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[caption width="640"] Ivan Banic continues to move toward cracking the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings for the first time in his career (WSOP photo)[/caption] Even though the Swedish contingent continues to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings, that hasn't stopped players from other countries from doing their best to dethrone the likes of 'C Darwin2' or 'lena900'. Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic, the #1-ranked player from Croatia, continues to move up the worldwide rankings and this past week hit an all-time personal night of #16. Banic had himself quite the week. He won the 888poker Crocodile , the 888poker Sunday Lightning and a PokerStars $320 Six Max, finished seventh in a partypoker High Roller, third in the 888poker Hurricane and then wrapped up the week taking down the Crocodile for a second time. Banic wasn't the only player to reach a new high this past week. Ten other players also found themselves celebrating a career-best ranking inside of the top 100. Pablo 'pabritz' Brito Silva from #36 to #26 Apotheosisfrom #41 to #33 Perfect1232from #51 to #47 Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez from #66 to #59 drupalucker from #81 to #64 Gustavo '22ehnutzz' Mastelotto from #109 to #67 Lorenzo Bazei from #75 to #71 Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky from #86 to #75 etxnl01 from #116 to #94 Two of those players hit the top 100 for the first time: '22ehnutzz' (#67) and 'etxnl01' (#94). Polish Royalty Adds to Resume 'Sphinx87', the #1-ranked player in Poland, broke through the $2,000,000 earnings mark thanks to a seventh-place finish in a partypoker High Roller event on July 16. He's not one of just six Polish players to have hit that mark. The all-time leading Polish earner is 'lukro8' with $3,530,060.34. 'serioga112' Joins Million Dollar Club While 'Sphinx87' was moving up a tier in the seven-figure club, Sere 'serioga112' El Hage joined it for the first time. The #1-ranked player in Lebanon won the PokerStars Hot $215 on July 15 to collect $6,774 and become the second Lebanese player and the 1,676th player to earn at least $1,000,000 in online tournaments.
There seems to be little doubt now that the partypoker MILLIONS Online will reach the $20,000,000 guarantee. Now the focus becomes who walks away with the $2.5 million first place prize. On Monday, 707 players in the Day 1D starting flight pushed the total number of entrants to 3,877 just 123 players short of the 4,000 needed to meet the guarantee. Day 1E, a turbo flight, begins early Tuesday afternoon GMT. There were 104 players who managed to survive Day 1D with German grinder 'I am bored.' finishing the day with the biggest stack at 19,283,848. That puts 'I am bored.' right behind Day 1C chip leader Carlos ‘carlitos350’ Camargo with the seventh best stack through the first four starting flights. Ivan 'BanicIvan' Banic finished with the second-best Day 1D performance, moving 17,120,177 on to Day 2. Sam 'bestindabiz51' Panzica bagged up 8,331,309, good enough for the 31st best stack on Day 1D, while partypoker high roller crusher 'WWWpartyCOM' survived with 2,976,904. Day 1D Top 10 Chip Counts I am bored. - 19,283,848 BanicIvan - 17,120,177 Polka_Dotted - 16,594,515 MelonsAreYum - 15,958,303 Happy2k18 - 15,870,783 dbec077 - 15,811,301 THEpeecee - 13,982,985 JhonnyDrama. - 13,895,413 BobBogdanovich - 13,614,167 Lac.. - 13,450,468 Overall Chip Leaders Phil_Gruissem – 26,865,379 hi_all – 24,126,018 bfzhang – 22,549,892 patrondelmal – 21,904,963 Beezneez360 – 21,808,451 carlitos350 – 19,285,021 I am bored. - 19,283,848 M1KE1NBRAZIL – 18,884,694 CASHEEEGAMEEE – 18,682,668 JORD_GUBBEN – 18,421,926