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  1. Fifteen players ended their Friday night by winning a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title including four players who weren't making their debut in the winner's circle. 'Leqenden', Conor Beresford, Joao Viera, and Connor Drinan, each added another SCOOP title the to their resume but the biggest winner on Friday was Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder. The Dutch poker pro topped the 117-entry field in Event #33 High ($10,300 High Roller PKO) to walk away with $113,785.25 and an additional $165,000 from collected bounties. The final player he eliminated was current #1-ranked 'Lena900' who had to settle for taking $113,785.07 from the prize pool and another $14,218.75 worth of bounties. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth came in third for $76,972.83 and $76,093.75 in bounties. Beresford shipped Event #32 High ($530 NLHE) to grab the third SCOOP title of his career and a $85,959 payday. 'Great dant' finished second for $61,273.96 while 'bencb' walked away with $43,678.21 for coming in third place. Connor Drinan earned his second career SCOOP title by working his way through the 378-entry field in Event #34 High ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Along with the title, Drinan picked up $34,420.52. 'cAzimiR69' fell one spot short of their first career title and had to settle for $24,907.44 while 'SilentPurple' took the final spot on the podium and added $18,023.73 to their bankroll. Event #35 High ($2,100 Six Max NLHE) had a 285-entry field to build up a $570,000 prize pool that 'cooltwister' took the winner's share from. The Belarussian player picked up $108,799.70 while 'riversouza' finished runner-up for $80,646.27. Third place finisher Jans 'Graftekkel' Arends, who won a SCOOP title last year, was left with a $59,778 consolation prize for coming in third. In the fastest-paced event on the day, Event #38 High ($530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom), 'WhatIfGod' won $37,691.13 by denying 'Passiveaggro' a second 2020 SCOOP title. 'Passiveaggro' ended up earning $13,565.18 for coming in second place. Other players who won SCOOP titles on Friday included 'XOTTAI5bl4' (Event #32-L), 'Achuienas' (Event #32-M), 'Leqenden' (Event #33-L) , Joao 'Naza114' Vieira (Event #33-M), 'Andrej82' (Event #34-L), 'Premove' (Event #34-M), 'AchoBogdanov' (Event #35-L), 'oNinguém' (Event #35-M), 'nEfErRfrE' (Event #38-L), and 'INTL_JONES' (Event #38-M). Event #32-H: $530 No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,072 Prize pool: $536,000 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford - $85,959.00 great dant - $61,273.96 bencb789 - $43,678.21 sebasnato - $31,135.32 s3c3_1978 - $22,194.31 iwillkillset - $15,820.84 AS Leshiy - $11,277.65 T_Dot_D - $8,03.08 KKremate - $5,730.48 Event #33-H: $10,300 High Roller PKO Entries: 117 Prize pool: $1,170,000 Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder - $113,785.25 + $165,000 in bounties Lena900 - $113,785.07 + $14,218.75 in bounties probirs - $76,972.83 + $76,093.75 in bounties WushuTM - $59,637.88 + $41,875.00 in bounties WATnlos - $46,206.92 + $3,750.00 in bounties SamSquid - $35,800.71 + $23,750.00 in bounties imluckbox - $27,738.06 + $9,375.00 in bounties Tomatee - $21,491.20 + $6,562.50 in bounties Event #34-H: $530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 378 Prize pool: $189,000 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - $34,420.52 cAzimiR69 - $24,907.44 SilentPurple - $18,023.73 lennart - $13,042.49 tipitip80 - $9,437.92 Spider91_PL - $6,829.55 Jamie_KK - $4,942.06 spieler52 - $3,576.22 Event #35-H: $2,100 Six Max NLHE Entries: 285 Prize pool: $570,000 cooltwister - $108,799.70 riversouza - $80,646.27 Graftekkel - $59,778.00 joaovbarb - $44,309.69 zazano - $32,843.91 Mysters_Y - $24,345.15 Event #38-H: $530 Heads-Up Turbo NLHE Progressive Total KO Zoom Entries: 709 Prize pool: $354,500 (all in bounties) WhatIfGod - $37,691.13 Passiveaggro - $13,565.18 Julinho888 - $9,688.47 E|SuN007 - $8,521.00
  2. For the tenth time in his storied career, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ has captured a PocketFives Monthly PLB award. ‘Lena900’, the current #1-ranked player in the world, continues to make the case for being named the greatest online poker player of all time. This time he secured the Monthly PLB title for February after posting 120 cashes which resulted in over $486,000 in earnings. A regular grinder in the biggest stakes MTTs offered, ‘Lena900’ boasted 15 five-figure cashes in the month with 10 outright wins. His spotlight score of the month came in Event 89 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max High Roller) where he finished as the runner-up booking a $65,634 score plus 391.71 PLB points. He also picked up heaps of PLB points by taking down Event 53 of the same series, outlasting the 183 entries of the $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Thursday Thrill for $32,235 and 427.78 PLB points. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] In the second half of the month, he picked up large scores playing on partypoker as well. He took down the February 23 edition of the KO Super Sunday 6-Max PLO for $41,928. Two days later he finished in first again on partypoker by winning the High Roller Master $50K for another $20,475. Although ’Lena900’ only had seven PLB-qualifying cashes, they were all such significant scores that it allowed him to win the month by 220 points with a total of 3,194. Not only is ‘Lena900’ the top-ranked player in the world, he is also the current leader of the All-Time Online Money List having just surpassed $18.6 million in earnings. Juanki ‘B4NKR0LL3R’ Vecino (2974 PLB points) nearly caught up with ‘Lena900’ in February thanks to a resume-topping victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million on February 2. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] Vecino outlasted the 9,851 entries in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the weekly schedule to earn himself his first six-figure score of $105,729 as well as an even 1000.00 PLB points. He used that massive boost to his bankroll to grind the rest of the month, posting 118 cashes and earning a total of $209,294. His heater continues the next day when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-Max for another $11,863 and 204.20 PLB points. Then, just two weeks later, Vecino picked up the fifth-largest cash of his career by taking down Event 177 of the PokerStars Bounty Builder Series ($2,100 NLHE) for $41,250, capping off a career-month for the UK grinder. His February success helped him climb to more than $1.5 million in total career earnings and hit a career-high ranking of #20 in the world. The current #2-ranked player in the world Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (2,905 PLB points) finished in third place in the February PLB race in a month where he added more than $325,000 to his over $14 million in career earnings. Of his 118 cashes, 46 were good for four-figures or more with nine of those being for five-figures. He racked up big-time PLB points with a pair of victories in the partypoker KO Series. First, he took down Event 23 ($100K High Roller) on February 6 for $20,389 plus 324.92 PLB points. Then just days later on February 11 he picked up the gold medal in Event 44 for a monthly high cash of $41,376 and 459.51. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (2,639 PLB points) finished in fourth place. The current #10-ranked player in the world picked up a partypoker KO Series title of his own by taking down Event 48 High Roller on February 12 for $24,117 and 336.54. He also had a big day on February 23 when he binked back-to-back five-figure cashes. The first came in a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $13,330 and at the same time, he has a final table finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-up for another $10,852. Finishing in fifth for February was another partypoker ambassador, Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov (2,398 PLB points). Filatov had an impressive 18 PLB-qualified cashes including a victory in the February 10 edition of the partypoker High Roller Bounty Hunter for $5,816 and 277.96 PLB points. Filatov finished the month with 13 podium appearances and six five-figure cashes highlighted by his victory in the February 16 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $37,966. PocketFives February Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 3194 2 B4NKR0LL3R 2974 3 Greenstone25 2905 4 pleno1 2639 5 nl_profit 2398 6 luis_faria 2245 7 SpaceyFCB 2234 8 C Darwin2 2156 9 selouan1991 2142 10 pitaoufmg 2134
  3. Sunday was a massive day for online poker with turnouts in tournaments across all sites seeing extraordinary growth. When PokerStars chose March 15 as the date for its 14th Anniversary Sunday Million event, they had no idea that real world events would bring so many players back to the online tables. The $12.5 million guarantee already meant that this event would be the single largest prize pool in PokerStars 19-year history, but it took just under three hours to draw the 62,500 required players that ensured PokerStars wouldn't be out of pocket. Over the next four hours of play, a grand total of 85,432 entries pushed the total prize pool to $17,086,400. The only two events in the history of online poker with bigger prize pools were the 2018 and 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online, both of which eclipsed $21,000,000. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Late registration in the Sunday Million remains open until the start of Day 2 at 1 PM ET but they have no chance at breaking the record. The 107,000 player cap means the maximum possible prize pool for this event is $21,400,000, which would put it one spot behind the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online event and just ahead of last December's MILLIONS Online. Largest Online Poker Tournament Prize Pools DATE EVENT BUY-IN PRIZE POOL December 6, 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online $5,300 $21,780,000 December 11, 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online $10,300 $21,090,000 March 22, 2020 Sunday Million 14th Anniversary $215 TBD December 18, 2011 Sunday Million 10th Anniversary $215 $12,423,200 April 14, 2019 Sunday Million 13th Anniversary $215 $12,268,400 September 26, 2010 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $12,215,000 March 6, 2011 Sunday Million 5th Anniversary $215 $11,825,600 April 22, 2018 Sunday Million Anniversary: Take 2 $215 $11,262,000 September 26, 2019 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $11,180,000 April 2, 2017 Sunday Million 11th Anniversary $215 $11,167,000 Just 16,836 players advanced through the 18 levels of play on Day 1. China's 'nowwor880' ended up with the chip lead after accumulating 680,117 chips. Not far behind them is Belgium's 'X_QQ_AA_KK_fish' with 643,093. Rounding out the top three was 'DLSXL' with 576,980. Top 10 Chip Counts nowwor880 - 680,117 X_QQ_AA_KK_fish - 643,093 DLSXL - 576,980 GLiTCHy M-F - 565,242 flyflo - 545,887 guiantonio2 - 530,381 nakolene888 - 529,102 IownYoUlolz - 513,879 ChrizCrozz - 501,481 CharlyBigPot - 499,343 Some of the notables to advance to Day 2 of the three-day event include former #1-ranked 'eisenhower1' (413,982), Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov (384,476), Antoine 'A.Saout' Saout (357,942), Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard (110,532), Pedro 'pvigar' Garagnani (105,908), Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford (97,661), Alex 'bigfox86' Foxen (85,166), Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell (43,897), current #2-ranked Johannes 'Greenstone' Korsar (34,050), and 'cocojamb0' (20,000). Current #1 'Lena900' also advanced to Day 2 with 87,603. The average stack is 101,719. Play resumes at 1 PM ET on Monday and will play 32 15-minute levels.
  4. 'Lena900' closed 2019 in a big way, winning the PocketFives Monthly LeaderBoard for December. The final month of the year saw 'lena900' rack up 50 cashes for more than $300,000 in prize money. He earned 3,270 leaderboard points and finished 120 points ahead of 'papan9_p$' in second place. The most points 'lena900' earned from a single tournament was on December 3 when he won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Super Tuesday, $100K Gtd for $24,887 and 328.63 points. He also picked up 292.83 points on December 28 when he finished second in the PokerStars Winter Series-11-H: $530 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stacks], $150K Gtd for $26,920. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] On December 8, 'lena900' picked up $23,255 and 266.79 points when he took third in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $500K Gtd - Guarantee Boost tournament. He also had a deep finish in the PokerStars High Rollers 01: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd on December 1. Although 'lena900' didn't reach the final table in that one, he did finish 10th for $26,869 and 259.61 points. All told, 'lena900' had seven scores in December that earned him more than 200 leaderboard points each, and his average ranked score was worth 164 points. Not only did 'lena900' win the December PLB title, but he became the 2019 PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard champion, going back-to-back in that regard. As mentioned, 'papan9_p$' finished second in the December PLB race. He earned 3,150 points. His biggest chunk of points came with a victory in the 888poker $200,000 Dragon. 'Papan9_p$' finished first in that event to win $43,000 and pick up 447.21 points. Rounding out the top five for the month of December were 'C Darwin2' (2,913 points), 'fzkk' (2,382 points), and 'girafganger7' (2,262 points) 'C Darwin2' had the biggest result in December when he finished second in the PokerStars High Rollers 23: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $2M Gtd on December 8 for $338,494 and 1,058.69 points. A notable result for 'fzkk' was a win in the PokerStars High Rollers 03: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $300K Gtd on December 1 for $57,250 and 572.71 points. 'girafganger7' picked up $121,873 and 714.14 points when he won the PokerStars High Rollers 11: $5,200 NLHE [6-Max], $500K Gtd on December 4. Also cracking the top 10 was Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, who earned 1,945 points in December and finished the month in 10th place. Van Zadelhoff's highlight of the month was a fourth-place finish in the High Rollers 12: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $200K Gtd on PokerStars on December 4. That result earned him $17,112 and 209.88 points. PocketFives December Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 lena900 3,270 2 papan9_p$ 3,150 3 C Darwin2 2,913 4 fzkk 2,382 5 girafganger7 2,262 6 European 2,219 7 r4ndomr4gs 2,060 8 Greenstone25 2,014 9 YugiohPro 1,946 10 SvZff 1,945
  5. ‘Lena900’ has done it again. For the second time in two years, Sweden’s ‘Lena900’, the current worldwide #1-ranked online poker player, emerged as the winner of the PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard. After two years of finishing the Yearly PLB race as the runner-up, in 2018 ‘Lena900’ finally broke through and surpassed fellow countryman ‘C Darwin2’ to take down the title for himself. Now, with another impressive year of results, the Swede has topped the leaderboard in back-to-back years, solidifying his place as one of online poker’s all-time greats. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] ‘Lena900’s 2019 campaign looked a lot like his year in 2018 as the tireless grinder racked up millions in earnings, spent double-digit weeks (13) as the #1-ranked player in the world, and rocketed up the All-Time Online Money List. Not only did ‘Lena900’ win the Yearly PLB, but he also dominated it. He finished the year with 27,516 PLB points, over 6,000 more than second-place finisher ‘C Darwin2’. He picked up large chunks of PLB points playing in online poker’s biggest tournaments as well as excelling in lower buy-in, large field events. His largest PLB score came in late September when he outlasted the 631 entry field in the partypoker KO Series High Roller Main Event where he won $183,463 and 1,137.34 PLB points. The high roller tournaments were good to ‘Lena900’ as he picked up four six-figure scores in 2019, including a $240,807 payday for his runner-up finish in August’s partypoker POWERFEST Super High Roller, his single largest payday of 2019. It wasn’t just small field, large buy-in events where ‘Lena900’ racked up PLB points. In April, he battled through the 11,212 player field of the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million where he eventually finished as the runner-up for over $82,000 and 698.59 PLB points. This marked the second year in a row he finished in the top three of the Sunday Million, having taken home the bronze in 2018 for over $80,000. He also made a deep run in this event in 2014, finishing in fourth for $81,000. Perhaps 'Lena900's most notable achievement came right at the end of 2019. With the Yearly PLB locked up, on December 28 he re-inserted himself as the top-ranked player in the world at the same time as he surpassed ‘Belabacsi’ to take over the top spot on the All-Time Online Money List. 'Lena900' currently sits with over $17.87 million in lifetime earnings. Mirroring ‘Lena900’s back-to-back yearly feat, ‘C Darwin2’ (21,428 PLB points) also put together an impressive year in 2019 to finish as the Yearly PLB runner-up for the second year in a row. Like many of his fellow online pros, ‘C Darwin2’s biggest scores in 2019 came in from grinding high roller events. At the end of 2019, the Swede picked up the biggest score of his impressive career. He finished as the runner-up in PokerStars High Rollers Series Main Event for $338,494 and 1,058.69 PLB points. That was one of two six-figure scores ‘C Darwin2’ had in 2019 and was the difference-maker in where he finished in the Yearly PLB race. If it hadn’t been for that December result for ‘C Darwin2’, it’s likely that Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar would have finished in second place as opposed to third. Korsar’s year was highlighted by the fact that in November, for the first time in his career, he climbed into the worldwide #1 ranking. In addition to spending three weeks at the top of the rankings, Korsar also notched a career-high score in 2019 when he finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars Winter Series $2,100 Main Event back in January for over $260,000. Korsar picked up another six-figure score at the end of the year when he again took second in December’s PokerStars High Rollers $10,300 No Limit Hold’em for $203,485. partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard finished in fourth in the 2019 Yearly PLB race on the back of some big-time scores and a return for a brief stint to the #1-ranking. Leonard’s spotlight score of the year arrived in October when he took down the partypoker High Roller Gladiator for $78,761 and 552.68 PLB points. He finished the year with over $8.3 million in total lifetime earnings. Wrapping up the top five in 2019 was Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro. It was an impressive year for Finland's nosebleed grinder as, like ‘Greenstone25’, he took control of the #1 spot in the worldwide rankings for over two month for the first time in his career. Kelopuro’s year was highlighted by victories in partypoker’s Powerfest including taking down the $500K High Roller in April for over $109,000 an 385.36 PLB points. He grabbed another title in August by winning the $500K GTD Super High Roller for another $122,500 and 530.33 PLB points. PocketFives 2019 Yearly Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 lena900 27,516 2 C Darwin2 21,428 3 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 21,152 4 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 20,407 5 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Luzak 20,026 6 papan9_p$ 19,096 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 18,682 8 inhoo 18,413 9 girafganger7 18,385 10 Joris 'Jorizz' Ruijs 18,268 11 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 18,249 12 emeriaa 17,958 13 Geraldo 'geraldocesar' Cesar 17,827 14 Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver 17,579 15 Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell 17,110 16 Alex 'SploogeLuge' Foxen 16,999 17 Belabacsi 16,576 18 whatisL0v3 16,404 19 DeathbyQuads 16,335 20 brunovolks 16,267
  6. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In April, there was plenty of online poker news, including one player scoring a Sunday Million victory for the second time in eight weeks and operator approvals from Pennsylvania. For Second Time in 8 Weeks, 'Lucky_Jew_17' Wins Sunday Million Most online poker players dream of winning the PokerStars Sunday Million once in their lives, but the vast majority fall short of that goal. Not only did PokerStars player 'Lucky_Jew_17' achieve the highly sought-after feat of winning online poker's most iconic event, but he did it twice in the span of eight weeks. At the beginning of March, 'Lucky_Jew_17' topped a field of 11,525 entries in the PokerStars Sunday Million, taking home a career-best score of $117,222. On April 21, he won the event again with a very similar outcome. The second time around, 'Lucky_Jew_17' bested a field of 11,212 entries to earn $114,039 in first-place prize money. Earning the second Sunday Million title was made even sweeter for 'Lucky_Jew_17' because he had to top one of the top-ranked online poker players in the world to get the win. Finishing in second place was Sweden's 'Lena900.' [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Online Operators Approved in Pennsylvania In more online poker news that grabbed headlines in April, PokerStars and partypoker were among the operators approved for licenses in the state of Pennsylvania. PokerStars had previously linked up with Mount Airy Casino Resort in August 2018 so that it could eventually offer online poker in Pennsylvania, and partypoker's potential partnership comes through Valley Forge Casino, owned by Boyd Gaming. Boyd Gaming has a strategic partnership with GVC, who is the parent company of partypoker. The two global brands weren't the only operators that received approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, though. Joining PokerStars and partypoker as approved Pennsylvania online poker operators were WSOP/888poker, GAN and Kambi for Parx Casino, IGT, Rush Street, and Sands Bethlehem. Although the word was that legal online poker would be operational in Pennsylvania on July 15, the launch date was pushed back a handful of months. Eventually, PokerStars launched on Monday, November 4, and has been operating since, including recently completing its first run of the PokerStars PACOOP. Five-Way Chop in 13th Anniversary Sunday Million One week before 'Lucky_Jew_17' won his second PokerStars Sunday Million title in eight weeks, the 13th Anniversary Sunday Million took place. The two-day event started on Sunday, April 14, 2019, and attracted an enormous field of 61,342 entries. With a buy-in of $215, a prize pool of $12.268 million was generated, which easily surpassed the tournament's $10 million guarantee. Winning the event was 'wangli0402,' although he actually took home the second most money following a five-way chop. Earning the most money was fifth-place finisher 't4rz4n_21,' who took home $625,073. The other three players involved in the five-way deal were 'xbambi' (2nd - $550,689), 'idzake' (3rd - $509,664), and 'kacer148' (4th - $520,535). Quads Over Quads for Neeme at Run It Up Reno Things were good for Andrew Neeme on April 16, 2019. That's when he held pocket nines and flopped quads against John Snyder. Unfortunately for Snyder, he held pocket fives and flopped a full house. Little did Snyder know, he was drawing dead. If you thought the [poker card="9h"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5s"] was bad for Snyder and his [poker card="5h"][poker card="5c"], things only got worse for him when the turn brought the [poker card="5d"] to give him quads fives. With Neeme holding the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"], Snyder was not going to win this hand despite the cartwheels he was doing inside. The result was caught on the Run It Up Reno stream and resulted in one of the most epic bad beats you will ever see. Moorman Honored with PocketFives Legacy Award Another big happening in the poker world in April was the first-ever Global Poker Awards, as the industry got together to celebrate some of the game's best across a wide variety of categories. Among those to take home hardware were Maria Ho for Broadcaster of the Year, Ali Imsirovic for Breakout Player of the Year, and Paul Campbell for Tournament Director of the Year. One of the best moments of the night focused on the presentation of the PocketFives Legacy Award. The award was presented to the one and only Chris Moorman, as an honor for a player who has collected more accolades over the course of his online poker career than any player in the 15-year history of PocketFives.com. Moorman boasts more than $16.2 million in online earnings, 30 PocketFives Triple Crowns, two Yearly PLB titles, and he's been ranked #1 in the world on 13 separate occasions.
  7. [caption width="656"] Sweden's 'lena900' won his second career PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the largest Triple Crown in the last eight months.[/caption] While players from Brazil have been making waves in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, players from Sweden have continued to dominate records on PocketFives. The latest: the largest PocketFives Triple Crown points-wise since September at 873 PLB Points coming from Sweden's 'lena900'. In order to win a Triple Crown, a player has to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a seven-day period. Each tournament has to have a real money buy-in and at least 100 entrants, and satellites do not count. This is the second Triple Crown that 'lena900' has won. His first came back in January after victories on Winamax, PokerStars, and 888 Poker for a total of 676 PLB Points. Now, he's gotten one worth 873 points. And as if all of that weren't impressive enough, 'lena900' actually won four tournaments in seven days, though only three became part of the Triple Crown. On May 8, 'lena900' finished first in the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller and earned $8,100 along with 187 PLB Points. Although still large in its own right, this was the smallest of the four tournaments he won; therefore, it wasn't counted for the Triple Crown. The same day, he found the winner's circle of the 888 Poker $60,000 Turbo Mega Deep Special Edition for almost $11,000 and nearly 250 PLB Points. That tournament had 313 entrants and a prize pool that just passed its $60,000 guarantee. Two days later, 'lena900' was back at it, taking down the Winamax High Roller and bwin High Roller for $12,000 and $26,000, respectively. The High Roller on Winamax had a buy-in of just over $300 and attracted a field of 138. Its counterpart on bwin had 302 players and a prize pool that passed $150,000. That win was 'lena900''s third largest cash of the year. This is the largest Triple Crown since Davide 'girex91' Marchi bagged one worth 888 points, his second career award, after wins on PokerStars, 888, and PokerStars.fr back in September 2015. The four wins as part of 'lena900's' Triple Crown run pushed his career total to 105. They also bumped his career cash total past $4.4 million. He's currently the #4 ranked online poker player in the world and held the top spot as recently as the end of April. Here are his accolades over the years: [caption width="450"] 'lena900's' awards over the years[/caption] The largest PocketFives Triple Crown ever belongs to New Zealand's Shaun 'mathclub' Goldsbury, who earned 1,762 points after three wins in a week in May 2010, including a SCOOP victory.
  8. [caption width="618"] Martin Jacobson's 2014 WSOP Main Event win was a watershed moment for poker in Sweden[/caption] In 2014, Martin Jacobson's life was changed forever after he won the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Swedish poker player received the second largest cash prize ever given out in the WSOP's marquee tournament, $10 million, and was the first player from his home country to win it all. Not even two years later, Swedes rule the roost on PocketFives. Players from Sweden make up half of the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and Sweden has entrenched itself at #1 in the Country Poker Rankings, a perch it won't be flung from anytime soon. Jacobson's win propelled him into the poker spotlight and gave the world a glimpse at the brilliance of the Swedish poker community. "I'm sure his win must have boosted the popularity of poker at least a little bit, even though it wasn't that well-covered in the mainstream media," Sweden's 'Ariados' said. "I think what it did was motivate players like me who were taking the game seriously already to get better when we realized how professional Martin's approach was. A lot of us were quite stoked when he won and a little bit jealous. It was like rooting for your country in a big sporting event." Eleven years before Jacobson, Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event, defeating Sammy Farha. Moneymaker, holding 5-4 for a flopped two pair against Farha's top pair of jacks, famously paced around the room during the final hand, his hands clasped behind his head and his beige hat turned backwards. Moneymaker, an "every man" by every standard, hit another five on the river and officially changed poker forever. "This is beyond fairy tale, it's inconceivable," said announcer Norman Chad at the time. Moneymaker, then a 27-year-old accountant from the Bible Belt, won his seat in a satellite on PokerStars. As a result, attendance at the WSOP soared, growing from 839 in the Main Event in 2003 to 10 times that just three years later. There was no fairy tale when Jacobson won. There weren't any glass slippers. Swedes didn't sign up for online poker rooms in droves. The pro's win was the exact opposite of "inconceivable." For Jacobson, it was business as usual. "I don't think any WSOP champion has had the effect Moneymaker had on the global poker market," Jacobson said. Prior to Jacobson's Main Event win, he had a baker's dozen of six-figure live scores, according to the Hendon Mob. He wasn't a spring chicken like his Tennessee counterpart. Now, with more than $15 million in live winnings, Jacobson tops Sweden's all-time money list and is #13 worldwide, ahead of greats like Carlos Mortensen and Vanessa Selbst. "Unfortunately, the interest for poker seems to be really low in Sweden at the moment," Jacobson said. "I feel like it would be tough for one single person like me to change that. It would almost have to be backed by big corporations like PokerStars that have the resources to create advertisements, campaigns, and promotions." While Jacobson's monumental win didn't ignite the masses' desire to play poker, it had a profound effect on poker pros from Sweden. 'Ariados' already alluded to what happened, and he's about to pass $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings because of it. 'Ariados' also just finished third in a partypoker Powerfest event for well over $100,000 and continues to pile on earnings for himself and for his Swedish brethren. [caption width="640"] 'Ariados' is one of the top-ranked players in Sweden[/caption] 'Pot4teUS', ranked #19 in the world and #6 in Sweden, echoed what 'Ariados' said. "Martin is a true legend of the game," 'Pot4teUS' said. "Chris Moneymaker made the Average Joe realize that anyone can make it, while Martin really won it for the pros. He showed the world how much it means to be well-prepared and 100% focused on a goal, from the time he bagged his chips in July until his winning hand. A well-respected pro like Martin winning the title by basically playing a perfect final table isn't going to create any sort of boom in Sweden, but he showed the pros how to be a pro." "I'm not sure we saw any new boom in Sweden after Martin won," #9 ranked Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson said. "Martin is a really nice guy and a good ambassador in general in the poker world, but a Swedish poker pro winning the WSOP Main Event isn't fairy tale enough to trigger Swedish people to try their luck at the tables. They might need an Average Joe, or 'Svensson' as we say in Sweden, or someone who would create a lot of headlines." 'lena900', who passed $4 million in career winnings this month, added, "I don't think Martin's win influenced poker in Sweden. All of the top players from Sweden had been playing too long by that point." Jeppsson, 'lena900', 'Pot4teUS', and 'Ariados' were all members of the PocketFives community long before Jacobson slipped on his gold bracelet in Las Vegas with Swedish flags draped around him. They had all piled on hundreds of thousands of dollars in cashes long before Jacobson wrote his name into poker history. Then there's Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, one of the most well-known cash game players in the world and a product of the Swedish poker mill. According to HighStakesDB, Blom has $2 million in career profit on PokerStars, while he's down almost $5 million on Full Tilt after run-ins with guys like Brian Hastings and Brian Townsend. Nevertheless, Blom continues to be a mainstay of the high-stakes cash game world. He was unmasked in 2011. [caption width="450"] Sweden's Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom is one of the poker world's most well-known players[/caption] How did Swedes grow to be such a force in the online poker world, then? Outside of a little inspiration from Jacobson and some hoopla surrounding Blom, it was a combination of peer pressure and group think. "Poker has always been popular in Sweden," 'Ariados' said. "Ever since the poker boom, we've had successful players in both MTTs and cash games. We're a pretty big group of high-stakes MTT players now and most of us know each other. I think we keep motivating each other to perform our very best. When people close to you are successful, you want to achieve that yourself and you realize it's possible. It also helps a lot that you can discuss hands and strategy and keep improving with each other's help." According to 'Ariados', the brand names of the Swedish poker community hang out together outside of the game. So, when they're not grinding online, they're putting back Crocodile beer from Krönleins in the local pubs. "Many of these guys are good friends and hang out a lot outside of poker," 'Ariados' said. "But, I'm not really part of that core group, so for me it's mostly poker-related when we chat. I've met all of them at local clubs or on the live circuit and we keep in contact online and occasionally grind together." It also helps that Sweden isn't known for its incredibly balmy climate. It's never "beach day," so being confined indoors can mean a boon to the local poker population. "I can't say for sure why we've been more successful, but as I said I think we're very good at helping and motivating each other to improve and perform our very best," 'Ariados' said. "I think a lot of us really enjoy the game of poker, not just the success and money that could come with it." The results are striking. The 1,270 registered PocketFives members from Sweden have combined for $123 million in winnings over the years, an average of almost $100,000 each. In the past three months, Swedes have amassed $8.5 million in winnings. The Swedish poker community is the only one that has three players with more than 7,000 PLB Points each. The European nation paces the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 110,987 points, 6,000 more than the next closest locale. [caption width="654"] Key stats for the Sweden poker community[/caption] "'C Darwin2' and 'lena900' are particularly hot right now," 'Ariados' said. "A month from now it could be someone else. We have some pretty talented up-and-comers as well like Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin, who has also had a lot of success this month." While 'Ariados' said that the general public in Sweden, for the most part, does not understand what poker is and what it takes to be successful at it, his parents have come to accept and appreciate the game he loves. "That, however, has taken time," he said. "They'd always support me no matter what I chose to do. They just didn't like the ups and downs that came with poker. I'm in a steadier place right now financially and emotionally, which I think is a relief for them." "My non-poker friends think it's cool and are very happy for me," he added. "Most of them are interested in poker as well and understand the principles of the game."
  9. [caption width="658"] 'lena900' hit #1 this week in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] Three of the last four players to hit #1 on PocketFives all call Sweden home. The poker powerhouse has churned out top-tier talent after top-tier talent. The latest Swede to hit #1 is 'lena900', who moved into the top spot for the first time ever on Wednesday. Heading into last week 'lena900' trailed fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' by only a few PLB Points. He won a $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on PokerStars on Tuesday for $6,400 and, on March 20, won a Powerfest event on partypoker for $34,000, his second Powerfest victory in three days. "It feels good," 'lena900' said. "I've been playing more tournament this year instead of cash games and it's fun that you can be ranked and compete in a different way than in cash. 'C Darwin2' is a good friend of mine, so it's even more good for that reason alone." 'lena900' has $4.1 million in career online tournament winnings, breaking through the $4 million mark thanks to 30 in the money finishes in the last three days. He hails from the western coastal county of Vastra Gotaland. 'C Darwin2' had been #1 on PocketFives since February 10 - a seven-week reign. He swapped places with 'lena900' this week to land at #2, but only trails by 50 points. 'C Darwin2' finished second in the partypoker High Roller six days ago for almost $10,000. On the 20th of March, he won both the Sunday Supersonic and Sunday High Roller in an impressive showing on PokerStars' French-facing site. Up eight spots this week to #6 in the world is Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen. He reached #1 on PocketFives last year and is fresh off an impressive last eight days during which he finished seventh in the PokerStars Super Tuesday, won the site's $109 Sunday Kickoff, and took down the $320 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max. His total haul from those three tournaments was over $55,000. [caption width="638"] Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen moved up six spots[/caption] Hunichen has 559 top-three finishes and $8.3 million in career winnings, the eighth highest total of anyone. He's the top-ranked online poker player that Costa Rica has to offer and owns $1.2 million in career live winnings to boot, according to the Hendon Mob. "I have been focusing on working really hard to correct a few leaks I had last year that really put a dent in my overall ROI," Hunichen said. "I finally feel like I'm back on top of the game and really excited for the near future grinding online and then heading to the WSOP. I have been playing this game a long time, but I feel like now I am finally peaking at the highest level I have ever played at and don't plan on looking back. Expect bigger and better things to come from me in 2016." Greek poker player Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis is up 17 spots this week to #14, his highest ranking ever. Aslanidis won the Wednesday $320 on PokerStars one week ago for $25,000 and has 44 in the money finishes since then to bolster his resume. He's the top-ranked player in Greece and owns $1.6 million in career winnings. Malta's Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede moved up 19 spots to #25. After a two-week absence from cashing in online MTTs, de Goede made the money 10 times on March 27 to hit his all-time high in the rankings. He plays as 'PIPI tapis!' on PokerStars, where he has $1.2 million in career winnings, more than half of his overall haul of a little over $2 million. He's the #2 ranked player in his home country. England's Andy 'wiisssppppaa' Taylor hit #51 this week, up 24 places over last Wednesday, after wins in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Battle Royale and 888 Saturday Challenge. Those were the 37th and 38th online wins of his career and propelled him to the top of the leaderboard in the English county of Lancashire. Taylor's big online claim to fame is winning a WCOOP bracelet last year in the Sunday Million for almost $300,000. "It feels good to be going in the right direction again since I know I dropped off a lot after traveling for a month and only playing the odd session here and there," Taylor said. "I've been playing really well lately and studying hard, which only bodes well for SCOOP." Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar won the partypoker High Roller and finished second in the PokerStars Bounty Builder in the last week for almost $30,000 combined. Consequently, the $7.6 million man landed at #62 worldwide in the rankings, up 19 spots. Amazingly, he's the 14th ranked Swede despite being at #62, which should tell you all you need to know about Swedish poker domination. Finally this week, Sweden's 'Discoovery' entered the top 100 at #77, his highest position ever. He turned in three wins on March 28: the 888 Monsoon, partypoker Heavyweight Rocky, and PokerStars $82 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo. The trio of gold medals was worth almost $10,000 total and moved this up-and-coming player's win total to 17. He has $678,000 in career online winnings, about half of which has come on PokerStars under the screen name 'shipitftw911'. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings: lena900 - 7,277 points C Darwin2 - 7,226 points Ariados - 7,042 points veeea - 6,924 points SvZff - 6,728 points Big Huni - 6,689 points MendaLerenda - 6,506 points DeathbyQuads - 6,404 points eisenhower1 - 6,396 points jbrown8777 - 6,396 points
  10. [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
  11. [caption width="640"] Swedish players took the top two spots on the 2016 PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard.[/caption] In one of the closest races in Leaderboard races PocketFives history, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ won the PocketFives Yearly PLB, beating out ‘lena900’ by just 62.6 points. ‘C Darwin2’ finished the year with 19,198.31 PLB points - the fourth highest score for a winner. Over the course of 2016 ‘C Darwin2’ cashed 760 times and earned a whopping $1,775,691.92. His single largest cash came in May when he won the opening event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (H) for $226,106.00. That win also earned him 1,144.55 PLB points - more than double any other score he had in the year. Other highlights of the Swedish superstar's year include a win in the PokerStars Sunday Grand in July for 444,376.50 and 465.83 PLB points. He also managed two wins in the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller for a combined $79,865.05 and 790.26 PLB points. He had 28 wins, 22 runner-ups and 19 third place finishes. Coming in second was another Swede, ‘lena900’. He put in more volume than ‘C Darwin2’ and ended up cashing 1,234 times in 2016 with $2,079.591.98 in earnings and 19,135.71 PLB points. While ‘C Darwin2’ had the marquee SCOOP win, ‘lena900’ had just two scores worth over 400 points. Instead he managed to post 33 cashes worth 200 or more points. He narrowly missed out on a massive score in September in the $10,000 buy-in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker High Roller. He ended up finishing 11th for $64,056.86 and 447.6 PLB points. The eventual winner, Phil ’Grindation’ McAllister earned 1,886.80 for the win. In six of the last of the nine years, ‘lena900’’s total of 19,135.71 PLB points would have been good enough for him to win. Rounding out the top three was Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov with 18,503.55 PLB points. Dimitrov earned $1,696,005.92 in 2016 on the back of 1,466 cashes. He won 61 events and finished second in another 51. His biggest PLB score came in June when he won the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $62,751.30 and 571.84 PLB points. Here is the 2016 PocketFives Leaderboard Top 10 POSITIONPLAYERPOINTS 1C Darwin219,198.31 2lena90019,135.71 3Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov18,503.55 4Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten18,440.63 5Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez18,024.48 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford17,302.45 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren16,446.98 8Ariados16,052.74 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar15,944.89 10Pot4teUS15,832.23 Year-by-Year PocketFives PLB Winners YEARPLAYERPOINTS 2007Scott 'SCTRojans' Freeman15,891.92 2008Chris 'moorman1' Moorman19,454.85 2009Chris 'moorman1' Moorman20,850.97 2010Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver20,215.10 2011Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger17,639.21 2012Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay17,856.55 2013Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson18,510.04 2014Rick 'TheClaimeer' TRigg17,810.21 2015eisenhower117,060.64 2016C Darwin219,198.31
  12. [caption width="640"] Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck added a Turbo Championshiop of Online Poker title to his WCOOP Main Event win on Thursday (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Almost four months to the day after winning the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck won himself another COOP title, this time of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker variety. Lauck won Event #46, a $700 No Limit Hold'em with bounties, for $62,385.72 and an additional $27,202.71 in bounties. The final table included Durair 'Duraircwb' do Rosario Netto, Rasmus Agerskov 'RasA86' Larsen, Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky and eventual runner-up 'cube.com'. Lauck was one of four PocketFivers to win TCOOP titles in Thursday's five events. After losing the #1-ranking after just a week, Sweden's 'Lena900' might just be making a return to the top of the PocketFives Rankings after winning a TCOOP event of his own on Thursday. 'Lena900' beat out 4,580 other players to win the $11 Six Max NLHE Splash event for $27,439.61. Jianu 'diw.2303' Claudiu finished runner-up for $17,934.77. Diego 'diego_1901' Yonashiro became the first player from Peru to win a 2017 TCOOP title when he beat out 1,659 other entries to win Event #43, $82 Six Max No Limit Omaha, for $9,452.37 plus an additional $4,571.30 in bounties. Hungary's 'Zsipali' finished second. 'BigBluffByTJ' of Poland earned $9,423.27 for winning Event #45, $82 Razz. The event drew 738 players to create a $55,30 prize pool. German's 'pantau77' finished one spot behind 'BigBluffByTJ. The final table featured three Russian players. 'vitja1234' finished fourth, 'NeilUhta' finished fifth and 'Petrovich91' came in seventh place. Event #47, a $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, was the last event to finish on the night but that was just fine for German 'Thomas823'. He ended up outlasting the 2,941-player field to win $10,881.20, his first 'COOP title and in the process denied 'bokkie870', who won Event #28 earlier this week, a second 2017 TCOOP title. Event #43: $82 Six Max No Limit Omaha (Progressive KO - 50%) Entries: 1,660 (1,112 + 548 re-entries) Prize pool: $124,500 ($62,250 + $62,250 in bounties) Diego 'diego_1901' Yonashiro - $9,452.37 (+ $4,571.30 in bounties) Zsipali - $6,178.20 (+ $1,364.55 in bounties) Charlottewbb - $4,038.51 (+ $2,050.67 in bounties) DroNNer - $2,639.86 (+ $112.50 in bounties) sheikki - $1,127.97 (+ $128.90 in bounties) Kolmetkunkut - $1,127.97 (+ $549.56 in bounties) Event #44: $11 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Splash w/rebuys Entries: 4,580 (12,321 re-buys + 2,351 add-ons) Prize pool: $192,520 Lena900 - $27,439.61 diw.2303 - $17,934.77 ABORDAGE - $11,723.44 PALbICH - $7,663.25 Serebity_p - $5,009.25 DeamCatchERS - $3,274.39 Event #45: $82 Razz Entries: 738 Prize pool: $55,350.00 BigBluffByTJ - $9,423.27 pantau77 - $6,838.11 K123K - $4,962.42 vitja1234 - $3,601.22 NeilUhta - $2,613.41 NihaoTuhao - $1,896.55 Petrovich91 - $1,376.32 GARST0NS - $998.80 Event #46: $700 No Limit Hold'em (Progressive KO - 50%) Entries: 1,191 Prize pool: $792,015 ($396,007.50 + $396,007.50 in bounties) Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck - $62,385.72 + $27,202.71 cube.com - $45,272.96 + $18,387.98 bounties Felipe 'lipe piv' Boianovsky - $32,854.60 + $7,722.74 bounties Rasmus Agerskov 'RasA86' Larsen - $23,842.58 + $7,711.05 bounties M@gic_master - $17,302.55 + $3,324.98 bounties 88maca88 - $12,556.48 + $1,496.24 bounties Durair 'Duraircwb' do Rosario Netto - $9,112.25 + $8,563.09 bounties Penelas08 - $6,612.73 + $11,198.39 bounties Event #47: $27 Six Max No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Entries: 2,941 Prize pool: $75,000 Thomas823 - $10,881.20 bokkie87 - $7,111.62 MarkHazard74 - $4,648.68 Muka82 - $3,038.71 777toome - $1,986.33 Zanos_Goda - $1,298.40
  13. With a month and a half left in the year, Sweden’s 'lena900' (28,117.68) maintains his lead in the PocketFives 2018 PLB race. His last few weeks have been filled with plenty of volume as he widened the gap between himself and 'C Darwin2' (25,993.48). There have been no changes to the top five spots on the leaderboard in the past two weeks. PocketFives 2018 PLB Top 5 as of November 14 1. 'lena900' - 28,117.68 2. 'C Darwin2' - 25,993.48 3. 'hellohellohello' - 23,840.61 4. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky - 21,678.21 5. Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone - 20,526.95 Since the last update on October 23, 'lena900' has added nearly 1,000 points to his total. His largest score since was worth $36,628.52 when he won the $1,050 buy-in partypoker Sunday Main Event High Roller on November 4. Other notable recent scores for 'lena900' include a first-place finish in the 888poker Sunday Mega Deep on November 4 for $20,867, a win in the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller on November 1 for $10,877.22, a second-place result in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $10,069.75, and another second-place finish in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $15,671.39. Although 'C Darwin2' maintained his second-place standing in the PocketFives 2018 PLB race, he only added 237.17 points to his total. Only two recent scores were worth five figures for 'C Darwin2' and both came on PokerStars - a third-place finish in the High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $10,038.30 and a first-place result in the High Roller Club: Daily 500 for $15,523.81. Russia’s 'hellohellohello' (23,840.61) stays in third place, but he did close the gap a bit between himself and 'C Darwin2.' November has been good to 'hellohellohello' so far, as he’s notched two scores of more than $20,000. The first of the two came in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller on November 4 for $20,587.78. The second was a victory in the partypoker BIG Bounty Hunter High Roller for $23,446.15. Rounding out the top five spots in the PocketFives 2018 PLB are two players who are no strangers to the top of this race, Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky (21,678.21) and Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone (20,526.95). The ground Romanovsky is standing on in fourth place is getting a little shaky, though. He has no recorded results since September 30 and Petrone is grinding hard to try and move up. Then just outside of the top five is Latvia’s 'DamageAP' (20,407.91), just 119.04 points behind Petrone.
  14. Four days after Day 1A of the partypoker MILLIONS Online attracted 1,574 runners, Day 1B attracted 484 players and pushed the record-setting prize pool past the halfway mark of the guarantee. Topping the Day 1B chip counts is Argentinian 'patrondelmal' with 21,904,963. Right behind him is New Zealanders 'Beezneez360' with 21,808,451. They were the only two players to surpass the 20,000,000 chip mark on Thursday and they were the only two Day 1B players to crack the top 10 overall chip counts. Troy 'good player' Quenneville finished third with 15,442,304. The #1-ranked player in the world, 'lena900', playing under his partypoker screenname 'Drulitooo' finished with 9,684,050, the 17th biggest Day 1B stack. Just 73 players advanced from Day 1B meaning a total of 303 players are on to Day 2. Philipp Gruissem still holds the overall chip lead with 26,865,379. Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts patrondelmal - 21,904,963 Beezneez360 - 21,808,451 good player - 15,442,304 iTILTuu - 14,909,429 S_dot111 - 13,678,675 rnggodx - 13,353,378 Equilibirium_x - 13,308,311 SirStanleyRoyce - 13,078,480 BlackSwordman - 12,296,575 Nuts-vs-5thNuts - 11,618,633 Overall Chip Leaders Phil_Gruissem – 26,865,379 hi_all – 24,126,018 bfzhang – 22,549,892 patrondelmal - 21,904,963 Beezneez360 - 21,808,451 M1KE1NBRAZIL – 18,884,694 CASHEEEGAMEEE – 18,682,668 marcosminini – 17,276,420 party_KEKIMISU – 16,826,075 omgitsgiraf – 16,648,546 Overlay Tracking The $2,420,000 prize pool generated Thursday puts the total prize pool at $10,290,000 and is currently 1,942 players short of meeting the guarantee with three starting flights still to come on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. partypoker MILLIONS Online Schedule Sunday, Dec. 2 – Day 1C Monday, Dec. 3 – Day 1D Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Day 1E (Turbo) Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Day 2 Wednesday, Dec 5 – Final Day
  15. In early March, Sweden's 'lena900' took over the top spot on the PocketFives Rankings. He spent the rest of the month proving he belonged there and in the process won the March PLB by a massive 369.81 points. For context, the difference between runner-up Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown and 10th place finisher Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis was just 373.96 points. Of the 20 cashes that counted towards his March Leaderboard totals, eight were wins, five were runner-ups and two were third place results. His biggest cash came in the partypoker High Roller on March 19 when he finished second to fellow Swede 'inhoo' for $24,594 and 257.54 points. That same day he also won the Winamax XTREM for $13,798 and 250.20 points. All told, 'lena900' cashed 140 times, earning $220,932.27 in the process. Top 20 March Scores for 'lena900' DATESITETOURNAMENTPLACEEARNINGSPOINTS Mar 19th, 2017Party PokerHigh Roller: $50K Gtd2$24,593.76257.64 Mar 19th, 2017WinamaxXTREM1$13,798.36250.2 Mar 12th, 2017PokerStars$1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE, $225K Gtd4$21,886.93229.91 Mar 31st, 2017PokerStarsHot $215, $35K Gtd1$8,487.30208.33 Mar 5th, 2017PokerStarsBig $162, $20K Gtd1$5,605.84167.93 Mar 8th, 2017Party PokerHigh Roller: $20K Gtd 6-Max Turbo1$9,487.68156.52 Mar 26th, 2017888 Poker$80,000 Sunday Challenge 1R3$8,528.40149.93 Mar 25th, 2017PokerStars$109 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $15K Gtd1$3,809.90138.21 Mar 12th, 2017Party Poker$50,000 Gtd 6-Max Turbo: High Roller3$7,385.04128.28 Mar 18th, 2017WinamaxHIGHROLLER1$5,106.24122.68 Mar 26th, 2017Party PokerSuper High Roller: $100K Gtd7$5,265.75119.49 Mar 21st, 2017PokerStars$1,050 Super Tuesday, $325K Gtd15$3,952.28119.47 Mar 23rd, 2017Party PokerHeavyweight: The Eliminator - $20K Gtd PKO2$3,286.50116.54 Mar 15th, 2017Party PokerHigh Roller: $20K Gtd 6-Max Turbo2$6,574.60113.32 Mar 18th, 2017PokerStars$320 NLHE [6-Max], $10K Gtd1$4,938.12106.77 Mar 24th, 2017Party PokerHigh Roller: $20K Gtd 6-Max Turbo2$5,794.56106.38 Mar 24th, 2017Party PokerHeavyweight: Clubber - $10K Gtd Turbo1$2,380.80101.49 Mar 13th, 2017Party PokerHigh Roller: $20K Gtd 6-Max Turbo2$4,665.9597.86 Mar 16th, 2017PokerStars$215 Fat Thursday [Turbo], $75K Gtd8$1,931.0888.79 Mar 15th, 2017PokerStarsOmania High Roller: $320 PLO [6-Max], $40K Gtd5$3,750.7386.23 Brown finished runner-up after a month saw him win the PokerStars Big $215 and a partypoker Six Max High Roller. He also had day to remember on March 19, hitting five big scores that earned him 502 PLB points. DATESITETOURNAMENTPLACEEARNINGSPOINTS 03/19/2017PokerStars$1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE, $225K Gtd10$4,239134.57 03/19/2017Party PokerHigh Roller: $50K Gtd7$4,470121.5 03/19/2017PokerStars$1,050 Sunday Grand PLO [6-Max], $100K Gtd8$5,950116.3 03/19/2017Party PokerHeavyweight: The Weigh-in - $50K Gtd 6-Max Progres...8$1,46167.04 03/19/2017Party PokerHigh Roller: $50K Gtd 6-Max Turbo10$1,40462.29 PocketFives March Leaderboard Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1lena9002,865.97 2Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown2,496.16 3inhoo2,483.75 4Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro2,459.27 5Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic2,301.65 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren2,301.02 7Olli 'OgSulttaani' Ikonen2,208.96 8Renato 'bauruzito' Valentim2,201.16 9Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren2,162.99 10Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis2,122.20
  16. As the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event was playing down to a final table on Monday, there was one name that had a lot of people talking. Belgium's 'girafganger7' was at the final two tables of the High version of the Main Event while also chip leader of Event #1 High ($1,050 NLHE Phase 2). While he didn't win either event, he did enough to move into the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for the first time in his career. He finished runner-up in Event #1 for $745,000 and 1,591.77 PLB points and then bubbled the Main Event High final table for $72,567 and an additional 661.25 points. That wasn't the end of his run though. That same day he won the partypoker High Roller for $22,130/316.23. He now sits atop the rankings with 10,414.06 and has ended the 10-week run of 'lena900'. The next four spots belong to players from Sweden, lead by 'lena900'. He posted four qualifying cashes this past week, three of them from SCOOP and another from partypoker Powerfest. Those four results were worth 671.65 points which allowed to barely hold off #3-ranked 'inhoo', who posted five qualifying cashes of his own for 1,154.98 points. 'Ariados' earned 1,191.7 points this week thanks to five qualifying cashes, the highlight being a 24th place in the SCOOP High Main Event for $46,088/391.06. Former #1 'C Darwin2' did his best to move up the rankings, winning a Powerfest event for $11,408/268.51 and finishing seventh in the SCOOP High Main Event for $178,883/819.05. He also managed a smaller Powerfest cash for $7,120/181.85. Two players moved back into the top 10 this week. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth moved from #11 to #7 and another Swede, 'Sheater' went from #15 to #10. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren and Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard both dropped out of the top 10. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1girafganger710,414.06NR 2lena9009,573.091 3inhoo9,482.332 4Ariados9,376.953 5C Darwin28,941.345 6Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,131.694 7Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,957.4411 8Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,912.026 9Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,673.489 10Sheater7,510.4415
  17. Just three days after 'hello_totti' took down the PokerStars Thursday Thrill the PocketFives #3-ranked player achieved a fine finish to his week by picking up a career-best top score and first PokerStars Sunday Million title after defeating 'Pthelegend' heads-up to win $160,888. Those two wins could be enough to propel the Russian player to the #1 spot for the first time in his career. Latvia's 'auercan' claimed the bronze medal for $79,231.39 before the final two battled it out. 'Pthelegend' was unable to get the better of the online legend 'hello_totti' and exited as runner-up for $112,092. Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson was crowned this week's PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller champion after he beat out a 109 player field. Hasson took the $49,928 top-prize after a heads-up battle with 'SwalzB,' who collected the $37,594 runners-up prize after 'Pimmss' had exited in third place for $28,307. 'JWLMRS' won just over $60,700 for victory in the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, after 881 entrants created a prize pool worth $440,500. 'JWLMRS' won $23,682 in bounties alone after '4rebmun' exited in second-place for over $38,000 and 'bk0705' had banked over $23,000 in third. Current world ranked #12 'Sasuke234' beat Russia's 'pokanuktus' heads-up for victory in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and the first-place prize worth $34,431. After 'agus_amestoy' had departed in third place for $17,799, 'pokanuktus' was the final player to fall and banked $24,755, as 'Sasuke234', who has over $9.4m in online earnings, picked up another gold medal for their tally. World ranked #1 'Drulitooo' added another win to their array of online poker achievements and bagged over $37,000 in the partypoker $530 Sunday Big Bounty Hunter. Billy 'stub8ornCnt' Chattaway finished in third place out of the 166 entrants for a score worth over $11,600 before fellow U.K. based player 'PicassoToo' went heads-up with online poker's current top dog. 'PicassoToo' wasn't able to get the better of 'Drulitooo' on this occasion and had to settle for a second-place finish worth over $17,700. 'ACHSO8000' saw off competition from 'jo1ntheparty' to be crowned this week's partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller champion for $54,987. 'Drulitooo' featured on another final table, this time banking $18,675 in fourth place before Samuel 'JHelppi' Vousdon, who lost out to his BITB partner Patrick Leonard heads-up in this event last week, found himself on the final table once more but this time he had to settle for the bronze medal worth $26,975. 'jo1ntheparty' was ultimately the final player to fall and banked $38,387 in second place as 'ACHSO8000' picked up the win. partypoker ambassador Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell took second place in the partypoker $530 Sunday Main Event for $21,407 after she fell to 'uwannagobud' heads-up. The tournament exceeded its $125,000 guarantee after 316 entrants created a $158,000 prize pool. 'ACHSO8000' added $15,535 onto the $54,987 they received for victory in the Super High Roller by taking third-place, before Bicknell exited during the final battle and 'uwannagobud' took the win for $29,498. 'josef_shvejk' went the distance in the 888poker $1,050 The $80,000 Whale and claimed the $26,000 first-place prize. The top eight places were paid after 72 entrants took part, as Poland's 'asiarat' finished in third place $12,000. 'jnevanli' was unable to defeat Russia's 'josef_shvejk' for the win and settled for the $16,000 runners-up prize. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,958 entrants, $1,191,600 prize pool hello_totti - $160,888.26 Pthelegend - $112,902.43 auercan - $79,231.39 Stormania - $55,602.20 karkamal0 - $39,020.01 jay6789 - $27,383.08 funkyphaquir - $19,216.69 pececada - $13,485.81 7Phenom1991 - $9,464.04 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $125k Gtd 109 entrants, $218,000 prize pool quiditbear - $49,928.31 SwalzB - $37,594.47 Pimmss - $28,307.51 elmerixx - $21,314.71 x_zola25 - $16,049.33 p0cket00 - $12,084.65 Bigfish112392 - $9,099.38 imluckbox - $6,851.56 Korrinho - $6,043.46 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 881 entrants, $440,500 prize pool JWLMRS - $37,055.12 + $23,682.27 (in bounties) 4rebmun - $27,160.72 + $10,897.20 (in bounties) bk0705 - $19,908.70 + $3,449.22 (in bounties) tobtheking1 - $14,593.03 + $10,548.35 (in bounties) pAtcAsh83 - $10,696.66 + $4,194.33 (in bounties) FU_15 - $7,840.61 + $3,210.94 (in bounties) maggess88 - $5,747.15 + $5,886.71 (in bounties) prebz - $4,212.65 + $5,513.68 (in bounties) markovitsus - $3,087.86 + $968.75 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 1,061 entrants, $212,200 prize pool Sasuke234 - $34,431.27 pokanuktus - $24,755.90 agus_amestoy - $17,799.69 99dm84 - $12,798.14 GangstaZab - $9,201.96 FDBtazz - $6,616.31 Zhakinec09 - $4,757.18 micide - $3,420.47 limonadik586 - $2,459.35 partypoker $530 Sunday Main Event-HR $125k Gtd 316 entrants, $158,000 prize pool uwannagobud - $29,498.90 Krissyb24 - $21,407.10 ACHSO8000 - $15,535.19 csicserito1 - $11,273.77 Garrin4e1 - $8,181.39 The_ProfessorPP - $5,936.37 i remember - $4,308.66 jo1ntheparty - $3,126.82 C12SLY - $3,126.82 partypoker $530 Sunday Big Bounty Hunter–HR $150k 166 entrants, $169,320 prize pool Drulitooo - $16,766.92 + $20,336.88 (in bounties) PicassoToo - $12,337.95 + $5,403.12 (in bounties) stub8ornCnt - $9,078.95 + $2,600 (in bounties) skippyskip5 - $6,680.75 + $5,183.75 (in bounties) dartazz - $4,916.09 + $5,281.25 (in bounties) DOnt_DO-iT - $3,617.47 + $1,9495 (in bounties) HellmuthTheGr8 - $2,661.81 + $3,120 (in bounties) Gr4vyBo4t - $1,958.80 + $2,567.50 (in bounties) donkcallfold - $1,958.80 + $1,625 (in bounties) partypoker $2,500 Super Sunday High Roller $150k Gtd 83 entrants, $207,500 prize pool ACHSO8000 - $54,987.50 jo1ntheparty - $38,387.50 JHelppi - $26,975 Drulitooo - $18,675 LoSientoGrace - $14,525 iamnotyourbuddy - $10,893.75 MisterN411 - $8,818.75 DamianLillard - $7,262.50 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 109 entrants, $109,000 prize pool KERRMODE - $26,705 KidPoker2021 - $19,075 ADRIEN_BRODY - $13,625 CooperKupp - $9,537.50 GreenNaugahyde - $7,085 IamPEAKing - $5,450 x2fingerz_2u - $4,360 lgnent - $3,542.50 888poker $1,050 The $80,000 Whale 76 entrants – $80,000 prize pool josef_shvejk - $26,000 jnevanli - $16,000 asiarat - $12,000 OlNKOinkOink - $8,000 MisterN411 - $6,000 alwayswin111 - $4,400 prebzzz - $3,600 Graftekkel - $3,200 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 493 entrants – $100,000 prize pool radasahk - $17,412.99* youler - $16,087.01* Pik00rs - $10,750 SanttuO - $7,750 Farrugia_1 - $5,250 IHaveNoBoss - $3,750 pokerdeityy - $2,750 P1rateNati0n - $2,250 *denotes heads-up deal
  18. Twelve more World Championship of Online Poker events came to their conclusion on Monday topped with the crowning of a new Sunday Million champion. Lithuania's 'euras79' achieved every poker player's dream after he turned $109 into $186,467 in Event #31 Medium ($109 NLHE [Half Price Sunday Million]} after battling through the large 16,950 player field. 'euras79' previous best cash was for $13,114 after a second-place finish in the PokerStars Big $55 last year which makes his title run even more spectacular. 'ccccpusa' took the bronze medal for $94,744, before the $50,000 heads-up battle got underway. No deal was agreed to so the two players had a lot at stake, and it was 'MrMo19' who ultimately exited in second place for a $132,912 before 'euras79' claimed their biggest career title to date. 'OMGitshunt' won over $121,000 after they came through a 778 player field in Event #29 (High): $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]. The final three consisted of two U.K. based players, but neither of them was able to go the distance. 'Malaka$tyle' took third place for a total score worth over $55,000 before Jonathan 'Gil3000' Gill fell at the final hurdle but still banked over $57,000 for his silver medal. Former PocketFives.com #1-ranked Chris 'ImDaNuts' Oliver took down Event #30 (High): $5,200 NLHE [High Roller] for a huge $250,934 score after a heads-up battle with 'bencb789'. The final table included PokerStars TeamPro Liv Boeree as well as current PocketFives.com world ranked no.#1 'Lena900,' but they fell in 7th and 6th place respectively. 'RommyTheCute' took away $144,315 in third place before the final battle got underway. There was $60,000 at stake, and it was Oliver who got the better of well-known online grinder 'Bencb789' who added $190,299 to his bankroll in second-place. Former PokerStars Sunday Million champion João 'XxJoaoFeraxX' Otávio struck a heads-up deal with Yoshiaki 'Play4livin' Paco before going on to claim the Event #30 (Medium): $530 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE] title. Paco secured by far his biggest online score to date after he agreed to take $112,593 for his share of the deal after Mark 'Willy3009' Wilson had departed in third place for $70,885. Brazil's Octavio then claimed victory in the final battle and banked $126,350 as well as their first WCOOP title. The biggest winner of the day was Brazil's Fabiano 'kovalski1' Kovalski after he banked a massive $282,545 after a heads-up deal with his compatriot Eder Campana in Event #31 (High): $1,050 NLHE. The 2,077 entrant field created a $2,077,000 prize pool with over $530,000 up for grabs in the top two spots. The U.K.'s Jamie 'Ship It 2010' O'Connor secured his best online score worth $109,862 in fourth place before 'messigoat10' secured $155,368 and the bronze medal. This left the two Brazilians to arrange a money deal. Kovalski then went on to secure his second WCOOP title, eight years after his first, as he sent Campana to the rail in second place for $247,918. Event #29 (High): $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 778 Prize pool: $77,000 OMGitshunt - $66,223.96 + $54,909.18 (in bounties) Gil3000 - $48,496.20 + $9,281.25 (in bounties) Malaka$tyle - $35,514.37 + $19,345.70 (in bounties) blanconegro - $26,007.60 + $8,906.25 (in bounties) PKaiser - $19,045.67 + $1,781.25 (in bounties) tigran66613 - $13,947.40 + $8,656.26 (in bounties) CalmRevolver - $10,213.85 + $3,250.00 (in bounties) PaDiLhA SP - $7,479.73 + $3,250.00 Event #29 (Medium): $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Kickoff SE] Entries: 4,709 Prize pool: $470,900 joshuah333 - $33,552.26 + $16,031.25 (in bounties) Jo+Jo = 3792 - $23,722.22 + $5,532.75 (in bounties) beldarion - $16,774.16 + $1,117.97 (in bounties) CrazyLissy - $11,861.12 + $4,892.54 (in bounties) blikinn - $8,387.08 + $3,402.67 (in bounties) Richter77 - $5,930.56 + $1,349.22 (in bounties) _math_&ç!( - $4,193.52 + $2,929.17 (in bounties) mars140191 - $2,965.28 + $1,801.51 (in bounties) Event #29 (Low): $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] Entries: 14,155 Prize pool: $138,719 need2more - $8,436.47 + $1,909.81 spareti - $6,004.96 + $1,111.10 alpx1 - $4,280.53 + $837.11 Ring126 - $3,051.31 + $343.16 NerATION - $2,175.07 + $990.11 Pichadzhi - $1,550.47 + $201.69 highru - $1,105.22 + $460.75 TooAggressiv - $787.84 + $717.01 Event #30 (High): $5,200 NLHE [High Roller] Entries: 261 Prize pool: $1,305,000 ImDaNuts - $250,934.9 bencb789 - $190,299.40 RommyTheCute - $144,315.77 mexican222 - $109,443.56 Naza114 - $82,997.86 Lena900 - $62,942.36 Liv Boeree - $47,733.11 Lafleur71 - $36,198.87 BillLewinsky - $27,451.84 Event #30 (Medium): $530 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE] Entries: 1,856 Prize pool: $928,000 XxJoaoFeraxX - $126,350.19* Play4livin - $112,593.61* willy3009 - $70,885.09 Sintoras - $50,529.32 aramesko - $36,019.02 great dant - $25,675.53 AS Leshiy - $18,302.38 snipeembenji - $13,046.56 AadrovanRj21 - $9,299.95 Event #30 (Low): $55 NLHE Entries: 7,102 Prize pool: $355,100 Jumbo1223 - $50,432.14 FlaShhXx47 - $34,675.69 ultimateturn - $23,844.92 GlitchSystem - $16,397.13 strohalmphil - $11,275.59 LBGSorrow - $7,753.75 jakoooobsen - $5,331.93 J8nqduong - $3,666.54 j.t.sabotage - $2,521.31 Event #31 (High): $1,050 NLHE Entries: 2,077 Prize pool: $2,077,000 Kovalski1 - $282,545.21* edercampana - $247,918.62* messigoat10 - $155,368.94 Ship It 2010 - $109,862.49 Gukiz - $77,684.78 Pass_72 - $54,931.45 julianpineda - $38,842.60 Belabacsi - $27,465.83 player0207 - $19,421.19 Event #31 (Medium): $109 NLHE [Half Price Sunday Million] Entries: 16,950 Prize pool: $1,720,425 euras79 - $186,467.37 MrMo19 - $132,912.29 ccccpusa - $94,744.32 suarez_BG - $67,536.83 Zwöi - $48,142.30 Xungazz - $34,317.31 Mr.Bluff70 - $24,462.37 ccc12 - $17,437.36 True Pokah - $12,429.89 Event #31 (Low): $11 NLHE Entries: 32,782 Prize pool: $321,263 mars140191 - $31,814.71 jnfpoker - $22,665.46 SirJeroenNL - $16,156.73 yayo8422 - $11,517.10 Vlad510510 - $8,209.82 Rapa velhos - $5,852.26 DeathCo1ectr - $4,171.73 vexman - $2,973.77 No_to_peszek - $2,119.82 Event #37 (High): $1,050 NLHE [Turbo] Entries: 559 Prize pool: $559,000 simon1471 - $98,677.60 lb6121 - $73,578.71 ChanceCU - $54,864.11 Skämmes - $40,909.52 plspaythxbye - $30,504.23 retango777 - $22,745.54 floes - $16,960.22 cassiopak - $12,646.42 kjunia - $9,429.82 Event #37 (Medium): $1,050 NLHE [Turbo] Entries: 2,822 Prize pool: $282,200 Amadi_017 - $40,888.24 azn_baller3 - $29,144.76 VistaDT23 - $20,775.36 D.Aranha_j8 - $14,809.40 Joel3624 - $10,556.62 gahoibvthakn - $7,525.11 gkamei09 - $5,364.17 Slaventii003 - $3,823.75 Dimdaddy - $2,725.68 Event #37 (Low): $11 NLHE [Turbo] Entries: 9,297 Prize pool: $91,110 bjj_el_nino - $12,591.81 tonkiista - $8,708.81 QQ1268 - $6,027.18 Arogorn - $4,171.28 easthunter2 - $2,886.84 Laaimis21 - $1,997.92 mojacko_king - $1,382.71 we love this - $956.94 tzzex - $662.27
  19. 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
  20. PokerStars SCOOP and partypoker Powerfest offered ROW players numerous opportunities to pick up PLB points for the May PocketFives Leaderboard. The best players in the world took advantage of the chances given to them and earned points along with hundreds of thousands of dollars for their time. 'lena900' did the most lifting in May with 7,135.57 points to their name by the time Memorial Day weekend wrapped up. The #1 ranked player in the world won a SCOOP event (39-H: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max], $175K Gtd) and Powerfest MTT (#53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO]) in the same week to cap off a fantastic few weeks of grinding. The $430,047 Powerfest Main Event win is the largest score for 'lena900' in their esteemed career. 'lena900' now ranks #7 on the all-time money list with $10.979 million in cashes. Current ROW #3 Roman 'romeopro' Romanovsky pulled off the incredible by winning two SCOOP titles in a single-week to open the series. The Ukranian masher won Event #16 6-Max $5,200 NLHE Turbo for $138,536 and Event #2 $1,050 8-Max for $123,395 to boost his surge up the rankings. In between the victories, Romanovsky earned a silver medal in the SCOOP $25,000 High Roller to earn a personal-record for best cash by taking home $442,299. At a new all-time high is Michael Chi 'mczhang' Zhang, who notched three monumental scores. Zhang shipped the SCOOP Event #21 ($2,100 Six-Max Shootout) and took second in the SCOOP #37 ($215 8-Max Mini Super Tuesday) a few days later. The month capped off with a fifth-place run in the $25,500 Powerfest Championship Event. Zhang placed sixth and added $212,100 to his growing bankroll. The Brazilian contingent made their presence known via Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. The former PocketFives #1 struck gold in the SCOOP #48 $2,100 PLO Win the Button worth 726.64 points along with the Powerfest #54 PLO High Roller for 312.25 more. Another former #1 to hit it huge was Chris 'BigHuni' Hunichen. The #4 ranked all-time earner on PocketFives added $618,944 to his winnings in the SCOOP $10,000 Main Event. Hunichen placed third out of 654 runners to claim the prize. Thomas 'Dattebayo' Muhlocker did himself plenty of favors by climbing the ladder to sixth place in the SCOOP Main Event. The result provided Muhlocker with 872.77 PLB points. Muhlocker also won two Powerfest events on the same day to earn over $93,000 combined. Russia is on the PLB rankings board thanks to 'hellohellohello.' They claimed a bronze medal in Powerfest and a few final table finishes in SCOOP. The volume equaled 4,017.70 points on the month. 'hellohellohello' placed sixth and 10th in the SCOOP 14 (8-Max High Roller) Medium and High variations, respectively. Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot shipped the 888poker $1 million guaranteed XL Inferno Main Event. The win was $209,779 and 1,076.57 points to boost his name up the list. Proudfoot also bagged a second-place finish in SCOOP #40 ($5,200 8-Max High Roller) and added 752.24 more points. The top-10 is concluded by Andres 'probirs' Nemeth. The Hungarian climbed the mountain in the prestigious SCOOP $25,000 High Roller and was awarded $576,087 for his troubles. Nemeth earned his third career SCOOP title with the win. May 2018 Top 10 PLB Points Winners RANK Player POINTS 1 lena900 7,135.57 2 Romeopro 5,588.51 3 mczhang 4,535.26 4 joaosimaobh 4,186.83 5 Big Huni 4,147.56 6 Dattebayo 4,037.37 7 Illini213 4,034.53 8 hellohellohello 4,017.70 9 proudflop 3,977.69 10 probirs 3,962.67
  21. This week's PokerStars Sunday Million saw three players turn $215 into over $100,000 after the final four agreed to a deal. 'Rohlik2' was awarded the biggest share of the $1,276,000 prize pool and banked $121,844, but it was 'Adam4_Condor' who took the first-place glory and netted $117,195 after the deal. 'Rohlik2' eventually departed in fourth-place with 'vidi.pkr' claimed the bronze medal in third for $89,558, which left 'nielssie88' to be the final player to fall from the 6,382-entry field and claim their prize of $109,027 as runner-up. Elsewhere, 'Sentapied99' achieved quite the feat after winning the partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR for the second week in a row. After coming through the 420-player field last week for $40,110, they this time outlasted 327 entrants to claim victory for $31,719 and the honor of defending his title. Michael 'mczhang' Zhang also had a Sunday to remember after final tabling two majors which included victory in the partypoker $2,600 SHR. Zhang took sixth-place in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, good for $12,195, and added another $53,662 to his bankroll after coming through the tough partypoker $2,600 SHR final table which included; Roman 'Sanitywaterline' Romanovsky, current PocketFives #1-ranked 'HellmuthTheGr8' and the winner of this tournament last week, 'BenRichards1.' Sweden's 'TanTanSWE' added another $36,910 to their already impressive $5.6m in online earnings after winning the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller. 'TanTanSWE' came through the 896-player field to record the victory after seeing out 'ale6ka' into second-place, who took away $27,055. After well-known MTT player 'Bencb789' took down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up last week, it was 'losos007' who this week felt that winning feeling after outlasting the 1,304 entrants to take the title and the first-place prize of $40,653. 'Alexxxd3' was their adversary heads-up but they could not go the distance and claimed $29,501 for second-place. 'justwhackit' was this week's partypoker $109 Super Sunday Main Event champion after beating Brazil's Fabiano 'ChicoRaise' Kovalski heads-up. The Brazilian's silver medal reward was $23,840 with 'justwhackit' winning $33,620 after overcoming the 1,944 player field. In partypoker's $530 HR Super Sunday Main Event, it was 'lena900' who was the last player remaining after seeing off partypoker pros Dzmitry Urbanovich' and Joao Simao before defeating 'Z-ENERGIES' in a heads-up battle. It would seem the final two players agreed on a deal before playing for the added first-place prize with 'Z-ENERGIES' taking away $32,543 for second and 'lena900' awarded $35,516 for first. Over on 888poker, 65 entrants came together to do battle in the $1,050 buy-in $100,000 Gtd Whale event with 'bigblindbets' going the distance and claimed the $30,000 first-place prize. Roman 'Romeopro33' Romanovsky was the runner-up for $20,000 with Russia's 'CalmRevolver' taking $15,000 in third. 'checcmate' was able to live up to their name and beat the 377 entrants in the $215 Sunday Mega Deep to claim the first-place prize of $19,250. 'genbab10' was the unlucky player to fall at the final hurdle and took $14,250 for second-place. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 6,382 entrants, $1,276,400 prize pool Adam4_Condor - *$117,195.36 nielssie88 - *$109,027.22 vidi.pkr - *$89,558.47 Rohlik2 - *121,844.39 flauschi16 - $41,789.08 Fran-Dutch - $29,326.31 WS Lynx - $20,580.29 Platzhirsch - $14,442.59 florilos - $10,135.38 *Denotes a four-way deal PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 110 entrants, $220,000 prize pool imluckbox - $50,386.35 Mad4it4life - $37,939.37 blanconegro - $28,567.22 Berndsen12 - $21,510.25 Sphinx87 - $16,196.57 mczhang - $12,195.52 RJYJYR - $9,182.86 Moloz345 - $6,914.42 Zwyyyy - $6,098.90 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 896 entrants, $448,000 prize pool TanTanSWE - $36,910.83 ale6ka - $27,055.21 Vokobyarrrrr - $19,831.39 IAmSoSo - $14,536.34 marcelomig - $10,655.09 dammsugarn - $7,810.16 munchenHB - $5,724.83 Mysters_Y - $4,196.28 Idog1974 - $3,075.85 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,304 entrants, $260,800 prize pool losos007 - $40,653.70 Alexxxd3 - $29,501.43 BanicIvan - $21,409.17 Mortan23 - $$15,536.63 camerofelix - $$11,274.93 djleet1337 - $$8,182.20 Manjelleg - $5,937.81 Stulle18 - $4,309.06 Bayesian - $3,127.09 partypoker $109 Super Sunday Main Event-H $200k Gtd 1,944 entrants, $200,000 prize pool justwhackit - $33,620 ChicoRaise - $23,840 Gancas09 - $15,500 Barsukeen - $10,320 Kuukupoopotin - $7,300 misclckmason - $5,080 WuHuu3Bet - $3,500 felipesinop - $2,280 partypoker $530 Super Sunday Main Event-HR $200k Gtd 415 entrants, $207,500 prize pool lena900 - $35,516.25 Z-ENERGIES - $32,543 k2Schogori - $19,505 DrMiKee - $13,695 HAMENAKE - $9,794 Dzmitry_Urbanov - $7,138 mafaka1 - $5,042.25 joasimaobh - $3,672.75 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $200k Super High Roller 81 entrants, $202,500 prize pool mczhang - $53,662.50 MentulaMagna - $37,462.50 SanityWaterline - $26,325 BenRichards1 - $18,225 HellmuthTheGr8 - $14,175 WelshWizard - $10,631.25 Cool_Dave - $8,606.25 PhileasFogg - $7,087.50 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd 327 entrants, $327,000 prize pool Sentapied99 - $31,719 EggsBenedict - $22,890 whresmymind - $15,859.50 catchinwreck - $11,363.25 A3APTEH - $8,093.25 Dalmatass107 - $6,000.45 CropDustr - $4,169.25 JappieGamble - $3,041.10 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 65 entrants – $100,000 prize pool bigblindbets - $30,000 Romeopro33 - $20,000 CalmRevolver - $15,000 Chikky11k - $10,000 UrShitStorm - $7,500 wellyxx - $5,500 Bullflag - $4,500 Dmilito22 - $4,000 boss7210 - $3,500 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 377 entrants – $100,000 prize pool checcmate - $19,250 genbab10 - $14,250 mndlssbrnt - $10,750 TrollKonst8 - $7,750 Canette_15 - $5,250 HmbleBmble - $3,750 lrdvoldemort - $2,750 Ezreaal - $2,250
  22. A trio of high profile spring online poker series has wreaked havoc on the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 Rankings. In fact, rankings of nine of the top 10 players shifted this week. The only exception…the number one spot still belongs to ‘C Darwin2'. As PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker, partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Inferno provide players some of the largest prize pools of the year, online poker’s elite are on the full-time grind. The results posted by those who end up crushing the competition is enough to help them make major moves in the rankings. That said, current king of online poker ‘C Darwin2’ fended off all challengers and retained his top spot. Perhaps the most interesting part of ‘C Darwin2’s week is that his largest qualifying PLB score had nothing to do with any of the major series. His PLB point boost, to keep him as the only player propped up above 11,000 PLB points came in the May 7 edition of the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max. He took third in that tournament for $16,888 and 240.19 points. That was good enough this week but if Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky continues on the incredible heater he has been on, next week we may see a new number one for the first time all year. Romanovsky rocketed up 10 spots to a career-high #2 ranking this week. Romanovsky accumulated three six-figure scores and an additional three five-figure scores in what must be the best week of his online poker career. He ripped off a victory in PokerStars SCOOP Event #2 (High) for $123,935, another victory in SCOOP Event #16 (High) for $138,536 and a runner-up finish in SCOOP Event #14 (High), the $25,000 NLHE High Roller for $442,299. In total, Romanovsky banked over $834,000 this week and now sits on the doorstep of the exclusive $10 million lifetime earnings club. What’s the only thing better than coming in second in the $25,000 High Roller? Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth was the player to best Romanovsky to take down that prestigious event. The win in SCOOP Event #14 (High) brought him $576,087 plus 1,581 PLB points, helping him climb three spots to land in the #3 ranking this week. Just like Romanovsky, the score in Event #14 represents a career-high cash for the Hungarian. In total, Nemeth accumulated over 2100 PLB points during the week, yet still sits around 1100 points behind the #1 spot. ‘hellohellohello’ may have slipped a couple spots to the #4 ranking this week but the Russian certainly held his own in terms of results. He accumulated five qualifying cashes this week and his efforts were highlighted by cashing in both of PokerStars’ SCOOP Event #14, both the High and Mid, for a total combined earnings of over $107,000. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ also took a couple steps back, slipping from #3 to # 5 this week. He finished in fourth place during SCOOP Event #14-M for just over $87,000 and 514.29 PLB points. He and ‘C Darwin2’ are partners in the high-stakes $100,000 results prop bet against Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and ‘bencb789’. Hello once again to Belgium’s #1-ranked professional ‘girafganger7’ who, after reinstating his screen names, instantly appears in the top 10 at #6. The former #1-ranked player posted a runner-up finish in partypoker’s POWERFEST Event #18 for $14,895 and 258.70. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford jumped up into the #7 spot due to earning six qualified PLB scores including a second place finish in POWERFEST Event #2-HR for over $47,000. After Latvia's Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins took down SCOOP Event #14-M for a career-high cash of just over $240,000 he bounced up into the top 10 for the first time ever. He currently sits acareer-highhigh ranking of #8. The true grinder that he is, just days after basking in a career-defining victory later he found himself playing a pair of $20-something tournaments, cashing for just under $300 for the two. The top 10 is rounded out by a pair of familiar names as Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff slipped 5 spots to #9 on light volume and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone hits the #10 spot even after booking a victory in SCOOP Event #19-M for $57,321. While there was some major shifting within the top 10, there were no other new entries into the top 25 this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,398.47 1 2 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,640.28 12 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,304.94 6 4 hellohellohello 10,105.47 2 5 lena900 9,836.99 3 6 girfganger7 9,528.18 NR 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,982.60 9 8 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,913.95 15 9 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,874.10 4 10 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,745.44 8 11 Ariados 8,602.63 7 12 European 8,407.20 5 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,274.99 17 14 DamageAP 8008.26 14 15 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 7,976.68 11 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,969.42 18 17 GINS FINEST 7,947.27 16 18 kofi89 7940.27 10 19 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,754.96 13 20 Sheater 7,702.84 21 21 josef_shvejk 7,657.10 20 22 perrymejsen 7,325.08 25 23 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,251.36 22 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,246.70 19 25 NoPlanB 7,244.15 23
  23. For the second time in just two days, Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson broke his own record for most Spring Championship of Online Poker titles by taking down Event #26 - High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for just over $26,000. Anderson now has 10 SCOOP titles all-time, making him the most decorated player in the history of the series. Anderson beat out a final table that included Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan and Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy. Anderson, Sikorski and Drinan agreed to a three-way chop with each player pocketing a minimum of $20,000. The Medium and Low versions of that event were won by 'elabuga' and 'Michael Keys' for - $11,038.35 and $4,390.24 respectively. The biggest SCOOP winner on Sunday was former #1-ranked 'Lena900' who won Event #25-High ($530 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys) outright for $102,15.24. The win gives "Team Sweden" a bit of a stranglehold on the six-figure prop bet against Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard and 'bencb789'. Scott 'Aggro Santos' Margereson finished as runner-up for $76,598.70. 'SmilleThHero' took down the Medium version of the event for $56,763.81 while 'PomGinJ' took home $20,146.50 after chopping the Low version heads-up with 'HATZA12345'. Event #23-High, the $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha tournament, drew 318 players with 'BigTreeStump' emerging victorious for $29,791.28. 'Foxy1029' took home the winner's share after chopping the Medium version of the event with two other players while 'SFARRRR' chopped the Low event with two others. German phenom 'nilsef' showed some mixed game prowess, winning Event #24-High ($2,100 Eight Game) for $63,026.43. Runner-up 'jdaz111293' earned $58,623.57 thanks to a two-way deal between the top two finishers. The Medium version was also subject to a deal, with 'dejanaceking' grabbing a SCOOP title and $19,630.40 for finishing first while Summ3L had to soothe himself with $17,527.60 as the runner-up. 'parmupill' wanted no part of a deal, taking down the Low event outright for $9,096.19. Event #23 (High) $530 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Era_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39 Event #23 (Medium): $55 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 Five Card No Limit Omaha (Six Max, Turbo) Entries: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 Event #24 (High): $2,100 Eight Game Entries: 150 Prize pool: $300,000 nilsef - $63,026.43* jdaz111293 - $58,623.57* RealAndyBeal - $37,500 BiggestFish - $35,500 zilbeee - $19,5000 TheTakeover - $13,500 Event #24 (Medium): $215 Eight Game Entries: 563 Prize pool: $112,600 dejanaceking - $19,630.40* Summ3L - $17,527.60* Piquette - $11,541.50 calvin7v - $7,882.00 dezember - $5,630.00 fabsould - $3,603.20 Event #24 (Low): $22 Eight Game Entries: 2,887 Prize pool: $57,740 parmupill - $9,096.19 Begemott - $6,640.10 m8675309a - $4,850.16 Jenezio - $3,156.83 nilsef - $2,010.50 Mr.Pink2116 - $1,024.88 Event #25 (High): $530 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 391 Prize pool: $560,550 Lena900 - $102,115.24 Aggro Santos - $76,598.70 Kaggis - $57,458.3 vicenfish - $43,100.80 Era_Koira - $ 32,330.84 NigDawG - $24,252.08 WushuTM - $18,192.03 Killer_ooooo - $13,646.19 pabritz - $10,236.31 Event #25 (Medium): $55 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 2,726 Prize pool: $388,381.95 SmilleThHero - $56,763.81 tinajohn9 - $40,462.21 AchoBogdanov - $28,842.83 AFG_Unit20 - $20,560.15 SOUFODAMS - $14,665.98 ndjoh - $10,447.28 MendaLerenda - $7,447.18 Hendurr - $5,308.59 SrylGotOdds - $3,784.16 Event #25 (Low): $5.50 No Limit Hold'em (w/rebuys) Entries: 10,450 Prize pool: $157,324.30 PomGinJ - $20,146.50* HATZA12345 - $15,510.19* July Corn - $10,199.98 john_snow666 - $7,106.98 CAZZETTEE - $4,951.93 Grimeyyyy - $3,450.35 varnak2 - $2,404.10 degan2891 - $1,675.09 gustavo956 - $1,167.15 Event #26 (High): $1,050 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 137 Prize pool: $137,000 cal42688 - $26,305.31* p0cket00 - $21,847.35* blanconegro - $20,098.91* vovtroy - $13,340.99 chokitin - $10,327.73 cmase86 - $7,995.05 NoraFlum - $6,189.26 The Cooker - $4,791.32 Event #26 (Medium): $109 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 640 Prize pool: $64,000 elabuga - $11,038.35 dimetriospb - $7,868.23 RSchoonbaert - $5,608.74 crazy169 - $3,998.10 vachette17 - $2,849.99 gangst3rn1 - $2,031.57 Spowi07 - $1,448.17 CobelinO - $1,032.30 shullerman - $773.24 Event #26 (Low): $11 Omaha Eight or Better (Eight Max) Entries: 3,100 Prize pool: $30,380 Michael Keys - $4,390.24 Omeljanenko - $3,127.74 theispoker - $2,229.56 ptsekov - $ 1,589.31 ThoraAndrea - $1,132.91 dmdmdm79 - $807.58 shelddmud - $575.67 klanleje - $410.36 sharkDlc - $292.51
  24. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'lena900' returned to the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings this week[/caption] After 18 weeks looking up the PocketFives Rankings and seeing other players ahead of him, Sweden’s ‘lena900’ took over the #1 spot this week, passing two players in the process. Wins on 888poker and partypoker over the last seven days earned ‘lena900’ just over $51,000 and 624 PocketFives Leaderboard points. He beat out 422 other players on September 30 to win the partypoker Heavyweight: The Uppercut for $8,206.02 and 205.67 points. He followed that up by outlasting 116 other players in the 888poker Whale on October 2 for $43,750 and 418.33 points. He’s now just 15.4 points ahead of ‘C Darwin2’, who had been #1 for the past 12 weeks. This marks the sixth time in his career that ‘lena900’ has held down the top spot. His first reign as the top-ranked online player in the world began on March 30, 2016 and lasted four weeks. ‘C Darwin2’ took some time off this week, registering just three cashes, none of which were big enough to add to his PLB total. He fell to #2, while Steven ‘SvZff' van Zedelhoff dropped from #2 to #3, one week after jumping into the #2 spot. There was some more juggling inside of the top 10 this week, but nobody that was in the top 10 last week dropped out this week. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren went from #7 to #6, swapping spots with ‘Sheater’ while Andras 'probirs' Nemeth and Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas swapped the #9 and #10 spots. Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen each moved up six spots to #18 and #19 respectively. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland moved into the Top 25, ending up at #24, up two spots from last week. Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert was the only player to fall out of the top 25, ending up at #29 after being #23 last week. The PocketFives Top 25 RANKNAMEPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,274.213 2C Darwin29,258.811 3Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff9,101.842 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,438.234 5veeea8,267.385 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,737.897 7Sheater7,663.786 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,547.748 9Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,147.4910 10Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas7,124.769 11Ariados6,946.2813 12Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,935.9315 13DeathbyQuads6,833.4911 14Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,812.5512 15Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,797.8716 16Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,777.5514 17Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,762.1719 18Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,711.7024 19Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,704.1525 20nilsef6,693.8020 21Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,632.8818 22Ludovich 'ludovi333' Ge'lich6,581.0722 23Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,571.5917 24Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,481.9826 25Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,436.2221
  25. The PocketFives Rankings have been dominated by Sweden in 2017. For the better part of the year, at least half of the top 10 has had the familiar blue and yellow flag next to it. Currently, there are five in that top group. As so many Swedish players are among the best in online poker that the world has to offer, PocketFives is taking a look at the current top 10 rankings for the nation itself. Leading the way for both Sweden and the world is 'lena900'. It did not take long for him to get October off to a strong start as he won the $150,000 guaranteed Whale on 888poker $43,750. Along with the money came 418.33 PLB points. ‘Lena900’ is top dog worldwide and trailing them is ‘C Darwin2,’ who is only behind by 15 points. ‘C Darwin 2’ spent part of 2017 ranked #1 in the world and closed out the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker with a final table in Event #74 High ($530 No Limit $300,000 guaranteed). The sixth-place finish came with 247.70 PLB points. Checking in at #3 for Sweden is Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren, who is ranked #6 worldwide. Berggren won a tournament on 888poker and PokerStars in consecutive days for a combined 332.63 points to give himself some breathing room over #4 ‘Sheater.’ ‘Sheater’ did a lot of damage on partypoker during the partypoker Powerfest series highlighted by his win in the $150,000 guaranteed high roller which gave him 395.60 points and $31,144. The final member of the Swedish contingent to be ranked in the top 10 in the world is #5 Robin ‘inhoo’ Ylitalo. 888poker’s XL Eclipse series was kind to Ylitalo, who won the $100,000 guaranteed Quarterback for $21,356 and 333.92 points. Ranking #6 and #7, respectively are ‘Ariados' and 'DeathbyQuads'. ‘Ariados’ reached a peak of #2 worldwide earlier in 2017 and ‘DeathbyQuads’ is attempting to regain his top form of the year at #7 in the world. Jonatan ‘Po4teUS’ Hellman is in at #8 and attempting to reach the $5,000,000 mark in career earnings before the end of the year. Hellman is about $275,000 short of reaching that target. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar had a strong September that included a Powerfest high roller win and a top-70 finish in the WCOOP Main Event. Korsar is less than $80,000 shy of becoming the sixth player ever to hit $10,000,000 in earnings on PocketFives. Rounding out the Swedish top 10 is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen, who crossed over the $3,000,000 mark in earnings this year. Odeen’s highest worldwide ranking this year is #12. Sweden's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1lena9009,274.21 2C Darwin29,258.81 3r4ndomr4gs7,737.89 4Sheater7,663.78 5inhoo7,547.74 6Ariados6,946.28 7DeathbyQuads6,833.49 8Pot4teUS6,762.17 9Greenstone256,632.88 10perrymejsen5,926.02

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