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  1. On the last day of March, the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteedfeatured a final table that included four members ranked in the top 500 on PocketFives. Among them was Poland's danking, who drove to a first place finish, bringing home a payday of $28,000. There were over 1,100 entrants and danking has risen all the way to #5 in his home nation. We caught up with the Podkarpackie resident to talk about his big victory. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- PocketFives: How are you feeling about your win in the PartyPoker $200K? danking: When I won the PartyPoker $200K, I was really tired, but also very happy. It was the biggest win of my poker career, which I waited some time for, so this win gave me some self-confidence. Also, at the final table of the tournament were a couple of really good players. PocketFives: As you mentioned, it was a pretty solid final table with guys like NoPlanB(pictured) and MadsMP. Who at the final table gave you the toughest time and why? danking: NoPlanB was really solid against me. He was very aggressive, opened many hands, and read his opponents very well. I tried to resist, so consequently we had many big spots against each other. Eventually, we met heads-up and fortunately I had a huge advantage in chips, so he practically could only play all-in or fold poker. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? Is it all going back into poker or do you have anything else planned for it? danking: It was a lot of money for first place, but it's not life-changing. I'll add it to my bankroll. I don't have any special expenses planned beyond that. PocketFives: Tell us about poker in Poland. How is the game viewed and who plays? danking: In my opinion, poker in Poland has grown very fast. The recent successes of Polish players in live tournaments like the PCA, WPT, and EPT have caused mass media in Poland to be interested in the game and everything like who plays, how poker players live, and many other things. The Poland poker community now looks at poker much better, so we are going in the right direction. I really believe we can be, in the future one, of the best poker nations in the world. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally? What got you hooked? Do you play full-time now? danking: I started playing poker five years ago. My friend led me to the game and I instantly knew it was for me. In the beginning, I played mainly sit and gos, but for about two years, I focused almost only on MTTs. Not long ago, I started playing poker and also doing another great passion of mine: basketball. I was a professional basketball player, but for something like six months I didn't play professionally and focused only on playing poker. Basketball is still my biggest passion next to poker. Furthermore, I like any kind of sports, especially football, tennis, and going to gym. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. [caption width="450"] Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov talks about grinding his way to his first PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard title[/caption] Although grinding online poker games can be draining, it can also be extremely rewarding. For successful, +EV players, volume will invariably lead to deep runs and big scores. It's just a numbers game: the more you play, the more chances you have to hit it big. Case in point: Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov, who won last month's Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard (MPLB) with 3,899 points. It was Mordvinov's first MPLB win and just the third ever for his home nation of Russia. He had 52 in the money finishes in tournaments that PocketFives tracks last month for over $300,000 total. The stanza also included two of his five biggest wins all-time. "May was a long month and a ninth place finish in the Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event was somewhat disappointing, so the victory in the leaderboard was a little bonus for me," he said. His SCOOP Main Event ninth place finish was worth $104,000, the richest score of his online poker career and his second six-figure cash all-time. Three weeks earlier on the very first day of May, the Russian took second in the PokerStars Sunday Grand and booked a $63,000 payday, his fifth largest score all-time. Those two cashes represented half of his take last month. "May was a pretty good month," Mordvinov said. "I began it with a second place in the $1,050 Sunday Grand and finished it with a $104,000 score in the SCOOP Main Event. Between that were a few $10,000+ scores. So, in general, I can't complain. I made a good profit." Mordvinov added that May was a "tough month" because of the added stress that comes with grinding for hours on end during SCOOP. Hour after hour, tournament after tournament means a few opportunities for big scores, which made his ninth place exit from the Main Event all the more difficult. At #10 in the world, Mordvinov was the highest-ranking PocketFiver to cash in it. "Months like May are always tough because there's a lot of stress during SCOOPs," he said. "Also, I had a couple of giant score opportunities and unfortunately it didn't work out too well in the end, so that was also stressful." The high-stakes SCOOP Main Event, which Mordvinov made the final table of, was a monster. There were 824 entrants at $10,000 a pop, which meant a prize pool of just over $8 million. PocketFivers walked away with 27% of it and players from Russia cashed for 6%. "The tournament went pretty well from the end of Day 1," he said. "I was lucky several times. I won flips and ran well. And I guess I was patient enough when two tables were left and managed not to bust out until the final table." Mordvinov made it through three orbits at the final table, but his hands were largely tied behind his back since he was nursing a short stack. "The bustout hand was pretty standard," he said. In the final hand, the Russian, playing under the handle 'EvnomiYa', 3bet all-in before the flop for 2.2 million over the top of a raise by Scott Seiver, who insta-called and showed aces. Mordvinov had pocket sevens and no drama ensued, sending him to the rail in ninth place for $104,000. "I'm a little disappointed because I wanted to play longer at the final table and have the opportunity to play some interesting hands," he said. "It didn't work out this time, but it was a great experience." And so ended a long month of May, but he's now the top-ranked online poker player in Russia and was ranked as high as #6 in the world earlier this year. It's certainly well-deserved, as during the series, he played five or six days a week. He tried to take at least one day off in order to clear his head and tried to walk and get the blood pumping every day. [caption width="640"] Two of Mordvinov's five largest career cashes came in May[/caption] "During big series like WCOOP or SCOOP, my priority is to play, and also have enough sleep and physical activity at the same time," he said. "Consequently, my girlfriend doesn't get much of my attention, but that's inevitable. During regular months, it's much easier to spend time with her, exercise, and play." Speaking of a "regular" month devoid of larger tournament series, Mordvinov typically plays on Sunday, Tuesday, and one or two other days a week. Some of his tricks to keeping his torrid pace throughout the year and win awards like the MPLB: "No alcohol, go for a walk every day after my session, go to the gym regularly, and focus only on poker. All of those small things add up to the ability to grind effectively during big poker series." He just passed $2 million in career scores on PokerStars alone and, also in May, won his second career PocketFives Triple Crown. Now the big question is can he take that momentum from May and parlay it into his first top-five run in the rankings?
  3. [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
  4. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'Pot4teUS' moved up 10 spots to #5 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The recently-completed PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) brought plenty of chances for players to pocket six-figures in a variety of games. And with that came plenty of chances to make moves in the PocketFives Rankings. When the smoke cleared, two players punched their tickets into the top 10. One week ago, Sweden's 'Pot4teUS' was ranked #15 in the world. Then, he zoomed to a third place finish in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em tournament for $157,000 along with 649 PLB Points. It was the largest score of his online poker career and, as a result, he moved up 10 spots to #5. This is the highest ranking ever for 'Pot4teUS' and he's now the #3 ranked player in Sweden. 'Pot4teUS' owns $2.8 million in career online tournament winnings and is part of a ferocious Swedish contingent that holds four of the top seven spots worldwide in the rankings. Right behind the Swede on the leaderboard is Russia's 'NoPlanB', who finished ninth in the SCOOP Main Event for $104,000 and 756 PLB Points, his largest cash ever. Also in recent days, 'NoPlanB' took eighth in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Cubed and put back $15,000. 'NoPlanB' was up 22 spots on the week to a new all-time high. He's the top-ranked online poker player in Russia and just passed $3.6 million in career winnings. He's banked $2 million on PokerStars alone, where he plays under the user name 'EvnomiYa'. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' remains the top-ranked online poker player in the world, a title he has held since May 11. He won a partypoker Powerfest event four days ago for $4,100, the 58th tracked victory of his career, and sits at almost exactly $4.2 million in career online winnings. He leads the second place player on the leaderboard, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, by 38 points. [caption width="639"] Russia's 'veeea' moved up nine spots to #12[/caption] Outside the top 10, Russia's 'veeea' moved up nine spots to #12. This former #1 ranked player won the PokerStars $320 Saturday KO over the weekend for $28,000 and 432 PLB Points. Amazingly, it was his 234th career online tournament win and helped push his lifetime cash total to almost $5.3 million. He was ranked #1 in the world for a three-week stretch that ended in mid-February. Estonia's Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa was up 39 spots this week to #29, his best showing ever. Koplimaa took fifth in the SCOOP High-Stakes Main Event for $416,000 and over 1,000 PLB Points. It was the largest score of his career by a factor of 10 and boosted his lifetime cash total to almost $3 million. Koplimaa leads the 162 Estonian PocketFives members with PLB scores. Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura reentered the top 100 at #48, 20 spots off his all-time high. He won a $109 SCOOP No Limit Hold'em Progressive Super Knockout for $45,000 and 539 PLB Points last Thursday and then finished fourth in a $215 No Limit Hold'em Mix-Max tournament for another $20,000. "I am very happy with my results," Ventura said. "After a few years, I finally got my first SCOOP tittle. I am looking forward to joining the top 10 on PocketFives." Also reentering the top 100 and landing one spot behind Ventura is '3p3nipa'. He scored big in the France Poker Series on PokerStars, taking down its Main Event for $142,000 and 880 PLB Points. That score followed back-to-back days of SCOOP final tables for $66,000 combined. '3p3nipa' is at $2.8 million in career online tournament winnings, three-quarters of which has come on PokerStars. Finally this week, Finland's 'European' reentered the top 100 at #55. He was ranked as high as #3 in the world two years ago and rocketed up the leaderboard thanks to three five-figure SCOOP scores in a three-day span, including a third place finish in a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Three-Max Turbo Progressive Knockout and a 19th place run in the Main Event. He's about to hit $3 million in winnings for his online tournament career. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,265 points joaosimaobh - 8,217 points lena900 - 7,961 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,550 points Pot4teUS - 7,367 points NoPlanB - 7,354 points Ariados - 7,255 points RoccoGe - 7,070 points damourinio - 6,983 points Big Huni - 6,947 points
  5. [caption width="450"] Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for the second time in three months[/caption] In a month that saw many of the top pros spend the first two weeks in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, Russia's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov, ranked #3 in the world, struck gold once again. For the second time in three months, Mordvinov won the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard. He won the leaderboard in May with 3,899 points and accomplished the same feat this time around with 2,523 points. He has half of Russia's four Monthly Leaderboard wins. "It was a pretty good month," he said. "I played a lot after vacation in June and ran decently. I plan to keep it going." All told, Mordvinov had 101 tracked in the money finishes during the month for exactly $172,000 total winnings, an average of $1,702 per cash. The Russian started July off with a bang, taking down the PokerStars $320 Saturday KO on July 2 for $15,000. The next day, he won the site's Big $109. Also in July, Mordvinov won the $20,000 Octopus on 888, the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller, the $109 No Limit Hold'em Progressive Six-Max on PokerStars twice, the BlackChip HS Wednesday, and a $162 No Limit Hold'em Ultra Deep Stack on PokerStars. Not surprisingly, Mordvinov is all the way up to #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest position ever, and #1 in his home country. His $172,000 in winnings in July pushed him over $3.8 million in lifetime cashes. You can find him across the world's largest online poker rooms playing under the user name 'EvnomiYa' and, interestingly enough, he did not appear in the top 100 in the June Leaderboard race. Second place in July went to Hungary's 'greengrass67', who with 2,452 points was only 71 points behind Mordvinov. Like Mordvinov, 'greengrass67' is at his apex in the rankings at #26. 'greengrass67', the top-ranked Hungarian online poker player, had five online MTT wins during the month, the largest of which was worth $23,000 for taking down the Big $109 on July 24. He also won the partypoker Heavyweight Rocky, partypoker Heavyweight Super Knockout, PokerStars $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max, and partypoker High Roller. [caption width="640"] Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias finished in third place last month[/caption] One-hundred points behind 'greengrass67' on the July leaderboard was Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, who had 2,346 points, good for third place. Mathias is ranked #7 in the world and is a two-time Monthly Leaderboard champion. He won the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday last month for $32,000 along with the site's Sunday Supersonic for another $30,000. Mathias is over $8.1 million in career online tournament winnings, the 12th highest total of anyone, and started August off with a bang by winning the PokerStars Super Tuesday two days ago for $75,000. The #1 ranked online poker player in the world, Sweden's 'C Darwin2', finished in fourth in the July MPLB race with 2,342 points, missing out on third place by only four points. He was ranked #1 almost the entire month of July and held down the fort thanks to wins in the PokerStars Sunday Grand, PokerStars Bounty Builder, and Winamax High Roller. Rounding out the top five was Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, who had 2,334 points. Vezhenkov is a two-time MPLB champion and also won his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown last month. He had seven tracked wins in July and finished second in the Pokertars Super-Sized Sunday on July 10 for $18,000, his largest score of the period. The top 10 in July: NoPlanB - 2,523.69 points greengrass67 - 2,452.53 points joaomathias - 2,346.74 points C Darwin2 - 2,342.92 points veeea - 2,334.47 points FouEnculePL - 2,277.98 points normannolly - 2,262.40 points JMolloy - 2,182.60 points TheSquid - 2,076.29 points DeathbyQuads - 2,063.49 points
  6. [caption width="450"] Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov is up to #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his best showing ever[/caption] Every week, a member of the PocketFives community sets a new personal best. Whether it's their largest score ever or a milestone win, it happens every single week. This week, Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov set a record of his own. He's up to #3 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, his best showing ever. He won two tournaments over the last week to do it: the HS Wednesday on Black Chip for $8,300 and a $109 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Progressive Knockout on PokerStars for another $1,800. Those were the 130th and 131st wins of his online tournament career and inched him closer to $4 million in cashes. He is two months removed from winning the PocketFives Leaderboard title in May and is the top-ranked Russian in all the land. "It feels better than #6," Mordvinov said. "I still have a long way to go to #1, though." Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is once again the #1 player in the world. He has 8,108 PLB Points and owns a 670-point lead over the rest of the community. 'C Darwin2' final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Grand over the weekend and booked a $6,200 payday. The king of the rankings will now face competition from pros returning home from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where they couldn't play on the major non-US sites like PokerStars and 888. Now, they'll be out in full force. Another Swede, 'DeathbyQuads', also moved up this week, seven spots to #15. He won the PokerStars Hot $215 on Tuesday for $8,700 and took down a $22 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper Turbo late last week. He's eight wins shy of 100 for his career and just passed $2 million in lifetime online tournament winnings. 'DeathbyQuads' reached an all-time high of #8 in the rankings earlier this year and could be making a run at matching or besting that mark in the near future. Portugal's Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira advanced a dozen spots to #37. Two years ago, he was ranked #8. Now, he is making a case for another top-ten run thanks to recent wins in the PokerStars Bounty Builder, $11 Rebuy, and $109 Rebuy, the latter of which he won twice in a three-day span in mid-July. Ferreira now has 144 career victories and $4.8 million in winnings. He's the top-ranked online poker player in Portugal. [caption width="558"] Hungary's Peter 'breeth' Turmezey is up to #51[/caption] Hungary's Hungary's Peter 'breeth' Turmezey clicked up 11 spots to #51 in the world. The one-time #3 player in the rankings won the 888 Baby Whale over the weekend for $15,000, his first tracked win since May. He's the #2 player in Hungary and is just a few thousand dollars shy of passing $6 million in career scores. Moreover, he just hit $4 million on PokerStars under the user name 'twirlpro'. Rodrigo 'rodckz' Motoki, like Mordvinov, set a personal best this week. He was up 16 spots to #57 after making the final two tables of the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend. He also won a $109 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Progressive Knockout on Tuesday for $2,100. Motoki is the fourth-ranked Brazilian. Sweden's Erik 'Kihlstrom' Olofsson moved up 20 places in the rankings to #72. He was the runner-up over the weekend in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic, which earned him $23,000. That was Olofsson's 119th second place finish and raised his total number of top-three finishes over the years to 412. The highest-placing newcomer into the top 100 was Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe, who entered at #85. He finished sixth in the PokerStars Sunday Grand three days ago for $11,000, his second sixth-place exit from that tournament this month. Uribe was ranked as high as #63 on PocketFives a half-decade ago and is the second-ranked online poker player in Colombia. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,108 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,438 points NoPlanB - 7,254 points joaosimaobh - 7,163 points lena900 - 7,136 points Pot4teUS - 7,131 points veeea - 7,088 points Greenstone25 - 6,891 points JMolloy - 6,852 points joaomathias - 6,711 points
  7. [caption width="640"] The profile and key stats for the new #1 ranked player on PocketFives, 'C Darwin2'[/caption] The more tournaments you run deep in, the higher you're going to go in the PocketFives Rankings. The rankings formula emphasizes prize pools and finish positions, and Sweden's 'C Darwin2' put on a clinic over the last week in both to become the #1 player in all the land. Last Thursday, the Swede won the partypoker High Roller, which had a $50,000 prize pool, and raked in $13,000. For the win, 'C Darwin2' also booked a $13,000 payday and 223 PocketFives Leaderboard points. The same day, he took silver in the site's Heavyweight Uppercut for another $7,000 and 147 points. On Sunday, it was more of the same. This time, 'C Darwin2' took third in the partypoker Super High Roller, which had a $102,000 prize pool, and earned $15,000 along with 165 PLB Points. Just like that, he rose from #2 to #1 in the PocketFives Rankings, his fifth stint at the top. His lead, at least right now, seems fairly tenuous since his 7,710 PLB Points are just 50 ahead of the next closest person. Nevertheless, he's ranked #1 for the fifth time in his career. Here are his stints in the top spot: February 10, 2016 - February 17, 2016 April 27, 2016 - May 4, 2016 May 11, 2016 - June 1, 2016 June 8, 2016 - June 22, 2016 July 6, 2016 - ??? Last week's #1 player in the world, Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, didn't drop very far. He's now at #2 and nipping at 'C Darwin2's' heels with a PLB score of 7,656 points. The Brazilian had three scores of at least $40,000 in May and should continue to be a staple of the top of the rankings, perhaps even the #1 player as soon as next week. Moscow's Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov was up nine spots to #6, his highest ranking ever. He's fresh off winning the May PocketFives Leaderboard race. That month, he took down his second PocketFives Triple Crown. In the last week, Mordvinov has won the PokerStars $320 Saturday Knockout and Big $109 for over $20,000 total and finished fourth in the Big $215 on Monday. Mordvinov has $3.6 million in career online tournament winnings from 3,343 in the money finishes, an average of $1,105 each. He plays on PokerStars under the user name 'EvnomiYa'. [caption width="640"] Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias is back in the top 10 this week[/caption] Reentering the top 10 this week was a familiar face: Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, who can be found at #9. He's on the verge of becoming just the 12th person in online poker history to hit $8 million in winnings and took down the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic over the weekend for a commanding $30,000 and 423 PLB Points. The 262nd win of his tournament career inched him closer to claiming the top spot in the rankings, a position he last held in January of last year. Outside of the top 10, Russia's Maxim 'decay' Lykov moved up 19 positions to #53. He won the PokerStars $10K Payday over the weekend for $16,000 to help his cause, his 135th career win. Lykov is up to $4.6 million in lifetime online MTT winnings and is the sixth-ranked player in his home country. He plays on PokerStars under the screen name '$uperdecay'. Uruguay's 'rph' ticked up 17 spots to #65 after a week in which he won the Big $55, took second in the Big $215, and finished third in the Hot $109 for $20,000 total. He also made the final two tables of this week's Super Tuesday, bowing out in 12th place. 'rph' is $30,000 away from hitting $4 million for his career and is the top-ranked online poker player in Uruguay. Brazil's Fabiano 'Kovalski' Kovalski entered the top 100 at #82, his highest ranking ever. He took second in the 888 Baby Whale over the weekend for $11,000 and won the Big $109 the day before that for $8,300. Kovalski is the #4 player in Brazil and he's nearing 2,000 tracked in the money finishes. Finally, Rick 'TheClaimeer' Trigg is back. Once ranked #4 in the world, Trigg re-cracked the top 100 at #88. He finished fourth in the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event on July 3 for $10,000 two days after taking down the site's Uppercut for $9,100, one of four wins he's had in the last week. Trigg is the 10th-ranked player in the UK. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,710 points joaosimaobh - 7,656 points lena900 - 7,586 points Pot4teUS - 7,423 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,417 points NoPlanB - 7,035 points veeea - 6,921 points damourinio - 6,905 points joaomathias - 6,897 points RoccoGe - 6,839 points
  8. [caption width="640"] UK poker player 'philroyal888' is up to #11 in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings is full of some of the most heralded and successful online poker players around. It's no wonder that it's extraordinarily difficult to enter the top 10, even for those who have been there before. Take this week, for example. There wasn't a single new entrant into the top 10. Instead, the players in that group jockeyed for position. And still at the top is Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who has been ranked #1 since July 6, has 7,759 PLB points and holds a 200-point lead over the next closest player. The top 10 consists of four Swedes, two Brazilians, two Russians, a Brit, and a Canadian. One of the Russians, Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov, moved up one spot from #4 to #3, his all-time high, thanks in part to winning the PokerStars Hot $215 on Tuesday for $10,000. On Sunday, he final tabled both the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event and PokerStars Sunday Grand. He has 7,466 PLB points, 300 off the lead. If any player in the top 10 does fold, then 'philroyal888', from the UK, will be right there to take their place. 'philroyal888' moved up four spots from #15 to #11 and now seems poised to re-enter the top 10 and try to best his all-time high ranking of #8. He won the PokerStars Hot $55 on Tuesday for $8,500, his first tracked win since he took down the PokerStars Sunday Grand in June. "I haven't been playing much recently, but from this week on I'm going to be putting in some long hours," 'philroyal888' said. Also moving up was Parker 'tonkaaaa' Talbot, who ticked up five places from #19 to #14, his best showing ever. Talbot won the PokerStars Hot $215 on Saturday for his 83rd career "W" and now sits with $2.7 million in lifetime winnings. He final tabled the partypoker High Roller at the end of last month. Sweden's 'DeathbyQuads' re-entered the top 20 after moving up five spots to #17. He's had two recent win: a $27 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo on PokerStars and a $109 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo on PokerStars. He passed $2 million in career winnings on July 20 and is now nine spots off his all-time high in the rankings set earlier this year. Uruguay's Rafael 'rph' Porzecanski rose 21 spots in the rankings to #52. He just passipassed g $4 million in career winnings and won the Hot $162 on PokerStars on Monday. Over the weekend, he took down the site's Hot $33 and is up to 87 career wins. Porzecanski is the top-ranked online poker player in Uruguay. Sweden's 'fabregarp' was up 14 spots to #74, his best ranking ever. He took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday Warm-Up over the weekend for his first win in a month and followed that up with another win in the site's Hot €50. 'fabregarp' is the 15th-ranked player in the incredibly successful Swedish poker community. Sam 'TheSquid' Grafton re-entered the top 100 this week at #86. The accomplished live and online pro won the partypoker Heavyweight $30,000 Guaranteed Rebuy on Sunday for $9,000 and final tabled the 888 Baby Whale the same day. He had a half-dozen wins in the second half of July and is nearing 800 top-three finishes in online MTTs. Finally, longtime PocketFiver Jonas 'donut604' Mackoff is back in the top 100 at #98. The Vancouver resident won a $162 No Limit Hold'em Ultra Deep Stack tournament on PokerStars last week for almost $3,000 and now finds himself 55 spots off his all-time high in the rankings set two years ago. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,759 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,565 points NoPlanB - 7,467 points lena900 - 7,269 points veeea - 7,178 points Pot4teUS - 6,929 points joaomathias - 6,848 points joaosimaobh - 6,832 points Greenstone25 - 6,813 points JMolloy - 6,765 points
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