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  1. 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.
  2. [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
  3. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' moved up one spot in the PocketFives Rankings and is the new #1 ranked online poker player in the world.[/caption] There are six Swedes in the top 20 of the PocketFives Rankings. And when one Swede falls out of the top spot worldwide, another swoops in to take his place. That's exactly what happened this week. Ranked second last week, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' moved up one spot and is the new #1 ranked online poker player in the world. This is his second stint at #1 after he was the top dog for seven weeks from February 10 to March 30 of this year. 'C Darwin2' has been on a tear as of late. In the last seven days, he won the partypoker Fight Night High Roller for $24,000, finished third in the 888 Mega Deep for $15,000, and taken fifth in the partypoker Super High Roller for $19,000. He has 7,236 PLB Points, exactly 60 more than the next closest player. Speaking of the next closest player, that distinction belongs to Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. Two weeks ago, Simao was up 15 spots to #6. Last week, he moved down one to #7. Now, he's all the way up to #2, his highest ranking ever. [caption width="660"] Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is the #2 ranked online poker player in the world this week.[/caption] Simao finished fourth in the partypoker Super High Roller over the weekend, the same tournament 'C Darwin2' placed fifth in. The same day, he took down the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $37,000 and a healthy 457 PLB Points. The Second Chance was the 150th online MTT win of his career and helped push his lifetime cash total north of $4 million. Canada's Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown also made waves this week by moving back into the top 10 at #10. He's up six spots after taking down the partypoker High Roller over the weekend for $12,000, his 149th tracked win. Brown is just a few thousand dollars shy of passing $4 million for his career and is on the verge of hitting $3.3 million on PokerStars. Sweden's 'Discoovery' moved up 25 spots to #14. He won the partypoker Super High Roller on Sunday for over $67,000 and earned 545 PLB Points. The same day, he final tabled the Sunday 500 for another $17,000 and 220 PLB Points. This is the highest 'Discoovery' has ever been ranked on PocketFives; you can find him on PokerStars under the screen name 'shipitftw911'. Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha also on the moved up this week. He rocketed up 26 spots in the rankings to land at #61, 11 spots off his all-time high. Padilha won not one, not two, but three online MTTs on April 20 – two $55 No Limit Hold'em tournaments on PokerStars and the site's $109 Rebuy – for almost $40,000 total. Those scores bumped his career win total to 81. He's the fourth-ranked player from Brazil and has $2.5 million in lifetime scores. 'Barry86', who just passed $1 million in winnings on PokerStars under the moniker 'OMGACEACEACE', reentered the top 100 at #76. He won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Sunday Edition over the weekend for $18,000 and also took third in the Full Tilt Sunday Major. 'Barry86' was ranked as high as #45 on PocketFives last year. Korea's Jae 'YugiohPro' Kim also reentered the top 100 this week at #94, 60 spots off his all-time high set three years ago. Kim is the top-ranked player in Korea and finished second in Sunday's Fight Night High Roller on partypoker for $23,000. Kim has been a member of PocketFives since 2009 and said the community continues to be vital to his growth as a player. "I still have so much fun reading the articles on PocketFives and checking the updated point totals for all of the players I admire," he said. "PocketFives is really an incredible resource for any MTT player." Here's this week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,236 points joaosimaobh - 7,176 points Ariados - 7,029 points lena900 - 7,027 points Big Huni - 6,910 points veeea - 6,688 points damourinio - 6,667 points MendaLerenda - 6,547 points hellohellohello - 6,520 points jbrown8777 - 6,504 points
  4. [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
  5. [caption width="640"] For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is #1 in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] There's a brand new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simaohas claimed the top spot. His first time as the #1-ranked player was in January 2015 and he is one of only two Brazilians to top the leaderboard. "I feel really happy," Simao said. "This year, I'm back with my stable and my school. I have a balance with my life and career, so to be #1 in the world proves to myself that I can balance business and career." "For the last three years, I had a stable and a poker school," he added. "It was really nice, but it started to get busier than I planned, so I had to stop studying my game. During that time, I had some big problems away from the table that took my focus. I stopped with the school and the stable and took six hard months studying my game and planning my life to be able to focus 100% on my game. It was hard work, but it looks like it's working." Pushing Simao towards the top of the rankings was a win over the weekend in the partypoker Super High Roller. That tournament, despite having only 77 entrants, had a prize pool of almost $200,000. Simao raked in $52,000 for the "W" and now has 7,361 PLB Points, over 200 more than the next closest player. That next closest players Sweden's 'lena900', who moved up two spots from #4 to #2. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives earlier this year and finished second in last Thursday's Thrill on PokerStars for $36,000 and 330 PLB Points. He had 11 in the money finishes that day in total and continues to combine volume with cashes. Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias moved up nine spots to #8 in the world. Like 'lena900', he's a former #1 player on PocketFives and shot up the leaderboard this week in part due to a win in the PokerStars Big $109 on May 1 for $29,000 and almost 450 PLB Points. The day before, he was the runner-up in the partypoker High Roller. Mathias has 669 top-three finishes over his career. [caption width="640"] Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is on the brink of reentering the top 10[/caption] Former #1s made plenty of waves this week. Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, the most accomplished online poker player in history, was up 10 spots to #11. Moorman, who has a record 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns and $13.2 million in career winnings, is fresh off runner-up finishes in the Hot $55 and Big $215. He also finished fifth in the PokerStars Fat Tuesday at the tail end of April. Sweden's 'Yaya24' ticked up 17 spots to #25. He was ranked as high as #5 in the world last year and hit it big on PokerStars on the first day of May, winning the site's Super-Sized Sunday and $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max. Those two cashes were worth almost $60,000 total. He's the #10-ranked player in the powerful Sweden poker community and just hit $3 million in lifetime cashes on PokerStars, where he plays as '42ayay'. Russia's 'NoPlanB' was up 22 spots and now sits at #42. On May 1, he finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $63,000. That tournament, which had a $1,000 buy-in, drew 455 entrants; he raked in nearly as many PLB Points for his second place showing. The owner of one Triple Crown, 'NoPlanB' is up to $3.3 million in career winnings and can largely be found playing under the alias 'EvnomiYa'. Six-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk reentered the top 100 at #87. The second-ranked Fin was ranked as high as #17 on PocketFives last year and his recent ascension comes by virtue of taking down the 888 Crocodile over the weekend for $14,000. This week's top 10: Joaosimaobh - 7,361 points lena900 - 7,150 points Ariados - 7,028 points Big Huni - 6,960 points C Darwin2 - 6,955 points hellohellohello - 6,835 points veeea - 6,799 points joaomathias - 6,591 points jbrown8777 - 6,546 points damourinio - 6,490 points
  6. [caption width="640"] 'Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten retook the #1 spot this week for the first time since 2015[/caption] For 10 straight weeks Sweden's 'C Darwin2' held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings and fought off all of those who came calling for the crown. Well that streak is over now after Brazilian Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten put together a solid enough week to climb all the way up from #4 to #1. Baumgarten’s move was largely thanks to an amazing run on September 13. In the span of just a few hours he finished eighth in the $1,050 buy-in World Championship of Online Poker Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship for $8,455 and 176.33 PLB points, third in the PokerStars $215 buy-in Fat Tuesday for $15,229 and 204.96 points and finally topping the 284-player field in the Volcano on 888 poker for $32,252 and 404.16 points. He wasn’t done there though. Later in the week Baumgarten was runner up in the Hot $44 on PokerStars for $3,640/113.35 and then runner-up in the partypoker Super High Roller on Sunday for $34,500/274.02. 'C Darwin2' fell only one spot. He remains with striking distance of top spot thanks to three big scores over the last seven days. The Swedish poker pro finished 22nd in the WCOOP $10,300 High Roller for $43,074/295.31, took second place in the $109 Bubble Rush on PokerStars and then third in partypoker Powerfest High Roller for $26,400/265.78. He sits just 103.63 behind Baumgarten. Another player who made a big jump is Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov. The Buglarian went from #5 to #3 this week and unlike most of his colleagues, improved his position with the benefit of a massive WCOOP score. Dimitrov started the week off winning the 888 poker Tornado for $6,622 and 174.62 points. He then won the partypoker Powerfest Six Max High Roller, earning $22,167 and 298.33 on Thursday. That same day he finished runner-up in the Winamax High Roller event for $6,012/119.87. He then picked up another $5,075 and 163.03 points thanks to a seventh place finish in the PokerStars Sunday SuperSonic. This marks the third time that Dimitrov has climbed all the way to #3 - his career high. While Baumgarten and Dimitrov moved up this week, none of the top five fell out of that group. ‘C Darwin2’ fell one spot to #2 while another Swede, ‘lena900’ dropped from #2 to #5. There was just as much movement in spots #6 - #10 even though no new players cracked the top 10. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar moved up from #9 to #6. Korsar had two big scores this week. He finished second in the PokerStars.fr Half Million event for $68,696 and 531.85 points. Then on Sunday he recorded a fifth place finish in WCOOP Event #51, $1,050 Six Max No Limit Hold’em. That earned the Swedish pro $30,618 and 354.92 points. This marks a career-best ranking for Korsar, one of five Swedish players in the top 10. Another one of those Swedes is right behind Korsar. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggen moved from #10 to #7 this week and he also has a WCOOP score to thank. Berggen finished eighth in WCOOP Event #35, $1,575 Super Tuesday Special Edition for $33,218 and 387.69 points. The next day he conquered the field in the partypoker PowerFest Six Max Turbo High Roller for $15,626. RankPlayerPointsPrevious 1Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten8,010.054 2C Darwin2'7,907.421 3Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov7,585.295 4lena900'7,442.702 5Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,441.973 6Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,125.799 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggen6,998.8010 8Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,925.467 9Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,912.666 10Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov6,853.778
  7. [caption width="640"] Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao became the #1 ranked player in the PocketFives Rankings for the third time in his career[/caption] Since April 27, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' and Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao have been battling for the #1 spot worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. 'C Darwin2' held down the lead from April 27 to May 4. Then, the Brazilian was #1 for a week before, like a playground see-saw, the Swede took back the title for almost a month. Simao was ranked #1 for the first week of June before 'C Darwin2' was ranked #1 for the last two weeks. Now, the tide has shifted once again, as Simao is the big kahuna on PocketFives for the third time in his career. Simao has 7,839 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings, which is almost exactly 100 more than his Swedish nemesis. He only has nine in the money finishes through the first three weeks of June, but had a second place finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 to close out the month of May for almost $20,000. Simao, who plays as 'INeedMassari' on PokerStars, boasts $4.2 million in career online winnings, three-quarters of which has come on the world's largest online poker room. He won April's Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard on the strength of his largest score ever, which came in the PokerStars Mountain Series for $167,000. 'C Darwin2' dropped to third place this week. And moving up one spot from #3 to #2 was 'lena900'. The Swede, who was last ranked #1 in the world in April, final tabled the partypoker Super High Roller over the weekend for $12,000 and won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy Turbo the same day for another $6,200. 'lena900' has a PLB score of 7,738 points. [caption width="639"] Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is knocking on the door of the top 10[/caption] There were no new entrants into the top 10 of the rankings this week, but outside of that group there was plenty of drama. Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov sits at #11, five spots higher than he was ranked last week, after winning the PokerStars Hot $162 on Sunday and putting back almost $6,000. He also finished fifth in the partypoker High Roller the same day, one of 11 scores he had on June 19. Two spots behind the Russian is Canada's Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy, who was up eight spots to #13. Molloy has four wins since last Wednesday's rankings update: the PokerStars $320 Six-Max, Hot $27, Big $109, and $82 Turbo Knockout. Those were worth almost $20,000 total and boosted his career win total to 317. Molly is tied for 20th for the most wins in tournaments that PocketFives tracks. The entire community trails Finland's 'mawko', who has a mammoth 471 wins during his career, two-dozen more than anyone: mawko - 471 moertelmu - 448 Thegrinders7 - 447 ErMataNinho - 446 rounder63 - 428 luckymo32 - 421 Trekan61 - 418 FrankTaylor3 395 paybackLV - 395 pessagno - 390 PokerKaiser - 379 OgSulttaani - 361 tedSTRETCH - 350 nilsef - 350 DENGER - 350 domino20 - 339 Karculya - 336 MatveichukR - 325 moorman1 - 325 cedrick1 - 317 JMolloy - 317 "I'm very pleased with my play and results over the last few months," Molloy said. "I've been trying to lower my table count for the most part and cut out some of the smaller buy-ins with bigger fields. I feel like I have a good grasp of people's ranges and overall game plans when we're deep in tournaments and especially at the final table. Also, I have been having more frequent coaching sessions with 'apestyles' recently, so that doesn't hurt either." Sweden's Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen rocketed 21 spots to #54 in the world after a rock solid Sunday in which he won the Winamax High Roller and placed fourth in the partypoker High Roller for almost $30,000 combined. Those were his 19th and 20th largest career scores and helped boost his lifetime cash total to $1.6 million. He reached an all-time high of #23 in the rankings and could easily surpass that mark with a few more top-tier runs. "I'm going to the WSOP next week, so it feels really good to be on an upswing," Odeen said. The best debut of anyone in the top 100 this week went to Brazil's Pedro 'gusma' Madeira, who entered at #73. He won the weekend's Sunday Grand on PokerStars and added $50,000 to his bankroll. At the same time, recorded his second largest score ever. Madeira was ranked as high as #20 worldwide last year and is the fourth-ranked player in his home country. Also entering the top 100 this week was another Brazilian, Fabiano 'Kovalski' Kovalski, who came in at #93, his best ranking ever. Kovalski won the PokerStars Hot $215 last week for $6,100 and finished fourth in this week's Fat Tuesday for another $5,800. Kovalski has $1.6 million in career online tournament winnings, a significant chunk of which came after he took second in a WCOOP Challenge event three years ago for almost $150,000. This week's top 10: joaosimaobh - 7,839 points lena900 - 7,738 points C Darwin2 - 7,715 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,494 points Pot4teUS - 7,446 points RoccoGe - 7,221 points damourinio - 6,992 points eisenhower1 - 6,923 points Ariados - 6,821 points NoPlanB - 6,708 points
  8. [caption width="661"] Stats for 'C Darwin2', the new #1 online poker player in the world[/caption] It took all of one week for Sweden's 'C Darwin2' to retake the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. After a one-week reign at #1 by Brazil's 'joaosimaobh', the title of top online poker player in the world went back across the Atlantic to Sweden. This is 'C Darwin2's' third stint at #1. He ruled the roost for seven weeks ending March 30. Then, fellow Swede 'lena900' was the #1 player in the world for a month. 'C Darwin2' then regained the title from April 27 to May 4 before the Brazilian was #1 last week. 'C Darwin2', who moved up four spots this week, is three days removed from winning the high-stakes kickoff event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He took down a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em tournament and earned $226,000. As a result of his SCOOP victory, 'C Darwin2' is officially over $4 million in career online tournament winnings and over $2.5 million on PokerStars. He has a PLB score of 8,039 points and leads the second-ranked 'joaosimaobh' by 156. There were two new entrants into the top 10 worldwide, and one of them is the most decorated player in online poker history. Chris 'moorman1' Moorman moved up two spots to #9. He was last ranked #1 two years ago and won the Extreme Tuesday last week for $10,000. This Tuesday, he took down the PokerStars Big $162 for $4,800. [caption width="640"] Chris 'moorman1' Moorman reentered the top 10 for the first time since April 2014[/caption] Moorman has a blistering 786 top-three finishes in online MTTs and sits at $13.3 million in career online tournament scores, over $4 million more than the next closest person. This is his first week in the top 10 in 25 months. "It's great to be back in the top 10 again after putting in some volume lately, but I'm really shooting to get back to the #1 spot if I can put together a huge SCOOP," Moorman said. "I've already made a couple of big runs and have been putting a ton of work into my game recently, so I'm feeling very confident right now." Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford also entered the top 10 this week. He's at #10 in the world, his highest ranking ever, and was up seven spots thanks to a win in the partypoker Super High Roller three days ago for $64,000 and almost 500 PLB Points. One day before that, Beresford won the partypoker High Roller and banked $11,000. Beresford is the second-ranked player in the UK and #1 in his home city of York, England. Canada's Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy moved up eight places this week to land at #11, three off his all-time best. Molly finished second in a SCOOP $700 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy on Monday for almost $100,000. That score, his largest ever, also boosted his PLB tally by 550 points. You can find him on PokerStars, where he has over $4.5 million in career winnings, under the user name 'Jays94'. "It feels really good," Molloy said. "Hopefully I can crack the top 10 soon enough. It also feels good to get my first six-figure score in the $700 Rebuy SCOOP event. Although it was technically a few dollars short of that, I'm going to count it as one anyways." Russia's Anton 'aJarov' Yakuba moved up 38 places to #25 in the world after a blockbuster week in which he finished second in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max on PokerStars and won the Black Chip Sunday Special, PokerStars $12,000 Guarantee, Black Chip $4,000 Guarantee, and an iPOPS event. Those resulted in his third career PocketFives Triple Crown and propelled him to within four spots of his best ranking ever, which was set last year. Also trending towards #1 in a big way was Finland's Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk, who was up 55 spots to #32. The top-ranked Fin has four five-figure scores already this month after wins in the 888 Crocodile, PokerStars Super Sized Sunday, and partypoker High Roller. He also final tabled the Sunday 500 this month for $15,000. Brouk is quickly closing in on $5 million in career online tournament winnings. Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes reentered the top 10 at #36 and passed $4 million in career online winnings to boot. In the last week, he won a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em event for $325,000 and a commanding 1,331 PLB Points. That score came just a month removed from a win in the Sunday 500. Moraes is also fresh off finishing third in a €25,750 High Roller event during the European Poker Tour's Grand Final in Monaco last week. That cash netted him well over $600,000 and boosted him to #8 on Brazil's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,039 points joaosimaobh - 7,883 points Ariados - 7,200 points lena900 - 7,146 points veeea - 6,858 points Big Huni - 6,824 points jbrown8777 - 6,807 points hellohellohello - 6,752 points moorman1 - 6,707 points 1_conor_b_1 - 6,702 points
  9. The one constant with the PocketFives Rankings the past 10 weeks has been the name at the top and the frequency at which the name in the #2 spot has changed. Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ has been #1 since July 6 and since then a handful of players have occupied the spot right behind him. For the third week in a row the player sitting second has changed with another Swede, ‘lena900’, moving up from #4 last week. Over the last seven days ‘C Darwin2’ cashed 33 times but only a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 earned enough points to impact his PLB score. The second place result earned him $18,593 and 256.2 points to give him a total of 7,833.73. Meanwhile ‘lena900’ had a milestone setting week. With 35 total cashes for $91,849 in earnings, the former #1-ranked player surpassed the $5 million lifetime earnings mark. Four of those cashes were big enough for ‘lena900’ to add to his PLB score. He started the week with a second place finish in the partypoker High Roller for $25,900 and 283.77 points and the next day finished fourth in a World Championship of Online Poker event for $17,322 and 216.97 points. He also finished second in the $215 buy-in PokerStars Weekender for $13,930 and 215.81 points before wrapping up the week with a third place finish in the PokerStars Hot $109 for $7,967 and 157.15 points. He’s now 275.23 points behind ‘C Darwin2’ and is the fourth player to find themselves sitting second since his reign began. To get to #2, ‘lena900’ leapfrogged the two Brazilians who sat #2 and #3 last week. Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao and Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten each dropped one spot to #2 and #3 respectively this week. Simao only had one cash big enough to earn him PLB points to add to his total this week, but it was a big one. Simao finished first in the $320 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event on PokerStars on Monday. He earned $8,501 and added 201.25 PLB points to his total. Baumgarten had two scores bookend his week of play that added to his PLB score. He opened the week by bubbling the final table of WCOOP event 14 for $4,026 in cash and 184.04 points. He closed the week with a third place finish in the $215 Fat Tuesday on PokerStars for $15,229 and 204.96. He now has 7,450.46 points and is just 383.27 points behind ‘C Darwin2’. Despite cashing 33 times this past week, Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov only had one good enough to help his PLB score. The top ranked player in Bulgaria finished eighth in WCOOP Event #27, $215 Sunday Warm-up Special Edition. That finish earned $17,703 and 368.23 points, his fifth biggest points haul ever. There were two players - both Swedes - who moved up in to the top 10. Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman jumped from #12 to #7 on the backs of three qualifying cashes while Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren jumped from #11 to #10. There are a total of five Swedish players ranked in the top with #9-ranked Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar rounding out the group. Dropping out of the top 10 were Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov and Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy. RANKPLAYERPLB POINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,833.731 2lena9007,558.504 3joaosimaobh7,494.922 4joaomathias7,450.463 5alexd27,181.505 61_conor_b_16,850.327 7Pot4teUS6,816.8612 8NoPlanB6,797.928 9Greenstone256,736.436 10r4ndomr4gs6,705.6111 Complete PocketFives Rankings.
  10. [caption width="640"] After entering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, Ivan 'Hurrrrican3' Gabrieli joined the top 10 of the rankings this week at #8 (photo: PokerStars)[/caption] Board up your windows. Fill up those sandbags. Grab two of every animal. Hurricane Gabrieli is thrashing the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. After entering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, Ivan 'Hurrrrican3' Gabrieli joined the top 10 of the rankings this week at #8. He had the most successful month of his online poker career in May, piling up over $700,000 in online tournament winnings from 41 in the money finishes. Eight days into May, Gabrieli took third in the PokerStars Hot $162 and put back $12,000. One day later, he was back at it, taking fourth in a SCOOP $700 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy for another $56,000. But those were just a warm-up, a sample of the destruction to come. On May 14, the Slovenian took bronze in a Spring Championship of Online Poker $21,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller for a commanding $381,000 and almost 900 PLB Points. Four days after the largest score of his career, he took second in a SCOOP $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em for another $212,000. Instead of cats and dogs, it was raining cash and PLB Points. When the maelstrom had finally cleared out, Gabrieli became the top-ranked Slovenian and owns $2.1 million in career online tournament winnings. Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is #1 for the second consecutive week. Like Gabrieli, he has largely been silent in June, but is coming off a month of May in which he won the partypoker Online Grand Prix and Super High Roller and took second in the Super High Roller for over $130,000 total. He has a PLB score of 7,739 points, 70 more than second place in the rankings. [caption width="639"] Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov reentered the top 10 at #9[/caption] Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov reentered the top 10 at #9, up two spots on the week. He won the PokerStars.fr Hot €100 last week and took down the 888 Mega Deep on June 19 for $23,000. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as February and, with volume others aren't putting in right now, could make another run at the top spot in short order. He has a PLB score of 6,963 points. Jimmy 'JMolloy" Molloy also reentered the top 10, moving up from #13 to #10. He's two spots off his all-time high of #8 in the world, set two years ago, and is fresh off a Sunday in which he won the partypoker Heavyweight Creed and PokerStars $25,000 Guaranteed and finished second in the Sunday Kickoff. He's up to an even 320 career wins and almost 800 top-three finishes. Another player charging towards the top of the rankings is Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, who moved up from #25 to #12 after winning last week's Thursday Thrill for $37,000 and 431 PLB Points. Mathias was ranked #1 in January 2015 and is $108,000 shy of lapping $8 million in career online winnings. Lithuania's Mantas 'bagoch' Bagocius is up 36 spots this week, settling at #63. This is his highest ranking ever and comes on the heels of final tabling the Sunday Supersonic and $109 Sunday Cooldown on the same day for $20,000 combined. He's the #2 player in Lithuania and just passed 3,000 lifetime in the money finishes. One spot behind Bagocius is Sweden's Erik 'Kihlstrom' Olofsson, who is up 20 places to #64. He's coming off wins on June 26 in the Winamax Magnum and partypoker Heavyweight Drago, the 148th and 149th golds of his tournament life. He's the 15th-ranked player in the poker powerhouse known as Sweden and reached an all-time high in the rankings of #51 this year. The award for best top 100 debut went to 'greengrass67', who entered at #75, his best showing ever. The Hungarian had a productive weekend on partypoker, taking down the High Roller and finishing second in the Super High Roller for $40,000 total and over 400 PLB Points. He's the second-ranked Hungarian and is about to hit $500,000 in lifetime tournament scores. Canada's 'iamthedeck ftw' also broke back into the top 100, hitting #90. He took down the Big $215 on Tuesday for $10,000 and also has victories this month in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo, partypoker High Roller, Hot $162, and Thursday Thrill. He's looking to improve upon his previous best showing in the rankings, #31 in 2013. This week's top 10: joaosimaobh - 7,739 points C Darwin2 - 7,662 points lena900 - 7,642 points Pot4teUS - 7,491 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,417 points RoccoGe - 7,117 points damourinio - 6,991 points Hurrrrican3 - 6,989 points veeea - 6,963 points JMolloy - 6,870 points
  11. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' became the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings for the fourth time[/caption] On February 10, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' ascended to the top of the PocketFives Rankings for the first time. He held down the #1 spot in the world for seven weeks before relinquishing his throne to fellow Swede 'lena900' on March 30. Four weeks later, 'C Darwin2' was back on top, albeit for a week. After another seven days, however, he once again led the way in the rankings, this time holding down the fort for three weeks ending June 1. Last Wednesday, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao became #1, but 'C Darwin2' wouldn't let him revel for too long. This week, 'C Darwin2' moved into the top spot worldwide for the fourth time. He has a PLB score of 8,215 points to lead the way and is 73 ahead of Simao, who is in second place with 8,142 points. Therefore, there could easily be another changing of the guard next week. Both 'C Darwin2' and Simao have virtually identical lifetime cash totals of $4.2 million. It took 'C Darwin2' 2,284 cashes to get there, an average of $1,849 each, while Simao has 3,979 in the money finishes for his career, an average of $1,066 each. They have five combined six-figure cashes for their careers and almost 500 total top-three finishes in online MTTs. [caption width="640"] Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall entered the top 10 at #8, his highest ranking ever[/caption] Joining 'C Darwin2' and Simao in the top 10 is Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall, who moved up from #16 to #8. This UK player won the PokerStars $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO three days ago for $38,000 and an even 400 PLB Points, the sixth largest score of his career. A week before that, he took down the $215 Fat Tuesday on PokerStars and earned $15,000. This is the highest Mighall has ever been ranked on PocketFives and he's up to #2 in the UK. His four online MTT wins in May pushed his career total to 46 and he's less than $30,000 away from hitting $2 million in lifetime winnings. "It's a great achievement," Mighall said of reaching #8. "I'm feeling very proud." Mighall was the lone new entrant into the top 10 this week. Joining them next week could be Sweden's 'eisenhower1', who moved up from #24 to #11. 'eisenhower1' was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as January and just hit $8.5 million in career online winnings, the seventh most of anyone. 'eisenhower1' took second in the 888 Super XL Main Event in May for $158,000, the second largest score of his online poker career and one of four scores of at least $14,000 he turned in last month. Canada's Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski advanced 13 spots to #32. He's a former #1 ranked player and finished second in the PokerStars Hot $215 on May 29 for $13,000 and 216 PLB Points. He had 23 top-10 finishes in May and was last ranked #1 on PocketFives in 2014. Sikorski is the #3 player in Canada and #2 in Ontario. [caption width="400" align="alignleft"] Alex 'Dynoalot' Difelice shot up 24 spots to #74[/caption] Another Canadian, Alex 'Dynoalot' Difelice, made waves after moving up 24 spots to #74. He took fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Grand over the weekend and booked a $26,000 payday. Two weeks before that, he finished second in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Three-Max Turbo and put back $71,000, the largest score of his online poker career. Difelice was ranked as high as #43 on PocketFives three years ago and is now the third-ranked player in his hometown of Toronto. He has $2.7 million in career online winnings and is nearing 4,000 total cashes. Brazil's Rodrigo 'rodckz' Motoki entered the top 100 at #96, his highest ranking ever. He took down the Big $55 last week for $9,800 and finished 46th in the SCOOP High Main Event for $27,000 in May. He's the fifth-ranked player in Brazil and is up to $1.1 million in career online winnings. Three spots behind Motoki on the leaderboard is Colombia's Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe, who reentered the top 100 this week. Uribe, the second-ranked player in Colombia, final tabled the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday and Hot $215 in the last week for over $16,000 combined. He has $4.3 million in career winnings. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,215 points joaosimaobh - 8,142 points lena900 - 7,947 points Pot4teUS - 7,477 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,444 points RoccoGe - 7,194 points NoPlanB - 7,097 points philroyal888 - 7,086 points damourinio - 7,047 points Ariados - 7,045 points
  12. [caption width="640"] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez seems pretty comfortable at the top of the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] It might be harder to dislodge Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez from the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings than anybody imagined. The Uruguayan poker pro held onto the top spot this past week with only two cashes - and only one of them good enough to add to his lead. Gonzalez finished 109th in the PokerStars Mini Sunday Million but that had no impact on his score, but his first place finish in the 888 poker $45,000 Turbo Mega Deep earned him $9,243 and an additional 212.6 PLB points. He now has a 476.68 point lead on his closest competitor, Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov. Dimitrov certainly did his best to try and close the gap this past week. Dimitrov, who is #2 for the third straight week, put in a full schedule of tournaments over the last seven day and found a good score in the PokerStars Sunday Grand, finishing fifth for $17,418/205.38. It was his only qualifying cash of the week. Continuing to hold on to the #3 spot Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten also had just a single cash strong enough to add to his PLB points total. The Brazilian won the PokerStars Big $215 last Wednesday to win $10,913 and earn 239.58 points. While the top three spots remained the same over the last week, the players sitting at #4 and #5 swapped spots. ‘lena900’, who won the October Monthly PLB crown, passed fellow Swede ‘C Darwin2’ on the strength of his win in the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for $9,500 and 223.61 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $7,986/152.03. Banking over 375 points in those two events while ‘C Darwin2’ did not record a single qualifying cash moved ‘lena900’ up to #4 an the #1 spot in Sweden. Swede’s also occupy the #6 and #7 spots. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren maintained his hold on #6 but Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar moved from #8 to #7. Berggren won the Winamax Monster Stack for $3,821/118.28 and finished fourth in the Winamax High Roller for $6,332/115.38. Korsar moved up after winning the PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo on Sunday and finished sixth in 888 poker $100,000 Baby Whale for $4,616/112.47. Moving from #10 to #9 this week was former #1-ranked Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro. The Chilean poker pro moved up that one spot thanks not to his own work, but the aging scores of those around him. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford fell from #9 to #10 after seeing some of his previous scores count for less. The British pro dropped despite banking $10,936/197.27 in the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max. Top 10 Standings RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,218.861 2Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,742.182 3Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten8,369.213 4lena9008,020.065 5C Darwin27,892.034 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,289.056 7Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,089.108 8Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard7,040.477 9Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,915.3610 10Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,815.759
  13. [caption width="640"] Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzales seems to quite comfortable sitting at #1 (SHRPO photo)[/caption] Just two weeks Uruguayan poker pro Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzales took over the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings for the first time and he doesn’t seem to be willing to let go of it any time soon. Gonzales maintained his hold on top spot this past week and has nearly a 1,000-point lead over his closest competitor. Gonzalez had just one cash this past week that was big enough to count toward his PLB score. He finished fourth in the $1,050 Sunday Grand Pot Limit Omaha event for $15,872 and 193.2 points. He now sits 930.61 ahead of the rest of the field. The player closest to Gonzalez is Brazil’s Joao Mathias ’joaomathias’ Baumgarten. The former #1-ranked player had four qualifying cashes this week including two big wins on PokerStars, first in the $320 Omania High Roller (Five Card PLO, Six Max) for $8,455/198.24 and then in the $55 Bounty Builder for $6,152/208.33. He also had a fourth place finish in the PokerStars Big $55 on last Thursday for $4,022/115.37 and a ninth place finish on Sunday in the partypoker Super High Roller for $5,863/109.51. Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov cashed a total off 37 times this past week, with four of them earning enough points to add to his PLB score. The first came via a third place finish in the 888poker $50,000 Volcano for $10,356/153.57 last Tuesday. He then followed that up with a third place finish in the PokerStars Big $215 on Thursday for $7,039/137.45. That same day he also took down the partypoker High Roller for $11,069/178.89. He wrapped up the week with a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Big $44 for $8,831/189.98. The top two ranked Swedish players, ‘C Darwin2’ and ‘lena900’ also held onto their respective #4 and #5 rankings. ‘C Darwin2’ had two cashes big enough to add to his PLB score and both were wins. The first came in the partypoker Heavyweight: The Uppercut which earning him $10,376/236.85 on Sunday. His next win, which was also his next cash, came two days later in the PokerStars Hot $55 for $8,536/229.35. Not to be outdone, 'Lena900' also had two qualifying cashes. The first was also a win in the partypoker High Roller on Tuesday which added $11,574 to his bankroll and 192.35 points to his PLB score. His second qualifying score came from a fourth place finish in the PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder for $6,472/132.31. While there was no change in position for any of the top five this week, spots 6 - 8 were jumbled all around thanks to a big week from Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren. The Swede had two wins this past week including topping the field in the partypoker High Roller on Sunday for $15,948/281.96. He then won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold’em (Six Max, Hyper Turbo) for $4,552/$152.15. He then added more to his PLB score, finishing 10th in the $1,050 PokerStars Sunday Grand (NLHE) for $5,013/144.73. Those three scores allowed him to move from #8 to #6. In the process of moving up the rankings, Berggren leapfrogged Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard and Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford for the only movement this week. No players fell out of the top 10. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1SixthSenSe199,463.811 2joaomathias8,533.202 3alexd28,516.633 4C Darwin28,063.814 5lena9007,499.335 6r4ndomr4gs7,424.508 7pleno17,397.476 81_conor_b_17,172.547 9joaosimaobh7,137.619 10Greenstone257,045.2210
  14. [caption width="660"] Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved up one spot to #1 in the world (photo: PokerNews, Danny Maxwell)[/caption] For the second time in his career, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. He moved up one spot this week to wrestle the title away from Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who can now be found at #2. Simao was last ranked #1 from May 4 to May 11. He finished second in the PokerStars Hot $215 on May 22 and recorded the largest score of his online poker career in April in the site's Mountain Series after winning a $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy Six-Max for $167,000 and 872 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the rankings. For his career, Simao is up to $4.2 million in winnings from almost 4,000 in the money finishes, an average of $1,068 apiece. He leads the 2,352 Brazilians on PocketFives with PLB scores and plays on PokerStars under the user name 'INeedMassari'. "I'm actually dealing with a health problem in my family right now," Simao said. "All I wish is to find the top doctor around to take care of my son. I hope that everything goes well and I use this to motivate me and push me to my limit to do my best for my family." Unlike last week, there were no new entrants into the top 10 this time around. In fact, there was only one new entrant into the top 20. That honor belonged to Phil 'philroyal888' Mighall, who climbed from #21 to #16, his best showing ever. Mighall, who calls the UK home, took down the PokerStars Fat Tuesday one day ago for $15,000. Last month, he won both the partypoker High Roller and PokerStars $320 Wednesday PLO. After entering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, Denmark's Andreas 'Hoegh93' Hogh entered the rankings at #22, his best showing since he became a member of PocketFives in 2012. Hogh absolutely killed the month of May, registering four scores of at least $30,000 in a span of nine days: May 14: 11th place, SCOOP $21,000 Eight-Max High Roller for $73,000 May 15: 2nd place, SCOOP $2,100 Mixed Omaha for $59,000 May 22: 35th place, SCOOP $10,000 Main Event for $34,000 May 23: 7th place, SCOOP $1,050 NLHE for $57,000 Hogh is on the verge of hitting $2 million in online tournament winnings for his career. He won a PocketFives Triple Crown in 2013 to boot. [caption width="640"] Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland moved up 23 spots to #40[/caption] After winning the PokerStars Sunday Grand over the weekend, Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland shot up from #63 to #40 this week, two spots off his all-time high set in 2013. Westmorland booked a $69,000 payday for winning the Sunday Grand, his third largest score ever. Two weeks earlier, he finished second in a $109 No Limit Hold'em SCOOP event for $53,000. Westmorland is the #1 ranked online poker player in Thailand and just passed 4,200 tracked in the money finishes for his career. Ukraine's 'STiger' moved up from #100 to #63, one spot off his best ranking ever, thanks to a win in the partypoker High Roller on Monday for $37,000. He took third in the Hot $215 one day before that for $10,000. 'STiger' is the top-ranked player in Ukraine and reached an all-time high of #62 in the rankings last year. Latvia's 'Damage' also made waves. He moved up from #97 to #68, his best ranking ever, after winning last week's Thursday Thrill on PokerStars for $43,000 and 462 PLB Points. Also in May, he finished second in the Sunday Countdown for $19,000, won the site's Big $215 for $24,000, and took third in the 888 Baby Whale for $14,000. 'Damage' is the top-ranked player in Latvia out of the 383 PocketFives members with PLB scores from that country and just hit $1.5 million in career online winnings. He plays on PokerStars and 888 under the screen name 'APonakov'. Finally, Australia's 'Corlusion' reentered the top 100 at #87, four spots off his all-time high set earlier this year. He won the PokerStars Hot $162 and $12,000 Guarantee on May 29 for over $20,000 total and is $99,000 shy of hitting $1 million in scores for his career. 'Corlusion' is the third-ranked online poker player in Australia. This week's top 10: joaosimaobh - 8,180 points C Darwin2 - 8,166 points lena900 - 7,915 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,461 points Pot4teUS - 7,352 points Ariados - 7,249 points RoccoGe - 7,164 points NoPlanB - 7,118 points damourinio - 6,983 points Big Huni - 6,958 points
  15. [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
  16. Geovanne 'Grande_Prego' Pereira took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for $145,753 after defeating 'AndyKidPoker' in the final showdown. A total of 5,835 entrants took part and meant that the prize pool once again exceeded its guarantee and was set at $1,167,000. A familiar name in the world of online poker 'anteen' took the bronze medal worth $77,595, before the final two players agreed to a money-deal. The action then recommenced and saw 'Grande_Prego' take the title nearly 14 hours after the tournament had begun. 'AndyKidPoker' added a massive $122,386 to their bankroll, just over three years since a 13th place finish in the Million for $4,661 saw them bank their now third biggest online score. 'bartek901' got the better off Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland to claim victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $43,132. This week's edition saw 91 entrants come together to create a $182,000 prize pool. '0409479' took the bronze medal for $24,738, before Westmorland, who has over $5.1m in recorded online cashes, was the final player to depart the action and 'bartek901' picked up the win. Two-time PokerStars Sunday Million champion 'VinceVegaMFR' added the Sunday Warm-Up title to his list of accomplishments after he came through the 1,139 player field. Brazil's 'pabritz' took the bronze medal for $18,613 before heads-up play got underway between 'VinceVegaMFR' and 'jayjayme,' with the latter the final player to fall and departed with 25,888 as 'VinceVegaMFR' claimed the $36,006 top prize. 'TheRepoMan86' banked $52,337 after victory in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event-SHR following a heads-up battle with 'rdcrsnn.' There was a $263,000 prize pool up for grabs, with 'CropDustr' just missing out on a shot at the first-place prize after they departed in third place for $26,563. That left 'rdcrsnn' to do battle with 'TheRepoMan86', but it was the former who was to fall and had to settle for the runners-up prize worth $37,872. 'Ignent' took down the partypoker $530 Sunday Bounty Hunter for a score worth just over $54,000. partypoker ambassador Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell just missed out on a podium finish after she departed in fourth place for $8,697 + $3,542.50 (in bounties). 'BrunoBellagio44' was the next to fall and banked $11,763.25 + $3,201.25 in third place before the final battle commenced. 'spinner2255' ultimately succumb to the pressure from 'Ignent' and took second place for $16,502 + $7,141.87 and 'Ignent' secured the $22,734.85 first-place prize alongside a massive $32,069.38 in bounties. 'Specter_Litt' defeated partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao heads-up to collect the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller gold medal. The tournament saw 96 entries create a $245,000 prize pool and once the field was reduced to the final three in was 'aLiNeNok1617', on their second major final table of the day, who collected the bronze medal for $30,625. Brazilian Simao was then looking to take another title on his partner site but couldn't get the better of 'Specter_Litt' in the final showdown and departed in second place for $42,875, with the latter banking $60,025 as champion. Over on 888poker, recent XL Eclipse champion 'Kannwas' overcame current PocketFives #3 ranked 'Isildur1337x' to win the $1,050 Whale for $25,550. The prize pool was set at $73,000 after 73 entrants took part with the top seven places paid. Rodrigo 'sonmonedass' Perez banked $10,950 for a third-place finish before 'Kannwas' continued their impressive run on the 888poker client to take another title by defeating Sweden's 'Isildur1337x', who had to settle for the $16,425 runners-up prize. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,835 entrants, $1,167,000 prize pool Grande_Prego - $145,753.12* AndyKidPoker - $122,386.03* anteen - $77,595.69 Carsandi - $54,454.32 BuyMyLunch - $38,214.46 diw.2303 - $26,817.77 ludachips28 - $18,819.97 Matthew101 - $13,207.40 Squashchamp - $9,268.66 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 91 entrants, $182,000 prize pool bartek901 - $43,132.24 JWPRODIGY - $32,665.15 0409479 - $24,738.18 jackziyang - $18,734.87 sk2ll_m0dR - $14,188.41 T-Macha - $10,745.26 Str8$$$Homey - $8,137.65 huang33 - $6,162.86 ale6ka - $5,295.38 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder, $200k Gtd 2,848 entrants, $284,800 prize pool L1VeYRdrEamS - $20,483.84 alexMFNb - $14,482.48 K_banks1 - $10,240.67 snowrez - $7,241.25 ViDss - $5,120.34 Faaaarst - $3,620.64 glava38 - $2,560.18 ALWAYSBRAVES - $1,810.31 Cmon_Gasquet - $1,280.09 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,139 entrants, $227,800 prize pool VinceVegaMFR - $36,006.70 jayjayme - $25,888.10 pabritz - $18,613.76 edudrake1987 - $13,383.45 Moses4you - $9,622.79 crife1 - $6,918.87 Tomatee - $4,974.71 JopperHarryN - $3,576.87 south2 - $2,571.79 partypoker $1,050 Sunday Main Event-SHR $200k Gtd 263 entrants, $263,000 prize pool TheRepoMan86 - $52,337 rdcrsnn - $37,872 CropDustr - $26,563 aLiNeNok1617 - $19,330.50 orud74 - $13,676 Echomaus - $10,257 SacredAccount - $7,232.50 SchelampigaUhu - $5,260 partypoker $530 Sunday Bounty Hunter – HR $200k 223 entrants, $227,460 prize pool Ignent - $22,734.85 + $32,069.38 spinner2255 - $16,502 + $7,141.87 BrunoBellagio44 - $11,763.25 + $3,201.25 Krissyb24 - $8,697 + $3,542.50 HungarysHero - $6,132.50 + $4,046.25 Smokeycoke12 - $4,683 + $390 jizonhisniz - $3,456.50 + $1,690 ROTTsFEARestFC - $2,564.50 + $2,080 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $200k Gtd 98 entrants, $245,000 prize pool Specter_Litt - $60,025 joaosimaobh - $42,875 aLiNeNok1617 - $30,625 fren96 - $21,437.50 MoNddLeR - $15,925 Paul_Folders - $12,250 donzledurbru - $9,800 MOTHERSMATTERS - $7,962.50 partypoker $530 Main Event-HR 100k Gtd 263 entrants, $131,500 prize pool VolZok_ - $26,168.50 rudiqa1 - $18,936 MelonsAreYum - $13,281.50 ojanOmaha - $9,655.25 mwhldwn - $6,838 Quatroe3ehFLIP - $5,128.50 LoSientoGrace - $3,616.25 Patrick_Leonard - $2,630 888poker $1,050 The $50,000 Whale 73 entrants – $73,000 prize pool Kannwas - $25,550 Isildur1337x - $16,425 sonmonedass - $10,950 DosPoochies - $7,300 wellyxx - $5,475 - APOARSLAN - $4,015 Svengate - $3,285 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 560 entrants – $112,000 prize pool GritinhO-Dzi - $21,560 BrAvEHrT1 - $15,960 PoulPanasony - $12,040 GangstaGo - $8,680 radfish14 - $5,880 VitaliyPanko - $4,200 BeeTheBeagle - $3,080 Sinatra48 - $2,520  
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