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  1. There wasn't a lot of movement this week in the top 10 worldwide of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, but Sweden's lena900moved up from #18 to #9 and was the lone new face in the top 10. On July 29, lena900 won the PokerStars Super Tuesday for over $100,000 officially, a cash that pushed the Swede's PLB Point tally up by 741. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- p0cket00is your #1 player once again this week, but holds a very slim 30-point lead over pleno1(pictured above), who is #2 worldwide. The Rankings were not without a little bit of drama this week, as pleno1 won the Full Tilt Poker T-Rex on Tuesday, but the score was not imported until after the Rankings were recalculated. Therefore, pleno1 appears to be in position to be ranked #1 next week unless p0cket00 can hold him off. UK poker player makkapakk moved up from #23 this week to #15 on the strength of three five-figure cashes since August began: second place in the Full Tilt Turbo Hundo, seventh place in a WCOOP Challenge event, and fourth place in the PokerStars Big $162. He passed $2 million in online tournament cashes on July 22. Rising 20 spots this week to #27 and collecting his 21st PocketFives Triple Crownin the process was Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured). The Brit has nine more Triple Crowns than the top 10 players on PocketFives combined and capped off his latest one by winning the Winamax High Roller for $20,000 on August 3. Grayson gray31 Ramage entered the top 100 this week at #41, one of the highest spots we've seen someone debut in the top 100 in several weeks. The cause: Ramage won the WCOOP Challenge $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Main Event for over a half-million dollars, beating a field of nearly 1,500 entrants. Finally this week, we wanted to highlight Poland's dadowiec, who moved up from #90 to #47. He won the Saturday Super Knockout over the weekend for $34,000 and final tabled a PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance tournament the same day for another $6,600. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00 - 7,865 points 2. pleno1 - 7,836 points 3. r4ndomr4gs - 7,589 points 4. TheClaimeer - 7,128 points 5. Fresh_Oo_D - 7,096 points 6. Romeopro - 6,978 points 7. lukethafluke - 6,928 points 8. jbrown8777 - 6,810 points 9. lena900 - 6,809 points 10. Easylimp - 6,727 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Swedes continue to make waves atop the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. They occupy the top two spots, three of the top seven spots, and seven of the top 19 spots. Making waves this week was Sweden's lena900, who moved up nine places to #7 in the world, four off his all-time high. He has had a blockbuster month of October so far and still has another 10 days to bank even more. On the fourth of the month, lena900 took down the 888 Poker Turbo Mega Deep for $11,000. One day later, he rolled to victory in the bwin Super High Roller and put back another $13,000. On October 11, lena900 won the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller for $10,000 and followed that up with a gold medal one week later in the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $28,000. He now has 70 tracked wins and $3.4 million in total cashes in online MTTs. lena900 has 2,353 in the money finishes at an average of $1,470 each. Uruguay's veeea (pictured) also reentered the top 10 this week. He was ranked as high as #2 on our site earlier this year and rose nine spots to #10 on Wednesday. He finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Six-Max over the weekend for $14,000 and final tabled the site's Sunday Supersonic the same day for another $18,000. He is nearing $3 million in online poker cashes on PokerStars alone. eisenhower1 remains the top dog on PocketFives this week. He just passed $7.7 million in online tournament winnings and added to his war chest over the weekend by winning the 888 Crocodile for $16,000. This is the fourth week that eisenhower1 has been the #1 ranked player on PocketFives. He leads the way by 1,300 points over the next closest person. Another Swedish player, AnteSvante, moved up from #42 to #15 this week on the strength of nine tournament wins in the last 11 days. Yes, nine. The largest of those came over the weekend in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic, as he took it down for $46,000. He has 133 tracked wins all-time and is nearing $6 million in online tournament scores. Russia's NoPlanB (pictured) moved up 40 spots this week to settle at #43 in the world. His big splash came over the weekend in the Sunday Warm-Up, a tournament he took down for $79,000 and 710 PLB Points. He is the fourth-ranked player in Russia and reached an all-time high in the Rankings of #34 earlier this year. Finally, we wanted to talk about Finland's European, who moved up 49 spots to #46. He won the Sunday 500 on October 11 for $49,000 and proceeded to final table last weekend's Saturday Super Knockout for another $18,000. European was ranked #2 on PocketFives last year and has been part of our site since 2013. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. eisenhower1- 8,108 points 2. C Darwin2 - 6,773 points 3. jbrown8777 - 6,753 points 4. Tiny_molester - 6,742 points 5. NigDawG - 6,740 points 6. cswami - 6,633 points 7. lena900- 6,618 points 8. bedias - 6,470 points 9. PokerKaiser - 6,463 points 10. veeea- 6,458 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. [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
  4. [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."
  5. [caption width="639"] Look out, world. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is back up to #2 in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] Getting back to the top of the PocketFives Rankings is a lot like riding a bike: once you fall off, you get can get right back on. For Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, losing his grip on the top spot in the rankings in mid-February is probably just a distant memory, as he has risen all the way back to #2 worldwide. Vezhenkov was #1 in the world for three weeks, a streak that ended in February, and now has 7,036 PLB Points, 234 behind the leader, 'lena900'. The man they call 'veeea' dropped to #2 on February 10 and then bounced between #9 and #10 until March 23, when he scooted up to #4. Now, he's back up two spots. Vezhenkov finished second in the opening SCOOP event on PokerStars.fr on Sunday for $16,000 and reached the final table of the 888 Whale the same day. He has over 550 top-three finishes in online MTTs and passed $5 million in career earnings last month. 'lena900' continues to pace the rankings. The Swede has 7,270 PLB Points and is enjoying his second week at #1. He took down the bwin High Roller last Friday for $13,000 and 223 PLB Points to pad his lead; it was the 93rd win of his career. 'lena900' is up to $4.1 million in lifetime winnings online. Joel 'brown8777' Brown ticked up two spots to #8, five places off his all-time high set last year. He has made the money 16 times so far this month and is quickly approaching $4 million in career winnings. Brown is the top-ranked online poker player in Canada and calls the Pacific Coast city of Vancouver home. Another Canadian, Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy, moved up 12 spots to #17 and seems poised for another run at the top 10. Molloy has already won the PokerStars $55 Rebuy and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo in April and took third in the 888 Late Night Crocodile and PokerStars $109 Rebuy. He was ranked as high as #8 in 2014. "It feels good to move up so many spots, but I try not to focus on stuff like that too much and try to just be satisfied with my play overall, which I have been for the most part lately," Molloy said. "I feel like I have lots of work to do on my game off the tables to reach the top spot, but who knows, maybe I will luckbox my way into it anyways." [caption width="600"] Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan moved up 19 spots[/caption] Norway's Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan rocketed 19 spots up the leaderboard to #22. He was the winner of the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $62,000 officially and earned almost 600 PLB Points in the process; it was the second largest score of his career. The Norwegian was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives last year and hit $3 million in career scores on Tuesday. "It feels good," Stokkan said. "But, it's still a long way to the top." Sweden's Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg rose 20 places in the rankings to #34. On the last day of March, Wigg won the 888 Quarterback for $13,000 and 250 PLB Points. The same day, he finished third in the PokerStars Thursday Thrill and put back $32,000 and almost 300 PLB Points. Wigg was ranked as high as #2 on PocketFives last year. "It feels good," Wigg said. "It has been a rough start to the year. I hate to even mention it, but I ran very poorly to start the year and at some point I feel like it started to affect my confidence and game in a bad way. I've put in a lot of time studying and it's nice to see some results and good fortune. I'm hoping to continue that trend and take all my work and good form to the Global Poker League and SCOOP." On Thursday, Wigg goes heads-up against World Series of Poker Main Event winner Martin Jacobson in a GPL online match. Wigg is a member of the San Francisco Rush and was the team's final selection in February's draft. Jacobson is on the Montreal Nationals. Another Swede, Erik 'Kihlstrom' Olofsson, moved up 21 places to #51, his highest ranking ever, thanks to a win in a W Series event on April 3 for $18,000 and well over 400 PLB Points. That was his third largest score of 2016 and raised his career win total to 139. He's the top-ranked online poker player in the Swedish city of Uppsala. Sweden's 'Discoovery' jumped to #56 in the rankings, his best showing ever. He has seven wins since the standings were last calculated: two on PokerStars, three on Winamax, and two on PokerStars.fr. In the process, he wrapped up his first PocketFives Triple Crown. He's the 15th-ranked Swede. Finally this week, 'tonkaaaa' reentered the top 100 at #79, the highest top-100 debut of anyone. Since last Wednesday, he has taken down the PokerStars $55 Knockout, 888 Crocodile, and partypoker Heavyweight Weigh-In for over $13,000 total. He was ranked as high as #22 in the world four years ago. Here's this week's top 10: lena900 - 7,270 points veeea - 7,036 points C Darwin2 - 7,033 points Ariados - 6,930 points Big Huni - 6,926 points SvZff - 6,674 points MendaLerenda - 6,670 points jbrown8777 - 6,389 points eisenhower1 - 6,365 points DeathbyQuads - 6,323 points
  6. Eight wins. Thirty top-ten finishes. 2,981.55 points. And that was just one month. The scores have been calculated. We've made a list. We've checked it twice. 'lena900' won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard, or MPLB, in January with a total of 2,981.55 PLB Points. He led the second place total belonging to Bryan 'bparis' Paris by 200. After largely taking off the month of December, 'lena900' came to play in January. The Swede won the PokerStars Hot $162 for $7,500, PokerStars Big $162 for $14,000, a Winamax W Series event for $13,000, and the PokerStars $10,000 Guaranteed for $3,100. That was just the first three weeks of the month. He went on to win the PokerStars $215 Weekly Pot Limit Omaha H/L, 888 Octopus, PokerStars $8,000 Guaranteed, and PokerStars Big $82 as well. On the last day of the month, 'lena900' cashed in 16 tournaments tracked by PocketFives. What a way to close out the first 31 days of 2016. This was the first MPLB title 'lena900' has won and the fourth claimed by his home nation of Sweden. He won his first PocketFives Triple Crown in January to boot and is up to $3.8 million in career online tournament winnings. 'lena900' is the #7 ranked player in the world. How much higher can he go in the rankings? And can he keep up his smoking hot pace? Stay tuned to find out. Bryan 'bparis' Parisfinished in second place in the January MPLB with 2,771.09 points. Paris nearly missed out on his second MPLB title, having first won the award five years ago in January 2011. Paris won the PokerStars $215 Rebuy in January for $15,000, his largest cash of the month, and, like 'lena900', he crushed the stanza's final day, cashing in 17 tournaments. Paris had two cashes during EPT Prague to close out 2015. [caption width="450"] Bryan 'bparis' Paris[/caption] "It was definitely one of my best months ever despite the biggest individual score being around $12,000," Paris said. "I'd say it was a combination of three factors: spreading out onto more sites, a lot of good regs taking the start of the year off due to PCA and Aussie Millions, and re-dedicating myself to studying a lot more towards the end of 2015. My goal is to keep up a similar pace for the rest of 2016 and make a run at getting in the top 10 again." Another Swede, 'inhoo', appeared in third in the January MPLB standings with 2,762.82 points. He is just a couple thousand dollars shy of hitting $6 million for his career and won a TCOOP $700 NLHE Eight-Max Progressive Knockout for $46,000 last month and a commanding 514 PLB Points. Also in January, 'inhoo' final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $17,000 and took second in the site's Bigger $22 for $15,000. On the 25th of the month, the Swede finished fourth in the PartyPoker High Roller. He has never earned an MPLB title, but is the holder of five Triple Crowns and is the #9 ranked player in Sweden. Four of the top five finishers in the January MPLB were from Sweden, as the country continues to dominate the worldwide rankings on PocketFives. [caption width="450"] Sweden's 'inhoo'[/caption] Fourth place belonged to Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who ascended to #1 this week worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. 'C Darwin2' recorded his third largest cash ever during January, an $89,000 score for getting second in the PokerStars Super Tuesday on the final week of the month. He also final tabled a TCOOP Wrap-Up event for $62,000, his fifth largest score ever. All told, he had 2,649.39 points in January. Finally, Sweden's 'Ariados' landed in fifth place in the January MPLB with 2,627.32 points. He is ranked #8 worldwide on PocketFives and had 39 cashes in the first 15 days of January and finished the month with 81. His largest cash came on the last day of the month, a final table in the Sunday Second Chance for $22,000. He won his second Triple Crown of his career last month as well. Here were the top 10 finishers in the January Monthly PLB:
  7. [caption width="660"] Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao was up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings this week to #6 after a Mountain Series win (photo credit Danny Maxwell)[/caption] 872.35 PLB Points. That's how many Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao received for taking down the PokerStars Mountain Series Denali event over the weekend. The Brazilian earned $167,000 officially for the win in the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy and was one of many players to score big in the last week. The victory also moved Simao all the way up to #6 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest ranking ever. That's a 15-spot increase from last Wednesday's rankings update. He's the top-ranked Brazilian online poker player and calls the inland city of Belo Horizonte home. The Mountain Series event that Simao took down had 257 players and a prize pool that swelled to $761,000. Also this month, he finished second in the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event for over $20,000, and he's dangerously close to passing $4 million in career online tournament winnings. Simao has 6,653 PLB Points, about 600 fewer than the rankings leader, 'lena900', who has 7,270. 'lena900' also found success in PokerStars' Mountain Series, as he finished eighth in the Kilimanjaro, a $700 No Limit Hold'em tournament, for $18,000 on Sunday. To open the month of April, 'lena900' took down the bwin High Roller and put back $13,000. Nipping on the heels of 'lena900' is another Swedish player, 'Ariados', who rose two spots in the rankings this week to #2. This is the highest 'Ariados' has ever been and came in part via a win in the partypoker High Roller on Saturday for $14,000 and 304 PLB Points. 'Ariados' has $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings and a PLB score of 7,081 points. Besides Simao, there were two other new entrants into the top 10 worldwide. The first was Russia's 'hellohellohello', who moved up a half-dozen spots and can now be found at #8. He won the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for almost $10,000 on Monday, one day after taking down the 888 Octopus and PokerStars $109 Rebuy for almost $20,000 total. He's the top-ranked player in Russia and climbed as high as #2 worldwide on PocketFives last year. "It feels great," 'hellohellohello' said. "Soon I will be ranked in the top three worldwide." Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo also climbed into the top 10, moving up two spots to #9. This is his highest ranking ever and comes on the heels of a win in a PokerStars.fr SCOOP Pot Limit Omaha event for $14,000. The day before, he took down the $530 Monday Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max on PokerStars for $14,000. Palumbo is originally from Italy. "I've been playing very well and running very well," Palumbo said. "I'm feeling pumped by the result. It's a step in the right direction and that's all the motivation I need." Norway's Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan moved up 11 spots to #11 in the world. He had a huge score in the Mountain Series Mount Everest, final tabling it for $58,000 and well over 400 PLB Points. That pushed the top player in Norway's career winnings north of $1.1 million. You can find him on PokerStars under the user name 'prebz'. [caption width="600"] Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan moved up 11 spots this week[/caption] "It has been an amazing start to April," Stokkan said. "I think I've been taking my game to a new level lately. I have been studying the game a lot and it's paying off now." Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas moved up 41 spots to #44 after finishing second in the Mountain Series Kilimanjaro for $119,000 and 650 PLB Points. Also in the last three weeks, he has won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, finished sixth in the Sunday 500, and won the Sunday 500. Not too shabby. Cimbolas is the ninth-ranked player in the UK and #1 in London. Also making waves outside of the top 10 was Russia's 'KuraRyaba', who moved up 27 spots to #64. He final tabled the Mountain Series Mount Everest for $38,000 and an even 400 PLB Points over the weekend and took second in the partypoker High Roller on April 1 for $12,000. 'KuraRyaba' is the top-ranked player in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. Here's this week's top 10: lena900 - 7,270 points Ariados - 7,081 points veeea - 7,071 points C Darwin2 - 7,036 points Big Huni - 6,926 points joaosimaobh - 6,653 points MendaLerenda - 6,586 points hellohellohello - 6,567 points RoccoGe - 6,455 points SvZff - 6,372 points
  8. [caption width="659"] Career stats for February's MPLB winner, 'lena900'[/caption] Given that players from Sweden make up the top four worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, it should come as no surprise that a Swede won the February Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard, or MPLB. His name: 'lena900'. Not coincidentally, he won the MPLB in January as well. This is the first time a person has won back-to-back Monthly PLB titles since 2009, when Michael 'rock3656' Rocco won it in June and July of that year for 2,732 and 3,339 points, respectively. Astedt is now in a five-way tie with two career MPLB wins, joining the likes of Cal 'cal42688' Anderson and Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger. Nico 'PokerKaiser' Fierro won the MPLB three times in 2015 (April, June, August), but none of his wins were back-to-back. Last month, he generated 2,981 PLB Points en route to his first MPLB title. Sweden is now up to six MPLB titles, with 'lena900' accounting for one-third of the country's output in that department. 2,625 PLB Points was the winning score for 'lena900' this time around. The largest cash he racked up during the truncated month was worth $12,000 for taking down the PokerStars $215 Weekly Six Max No Limit Hold'em. He earned about the same amount for getting second in the Winamax High Roller one week prior. Other solid scores included a win in the bwin High Roller for $11,000 and a final table in the 888 Whale for $10,000. He has zoomed up to #2 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, the Swede's highest slotting ever. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford finished second in the February MPLB race with 2,455 points. He's ranked #19 in the world, his highest position ever, and won six tournaments in the second half of February alone. Additionally, he final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 and Sunday Warm-Up on back-to-back weekends for over $50,000 total. Beresford is #2 in the UK and narrowly missed out on scoring the country's ninth MPLB title. "February went pretty well," Beresford said. "I've had lots of solid Sundays in the past month or so, usually on PokerStars. I finally decided to start playing on PartyPoker and that has been going well. PartyPoker looks like it could make a comeback, so to speak. I'm impressed with their tournament schedule and the Powerfest series is really nice as well. If only they could get some new software. I'm not a big fan of the current software, but I believe they could really compete if they tweak a few things. I really enjoy the structure of the tournaments there too." Third place in the standings went to Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill, who racked up 2,440 points during the 29 days of February. Merrill, who moved from Costa Rica to Colombia last year, picked up his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown in February after wins on PokerStars.fr, PokerStars, and 888, and he sits at #39 worldwide in the rankings. Like 'lena900' and Beresford, it's his best showing ever. [caption width="639"] Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill finished third in February[/caption] Queensland, Australia's 'Corlusion' was the fourth place finisher on the February MPLB leaderboard. He recorded his largest online score ever last month, a second place finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $68,000, which was triple his previous best. That score earned him 457 PLB Points, one-fifth of the 2,360 he gained for the month. The Aussie is #135 in the world and #3 in Australia, both personal bests. Rounding out the top five in the February MPLB standings was Norway's 'prebzzz', who finished with 2,280 points. He won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill on February 4 for $52,000, his third largest online poker cash to date, and also took down the PartyPoker High Roller last month, adding another $11,000 to his bankroll. The Norwegian was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives last year. Here were the top 10 finishers in the February MPLB: lena900 - 2,625.06 points 1_conor_b_1 - 2,455.58 points tedSTRETCH - 2,440.57 points Corlusion - 2,360.65 points prebzzz - 2,280.39 points SvZff - 2,273.04 points hellohellohello - 2,266.37 points r4ndomr4gs - 2,251.03 points Big Huni - 2,203.15 points MiracleQ - 2,115.90 points
  9. [caption width="300" align="alignleft"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is #1 for the second straight week[/caption] Every streak starts somewhere, whether it's two complete passes in a row or two consecutive days without an accident on the job. For Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, Wednesday marked his second week in a row at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings. Vezhenkov has 7,124 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the rankings, almost 100 more than the next closest player, 'eisenhower1'. With so few points separating the top of the leaderboard, however, it remains to be seen whether Vezhenkov will be able to keep the streak alive next week. For now, the top spot is Vezhenkov's to lose. He is also just a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $5 million in career online tournament cashes and finished sixth in the PokerStars Super Tuesday this week for $27,000 and 274 PLB Points. He has racked up seven wins and 26 top-ten finishes this month. Meanwhile, 'eisenhower1' is approaching $8 million in career online MTT winnings and has 7,031 PLB Points, good for second in the world. He has two wins and 13 top-ten finishes so far in January and enjoyed a 16-week stint at #1 before Vezhenkov bucked him from the top spot last week. You can find him on PartyPoker under the user name 'FergieTime5' and he is the top-ranked player in Sweden. [caption width="450"] Sweden's 'eisenhower1' is #2 this week[/caption] Another Swede, 'lena900', made waves this week after moving up from #8 in the world to #5, three spots off his all-time high. He has seven wins in January, the largest of which was worth $13,000 and came via a victory in a W Series event on Winamax. The same day, he took second in the PartyPoker High Roller for another $6,900. He plays as 'whoozz' on Full Tilt and 'tutten7' on 888. Outside the top ten, England's 'woody1234321' moved up from #39 to #13, his highest ranking ever. He won a TCOOP $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo over the weekend for $118,000 and almost 900 PLB Points, helping him catapult up the rankings. 'woody1234321' is the top-ranked player from the UK and is closing in on $3 million in lifetime winnings. Helio 'hneves182' Neveshad the largest rankings increase inside the top 100, moving from #98 to #23. The Brazilian won the PokerStars $22 No Limit Hold'em Cubed for $7,000 just a few days after taking down the opening TCOOP event for $111,000 and 1,224 PLB Points. This is the highest Neves has ever been ranked and he is the top dog in Brazil. Check out a recent interview with the 23rd-ranked player here. [caption width="450"] Helio 'hneves182' Neves[/caption] "It feels pretty cool," Neves said on Wednesday. "I was, for a long time, purely a heads-up sit and go player and always wanted to move up the Sharkscope leaderboards. Now, only eight months into playing MTTs seriously, I feel like it's far beyond what I thought I'd be realistically able to accomplish in such a short period of time." After reentering his screen names, Norway's 'prebzzz' reentered the top 100 at #37. This former #3 ranked player finished second in the PokerStars Big $162 a week ago for $15,000 and has 2,360 tracked in the money finishes for a total of $2.7 million. 'prebzzz' is the top-ranked PocketFiver from Norway. Finally, after joining PocketFives last week, Canada's 'roo_400' debuted at #42. He has $3.7 million in career online winnings and final tabled the PartyPoker High Roller last week for $14,000. He took second in the same tournament in late December under the user name 'ipuntstacks2'. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: veeea - 7,124 points eisenhower1 - 7,031 points Smeckten - 6,985 points mjw006 - 6,799 points lena900 - 6,658 points SvZff - 6,642 points Legenden - 6,626 points Ariados - 6,550 points C Darwin2 - 6,370 points IgorK - 6,324 points
  10. [caption width="450"] 'eisenhower1' is one of four Swedes at the top of the PocketFives rankings[/caption] Sweden is dominating the PocketFives Rankings. It's not like this is anything new, as Swedes are typically staples of the top 10. However, this week, Swedes hold down the top four spots worldwide. Leading the way is 'C Darwin2', who has been #1 on PocketFives since February 10. He continues to pile up cashes, including a second place in the Winamax High Roller on February 28 for $12,000. Four more cashes on Tuesday pushed his PLB score to 7,371 points - 400 more than second place. That spot belongs to Sweden's Niklas "Lena900" Astedt, who is at his all-time high in the rankings after moving up one notch this week. He has 6,956 PLB Points and took down the PokerStars $215 Weekly Six Max over the weekend for almost $13,000, his 86th career win. He is now $71,000 away from hitting $4 million in winnings all-time and is the top-ranked player in the Swedish county of Vastra Gotaland. Swapping places with fellow Swede 'lena900' is 'Ariados', who is at #3 worldwide. He won the PartyPoker High Roller last week for $17,000 and also took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller and PokerStars Bounty Builder last month for almost $25,000 total. 'Ariados' plays under the screen name 'Sasuke234' on PokerStars, where he has $2.2 million in career winnings. Former #1 ranked 'eisenhower1' rounds out the Swedish contingent. 'eisenhower1' is up one spot this week and just hit $8 million in career online tournament winnings, the ninth most of anyone. He has a PLB score of 6,792 points and plays under the handle 'FergieTime5' on PartyPoker. Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown moved back into the top 10 this week. He was at #15 last Wednesday, but jumped to #9 on the strength of a final table over the weekend in the Sunday Second Chance for $20,000. In the middle of February, he won the PartyPoker High Roller and earned $27,000, his largest score of 2016. The Canadian was ranked as high as #3 in the world last year. Continuing to shoot up the rankings is England's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford, who rocketed from #47 to #19 this week, his highest ranking ever. He has eight wins since February 7, two of which came in the PartyPoker High Roller. The Englishman is the second-ranked player in the UK and tops in the city of York. Also moving up was Russia's 'NoPlanB', who started the week at #44 and ended it at #20, his best showing ever. He's the top-ranked player in Moscow and won the weekend's PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $37,000 and 455 PLB Points. Three wins in February raised his career total to 119 and he plays as 'EvnomiYa' across most of the major sites. Poland's 'sickpastor' entered the top 100 at #82, his best ranking ever, after winning four tournaments last month. He claimed gold in a TCOOP event on the last day of January for $105,000, his largest cash to date, and just passed $500,000 in career winnings. 'sickpastor' is the top-ranked player Poland has to offer. Reentering the top 100 was Finnish player 'European', who was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives two years ago. 'European' won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy on Tuesday and is up to $2.6 million in career winnings. He chopped the Sunday Million in late 2014 for $185,000 and has also final tabled a Six Max SCOOP event for over $200,000. [caption width="450"] Rick 'TheClaimeer' Trigg reentered the top 100 at #90[/caption] Finally, England's Rick 'TheClaimeer' Trigg reentered the top 100 at #90. Trigg was once #4 on PocketFives and won the PokerStars $11 Rebuy over the weekend to boost his bankroll by $9,200. The Brit has 552 top three finishes and was the 2014 Yearly PLB champion. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: C Darwin2 - 7,371 points lena900 - 6,957 points Ariados - 6,906 points eisenhower1 - 6,793 points gray31 - 6,738 points SvZff - 6,702 points MendaLerenda - 6,687 points Smeckten - 6,612 points jbrown8777 - 6,593 points veeea - 6,468 points
  11. [caption width="664"] Stats for 'C Darwin2', the top-ranked player in the world[/caption] It's officially a three-peat. For the third straight week, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is #1 in the PocketFives Rankings. It's his longest stint at the top. Can he make it four in a row next week? 'C Darwin2' has 7,324 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings, and leads the second place score of 6,837 points belonging to 'Ariados' by almost 500. The former has only one win that's tracked for the rankings in February, which came in the PartyPoker High Roller on February 7 for $15,000, but has made up for it with top ten finish after top ten finish. In fact, 'C Darwin2' has 18 top-ten runs this month and is pushing $3.7 million in career online tournament scores. 'Ariados' moved up one spot this week to #2. Also from Sweden, 'Ariados' had a blockbuster Valentine's Day, winning the PokerStars Bounty Builder and PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller that day for almost $25,000 total. This is the highest 'Ariados' has ever been in the rankings and he's one of five Swedes in the top eight worldwide. Speaking of Sweden, 'lena900' moved up from #6 to #3, one spot off his all-time high. Closing in on $4 million in lifetime scores, 'lena900' won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed on Tuesday and finished second in the Winamax High Roller over the weekend for $12,000. He has six wins this month, bringing his lifetime total to 85. [caption width="300" align="alignright"] 'IgorK' reentered the top ten[/caption] Simon 'IgorK' Ronnow Pedersen reentered the top ten at #10. He's had five wins in February, including in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $15,000 and PartyPoker High Roller for $10,000. Pedersen just passed $2.1 million in career online winnings and owns almost 300 top-three finishes. Hitting #47 in the world, his best showing ever, was '1_conor_b_1'. This poker player from the UK has been on fire in recent weeks, taking third in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $41,000, final tabling the Sunday 500 for $23,000, and getting fourth in the Sunday Second Chance. That's three Sunday Majors in three weeks. He is the top-ranked online poker player in the city of York and it would not be surprising to see him crack the top 20 worldwide in the near future. [caption width="428"] Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk moved up 20 spots[/caption] Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk moved up 20 spots in the rankings this week to #54. Brouk is the top-ranked player from Finland and made it as high as #17 in the world last year. He took second in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $42,000 officially, his seventh largest cash all-time. Brouk has 333 top-three finishes over the years. Also advancing 20 spots in the rankings was Brazil's Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar, who ended up at #69, one off his all-time high. He won the PokerStars Hotter $162 over the weekend for $20,000 and finished first in the site's Big $162 on the first day of February for $12,000. Bittar is the sixth-ranked player in the South American country and #1 in the capital city of Brasília. Denmark's 'x_zola25' reentered the top 100 at #79. He was once ranked in the top ten on PocketFives and is fresh off winning the PokerStars $109 Rebuy over the weekend for $8,200; he took down the same tournament earlier this month for about the same amount. The Dane's February has also included a win in the PartyPoker High Roller. [caption width="615"] Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen reentered the top 100 at #91 (photo: Pokernyhederne.com)[/caption] Another Danish player, Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen, reentered the top 100 this week. Larsen can be found at #91 and took third in the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy over the weekend and put back $21,000. He won the same tournament on February 7 for almost $40,000, his tenth largest cash to date. Larsen reached as high as #40 in the world on PocketFives last year and is the fourth-ranked player in Denmark. Here are the top ten players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: C Darwin2 - 7,324 points Ariados - 6,837 points lena900 - 6,832 points gray31 - 6,798 points eisenhower1 - 6,726 points MendaLerenda - 6,691 points SvZff - 6,652 points Smeckten - 6,497 points veeea - 6,403 points IgorK - 6,184 points
  12. [caption width="640"] Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8 in the PocketFives Rankings, entering the top 10 for the first time ever (photo: Merit Poker).[/caption] As the old saying about the Trojan Horse goes, "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." In the PocketFives Rankings, it's "Beware of Greeks cracking the top 10." This week, Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up six spots to #8, entering the top 10 for the first time ever. Aslanidis is the top-ranked Greek player and had a colossal 90 in the money finishes over the last eight days, including five wins, which came in the PokerStars Hot $33, PokerStars Bounty Builder, 888 $1,500 Guaranteed Turbo Deep, PokerStars Big $162, and PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em. He capped off his big week by final tabling the Super Tuesday for $12,000. Aslanidis has $1.7 million in career online tournament winnings and, after his blockbuster effort, is up to 128 tracked wins and 6,522 PLB points, about 660 off the lead. 'lena900' continues to reign supreme on PocketFives at #1, a spot he has held since March 30. The Swede won both the Winamax High Roller and partypoker Heavyweight Weigh-In over the weekend for 300 PLB Points combined and then finished sixth in the Sunday 500 for another $13,000. 'lena900' leads the Swedish online poker contingent, which holds the top three spots in the rankings, and has 7,184 PLB Points. Nipping at the heels of 'lena900' is fellow Swede 'C Darwin2', who has 7,003 points. The former #1 ranked player final tabled a W Series High Roller event over the weekend and just lapped $3.8 million in career winnings. He was ranked #1 from March 23 to March 30 of this year. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford is on the brink of entering the top 10 worldwide for the first time ever. He moved up 10 spots this week to #11 on the strength of a win in the partypoker High Roller for $12,000 and 251 PLB Points under the screen name 'LarryErbs'. Beresford is the second-ranked player in the UK and #1 in the city of York. Signing up for PocketFives this week and entering his screen names, 'Bausss', from the Czech Republic, vaulted into 24th place in the rankings. He opened the month of April with four wins in two days, including five-figure scores in the Bounty Builder and Big $55 on PokerStars. He has had four top-10 finishes since the rankings were last calculated and can be found under the user name 'MonkeyBausss' online. Also new to the rankings this week is Bristol's 'showers', who signed up for PocketFives on Monday and debuted at #56. 'showers' took down the 888 Whale on Sunday for $34,000 and 423 PLB Points and finished third in the site's Volcano the day before for $13,000. He has 77 career top-three finishes and is nearing $1 million in lifetime winnings. [caption width="450"] Sweden's Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren jumped 21 spots[/caption] Sweden's Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren moved up 21 spots to #27. He made the final tables of the partypoker Heavyweight Weigh-In and 888 Whale over the weekend for $21,000 combined, pushing his career cash total north of $6.3 million. Berggren was ranked #1 in the world for two stretches in 2014. Brazil's Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes reentered the top 100 at #79 this week. Moraes was the winner of the most recent PokerStars Sunday 500 and bagged $61,000 and 576 PLB Points. It was his second straight month final tabling that Sunday Major, as he finished fifth in it in mid-March as well. Moraes is #4 in Brazil. Finally, Jamie 'pokerjamers' Armstrong reentered the top 100 at #82 in the world. He was ranked as high as #3 five years ago and took second in the Sunday Kickoff three days ago for $20,000, his second five-figure score of April. He has $4.7 million in career online winnings. Here's this week's top 10: lena900 - 7,184 points C Darwin2 - 7,004 points Ariados - 6,955 points Big Huni - 6,931 points veeea - 6,879 points hellohellohello - 6,659 points joaosimaobh - 6,646 points damourinio - 6,522 points RoccoGe - 6,520 points MendaLerenda - 6,449 points
  13. [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.
  14. [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
  15. [caption width="640"] Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao became the #1 ranked player in the PocketFives Rankings for the third time in his career[/caption] Since April 27, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' and Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao have been battling for the #1 spot worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. 'C Darwin2' held down the lead from April 27 to May 4. Then, the Brazilian was #1 for a week before, like a playground see-saw, the Swede took back the title for almost a month. Simao was ranked #1 for the first week of June before 'C Darwin2' was ranked #1 for the last two weeks. Now, the tide has shifted once again, as Simao is the big kahuna on PocketFives for the third time in his career. Simao has 7,839 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings, which is almost exactly 100 more than his Swedish nemesis. He only has nine in the money finishes through the first three weeks of June, but had a second place finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 to close out the month of May for almost $20,000. Simao, who plays as 'INeedMassari' on PokerStars, boasts $4.2 million in career online winnings, three-quarters of which has come on the world's largest online poker room. He won April's Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard on the strength of his largest score ever, which came in the PokerStars Mountain Series for $167,000. 'C Darwin2' dropped to third place this week. And moving up one spot from #3 to #2 was 'lena900'. The Swede, who was last ranked #1 in the world in April, final tabled the partypoker Super High Roller over the weekend for $12,000 and won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy Turbo the same day for another $6,200. 'lena900' has a PLB score of 7,738 points. [caption width="639"] Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is knocking on the door of the top 10[/caption] There were no new entrants into the top 10 of the rankings this week, but outside of that group there was plenty of drama. Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov sits at #11, five spots higher than he was ranked last week, after winning the PokerStars Hot $162 on Sunday and putting back almost $6,000. He also finished fifth in the partypoker High Roller the same day, one of 11 scores he had on June 19. Two spots behind the Russian is Canada's Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy, who was up eight spots to #13. Molloy has four wins since last Wednesday's rankings update: the PokerStars $320 Six-Max, Hot $27, Big $109, and $82 Turbo Knockout. Those were worth almost $20,000 total and boosted his career win total to 317. Molly is tied for 20th for the most wins in tournaments that PocketFives tracks. The entire community trails Finland's 'mawko', who has a mammoth 471 wins during his career, two-dozen more than anyone: mawko - 471 moertelmu - 448 Thegrinders7 - 447 ErMataNinho - 446 rounder63 - 428 luckymo32 - 421 Trekan61 - 418 FrankTaylor3 395 paybackLV - 395 pessagno - 390 PokerKaiser - 379 OgSulttaani - 361 tedSTRETCH - 350 nilsef - 350 DENGER - 350 domino20 - 339 Karculya - 336 MatveichukR - 325 moorman1 - 325 cedrick1 - 317 JMolloy - 317 "I'm very pleased with my play and results over the last few months," Molloy said. "I've been trying to lower my table count for the most part and cut out some of the smaller buy-ins with bigger fields. I feel like I have a good grasp of people's ranges and overall game plans when we're deep in tournaments and especially at the final table. Also, I have been having more frequent coaching sessions with 'apestyles' recently, so that doesn't hurt either." Sweden's Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen rocketed 21 spots to #54 in the world after a rock solid Sunday in which he won the Winamax High Roller and placed fourth in the partypoker High Roller for almost $30,000 combined. Those were his 19th and 20th largest career scores and helped boost his lifetime cash total to $1.6 million. He reached an all-time high of #23 in the rankings and could easily surpass that mark with a few more top-tier runs. "I'm going to the WSOP next week, so it feels really good to be on an upswing," Odeen said. The best debut of anyone in the top 100 this week went to Brazil's Pedro 'gusma' Madeira, who entered at #73. He won the weekend's Sunday Grand on PokerStars and added $50,000 to his bankroll. At the same time, recorded his second largest score ever. Madeira was ranked as high as #20 worldwide last year and is the fourth-ranked player in his home country. Also entering the top 100 this week was another Brazilian, Fabiano 'Kovalski' Kovalski, who came in at #93, his best ranking ever. Kovalski won the PokerStars Hot $215 last week for $6,100 and finished fourth in this week's Fat Tuesday for another $5,800. Kovalski has $1.6 million in career online tournament winnings, a significant chunk of which came after he took second in a WCOOP Challenge event three years ago for almost $150,000. This week's top 10: joaosimaobh - 7,839 points lena900 - 7,738 points C Darwin2 - 7,715 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,494 points Pot4teUS - 7,446 points RoccoGe - 7,221 points damourinio - 6,992 points eisenhower1 - 6,923 points Ariados - 6,821 points NoPlanB - 6,708 points
  16. [caption width="640"] 'eisenhower1' is one of five Swedes ranked in the top 10 on PocketFives (image: PokerNews)[/caption] The Swedes are back in town. Players from Sweden own five of the top 10 spots worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week after 'eisenhower1' moved up three spots to #8. He's a former #1 player and could make a serious run to reclaim his crown. 'eisenhower1' was ranked #1 as recently as January and finished second in the 888 Super XL Main Event in late May for $158,000, his second largest career cash ever. On June 7, he won the PokerStars $55 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo for $3,800 and 141 PLB Points. That win was his 164th career first place finish. 'eisenhower1' owns $8.5 million in online tournament winnings, the seventh most of anyone, and is the reigning Yearly PLB champion. He has a PLB score of 7,019 points, about 1,200 less than the rankings leader, fellow Swede 'C Darwin2'. Speaking of 'C Darwin2', he has been ranked #1 on PocketFives since June 8 and has 8,202 PLB Points. He continues to churn out wins and final tables to preserve his lead over the rest of the community, including victories in the partypoker Heavyweight $30,000 Guarantee Rebuy and Winamax High Roller this month for over $16,000 combined. 'C Darwin2' has $4.2 million in career online tournament winnings and is enjoying his fourth stint as the #1 ranked player on PocketFives. He has $2.5 million in career winnings on PokerStars alone. Other Swedes in the top 10 worldwide include 'lena900', who is #3 once again this week after holding the same spot last week; 'Pot4teUS', who is one spot behind 'lena900' at #4 in the world, his best ranking ever; and 'Ariados', who moved up one spot from #10 to #9. Another Swede, Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar, ticked up 11 spots to #25, his best ranking ever. Korsar, who is just a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $8 million for his career, has won the Winamax XTREME and 888 Turbo Mega Deep already this month for over $20,000 total and has eight top-10 finishes to his credit in June. He's the top-ranked online poker player in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. [caption width="640"] Bryan 'bparis' Paris moved back into the top 100 this week[/caption] Canada's Bryan 'bparis' Paris reentered the top 100 at #46, the best top-100 debut of anyone this week. Paris is fresh off winning his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown, the 20th largest ever recorded, and has won five MTTs in June, including the PokerStars Super Tuesday. As a result, Paris passed $9.3 million in career online winnings and is quickly closing in on $10 million. As it stands, he has the third highest career cash total of anybody. Also reentering the top 100 this week was Malta's Davide 'girex91' Marchi, who came in at #59. He has four wins in June along with final tables in the PokerStars Super Tuesday and Winamax High Roller. On Tuesday, Marchi won the PokerStars Hot $215 for his 71st career win. He's looking to pass his previous best ranking of #10 in the world, set last year. "It feels good," Marchi said. "I didn't grind for a long time, but now I am. I am going to get in the top 10 soon." Argentina's Cristian 'Progre69' Sampaoli also made waves this week, shooting up 22 spots to #67. He won the Hot $215 over the weekend for $15,000 and finished second in last week's Thursday Thrill for $32,000. He's the second-ranked player in Argentina and #1 in his hometown of Rosario. Sweden's 'fabregarp' entered the top 100 at #86 this week, his best showing ever. He won last week's PokerStars.fr Night on Stars for $5,200 and 160 PLB Points and then final tabled the site's Sunday High Roller over the weekend. 'fabregarp' is up to $1.8 million in career online MTT winnings and is the top-ranked player in the Swedish town of Norrtalje. Finally, Sweden's Erik 'Kihlstrom' Olofsson entered the top 100 at #92. This former Triple Crown winner has won two tournaments in June and finished in the money 15 times on June 12 alone to push his way up the leaderboard. Olofsson has $3.3 million in career winnings and reached an all-time high of #51 worldwide in the rankings earlier this year. All told, there are 16 Swedes in the top 100 worldwide, including eight in the top 30. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,202 points joaosimaobh - 8,094 points lena900 - 7,858 points Pot4teUS - 7,490 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,413 points RoccoGe - 7,329 points damourinio - 7,047 points eisenhower1 - 7,019 points Ariados - 6,995 points NoPlanB - 6,837 points
  17. [caption width="300" align="alignleft"] Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov won the May PocketFives Leaderboard[/caption] Like other poker players, Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov hit it big during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker last month. During the series' Main Event, he made the final table and finished in ninth place for $104,000, the largest score of his online poker career. He also earned 756 PLB Points for the PocketFives Rankings. Those points helped secure the win in the May Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard. All told throughout the 31-day period, 'NoPlanB' earned 3,899 PLB Points and edged out the second place tally belonging to Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford by 50. Needless to say, it was a close finish between two extremely talented players. Mordvinov started May off on the right foot, finishing second in the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $63,000 and 445 PLB Points. That tournament had 455 entrants and a prize pool of $455,000. The $63,000 he got for winning it was his fifth largest score all-time. On May 15, he found the winner's circle of an online MTT that PocketFives tracks for the first time in May, and it was a big one. He took down the partypoker High Roller for $20,000 and 317 PLB Points. The same day, he took down the 888 Turbo Mega Deep for $13,000 and piled on another 261 PLB Points. Two days later, the Russian won the PokerStars Hot $162 for $13,000 and almost 300 PLB Points. The same day as his Hot $162 win, he had an encore performance in the Winamax High Roller, taking that tournament down for $14,000 and another 229 PLB Points. Those wins made up his second career PocketFives Triple Crown, an award that requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the rankings within a week. His SCOOP Main Event ninth place run happened on May 22 and, one day later, he cashed in a SCOOP $1,050 No Limit Hold'em event for another $11,000. This is the first MPLB title that Mordvinov has won. And it's just the third MPLB title that Russia has won over the years. His 3,899 PLB Points were the most by any MPLB winner since the 3,992 scored by Sweden's 'eisenhower1' last September. Because of his recent success, 'NoPlanB' is up to #8 worldwide in the rankings, two spots off his all-time high set earlier this year, and is the top-ranked Russian. [caption width="640"] Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford finished second in the May MPLB race[/caption] Beresford won the partypoker High Roller on the seventh day of May for $11,000 and 223 PLB Points. One day later, he took gold in the site's Super High Roller, a $2,600 buy-in tournament, for a $64,000 score and almost 500 PLB Points. Beresford's biggest score during May came on the 17th in a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Four-Max event. He won that tournament, which had 308 entrants, for $171,000 officially and a mammoth 784 PLB Points. And if that weren't enough, the next day, he was the runner-up in a partypoker Powerfest event and racked up $28,000. The SCOOP and partypoker Super High Roller wins were the largest and third largest of Beresford's career, respectively. He's up to 84 career wins and is the top-ranked online poker player in the United Kingdom. Third place in the May MPLB went to Sweden's 'lena900', who had a score of 3,565 points. His big hit during the month came in a SCOOP $2,100 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up tournament. He finished third in that event for $35,000. Also in May, he won the partypoker High Roller for $26,000 and took down a Powerfest High Roller event for $15,000. The top 10 in May's MPLB: NoPlanB - 3,899.90 points 1_conor_b_1 - 3,849.70 points lena900 - 3,565.86 points Tiny_molester - 3,448.78 points Pot4teUS - 3,420.76 points p0cket00 - 3,390.05 points decay - 3,250.75 points C Darwin2 - 3,247.25 points 3p3nipa - 3,236.82 points Ekziter - 3,135.76 points
  18. [caption width="661"] Stats for 'C Darwin2', the new #1 online poker player in the world[/caption] It took all of one week for Sweden's 'C Darwin2' to retake the top spot in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. After a one-week reign at #1 by Brazil's 'joaosimaobh', the title of top online poker player in the world went back across the Atlantic to Sweden. This is 'C Darwin2's' third stint at #1. He ruled the roost for seven weeks ending March 30. Then, fellow Swede 'lena900' was the #1 player in the world for a month. 'C Darwin2' then regained the title from April 27 to May 4 before the Brazilian was #1 last week. 'C Darwin2', who moved up four spots this week, is three days removed from winning the high-stakes kickoff event of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He took down a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em tournament and earned $226,000. As a result of his SCOOP victory, 'C Darwin2' is officially over $4 million in career online tournament winnings and over $2.5 million on PokerStars. He has a PLB score of 8,039 points and leads the second-ranked 'joaosimaobh' by 156. There were two new entrants into the top 10 worldwide, and one of them is the most decorated player in online poker history. Chris 'moorman1' Moorman moved up two spots to #9. He was last ranked #1 two years ago and won the Extreme Tuesday last week for $10,000. This Tuesday, he took down the PokerStars Big $162 for $4,800. [caption width="640"] Chris 'moorman1' Moorman reentered the top 10 for the first time since April 2014[/caption] Moorman has a blistering 786 top-three finishes in online MTTs and sits at $13.3 million in career online tournament scores, over $4 million more than the next closest person. This is his first week in the top 10 in 25 months. "It's great to be back in the top 10 again after putting in some volume lately, but I'm really shooting to get back to the #1 spot if I can put together a huge SCOOP," Moorman said. "I've already made a couple of big runs and have been putting a ton of work into my game recently, so I'm feeling very confident right now." Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford also entered the top 10 this week. He's at #10 in the world, his highest ranking ever, and was up seven spots thanks to a win in the partypoker Super High Roller three days ago for $64,000 and almost 500 PLB Points. One day before that, Beresford won the partypoker High Roller and banked $11,000. Beresford is the second-ranked player in the UK and #1 in his home city of York, England. Canada's Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy moved up eight places this week to land at #11, three off his all-time best. Molly finished second in a SCOOP $700 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy on Monday for almost $100,000. That score, his largest ever, also boosted his PLB tally by 550 points. You can find him on PokerStars, where he has over $4.5 million in career winnings, under the user name 'Jays94'. "It feels really good," Molloy said. "Hopefully I can crack the top 10 soon enough. It also feels good to get my first six-figure score in the $700 Rebuy SCOOP event. Although it was technically a few dollars short of that, I'm going to count it as one anyways." Russia's Anton 'aJarov' Yakuba moved up 38 places to #25 in the world after a blockbuster week in which he finished second in a $320 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max on PokerStars and won the Black Chip Sunday Special, PokerStars $12,000 Guarantee, Black Chip $4,000 Guarantee, and an iPOPS event. Those resulted in his third career PocketFives Triple Crown and propelled him to within four spots of his best ranking ever, which was set last year. Also trending towards #1 in a big way was Finland's Tomi 'emeriaa' Brouk, who was up 55 spots to #32. The top-ranked Fin has four five-figure scores already this month after wins in the 888 Crocodile, PokerStars Super Sized Sunday, and partypoker High Roller. He also final tabled the Sunday 500 this month for $15,000. Brouk is quickly closing in on $5 million in career online tournament winnings. Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes reentered the top 10 at #36 and passed $4 million in career online winnings to boot. In the last week, he won a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em event for $325,000 and a commanding 1,331 PLB Points. That score came just a month removed from a win in the Sunday 500. Moraes is also fresh off finishing third in a €25,750 High Roller event during the European Poker Tour's Grand Final in Monaco last week. That cash netted him well over $600,000 and boosted him to #8 on Brazil's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,039 points joaosimaobh - 7,883 points Ariados - 7,200 points lena900 - 7,146 points veeea - 6,858 points Big Huni - 6,824 points jbrown8777 - 6,807 points hellohellohello - 6,752 points moorman1 - 6,707 points 1_conor_b_1 - 6,702 points
  19. [caption width="640"] Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez has been #1 for nearly 11 straight weeks (SHRPO photo)[/caption] It has been 75 days since Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez became the #1-ranked online poker player in the world and he doesn’t appear ready to let go of that position any time soon despite a full host of world class players doing their best to take it from him. Gonzalez didn’t put in a lot of volume over the last week, cashing just six times with only one of them being good enough to add to his PLB points total. Gonzalez finished 15th in the $300 buy-in Winning Poker Network Sunday Special for $4,100 and 139.26 points. He now sits 1,033.63 points ahead of his nearest competitor, Bulgaria’s Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov. Dimitrov cashed 25 times this last week but with only one of them counting towards his PLB total, he failed to make up any ground on Gonzalez. Dimitrov’s sole big score came in the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday where he finished sixth for $8,189 and 157.89 points. He’s now been sitting in the #2 spot for seven straight weeks. The next two spots belong to a pair of Swedish players who have both spent time at #1 in 2016. ‘C Darwin2’ sits third with 8,071.3 points while ‘lena900’ is right behind him with 8,351.54 points. ‘C Darwin2’ moved up from #4 thanks to his win in the partypoker $100,000 Guaranteed Super High Roller on Sunday. ‘C Darwin’ beat out 45 other players to win $42,550 and 339.12 points. He also had an eight place finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $8,256/180.03.Meanwhile, ’lena900’ had just seven ITM finishes this week and none were big enough to add to his PLB total to fall from #3 to #4. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten rounded out the top five. The sole Brazilian to crack the top 10, Baumgarten had 31 cashes this week, highlighted by the only one big enough to boost his PLB total. Baumgarten took down the 888 poker $50,000 QuarterBack event on December 8, beating 204 other players to win $9,207/223.61. Two players moved up into the top 10 this past week. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar went from #11 to #9 while Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich hit #10 - his highest ranking ever. Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown fell to #11 and #12 respectively. PocketFives Top 10 Rankings RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,429.241 2Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,395.612 3C Darwin28,351.344 4lena9008,071.303 5Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten7,975.825 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,349.326 7Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg6,949.498 8Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,804.999 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,711.9111 10Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich6,689.3712
  20. [caption width="640"] 'Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten retook the #1 spot this week for the first time since 2015[/caption] For 10 straight weeks Sweden's 'C Darwin2' held down the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings and fought off all of those who came calling for the crown. Well that streak is over now after Brazilian Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten put together a solid enough week to climb all the way up from #4 to #1. Baumgarten’s move was largely thanks to an amazing run on September 13. In the span of just a few hours he finished eighth in the $1,050 buy-in World Championship of Online Poker Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship for $8,455 and 176.33 PLB points, third in the PokerStars $215 buy-in Fat Tuesday for $15,229 and 204.96 points and finally topping the 284-player field in the Volcano on 888 poker for $32,252 and 404.16 points. He wasn’t done there though. Later in the week Baumgarten was runner up in the Hot $44 on PokerStars for $3,640/113.35 and then runner-up in the partypoker Super High Roller on Sunday for $34,500/274.02. 'C Darwin2' fell only one spot. He remains with striking distance of top spot thanks to three big scores over the last seven days. The Swedish poker pro finished 22nd in the WCOOP $10,300 High Roller for $43,074/295.31, took second place in the $109 Bubble Rush on PokerStars and then third in partypoker Powerfest High Roller for $26,400/265.78. He sits just 103.63 behind Baumgarten. Another player who made a big jump is Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov. The Buglarian went from #5 to #3 this week and unlike most of his colleagues, improved his position with the benefit of a massive WCOOP score. Dimitrov started the week off winning the 888 poker Tornado for $6,622 and 174.62 points. He then won the partypoker Powerfest Six Max High Roller, earning $22,167 and 298.33 on Thursday. That same day he finished runner-up in the Winamax High Roller event for $6,012/119.87. He then picked up another $5,075 and 163.03 points thanks to a seventh place finish in the PokerStars Sunday SuperSonic. This marks the third time that Dimitrov has climbed all the way to #3 - his career high. While Baumgarten and Dimitrov moved up this week, none of the top five fell out of that group. ‘C Darwin2’ fell one spot to #2 while another Swede, ‘lena900’ dropped from #2 to #5. There was just as much movement in spots #6 - #10 even though no new players cracked the top 10. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar moved up from #9 to #6. Korsar had two big scores this week. He finished second in the PokerStars.fr Half Million event for $68,696 and 531.85 points. Then on Sunday he recorded a fifth place finish in WCOOP Event #51, $1,050 Six Max No Limit Hold’em. That earned the Swedish pro $30,618 and 354.92 points. This marks a career-best ranking for Korsar, one of five Swedish players in the top 10. Another one of those Swedes is right behind Korsar. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggen moved from #10 to #7 this week and he also has a WCOOP score to thank. Berggen finished eighth in WCOOP Event #35, $1,575 Super Tuesday Special Edition for $33,218 and 387.69 points. The next day he conquered the field in the partypoker PowerFest Six Max Turbo High Roller for $15,626. RankPlayerPointsPrevious 1Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten8,010.054 2C Darwin2'7,907.421 3Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov7,585.295 4lena900'7,442.702 5Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,441.973 6Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,125.799 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggen6,998.8010 8Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,925.467 9Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,912.666 10Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov6,853.778
  21. The one constant with the PocketFives Rankings the past 10 weeks has been the name at the top and the frequency at which the name in the #2 spot has changed. Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ has been #1 since July 6 and since then a handful of players have occupied the spot right behind him. For the third week in a row the player sitting second has changed with another Swede, ‘lena900’, moving up from #4 last week. Over the last seven days ‘C Darwin2’ cashed 33 times but only a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 earned enough points to impact his PLB score. The second place result earned him $18,593 and 256.2 points to give him a total of 7,833.73. Meanwhile ‘lena900’ had a milestone setting week. With 35 total cashes for $91,849 in earnings, the former #1-ranked player surpassed the $5 million lifetime earnings mark. Four of those cashes were big enough for ‘lena900’ to add to his PLB score. He started the week with a second place finish in the partypoker High Roller for $25,900 and 283.77 points and the next day finished fourth in a World Championship of Online Poker event for $17,322 and 216.97 points. He also finished second in the $215 buy-in PokerStars Weekender for $13,930 and 215.81 points before wrapping up the week with a third place finish in the PokerStars Hot $109 for $7,967 and 157.15 points. He’s now 275.23 points behind ‘C Darwin2’ and is the fourth player to find themselves sitting second since his reign began. To get to #2, ‘lena900’ leapfrogged the two Brazilians who sat #2 and #3 last week. Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao and Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten each dropped one spot to #2 and #3 respectively this week. Simao only had one cash big enough to earn him PLB points to add to his total this week, but it was a big one. Simao finished first in the $320 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event on PokerStars on Monday. He earned $8,501 and added 201.25 PLB points to his total. Baumgarten had two scores bookend his week of play that added to his PLB score. He opened the week by bubbling the final table of WCOOP event 14 for $4,026 in cash and 184.04 points. He closed the week with a third place finish in the $215 Fat Tuesday on PokerStars for $15,229 and 204.96. He now has 7,450.46 points and is just 383.27 points behind ‘C Darwin2’. Despite cashing 33 times this past week, Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov only had one good enough to help his PLB score. The top ranked player in Bulgaria finished eighth in WCOOP Event #27, $215 Sunday Warm-up Special Edition. That finish earned $17,703 and 368.23 points, his fifth biggest points haul ever. There were two players - both Swedes - who moved up in to the top 10. Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman jumped from #12 to #7 on the backs of three qualifying cashes while Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren jumped from #11 to #10. There are a total of five Swedish players ranked in the top with #9-ranked Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar rounding out the group. Dropping out of the top 10 were Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov and Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy. RANKPLAYERPLB POINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,833.731 2lena9007,558.504 3joaosimaobh7,494.922 4joaomathias7,450.463 5alexd27,181.505 61_conor_b_16,850.327 7Pot4teUS6,816.8612 8NoPlanB6,797.928 9Greenstone256,736.436 10r4ndomr4gs6,705.6111 Complete PocketFives Rankings.
  22. [caption width="660"] Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao found his way back into the top 10 this week (Danny Maxwell photo)[/caption] Seven weeks ago 'C Darwin2' overtook Joao ’joaosimaobh’ Simao for the #1 spot on the PocketFives rankings and he hasn’t relinquished it since. The Swedish grinder added to his lead this week over Joao Mathias '‘joaomathias' Baumgarten, who also gave up ground to the rest of the field. ‘C Darwin2’ built on his lead with just one cash. He took fifth in the $80,000 888poker Whale for for $5,187 and 111.94 points. He’s now over 515 PLB points ahead of Baumgarten who didn’t record a single cash in the last seven days. Sweden’s 'lena900', who moved up to #3 from #6 last week, stayed at #3 even though he too failed to find the scoreboard in the last seven days. His last cash came on August 14 when he finished third in the Winamax High Roller. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford and Aleksandr ‘NoPlanB’ Mordvinov swapped spots this week with Beresford moving up to #4 and Mordvinov falling to #5. Beresford finished second in the PokerStars Hot $215 for $5,860 and 131.62 points and then posted two big wins. On Saturday he won the partypoker $530 buy-in High Roller for $7,840 and 158.9 points and he followed that up on Sunday by beating 167 other players in a $109 SixMax, Hyper-Turbo NLHE event on PokerStars for an additional $3,528 and 132.06 points. He now leads Mordvinov by just 4.71 points. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov returned to action after a nearly week break and continues to hover just outside of the top five. The former #1-ranked player won the PokerStars $162 Ultra Deep Stacks NLHE for $2,795 and 94.07 points – the only one of his 21 cashes that counted towards his ranking. Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao was the #1-ranked player in the world as recently as June 5. If he has another week like the one he just finished, he could find himself back in top spot. Simao beat out 817 other players to win the 888poker $30,000 Weightlifting High Roller for $7,475 and 202.67 PLB points. The next day he won the $320 Six Max NLHE event on PokerStars for $5,198 and 109.54. He won the PokerStars $109 rebuy on Thursday ($4,552 / 83.69), finished runner-up in the PokerStars Hot $215 ($5654 / 129.28) and then fifth in the Big $109 on Tuesday night ($2,660 / 88.64). Those five scores propelled the Brazilian from #12 to #7. Simao’s return to the top 10 meant that one player had to fall out of the top 10. Bulgaria’s Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov, who broke into the top 10 for the first time in his career last week fell all the way to #12. Dimitrov earned his 63rd career win after beating out 63 other players in the $109 buy-in $5,000 Hurricane on 888poker on Sunday. The Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,600.251 2joaomathias7,184.482 3lena9006,913.473 41_conor_b_16,724.845 5NoPlanB6,720.134 6veeea6,570.756 7joaosimaobh6,515.7812 8Pot4teUS6,507.548 9Jmolloy6,482.3110 10Greenstone256,441.377
  23. [caption width="640"] Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez saw his lead atop the PocketFives Rankings shrink this week. (SHRPO photo)[/caption] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez has now been the #1-ranked online poker player in the world but in the last week the two players right behind him, Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov and 'C Darwin2', continue to move closer to the top spot. While Gonzalez and Dimitrov continue to hold down the top two spots, both did so without having recorded any scores over the past week that added to their PLB score. Gonzalez finished ITM just nine times while Dimitrov, known for putting in a higher volume than any other player in the top ten, cashed just 12 times with none of them earning more than 62 PLB points. Dimitrov closed the gap without scoring any additional PLB points as some of Gonzalez's older cashes fell off his score. Meanwhile, Sweden's 'C Darwin' however moved closer to Gonzalez thanks to two big scores. The first came on December 18 when he finished 11th in PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $3,263 and 148.19 PLB points. That same day he final-tabled the partypoker Six-Max Turbo High Roller for $6,240/117.96. Fellow Swede ‘lena900' maintained the #4 spot despite not recording a single cash all week. Brazilian Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten managed to record 37 cashes, but only one of them earned him enough points to add to his total. Baumgarten won the PokerStars Big $55 on December 14 for $9,734/243.52. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth and Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg held on to the #6 and #7 spots respectively to leave the top seven spots unchanged from last week. Sweden's Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren moved up from #11 to #8 based on two wins on December 15. He won the PokerStars.com Hot $33 for $4,294/160.34 and the Thursday Full KO on PokerStars.fr for $5,145/130.95. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar was the only player to fall out of the top ten. Korsar went from #9 to #12. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,001.501 2Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,227.352 3C Darwin28,208.543 4lena9007,858.544 5Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten7,816.185 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,215.976 7Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg7,181.647 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren6,683.4611 9Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich-Jonsen6,679.2310 10Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,516.788
  24. High stakes online tournament specialist, and the #4-ranked player in the world, 'lena900' won in the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller event on partypoker for $47,125. The victory could possibly move the Swedish star to #1 worldwide in this week's PocketFives Rankings update. Hungary's 'Bandika' took second place in that tournament for $30,450. The $530 buy-in High Roller saw 'ErikSchniedel' top the field for an even $39,000. The PokerStars Sunday Million was won outright by 'tzeskobar' for $149,645. PocketFives member Bernardo 'bedias' Dias of Brazil (ranked #84 worldwide) earned $105,014 for his runner-up performance in that event and is all but guaranteed to return to the top 50 later this week. 'lil-lj1981' finished third and cashed for $73,696 while 'Caudillo1313' placed fourth and took home $51,717. 'Sergio1306' came out on top in the Stars Sunday Warm-Up and collected $56,087 for first place with 'ramastar88' cashing for $40,326 for 2nd place. Adrijan 'Adrijan_s' Sinishtaj of Montenegro captured an outright victory in the $1,050 NLHE Sunday Grand and was awarded $52,879. Fellow P5er Maxim 'decay' Lykov came in second, receiving a $39,713 payday. 'Knightsgeee' earned $34,809 upon winning the Sunday Supersonic. 'Fresh_oO_D' took down the Six Max PLO version of the Sunday Grand for $31,213. In the 888 Poker Mega Deep, player 'que_te_crio' received $24,750 for first place. Meanwhile there was a heads-up chop in the WHALE event, as 'Kannwas' and 'wushutm' each took home over $24,200 for their respective first and second place efforts. PokerStars Sunday Million ($200+15 NLHE) 5,260 entrants - $1,052,000 paid out to 728 spots tzeskobar - $149,645.28 Bernardo 'bedias' Dias - $105,014.21 lil-lj1981 - $73,695.75 Caudillo1313 - $51,717.37 Howié - $36,293.68 (Vis Maior) kokandija - $25,469.86 ZeelandBoy - $17,873.90 stockpig - $12,543.31 mattiehkd - $8,802.61 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up ($200+15 NLHE) *$350K Guaranteed 1,861 entrants - $372,200 paid out to 260 spots Sergio1306 - $56,086.61 ramastar88 - $40,325.63 plspaythxbye - $28,994.45 Sanjay_45 - $20,847.25 zÿax - $14,989.35 (OMGpou) hauptschule - $10,777.46 Stammdogg - $7,749.05 takeurent$ - $5,571.68 DFD1909 - $4,006.06 PokerStars Sunday Grand ($1,000+50 NLHE) *$275K Guaranteed 265 entrants - $275,000 paid out to 31 spots Adrijan 'Adrijan_s' Sinishtaj - $52,879.12 Maxim 'decay' Lykov - $39,712.61 aletz99 - $29,824.52 Ruslancheeck - $22,398.47 Berndsen12 - $16,821.44 gray31 - $12,633.06 C Darwin2 - $9,487.55 APonakov - $7,125.22 (Damage) Storimos - $5,351.11 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO ($1,000+50 PLO 6-Max) *$150K Guaranteed 154 entrants - $154,000 paid out to 19 spots Fresh_oO_D - $31,213.06 valyoobet - $23,298.62 IneedMassari - $17,391.03 (Joao Paulo 'joaosimaobh' Simao) nizmo jiz - $12,981.38 (Martin 'Tiny_molester' Kozlov) probirs - $9,689.83 raconteur - $7,232.88 (validandnotinuse) PokerStars Sunday Supersonic ($215 NLHE Six Max Hyper) *$175k Guaranteed 1,056 entrants - $216,227 paid out to 155 spots Knightsgeee - $34,809.22 vinnarin777 - $22,753.30 MkMyWishFish - $14,873.18 Easylimp - $9,722.17 WinZip - $6,355.11 tzeskobar - $4,154.14 PokerStars Sunday Storm ($10+$1 NLHE) *$275k Guaranteed 27,887 entrants - $278,870 paid out to 4,436 spots btn_clicking - $21,689.03 funtasia55 - $14,387.03 kos21$c - $13,772.46 SuperCeleb - $16,567.61 wesely2 - $14,575.77 *5-way deal antz3001 - $5,412.16 roelio7 - $3,891.40 slayer366 - $2,797.98 Joao Carlos 'Dianda' Cantarelli - $2,011.79 partypoker Super High Roller ($2,600 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 58 entrants - $145,000 paid out to 8 spots Tjeeeena - $47,125 (lena900) probirs - $30,450 (Bandika) advancedbetting - $21,750 LuckMervil - $14,500 ErikSchniedel - $10,875 nipa3p3 - $7,975 (3p3nipa) BOOMALOOM - $6,525 ThreeBunPass - $5,800 (3BunPass) partypoker High Roller ($530 NLHE) *$200k Guaranteed 360 entrants - $200,000 paid out to 45 spots ErikSchniedel - $39,000 heyh0o00o - $29,500 joaotreta - $22,000 (hneves182) Makemineadouble - $16,800 dean23pricel - $11,500 trisgraudu555 - $9,000 DieguiitO - $7,000 (Diego Ventura) GundoganBdOr - $5,000 ronnie909 - $3,500 888 Poker WHALE ($600 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 243 entrants - $137,295 paid out to 36 spots Kannwas - $24,201 wushutm - $24,470 *2-way deal SkallePer58 - $15,514 ieatfishies - $11,670 MOI_est_JEAN - $7,963 SpaceyFCB - $6,178 sirobertson - $4,805 themos_17 - $3,432 pokernerd1 - $2,609 888 Poker Mega Deep ($215 NLHE) *$120k Guaranteed 660 entrants - $132,000 paid out to 90 spots que_te_crio - $24,750 Coinshipper - $17,820 summuNNN - $13,200 weneedit - $9,900 gioriz - $6,930 (Giovanni 'pkgioriz' Rizzo) carmen.1957 - $5,610 toilet_po8l - $4,290 Joesef 'jobekr' Snejberg - $2,970 unfrosya - $1,861 (KuraRyaba)
  25. [caption width="640"] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez seems pretty comfortable at the top of the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] It might be harder to dislodge Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez from the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings than anybody imagined. The Uruguayan poker pro held onto the top spot this past week with only two cashes - and only one of them good enough to add to his lead. Gonzalez finished 109th in the PokerStars Mini Sunday Million but that had no impact on his score, but his first place finish in the 888 poker $45,000 Turbo Mega Deep earned him $9,243 and an additional 212.6 PLB points. He now has a 476.68 point lead on his closest competitor, Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov. Dimitrov certainly did his best to try and close the gap this past week. Dimitrov, who is #2 for the third straight week, put in a full schedule of tournaments over the last seven day and found a good score in the PokerStars Sunday Grand, finishing fifth for $17,418/205.38. It was his only qualifying cash of the week. Continuing to hold on to the #3 spot Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten also had just a single cash strong enough to add to his PLB points total. The Brazilian won the PokerStars Big $215 last Wednesday to win $10,913 and earn 239.58 points. While the top three spots remained the same over the last week, the players sitting at #4 and #5 swapped spots. ‘lena900’, who won the October Monthly PLB crown, passed fellow Swede ‘C Darwin2’ on the strength of his win in the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for $9,500 and 223.61 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $7,986/152.03. Banking over 375 points in those two events while ‘C Darwin2’ did not record a single qualifying cash moved ‘lena900’ up to #4 an the #1 spot in Sweden. Swede’s also occupy the #6 and #7 spots. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren maintained his hold on #6 but Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar moved from #8 to #7. Berggren won the Winamax Monster Stack for $3,821/118.28 and finished fourth in the Winamax High Roller for $6,332/115.38. Korsar moved up after winning the PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo on Sunday and finished sixth in 888 poker $100,000 Baby Whale for $4,616/112.47. Moving from #10 to #9 this week was former #1-ranked Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro. The Chilean poker pro moved up that one spot thanks not to his own work, but the aging scores of those around him. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford fell from #9 to #10 after seeing some of his previous scores count for less. The British pro dropped despite banking $10,936/197.27 in the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max. Top 10 Standings RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,218.861 2Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,742.182 3Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten8,369.213 4lena9008,020.065 5C Darwin27,892.034 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,289.056 7Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,089.108 8Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard7,040.477 9Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,915.3610 10Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,815.759
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