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[caption width="600"] Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman moved up 9 spots in the rankings this week[/caption] It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankings have been recalculated. And after a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $57,000 officially, Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman moved up nine spots to #4 in the world, his best ranking ever. The Sunday 500 attracted a field of 613 entrants and had a prize pool north of $300,000. In the end, Wakeman defeated Dimitar 'bipbippp' Yosifov and earned 553 points for the rankings. He calls Sydney, Australia home and won a WCOOP $215 No Limit Hold'em Cubed event in September for $82,000, his second largest online tournament score to date. Wakeman now has 150 tracked wins online, 411 top-three finishes, and is up to $5.5 million in career online MTT winnings, two-thirds of which has come on PokerStars. Wakeman is a three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner, having last accomplished the feat in 2013, and is the #1 player in Australia. He has another $148,000 in live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob. Wakeman told PocketFives, "It feels good to get that high in the rankings. I guess I certainly have been running very well over the past few months. 2016 has been very kind thus far." However, a prolonged stint in the top five doesn't seem to be in the cards, as Wakeman is headed to the Aussie Millions and will be focusing his attention on live poker. Still camped out at #1 in the world this week is Sweden's 'eisenhower1'. He has ruled the roost since September 30 and has three-dozen in the money finishes already in January, including a victory in the Winamax XTASE a week ago for $3,800. His PLB score is 7,371 points and he leads second-ranked 'veeea' by 146. [caption width="450"] 'eisenhower1' is #1 on PocketFives[/caption] Another Swede, 'Ariados', moved up from #14 to #10 this week, two spots off his all-time high of #8 set last year. 'Ariados' won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo two days ago for $5,900 and, on January 5, found the winner's circle in the PartyPoker High Roller, Winamax High Roller, and PokerStars.fr Full KO for almost $25,000 total. He has eight tracked wins since the end of November and is poised to climb even further in the rankings in the weeks to come. There are nine players from Sweden in the top 20 of the rankings. One of the country's biggest movers and shakers this week was 'Pot4teUS', who rose 18 spots to settle at #17. 'Pot4teUS' finished third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend, the same tournament Wakeman won, and earned $30,000. The same day, he took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller for over $8,000. On PokerStars, you can find him under the handle 'TanTanSWE'. Ukraine's 'psyhoagromor' moved up 24 spots to #47. He had seven cashes on January 12 alone and owns 33 in the money finishes this month. 'psyhoagromor' is the top-ranked Ukrainian and was ranked as high as #16 in the world in 2014. In 57th place this week, a 25-spot improvement on a week ago, is 'emeriaa'. The Fin final tabled a PokerStars.fr tournament over the weekend for $10,000 and has five scores of at least $5,000 in January. He was absent from the felts between late November and the New Year, but was ranked as high as #17 last year. 'emeriaa' is the #2 player in Finland and tops in the city of Jyvaskyla. [caption width="450"] Grayson 'gray31' Ramage reentered the top 100[/caption] Costa Rica's Grayson 'gray31' Ramage reentered the top 100 at #91. Ramage was a top-ten player in 2011 and won the PokerStars Big $109 four days ago for $16,000. He has amassed $5.5 million in career online tournament earnings and is the second-ranked player in Costa Rica. Ramage told PocketFives, "I've been on the edge of the rankings for a while and just don't put in the volume to get up there much anymore." He also shared his 2016 poker plans: "This year, it'll be more playing and coaching for me. I'll be playing LAPC and Bay 101 next month and mainly focusing on online until then." Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: eisenhower1 - 7,371 points veeea - 7,225 points Smeckten - 6,749 points mjw006 - 6,693 points Legenden - 6,637 points SvZff - 6,629 points lena900 - 6,429 points C Darwin2 - 6,396 points IgorK - 6,354 points Ariados - 6,318 points
[caption width="600"] Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman has been balancing poker with being the father of a 6-year-old, photo: Poker Asia Pacific[/caption] As anyone who has kids knows, they literally change their parents' lives. You suddenly have the lives of others in your hands and that carefree lifestyle you used to have is gone out the window. Bar-hopping? Nope. Staying up until 3am? Gone. For Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman, having a kid is about picking his battles in poker wisely and, at the same time, living the life of what he jokingly calls a "glorified housewife." "He's the best, and sometimes he's the worst. It's funny because there's no structure to what he likes to do. It's innocent really, so whatever is fun for him at any point in time is what he wants to do," Wakeman said of his six-year-old son. "He is pretty into video games like Minecraft and Skylanders, loves running around aimlessly outside, and surprisingly but thankfully loves going to school." His kid is not adept at poker… yet. But, he does enjoy watching his dad play and occasionally gives advice. Wakeman's career choice also allows him to work his schedule around so he can spend more time with his family than he might have with a regular 9-5. "Playing poker has made my life so much easier being a full-time dad, as my wife is very career-focused and has had a very full-on job over the past three or four years," Wakeman said. "I'm sure I've been able to spend way more time with him in these early years than most people get to spend with their children, so that's a really nice perk of playing a lot of online poker." "It's obviously a really different lifestyle compared to a lot of working families who need to use childcare or something like that," said Wakeman. "Having the flexibility of me playing poker is really nice." The Aussie final tabled the partypoker High Roller last Monday, four days after taking down a Mountain Series event on PokerStars. As a result, he's up to $5.7 million in career online tournament winnings, one of just 47 players to achieve that milestone. And it's a good thing he's cashing time and again. "Kids aren't cheap, but I've never really felt stress poker-wise since my wife has a job where she earns enough to support the whole family," said Wakeman. "Overall, I see my role in the household to be a good dad and a good husband, to support her career, to support his learning, and to make sure he is happy and comfortable in life." "I'm basically a glorified housewife at the end of the day; my wife is the breadwinner," he jokingly said. "It doesn't bother me really since my wife and I have our roles in the household and we're both more than comfortable with the situation." Wakeman is the top-ranked online poker player in Australia and the 15th-ranked online poker player in the world. He has over 5,600 in the money scores, 422 top-three finishes, and almost $4 million in winnings on PokerStars alone. He also has $164,000 in career live cashes, according to the Hendon Mob. Wakeman's volume has declined over the years, but it's not for the reasons you might think. The decline in volume is more about wanting to playing fewer tables than anything dad-wise. "It's mostly because the games have gotten a lot tougher and there's a lot less you can autopilot these days in high-stakes MTTs," he said. Consequently, he focuses more intently on fewer tables. Having a child also has its perks, as kids are the ultimate distraction. They're seemingly always happy, curious, and energetic, potentially the perfect cure for a rough day at the poker tables. Unless they're melting down. "He helps when I've had a bad day to be able to be completely distracted," said Wakeman. "He always makes me realize there's more to life than just poker. Any time I'm stressed, it's more likely to be about life things and my lack of organization than it is to be about poker or finances. If I am ever stressed about poker, it's almost always a decision-based stress where I don't think I'm playing well or making too many mistakes or something like that as opposed to being worried about losing money or something." More of his earnings in recent months have come on partypoker and 888, two sites he has begun playing at more often. However, most of his volume remains on PokerStars. In fact, all four of his largest career scores came on PokerStars, the largest of which was nearly $100,000 and came via a win in the Super Tuesday in 2013. His largest cash in 2016 so far is a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for a healthy $57,000.
Former world-ranked #1 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff topped a 62-player field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to win $38,529. With seven places paid, 'x_zola25', 'kissyingui', and 'jays94' all cashed before RYE's 'bencb789' hit the rail in fourth place for $14,419. Sweden's Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar then took the bronze medal for $20,009, before 'edoiler' departed at the last for $27,765 and Van Zadelhoff was crowned the victor. For the second week running, the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million played out as a progressive knockout, with 14,139 entrants taking to the virtual tables. The prize pool reached $1,413,900, although this was over $200,000 less than the previous week. When just three players remained, 'Apoutsos' saw their chances of victory ended for $36,028 + $8,609 in bounties before the final two agreed to a chop and battled heads-up for the bounties. 'Armin2188' ultimately departed as runner-up for $59,038 + $16,188, and Brazil's 'FKAXM', who won a SCOOP Low title back in May, secured the win for $59,038 + $29,705. Matthew 'mjw006' Wakeman came through a 598 player-field in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up to bank $21,081. The former WCOOP title winner defeated 'offQbert45' heads-up, who departed with $15,298 as runner-up after 'Kakiers04' took the bronze for $11,101. It was a good day at the office for many of partypoker's Team Pro with Roberto Romanello, Patrick Leonard, and Jeff Gross all achieving podium places. Romanello just missed out on the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator title after 'Greenstone25' won the heads-up battle. Fellow Team Pro Gross departed in sixth place, with 'NewYorkJimmY', 'Und4d0gsonT0P' and 'Martin Fingered' the next to exit, before 'Greenstone25' picked up $11,108 + $11,403 (in bounties) for victory, with Welshman Romanello adding $11,096 + $5,683 to his online bankroll. Gross made his second final table appearence of the day in partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $100k Gtd. Renato Nomura of Team Pro exited in fifth place for $4,614 + $4,068 (in bounties) before Gross took the bronze for $9,558 + $3,871. 'BaBaDeBaBa' then took the title for $14,508 + $22,542, as 'NewYorkJimmY' collected $14,496 + $8,760. Patrick Leonard won $5,319 + $4,741 (in bounties) for third place in the partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter, but it was 'Dandelion32892' who took the glory. 172 entrants created a $88,150 prize pool and 'Dandelion32892' banked $7,295 + $10,504 (in bounties) as champion after a heads-up victory over 'happymermaid', who banked $7,286 + $3,072 in second place. Below are this week's results: PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed PKO 14,139 entrants, $1,413,900 prize pool FKAXM - $59,038* + $29,705 (in bounties) Armin2188 - $59,038* + $16,188 (in bounties) Apoutsos - $36,028 + $8,609 (in bounties) ŠQ3-Paper - $26,146 + $3,840 (in bounties) jhonne silva - $18,974 + $3,404 (in bounties) BADEXTASY - $13,769 + $1,007 (in bounties) caaaaamel - $9,992 + $2,415 (in bounties) SamuelBT - $7,251 + $ 6,652 (in bounties) dazzy2004 - $5,262 + $3,855 (in bounties) PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 62 entrants, $124,000 prize pool SvZff - $38,529 edoiler - $27,765 Greenstone25 - $20,009 bencb789 - $14,419 jays94 - $10,391 kissyingui - $7,488 x_zola25 - $5,396 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 779 entrants, $389,500 prize pool valdemaar74 - $32,917 + $26,913 (in bounties) Neanderthal4 - $24,127 + $14,343 (in bounties) pisky16 - $17,685 + $5,738 (in bounties) king2173 - $12,963 + $5,314 (in bounties) STWiNNeR26Ru - $9,502 + $1,445 (in bounties) thebigdog09 - $6,965 + $3,179 (in bounties) Be@trixKiddo - $5,105 + $1,945 (in bounties) x_zola25 - $3,742 + $2,289 (in bounties) Tu Ta Tenso? - $2,743 + $2,796 (in bounties) PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $100k Gtd 598 entrants, $119,600 prize pool mjw006 - $21,081 offQbert45 - $15,298 Kakiers04 - $11,101 babecallme - $8,056 SinkedShrimp - $5,846 paxantho - $4,242 Diadem1 - $3,079 geokrinikali - $2,234 edyvpakistan - $1,621 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator $100k Gtd 118 entrants, $120,360 prize pool Greenstone25 - $11,108 + $11,403 (in bounties) R_Romanello - $11,096 + $5,683 (in bounties) Martin Fingered - $7,930 + $2,421 (in bounties) Und4d0gsonT0P - $5,551 + $6,085 (in bounties) NewYorkJimmY - $4,123 + $1,300 (in bounties) JeffGross - $3,172 + $0 (in bounties) kristian150 - $2,537 + $3,266 (in bounties) Benetnasch - $2,061 + $780 (in bounties) partypoker $530 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter - $75k Gtd 172 entrants, $88,150 prize pool Dandelion32892 - $7,295 + $10,504 (in bounties) happymermaid - $7,286 + $3,072 (in bounties) Patrick_Leonard - $5,319 + $4,741 (in bounties) Bulyba23 - $3,806 + $1,017 (in bounties) hummylun - $2,659 + $1,935 (in bounties) patience - $2,063 + $1,435 (in bounties) AbejlogluBele - $1,604 + $1,082 (in bounties) Vanessa23 - $1,261 + $1,558 (in bounties) partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $100k Gtd 59 entrants, $120,950 prize pool BaBaDeBaBa - $14,508 + $22,542 (in bounties) NewYorkJimmY - $14,496 + $8,760 (in bounties) JeffGross - $9,558 + $3,871 (in bounties) Saul.Goodman - $5,932 + $6,431 (in bounties) Renato_normura - $4,614 + $4,068 (in bounties) Dinmamaparty - $3,625 + $3,412 (in bounties) HennHuegele - $3,131 + $1,050 (in bounties) Dandelion32892 - $3,131 + $525 (in bounties) partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $150k Gtd 628 entrants, $193,424 prize pool John Coffey13 - $13,609 + $19,521 (in bounties) akkaakkkaa - $13,590 + $6,449 (in bounties) shall not fade - $9,222 + $765 (in bounties) CogitoErgoSumUK - $6,348 + $1,333 (in bounties) SentaaPua - $4,439 + $1,972 (in bounties) Gil Wolff - $3,226 + $1,481 (in bounties) Gggiuliooooooooo - $2,323 + $3,108 (in bounties) Dark_Times - $1,649 + $1,984 (in bounties) 888poker $100,000 Mega Deep - PKO Edition 454 entrants – $100,000 prize pool sikosomatik - $10,565 + $8,232 (in bounties) KoxSkirtumas - $7,917 + $2,536 (in bounties) MASTERSH1FU - $6,006 + $1,273 (in bounties) ZDamian - $4,504 + $1,207 (in bounties) Lik3az0mbY - $3,112 + $1,865 (in bounties) donvito1960 - $2,402 + $918 (in bounties) alancoops71 - $1,856 + $218 (in bounties) zz_Myxa_zz - $1,310 + $ 459 (in bounties) Alexia911 - $955 + $743 (in bounties) GGPoker Sunday Blade $10,000 10 entrants, $97,000 prize pool ImLividBuddy - $63,050 MiMosa1 - $33,950 *denotes heads-up deal
While partypoker is likely going to garner a lot of attention in the poker world this week for the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party event, on Sunday all eyes were on the third straight running of the partypoker MILLION final day as 749 runners returned for Day 2. The event had a $105,600 overlay and the final three players came to an agreement that saw each of them, including a Team partypoker Pro, walk away with a six-figure score. Through the six starting flights spread over the past week, the event drew a total of 4,472 players. Winner 'vem kikand' ended up taking home the biggest score of $114,876.70 as part of the deal. Runner-up 'theteacheray' pocketed $107,915.08 while partypoker Team Online pro Travis 'dramaticdegen" Darroch ended up with $106,308.22 as the third place finisher. Darroch tweeted immediately after busting the tournament. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The biggest buy-in event on the partypoker Sunday schedule, the $5,200 Sunday Big Game had 84 entrants to blow well past the $300,000 guarantee and create a $420,000 prize pool. 'gastrader' almost turned the $5,200 buy-in into a six-figure score, earning $99,643.47 for winning the event after making a deal with eventual runner-up 'TopGirl' who earned $89,356.54. 'Tigerbluff' rounded out the podium finishers, winning $54,600 for his third place finish. The PokerStars Sunday Million was also subject to a deal. The final four players chopped up almost $281,000 before playing down to a winner. Belarussian 'kosilkO' ended up taking top spot and earned $79,345.41. Runner-up 'GOIANOVERDE' actually ended up taking home the biggest piece of the chop, earning $80,758.63 thanks to his chip lead at the time of the deal being made. Third place finisher 'fornado' earned $65,809.74 while 'YordanPetrov' picked up $55,886.48 for finishing fourth. The 888poker PKO Series came to conclusion on Sunday with 847 players piling into the $320 Main Event to push the total prize pool to $315,000 - $15,000 more than the guaranteed $300,000. 'pokanuktus' ended up getting the final KO on the day, eliminated 'BreakYaNeck9' in second place to capture the victory and a combined $42,792.43. 'BreakYaNeck9' took home $26,360.10 and third-place finisher 'Dedwa789' getting $16,803.03. While the PKO Series Main Event beat the guarantee, the recently launched $1,050 buy-in Dragon narrowly missed the $200,000 guarantee. The event drew 144 players and had 46 rebuys to generate $199,500 in prize pool (before fees) creating a small $500 overlay. 'lasochobi' topped the field to win the event outright and take home $46,000. Runner-up 'sweet_dr34ms' earned $32,000 while third place finisher 'M9yM9so' earned $24,300. 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche finished sixth to add $10,000 to his bankroll. partypoker $215 partypoker MILLION 4,472 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool vem kikando - $114,876.70* theteacheray - $107,915.08* DramaticDegen - $106,308.22* Ingracia_dinha - $44,740 eddyrock - $30,750 Nicolasmajda888 - $20,890 lkjhfdswnv - $14,710.0 SicutiPegoraro - $9,490 partypoker $5,200 Sunday Big Game $300K Guaranteed 84 entrants, $420,000 prize pool gastrader - $99,643.47 TopGirl - $89,356.54 Tigerbluff - $54,600 Player123560423 - $37,800 Greenstone25 - $29,400 BlueMagic1 - $22,050 sims_or_sins... - $17,850 moneymonk2 - $14,700 partypoker $2,100 High Roller Gladiator $200K Guaranteed 118 entrants, $241,900 prize pool kristian150 - $22,603.47 + $40,392.19 in bounties wikidipidi - $22,579.84 + $6,398.44 in bounties onehundredeyez - $15,947.04 + $3,412.50 in bounties Bijzettafel - $11,295.82 + $2,362.50 in bounties sims_or_sins... - $8,305.74 + $5,775 in bounties The Undecided - $5,515.01 + $4,462.50 in bounties partypoker $530 High Roller Bounty Hunter $250K Guaranteed 386 entrants, $250,000 prize pool DerWendler - $14,837.78 + $14,549.91 in bounties BreakingheLAW - $14,817.78 + $5,932.42 in bounties B0bby_McGee - $10,173.71 + $3,629.90 in bounties AegonTargaryen - $7,143.24 + $4,309.75 in bounties BlindFold - $5,108.50 + $1,132.03 in bounties The_Show - $3,723.14 + $5,313.60 in bounties SETHERMAN.OA - $2,630.01 + $951.56 in bounties AliceGagnon1997 - $1,915.68 + $2,337.88 in bounties PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 10,348 entrants, $1,034,800 prize pool kosilkO - $79,345.41* GOIANOVERDE - $80,758.63* fornado - $65,809.74* YordanPetrov - $55,886.48* iBreakU_U - $28,880.64 IAMtheSELF - $20,765.43 AdrianS_2506 - $14,930.50 YOLOBETS - $10,735.11 Bit2Easy - $7,718.57 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller $85K Guaranteed 61 entrants, $122,000 prize pool Bomber&Granater - $32,770.30* Lena900 - $32,456.23* lasagnaaammm - $19,686.46 limitless - $14,186.79 H!tthehole - $10,223.52 x_zola25 - $7,367.45 prebz - $5,309.25 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller PKO $350K Guaranteed 1,023 entrants, $511,500 prize pool mjw006 - $41,614.51 + $41,431.57 in bounties Tvieira1979 - $30,502.97 + $9,398.43 in bounties smir9david - $22,358.58 + $8,625.01 in bounties MITS 304 - $16,388.76 + $4,283.20 in bounties GamadGADOL - $12,012.90 + $765.63 in bounties silskyer - $8,805.42 + $1,640.63 in bounties bar-bar9999 - $6,454.33 + $4,628.90 in bounties Diogenesz - $4,731.01 + $1,635.00 in bounties lsurox - $3,467.84 + $1,000.00 in bounties PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up $115K Guarantee 701 entrants, $140,200 prize pool miniDanny028 - $24,325.93 josef_shvejk - $17,652.97 great dant - $12,810.76 Vinkyy - $9,296.76 Fresh_oO_D - $6,746.66 roo_400 - $4,896.05 level1pro - $3,553.07 ZingsMaster - $2,578.46 DanielLUCKY - $1,871.19 888poker PKO Series $300,000 Main Event $320 847 entrants – $315,000 prize pool pokanuktus - $28,507.50 + $14,284.93 in bounties BreakYaNeck9 - $20,475.00 + $5,885.16 in bounties Dedwa789 - $15,356.25 + $1,450.78 in bounties TrollKonst8 - $11,497.50 + $4,659.20 in bounties Kaiman.O-O. - $8,111.25 + $1,567.97 in bounties kinsQ - $6,536.25 + $1,598.44 in bounties MrGanjaman - $4,961.25 + $3,113.38 in bounties Madeon1994 - $3,480.75 + $3,283.01 in bounties valeriu94 - $2,016.00 + $506.25 in bounties 888poker $200,000 Dragon $1,050 144 entrants – $200,000 prize pool lasochobi - $46,000 sweet_dr34ms - $32,000 M9yM9so - $24,300 kiskitya23 - $18,000 Imyurfriend - $12,000 888Dominik - $10,000 ShowMustGo0N - $8,000 Nudinen - $6,000 PridvorD - $5,000