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  1. Finnish poker superstar Sami Kelopuro added yet another notch in his belt on Saturday night, beating out a star-studded field in a GGPoker Spring Festival event to win $189,000 and his third title of the series. The former #1-ranked Kelopuro beat out 70 other entries, including fellow former #1-ranked Joao Simao heads up, to win Event #68-H ($10,300 PLO-NL Bounty High Roller) for $189,185.21. Simao banked $78,802.01 for coming in second place while another Finn, Lauri Varonen, came in third place for $74,235.30. Wei Zhao topped the 120-runner field in Event #67-H ($5,250 PLO-NL HR) to bank $155,417.91. One spot behind Zhao, 'Suhepx' picked up a $112,369.96 payday. Isaac Haxton took the final spot on the podium and added $81,245.73 to his bankroll. There were two events scheduled to take advantage of the Asian time zones. 'MikeAllingelo' shipped Event #65-H ($250 Asia Major) to win $20,402.47 while Aram Oganyan earned $33,609.99 as the champion in Event #66-H ($525 Bounty Hunters Asia). The final event on the day also came with a six-figure payday for the champion. Germany's Robert Heirdorn earned $101,600.07 for winning Event #70-H ($2,100 Bounty). The event drew 265 entries to build a $30,000 prize pool. Christian Rudolph added yet another top-three finish - his fifth of the series - by coming in second place for $48,547.20. Rudolph has now won one event, finished second three times, and also has a third place result. Viktor Ustimov came in third here for $46,008.51. Event #65-H ($250 Asia Major) Entries: 580 Prize pool: $133,400 MikeAllingelo - $20,402.47 SexyBaldGuy - $15,511.17 GoldFishKing - $11,792.79 Event #66-H ($525 Bounty Hunters Asia) Entries: 467 Prize pool: $233,500 Aram Oganyan - $33,609.99 JESUSYAAZY - $17,266.03 iownurmind - $14,802.23 Event #67-H ($5,250 PLO-NL HR) Entries: 120 Prize pool: $600,000 Wei Zhao - $155,417.91 Suhepx - $112,369.96 Isaac Haxton - $81,245.73 Event #68-H ($10,300 PLO-NL Bounty High Roller) Entries: 71 Prize pool: $710,000 Sami Kelopuro - $189,185.21 Joao Simao - $78,802.01 Lauri Varonen - $74,235.30 Event #70-H ($2,100 Bounty) Entries: 265 Prize pool: $530,000 Robert Heidorn - $101,600.07 Christian Rudolph - $48,547.20 Viktor Ustimov - $46,008.51
  2. In recent weeks, Brazil's Joao Simao (pictured), known on PocketFives as joaosimaobh, won the PokerStars Sunday Second Chanceand Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday on the same day for a combined $60,000. He's a proud Brazilian who has successfully managed to balance poker and his family and even final table a few major live tournaments. In fact, he has $3.2 million in tracked online tournament winnings to go along with $500,000 in live cashes. That's almost $4 million total! PocketFives: Nice job winning the Sunday Second Chance and Super Sized Sunday on the same day. Tell us how you're feeling about it. Joao Simao: Thanks. I'm feeling really happy. I won two hard tournaments, so now I'll have a lot of confidence to get back to the grind, including EPT Barcelona and WCOOP. PocketFives: Tell us about the day. Why do you think it all went well? Joao Simao: Actually, my day was going very badly. I played 75 tournaments and had five cashes, including these two victories, but I played from my poker house where my horses play, study, and live. Being there makes me stronger, even more so at the end of the day. If I were playing alone with this terrible start, I probably would have played much worse. So, I think that has really helped me do my best. First I won the Super Sized Sunday, which gave me a lot of confidence and power to keep playing one table for four hours in the Second Chance. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? Joao Simao: I don't have any plans for the money. I have worked hard grinding and on my poker business (my poker school in Brazil and my poker team), so I have a bankroll for my family and my grind. I probably will use the money on my team, including some new horses. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker? Joao Simao: I started playing poker in university. I was studying civil engineering, but didn't know anybody there. So, I started to make some friends. I used to hate cards and video games, but loved the money and competition of poker. PocketFives: What else do you do besides poker? What else interests you? Joao Simao: Besides poker, I enjoy being with my wife and stepson, playing sports, and now I've started wakeboarding and I'm loving it. I have been playing less during the week so I can enjoy the day. PocketFives: How happy are you with your live poker game? Joao Simao: I'm really happy with my live poker game, but don't really care about my results since my main game is online poker. I have made some big deep runs, like two EPT Main Event final tables and a WSOP final table. I also won a $2,000 Six-Max PCA tournament and made a heads-up deal at the biggest LAPT High Roller, so I feel really happy with my live game and my results. I have a family to take care of and spend time with, so I will keep playing around six live events per year, so I can't create too many expectations. That way, I'll avoid frustration. PocketFives: Is there anything else you'd like to add? Joao Simao: I want to add that I'm selecting new players for my poker team for all stakes. The only qualification is that players want to live in Florianopolis, Brazil (pictured), one of the most amazing cities in the world. If you want to play with us, study with us, and have an amazing experience, send a message to contato.joaosimao@gmail.com with the subject "MASSARI TEAM". Thanks for the interview! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. [caption width="660"] Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao was up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings this week to #6 after a Mountain Series win (photo credit Danny Maxwell)[/caption] 872.35 PLB Points. That's how many Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao received for taking down the PokerStars Mountain Series Denali event over the weekend. The Brazilian earned $167,000 officially for the win in the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy and was one of many players to score big in the last week. The victory also moved Simao all the way up to #6 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest ranking ever. That's a 15-spot increase from last Wednesday's rankings update. He's the top-ranked Brazilian online poker player and calls the inland city of Belo Horizonte home. The Mountain Series event that Simao took down had 257 players and a prize pool that swelled to $761,000. Also this month, he finished second in the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event for over $20,000, and he's dangerously close to passing $4 million in career online tournament winnings. Simao has 6,653 PLB Points, about 600 fewer than the rankings leader, 'lena900', who has 7,270. 'lena900' also found success in PokerStars' Mountain Series, as he finished eighth in the Kilimanjaro, a $700 No Limit Hold'em tournament, for $18,000 on Sunday. To open the month of April, 'lena900' took down the bwin High Roller and put back $13,000. Nipping on the heels of 'lena900' is another Swedish player, 'Ariados', who rose two spots in the rankings this week to #2. This is the highest 'Ariados' has ever been and came in part via a win in the partypoker High Roller on Saturday for $14,000 and 304 PLB Points. 'Ariados' has $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings and a PLB score of 7,081 points. Besides Simao, there were two other new entrants into the top 10 worldwide. The first was Russia's 'hellohellohello', who moved up a half-dozen spots and can now be found at #8. He won the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for almost $10,000 on Monday, one day after taking down the 888 Octopus and PokerStars $109 Rebuy for almost $20,000 total. He's the top-ranked player in Russia and climbed as high as #2 worldwide on PocketFives last year. "It feels great," 'hellohellohello' said. "Soon I will be ranked in the top three worldwide." Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo also climbed into the top 10, moving up two spots to #9. This is his highest ranking ever and comes on the heels of a win in a PokerStars.fr SCOOP Pot Limit Omaha event for $14,000. The day before, he took down the $530 Monday Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max on PokerStars for $14,000. Palumbo is originally from Italy. "I've been playing very well and running very well," Palumbo said. "I'm feeling pumped by the result. It's a step in the right direction and that's all the motivation I need." Norway's Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan moved up 11 spots to #11 in the world. He had a huge score in the Mountain Series Mount Everest, final tabling it for $58,000 and well over 400 PLB Points. That pushed the top player in Norway's career winnings north of $1.1 million. You can find him on PokerStars under the user name 'prebz'. [caption width="600"] Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan moved up 11 spots this week[/caption] "It has been an amazing start to April," Stokkan said. "I think I've been taking my game to a new level lately. I have been studying the game a lot and it's paying off now." Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas moved up 41 spots to #44 after finishing second in the Mountain Series Kilimanjaro for $119,000 and 650 PLB Points. Also in the last three weeks, he has won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, finished sixth in the Sunday 500, and won the Sunday 500. Not too shabby. Cimbolas is the ninth-ranked player in the UK and #1 in London. Also making waves outside of the top 10 was Russia's 'KuraRyaba', who moved up 27 spots to #64. He final tabled the Mountain Series Mount Everest for $38,000 and an even 400 PLB Points over the weekend and took second in the partypoker High Roller on April 1 for $12,000. 'KuraRyaba' is the top-ranked player in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. Here's this week's top 10: lena900 - 7,270 points Ariados - 7,081 points veeea - 7,071 points C Darwin2 - 7,036 points Big Huni - 6,926 points joaosimaobh - 6,653 points MendaLerenda - 6,586 points hellohellohello - 6,567 points RoccoGe - 6,455 points SvZff - 6,372 points
  4. [caption width="640"] João Simão has been on a tear lately - he added another big win on Sunday.[/caption] João joaosimaobh Simão entered Sunday as the #2-ranked player in the world and might have done enough to move himself into the top spot with a win in the biggest buy-in event on the Sunday Majors slate. Simão captured the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller event to win $52,515. The win comes just seven days after he finished fourth in the same event. Australia's 'Tiny_molester' cashed for $35,613 in second place at a final table which also featured #6 ranked 'veeea' of the Russian Federation. As the online poker tournament world gears up for the 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and other marquee events on competing sites later this month, 'DaGoddfather' captured an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million and was awarded a payout of $168,946. P5s member Jonathon 'Whollyflush' Prestedof the United Kingdom had a breakout career effort in that tournament, taking home his largest ever online prize of $125,843 upon finishing in second place. He was followed by fellow countryman James 'jamex' Walsh who placed third for $88,954. Longtime PocketFivers 'OU_dlanger610' of Canada and 'lipeabruzzi' of Brazil reached a heads-up agreement in the Stars Sunday Warm-Up -- earning $58,371 and $53,629 for their respective performances. 9th ranked 'hellohellohello' of the Russian Federation received an even $36,000 for third as the result of a minor overlay. Former #1 ranked Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorskiof Canada continues to display his staying power as one of today's elite pros. Sikorski claimed the top prize in the Six Max Sunday Supersonic for $41,895. The score edges the superstar even closer to the elusive mark of $10 million in career online event cashes. There were four high profile PocketFives members at the final table of the 888 Poker WHALE, yet it was player 'PreyOnDaLine' who came out on top for a payday of $32,236 PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,653 entrants - $1,130,600 paid out to 810 spots ~ Full Recap DaGoddfather - $168,945.98 Whollyflush - $125,843.30 BlindRazorJJ - $88,954.47 (jamex) Canno747 - $61,031.30 alexandraK86 - $45,908.50 ha0444 - $35,106.50 KIngAntsi - $24,304.50 kosilkO - $13,502.50 FloweerBoy - $8,641.60 (PieknaSprawa) PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) 1,998 entrants - $400,000 paid out to 288 spots ~ Full Recap dlanger610 - $58,370.91 (OU_dlanger610) lipeabruzzi - $53,629.09 *2-way deal hello_totti - $36,000.00 (hellohellohello) jbugueno - $24,800.00 OneH1tWonder - $18,000.00 (OneH1tWonder) 3WhiteTigers - $14,000.00 Kzzon - $10,000.00 blackaces93 - $6,800.00 SeeYouAnte18 - $3,800.00 (gregz41) PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($200+$15 NLHE 6-Max) 1,240 entrants - $253,902.40 paid out to 180 spots ~ Full Recap p0cket00 - $41,894.79 talentaki - $31,483.89 JopperHarryN - $23,485.97 17nicu17 - $16,249.75 quiditbear - $10,409.99 paulwiter - $6,982.31 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) 28,248 entrants - $282,480 paid out to 4,500 spots ~ Full Recap nerd2121 - $28,050.00 van_Perste92 - $20,550.00 Alextoon1 - $13,350.00 goldenbelg - $10,350.00 vimsa210 - $7,350.00 ICANTBLUFF18 - $4,500.00 SwizzHawk - $3,150.00 VEBCO - $2,100.00 phillivyy - $1,485.00 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 77 entrants - $192,500 paid out to 12 spots ~ Full Recap joaosimaobh - $52,515.17 VolZoK_ - $35,612.50 (Tiny_molester) gotunagi19 - $25,987.50 Mette_Vuns - $18,287.50 ALBERT1959 - $13,475.00 deepsee - $10,106.25 (veeea) c1awviper - $8,181.25 ekziter - $6,737.50 mehpkr - $5,775.00 partypoker The Heavyweight ($109 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 1,524 entrants - $152,400 paid out to 198 spots ~ Full Recap AUSS1E_FISH - $24,384.06 dousun21 - $18,288.00 Tegesik - $13,879.98 ProLuckbox - $10,020.30 vezec - $7,239.00 salsacerocer - $5,715.00 alidaei1010 - $4,191.00 good player - $2,667.00 (iamthedeck ftw) Bozajzma - $1,569.72 iPoker Sunday Masters (€150 NLHE) 115 entrants - $22,807 paid out to 18 spots ~ Full Recap Solar1978 - $5,245.51 CUARTOMILENIO - $3,649.05 StuPidassoe - $2,771.00 AceofSpades10101 - $2,052.59 SedanBaklajan - $1,368.39 tabbletopper - $1,140.33 Buki1994 - $912.26 TheTravelinMan - $684.20 kosartgen - $570.16 888 Poker WHALE ($320 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed 462 entrants - $153,379 paid out to 36 spots ~ Full Recap PreyOnDaLine - $32,236.35 Havlisak - $23,645.25 YSoSerious7 - $17,812.75 (aJarov) kainasi - $13,398.97 MarioAllin58 - $9,142.83 hownorez - $7,093.57 Inho - $5,517.22 (inhoo) footler - $3,940.87 duduki07 - $2,995.06 Full Tilt Sunday Major ($233+17 NLHE) 156 entrants - $40,000 paid out to 27 spots ~ Full Recap MegaOlegator - $7,500.00 antonmelb - $7,100.00 *2-way deal zdubbs22 - $4,440.00 (zackmorris99) Palau777 - $3,400.00 Kornmeister1 - $2,600.00 DarkHorse19 - $2,040.00 (1bigacehole) p0cket00 - $1,500.00 blankiazvl - $1,120.00 (Diego_1901) ollie_p - $880.00 (3BunPass)
  5. [caption width="660"] Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao topped the April Monthly PLB race with 3,180.87 points (photo: Danny Maxwell)[/caption] With 3,180 PLB Points, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao from Brazil, who hit #1 worldwide a few days ago, won the April Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard (MPLB). This is his first MPLB win and the sixth all-time for Brazil. "It's really nice," Simao said. "I'm very happy to find that my ways keep working. Now all I need is to keep balance in my life. Poker is amazing, but it's only one of the many amazing things in life." Simao started off April by taking second in the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event for $20,000 and 263 PLB Points on the 4th. Six days later, he hit it big in the Mountain Series on PokerStars, barreling to a win in the $1,050 Rebuy Denali, a Pot Limit Omaha tournament, for a commanding $167,000 and 872 PLB Points, his largest score of the 30-day month. On April 21, Simao took down the Hot $162 on PokerStars and put back $5,500 and added another 168 points to his coffers. He closed out the month in style, winning the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance on April 24 for $37,000 and finishing fourth in the partypoker Super High Roller the same day for $27,000. Simao's 3,180 PLB Points were the most by an MPLB winner since Sweden's Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson had almost 4,000 last September. His average score in April was 159 points. Sweden's Andreas 'Sheater' Samuelsson was the runner-up in the April MPLB with 2,987 points, almost 200 fewer than Simao. He closed out the month on a winning streak, taking down four tournaments in the last two days of April. Whereas Simao was about big scores, Samuelsson was all about volume. His largest score PLB-wise was a win in the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for 223 PLB Points. He also final tabled the site's Super High Roller for another 222 PLB Points, his second largest point haul of the month. "I'm kind of surprised actually," Samuelsson said. "But I played a lot last month, so that's probably why I did so well." Another Swede, 'Discoovery', who moved all the way up to a personal best #13 in the PocketFives Rankings this week took third in the April MPLB race. After claiming his first Triple Crown on the final day of March, he came out swinging in April, taking down the partypoker Super High Roller on April 24 for $67,000, his largest score of the month. The same day, the Swede finished fifth in the Sunday 500 for another $17,000. All told, 'Discoovery' had 10 tracked wins in online MTTs, bumping his career total to 31. He's nearing $1 million in online tournament winnings and is already over 800 in the money finishes in total. He had 2,959 PLB Points in April and trailed second place by only 28 points. Sweden's 'lena900', who won back-to-back MPLB titles in January and February, nearly added one more to his mantel by finishing fourth in April. 'lena900' was the runner-up in the Thursday Thrill on the third-to-last day of April and bagged $36,000. He final tabled the Sunday 500 on April 13 and took eighth in the Kilimanjaro tournament as part of the PokerStars Mountain Series for almost $20,000. He started the month off by winning the partypoker High Roller and earned 2,653 PLB Points during the month. Finally, Norway's 'prebzzz' finished fifth in April, helped in part by a gold medal on the month's third day in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $67,000 and almost 600 PLB Points. One week later, he was back at it, scoring $58,000 for final tabling the Everest event of the Mountain Series, a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em tournament. He won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed on April 24 for $12,000. 'prebzzz' amassed 2,575 points during the month. "It feels great," 'prebzzz' said. "I had some big scores in April and I have a lot of confidence going into SCOOP this month." Here were the top 10 in April: joaosimaobh - 3,180.87 Sheater - 2,987.68 Discoovery - 2,959.22 lena900 - 2,653.64 prebzzz - 2,575.82 RoccoGe - 2,482.07 Ariados - 2,437.77 aJarov - 2,401.45 1bigacehole - 2,399.12 mjw006 - 2,366.91
  6. [caption width="640"] Joao Simao has joined partypoker as an Ambassador[/caption] With a population of 200 million and a gambling market worth upwards of $17 billion, Brazil is a country which online poker operators have been eager to tap into. With that goal in mind, partypoker recently announced a partnership deal with Brazilian poker proJoao ‘Joaosimaobh’ Simao, who will become the new face of the site in the South American nation. Simao, who has amassed over $4.5 million in total online cashes, claimed the top spot in the PocketFives worldwide rankings earlier this year, but currently sits ninth overall. In his home country, he is second only to countryman Joao Mathias Baumgarten, who himself has $8.6 million in online earnings. Simao has banked the majority of his winnings at PokerStars, but boasts $343,684 in prize money from tournaments played at partypoker. In May, he took first place in party’s online Grand Prix for a healthy $42,643 payday. The Brazilian pro is no slouch in live tournaments either, and has banked $529,646 throughout his career. At the 2015 PCA, Simao claimed victory in the $2,200 No Limit Hold‘em Six Max event for $81,720. “I am honored to join the partypoker team and am extremely excited about what I am able to do for the Brazilian poker community with the support of partypoker,” said Simao in a release. “I look forward to representing the site that has been, and I am sure will again be, the largest in the world.” Joao, and his wife Luiza, will be fixtures at the tables on partypoker.com and will represent the brand at live events, starting with the WSOP Brazil next week. “It is a pleasure to have Joao and Luiza join partypoker as ambassadors,” said Group Head of partypoker Tom Waters. “Joao and his wife are the perfect team and we are proud that they have chosen to represent partypoker in the Brazilian market.” Indeed, Simao is passionate about growing the game of poker in his home country. The South American grinder works closely with the Massari Poker School, an academy where Brazilian players can learn how to play poker and acquire the skills needed to win at the game. partypoker, as part of the deal with Simao, will also partner with the school, where it will provide training software. “We are… thrilled at the opportunity to engage with the Massari poker school, which offers the Brazilian poker community the chance to learn how to play poker in a fun and safe environment with the real prospect of winning some incredible prizes on partypoker,” continued Waters. Simao currently has his sights set on adding more cashes to his resume at partypoker’s upcoming Caribbean Poker Party, where he’ll be donning his new sponsor’s patch. The tournament plays out in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on November 19 and features a $2 million guaranteed Main Event.
  7. [caption width="640"] Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao might be on his way back to the #1 ranking. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] For the ninth straight week Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is sitting on top of the PocketFives rankings but if he's not careful, he's going to find two guys named Joao passing him by soon. 'C Darwin2' had just eight cashes over the last seven days and none were big enough to add to his lead. His biggest score was in the PokerStars Hot $215 where he finished 27th for $570. While the Swede continues to hang on, two Brazilians continue to close the gap and the last player to hold the #1 spot before he took over is now within striking distance. Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved from #4 to #2 thanks to a Sunday haul that included two big wins and one other score that added to his points total. Simao finished 117th in Event #2 of the World Championship of Online Poker or $1,759 and 117 points. He then took down an $82 No Limit Hold'em Six Max Hyper Turbo event on PokerStars for $6,931 and 197.41 points. That was just the appetizer though. He wrapped up his Sunday with a win in the partypoker Super High Roller for $52,197 and a whopping 441.59 points. Simao now has 7,382.04 PLB points, trailing 'C Darwin2' by just 401.04 points. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten, who was #2 last week, fell one spot this week to #3. He still managed to add to his total, though. He cashed 23 times with three of them earning him PLB points. He won the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $9,230 and 207.12 points. He also finished fourth in the PokerStars Big $215 on Sunday for $12,302 and 192.9 and 29th in WCOOP Event #1 for $3,217 and 169.9. Another Swede, 'lena900', sits fourth overall giving the Scandinavian poker powerhouse a bookend on the two Brazilians. 'lena900' had 33 cashes this past week with three of them earning enough PLB points to move him from #5 to #4. He finished third in the partypoker High Roller for $8,262 and 134.89, fourth in the PokerStars $1,050 Sunday Grand for $18,266 and 222.37 and 28th in WCOOP Event #1 for $3,217 and 173.52. Despite wrapping up the August Monthly PLB title, Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov dropped from #3 to #5. The top-ranked Bulgarian returned to a full schedule in the first week of September after taking some time off in August for a vacation. His biggest score this past week was a win in the $109 NLHE event on PokerStars on Monday that earned him $3,749 and 137,48 points. Working his way back into the top 10 this week was Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy. The Canadian grinder took down the PokerStars Big $55 for $9,097 and 239.9 on Saturday and then finished runner-up in the $109 Six Max Hyper-Turbo NLHE on PokerStars on Monday for $4,979 and 132.24. The only player to drop out of the top 10 this week was Sweden's Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman who dropped from #10 to #12. Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,783.081 2joaosimaobh7,382.044 3joaomathias7,359.272 4lena9007,048.745 5alexd26,875.423 6Greenstone256,796.226 71_conor_b_16,740.207 8NoPlanB6,722.519 9veeea6,661.968 10Jmolloy6,435.3511 View Complete PocketFives Rankings.
  8. [caption width="660"] Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao found his way back into the top 10 this week (Danny Maxwell photo)[/caption] Seven weeks ago 'C Darwin2' overtook Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao for the #1 spot on the PocketFives rankings and he hasn’t relinquished it since. The Swedish grinder added to his lead this week over Joao Mathias '‘joaomathias' Baumgarten, who also gave up ground to the rest of the field. ‘C Darwin2’ built on his lead with just one cash. He took fifth in the $80,000 888poker Whale for for $5,187 and 111.94 points. He’s now over 515 PLB points ahead of Baumgarten who didn’t record a single cash in the last seven days. Sweden’s 'lena900', who moved up to #3 from #6 last week, stayed at #3 even though he too failed to find the scoreboard in the last seven days. His last cash came on August 14 when he finished third in the Winamax High Roller. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford and Aleksandr ‘NoPlanB’ Mordvinov swapped spots this week with Beresford moving up to #4 and Mordvinov falling to #5. Beresford finished second in the PokerStars Hot $215 for $5,860 and 131.62 points and then posted two big wins. On Saturday he won the partypoker $530 buy-in High Roller for $7,840 and 158.9 points and he followed that up on Sunday by beating 167 other players in a $109 SixMax, Hyper-Turbo NLHE event on PokerStars for an additional $3,528 and 132.06 points. He now leads Mordvinov by just 4.71 points. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov returned to action after a nearly week break and continues to hover just outside of the top five. The former #1-ranked player won the PokerStars $162 Ultra Deep Stacks NLHE for $2,795 and 94.07 points – the only one of his 21 cashes that counted towards his ranking. Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao was the #1-ranked player in the world as recently as June 5. If he has another week like the one he just finished, he could find himself back in top spot. Simao beat out 817 other players to win the 888poker $30,000 Weightlifting High Roller for $7,475 and 202.67 PLB points. The next day he won the $320 Six Max NLHE event on PokerStars for $5,198 and 109.54. He won the PokerStars $109 rebuy on Thursday ($4,552 / 83.69), finished runner-up in the PokerStars Hot $215 ($5654 / 129.28) and then fifth in the Big $109 on Tuesday night ($2,660 / 88.64). Those five scores propelled the Brazilian from #12 to #7. Simao’s return to the top 10 meant that one player had to fall out of the top 10. Bulgaria’s Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov, who broke into the top 10 for the first time in his career last week fell all the way to #12. Dimitrov earned his 63rd career win after beating out 63 other players in the $109 buy-in $5,000 Hurricane on 888poker on Sunday. The Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,600.251 2joaomathias7,184.482 3lena9006,913.473 41_conor_b_16,724.845 5NoPlanB6,720.134 6veeea6,570.756 7joaosimaobh6,515.7812 8Pot4teUS6,507.548 9Jmolloy6,482.3110 10Greenstone256,441.377
  9. [caption width="640"] Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao hit a major earnings milestone this week.[/caption] Each Sunday The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao Hits $5 Million in Lifetime Earnings Brazilian online poker players are a passionate, talented group and one of the best is Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao. This week Simao had a succession of four-figure scores, mostly on partypoker, to push his lifetime online earnings past $5,000,000, joining Caio Pessagno and Caio Cesar Pimenta as the only Brazilians to crack that barrier. Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill Grinds His Way Past $4 Million in Earnings Life in Colombia is clearly treating Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill well. The #5-ranked player in Colombia cashed 58 times this week for $9,445 in earnings, but more importantly, he broke through the $4 million lifetime earnings barrier. His biggest cash came on iPoker where he earned $1,656 for finishing runner-up in a 71-player field. Merrill is also closing in on 10,000 career tracked cashes - needing just 210 more to hit five figures. Other Lifetime Earnings Milestones Poland’s ‘bartek901’ and the #1-ranked player in Croatia, Ivan Karlo Banic, both passed $2 million in lifetime earnings. Russian ‘msksevart’ joined the seven-figure club Three other players, ‘vezec’, ‘pasarela’ and ‘1111AA1111’ all cracked the $500,000 mark. Top Ranked Aussie Continues to Climb While the news wasn’t great for Australian poker players this week, ‘RoryYoung’ soared to a new all-time high ranking. Entering the week at #23 in the world and #1 in Australia, ‘RoryYoung’ found one cash big enough to add to his PLB points total to move up to #21 - an all-time personal high. He was just one of 10 players ranked in the top 100 to achieve career highs. 'mbo90' from #31 to #29 'STiger' from #35 to #32 'brunovolks' from #44 to #37 Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar from #59 to #50 'Gedis92' from #67 to #54 'Sphinx87' from #65 to #61 'Jobytoyce' from #69 to #68 Adrijan ‘adrijan_s’ Sinishtaj from #82 to #80 Andres ‘lordzefiro’ Buitrago from #101 to #92 Brazil’s Edgar ‘edg40’ Almeida Hits Career Best Score - PLB and Earnings Simao wasn’t the only Brazilian player to have a big week. Edgar ‘edg40’ Almeida took full advantage of the boosted guaranteed prize pool in sixth anniversary edition of the PokerStars Sunday Storm event to hit a couple of all-time highs. Almeida outlasted 131,714 other players to win $107,731.84 after chopping heads-up. His previous career-high cash was almost two full years ago when he won $18,236. The big win also earned him 1,147.67 PLB points, by far a career best. Prior to Sunday, the most Almeida earned in a single event was 92.37 points.
  10. [caption width="640"] João Simão grabbed himself a Turbo Championship of Online Poker title on Friday[/caption] The Brazilians have shown themselves a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker, collecting several titles and making a host of final table appearances. On Friday, Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao gave his countrymen yet another reason to celebrate, snagging another victory along with a five-figure payday. While the majority of TCOOP events are based on either Hold‘em or Omaha variants, organizers were sure to pepper less-commonly seen games into the schedule, like the No Limit Draw tournament featured in Event #48. The $82 buy-in event drew just 315 players, a small but respectable number considering the game no longer enjoys the level of popularity it once did. 'MarkBang’ of Hungary bested his final table competition, which included seasoned Colombian pro Mayu 'marroca5' Roca, to take the first title of the day. The Hungarian pocketed $5,604 in winnings after taking out Ukraine’s ‘BoKoPoR’ in Heads Up play. It was right back to business as usual in the following event, a $215 NLHE Six Max Turbo tournament. 1,270 players bought in to the event, generating a healthy $254,000 prize pool. Canada dominated the final table, with ‘alexMFNb’ taking the title along with a $25,642 payday, and compatriots Ryan "i need sheet" Yu and ‘tripsup24’ grabbing the fourth and sixth spots respectively. The third TCOOP title of the day went to Dutchman ‘pistecaloze’, who absolutely destroyed his final-table competition in Event #25, a $215 NLHE Turbo, Ante Up Progressive KO tournament. In fact, ‘pistecaloze’ single-handedly eliminated every player at the table, save for one. For his efforts, he walked away with a $17,264 prize plus $8,085 in bounties. Event #51, an $82 Limit Hold’em Six Max tournament, drew a modest 910 players and saw Brazil take yet another title in this year’s TCOOP. Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao outlasted the competition, which included 2005 EPT Grand Final champ Rob 'batoelrob' Hollink. The victory gave Simao his second COOP title, putting him just a SCOOP win away from securing an elusive Triple COOP. Along with the title, the Brazilian banked $11,381, with ‘AA-Clown’ of the Netherlands taking runner-up for $7,589. The $700 NLHE Progressive KO (33%) tournament rounded out the day’s festivities, playing down to a final table which included last year’s WCOOP Main Event champ Jonas "llJaYJaYll" Lauck. Also at the table was one of Lauck’s opponents in that match, ‘uknowProsky*’ of the Netherlands. This time, ‘uknowProsky*’ got the upper hand on Lauck but only managed to place fourth, taking just over $42,000. Finland’s ‘Timonpoika’, a Sunday Million champion, came out on top, adding over $80,000 to his bankroll and a TCOOP title to his resume. Event #48 - $82 No Limit Draw Entries: 414 Prize pool: $31,050 MarkBang $5,604.67 BoKoPoR $3,923.40 poliandrs $2,746.59 Mayu ‘marroca5’ Roca $1,922.75 ZG-TILT $1,346.03 VIWNIA $942.29 Event #49 - $215 Six Max No Limit Hold‘em Entries: 1,270 Prize pool: $254,000 alexMFNb $25,642.61* -Open$hove- $25,288.34* Sajanas171 $20,157.61* Ryan ‘i need sheet’ Yu $22,803.67* Roman8834444 $7,262.87 tripsup24 $4,747.53 *Denotes a four-way deal Event #50 - $215 No Limit Hold‘em (Ante Up, Progressive KO) Entries: 1,061 Prize pool $212,200 pistecaloze $17,264.42 + 8,085.89 in bounties Makuherra $12,654.40 + $1,824.99 in bounties 1stefanos1 + $2,404.29 in bounties B1GF1SH89 + $1,146.87 in bounties Craton76 $4,983.56 + $2,464.84 in bounties jdtjpoker $3,653.00 + $2,018.74 in bounties 17neffetS_BR $2,677.63 + $1,451.56 in bounties NeedBeat $1,962.70 + $2,353.90 in bounties jnfpoker $1,438.66 + $1,548.82 in bounties Event #51 - $82 Six Max Limit Hold‘em Entries: 910 Prize pool: $68,250 Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao $11,381.63 AA-Clown $7,589.08 lasynia555 $5,060.62 Rob 'batoelrob' Hollink $3,374.58 daisymiyuki $2,250.27 tunnny $1,500.54 Event #52 - $700 No Limit Hold‘em (Progressive KO 33%) Entries: 846 Prize pool: $690,934 Timonpoika *$70,490.25 + $9,195.99 Zufall84 *$60,474.95 + $12,905.82 krakukra $40,603.31 + $2,365.56 uknowProsky* $29,762.12 + $12,650.40 Jonas ‘llJaYJaYll’ Lauck $21,815.50 + $6,300.08 Kley $15,990.69 + $5,261.04 greeny2610 $11,721.11 + $6,241.20 kawachi1984 $8,591.52 + $3,456.56 apr27 $6,297.54 + $1,565.50 *Denotes a two-way deal
  11. [caption width="640"] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez must feel like the entire population of Sweden is breathing down his neck (SHRPO photo)[/caption] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez is still the #1-ranked online poker player in the world but just barely. Gonzalez stayed in the top spot for the third consecutive week but #2-ranked 'lena900' closed the gap significantly. For the second straight week, Gonzalez was unable to find a score big enough to add to his PLB points total. He cashed just three times with his best finishing being a 12th-place result in the Black Chip Poker $200 Sunday Special PLO. Gonzalez's overall lead over his nearest threat is just 67.02 after some of his older scores dropped off of his total. The next four players in the rankings all come from Sweden. 'lena900' continued his grip on the #2 spot even though he had a week with no scores big enough to add to his total. The same can't be said for the man in the #3 position. 'C Darwin2' won the partypoker High Roller on February 21 for $10,331 and 208.57 points. The former #1-ranked player is now 443.02 points behind 'lena900'. The top three players have really separated themselves from the rest of the field with just 500 points separating #1 from #3. The gap between #3 and #4 is much, much wider. 'Inhoo' moved up from #5 to #4 after he finished third in the partypoker High Roller on Sunday for $14,875 and 197.99 points. Even with the move up, 'inhoo' is 1,857.22 points behind 'C Darwin2'. Rounding out the run of Swede's in the top five is Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren at #5. Berggren, who was #6 last week, won the PokerStars Hot $215 on February 22 and then rounded out the week with another win, this time in the PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo. All told the former #1 added 385.64 points to his total. Moving into the top 10 was yet another Swedish player. 'Ariados', who was once ranked as high as #2 in the world, moved all the way up to #6 after beating out 1,447 other players in the $109 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Cooldown. The win was worth $22,223 and 380.53 PLB points. The biggest drop of the week belonged to Bulgarian Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov. Having owned the #4 spot the past seven weeks, Dimitrov fell all the way to #9. Despite cashing 37 times in the last week, not a single one was strong enough to add to his PLB total. The only player to fall out of the top 10 this week was Russia's 'Blackk', who dropped from #10 to #11. PocketFives Top 10 Rankings RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,769.861 2lena9009,702.842 3C Darwin29,259.423 4inhoo7,402.205 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,347.766 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,232.918 7Ariados7,108.2111 8Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,108.127 9Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov7,079.724 10pappadogg6,981.499 View Complete PocketFives Rankings
  12. [caption width="640"] Joao Simao continues to be the #1-ranked player in his home country of Brazil (SHRPO photo)[/caption] A land of beautiful beaches and football fanatics, Brazil is known as a country filled with passionate people. When it comes to the game of poker, that statement especially holds true. Providing ambassadors such as football/soccer legend Ronaldo and current global superstar Neymar Jr. as well as the ever-growing number of festivals that make stops in Brazil, the game of poker is growing by leaps and bounds in the Land of the Palms and the talent that emerges from the country is growing as well. While there are a number of top pros that have made their marks on the live tournament circuit, such as Felipe Ramos, Andre Akkari and former November Niner Bruno Politano, the current crop of online talent is also as competitive as any country in the world. In fact, every player in Brazil’s current Top-10 also resides in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top-100, following suit of powerhouse online breeding grounds Sweden, Russia and the UK. Leading the pack, currently sitting atop the rankings Brazil’s #1 player is Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Paulo Simao (7,800.10 PLB points). The former #1-ranked Worldwide player now sits in the #4 spot Worldwide and is closing in on $6.5 million in lifetime earnings while he grinds the largest MTTs that the online world has to offer. He received a major points boost back in September when he claimed a victory in the partypoker Powerfest $5200 High Roller for over $123,000. But his domination since that win has been what’s kept him atop the Brazilian rankings, registering nine five-figure scores since the middle of September. His prolific rate of making the money and racking up PLB points has him looking like he’ll be Brazil’s top performer for quite some time as he holds a 1411 point lead over the next closest player. While it may be a steep mountain to climb to catch Simao, perhaps Brazil’s #2-ranked Renato ‘bauruzito’ Valentim (6,388.83) is the man for the job. Sao Paulo’s top player, Valentim is an everyday grinder who recently packed on the PLB points by taking down a pair of major tournaments on partypoker within a week of each other. Valentim won the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight Warm Up for over $38,000 in late October and then, just seven days later, he made a victory lap in the $109 Heavyweight: Uppercut Warm Up for another $33,400. The push also has him inching back towards the Top 20 Worldwide, currently sitting just outside at #21. If Valentim is going to hold on to the #2 spot though, he’d better be looking over his shoulder as the #3-ranked Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (6,369.76) is literally right behind him. A razor-thin 19.07 points differential makes it so Padilha could assume the #2 spot on any given day. It may be sooner than later if he continues to post results like his recent win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder in late November for over $14,000. Like Valentim, Padilha is making his own push for the Worldwide Top 20, currently sitting ranked #23, by grinding the mid-stakes schedule and posting a slew of daily results. After winning Event #4 during the 2017 PokerStars SCOOP back in May for $275,984, Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar (6,022.83) saw both his profile and his ranking rise. Currently occupying the #4 spot on the Brazilian chart, Bittar has supported his PLB points with a heater in early November where he amassed $20,600 over the course of 24-hours, by claiming victory in the PokerStars $215 Thursday Thrill as well as two runner-up finishes and a third place to wrap it up. The #5 spot belongs to Santa Catarina’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann (5,865.10). On the cusp of earning $3 million in lifetime earnings, Volkmann took a major step closer to that milestone after his victory in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up in late October for $48,595. The #40-ranked player in the world is still reaping the PLB rewards from his victory in Event #15 (High) of the 2017 WCOOP where he not only scored 928.44 PLB points, but a career-high score of $170,676. You may have seen the screen name of the player currently sitting at #6, ’Bernardo Rocha’ (5,495.47), when he took third place in the 2017 WCOOP Main Event for $848,015, a massive score by every metric and possibly the reason for his overall light volume since the haul. Pedro ‘gusma’ Madeira (5,156.33) has the #7 spot locked down for now. His most recent major score came when he finished runner-up to Lex Veldhuis in the $1,050 Thursday Thrill on Thanksgiving for over $21,000. There’s a tight race as for the final three spots in the Top-10 as only 23.4 points separate #8-#10. The #1-ranked player in Rio De Janeiro, Victor ‘vitinhorrn15’ Pedote dos Santos (4,981.01) holds down the #8 spot while ‘jonzstars’ (4,960.16) and Pablo ‘pabritz’ Silva (4,957.61) trail close behind in the #9 and #10 spots respectively. The pair of ‘jonzstars’ and ‘pabritz’ also sit ranked right next to each other in the Worldwide rankings at #82 and #83. Brazil’s Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Paulo Simao7,800.10 2Renato ‘bauruzito’ Valentim6,388.83 3Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha6,369.76 4Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar 6,022.83 5Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann5,865.10 6’Bernardo Rocha’5,495.47 7Pedro ‘gusma’ Madeira 5,156.33 8Victor ‘vitinhorrn15’ Pedote dos Santos 4,981.01 9‘jonzstars’4,960.16 10Pablo ‘pabritz’ Silva 4,957.61
  13. [caption width="640"] Another week, another change atop the PocketFives Rankings as 'C Darwin2' takes back the #1 spot[/caption] Just one week ago, 'lean900' took over the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings after a 12-week long reign by 'C Darwin2'. That's all part of the history books now as 'C Darwin2' jumped from the #3 spot back to the #1 spot thanks to a pair of qualifying cashes. 'C Darwin2' opened his week with a fifth place finish in the partypoker Middleweight for $4,406 and 137.06 PocketFives Leaderboard points. Then, on October 11, he beat out 218 other players to win a the PokerStars Big $215 for $8,566 and 209.28 points. This is the seventh time that 'C Darwin2' has held down the #1 spot, dating back to his first reign in February 2012, for $8,565.54 and 209.28 points. 'lena900' fell to #3 largely because some of his older scores had aged out of his score. He seemingly did everything he could to hold on to the #1 spot this past week, winning the 888poker Volcano on October 10 and then finshing runner-up in the PokerStars Omania High Roller. $19,620 and 372.16 points. Moving up one spot to #2 was Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff. Just two weeks after winning the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, van Zedelhoff picked up another 693.43 points from five qualifying cashes over the past week. His biggest single score came from a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $55 Sunday Stack for $10,919 and 228.4 points. The only other change inside of the top 10 also saw two Swedes swapping places. Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo and 'Sheater' traded the #7 and #8 spots, with Ylitalo taking #7. RANKNAMEPOINTS 1C Darwin29,351.842 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff9,324.803 3lena9009,192.211 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,402.094 5veeea7,714.565 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,625.476 7Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,501.968 8Sheater7,354.407 9Andras 'probirs' NemeTD7,054.469 10Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas7,021.6910 11Fabrizio 'SixTDSenSe19' Gonzalez7,007.7112 12Ariados6,984.8111 13Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,959.3219 14Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,841.3814 15DeaTDbyQuads6,819.3313 16Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,812.1115 17PaTRick 'pleno1' Leonard6,772.2216 18Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,751.6817 19Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,699.3021 20nilsef6,638.0020 21Ramiro 'rayastar' PeTRone6,590.1918 22Chris 'ApoTDeosis' Kruk6,535.7723 23Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,428.1324 24Ludovich 'ludovi333' Gelich6,409.5122 25Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,309.2825
  14. I F*cked Up is a PocketFives series where the game’s best tell stories of where they got it wrong. Mistakes happen every day in poker and let these players be the first to tell you it happens to everyone. If you are curious why German players are so proficient at No Limit Hold’em, consider this quote from 2017 WSOP Europe One Drop winner Dominik Nitsche. When asked to recall a hand that he misplayed and learned from, Nitsche noted it was hard for him to come up with a hand. “The way I play poker, I don’t learn from mistakes that way. I just study all the time. I don’t really make mistakes, I study to avoid mistakes.” Nitsche said. After consulting with some friends, Nitsche recalled a hand he played against partypoker pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao earlier this year. It was in the partypoker MILLIONS Nottingham £10,300 High Roller where Nitsche had to turn his hand into a bluff. Due to an error in preflop hand range assessment, Nitsche made a play that didn't quite add up. The Hand The action starts at an eight-handed table and 10 players from the money. Nitsche opened off of what he estimates to be 40-50 big blinds in early position with pocket queens for a standard raise. Simao called in the hijack and Jason Wheeler tagged along from the big blind. Nitsche estimates he’s opening approximately 20 percent of hands in this spot with Simao calling with six to eight percent. The flop came out K-J-3 with no flush draws and Wheeler checked over to Nische. “I want to be doing a lot of checking,” Nische said. “[Simao] has a lot of king-ten suited, king-jack suited. I can’t do a lot of three-street betting. The best course of action is to check and proceed.” Simao bet a small amount and only Nitsche called. “I have a pretty easy call. If I have pocket threes or pocket jacks, I would consider check-raising. With aces, I would check-raise. Queen-ten suited, I would check-call. Not sure if I have queen-ten offsuit 100 percent of the time.” The queen-ten comment from Nitsche plays a key role as the hand develops on later streets. A six came on the turn, and the board was officially a badugi. Both players checked with the river card impending. “I check because I would check all of my hands. [Simao] could be betting the flop and check the turn. I’m not super comfortable but have a good amount of showdown value. I win this hand quite a bit.” Action Heats Up on the River The river produced an ace to put the broadway straight in play with the full board reading K-J-3-6-A. When examining his thought process on this card and how it impacts his next move Nitsche said, “The hands I check-call on the flop are not strong enough to check-raise. Ace-king is not strong enough to check-raise. In my hand, I thought pocket queens would make a strong bluff candidate.” Nitsche checked over to Simao, who bet half the pot. When faced with the bet, Nitsche conceded his hand was not good enough to call with and moving all-in would give him the best chance of winning the pot. “If I raise, it has to be a big raise. The only thing I could have is pocket jacks or better. The reason I decide to raise is because I have blockers to his queen-ten. My thinking in-game is that people tend to overvalue bet with the ace not thinking about what [their] opponent has.” Simao did have an ace and called with ace-queen for his tournament life after a long tank to take most of Nitsche's stack. The Aftermath Nitsche observes that not having queen-ten in his range “defeats” his strategy of bluffing the river. Due to his opening from early position with his established range, he has the straight only four times versus if he opened from late position where he would have it 16 times. “With his queen blocker, I have three combos of the nut straight. It’s a good spot to bluff with his range appearing to be so weak. He made a good call. If he doesn’t fold ace-queen, it’s hard for him to have any other bluffs. I don’t think I made a mistake,” Nitsche affirmed. According to Nitsche, he and Simao have years of history playing together online and that played a part in him deciphering Nitsche’s bluff. The takeaway that Nitsche suggests other players examine in their own game is to think about the hands they are opening before they put chips in. Nitsche observed that queen-ten offsuit not being in his preflop range changes the dynamic of the hand and his postflop decision making. “If only open 15 percent of hands that’s fine. You have to be careful of what you can represent. How often do you have the hand you’re representing? The real problem comes when you open queen-jack offsuit but not queen-ten offsuit.” Nitsche is not uncomfortable with putting together an all-in bluff. He acknowledges that when he does put chips in, his range should be credible enough for him to be able to properly represent having the best hand. “Bluffing is a part of poker. Sometimes in these spots, you have to bluff. If your range is ahead of their range, you should be bluffing. To play successful poker, you need to play well in these spots.”
  15. Make it a month for the #1 ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’. The Swedish superstar continues his vice-like grip atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, holding a 1500 PLB point lead over the next closest player. His continued success presents a gap that would be extremely difficult to bridge in a single week and makes it look like the reigning crusher may very well not only start February in the same spot, but stay put for weeks to come. However, there is a new #2 in the world. Just last week in this column it was pointed out that the 800 point gap between ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ’lena900’, and Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff was huge…but not insurmountable. Well, ‘lena900’ had himself a monster seven days as he absolutely crushed the online tables. The Swede had two massive results in 888poker’s XL Blizzard events. He ended up taking third in the $200,000 Tune Up for $19,858 and the very same day, a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Whale for $32,000. Still, in same session as his XL Blizzard results, he won a $100K Gtd High Roller on bwin.com for another $25,000. Not finished yet, he grinds the next day and earns a victory in partypoker's Powerfest Event #5 $100K Gtd 6-Max PLO for $26,899, his fourth five-figure score in 24 hours. ‘lena900’ climbs into the #2 spot as he cashed for over $165,000 in a week. He scored five qualifying cashes for over 1400 PLB points in what amounts to a truly incredible week for the former, and would-be future, #1 ranked player in the world. van Zadelhoff slips to #3, extending his vacation from the online tables while Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth maintained his #4 rankings on light volume, thanks to a final table appearance during the partypoker Powerfest Event #3. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ made his own major move rising from the #9 ranking to rejoining the top 5. This week saw him overtaking ‘josef_shvejk’ to claim the #1 ranking in all of Russia. He pulled in three big-time five-figure scores, including a victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #10 for over $24,000. Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ holds fast in his #6 ranking while fellow Swede, Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren slipped two spots to #7. This pair of countrymen have been attached at the hip in the rankings for multiple weeks, this merely reverses the order the pair had found themselves in. Russia's 'josef_shvejk' slipped down to #8 despite a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $13,912 and 265.55 PLB points. partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao battled his way back into the top 10 this week. Since late last year, after taking some time off, Simao has been slowly drifting down the rankings. Well, the week, the Brazilian was back on the grind and posting a host of results that helped him skyrocket from #16 back to #9. He posted six qualifying cashes, spearheaded by his victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #13 for over $16,000 and 267.58 points. The UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford slips two spots but extends his stay in the top 10 this week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky moving 10 spots from #25 to #15. The #1 ranked player from the Ukraine received a massive point boost when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for over $37,000. Another rise in the rankings is Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson who is making is debut in the top 25 at 23, a career-high ranking for the Belgian grinder. Germany's 'nilsef' re-enters the top 25 this week at #23, while a pair of Swedish players, 'DeathbyQuads' (#28) and 'inhoo' (#31) fall out of top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,785.57 1 2 lena900 9,144.35 3 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,083.24 2 4 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 7,895.77 4 5 hellohellohello 7,715.36 9 6 Sheater 7,678.42 6 7 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,601.04 5 8 josef_shvejk 7,494.24 7 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,084.07 16 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,045.12 8 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,024.58 12 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,007.26 18 13 veeea 6,964.54 10 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 6,938.29 11 15 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,861.65 25 16 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,860.84 13 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,768.96 21 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,740.57 15 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,714.12 19 20 sitpro2011 6,664.56 19 21 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 20 22 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,643.17 17 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hassan 6,510.73 36 24 nilsef 6,509.84 27 25 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 22
  16. To say the Viktor Blom has long been the darling of the online poker world would be a bit of understatement. Whether it was playing the nosebleed stakes games on Full Tilt Poker back in the day or winning the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker in 2013, Blom has always found a way to capture the attention. On Sunday night in Rozvadov, the Swedish powerhouse added a second live win to his resume, coming back from a nearly 9-1 heads-up chip deficit to win the partypoker MILLIONS Germany Main Event for €1,000,000 ($1,048,153 US). Blom started the final table third in chips, but went right to work at changing that. On just the eighth hand of the night, Niko Wieland moved all in for 49,400,000 and Blom reshoved from the small blind. Rickie Silcock folded his big blind and Wieland got the bad news after tabling [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"] and seeing Blom show [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="kh"] to send Wieland out in eighth place. It took nearly 90 minutes before another player was sent home. Aristeidis Moschonas raised to 7,000,000 from the button and then called after Ondrej Drozd raised to 20,000,000. Drozd then beat 16,000,000 after the [poker card="9h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"] flop before Moschonas moved all in fro 83,600,000. Drozd called and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] while Moschonas was behind with just [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ah"] turn was enough to eliminate Moschanas in seventh. The meaningless river was the [poker card="8d"]. It was yet another 90-minute wait for another elimination and this one again involved Drozd, but he was on the other end of the outcome. From UTG, Drozd moved all in for 106,500,00. Pavel Plesuv was the next player to act and he re-shoved for 362,000,000, forcing the rest of the table to fold. Drozd showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"] but saw Plesuv table[poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"] flop offered very little help for Drozd and the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river made his sixth place elimination official. Radoslaw Wesierski started the final table with the shortest stack but managed to ladder his way up to the final five players before meeting his demise. Action folded to Rickie Silcock in the small blind and he moved all in for 91,000,000. Wesierski called all in from the big blind and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] while Silcock held [poker card="jd"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Silcock a flush draw. The [poker card="6c"] turn was no help but the [poker card="2d"] river filled that flish and sent Wesierski out in fifth. Four-handed play lasted 90 minutes before Blom picked up another elimination. From the button, Blom made it 21,000,000 and Brazilian Joao Simao, a former #1-ranked online player in the world, defended his big blind. After the [poker card="kh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] flop, Simao moved all in for 31,500,000 and Blom called. Simao turned over [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] while Blom showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="2d"] turn was no help for Simao and neither was the [poker card="as"] river, to send him out in fourth place. Plesuv and Silcock clashed just 30 minutes later to get the tournament to heads-up. Plesuv called from the button, Blom folded the small blind and Silcock checked his option. After the [poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"] flop Silcock checked, Plesuv bet 10,000,000 and Silcock called. Both players checked the [poker card="4h"] turn. Action heated up after the [poker card="2d"] river. Silcock bet 35,000,000 and Plesuv moved all in, forcing Silcock to a decision for his tournament life. He called and showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] for trip fours but Plesuv showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] for the wheel to take down the pot. When heads-up play began, Plesuv had just over 55% of the chips in play. Over the first 10 hands of play between the two, Plesuv extended that lead to 86%. From that point on though, Blom navigated his way to even the chip counts before finally taking the lead for good. After 79 hands of battling, Blom raised to 35,000,000 and Plesuv called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"] flop got Plesuv to check-call Blom's 45,000,000 bet. The turn was the [poker card="ad"] and Plesuv check-called Blom's bet of 105,000,000. The river was the [poker card="5h"] and Plesuv moved all in and after taking some time to consider his options, Blom called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="6d"] for second pair. Plesuv couldn't beat it though, turning over [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] for third pair to give Blom his first live tournament win since 2012. The €5,300 buy-in event, held at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, drew 1,022 entries for a total prize pool of €5,110,000, just squeaking past the €5,000,000 guarantee. Final Table Payouts Viktor Blom - €1,000,000 Pavel Plesuv - €600,000 Rickie Silcock - €400,000 Joao Simao - €280,000 Radoslaw Wesierski - €200,000 Ondrej Drozd - €140,000 Aristeidis Moschonas - €100,000 Niko Wieland - €70,000
  17. New faces join the PocketFives Worldwide top 10 this week after massive scores in partypoker’s Powerfest continues to help some of the best in the world accumulate points. One thing that hasn’t changed though is ‘C Darwin2’s reign as the #1 online player in the world. The Swede still commands a lead of over 1000 PLB points over his would-be usurpers and remains the only player in the land with over 10,000 PLB points. Unlike last week, ’C Darwin2’ padded his PLB point lead with a trio of PLB qualifying scores, punctuated by his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for nearly $40,000 and just over 400 PLB points. Rising to the #2 spot for the second time in three weeks is ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ‘lena900’. The tournament specialist is back to being the main challenger to dethrone ‘CD2’ by racking up a number of qualified PLB scores totaling more than 1000 points. In addition to all those PLB points, ‘lena900’ banked roughly $140,000 thanks to a pair of scores of over $30,000 each. After this week he's now only $43,000 away from $9 million in lifetime earnings. Amazingly, he breached the $8 million mark less than three months ago. Last week’s #2, Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth, drops to #3 this week. He trails ‘lena900’ by only 126 PLB points and after his mammoth week last week, he also dropped down in volume. The Hungarian only registered eight total cashes in the past seven days, but two of them were good enough to help his PLB score. Speaking of light volume, superstar online grinder, and #4 in the rankings this week, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff is still on an online poker hiatus. Records will show that he has not cashed in an online tournament in a month. His low output is largely due to him being in attendance at the Aussie Millions where, unfortunately, it is no longer legal to fire up an online poker client and play. ‘hellohellohello’ maintains his status as a top 5 player in the world for the third week in a row. The Russian didn’t have a hefty online schedule and actually did not record any qualified PLB cashes this week, however, his previous scores were enough to keep him right where he is. Unlike last week though, where he had a roughly 500 point PLB lead over the #6 ranked player, the field is now right on his heels with a number of players looking to break into the top 5. The latest player looking to make a big move made the largest leap of any player in the top 10. ‘European’ crashed the top 10 party after a humungous week that helped him skyrocket from #34 last week to #6 this week. His rapid rise was thanks to the large prize pools in partypoker’s Powerfest and his massive success in them in the middle of this week. ‘European’ raked in three five-figure scores for a total of over $148,000. The top score was his win in Powerfest Event #46-M for $86,000 and over 700 PLB points. His surge puts him right in the thick of the top 10, trailing ‘hellohellohello’ by only 164 points. Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky holds down the #7 spot again this week. He finished the week with two-thirds of a PocketFives Triple Crown taking down the 888poker Whale for $34,375 on February 4 and then two days later finishing in first in a PokerStars $109 tournament. Romanovsky also scored big during Powerfest with a fourth-place finish in Event #45-H for over $34,000. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard jettisoned into the top 10 as well this week. Rising seven places to the #8 spot, the former worldwide #1 ranked player crushed one of the largest tournaments on his home turf when he won Powerfest Event #46-H $1M Gtd. Leonard won $207,978 and over 1000 PLB points for the big-time victory. In addition to the win, the UK’s #1-ranked player also picked up four additional qualifying PLB scores to amass 1725.09 points for the week. Fellow Team partypoker pro Joao ‘joaosimoabh’ Simoa slips three spots to #9 this week. The Brazilian’s week peaked with a final table finish during Powerfest Event #48-H for $13,860. Argentinan superstar Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone continues his climb into the ranks of the elite, entering the top 10 for the very first time in his career. He took down the aforementioned Powerfest Event #48-H for $195,720, a career-high score for him, and 1024.70 PLB points. The six-figure win all but assures him a mention in next week’s Milestones column as he currently sits less than $5,000 from surpassing $3 million in lifetime earnings. Other notable moves in the top 25 include 'Sheater', Andreas 'r4andomr4gs' Berggren and 'josef_shvejk' all falling out of the top 10. Sweden's 'Ariados' climbed back into the top 25, reaching all the way to #13 while Russia's 'NoPlanB' also comes in at #21 for the first time in 2018. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,635.56 1 2 lena900 9,540.83 4 3 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 9,414.79 2 4 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,834.11 3 5 hellohellohello 8,366.26 5 6 European 8,201.50 34 7 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,196.68 7 8 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,996.74 15 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,980.63 6 10 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 7,956.99 14 11 josef_shvejk 7,592.11 10 12 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,525.50 11 13 Ariados 7,462.47 28 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,432.02 13 15 Sheater 7,422.30 9 16 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,389.08 8 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,314.10 12 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,890.03 17 19 veeea 6,853.19 16 20 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,820.99 18 21 NoPlanB 6,669.03 26 22 Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk 6,635.17 20 23 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,529.21 25 24 sitpro2011 6,521.16 21 25 PaDiLhA SP 6,520.89 24  
  18. Every poker player hopes to start the New Year off on the right foot. Swedish crusher ‘lena900’ won the January PLB race with an impressive 3,933.25 PLB points. His amazing month cumulated with him earning enough PLB points to catapult him into the worldwide #2 ranking. He did this by putting up massive results in both 888poker’s XL Blizzard series as well as partypoker’s online series, Powerfest. In total, ‘lena900’ posted eight five-figure scores with his victory in Powerfest Event #5 for $26,899 and 328.63 PLB points leading the way. That victory came just 24 hours after he picked up over $50,000 in a pair of final table finishes during XL Blizzard and a High Roller victory over on bwin.com for another $25,000. Simply put, ‘lena900’ had a monster January. Ukraine’s #1 online pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky (3770.76) also found success in the first month of the year. Romanovsky was able to put together a winning performance in the PokerStars $530 Sunday 500 on January 21 for over $37,000 and 458.80 PLB points. Even though that score brought him his largest PLB score it wasn’t his largest cash of the month. He notched two over $40,000 scores with a pair of runner-up finishes during Powerfest. This helped push the longtime player into striking distance of $8.5 million in lifetime earnings and making $9 million in 2018 more than a possibility but extremely likely. The distance between the second and third place in the January PLB place couldn’t be closer. Hungary’s Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth (3770.57) ended up .19 points behind Romanovsky. The worldwide #4 ranked online player put together a staggering last week of the month by torturing his opponents during Powerfest. In just the last three days of the month alone, Nemeth scored three major victories. First, a win in Event #25 for over $82,000, then a win in Event #32 for $20,839 and, on the same day, first place in Event #33 for over $47,000. The insane heater came on a month where he played moderate volume, but his total results skyrocketed to over $375,000. If there’s a list of big-time results, you know that Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ (3,517.95) is going to be on it. The current king of the worldwide rankings started off the year the same way he ended 2017: destroying tournaments. On January 1 he notched what would end up being his largest PB score of the month by taking third in a $1,000 PokerStars event for $39,313 and 324.28 PLB points. ‘C Darwin2’ had enough of a lead in the Worldwide Rankings to take a little time off and so his schedule was more sporadic than it had been in months prior. Still, he was able to rack up five five-figure scores and 32 final table appearances. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (3,198.70) from the UK had himself a top 5 month as well. Beresford did the bulk of the damage by winning the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for over $62,000 and 549.55 PLB points. The current worldwide #10 followed up that score one day later with his second largest haul of the month when he final tabled the Powerfest Event #26 $5,200 No Limit Hold’em for an additional $33,150. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ (3,153.06) checks in at #6 for the month of January. In the same Powerfest event that Beresford took fifth for $33,150, ‘hellohellohello’ finished as the runner-up for over $103,000 (nearly a career high for him) and 471.16 PLB points. Off the island of Papua New Guinea, ‘dulek’ (2,941.27) comes in at #7 for the month. The high-volume grinder scored the victory in a $100 $100,000 GTD tournament for $38,069 and 454.86 PLB points. The big-time score helped elevate him to an all-time career high ranking of #61 in the world. Guntis ‘lovefee’ Alaskans (2,887.42) from Latvia also used a big month of January, in which he came in at #8, to hit a career-high ranking. He moved up to #12 in the world on the back of his finish runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-up for $33,868. Coming in at #9 for January is partypoker ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (2,748.23). After taking some well-earned time away from the online tables at the end of 2017, he returned with a vengeance annihilating numerous Powerfest events. He took down Event #13-M for over $16,000 and then, days later scored a victory in Event #17-H for over $62,000 and 447.21 PLB points. He wasn’t done, not by a long shot, final tabling Event #24-H for over $20,000 and then again winning Event #32 for over $50,000. It’s safe to say that Simao is back. Wrapping up the top 10 of the first month of 2018 is Swedish online legend ‘Sheater’ (2,655.78). The former #1-ranked player recorded his highest PLB score back on January 7 when he final tabled a $200 PokerStars contest for 453.95 PLB points and over $33,000. January 2018 PLB Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 lena900 3,933.25 2 Romeopro 3,770.76 3 probirs 3,770.57 4 C Darwin 2 3,517.95 5 1_conor_b_1 3,198.70 6 hellohellohello 3,153.06 7 dulek 2,941.27 8 lovefee 2,887.42 9 joaosimaobh 2,748.23 10 Sheater 2,655.78
  19. 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche was the big-name winner from this week's online poker Sunday Majors after taking down his sponsor's flagship tournament, the $1,050 $100,000 guaranteed Whale, for $30,600, after defeating Joao 'Jaolito85 'Navarro heads-up. The four-time WSOP bracelet winner outlasted the 102 entrants before he shared his joy and relief on Twitter. https://twitter.com/DominikNitsche/status/980633609639026693 Fabio 'flbonatto' Bonatto was the biggest winner across all the Sunday Majors after defeating 'BalticMoose' heads-up to take down the prestigious Pokerstars Sunday Million title as he turned $215 into $172,955. Brazilian Bonatto, whose previous highest online cash came during the 2016 SCOOP series after he won Event 16-M for $46,772, beat the huge 6,406-player field to take the winner's share of the $1,281,200 prize pool. It was another very good day at the office for partypoker ambassador Joao 'INeedMassari' Simao. The Brazilian followed up his victories last week in the Pokerstars $1,050 Super Tuesday and $2,100 Sunday High Roller by claiming third place in this Sunday's High Roller showpiece event for $32,468 as well as taking fourth place in the partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR for $18,480. PocketFives' current #3 in the PocketFives Rankings, Andres 'Probirs' Nemeth, was the eventual winner of the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller and banked $56,111. Elsewhere, Brazil's Alexandre 'Cavalito' Mantovani lost out to 'Sykoen' heads-up in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd with the players winning $29,652 and $40,453 respectively. The U.K.'s Toby '810ofclubs' Lewis, who has won more than $1.8 million in live tournaments so far this year, finished in second place for $30,089 in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Guaranteed as 'FDBtazz' claimed the $41,464 first place prize. Whilst over on partypoker 'electrofarha' won $70,760 after beating out the 2,295 player field in the $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H. 'thebattler33' was crowned the $2,600 Sunday Major champion and scooped $61,250 with 'strangejelly' coming out on top in the 440 player field $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR for $53,480. Below are this week's Sunday Major's final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,406 entrants, $1,281,200 prize pool FLBonatto - $172,955.07 BalticMoose - $121,370.12 sub230212 - $85, 173.66 7DonCool7 - $59, 772.20 grecu2006 - $41,946.23 NisT_777- $29,436.59 69sBigLick - $20,657.68 Kobasteris - $14,496.90 MrLuckDragon - $10,173.49 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 128 entrants, $256,000 prize pool probirs - $56,111.68 voja555cz - $42,683.31 IneedMassari - $32,468.63 gray31 - $24,698.44 lasagnaaammm - $18,787.78 iambest2 - $14,291.60 Str8$$$Homey - $10,871.42 papan9_p$ - $8,269.74 Bigfish112392 - $6,290.68 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd 982 entrants, $491,000 prize pool Sykoen - $40,453.62 Cavalito - $29,652.03 42ayay - $21,734.85 jutrack - $15.931.57 JOAKIMPRO - $11,677.79 ramastar88 - $8,559.79 Kashmir_uzi - $6,274.31 Weriks1 - $4,599.04 Cndale1 - $3,371.08 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,330 entrants, $266,000 prize pool FDBtazz - $41,464.14 810ofclubs - $30,089.65 [Esmone_PT] - $21,836.04 BetForNympho - $15,846.41 Atte.laine - $11,499.73 tapa5dirham? - $8,345.35 nnhheeoo - $6,056.20 Nes1989 - $4,394.98 SirWatts - $3,189.44 partypoker $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H $500k Gtd 2,295 entrants, $500,000 prize pool electrofarha - $70,760.15 HanzooKid - $69,249.86 Iveybluffallin - $37,350 A03A993 - $24,850 President_Trump - $17,350 p1ngp00ng - $11,850 ZeKick - $8,125 PhileasFogg - $5,225 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $250k Super High Roller 99 entrants, $250,000 prize pool thebattler33 - $61,250 SchelampigaUhu - $43,750 Alien_Army - $31,250 JeanClaude1970 - $21,875 Drulitoo - $16,250 Chelsea72 - $12,500 onehundredeyes - $10,000 skitzo793 - $8,125 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $500k Gtd 440 entrants, $500,000 prize pool strangejelly - $53,480 WhoDatt. - $38,360 CooperKupp - $26,320 joaosimaobh - $18,480 aLiNeNok1617 - $13,216 liangmannu - $9,632 Antifragile1 -$6,804 KONY2012 - $4,956 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 102 entrants – $102,000 prize pool 888Dominik - $30,600 Jaolito85 - $20,400 DosPoochies - $15,300 lasochobi - $10,200 jt7b12f - $7,650 MisterN411 - $5,610 strakkebille - $4,590 sweet_dr34ms - $4,080 tutten7 - $3,570 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 376 entrants - $100,000 prize pool guydeet39 - $19,250 PBD03 - $14,250 6oTaHik - $10,750 streetdekor - $7,750 Pimmelspeck - $5,250 D0onkeyKong - $3,750 TAPIS_TAPIR - $2,750 nelisschuif - $2,250  
  20. As this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker edges closer to its final few days of play 12 more titles were handed out on Thursday but nobody walked away with a bigger score than 'Remi Lebo_10'. The Ukranian grinder won a massive $236,000 on Day 13 of SCOOP after he was crowned Event #45-High Thursday Thrill champion. 'dadowiec' was able to defeat 'Vico$carpini' heads-up to win Event #44-High ($530 Six Max NLHE) for $75,202, with the Brazilian runner-up banking $52,400. The $55 'Medium' crown went to 'El Pulgoso', who picked up their first SCOOP title after defeating 'sprocketsAA' for the first-place prize of $28,747. In the $5.50 'Low', 'cl1nt0n','Reiarturo','Harald308' and 'zachuPL' agreed to a four-way money-deal before 'cl1nt0n' went on to claim the victory and a $5,655 score. Event #45 saw the conclusion of both the Thursday Thrill and the Mini Thrill as 'Remi Lebo_10' and Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones picked up the wins. 'Remi Lebo_10', who is currently ranked #2 in Ukraine just behind high-stakes crusher Roman Romanovsky, came through a tough final table that featured former world #1's 'p0cket00' and Joao Simao, Simon 'IgorKarkarof' Pedersen, 'hneves182' and Razvan 'razvyqq' Belea. Maszat 'noirduck' Marci was the Ukrainian's opponent heads-up before the Hungarian fell and took the $91,008 runner-up prize as former Sunday Warm-Up champion 'Remi Lebo_10' collected their first SCOOP title and a prize total worth $236,782 (including bounties). The UK's Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones picked up his second SCOOP title of the series after a gold medal in the 'Medium' Mini Thursday Thrill. Jones collected his largest online cash to date just eight days ago when he won Event #14-Low for $162,039 and proved it wasn't a fluke by going all the way once again for a total of $93,446 (including bounties). 'deeflame7' was the player he defeated heads-up and they claimed a total of $47,238 for second place. 'ScarantoLeo' navigated their way through the sizeable 13,415 player field in the $22 'Low' to bank $21,285. It was another example of the SCOOP series giving players the chance to win big scores for low buy-ins, with 'Ninelichkaa' collecting $12,925 as runner-up. Event #46 saw another set of 8-Game tournaments come into the SCOOP mix as 'jutrack' took down the $530 'High' for $34,440. On the final table of six, PocketFives' Germany #1 'nilsef' was the first to exit for $6,560, with former world #1 'shaundeeb' taking fourth for $13,120. After 'ROBBED6969' took away $18,860 for third, 'KeysOfCyprus' was left to do battle with 'jutrack' but ultimately had to settle for the silver medal prize of $25,092. A three-way deal in the $55 'Medium' saw 'TheAmazonas' earn $6,144 for third-place, 'BlackJJesus' pick up $5,575 for second-place and 'gangst3rn1' the title alongside $7,617 in first. The $5.50 'Low' was taken down by 'calvin7v' for $2,130 after they eliminated 'ohhsuitsusir' into second for $1,554. The final tournaments on Day 13 of SCOOP saw Event #51 3-Max Turbo Zoom No Limit Hold'em PKO. Daniel 'starwins :)' Petersen came out on top in the $530 'High' for a total of $75,564 after he defeated 'wubblepig' heads-up once a deal was agreed. The runner-up took away a total of $42,416 for their share of the deal, with well-known UK grinder Tom 'Jabracada Hall' also banking a total of $16,758 after he finished in fourth-place from the 1,190 player field. Gustavo 'PIUlimeira' Goto won the $55 'Medium' for $30,865 after David 'daveyt86' Tompkins had exited in second-place for $16,215. Ireland's Paul 'ros1987' Allen took third-place for a total of $13,995 after Arthur Souza de Campos exited in fourth for $7,822. And in the $5.50 'Low', 'Stathis SP#3' was the final player standing from the 16,080 player field to earn the title and a total of $5,993 after they defeated 'costa1102' heads-up, who won a prize of $3,689, including bounties. Event #44 (Low): $5.50 Six Max NLHE Entries: 10,146 Prize pool: $50,000 cl1nt0n - $5,655.11* Reiarturo - $3,828.28* Harald308 - $3,757.14* zachuPL - $3,677.84* zbor12 - $1,581.70 amerikanu85 - $1,102.08 *denotes four-handed deal Event #44 (Medium): $55 Six Max NLHE Entries: 4,023 Prize pool: $201,150 El Pulgoso - $28,747.79 sprocketsAA - $20,029.49 CaioCapT - $13,955.98 reymaniak - $9,724.13 zigosoft77 - $6,775.49 Erikajax1 - $4,720.97 Event #44 (High): $530 Six Max NLHE Entries: 917 Prize pool: $458,500 dadowiec - $75,202.18 Vico$carpini - $52,400.95 Respect_Lt - $36,513.38 Elmagico19A1 - $25,442.71 OMGjonyctt - $17,728.63 ZF19 - $12,353.41 Event #45 (Low): $22 No Limit Hold'em PKO Entries: 13,415 Prize pool: $268,300 ScarantoLeo - $16,806.67 + $4,479.55 (in bounties) Ninelichkaa - $11,973.86 + $952.35 (in bounties) Kasian80 - $8,535.38 + $2,391.85 (in bounties) hyfie - $6,084.30 + $1,038.09 (in bounties) xGuErReRox - $4,337.09 + $786.16 (in bounties) Fox_MEF - $3,091.62 + $1,056.33 (in bounties) Event #45 (Medium): $215 No Limit Hold'em PKO Mini Thursday Thrill Entries: 3,988 Prize pool: $797,600 jenbizzle - $57,021.17 + $36,425.23 (in bounties) deeflame7 - $40,645.33 + $6,593.05 (in bounties) PAAdentr00!! - $28,973.41 + $4,474.39 (in bounties) sidlovskiy89 - $20,653.25 + $10,933.50 (in bounties) chipcomehere - $14,722.37 + $2,010.16 (in bounties) [Esmone_PT] - $10,494.62 + $5,623.04 (in bounties) am4ever1111 - $7,480.96 + $3,184.00 (in bounties) Asul - $5,332.71 + $8,097.19 (in bounties) geo4111 - $3,801.32 + $1,122.67 (in bounties) Event #45 (High): $2,100 No Limit Hold'em PKO Thursday Thrill Entries: 730 Prize pool: $730,000 Remi Lebo_10 - $124,275.94 + $112,507.80 (in bounties) noirduck - $91,008.29 + $23,109.38 (in bounties) razvyqq - $66,646.51 + $15,609.38 (in bounties) IneedMassari - $48,806.04 + $55,726.56 (in bounties) hneves182 - $35,741.23 + $7,062.50 (in bounties) ale6ka - $26,173.78 + $7,000.00 (in bounties) IgorKarkarof - $19,167.39 + $2,562.50 (in bounties) p0cket00 - $14,036.51 + $23,718.75 (in bounties) Stakelis24 - $11,223.23 + $19,203.13 (in bounties) Event #46 (Low): $5.50 8-Game Entries: 2,758 Prize pool: $13,514.20 calvin7v - $2,130.98 ohhsuitsusir - $1,554.13 udacha2706 - $1,135.19 GuesWho'sBac - $736.52 Loko12rus400 - $470.56 Fun Sugom890 - $239.87 Event #46 (Medium): $55 8-Game Entries: 998 Prize pool: $49,900 gangst3rn1 - $7,617.24* BlackJJesus - $5,575.32* TheAmazonas - $6,144.08* Desateur - $3,243.50 asdf26 - $2,245.50 Toreadorgr - $1,497.00 *denotes three-handed deal Event #46 (High): $530 8-Game Entries: 328 Prize pool: $164,000 jutrack - $34,440.00 KeysOfCyprus - $25,092.00 ROBBED6969 - $18,860.00 shaundeeb - $13,120.00 merla888 - $9,840.00 nilsef - $6,560.00 Event #51 (Low): $5.50 3-Max PKO Zoom Turbo NLHE Entries: 16,080 Prize pool: $78,792 Stathis SP#3 - $4,288.05 + $1,705.59 (in bounties) costa1102 - $2,795.94 + $894.33 (in bounties) J Thirteen - $1,827.63 + $161.84 (in bounties) -t1me2sh1ne- - $1,194.66 + $250.37 (in bounties) PLatoniys - $1,194.66 + $359.49 (in bounties) Event #51 (Medium): $55 3-Max PKO Zoom Turbo NLHE Entries: 6,417 Prize pool: $160,425 PIUlimeira - $22,798.50 + $8,067.81 (in bounties) daveyt86 - $14,900.69 + 1,315.14 (in bounties) ros1987 - $9,740.17 + $4,255.75 (in bounties) ArthurdeCamp - $6,366.88 + $1,456.47 (in bounties) xowiec - $6,366.88 + $2,078.97 (in bounties) Event #51 (High): $530 3-Max PKO Zoom Turbo NLHE Entries: 1190 Prize pool: $297,500 starwins :) - $42,530.82* + $33,034.66 (in bounties) wubblepig - $35,644.15* + $6,772.57 (in bounties) BIack88 - $16,520.20 + $5,674.07 (in bounties) Jabracada - $10,880.34 + $5,958.01 (in bounties) mostisss - $10,880.34 + $5,273.44 (in bounties) *denotes heads-up deal
  21. There was one last chance for players to hit top form before Sunday's Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event tournaments get underway, as Canada's 'D PitcherAK' continued their hot streak to win their third title of the series and $197,847. If you've had the opportunity to sit back, relax and listen to the latest PocketFives 'The Fives' podcast you will be aware that PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley, and fellow writer Matt Clark, discussed the real possibility of a triple SCOOP title winner this year, with a host of big names sat on two already. Lance reached out to PokerStars this week to clarify whether there had been a triple SCOOP title winner in a single series and they responded to say they had no record of this occurrence happening before. So despite reports in Italy saying that one player did achieve this feat way back during SCOOP series three, it would seem 'D PitcherAK' has done the impossible in Event #49-High ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em). As the 1,267 player field whittled down to the final nine, there was an array of well-known crushers all looking to claim the $197,847 first-place prize. 'BetForNympho', Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin, Alexandru 'alexxt7' Farcasanu, 'Killer_ooooo', 'bustoville' and Felipe 'mr.salgado30' Salgado all departed to leave the final three to do battle. 'TiltzPhil' took the bronze medal for a six-figure score of $104,270, which left 'Timonpoika' the only player standing between 'D PitcherAK' and a prestigious third series title. The Event #41-M and Event #18-M champion stood their ground and made it a hat-trick of titles after 'Timonpoika' fell in second-place for $143,630, and with two more days of SCOOP left to go, there is plenty of opportunities for 'D PitcherAK' to make it four! The Event #49-Medium ($109 No Limit Hold'em) title was won by Fedor 'ftruncev' Truntsev after a three-handed deal was agreed. 'TranquilMind' accepted a prize of $45,922 before they exited in third-place with 'Anton720' settling for $45,500. The Russian Truntsev was able to defeat 'Anton720' heads-up and improved their bankroll by an impressive $51,159. There was another three-handed deal in the $11 'Low' as 'LuckForWhat' took the majority share and the title. 'El Magnif1co' fell in third-place post-deal and was awarded their agreed upon amount of $12,311 before 'sjeverest' was knocked out for $11,586 by 'LuckForWhat', who banked $16,317. Anton 'antesvante' Wigg, Aaron Been, Charlie 'JIZOINT' Combes and Renato 'renaton' Nomura all made the final table of Event #47-High ($530 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em) before '69sBigLick' and 'Panini1234' agreed to a heads-up deal. After 'Bigfish112392' took third-place for $38,292, the final two agreed upon how the remaining prize pool would be shared before the play resumed with 'Panini1234' taking the victory. Runner-up '69sBigLick' banked $58,794 with the winner scoring $64,583. Another deal was made in the $55 'Medium' as 'sgsabioni' took the biggest prize worth $25,000, but not the title. After Carlos 'ellocoferasi' Ronielle, 'OMGRubCasco' and former Super Tuesday winner Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen had departed from the final six, the remaining three players struck a deal. 'SOUFODAMS' agreed to $18,000 before they exited with a bronze medal, and 'sgsabioni' was awarded the largest share worth $25,000. However, they could not go the distance and take the title as well after 'WestCliff21' pulled it back to claim victory and a prize worth $23,349. And in the $5.50 'Low', Brazil's Rodolfo 'Polsk2601' Vargas outlasted 12,140 other players to claim the first-place prize of $7,670, after he eliminated 'Busuzima102' during heads-up play for $5,457. Former PocketFives world #1 Joao 'INeedMassari' Simao picked up a SCOOP title to go alongside their WCOOP win in Event #48-High ($2,100 Six Max PLO Win the Button). The current Brazil #2 won $100,782 for coming through the 264 player field and beat 'magiet12' into second-place for $74,703. The Brazilian's win comes days after their fourth-place finish in Event #45-High for $48,806. The $215 'Medium' was won by 'pm_marke' for a prize of $31,694 after a heads-up battle with 'ItsMyTurrn'. WCOOP title holder ''omaha4rollz' had taken third-place for $15,387 before play resumed with the runner-up 'ItsMyTurrn' ultimately departing for a score worth $22,083. 'st1ft' went the distance on the $22 'Low' final table that featured 'IlDepredator' and 'ImluckNuts'. LPE22' was able to battle their way into second-place for $7,925 with the title winner 'st1ft' banking $11,377. Event #50 saw the final tournaments take place on Day 14 of SCOOP and the introduction of Badugi. Event 04#-M Sunday Million champion' XD89lol<3' could only make it to fourth-place for $8,835 in the $1,050 'High' before the final three players talked numbers. 'aDrENalin710' was happy with $16,477 and was then the first to fall. Adam 'Adamyid' Owen agreed to take $17,919 before failing to beat Andrey 'Kroko-dill' Zaichenko heads-up. The Russian, who already has two bronze medals so far this series, went the distance this time for a prize worth $21,171. The $109 'Medium' title went to 'silna_rakia' after they got the better of 'High' final table member 'raidalot', who this time earns $4,873 for second place. The Bulgarian winner adds the Badugi title to their name alongside $6,583. And in the $11 'Low', Arild Rotmo added $2,736 to their bankroll after edging out 'ChaseTurner9', who took away $1,953 for finishing as runner-up. Event #47 (Low): $5.50 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 12,141 Prize pool: $59,490.90 Polsk2601 - $7,670.44 Busuzima102 - $5,457.93 fish_san - $3,890.59 CatchSomeAce - $2,773.34 kalinaj - $1,976.94 Gulmamedov - $1,409.22 gaboor - $1,004.54 satikae - $716.07 Event #47 (Medium): $55 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 4,210 Prize pool: $210,500 WestCliff21 - $23,349.81* sgsabioni - $25,000.00* SOUFODAMS - $18,000* Perrymejsen- $10,627.97 OMGRubCasco - $7,515.12 ellocoferasi - $5,313.98 oyarzun2010 - $3,757.57 reidar1986 - $2,657.01 *denotes three-handed deal Event #47 (High): $530 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 847 Prize pool: $423,500 Panini1234 - $64,583.00* 69sBigLick - $58,794.24* Bigfish112392 - $38,292.02 renaton - $28,087.15 JIZOINT - $20,601.87 AaronBeen - $15,111.45 Sykoen - $11,084.22 antesvante - $8,130.22 *denotes heads-up deal Event #48 (Low): $22 Six Max PLO Win the Button Entries: 3,979 Prize pool: $79,580 st1ft - $11,377.67 LPE22 - $7,925.80 oversleep - $5,522.48 pretend96t - $3,847.91 ImluckNuts - $2,681.12 IlDepredator - $1,868.14 Event #48 (Medium): $215 Six Max PLO Win the Button Entries: 962 Prize pool: $192,400 pm_marke - $31,694.91 ItsMyTurrn - $22,083.65 omaha4rollz - $15,387.28 missdj2013 - $10,721.45 tarantaleo - $7,470.41 jutrack - $5,205.18 Event #48 (High): $2,100 Six Max PLO Win the Button Entries: 264 Prize pool: $528,000.00 IneedMassari - $100,782.95 magiet12 - $74,703.92 Nessilita - $55,373.31 _TheJds_ - $41,044.76 IamTetra - $30,423.83 ghost crab - $22,551.30 Event #49 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 16,937 Prize pool: $165,982 LuckForWhat - $16,317.81* sjeverest - $11,586.99* El Magnif1co - $12,311.86* race2carlow - $6,683.93 ReSoN.NL - $4,805.79 Cep911 - $3,455.40 Setosun - $2,484.46 Ilshat o11my - $1,786.33 kao4pino - $1,284.38 *denotes three-handed deal Event #49 (Medium): $109 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 4,539 Prize pool: $453,000 ftruncev - $51,159.42* Anton720 - $45,500.01* TranquilMind - $45,922.57* Virgilik - $22,839.35 LOL ImDrunk - $16,149.90 Lisboa_Fer - $11,419.72 yukeepplayin - $8,074.99 krousmenos46 - $5,709.88 BrunoCaetano - $4,037.49 *denotes three-handed deal Event #49 (High): $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,267 Prize pool: $1,267,000 D PitcherAK - $197,847.42 Timonpoika - $143,630.16 TiltzPhil - $104,270.93 mr.salgado30 - $75,697.42 bustoville - $54,953.84 Killer_ooooo - $39,894.66 alexxt7 - $28,962.22 DBerglin - $21,025.61 BetForNympho - $15,263.92 Event #50 (Low): $11 FL Badugi Entries: 1,595 Prize pool: $15,631 Rotmo - $2,736.69 ChaseTurner9 - $1,953.87 pokerrich37 - $1,484.94 HWardinator - $1,094.17 dendroid - $781.55 BEGEMOTIK3 - $468.93 Netinho_RJ - $312.62 sandman201 - $156.31 Event #50 (Medium): $109 FL Badugi Entries: 342 Prize pool: $34,200 silna_rakia - $6,583.50 raidalot - $4,873.50 giyoung1123@ - $3,676.50 nb_communist - $2,650.50 munchenHB - $1,795.50 ImluckNuts - $1,282.50 NBoss87 - $940.50 vovtroy - $769.50 Event #50 (High): $1,050 FL Badugi Entries: 93 Prize pool: $93,000 Kroko-dill - $21,171.07* Adamyid - $17,919.03* aDrENalin710 - $16,477.40* XD89lol<3 - $8,835.00 Pfft_Hole - $6,510.00 hotmark777 - $4,882.50 MUSTAFABET - $3,952.50 raidalot - $3,022.50 *denotes three-handed deal
  22. Every month The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. World’s #1 Has More Reason to Celebrate Swedish superstar ‘lena900’ has been the #1-ranked player in the world since May 19 and now he’s got something else to celebrate. Thanks to an 11th place finish in a PokerStars $109 buy-in event on June 10, ‘lena900’ became the seventh player to surpass the $11,000,000 mark in online tournament earnings. The other players in that group are Chris Moorman, Sebastian Sikorski, Nicolas Fierro, Johannes Korsar, Chris Hunichen and Bryan Paris. ‘Lena900’ has now spent a total of 26 weeks on top of the PocketFives Rankings over the course of nine separate reigns. Canadian ‘CzarBushov’ Passes $4 Million Mark There was a time when ‘lena900’ breezed past the $4 million earnings mark. That might seem like a lifetime ago to him, but this month ‘CzarBushov’ picked up $2,042 in the partypoker KO Series to become the 193rd player to hit that mark. He has done it the hard way too, averaging $492 per cash over the course of his career. He’s never had a six-figure score, coming closest all the way back in 2010 when he finished runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $98,955. He’s now the #23-ranked player in Canada. Four players managed to break into the seven-figure club this past month: 'RipCheader', 'Alexmfnb', 'GoFighter', and 'tiltinha'. Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha Finds Single Digit Ranking Brazilian players have quite the history with the PocketFives Rankings. The latest phenom to make a valiant attempt at top spot is Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP” Padilha. After hitting an all-time high in May at #10, Padilha continues to work his way up the rankings moved up to #9 in the world earlier this month. Only Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao sits ahead of him in the Brazilian rankings. A big part of Padilha’s rise up the rankings comes from his wins in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He first took down Event #40 (Medium) for $ 132,274.48 and a career-best 935.95 PLB points. A few days later he won Event #56 (Medium), adding $41,702 to his bankroll and 541.66 PLB points to his total as well. Career-High Rankings Inside the Top 100 ‘mczhang’ from #20 to #12 ‘Palyaaa’ from #39 to #38 ‘OempaLoempah’ from #41 to #39 ‘SmallKindB’ from #48 to #44 ‘Wildace_hun’ from #51 to #46 ‘LeshiyAS’ from #71 to #70 ‘monkeybudgie’ from #78 to #73 ‘NoTilit’ from #83 to #80 ‘mugggggy’ from #87 to #85 ‘Pseudo’ fruto from #98 to #97
  23. Online poker is a global game with players logging on and grinding from every part of the world. Every country has a #1-ranked player and here we take a look at some of those that lead the way in their home countries. ‘hellohellohello’ - Russia For the better part of 2018, Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ has not only been the #1-ranked player in the country but he has also been a perennial player in the worldwide Top 5. The Russian is currently sitting less than $500 shy of reaching the incredible milestone of $8 million in lifetime earnings and he continues to grind regularly. Even though he has been taking some days off after the large fall online series he has still managed to post up a pair of five-figure scores in October. His largest recent score came with his victory in the October 11 edition of the bwin.com Bounty Roller High Roller for $31,555 and 339.50 PLB points. He followed that up just over a week later with another outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $23,851 and another 352.14 PLB points. In addition to his October victories, back in September he pulled off back-to-back six-figure score and took home over $647,000 in that month alone. ‘hellohellohello’ is currently ranked #4 in the world. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao - Brazil partypoker Ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao is not only generally regarded as one of online poker’s best, but he is also currently sitting as the #1-ranked player in Brazil. Like ‘hellohellohello’, Simao is closing in on $8 million in lifetime earnings and if he continues to keep grind as he has in October, he’ll likely get there by the end of the year. In October, to date, Simao has earned just over $97,000. His highlight score came in the October 21 edition of the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller where he took second place for $42,875. It was his second five-figure score of the month. The former #1-ranked grinder is currently sitting at #16 in the world thanks in part to his massive month of September in which he picked up 15 PLB qualifying cashes, nine of which were for five-figures or more. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - Hungary Another player who has recently spent regular time in the top 10 is Hungary’s #1-ranked player Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth. Nemeth, the #7-ranked player in the world, is one of the few players in history to eclipse $9 million in lifetime earnings. Nemeth is a regular in the biggest online tournaments available having just made a final table appearance at the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars WCOOP-62-H High Roller, where he finished in sixth place for $201,804. He crushed the month of September, regularly cashing in both partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars' WCOOP festivals. In total, he cashed for roughly $650,000 and accrued 14 PLB qualifying scores. In addition to his WCOOP finish, he earned a POWERFEST title in Event-29-SHR where he took first for $177,935 and an even 1000 PLB points. Although Nemeth has been putting in low volume in the month of October, registering only six cashes to date, he already has two five-figure scores. Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone - Canada After recently eclipsing over $5 million in lifetime earnings, Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone has become the current #1-ranked player in Canada. He recently posted a major six-figure score by taking down PokerStars WCOOP-45-H ($2,100 5-Card PLO) for $101,928 and over 730 PLB points. When many of the top flight poker pros were taking time off in the summer, Stone was grinding and racking up PLB qualified cashes helping him reach as high as #3 in the world. Since the end of the major fall online series, Stone has scaled down his volume and currently sits as the worldwide #13-ranked player. That’s not to say Stone is not battling it out online in the month of October. To date, he has posted 18 results for just over $17,000 including a runner-up finish in the October 2 edition of the PokerStars $215 Fat Tuesday for $8,323 and 158.07 PLB points. ‘Dattebayo’ - Austria Austria’s #1-ranked player is ‘Dattebayo’, a former top-10 ranked pro who is climbing back up the rankings. Back in 2012, ‘Dattebayo’ reached as high as #7 in the world, today he currently sits at #24. The Austrian is on the precipice of hitting $6.5 million in lifetime earnings, needing less than $20,000 to get there. One of his country’s true grinders, ‘Dattebayo’ put in work in the month of September. He started the month off strong when he bubbled the final table of the partypoker POWERFEST #3-SHR for $20,000 and 237.23 PLB points. Then he wrapped up the month with a second place finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Hight Roller for another $29,587 and 328.39 PLB points. He recorded over 50 cashes in the month for just over $145,000. It’s likely that ‘Dattebayo’ will hold down the top spot in Austria for quite some time as the next closest player to him in the country is over 3000 PLB points behind him.
  24. Winning a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title is often a career highlight for most online poker players. On Sunday, a former WCOOP winner added a Sunday Million title to his resume and picked up almost $144,000 in the process. Truth be told, Poland's 'OMGACEACEACE' is a three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner. On Sunday he beat out 4,294 other players to win the Sunday Million. Brazil's 'verkannt' picked up $100,979.89 for a runner-up performance while 'kappa123mate' rounded out the podium finishers and banked $70,864.56 for finishing third. The best day on Sunday might have belonged to Dario Sammartino. The Italian grinder picked up a pair of High Roller Club wins on PokerStars. He beat out 243 other players to win the HRC Sunday 500 for $24,459 and then outlasted 170 players in the HRC Sunday SuperSonic for $35,208. Finland's 'elmerix' beat former #1-ranked Joao 'IneedMassari' Simao to win the HRC Sunday Warm-Up for $35,281.11. Simoa had to settle for a $27,298.23 silver medal score. Simon 'fren96' Higgins beat 'IamPEAKing' heads-up to win the partypoker $2,600 Sunday Super High Roller for $62,275. 'FMylife' and 'orud74' chopped up the partypoker $2,600 Super High Roller with 'FMYlife' earning the win and $50,714. PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($215 NLHE) 933 entrants, $186,500 prize pool lostomjj - $30,584.06 BalticMoose - $22,194.31 secci35 - $16,106.41 8_Spizzico_9 - $11,688.41 Messiraise - $8,482.27 Ahinogood - $6,155.57 Ulver83 - $4,467.09 SandMan221 - $3,241.76 jayjayme - $2,352.54 PokerStars Sunday Million ($215 NLHE) 4,295 entrants, $1,065,000 prize pool OMGACEACEACE - $143,898.63 verkannt - $100,979.89 kappa123mate - $70,864.56 vitalij300 - $49,730.49 woodatburn - $34,899.41 iGotUFish21 - $24,491.37 Livewhale - $17,187.28 ELajeunesse - $12,061.55 Eset93 - $8,464.51 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday Warm-Up ($1,050 NLHE) 116 entrants, $175,000 prize pool elmerixx - $35,281.11 IneedMassari - $27,298.23 caaaaamel - $21,121.62 5pathic - $16,342.56 pappadogg - $12,644.83 hneves182 - $9,783.76 pokerkluka - $7,570.04 Roberta114 - $5,857.21 Attackalack - $4,918.42 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday High Roller ($2,100 NLHE) 63 entants, $202,000 prize pool cskar4e1 - $46,547.86 omaha4rollz - $35,749.89 Proudflop - $27,456.80 Isildur1 - $21,087.50 NL_Profit - $16,195.73 SsicK_OnE - $12,438.73 pads1161 - $9,553.24 kofi89 - $7,337.14 mikki696 - $5,635.11 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday 500 ($530 NLHE) 244 entrants, $122,000 prize pool Dario 'Secret_M0d3' Sammartino - $23,459 €urop€an - $17,617 edudrake1987 - $13,231 blackaces93 - $9,936 LFFF22 - $7,462 4rebmun - $5,604 CrazyLissy - $4,209 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $3,161 Rene_no_luck - $2,373 PokerStars High Roller Club Sunday Supersonic ($1,050 NLHE) 171 entrants, $173,742 prize pool Dario 'Secret_M0d3' Sammartino - $35,208 roo_400 - $26,798 Pimmss - $20,397 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $15,524 PROCHRIS1 - $11,816 alvaro noble - $8,993 partypoker Sunday Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) 94 entrants, $235,000 prize pool Simon 'fren96' Higgins - $62,275 IamPEAKing - $43,475 SchelampigaUhu - $30,550 NoisiaRadio - $21,150 Mikita 'helicopterben82' Badziakouski - $16,450 Alexey 'toril274' Bilokur - $12,337 rrinKS - $9,987 its_showtime - $8,225 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) 90 entrants, $225,000 prize pool FMylife - $50,714* orud74 - $50,535* PhileasFogg - $29,250 Rainer 'PartyRainer' Kempe - $20,250 sblanch259 - $15,750 JgsNV - $11,812 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $9,562 TIMEXCNT - $7,875 888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) 417 entrants, $100,000 prize pool bomberman115 - $17,448* Roman 'EyeofSkadi' Matveychuk - $14,151* bossamtisch1 - $13,400* infaust992 - $8,000 Ronaldo4112 - $5,500 Streusalz - $4,000 Pim 'SuprNintend0' de Goede - $3,000 Gilza83 - $2,500 888poker $50,000 Sunday Whale ($1,050 NLHE) 46 entrants, $50,000 prize pool SalsaFiesta - $20,000 freddeaik11 - $13,500 IHaveNoBoss - $7,500 tutten7 - $5,000 Hateeeeem - $4,000
  25. partypoker ambassadors Joao Simao, Anatoly Filatov, and Kristen Bicknell all won gold medals on an eventful Sunday, as Roman Romanovsky took down the 888poker $1,050 Whale for the fourth time. A three-way deal in this week's PokerStars Sunday Million led to Germany's Arturs 'ARTSchGamble' Scerbaks taking this week's title alongside $134,333. The tournament attracted 6,058 entrants which produced a prize pool worth $1,211,600. Well-known high-stakes player Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi had a deep run but ultimately fell in sixth place for a $26,301 score, before the Brazilian duo of Taka 'ManafesTT' Tamura and Pedro 'FlipMaster08' Paulo hit the rail in fifth ($37,478) and fourth ($53,405) place respectively. The final three remaining players then agreed to a money-deal before play resumed for the title battle. 'The39player' departed with the bronze medal for $98,326, before Scerbaks saw off the challenge from the U.K.'s Andy 'andyh26' Holman, who fell in second place for $106,417, to take the win. 'Naza114' defeated 'Malaka$tyle' heads-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to bank $65,069. The field was set at 155 entrants and Gerald 'viking47' Ringe, Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson, Ricardo 'riversouza' Souza, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick, world ranked #1 'Lena900' and RaiseYourEdge Head Coach 'bencb789' all came and went at the final table before Brazil's 'cassiopak' claimed third place for $38,941. 'Malaka$tyle' became the final player to fall and banked $50,337 leaving 'Naza114' as the victor. Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell just missed out on a second Sunday win of the day after 'mikki696' got the better of the Canadian heads-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday Cooldown. Earlier on in the day, Bicknell took the gold medal in the Bigger $215 for $19,883 and continued her good form onto the Cooldown final table. 'Lena900', among others, departed from the final nine before 'TiltMeBig' exited in third place $22,025 + $1,000 (in bounties). There was plenty to the play as Bicknell battled 'Mikki696' for the top prize alongside mega money bounties, but the partypoker ambassador was ultimately confirmed as runner-up for $28,508 + $27,296, with 'Mikki696' adding $36,898 + $44,546 to their bankroll. partypoker ambassador Joao Simao prevented Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot from making it back-to-back Sunday titles on the partypoker client. Proudfoot took down the partypoker 150k Gtd Main Event last week for $29,631 but had to settle for the silver medal this time around in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter. Proudfoot added another $19,440 + $11,319 (in bounties) to his bankroll after the Brazilian Simao came through the final battle to take the win for $26,865 + $26,521. 'SpiritDNA' came through a 117 player field in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller to bank an eye-watering $71,662. Jonathan Proudfoot continued his rich vein of form and made a final table appearance, falling in sixth place for $14,265. 'orud74' and 'aLiNeNok1617' took fifth and fourth place respectively before 'madgenius87' hit the rail in third for $36,562. 'z-boooo' then succumb to the pressure from 'SpiritDNA' and exited in second place for $51,187. But 'SpiritDNA' wasn't done for the day and made a second final table appearance in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter. The prize pool was set at $253,980 after 249 entrants took part and after 'Maddonaa' exited in third place for $13,719 + $3,217, Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov was looking to become the second partypoker ambassador of the day to win a title, but in his way was 'SpiritDNA' who was looking for a double gold medal. Ultimately it was to be the Russian Filatov who continued his hot streak in 2018, and took the win for $29,257 + $30,092, with 'SpiritDNA' banking $19,297 + $14,297 in second place. World ranked #8 Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovsky took down the 888poker $1,050 Whale for the fourth time in his career to edge closer to the $1m earnings on the client. The tournament came with $50,000 guaranteed, but after 75 entrants took part the final prize pool was set at $75,000. 'Kannwas' took third place for $11,250, before Romanovsky found himself heads-up in the Whale for the fifth time this year, previously winning and losing both twice. The Ukrainian once again went the distance this time around as he got the better of 'PokerJoe332' who took away $16,875 as runner-up and 'Romeopro33' claimed the $26,250 first-place prize. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,058 entrants, $1,211,600 prize pool ARTSchGamble - $134,333.28* andyh26 - $106,417.07* The39player - $98,326.67* FlipMaster08 - $53,405.99 ManafesTT - $37,478.72 raidalot - $26,301.38 OKO86 - $18,457.54 xJustAwesome - $12,457.54 MyNumber7 - $9,090.09 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 155 entrants, $310,000 prize pool Naza114 - $65,069.75 Malaka$tyle - $50,337.83 cassiopak - $38,941.27 bencb789 - $30,124.93 Lena900 - $23,304.59 stevie444 - $18,028.42 riversouza - $13,946.74 Aggro Santos - $10,789.17 viking47 - $8,346.50 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday Cooldown [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $150K Gtd 186 entrants, $372,000 prize pool mikki696 - $36,898.61 + $44,546.87 (in bounties) krissyb24 - $28,508.31 + $27,296.88 TiltMeBig - $22,025.97 + $1,000.00 cigarromata - $17,017.58 + $8,312.50 quiditbear - $13,148.04 + $1,000.00 ale6ka - $10,158.37 + $2,000.00 Lena900 - $7,848.51 + $4,218.75 DotComRicher - $6,063.87 + $4,500.00 prebz - $4,974.38 + $1,000.00 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,114 entrants, $222,800 prize pool steakaddict. - $36,151.33 Geokarak - $25,992.53 ModzillaPL - $18,688.84 Avi Popo - $13,437.44 huoge - $9,661.63 undaDISGUISE - $6,946.81 Erä_Koira - $4,994.81 FeaNoR4eG - $3,591.33 ToGe86 - $2,582.20 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter $200k Gtd 270 entrants, $275,400 prize pool joaosimaobh - $26,865 + $26,521.03 (in bounties) proudflop - $19,440 + $11,319.14 sergewiceq - $13,635 + $3,696.87 blackaces93 - $9,922.50 + $2,973.75 AussieOsbourne - $7,020 + $7,980.78 Sheparentao - $5,265 + $6,829.06 jrungood1 - $3,712.50 + $0 Chelsea72 - $2,700 + $1,690 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Deepstack $200k Gtd 218 entrants, $218,000 prize pool rrinKS - $44,450.20 MMb2b - $32,264 MaXiMuSpkr - $22,999 TheBlack_sheep - $17,004 joaosimaobh - $11,990 whresmymind - $9,156 Algorhytm - $6,758 onepunch - $5,014 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 117 entrants, $292,500 prize pool SpiritDNA - $71,662.50 z-boooo - $51,187.50 madgenius87 - $36,562.50 aLiNeNok1617 - $25,593.75 orud74 - $19,012.50 proudflop - $14,625 eet_smakelijk - $11,700 DeanMalenko - $9,506.25 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter: $200k Gtd Mix-Max 249 entrants, $253,980 prize pool NL_Profit - $29,257.54 + $30,092.97 (in bounties) SpiritDNA - $19,297.50 + $14,297.97 Maddonaa - $13,719.65 + $3,217.50 sonmonedass - $10,022.25 + $2,795 maniakboy - $7,470 + $3,753.75 ACHSO8000 - $4,980 + $3,818.75 KryptoKing420 - $3,423.75 + $2,535 ojanOmaha - $3,423.75 + $3,083.44 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale 75 entrants – $75,000 prize pool Romeopro33 - $26,250 PokerJoe332 - $16,875 Kannwas - $11,250 doctor877 - $7,500 Johan5390 - $5,625 HateH4teHate - $4,125 2sick2bluff - $3,375 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Gtd 478 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Happynose - $17,607.07* Kale333 - $15,892.93* Hurrrrican3 - $10,750 23NoraB - $7,750 SEWart777 - $5,250 Pik00rs - $3,750 Omegita06 - $2,750 Senta99 - $2,250 *donates deal

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