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  1. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Poker Rankingshave been updated. After moving into the #1 spot for the first time ever last week, norfair18 is still the winner in the clubhouse this week with 7,489 PLB Points, 68 ahead of second place. Moving up two spots this week to #10 in the world, his highest ranking ever, is hellohellohello(pictured). He has won five tournaments in the last ten days, including the PokerStars$109 Cubed for $20,000. He's the owner of $1.9 million in career online tournament winnings and plays as hello_totti on PokerStars and Full Tilt. There wasn't much movement in the top 10 this week, but potentially joining the group in the coming weeks is Brazil's Yuri Martins, who moved up ten spots to #17. He won the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend for $40,000, which amazingly is just his tenth largest score to date. He finished second in last year's WCOOP Main Event for over $1.2 million officially. One of the most notable jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to Portugal's Sergio trujustrus Cabrera, who rose from #80 to #26, his highest career ranking. He won last week's Super Tuesday for a blistering $103,000 and 784 PLB Points to bring his career total to just south of $1.6 million. Cabrera is #1 in Portugal. Canada's justin ouimette(pictured), who has been on fire this year, rose 39 spots to #35 in the world, his best showing ever. He won the 888 Poker Mega Deep over the weekend for $34,000 and final tabled the Super Tuesday the week before that for $13,000. He won the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl two weeks ago for the second time this year and has deservingly been one of the fastest risers in the Rankings. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Scott Aggro SantosMargereson, who reentered the top 100 at #38, nine spots shy of his best ranking ever. Margereson was the big winner in this weekend's Sunday Million, cashing for almost $200,000 and raking 1,130 PLB Points. He won the PartyPoker Daily Major this month as well and is the #5 ranked player in the UK. Here are the top ten players in the Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. norfair18- 7,489 points 2. PokerKaiser - 7,421 points 3. Romeopro - 6,952 points 4. Big Huni - 6,774 points 5. pleno1 - 6,749 points 6. CrownUpGuy - 6,679 points 7. joaomathias - 6,678 points 8. MendaLerenda - 6,633 points 9. p0cket00 - 6,626 points 10. hellohellohello- 6,296 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. It's that time of the week again. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankingshave been updated and Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (pictured) has reclaimed the #1 spot in the world after a seven-day hiatus. Helping push him over the top were a fifth place finish in the Sunday Supersonic for $15,000 on March 8, a second place finish in the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200 on March 5, and a win the same day in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars for almost $7,000. Holz' rap sheet is pretty amazing. In the last 12 months, he has won the WCOOP Main Event, an FTOPS event, the Sunday 500 twice, the Sunday $109 Rebuy, the Bigger $162, and the Full Tilt Sunday Major. He also final tabled the Super Tuesday, the Sunday Supersonic, and a SCOOP $1,050 Rebuy during that time period. We think we'll be seeing plenty more of him down the road. Last week's #1, Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro, dropped one spot to #2. He won the 888Mega Deep over the weekend for $32,000 and continues to excel in the industry's biggest tournaments. It was his largest score ever on 888, where he plays as PKaiser. Mexico's norfair18 (pictured) moved up four spots worldwide to settle at #3, his highest ranking ever. He took second in the Super Tuesday last week for $76,000 and has three tracked online MTT wins this month. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2006 and has lifetime winnings of almost $1.5 million. Finally this week, we wanted to feature Canada's OU_dlanger610, who moved up 19 spots to #15, his highest position ever. He finished second in an FTOPS event over the weekend for $36,000 and won the PokerStars $55 Rebuy on Tuesday night. He's the fourth-ranked player in Canada and #3 in Ontario. Here are the top 10 players worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. CrownUpGuy- 7,380 points 2. PokerKaiser- 7,236 points 3. norfair18- 7,146 points 4. Big Huni - 7,130 points 5. joaomathias - 6,967 points 6. p0cket00 - 6,932 points 7. MendaLerenda - 6,690 points 8. Yuri Martins - 6,671 points 9. pleno1 - 6,538 points 10. Davidp18 - 6,495 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. For the fourth time in his career, Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) is the #1 ranked player in the PocketFives Rankings. He leapfrogged Mike norfair18 Phillips this week to reclaim the top spot, which he last occupied in April. Helping push Fierro over the top was a win in the PartyPokerDaily Major on Monday for $3,600 along with victories the same day in the PokerStars.fr Six-Max Club €250 and PokerStars $22 Cubed for almost $8,000 combined. He has a PLB score of 7,463 points, which leads Phillips by about 300. veeea moved back into the top 10 this week, climbing from #13 to #9. He had a rock solid third day of May, winning the PokerStars $109 Rebuy and PartyPoker $25,000 Guaranteed and finishing second in the iPoker Sunday Masters for a total of $19,000. He is four wins shy of 200 all-time and is approaching $4 million in career online tournament winnings. Sweden's squeezeboxxmoved up from #63 to #21, his best showing ever, after winning the Sunday Supersonic for $49,000 and taking third in the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteed for $16,000 over the weekend. On May 1, he won the WinamaxHigh Roller and how has $2.5 million in online MTT winnings. He plays as ROSTBURKon PokerStars. Brazil poker player Bernardo bedias Dias (pictured) moved up almost 70 spots to #25 in the world. He won the PokerStars $265 No Limit Hold'em Knockout over the weekend for $14,000 just a few days after taking down the Super Tuesday for almost $100,000. The latter earned him 754 PLB Points. Finally this week, we wanted to salute Ukraine's psyhoagromor, who moved up from #91 to #54. On May 3, he won the PokerStars $215 Rebuy for $16,000 and final tabled the Sunday 500 for another $15,000. He was ranked as high as #16 in the world last year and is the #3 ranked player in Ukraine. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,463 points 2. norfair18- 7,141 points 3. Romeopro - 7,076 points 4. joaomathias - 6,630 points 5. Big Huni - 6,624 points 6. MendaLerenda - 6,585 points 7. CrownUpGuy - 6,434 points 8. p0cket00 - 6,426 points 9. veeea- 6,356 points 10. hellohellohello - 6,312 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. After falling short by one poi0nt last week, Mike norfair18Phillips (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Poker Rankingsfor the first time ever. He's officially at 7,359 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, and leads second-ranked Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured below) by 68 points. Since we have a pretty tight race, could we see a changing of the guard once again next week? Phillips has had a productive month of April thus far, finishing second in the iPoker €25,000 Grand Tuesday, which plays out on sites like bet-at-home, MyBet, and William Hill, for $5,700 and capturing the gold in the 888 PokerCrocodile for $6,400. He took third in the Full TiltSuper Sized Sunday two weeks ago for $13,000 and won the PartyPoker Daily Major for another $4,800. His largest cash of April came in the Million Dollar Sunday and was worth $31,000. Fierro has kept the battle at the top very competitive. Incredibly, the Chilean has won 10 tournaments in the last nine days, the largest being the 888 Mega Deep for $35,000. Fierro is closing in on 300 tracked wins in online MTTs and is at almost $7.7 million in winnings. For the second straight week, there were no new entrants into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. However, knocking on the door are two players who jumped up from the 30s this week. The first is Finland's OgSulttaani, who moved up from #34 to #13 after winning seven tournaments in the last seven days, including the PokerStars Bigger $55 for $38,000. One spot behind OgSulttaani in the Rankings is x_zola25, who moved up from #32 to #14, five spots off his all-time high. x_zola25 won the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend and raked in $38,000. He also took down two versions of the PartyPoker Daily Major last Wednesday for almost $7,000 combined. Finally this week, we wanted to single out UK poker player marcin123, who rose 34 spots to settle at #45 in the world, his best showing ever. He won the PokerStars $8.80 Rebuy earlier this month for $10,000 and has taken down four tournaments since then. He's a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $2.5 million in career online tournament winnings. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. norfair18- 7,359 points 2. PokerKaiser- 7,291 points 3. Big Huni - 6,980 points 4. Romeopro - 6,957 points 5. p0cket00 - 6,871 points 6. MendaLerenda - 6,753 points 7. pleno1 - 6,739 points 8. joaomathias - 6,727 points 9. CrownUpGuy - 6,687 points 10. OU_dlanger610 - 6,390 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  5. Here's something you don't see every day. On Wednesday, the PocketFives Poker Player Rankingswere updated and Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) was #1 for the third consecutive week. However, nipping at his heels is Mike norfair18 Phillips, who is trailing Fierro by one PLB Point. The scores: 7,083.89 to 7,082.70. Fierro, who is from Chile, has long been a fixture of the PocketFives Rankings and been part of our site since 2007. He won an $82 NLHE Six-Max Hyper-Turbo on PokerStars on Tuesday for $3,800 and 131 PLB Points, along with the site's $55 NLHE and PokerStars.fr Big €25 on Monday, to keep his top-ranked streak alive. Meanwhile, Phillips finished third in the Super Sized Sunday over the weekend for $13,000 and 168 PLB Points. A few days before that, he took down the PartyPoker Daily Major and put back $4,800. He just passed $1.5 million in career online tournament winnings and could be ranked #1 as soon as next week. There were no new entrants in the top 10 worldwide this week, but just outside of the top 10, Canada's StrungOut1 moved up 49 spots to settle at #14. Entering his screen names was enough to prompt the move, and he took down the PokerStars $55 NLHE Cubed on Tuesday for a little over $2,000. Also shooting up the Rankings is Aaron aguskb Gustavson (pictured), who rose from #44 to #21. Over the weekend, he finished fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $13,000 and then won a $33 NLHE tournament on PokerStars on Tuesday for $1,200. This is the highest he has ever made it in the Rankings. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Easylimp, who moved up 59 places to #31 after a red-hot start to April. He won the PokerStars Big $109, took second in the Saturday Super Knockout, final tabled the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, and won two tournaments on PokerStars.it. His total haul for those five cashes was over $50,000. Here are the top 10 players worldwide this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,083 points 2. norfair18- 7,082 points 3. Big Huni - 7,025 points 4. joaomathias - 6,998 points 5. p0cket00 - 6,897 points 6. Romeopro - 6,874 points 7. pleno1 - 6,814 points 8. CrownUpGuy - 6,626 points 9. MendaLerenda - 6,575 points 10. OU_dlanger610 - 6,379 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingshave been recalculated. Up 23 spots this week to settle at #6, his highest position ever, is norfair18(pictured). In the last eight days, this Mexico-based poker player has won the PokerStarsSuper Tuesday and PartyPoker $100,000 Guaranteed for a healthy $140,000 combined. norfair18 earned his second PocketFives Triple Crownon February 17, a feat that included taking down the Super Tuesday, and he is up to $1.3 million in career online tournament winnings. He plays under the user name aggr0vatedon sites like 888 Poker and Party. Also new to the top 10 in the world this week was David Davidp18 Peters, who moved up four spots to #8. Peters was the runner-up in the PokerStars Bigger $55 over the weekend for $33,000 and his #8 ranking is his best ever. Peters is a nine-year member of PocketFives and is the top dog in Canada. The third and final new entrant into the top 10 was MendaLerenda, who moved up two spots to land at an all-time high of #9. This UK player has six tracked wins in the last two weeks, bringing his career total to 96. He is the #2 ranked player in the UK and plays under the screen name OMGMendaon Party. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Russia's Max decay Lykov, who reentered the top 100 at #56. He won the Sunday Six-Max over the weekend for $25,000 and has three scores of at least $10,000 this month. Lykov was ranked as high as #6 on PocketFives two years ago. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Big Huni - 7,416 points 2. PokerKaiser - 7,375 points 3. joaomathias - 7,330 points 4. CrownUpGuy - 7,077 points 5. Yuri Martins - 6,929 points 6. norfair18- 6,762 points 7. pleno1 - 6,728 points 8. Davidp18- 6,499 points 9. MendaLerenda- 6,495 points 10. x_zola25 - 6,493 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. Earlier this month, norfair18reached $1 million in online tournament cashes, earning himself a fancy new badge in his PocketFives profile. He is one day removed from taking fifth in the Bigger $162 on PokerStars and told us that the $1 million cash badge"feels good. It's something concrete I can point to. I'm sure my parents would be surprised since they really have no idea what kind of stakes I play." His parents have slowly come around to accepting that their son is playing poker for a living, and maybe reaching $1 million in scores will help speed the process along. "Initially, I think they were skeptical," norfair18 told us. "But, I think that was mainly borne out of good intentions, just parents looking after a kid." The six largest cashes PocketFives has tracked for norfair18 have come this year: 2nd place, PokerStars Super Tuesday, $81,000 4th place, PokerStars Super Tuesday, $41,000 1st place, PartyPoker $200K, $27,000 1st place, PokerStars $215 Weekly Turbo, $19,000 2nd place, PokerStars Big $162, $16,000 5th place, PokerStars Bigger $162, $14,000 Those six scores total about $200,000 and norfair18 summarized, "This is the year I had been looking for. I had been playing solid poker for so long, but results in large-field MTTs are hard to come by. I had been playing a lot of cash games to try to even out the variance and then my income was steadier, so I started taking shots at the bigger buy-ins like the Super Tuesday. I played well and ran well and hit two final tables my first few times playing it. Now, I make all of the bigger buy-in online events part of my schedule." We're about to turn the calendar to 2015. You can check out what several members of the community are setting as goals for next year, but we wanted to ask norfair18 what he's seeking to accomplish. He admitted, "It's tough to surpass the year I'm having now, so I think I'm going to try to maintain a lot of the success I've been having and stay in the top 100 on PocketFives. Many of my scores are within the last couple of months, so I think I could rise up in the Rankings if I put together a good next few months." Speaking of the PocketFives Rankings, norfair18 is #42 worldwide on the leaderboard, his highest slotting ever, and is #1 in Mexico by a razor-thin margin. You can find him playing under the screen name aggr0vatedon sites like 888 Pokerand PartyPoker and he has been a member of PocketFives since 2006. "I've always been a self-taught player, so pretty much everything I've learned has been on the virtual tables as I'm playing," norfair18 said of his training. "Little things would click every so often and it has been a constant evolution and adaptation to the game. I have a very competitive spirit, so that drive has helped me improve at a pretty fast rate. I think being extremely competitive is a trait all good players have that makes them successful." There are almost 1,400 PocketFivers who have at least $1 million in online tournament scores. Congrats to norfair18 on joining the ranks! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. [caption width="640"] Mike 'norfair18' Phillips has been able to hop around the world thanks to a desire to master Spanish[/caption] Remember in high school when you had to take a foreign language class? You were probably thinking, "Oh, this is going to be a giant waste of time" and then zoned out as you were taught French, Spanish, or for you Europeans out there, English. For American online poker transplants like Mike 'norfair18' Phillips, paying attention in Spanish class has paid off in a big way, as he just passed $2.2 million in career online tournament winnings, including a recent victory in the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday. Without a working knowledge of Spanish, thanks in part to those high school days, relocating a few times to continue playing online poker after Black Friday could have been a lot more challenging. "I just moved down to Medellin, Colombia," Phillips said. "I wanted to be with a few other grinders I knew who said they liked it down here. I'm taking Spanish lessons four times a week in the morning before my grind sessions." Prior to Medellin, Phillips was camped out in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. "That place was beautiful and relaxing," he said, "but I was looking for something where I'd absolutely have to use my Spanish every day. In most of these poker expat destinations for American grinders in Mexico and Costa Rica, most grinders live in a bubble where they speak English with their friends and live in big tourist spots where it's very similar to American culture." "Other parts of Latin America have a lot more to offer than I first realized," he added. "So, I've dedicated myself to learning Spanish and assimilating into the local culture a bit more. There's beautiful weather year-round, a lower cost of living, a place where you can really ball out if you want to, and a lifestyle that frankly isn't available to poker players in the States unless you're Phil Hellmuth or Daniel Negreanu." Since Black Friday, Phillips scored the largest cash of his career – a win in the Super Tuesday in 2015 for $121,000. It's a tournament he's owned, as all four of his largest cashes have come in it for well over $300,000 total. "You really can't get by without knowing Spanish unless you want to feel like an idiot in daily conversations," he said. "I took a few Spanish classes in high school and, in hindsight, those were the most useful and applicable courses I have taken out of any subject. I'm still a beginner, but I expect that to change soon by having classes four times a week with a one-on-one tutor." Phillips is currently the third-ranked online poker player in Colombia, #2 in Medellin, and #180 worldwide. He hit #1 on PocketFives last year for a two-week stint that ended in May and is a three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner, having won one in 2014, 2015, and 2016. He signed up for the community 10 years ago and his longevity after Black Friday likely would not have been nearly as smooth had he not paid attention during those long afternoons in Spanish class. [caption width="640"] The view from Phillips' balcony[/caption] Phillips lives in the upscale El Poblado neighborhood of Medellin, where new high-rises are being built around him every month. "I've only been here for a month-and-a-half," he said. "I have mainly focused on learning the language so far." He originally found his way to Colombia through fellow PocketFives member 'tedSTRETCH'. The two lived together in the seaside resort town of Jaco in Costa Rica, but 'tedSTRETCH' moved to Colombia, so Phillips came down to visit. "So I did," he said, recalling what could have been a brief, in-and-out visit. "But, a few months later, I made the permanent move. The lifestyle is very relaxing and the people are really friendly in contrast to the United States, where many people are so busy working and not as happy. We like joking around and furthering the impression Colombia has in America, which is kidnappings, drugs, and murders, in hopes that no one else comes down so the city remains pristine for us." A five-star hotel in Medellin, the capital of the Antioquia province, averages less than $100 a night. The average rent for a 900-square-foot apartment is less than $500 a month. A lunchtime meal in the business district: less than $5. It's affordable and, as Phillips said, you can live like a king not just once, but every day. And according to the United Nations, Colombia had a murder rate of 27.9 per 100,000 people in 2015, half of the rate of the US. "The Colombian stereotypes were based on events that happened 25 or 30 years ago," Phillips said. "It doesn't help that every new Hollywood movie or Netflix series about Colombia is based on that era in its history, which frustrates local Colombians." The backdrop, complete with its Spanish roots, has paid off. Phillips' house earned $100,000 on a recent Sunday – a single day – after Phillips shipped the Super-Sized Sunday, 'tedSTRETCH' won the 888 Mega Deep, and his third roommate finished second in the ACR Sunday major. "That was a first for us," he said with a smile.
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