50 (lena900) durrrrchfall - $13,717.50 lapechuga4 - $10,398.75 Romeopro33 - $7,743.75 TeamShippo - $5,310 olekonjole - $4,425 MOI_est_JEAN - $3,540 Roulette69 - $2,655 Imyurfriend - $1,770 888 Poker Mega Deep ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$80K Guaranteed - 399 entrants - $80,000 paid out to 56 spots Nemekiss - $15,200 AcesJoker88 - $11,200 (Michael 'M_Acevedo' Acevedo) Namlleh - $8,400 (Pot4teUS) WilsonShawn7 - $6,000 CptJack222 - $4,000 pketazezbaby - $2,800 mskevart - $2,000 HappySh00ter - $1,600 BreakFISHt - $1,304
  8. [caption width="640"] Number 5-ranked tournament player, 'Inho' leads the way in Day 5 XL Eclipse action.[/caption] PocketFives.com current Worldwide #5-ranked player Robin 'Inho' Ylitalo found himself atop the payouts at the end of Thursday's slate of XL Eclipse tournaments over on 888poker. The 13-event grouping brought with it over $350,000 in guarantees as the poker series has now completed one-third of its scheduled 197 events. One of online poker's most prolific players, Sweden's Ylitalo took down the tournament with the largest guarantee of the day, Event #62 ($215 $100,000 Quarterback NLHE) by defeating Germany's 'luckyr1ver', who was at his 2nd final table of the day. Ylitalo walked with $21,356 to add to his already impressive accumulation of over $8,000,000 in lifetime earnings. Of course, he wasn't the only Pocketfiver making moves on this day as a number of ranked players climbed the leaderboards for victories in their respective tournaments. Ukraine's #5-ranked tournament pro, 'GSwarrior30', toppled Event #56 ($30 $15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE) for $3,691.87 while Avtaliono 'kavkazbear' Ibinosov from Cyprus nearly matched a career-best cash for himself when he claimed the title in Event #61 ($55 $20,000 Monsoon NLHE) for $4,791.15. Paul 'xxCelticFCxx' Febers had a great day on the tables as the Glaswegian first place finish in Event #63 ($44 $30,000 Mini Quarterback NLHE) was good for $6,466,54, another one of the largest hauls of the day. Additionally, Brazil's Eli 'quibedoneto' Fagundes earned an XL Eclipse title by defeating the 940 runners in Event #64 ($12 $25,000 Tuesday Challenge NLHE). XL Eclipse Day 5 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 54$15,000 Lightning 6-Max$109][poker card="TD"]RKOoutofNWHR$5,616 55$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Mondaq$3,943.54 56$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]GSwarrior30$3,691.87 57$20,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]birdgamcray$6,675.75 58$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]Marflon$3,355.80 59$50,000 R&A NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]F1SHRAPIST$10,706.50 60$10,000 Mini R&A NLHE$5][poker card="TD"]JekaSmolka$2,248.97 61$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]kavkazBear$4,791.15 62$100,000 Quarterback NLHE$215][poker card="TD"]Inho$21,356 63$30,000 Mini Quarterback NLHE$44][poker card="TD"]xxCelticFCxx$6,466.54 64$25,000 Tuesday Challenge NLHE$12][poker card="TD"]QuibeDoNeto$5,162.02 65$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]SFlinkov$4,751.50 66$25,000 Turbo Quarterback NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]TankeVicius$5,368.12
  9. The #1-ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’, added another accolade to his resume by ending the year by winning the 2017 PocketFives Leaderboard. The yearly PLB differs from the Sliding PLB, which helps determine the weekly rankings, in that it takes the top 100 PLB point scores of the calendar year for any player into consideration and the accumulation of those points determines the top performers. The powerhouse country of Sweden is home to the top four players (and six of ten) in the 2017 PLB rankings. First and foremost is ‘C Darwin2’. Having spent more time as the #1-ranked player in the world than any other player in 2017, ‘C Darwin2’ posted consistent results on volume that reflects his seemingly non-stop work ethic. His signature point total came when he racked up 819.05 PLB points by taking seventh place in the Event #55 of PokerStars’ SCOOP, the $10,500 Main Event. He also earned $178,883 for his efforts. That was one of two six-figure scores for ‘C Darwin2’ who wrapped up 2017 with over 60 five-figures scores and 24,397.83 PLB points. The only other player to finish with over 20,000 PLB points in 2017 was ‘lena900’. Also a 2017 mainstay in the Top 5 Worldwide rankings, ‘lena900’ had multiple 500+ PLB scores including his first-place finish in a September $5,200 No Limit Hold’em Side Event for $94,350. Surprisingly, that score is not the Swede’s top PLB score. It came early in the year when he took down the $1,050 Sunday Grand on PokerStars for $58,319 and 556.78 base points. In addition to racking up 22,094 PLB points, ‘lena900’ eclipsed $8 million in lifetime earnings in 2017 and at his current pace, he’ll easily see $9 million in 2018. Another Swedish former #1 ranked player, Andreas ‘r4andomr4gs’ Berggren, takes the #3 spot. Berggren, a voluminous grinder, consistently posted big-time results in 2017 including his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday on May 30 for nearly $50,000 and a win in the Winamax W Series Event 6 for $39,436 and a year-high 450.29 PLB points. He also ended the year on a heater, finishing in fourth place in Event #8 of the PokerStars High Roller for over $44,000 and 312.07 PLB points and another runner-up in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder on December 3 for $32,500. In total, thanks to large scores like these, Berggren racked up 19,322 qualifying PLB points for the year. 2017 saw yet another Swedish superstar climb the ranks of the Worldwide rankings while collecting valuable PLB points. ‘inhoo’, who checks in at #4 in the 2017 PLB Yearly rankings, reached as high as #2 in the Worldwide last year while collecting 19,097.50 PLB points. He made his mark early when he took first place in Event #14 of PokerStars’ TCOOP ($320 No Limit Hold’em Zoom) for over $86,000 and a PLB score of 757.76, his best for the year. He followed that up in May with a pair of final table appearances. The first came during Event #6 during PokerStars SCOOP ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max) where he finished in fourth for $62,505. Then, days later, ‘inhoo’ finished in fifth during Event #12 of the same series ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday) that brought him another $69,992. He slowed down his schedule a bit at the end of the year which saw him slip down the Worldwide Rankings just a bit. He currently sits at #33 Worldwide, but he did enough to stay top 5 for the year in PLB points. The top 5 is capped off the man who holds the single largest PLB point score of the year. Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff earned that honor when he won what is arguably the most prestigious online tournament of the year, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event. The $5,200 Main Event awarded van Zadelhoff a career-high cash of $1,624,502 and a massive 3,303.79 PLB boost. The points helped keep the Malta pro in the top 5 Worldwide. Then, after a red-hot first week in December, where he recorded a runner-up finish in Event #18 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series for over $89,000, he took possession of the #1 Worldwide spot for the very first time in his career. Soon thereafter, van Zadelhoff took a short break from the online grind and has since slipped back to the #2 spot, where he finished the year with 18,576.64 Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ comes in sixth for the year with 17,899.45 points in 2017. His largest PLB score came right at the beginning of the year when he scored a victory in the January 12 edition of PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill for over $46,000 and 511.86 points. ‘Sheater’ just recently surpassed $9 million in lifetime earnings and will be accumulating PLB points in 2018 to try and get back to his all-time high ranking of #1 in the world. The UK’s current top online player Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford checks in at #7. His runner-up finish in PokerStars SCOOP Event #34-M ($215 No Limit Hold’em 4-Max) for $40,852 also brought him 434.64 of his 17,799.69 total PLB points. He finishes less than 100 points behind ‘Sheater’, one of the closes gaps between players in the top 10. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez earned the #8 spot. His victory in the partypoker Heavyweight: Uppercut Warm Up on November 13 brought him a PLB year-high score of 707.11 and over $80,000. The final two in the top 10 for 2017 both have 1000+ PLB scores on their resumes. At #9, Russian online legend ‘veeea’ earned 17,338.14 PLB points with a large potportion that belonging to his victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million in July for 1,053.94 PLB points, earning him $166,530. Wrapping up the countdown in #10 is yet another Swede in ‘Ariados’. The two-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner took down the partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller for 1,027.13 PLB points and a massive $226,825 score. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao and Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar just missed out on being included in the top 10 for 2017, both having still accumulated over 17,000 PLB points. 2017 Yearly PLB Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 C Darwin 2 24,397.83 2 lena900 22,094.19 3 r4ndomr4gs 19,322.16 4 inhoo 19,097.50 5 SvZff 18,576.64 6 Sheater 17,889.45 7 1_conor_b_1 17,799.69 8 SixthSenSe19 17,447.32 9 veeea 17,338.14 10 Ariados 17,284.62
  10. “Poker still gives me a thrill from time to time. All deep runs, even if it’s a small tournament, like $3,000 for first, the competition of getting to the final table gives me a thrill even though it’s something I do every day.” For professional online poker pro Jonatan ‘Pot4teUS’ Hellman, his life and the grind are intertwined. Despite everything that he’s gone through in the past two years - a marriage, a divorce, a move from the country to the city - Hellman has continued to maintain his focus and keep the grind alive. Hellman has been a PocketFiver for over five years and a poker pro for even longer. He has amassed over $3.5 million since 2016, more than doubling his lifetime earnings to a massive $6.6 million. He did this with the confidence and support of one of the toughest, tight-knit online poker communities - the Swedes. It’s no secret that many of the top-tier online pros hail from Sweden, with 12 of the top 100 ranked player in the world coming from the Kingdom, including the #1-ranked player in the world ‘lena900.’ “Yea, I know all of them,” Hellman said. “A lot of us are really tight and hang out a lot, talk on Skype and talk hands. A big group stays in Gothenburg which is the second biggest city in Sweden. It’s me, Mr. Andrew (‘r4ndomr4gs’) and Lena (‘lena900’), ‘Sheater’, ‘eisenhower1’, ‘inhoo’…there’s a lot of guys staying in the same city so we go out a lot.” As prolific as Hellman and #TeamSWE are, it’s a marvel that the crew has any time to spare for a night out at all. “We usually go to nice dinners, go out partying and stuff. That’s basically it. But not that often anymore. Everyone wants to stay home and grind, especially ‘Lena’ - he’s the most boring one by far,” Hellman laughs. “That’s why he’s number one. Like on a Friday, when we usually have a day off we go out to a nice restaurant, have some beers and a nice dinner. He gets there, has one Coke then he gets home to grind. That’s why he’s the best.” The reputation of the Swedish contingency precedes itself. Legendary tales of wildly aggressive play and maniacal moves. “We used to be crazy,” Hellman laughs. “I think people play pretty much the same now, except the South American players, especially the guys from Uruguay. ‘SixthSenSe19’ (Fabrizio Gonzalez) and his crew, they have their own style.” “(The reputation) was more of a thing a few years ago. But like the Brazilians, there are so many of them, there are going to be a lot of different styles. It’s the same with the Swedes. It’s not like everyone plays like ‘Isildur1’ in 2008. Obviously, if we talk poker with each other some tendencies are going to be the same but there’s still going to be different styles.” It’s clear that there is a camaraderie and healthy competition among Hellman and his countrymen. Hellman, who is currently the #4-ranked player in the country, more than holds his own. A former top-5 ranked player in the world, Hellman has been rising back up the rankings, currently sitting at #21 thanks in part to his first PokerStars WCOOP title this fall. “I had a terrible WCOOP, I just lost every day,” Hellman recalls. “Then the last day was a $1K Turbo Bounty and I shipped that. It was cool.” To hear Hellman talk about it, he’s happy with it but not overly so. He keeps an even keel about notching his new career-high cash of over $84,000 first place plus another $78,000 in bounties. That’s all in a day’s work for a man who has just recently surpassed 7,000 total recorded online cashes. His work ethic had awarded him with what would be roughly four cashes a day, every day, for the past five years. He's simply played so many tournaments, so many sessions he couldn’t even tell you how many tournaments he plays in a session. “I have no idea,” he said. “I play around twelve tables at a time. I’m guessing I’m playing maybe forty or fifty tournaments in a session. On a Sunday maybe more. “I basically play everything between $50 and, on a normal day, the biggest ones are $1K. During a series, I’ll usually play (up to) the $5K Main. But I’ll play most of the $2K’s and below. So really a grind for me can be varied buy-ins. Sometimes I’ll get $20 buy-ins in as well.” The pursuit of online perfection has taken Hellman away from playing live poker as much as he used to. Approaching $500,000 in live earnings, Hellman will make the occasional appearance at a European Poker Tour event but prefers the action right where he is. “I used to play more live a few years ago but I tired of it basically. The traveling, the long hours and only being able to one table live, it’s not really for me. I mean, live deep runs is the most fun you can ever have in a poker tournament but the two or three days before that is so boring. “One of my first live tournaments was the WSOP Main Event in 2012 and I finished 28th in that, so that was really huge for me. It’s really funny because I was a terrible MTT player back then, I played only cash games. I think about it all the time because nowadays I’m super serious about pay jumps. Like in the (PokerStars) Hot $55, if I have five big blinds I’m going to stall because I want to make the extra $20. But back then, the pay jump between 28th and 27th was $60K and that was basically my net worth when I went to Vegas that year and I had no idea there was a pay jump.” The more times change for Hellman, the more they stay the same. His life in Gothenburg is surrounded by friends all focused on the grind. Up next for Hellman, appears to be more of the same. Perhaps even there’s a return to the top 10 in his future. “I think (the PocketFives rankings) are a fun element but the problem now is they have added so many super buy-in tournaments, like $25Ks. They have so many tournaments which I don’t play so it makes it kind of hard to ever be able to compete with, for example, ‘lena’ and ‘Darwin’ who play everything," Hellman said. "It's still fun. Maybe to become the best Swede outside of 'lena' and 'Darwin', that's my goal." You can follow Jonatan Hellman's poker journey via Twitter: @Jonatan_Hellman
  11. The #1-ranked player in Uruguay also topped the October PLB race. ‘kofi89’ used consistent results and a single mammoth victory to accumulate 4,383.78 PLB points, more than 1,000 above the closest competitor, to take the monthly title. In total, ‘kofi89’ picked up eight cashes of five-figures or more. His monthly highlights included victories in the PokerStars $215 Fast Friday for $14,993, the Bounty Builder Series 23 for $31,371, the Hotter $109 for $16,389 and the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller for $20,896. He went on an incredible heater, seemingly taking down another big tournament every other day. That was all punctuated by his victory in the Winning Poker Network OSS $1M Main Event for $167,500 and 1,001.25 PLB points. He would have likely won the October PLB race without this score, but this certainly put him well out of reach of any other competitor. It bolstered his worldwide rank to #12, just two spots away from his career high of #10. It also puts him just under $100,000 from reaching the amazing achievement of $4 million in lifetime earnings. A distant #2 in the month was the current #1-ranked player in the world ‘lena900’ (3,226.25.). Even among his peers of dominant Swedes, ‘lena900’ is known as an online poker workhorse and this month was no different. He cashed in over 160 different events in the month of October. In total, ‘lena900’ picked up over $286,000 and added it to his $12.5 million in career online earnings, second in history only to Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. ‘lena900’ made waves in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series 67 ($530 NLHE High Roller) where he took second place for $45,728 and 429.73 PLB points. He backed that up with a victory in the October 16 edition of the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller for another $30,474 and 339.50 PLB points. ‘lena900’ may have come in second during the month of October, however, the superstar Swede still leads in the overall 2018 PLB leaderboard, which will be a tight race between him and his countryman ‘C Darwin2’ in the final month and a half of the year. In the #3 spot for October was the #6-ranked player in the world, Latvia’s ‘DamageAP’ (2717.80). He finished the month strong first with a runner-up finish in the October 21 edition of the partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller for $18,936 and 239.25 PLB points. He quickly followed that up with another second place result in the October 28 edition of the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for over $26,000 and 313.12 PLB points. In total ‘DamageAP’ managed over 100 cashes for over $188,000. Twenty-nine of those cashes were for four-figures or higher. Another name that is regularly in the conversation when it comes to PLB races is ‘C Darwin2’ (2,694.40), who landed at #4 in October. His recent push at the online tables has brought him back to being the #2-ranked player in the world, and the first real threat to ‘lena900’s reign at the top in quite some time. ‘C Darwin2’s recent rise in the rankings is thanks to a solid October. He cashed in 145 events over the month for over $194,000. His month was punctuated by his bronze medal finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder 67 ($530 NLHE High Roller) where he picked up $32,596 and 336.93 PLB points. He also went deep in the October 21 edition of the 888poker Sunday Major tournament The $50,000 Whale when he finished as the runner-up for $16,425. Completing the top 5 of October was Robin 'Inhoo' Ylitalo (2,649.63), the third of six Swedish players who populate the top ten. Like most of his peers, it was a prolific month for ‘Inhoo’ who made the money in over 150 tournaments during the month. His largest PLB score came when he scored a victory in the October 7 edition of the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter High Roller for $21,936 and 280.02 PLB points. Ylitalo, a former #2-ranked player in the world, is currently sitting at #55 in the world and is speeding ahead to $10 million in career online cashes. PocketFives October PLB Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 kofi89 4383.78 2 lena900 3226.25 3 DamageAP 2717.80 4 C Darwin2 2694.40 5 inhoo 2649.63 6 perrymejsen 2523.33 7 brunovolks 2498.04 8 Sheater 2453.64 9 Pot4teUS 2379.05 10 Ramiro 2330.76
  12. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. The most high-profile moves in the rankings belong to two very notable players, Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer and Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen, but the biggest move within the top 100 was that of Arturs 'ARTSchGamble' Scerbaks. Steve 'MrTimCaum' O’Dwyer (#7) Climbs in Top 10 Whether it’s live or online, Steve 'MrTimCaum' O'Dwyer has been on top form as of late, and his rise three spots within the top 10 are evidence of his recent success, as O'Dwyer went from being #10 to #7. O'Dwyer closed out November with a $31,450 win on partypoker in the High Roller Club: $1,050 Super Tuesday, $150K Gtd for 394.97 points and earned a third-place finish for $18,758 and 220.07 points in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Sunday 500, $100K Gtd, among other decent results. O'Dwyer has carried that momentum into December with a handful of deep runs in high roller events around the online world, including two seventh-place finishes. The first came on PokerStars when O'Dwyer took seventh in the High Roller Club: $1,050 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $150K Gtd for $9,111 and 161.43 points. He then took seventh in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller: $200K Gtd for $11,700 and 168.27 points. Moving to #7 in the rankings is an all-time high for O'Dwyer, who is currently the #1-ranked player in Ireland. Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen (#23) Up Nine Spots Despite all of the live tournament poker going on in the world, Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen has put in a ton of volume in the online realm and his rise of nine spots to #23 is the result. Foxen recently won the PokerStars $1,050 High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic for $43,057 and 468.43 points as November came to a close. Since that score, Foxen has earned three more five-figure results. The most recent of the three came to kick off December for Foxen, when he won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Daily Warm-Up [8-Max], $100K Gtd for $25,578 and 333.17 points. Foxen's new position at #23 in the world is an all-time high. Arturs 'ARTSchGamble' Scerbaks (#42) with Big Leap Arturs 'ARTSchGamble' Scerbaks has the biggest jump as of late, climbing 48 spots to #42 on the rankings. Thats a new all-time high for Scerbaks, who is currently ranked the #1 player in Germany. Whereas some of the more notable names on the rankings, such as O’Dwyer and Foxen, may get sucked away from online play with all of the live poker going on at the moment, Scerbaks is grinding hard. He’s already landed 55 cashes in December, including a third-place result on December 9 worth $20,957 and 231.34 points from the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter: $200K Gtd [Mix-Max]. Scerbaks also won the PokerStars $109 Sunday Starter, $25K Gtd for $5,627 and 172.05 points on the same day, topping a field of 296 entries in that one. 'Kot_spartac' (#29) Also Earns All-Time High The theme of this Movers & Shakers is obvious, isn't it? The players already talked about are at new all-time highs on the rankings, and 'Kot_spartac' can join them in the feat. The current #3-ranked player in Russia is at #29 overall and that’s the highest he’s ever been. Just about halfway through December, 'Kot_spartac' has had himself quite the month, with four victories and four five-figure paydays. On December 2, 'Kot_spartac' won the PokerStars Hotter $215, $75K Gtd for $18,402 and 322.49 points. On December 6, he took down the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Thursday Thrill [Progressive KO], $200K Gtd for $22,378 and 333.17 points. That same day, he also won the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter: $50K Gtd for $15,687 and 270.72 points. A few days later, on December 9, ‘Kot_spartac’ finished second in the partypoker Sunday Bounty Hunter: $100K Gtd for $12,273 and 228.44 points. 'Inhoo' (#37) Rises 18 Spots, Earns $10M Badge A former #2-ranked player in the world, Sweden’s Robin 'Inhoo' Ylitalo is currently ranked #7 in his country and has moved up 18 spots to his current worldwide spot of #37. For Ylitalo, it’s been all about volume in the first two weeks of December, as he’s piled up 85 cashes already this month. His biggest score came from a second-place finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Wednesday HR [8-Max], $100K Gtd on December 5 for $18,451 and 208.63 points. The biggest story for Ylitalo isn’t that he climbed 18 spots to #37, but rather that his recent success has pushed him over the $10 million mark in online tournament winnings and awarded him as the 15th player to achieve the PocketFives $10 Million Badge.
  13. January was another massive month for Ukranian online poker superstar Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky who put in maximum volume to finish the month with the 2019 January PLB crown. In 2018, Romanovsky took the months of October and November completely off. Then he put in just a handful of days at the online felt during December. But as 2019 heated up, so did Romanovsky. ‘Romeopro’ turned his attention to his online grind and produced more than 215 cashes in January racking up 4,522.98 PLB points. Of those results, an amazing 14 of them were for five-figure scores. They were headlined by a trio of cashes on January 28 where he brought in $98,716 in back-to-back-to-back finishes. Romanovsky has been soaring up the All-Time Online Money List, currently sitting in tenth place with over $11.3 million in career earnings. His results have also propelled him back into the worldwide top 5, where he currently sits as the #4-ranked player in the world. ‘Romeopro’ needed to put in that volume in order to fend off Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ (4,134.98), who finished January in the #2 spot. The world’s #2-ranked player also just surpassed a major milestone of his own, climbing over $12 million in lifetime earnings. It was just one year ago that the Swede was celebrating surpassing $8 million. ‘C Darwin2’ started the year off with a victory in the New Year’s Day PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Warm-up for $22,463. He followed that up days later by taking down the PokerStars Winter Series Event 51-H $2,100 NLHE Progressive KO for $57,180. He earned seven outright victories in January and won 10 five-figure scores. Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (3,933.71) has also been seeing early returns in 2019 as he finished the month in third place in the PLB race. The former #1-ranked player in the world has returned to the top 5 thanks in large part to his fourth-place finish in the January 28 partypoker $1M GTD Big Game where he took home $82,290 and 447.09 PLB points. Leonard is a player of consistency, constantly mixing it up in the biggest online tournaments available. In January he earned 10 podium finishes including a victory in the January 20 edition of GGPoker’s $500 Blade for $19,663 and a third-place finish in the partypoker Sunday Super High Roller for another $22,475 on the same day. Leonard currently sits at the #1-ranked player in the UK. Sweden’s ‘inhoo’ (3,396.04) just celebrated joining the $10 million lifetime earnings club and his persistence in January landed him fourth on the PLB leaderboard. His month was highlighted by a runner-up finish in the partypoker Christmas Freeze Event #46-HR for $36,535 and 361.36 PLB points. ‘inhoo’ made his way into the money over 140 times in January, including six outright victories. ‘inhoo’, a five-time PocketFives Triple Crown award winner, currently sits as the #21-ranked player in the world. January’s top five is rounded out by former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver (3,381.16). Oliver has been on a tear as of late and has climbed back into the top 20, currently sitting ranked at #18 in the world. He posted his largest result of the month on January 27 with his runner-up finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday Warm-Up for $44,261. It was one of his seven five-figure scores in January, helping him to sit in the top 10 on the Online All-Time Money List (9th). PocketFives January PLB Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 4522.98 2 'C Darwin2' 4134.59 3 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 3933.71 4 'inhoo' 3396.04 5 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 3381.16 6 'lena900' 3347.41 7 'hellohellohello' 3176.81 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 3001.72 9 'girafganger7' 2981.57 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 2943.69
  14. The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on the progress of some of the PocketFives community and, in the past month or so, there have been plenty of new major milestones to celebrate. So, let’s dive in and take a look at some of the accomplishments of the online grinders who are putting in time on the felt and reaping the rewards. Major Moves At $10M+ In the upper echelons of earnings, there are plenty of players who continue to climb the ranks at the start of 2019. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar Hits $12M One such player is Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar who soared past the $12M lifetime earning mark. He’s had a remarkable start to the year with multiple five-figure scores in January. However, it was his runner-up finish in Event 57 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) for $260,391 that pushed him into third on the online All-Time Earnings list, right behind ‘lena900’ ($13.8M) and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman ($15.6M). Korsar currently has $12.375M in total career earnings and sits as the #26-ranked player in the world. Not far behind Korsar are a handful of pros that used the end of 2018 and start of 2019 to pull themselves up over the $11M mark. Getting Crowded At $11M Former #1-ranked player Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver, a PocketFiver since 2007, is one of those pros. He recently finished as the runner-up in the partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter for $16,907 but had been putting together five-figure scores for the better part of two months to push his lifetime total to over $11.2M. Oliver has some elite company when it comes to newly minted $11M winners. Swedish superstars Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and ’Sheater’ just recently jumped over the milestone. As did Ukranian crusher Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky. Romanovsky, currently the #4-ranked player in the world, has been putting in plenty of volume and connecting with big scores, especially on partypoker where he recently took fifth in the $1M GTD Big Game for $58,025. Finally, another Swedish standout, the worldwide #20-ranked ‘inhoo’, joined the $10M club. He has racked up 15 podium finishes in the month of January, including a silver medal finish in Event 38 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max) for $27,983. Top Ranked Players Hitting New Highs Some of the biggest names in the online game have also started the year by eclipsing landmark milestones. Brazil’s #1-ranked Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao has been off to a fast start in 2019. The partypoker ambassador has surpassed the $8M mark online and used his first-place finish in a December partypoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Hunter to add over $53,000 to his career totals of nearly $8.2M. Joining him at the $8M mark is longtime PocketFiver J.D. ‘jdpc27’ Wheeler, who now plays out of Mexico. He accomplished the task this week with a top 100 finish in the reduced buy-in $109 PokerStars Sunday Million for $1,538. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan was victorious in Event 28 of the PokerStars Winter Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max PKO) for $69,830 to help him achieve $7M in lifetime earnings. Joining him in recently hitting that number are ‘breeth’ and former #1-ranked player Caio ‘pessagno’ Pessagno. December and January were huge for both Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood and Pim ‘joppiesaus’ De Goede. Greenwood not only had an amazing PCA $100K Super High Roller victory but he’s also been crushing the PokerStars High Roller Club online. De Goede chopped the historic $20M GTD MILLIONS Online for a historic $2.3M score. Thanks to their online success, both are now members of the $6M lifetime earnings club. Top 10-Ranked, $5M Winners A pair of players who have recently spent a considerable amount of time as top-10 ranked players are also newly-minted $5M men. Worldwide #8-ranked 'DamageAP' from Latvia took fourth in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for $7,013 this month to hit the $5 million mark. At the same time #10-ranked Argentian superstar Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone booked a runner-up result in Event 55 in the PokerStars Winter Series $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up for $78,433 to help him hit the new high. Joining the pair at $5M lifetime is also Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’, Troy ‘iamthedeck ftw’ Quenneville and Ireland’s #4-ranked Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas. Is Anatoly Filatov Ready For The Top 10? It takes quite an effort to break through to the ranks of the PocketFives top 10 and partypoker ambassador Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov has been producing the results to put him in position. This week Filatov has, once again, reached a new career high ranking. This week he sits at #11 in the world and is on the doorstep of making his move into the elite rankings of the top 10. Next week may be his debut. Only two other players have reached career-high rankings this week as Russia's ‘Futti18’ climbed three spots to break into the top 25 at #25 and Bulgaria's top-ranked pro ‘cskar4e1’ jumped one spot to #50.
  15. One of online poker's most popular players, 'girafganger7,' scooped the 2019 PocketFives February PLB title. Girafganger7's February included 124 cashes for $454,604 in prize money and a leaderboard-topping 4,867.51 points. Girafganger7's largest score of February came in the GGPoker Sunday Blade $5K on February 25. In that event, he took third place for $52,437 and 314.86 points. Girafganger7 also had scores of $45,267 and $45,030 in February, with both of those coming in tournaments on partypoker. With the month of February he had, girafganger7 surged past $8 million in online tournament earnings and now boasts more than $8.38 million in earnings total. All told, girafganger7's February was 569.66 points better than the competition, with January PLB winner Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky coming in second place. Although he didn't win the monthly PLB title for the second month of 2019, Romanovsky had another solid showing. His biggest score in February was a $105,500 third-place finish in the The Big Game: $1M Gtd. on partypoker. He also recorded scores of $32,030 and $31,771 on GGPoker. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford placed third on the February PLB, tallying 4,041.66 points. His largest score was a sixth-place finish in the PokerStars Turbo Series 54: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for $54,106 and 336.12 points. He also took second in the PokerStars Turbo Series 100: $530 NLHE for $36,954 and 357.73 points and third in the partypoker Turbo Series 100: $530 NLHE for $32,400 and 253.42 points. Girafganger7, Romanovsky, and Beresford were the only three players to tally more than 4,000 monthly PLB points. Rounding out the leaderboard's top five were 'dartazzzz' with 3,984.01 points and 'lena900' with 3,914.57 points. PocketFives February PLB Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 'girafganger7' 4,867.51 2 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 4,297.85 3 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 4,041.66 4 'dartazzzz' 3,984.01 5 'lena900' 3,914.57 6 'inhoo' 3,859.73 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 3,651.31 8 'papan9_p$' 3,616.58 9 'DamageAP' 3,534.30 10 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro 3,282.27  
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