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  1. For the second straight week, we have a new #1 player atop the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, which are recalculated every Wednesday. This time, it's Sweden's Sheater, who was last ranked #1 in January. This is Sheater's second stint at #1, a spot no player has held for more than four weeks since the middle of last year. Sheater moved up two spots to #1 and has a slim four-point edge over Chris moorman1Moorman, last week's #1 who now sits at #2 and just won a World Poker Tour titlein Los Angeles. Sheater finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Six-Max over the weekend for $17,000 and 224 PLB Points, and incredibly has 22 tracked in the money finishes with two wins since Sunday. Another former #1 making waves this week was Vinkyy (pictured), who moved up three spots to reenter the top 10 at #8 worldwide. Vinkyy was last ranked #1 in October and has $5.2 million in tracked scores. He is about 800 PLB Points away from eclipsing Sheater for #1, so he has some ground to make up, but just passed 5,000 tracked in the money finishes, one of the highest totals of anyone on PocketFives. One of the biggest jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to Malta's fzkk, who just won his second PocketFives Triple Crown. He moved up from #52 worldwide to #23, a jump of 29 spots, and recently recorded five wins in four days to help push him toward the top 20. The Malta player earned his $1 million cash badge on PocketFives on March 6. Leaping 23 spots to settle at #44 in the world is 23NoraB, who calls Austria home. He is another March Triple Crown winner and can be found at #4 in his home nation. Other than his third Triple Crown, his big claim to fame in recent days is taking down the Full Tilt Poker T-Rex for $33,000 on Sunday, earning 380 PLB Points in the process. He has 159 tracked wins that have helped boost his career earnings to $3.5 million. Canada's blanconegrowon the Full Tilt $250,000 Guarantee over the weekend for $55,000 and a solid 524 PLB Points to move up 24 places in the Rankings to #59. He received his $3 million cash badge on Wednesday, the same day as the Rankings were updated, and seems poised to shatter his all-time high of #40 worldwide, set last year. The highest debut in the top 100 of the Rankings went to Poland's TryToExploit (pictured), who entered at #71, three places off his highest position ever. TryToExploit won the PokerStars Sunday Million last weekend for 1,348 PLB Points officially, the largest score of the week on any site. He finished 68th in the PokerStars Eighth Anniversary Sunday Million on March 2, which earned him 210 PLB Points. Here's a look at the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Sheater - 7,647 points 2. moorman1 - 7,643 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,593 points 4. VnilaVader - 7,145 points 5. jdpc27 - 6,966 points 6. young_diamond18 - 6,937 points 7. Flush_Entity - 6,856 points 8. Vinkyy - 6,818 points 9. chaz_man_chaz - 6,795 points 10. inhoo - 6,732 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. For the 13th time, Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured) is on top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. When the leaderboard was recalculated on Wednesday, Moorman rose one spot from #2 tto #1 and was last ranked atop the pack in mid-March. Did we mention that the Brit is fresh off winning the World Poker Tour's LA Poker Classic last month for $1 million? Must be nice! Moorman has been busy churning away volume online after a brief hiatus to play live poker and pen his forthcoming strategy book in Southern California. April is only nine days old and already Moorman has recorded 70 in the money finishes that are tracked for the Rankings this month for $76,000 total, an average of $1,085 each. He is the most decorated PocketFiver you'll find and has an incredible $11 million in online winnings, $4 million more than the next closest player. After moving up 12 spots to #4 last week, huiiiiiiiiiiclimbed two more places to settle at #2. He is about 60 PLB Points shy of overtaking Moorman for the #1 spot and was the runner-up in the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller over the weekend for $11,000 and 184 PLB Points. One of his big claims to fame came last month in a PokerStars WCOOP Challenge $215 Rebuy, a tournament he finished second in for $126,000 officially. Former #1 ranked Vinkyy shot up from #18 worldwide to #5 this week. He was last #1 in October 2013 and won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy six days ago for $11,000 and 233 PLB Points. Vinkyy has a healthy 164 tracked wins and $5.4 million in lifetime online cashes. The highest debut in the top 100 of the Rankings this week went to Jonas donut604Mackoff (pictured), who chopped an FTOPS $320 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry event on Full Tilt for $117,000. He took down the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $121,000 last month, giving him six-figure scores, both wins, in back-to-back months worth 1,624 PLB Points combined. Mackoff is enjoying his highest position ever in the Rankings at #43. Also climbing this week was Lithuania's Merceko, who moved up 43 spots to land at #44. He won a PokerStars.fr SCOOP event three days ago for $82,000 and 707 PLB Points to help his cause and now has $1.5 million in tracked scores. Merceko is the top dog in Lithuania, where he resides in Klaipeda. Canada's ott-man87 went from #75 to #54 this week on the strength of a victory in the PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo Cubed for $10,000 and 223 PLB Points as well as a win one day prior in the site's Hot $55 for $11,000. ott-man87 is the top-ranked player in Windsor, Ontario and just passed 3,700 tracked scores. Finally, we wanted to talk about longtime PocketFiver David Bakes Baker (pictured), who moved up 29 spots to land at #60 in the world. Baker finished fourth in an FTOPS event on Sunday for $32,000, just one week removed from taking sixth in the WCOOP Challenge Main Event for an outstanding $121,000. Those two scores were worth nearly 1,000 PLB Points combined. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB scores for each: 1. moorman1- 7,606 points 2. huiiiiiiiiii- 7,543 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,448 points 4. Sheater - 7,378 points 5. Vinkyy- 6,870 points 6. rounder63 - 6,853 points 7. bparis - 6,849 points 8. Flush_Entity - 6,785 points 9. ekziter - 6,753 points 10. VnilaVader - 6,752 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.
  3. On July 2, Canada's p0cket00(pictured) ascended to the top of the PocketFives Poker Rankingsand stayed there for six straight weeks. It was the longest run by any player since pessagno's eight weeks at #1 that started in August of last year. Then, p0cket00 was bucked by pleno1 on August 13 for one week, but quickly returned to the top spot on August 20. Now, we could see another streak forming, as p0cket00 is ranked #1 for the third straight week. --- 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! --- p0cket00 has 7,499 PLB Points, leading second-ranked r4ndomr4gs by 300. He is up to almost $25,000 in online tournament scores already this month despite the fact that September is just two days old and seems poised for another lengthy run at the top of the Rankings. Russia's MAMOHT_T moved up from #22 to #13 this week on the strength of a win in the 888 Poker Mega Deep over the weekend for $32,000 and 358 PLB Points. He just passed $4.5 million in career winnings and is the second-ranked player in his home country. Australia online poker player djn873was up 28 spots to settle at #53 this week, one of the biggest jumps in the top 100. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings and came by virtue of winning the 888 Poker Whale on August 24 for $54,000 and 447 PLB Points. The same day, he final tabled 888's Sunday Challenge for another $8,500. Austria's mindgamer(pictured) moved up from #50 to #37 after a rock solid Sunday that saw him finish fifth in the Full TiltSuper Sized Sunday, sixth in the PokerStars Sunday 500, and first in the Stars $162 Sunday Six-Max for nearly $50,000 combined. He stands at $3.6 million in online MTT winnings and was formerly ranked #1 here on PocketFives. Canada's SSSMforlife, whom we are actually interviewing while we write this article, final tabled the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $75,000 and over 500 PLB Points. The day before, he took second in the Big $109 for $17,000. Number 70 worldwide is his best ranking ever and he stands at $1.1 million in online tournament winnings. Here's how the top 10 in the Rankings look this week: 1. p0cket00 - 7,499 points 2. r4ndomr4gs - 7,197 points 3. pleno1 - 7,062 points 4. European - 7,023 points 5. huiiiiiiiiii - 6,822 points 6. Romeopro - 6,706 points 7. veeea - 6,697 points 8. 1bigacehole - 6,693 points 9. PokerKaiser - 6,665 points 10. TheClaimeer - 6,663 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.
  4. One of the biggest jumps inside the top 100 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingsthis week went to Ukraine's gosuoposum1, who rocketed from #49 to #25, or 24 spots. The reason was simple: a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $54,000 over the weekend, which was good for 536 PLB Points. He is up to 240 wins in online MTTs and has $3.6 million in winnings. --- 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 now for a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- The top 10 worldwide largely stayed constant this week, the lone exception being the addition of Vienna's huiiiiiiiiii(pictured above) who moved up from #13 to #9. The Austrian took down the Full TiltSunday Major three days ago for $30,000 and is up to $3.4 million in winnings online. He is the #2 ranked player in the Austria poker community. It's rare to see players enter the top 100 any higher than #50 in the world, but don't tell that to UK's makkapakk, who debuted at #33. This is his all-time high mark in the Rankings and came by virtue of a win in the Sunday Million over the weekend for $191,000 officially. In terms of the PLB, his victory was good for 1,122 points and he is $52,000 away from hitting $2 million in online winnings. Italy's RoccoGe(pictured) rose 34 spots to settle at #45 this week. He won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $38,000 and has $1.6 million in online winnings, about one-third of which has come from PokerStars, where he plays under the handle sephirot88. He has 2,287 tracked cashes for an average of $733 apiece. He has had success in the live world as well, as RoccoGe is ranked #378 on GPI and has one World Series of Poker bracelet. Also entering the top 100 this week was Romania's gigibaston, who debuted at #56, his all-time highest mark. He won the PokerStars Bigger $162 on Sunday for $34,000 and 449 PLB Points, one of four wins since June 27. He got his $1 million cash badge on July 7 and finished second in the Sunday Million two years ago for nearly $150,000. Without further delay, here are the top 10 players worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings this week. There are six countries represented in the top 10: Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Austria, and Germany: 1. p0cket00 - 8,016 points 2. r4ndomr4gs - 7,902 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,613 points 4. pleno1 - 7,582 points 5. TheClaimeer - 7,397 points 6. VnilaVader - 7,365 points 7. Romeopro - 7,147 points 8. 23NoraB - 6,877 points 9. huiiiiiiiiii- 6,855 points 10. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,774 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.
  5. Since last October, no one has been able to stay at the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingsfor longer than four weeks. Sure enough, this week was no exception, as Canada's p0cket00regained the top spot worldwide, surpassing Sweden's r4ndomr4gs (pictured), who was ranked #1 for a week. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- This is p0cket00's seventh stint at #1 and his first since 2011. He won the Sunday Big Ticket over the weekend for $25,000 and finished second in the Full Tilt Sunday Major ten days ago for $23,000. p0cket00's $7.8 million in online MTT cashes is the second largest total of anyone on PocketFives. In case you're wondering what happened to r4ndomr4gs, you'll be comforted to know that he only slid one spot and can currently be found at #2 in the world. In fact, he only trails p0cket00 by about 100 PLB Points, so we could see another changing of the guard next Wednesday when the Rankings are recalculated. Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), known on PocketFives as Romeopro, jumped from #19 to #7 this week, his highest spot ever in the Rankings. The fuel was a blockbuster Sunday that saw him win the 888 PokerWhale for $54,000, take down the PokerStars $265 NLHE Knockout for $11,000, and finish second in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $14,000. We should mention, again, that all three scores came on the same day. Mark dipthrong Herm, who is second in a WSOP $1,500 NLHE Mixed-Max event with 10 players left, also found time to move up from #15 in the world to #8. The Canadian-based player final tabled the PokerStars Big $109 over the weekend for $11,000 and has 10 online MTT wins since June 11, raising his career total to 141. Herm has been a member of PocketFives since mid-2006 and his all-time high is #5, reached in 2010. Finally, Austria's 23NoraB moved up from #14 to #9, two spots off his all-time high. He won the iPoker Super Tuesday eight days ago for $9,300 and took down the PokerStars Sunday Six-Max for $22,000 on June 22. 23NoraB snagged a $4 million cash badge on June 23, one day before Romanovskyi accomplished the same feat. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00- 8,163 points 2. r4ndomr4gs- 8,058 points 3. VnilaVader - 7,685 points 4. pleno1 - 7,624 points 5. lukethafluke - 7,597 points 6. TheClaimeer - 7,336 points 7. Romeopro- 7,209 points 8. dipthrong- 6,963 points 9. 23NoraB- 6,961 points 10. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,829 points Congrats to all of our ranked members! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. 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.
  7. We have a brand new member of the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, Easylimp(pictured). The England pokerplayer moved up from #26 this week to #8, his first time cracking the top 10, on the strength of an outright win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $69,000. --- 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! --- He defeated a field of 770 entrants in the Sunday 500, which earned him 620 PLB Points and his third largest online score ever. It came on the heels of wins earlier this year in a TCOOP $27 Rebuy and the PokerStars Super Tuesday. Those two victories combined for over $200,000 in cash plus 1,154 PLB Points, vaulting him into the top 10 on our site. He just passed $1 million in tracked scores. Canada's p0cket00held on to the #1 spot in the Rankings for the fourth straight week and has 7,833 PLB Points, about 140 more than the next closest person. The Ontario poker player has 5,446 in the money finishes for an average haul of $1,449. Rising 20 spots in the Rankings to land at #21 worldwide is Chris makkapakk Johnson, who finished second in the PokerStars Big $162 one week ago for $12,000. His big claim to fame came at the beginning of July, when he won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $191,000 officially and a healthy 1,122 PLB Points. He is the #3 player in the UK. Romania's Belus Andrei, who is known on PocketFives as gigibaston (pictured), moved up 13 spots this week to #26. On July 6, he won the PokerStars Bigger $162 for $34,000 and nearly 450 PLB Points and is one of a baker's dozen of PocketFivers to pass $1 million in tracked scores this month. Andrei is the top-ranked player in Romania, where he lives in the 300,000-person city of Timisoara. Bosnia and Herzegovina's Alen lilachaa Bilic (pictured), who was ranked in the top 10 on PocketFives earlier this year, moved up 21 spots to #46. He defeated seven other PocketFivers at the final table of the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy three days ago, a feat that was good for $47,000 and 500 PLB Points. This all comes after he took a two-month hiatus from the online tables for the World Series of Poker. Also leaping high is Brazil's Marco Amtozza Tozzatto, who jumped 27 spots from #82 to #55 on the strength of a win in the PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance for $17,000 and 304 PLB Points. He stands at $1.6 million in online tournament winnings and is #2 in Brazil. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00 - 7,833 points 2. r4ndomr4gs - 7,698 points 3. pleno1 - 7,396 points 4. lukethafluke - 7,289 points 5. TheClaimeer - 7,288 points 6. Romeopro - 7,133 points 7. Fresh_Oo_D - 7,036 points 8. Easylimp - 6,998 points 9. 23NoraB - 6,713 points 10. dipthrong - 6,680 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.
  8. After being as high as #2 in the PocketFives Poker Rankingsin 2011, Toby 810ofclubsLewis (pictured) is once again making a run at the top. This week, he moved up from #7 worldwide to #4 with 7,462 PLB Points. Lewis has $4.2 million in online winnings in his PocketFives profile, $2.5 million of which has come on PokerStars. The Brit hit it big last month in a SCOOP $1,050 Wrap-Up event for $214,000 after placing second. The score was worth 882 PLB Points and has helped him steadily climb his way toward the top of the Rankings. Lewis is the #2 ranked player in the United Kingdom and tops in the county of Hampshire. Longtime PocketFiver Mark dipthrong Herm moved up 17 spots and can currently be found at #20. Herm won the PokerStars $109 Turbo Cubed on PokerStars earlier this month for $10,000 and has $4.3 million in online scores. He was ranked as high as #5 in the world four years ago. The World Series of Poker in Las Vegas provided an opportunity for players to get a leg up on their peers who are camped out in the US, where sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Pokeraren't available. Take Latvia's sikosomatik, for example, who rose 24 spots to settle at #52 on the strength of a win in the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller for $14,000 and 270 points. It was his fifth cash of at least $10,000 since the beginning of May. Gaining 25 spots in the Rankings this week was Portugal's rs23p5, who is #61 in the world and won the PokerStars Bigger $11 on Sunday for $20,000 and 420 points. He final tabled a SCOOP $2,100 Super Knockout last month for $43,000 and has six scores of at least $10,000 this year. rs23p5 is the second-ranked player in Portugal, where he lives in the northern city of Maia. Russia's veeea (pictured), who was ranked as high as #14 on PocketFives last year, reentered the top 100 at #77. He final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy on the first day of June and has won three MTTs since then to bring his career total to 138 victories. He's at $2.6 million in winnings in his PocketFives profile and is #3 in Russia. One day before his country plays host to the World Cup, Brazil's joaomathias reentered the top 100 at #83, six spots behind veeea. He finished second in the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guaranteed last month for $38,000 and recorded three tracked wins last Sunday, including two PLO tournaments on PokerStars. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. lukethafluke - 8,102 points 2. r4ndomr4gs - 8,094 points 3. pleno1 - 7,894 points 4. 810ofclubs- 7,462 points 5. p0cket00 - 7,460 points 6. VnilaVader - 7,263 points 7. Flush_Entity - 7,225 points 8. blanconegro - 7,179 points 9. TheLipoFund - 7,171 points 10. TheClaimeer - 7,160 points Congrats to everyone who is ranked! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswere recalculated. Last week's #1 player, Griffin Flush_Entity Benger, retained the top spot for the second week in a row with 7,812 PLB Points, but several PocketFivers are nipping at his heels. Benger is from Toronto and ascended to the top spot for the first time in two years. The new eighth-ranked player on PocketFives is p0cket00(pictured), a former #1 who last reached the apex of the Rankings in 2011. The Canadian has over $7.5 million in tracked scores, the second largest total of anyone on PocketFives, and is fresh off finishing second in a PokerStars $215 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance tournament for $11,000 three days ago. p0cket00 was at #22 last week. Already this month, p0cket00 has $147,000 in tracked winnings from 63 in the money finishes, an average of $2,333 each. He has four scores of over $10,000 in May and, mind you, the month is only two weeks old. Also moving from the 20s to the top 10 of the Rankings was Roman Romeopro Romanovskyi (pictured). You can now find him at #10 worldwide, up 14 spots on the week on the strength of a win in a $320 NLHE Six-Max tournament on PokerStars for $18,000 and nearly 300 PLB Points. Romanovskyi has $3.8 million in lifetime cashes and his ranking represents his highest mark ever. Germany's Fresh_Oo_D debuted in the top 100 at #30 this week. He was the runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $62,000 officially and a rock solid 463 PLB Points. The same day, he finished second in a SCOOP $2,100 NLHE event for nearly $300,000 in cash plus nearly 1,000 PLB Points. If all that weren't enough, the day before, he took ninth in a SCOOP $2,100 NLHE Turbo Zoom event for $17,000. As Samuel L. Jackson would say, "Hold onto your butts." In the first two weeks of May, Fresh_Oo_D has $454,000 in tracked scores across 48 in the money finishes, an average of $9,458 each and the most among anyone this month. He is the top-ranked player in Germany and could be found as high as #6 worldwide last year. Also entering the top 100 this week was Portugal's Rui RuiNF Ferreira, who sits at #34, just four spots behind Fresh_Oo_D. He had a blockbuster SCOOP showing on May 6, winning a $700 NLHE Heads-Up event and finishing second in the Super Tuesday for nearly $300,000 combined along with well over 1,500 PLB Points. As has become the norm, four of the top five players in the Rankings this week call Sweden home. Here's a look at the top 10 players this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. Flush_Entity (Canada) - 7,812 points 2. lukethafluke (Sweden) - 7,691 points 3. VnilaVader (Sweden) - 7,641 points 4. r4ndomr4gs (Sweden) - 7,463 points 5. Sheater (Sweden) - 7,186 points 6. blanconegro (Canada, pictured) - 7,148 points 7. lilachaa (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - 7,097 points 8. p0cket00(Canada) - 7,046 points 9. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) - 7,040 points 10. Romeopro(Ukraine) - 7,021 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.
  10. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswere recalculated today and, for the third straight week, Anton VnilaVaderHerrmann was the top player in the world. He continues to rack up cashes too, including an $11,000 haul for winning a PokerStars $320 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max tournament one week ago and a $42,000 haul for taking down the site's Bigger $55 two days before that. Herrmann has a 100-point lead over second place in the Rankings. We have two newcomers to the top 10 this week. The first is Connor blanconegro Drinan (pictured), who entered at #8 worldwide, his highest position ever. Drinan has been on fire this week, winning the PokerStars Hotter $75 on Sunday for $27,000 and final tabling the Sunday Second Chance the same day for another $13,000. The second newcomer to the top 10 this week was Alen lilachaaBilic, a recent PocketFives interviewee who won the iPoker Sunday Special ten days ago for $33,000 and took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 on April 13 for $79,000 officially. Bilic opened the month of April by earning an FTOPS jersey and is up to $1.3 million in tracked scores. We wouldn't be surprised to see him crack the top five next week. Sweden's Yaya24, one of six Swedes in the top 12 of the Rankings, moved up seven spots after being ranked #19 last week. Yaya24 won the Full Tilt PokerT-Rex over the weekend for $25,000 and finished second in a Winamax W Series tournament earlier this month for $22,000. Shooting up 31 spots this week, one of the biggest jumps of anyone in the top 100, was Canada's Lockhurt(pictured), who settled at #52, his highest position ever. Lockhurt won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed for $23,000 on Sunday and final tabled the Bigger $162 on April 20 for $17,000. He is the top-ranked player in Newmarket, Ontario and plays as UncleAnte9on PokerStars. Speaking of Canadians, Vancouver's d.quangmotored from #86 to #57 on the strength of a victory in a PokerStars Carnival tournament for $30,000 nine days ago. He received his $2 million cash badge last week and can be found under the user name PrestonBankson 888 Poker. Hungary's breeth (pictured) debuted at #65 worldwide, the highest ranking of anyone entering the top 100 of the Rankings this week. He was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives five years ago and won a PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on Sunday for $19,000. On April 15, he final tabled the site's Super Tuesday and reeled in $30,000. breeth is the #1 player in Hungary. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. VnilaVader- 7,679 points 2. Flush_Entity - 7,562 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,439 points 4. Sheater - 7,428 points 5. moorman1 - 7,420 points 6. r4ndomr4gs - 7,299 points 7. huiiiiiiiiii - 7,079 points 8. blanconegro- 7,047 points 9. lilachaa- 6,861 points 10. brianm15 - 6,791 points Congrats to all of our ranked players this week. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. We had two new entries into the top 10 of the PocketFives Poker Player Rankingsthis week. In fact, both came from the 20s in a very impressive showing. We'll start with Costa Rica's Nicholas rounder63 Carrillo (pictured), who moved up from #20 to #5, his highest slotting ever. He has a healthy $4.4 million in tracked scores. Carrillo won the PartyPoker$100,000 Guaranteed High Roller over the weekend for $14,000 and 327 PLB Points one day after taking down the PokerStarsBig $162 for $21,000 and 346 PLB Points. All told, he has 220 tracked wins and over 600 top-three finishes. Carrillo now sits with 6,952 PLB Points, 650 away from the #1 overall ranking, which belongs to Sweden's Sheater. The other new entry from the 20s was Germany's overthetop43, who moved up 19 spots to settle at #10. He is $3,000 away from cracking $2 million in lifetime scores and finished third in the weekend's Sunday Supersonic for $31,000 and 291 PLB Points. The same day, he took down the PokerStars $265 No Limit Hold'em Knockout for $16,000 and the same 291 points. He is the top-ranked player in Germany and, like Carrillo, has reached his highest ranking ever. Brian bparisParis (pictured), who was ranked #5 worldwide earlier this year, moved up 10 places to #12. Paris has the eighth highest cash total of any PocketFiver at $6.6 million and took down the PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance on March 16 for $14,000 and 279 PLB Points. Paris has nearly 7,000 tracked in the money finishes and is a two-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner. We could very well see him reenter the top 10 next Wednesday when the Rankings are recalculated. Also shooting up the charts this week was Portugal's JDias99, who final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $44,000 and 351 PLB Points. The same day, he finished sixth in the 888 Poker Mega Deep and bagged another $3,000. JDias99 moved up from #25 in the world to #13 and has $67,000 in earnings from 30 scores this month. Leaping almost 30 spots in the Rankings was Russia's MAMOHT_T, who landed at #38 after being ranked #67 last week. He won the weekend's Full Tilt $250,000 Guaranteed for $52,000 and a massive 513 PLB Points to help his cause and is on the verge of earning a $4 million cash badge. He is #1 in Russia and was once ranked as high as #8 in the world on PocketFives. Finally, we wanted to single out moneyinbag (pictured), who had one of the biggest movements in the top 100, rising from #90 to #57, his best ranking ever. He was the runner-up in the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend for $37,000 and 366 PLB Points and took down the PokerStars $265 No Limit Hold'em Knockout for $14,000 a week before that. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Sheater- 7,611 points 2. lukethafluke - 7,509 points 3. moorman1 - 7,485 points 4. VnilaVader - 6,968 points 5. rounder63- 6,952 points 6. jdpc27 - 6,934 points 7. young_diamond18 - 6,878 points 8. Vinkyy - 6,839 points 9. chaz_man_chaz - 6,771 points 10. overthetop43- 6,769 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.
  12. The PocketFives Rankingswere recalculated on Wednesday and, unlike last week, the top 10 worldwide remained relatively unchanged. Your #1 player in the world is still Anton VnilaVaderHerrmann, who is one of four Swedes in the top seven of the Rankings and won the PokerStars Bigger $55 three days ago for $42,000 to solidify the top spot for the second straight week. Herrmann has about 300 PLB Points more than the second place player in the Rankings. No player has held onto the top spot for more than four weeks since October. Outside of the top 10, there was plenty of movement, as Alen lilachaa Bilic (pictured) moved up from #43 worldwide to #20, his highest ranking ever. Bilic has been a rock star over the past six weeks, posting the following wins, among others, since March began: April 13: 1st Place in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $79,000 April 20: 1st Place in the iPoker Sunday Special for $33,000 March 8: 1st Place in the PokerStars Big $162 for $21,000 April 9: 1st Place in FTOPS Event #22 for $21,000 Another major jump this week belonged to Steve Illini213Barshak, who moved up from #65 in the world to #39. Barshak won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed three days ago for $21,000 and received his $5 million cash badge on PocketFives on April 14; he is one of only three people to accomplish that feat this year. Barshak has been a member of PocketFives since 2007 and you can follow him on Twitter under the handle @illini213. Russia's veeea(pictured), who was ranked as high as #14 in the world last year, is back up to #64 after ascending 35 spots this week. He has seven tracked wins since March 29: the iPoker €5,000 Guaranteed, PartyPokerHigh Roller, PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed, iPoker €12,500 Guaranteed, Full Tilt Poker $7,000 Guaranteed, and PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Quad (twice). The highest new player in the top 100 this week was hauptschule, who came in at #73, his best ranking ever. The Germany poker community member has had a rock solid month of April, including victories in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Rebuy, PokerStars.fr €15,000 Guaranteed, and PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $100,000 total. Finally, we wanted to single out pmahoney1, who moved up from #136 worldwide to #80. This poker player from Mexico won the PokerStars Big $55 last week for $18,000 and finished third in the site's Super Tuesday three days before that for $58,000. Also this month, he has won the PokerStars $320 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max, $27 Saturday Eliminator, and Hot $75 for $32,000 combined. Without further delay, here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. VnilaVader - 7,812 points 2. Sheater - 7,490 points 3. Flush_Entity (pictured) - 7,416 points 4. huiiiiiiiiii - 7,271 points 5. lukethafluke - 7,263 points 6. moorman1 - 7,207 points 7. r4ndomr4gs - 6,993 points 8. TheClaimeer - 6,870 points 9. brianm15 - 6,826 points 10. rounder63 - 6,794 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.
  13. We're seeing a dynasty of sorts at the top of the PocketFives Rankings, as for the third straight week Canada's p0cket00is #1 worldwide. Since March, we've had one player – Sheater – be ranked #1 for longer than three weeks, and no player has been #1 for longer than four weeks since last October. --- 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! --- p0cket00 could be setting himself up to be #1 for a fourth straight week come July 23, when the Rankings are recalculated, as he has a nearly 300 PLB Point lead over Sweden's r4ndomr4gs, who is #2 once again this week. p0cket00 won the Sunday Deep Ticket for $25,000 on June 29 for 353 PLB Points, but has recorded just one in the money finish since July 1. Jumping from #42 worldwide to #17 this week is Cal cal42688Anderson (pictured above), another former #1 player in the Rankings. Anderson is fresh off winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet, doing so in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud High-Low Eight or Better tournament in June. He won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy over the weekend for $37,000 officially and was quickly back to owning souls online. We can't make this stuff up. Ukraine poker player accussity(pictured) moved up to #29 this week from #52 thanks to six tracked wins since June 25. He is the #2 player in Ukraine and has $1.5 million in online MTT scores. On PokerStars, you can hunt him down under the screen name Fukuruku. Just a few days after seeing his country win the World Cup in Brazil, Germany's nilsefrose from #80 to #47 in the world. He has been on a tear so far in July, winning seven tournaments online, one for every goal Germany scored against Brazil, to bring his total to 193. He's at $2.8 million in online winnings and plays on PokerStars.fr under the screen name Pr0llhead. The highest new entrant into the top 100 in the Rankings is Hungary's blackDonii, who can be found at #88, his highest position ever. He won the PokerStars $109 Cubed on Tuesday for nearly $9,000 and is the top-ranked player in his home country. Right behind him on the leaderboard at #90 is another new entrant, aguskb, who lives in the poker haven of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00 - 7,921 points 2. r4ndomr4gs - 7,569 points 3. pleno1 - 7,530 points 4. lukethafluke - 7,517 points 5. TheClaimeer - 7,427 points 6. Romeopro - 7,134 points 7. VnilaVader - 7,053 points 8. 23NoraB - 6,765 points 9. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,737 points 10. dipthrong - 6,718 points Can p0cket00 remain #1 for a fourth week? Find out next Wednesday when the Rankings are recalculated. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. It has been a rough go for #1 players in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingsas of late. Since last October, no one has held the top spot on our leaderboard for more than four weeks and we have seen the guard change 17 times. This week, Sweden's r4ndomr4gs claimed the #1 spot for the first time ever. r4ndomr4gs received his $4 million cash badge on May 21 and won a SCOOP $2,100 NLHE Progressive Super Knockout for $150,000 and 906 PLB Points two weeks ago. All told in May, he has piled up a quarter-of-a-million dollars in tracked scores across 86 in the money finishes for an average of $2,900 apiece. This is his first stint at #1. After reentering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, TheLipoFund(pictured above) reentered the Rankings at #8, his highest position ever. He has $5.5 million in tracked cashes total, including a PokerStarsSuper Tuesday win and third place finish this year for $220,000 combined. He calls Mexico home and plays on 888 Pokerunder the user name weneedit. Shooting up from #34 to #9 this week was Bryan bparisParis, who was ranked #5 on PocketFives earlier this year. Paris won the Super Tuesday eight days ago for $108,000 and 758 PLB Points and took down the Full Tilt Sunday Mulligan over the weekend for $13,000 as a follow-up performance. He is just a few thousand dollars away from passing $7 million lifetime and has the seventh largest cash total of anyone on our site. Entering the top 100 at #56 in the world was Smurfehits, who final tabled the Sunday Million over the weekend for $106,000 and nearly 600 PLB Points. The Norway pokerplayer can be found under the user name fullhouseiiion PokerStars and generally plays as Smurfehits on other sites. He is the top-ranked Norwegian and once was as high as #28 on PocketFives earlier this year. Austria's Schildy1984 (pictured) moved up 29 spots to #59 this week and just hit $6 million in tracked scores. He finished second in the Sunday Brawl over the weekend and bagged $26,000. Last week, he won an FPS tournament on PokerStars.fr, which was good for $15,000 and 289 PLB Points. Schildy1984 is the fourth-ranked player in Austria and was #6 worldwide on PocketFives last year. After getting supplanted by Sweden for the top spot in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings in February, Canada is making a comeback, holding three of the top nine spots worldwide. Sweden, by comparison, has three of the top five, including the top two. There are five countries represented in the top ten: 1. r4ndomr4gs(Sweden) - 8,342 points 2. lukethafluke (Sweden) - 8,149 points 3. Flush_Entity (Canada) - 7,678 points 4. blanconegro (Canada) - 7,604 points 5. VnilaVader (Sweden) - 7,498 points 6. 810ofclubs (UK) - 7,408 points 7. pleno1 (UK) - 7,397 points 8. TheLipoFund(Mexico) - 7,346 points 9. bparis(Canada) - 7,232 points 10. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) - 7,199 points Congrats to all of our ranked players this week. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  15. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswere recalculated on Wednesday and for the eighth time this year, we have a new #1 ranked player. This week, it's Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured), who has been on a tear as of late and assumes the #1 spot for the first time since mid-2012. We caught up with Benger shortly after the Rankings were released. Here are the top 10 players this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Flush_Entity - 7,853 points 2. VnilaVader - 7,552 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,304 points 4. moorman1 - 7,221 points 5. r4ndomr4gs - 7,217 points 6. Sheater - 7,137 points 7. huiiiiiiiiii - 7,083 points 8. blanconegro - 7,017 points 9. lena900 - 6,828 points 10. Yaya24 - 6,816 points PocketFives: Congrats! Tell us how you're feeling about being back at #1 in the world. Griffin Benger: I knew it was a matter of time with the heater I've been on recently and figured after my Hot $55 win on Sunday, this would be the week it happened. I stayed up a bit last night to wait for the Rankings to change. It's hard not to get a good night's sleep after you find out you're #1 at anything, let alone something as competitive as poker. --- 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: Do the Rankings mean a lot to you? Are they a motivator or how do they affect your mindset while playing? Griffin Benger: PocketFives has always been an incredible tool for me to track my progress, compare my success to my peers, and give me goals outside of just making money. It can get a bit monotonous to play MTT poker day after day trying to make money. It's fun when you see you're in contention for a Monthly or Yearly PLB or need one more win for a PocketFives Triple Crown. Dan Cypra: What do you attribute your recent success to? You've had a PokerStarsSunday 500 win, Sunday Supersonic final table, and Super Tuesday final table in the last few months, just to name a few key scores. Griffin Benger: I've been very fortunate in the sense that if I have ever felt like I might be hitting a bit of a lull in my game, I'm exposed to someone who's having a lot of success at the time who has been able to help me get to the next level. First it was Shyam s_dot111Srinivasan, then Calvin cal42688Anderson (pictured), then Paul paulgees81Volpe, then Simon pokerbrat13Charette, then Evan Jarvis of Gripsed.com, and most recently I attribute a great deal of my success to working with Connor blanconegro Drinan. Connor and I spent nearly a month-and-a-half together in Europe and were constantly grinding together and bouncing ideas off each other about different ways to approach hands and spots. It has done wonders for my game. It's really important to have a broad network of friends and colleagues in poker. Even if you might be considered better than a certain player, they are definitely doing something better than you, and if you're not going out of your way to find out what that is and then implementing it into your game, you're just being lazy. Laziness is the biggest problem in online MTT culture. We have so many tools out there to be successful, but people would rather moan and groan about how badly they run than work harder. The game is constantly evolving and becoming more challenging. If you're not evolving with it, you're either being lazy or don't want it as badly as I do. PocketFives: You're still with Phil Ivey's training site, right? Griffin Benger: Yes, I am. I share a great deal of insight in my first training video series of my Sunday 500 final table at IveyLeague.com. I genuinely feel the Masters membership is worth the money. Congrats to all of our ranked players this week! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. It was a good week to be Austria's huiiiiiiiiii(pictured), who shot up 12 spots to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his highest position ever. The top-ranked player in Austria, huiiiiiiiiii earned $11,000 after a runner-up finish in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars on Sunday. Two days prior, he hit the jackpot in a WCOOP Challenge $215 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy, officially taking home $126,000 and 676 PLB Points after exiting in second place. The WCOOP Challenge was the largest score we've tracked for huiiiiiiiiii, more than doubling his second largest, which came in 2011 after an 11th place finish in the WCOOP Main Event. He won the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy last year for $52,000 and is fresh off earning his $3 million cash badge. We had two other new entrants into the top 10 this week, which meant quite a shakeup at the top of the pack for the first time in a while. ekzitermoved up from #16 to #6 on the strength of a second place finish in the opening Full Tilt PokerFTOPS event on Sunday. His performance was worth $85,000 in cash plus 495 PLB Points, moving him over $2.5 million lifetime. ekziter is a four-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner, three of which came last year. Also entering the top 10 this week was Charlie chaz_man_chazCombes (pictured), who rose eight spots to settle at #10. A member of PocketFives since 2010, Combes won the PokerStars Big $162 on March 25 for $23,000 and 363 PLB Points. Three days later, he took down the Tyrannosaurus Rex for nearly $10,000 along with 229 PLB Points. Combes is up to $4.3 million in tracked scores after earning his $4 million cash badge in January. Connor Drinan, who goes by blanconegroon PocketFives, rocketed from #39 to #15, his highest position ever, after final tabling the Sunday Brawl over the weekend for $14,000 and 197 PLB Points. He final tabled a WCOOP Challenge event on March 28 for $38,000 and recorded three tracked wins last month to bring his total to 49. Drinan is the top-ranked player in the British Columbia poker community. It feels like we frequently mention Toby 810ofclubs Lewis, who moved up 23 spots from #51 to #28 this week. He has a monstrous Sunday that included a second place finish in the PokerStars Sunday $100 Rebuy for $48,000. All told, he had a dozen in the money finishes that day for $62,000 and nearly 1,000 PLB Points total. Finally, we wanted to single out Brazil's pedrohennn (pictured), who ended up at #45 this week after being ranked #85 seven days ago. The recent PocketFives signup also turned in a rock solid Sunday that included wins in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday and PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo for $35,000 and $11,000, respectively. He has $1.4 million in online scores and plays as peterwhooo on the largest online poker site in the land, PokerStars. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each. Swedes still hold three of the top five spots and 10 of the top 40: 1. Sheater - 7,442 points 2. moorman1 - 7,337 points 3. lukethafluke - 7,228 points 4. huiiiiiiiiii- 7,200 points 5. VnilaVader - 7,025 points 6. ekziter- 6,890 points 7. JDias99 - 6,847 points 8. Flush_Entity - 6,753 points 9. rounder63 - 6,738 points 10. chaz_man_chaz - 6,733 points Congrats to all of our ranked members. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. The PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswere recalculated on Wednesday, with Griffin Flush_Entity Benger (pictured) making a major splash. The former #1 player in our Rankings, last seen at the top in mid-2012, Benger moved up from #14 worldwide to #4 and is 700 points off the pole position. Benger has been on a roll lately, including a third place finish in the Full Tilt Poker$250,000 Guarantee over the weekend for $23,000 in cash plus 259 PLB Points. He won the PokerStars $10,000 Guarantee the same day for $5,900 and has raked in $141,000 in tracked MTTs so far in March across 91 in the money finishes, an average of $1,550 each. Portugal's JDias99 cracked the top 10 of the Rankings for the first time ever this week after moving up three spots. He final tabled the PokerStars Sunday 500 two weeks ago for $44,000 and 351 PLB Points to help his cause. Over the weekend, he drove to a fifth place finish in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday and earned $9,500 along with 138 PLB Points. JDias99 is the top-ranked player in Portugal. Austria's huiiiiiiiiii(pictured, that's 10 i's if you're keeping track), ascended from #23 worldwide to #15, six spots shy of his all-time high in the Rankings set last year. He plays as IneedMoneyXXon Full Tilt and iPoker and took fourth in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday, one spot better than JDias99, three days ago for $12,000. Late last month, huiiiiiiiiii won the PokerStars Bigger $162 for $42,000 and a mammoth 516 PLB Points. One of the biggest jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to DaFace. The Costa Rica poker community stalwart landed at #25 worldwide, up 27 spots, on the strength of a half-dozen tracked wins already this month for over 1,000 PLB Points combined. He is the #3 ranked player in Costa Rica and tops in the capital of San Jose. Another Costa Rican, teamwispy, rose 29 spots in the Rankings from #65 to #36 on the strength of three sizable cashes on PokerStars on Sunday. He took down the Bigger $11, finished seventh in the Sunday 500, and exited in fourth from the $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Cubed for $40,000 and 800 PLB Points combined. You can find him on Full Tilt Poker under the user name Private ATM. Longtime PocketFiver Toby 810ofclubs Lewis rose 32 spots to settle at #51 in the world. Lewis was the runner-up in the weekend's Full Tilt $250,000 Guarantee, one spot ahead of Benger, and took second in the PokerStars.fr Sunday Six-Max the same day for another $9,200. Lewis has $3.8 million in tracked scores, the largest of which was worth a quarter-of-a-million dollars. Swedes still dominate the Rankings and own three of the top five spots, led by #1 ranked Sheater. Here are the top 10 players this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Sheater - 7,611 points 2. moorman1 - 7,360 points 3.lukethafluke - 7,230 points 4. Flush_Entity - 6,929 points 5. VnilaVader - 6,875 points 6. jdpc27 - 6,829 points 7. Vinkyy - 6,754 points 8. rounder63 - 6,725 points 9. overthetop43 - 6,716 points 10. JDias99 - 6,643 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.
  18. Following his massive $1.3 million paydayfor winning the PokerStarsWCOOP Main Event, CrownUpGuy(pictured) has shot up to #4 in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, not surprisingly his highest position ever. He netted over 3,200 PLB Points for his win in the $5,000 buy-in tournament. The Austrian is up to $2.5 million in online tournament scores and perhaps lost in the hubbub of his WCOOP win was that he finished third in the PokerStars Bigger $109 on September 28 for another $34,000. Sweden's lena900entered the top 10 at #7 this week, his highest position ever. He made a deep run in the WCOOP Main Event and earned $21,000, pushing his lifetime total to just south of $3 million. You can find him on Full Tiltunder the user name whoozzand he just hit 2,000 tracked cashes. Also entering the top 10 this week is vicenfish, who moved up one spot from #11. He won the PokerStars $215 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance last week for $10,000 and finished first in a WCOOP $10,300 Eight-Max Re-Entry High Roller Event for over $700,000 on September 14. That cash was good for nearly 2,000 PLB Points. One of the biggest movers inside the top 100 this week was David Davidp18 Peters, who rocketed from #85 to #21 in the Rankings. Peters took down a WCOOP Second Chance tournament for $172,000 over the weekend and is up to over $4 million in career online tournament scores. The Ontario resident has been a member of PocketFives since our second year in business. Jimmy JMolloy Molloy jumped 34 spots to settle at #26 in the world. He has had a productive last few days, including running deep in the WCOOP Main Event for $26,000, final tabling the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday for $10,000, and winning the PokerStars $109 Cubed for $7,200. This is his highest showing ever in the PocketFives Rankings. Finally, we wanted to single out Ukraine's psyhoagromor, who entered the top 100 at #30 thanks to a WCOOP Super Tuesday victory for $270,000 and almost 1,300 PLB Points. The same day, he finished second in a separate WCOOP event for $37,000, pushing him over $1.7 million in online tournament scores across 2,300 cashes. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser - 7,891 points 2. p0cket00 - 7,444 points 3. European - 7,233 points 4. CrownUpGuy- 7,106 points 5. MAMOHT_T - 7,101 points 6. r4ndomr4gs - 7,099 points 7. lena900- 7,036 points 8. huiiiiiiiiii - 6,989 points 9. 1bigacehole - 6,958 points 10. vicenfish- 6,958 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.
  19. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankingshave been updated. On top for the fourth straight week is Brazil's Yuri Martins, who is enjoying the longest stint at the top of the Rankings for any PocketFiver since September and the third longest streak since April. Martins has 7,462 PLB Points, 136 more than the second place player in the Rankings, p0cket00 (pictured). This Canadian player finished second in a $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on PokerStars one day ago for $7,000 and 142 PLB Points, meaning, all else equal, he's another score of equivalent value away from being the #1 player worldwide on PocketFives. We'll have to wait until next Wednesday to see if he succeeds. There were no new entrants into the top 10 worldwide this week. Outside of the top 10, Alex Lynskey, known as lynskey99on PocketFives, moved up from #37 to #19 on the strength of a win in the PokerStars Sunday Six-Max over the weekend for $25,000 and a solid 377 PLB Points. Lynskey is up to $1.4 million in tracked MTT scores and is one spot shy of his all-time high worldwide. He is the top-ranked PocketFiver in Australia. One of the biggest jumps of the week inside the top 100 belonged to Russia's MatveichukR (pictured), who moved up 26 spots to settle at #56. He won the PokerStars Big $55 on the third day of 2015 for $21,000 and his 231st career tracked win. MatveichukR, who is celebrating his fifth anniversary of signing up for PocketFives on Wednesday, has $3.6 million in winnings and is five spots shy of his all-time high in the Rankings. Also climbing high was former #4 ranked Shyam s_dot111 Srinivasan, who moved up from #99 to #58, or 41 spots. He has been on a tear since 2015 began, winning the PokerStars $109 Quad once and $109 Rebuy twice for a total of almost $25,000. This follows a six-week stretch without a tracked win, so he has certainly made up for lost time. Srinivasan is the #10 ranked player in Canada and #5 in Toronto. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Yuri Martins - 7,462 points 2. p0cket00 - 7,306 points 3. Big Huni - 7,170 points 4. joaomathias - 7,143 points 5. PokerKaiser - 7,123 points 6. pleno1 - 7,052 points 7. r4ndomr4gs - 6,833 points 8. Ssick_one - 6,631 points 9. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,630 points 10. CrownUpGuy - 6,581 points Congrats to all of our ranked members! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  20. [caption width="653"] The top five of the PocketFives Rankings this week[/caption] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' has a chokehold on the top spot in the PocketFives Rankings. He's been #1 since February 10, but there are several talented players nipping at his heels. Take Vancouver's Joel 'jbrown8777' Brown, for example, who moved up five spots in the rankings this week to settle at #5, two spots off his all-time high. Brown won a PartyPoker Powerfest tournament on Tuesday for $67,000 and a mammoth 635 PLB Points. That event drew a field of 808 players and had a buy-in of $530. To close out February, Brown took third in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $20,000 and is closing in on $4 million in online tournament winnings lifetime. He was ranked as high as #3 in the world on PocketFives last year and is the top-ranked player in Canada. [caption width="667"] Stats for 'jbrown8777'[/caption] 'jbrown8777' has 6,796 PLB Points and trails top-ranked 'C Darwin2' by 600. 'C Darwin2', from Sweden, hasn't recorded an online MTT win since February 7, but has put up plenty of volume and plenty of results. He finished second in the PokerStars $109 Rebuy on Tuesday for $6,100 and final tabled a Powerfest event on March 7 for $10,000. 'C Darwin2' has almost 30 in the money finishes so far in March and has helped lead Swedes to the top three spots worldwide in the rankings, and five of the top nine. Over the years, 'C Darwin2' has accumulated over 2,000 in the money finishes, 130 top-three runs, and $3.7 million in online winnings. There wasn't much movement in the top 10 this week. Outside of the top 10, however, players jostled for position with gusto, as 'MiracleQ' rose 15 spots to #17, his highest ranking ever. 'MiracleQ' won the PokerStars Hot $55 on Tuesday for $9,200 and also has two victories this month in the PartyPoker Heavyweight Drago and one win in the PokerStars Hot $82. He's the #2 ranked player in Russia. 'philroyal888', from the UK, also set a personal best this week, moving up 16 spots from #54 to #38. He won Powerfest Event #87 on PartyPoker on Monday for $45,000 and 484 PLB Points, defeating a field of 469 entrants. One day prior, he finished fourth in the 888 Baby Whale. The next top-three finish he records will be the 100th of his career. A familiar face in the rankings, Sweden's 'Sheater', was up 31 spots this week to #42. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as 2014 and has four wins already this month: the PokerStars $40,000 Guaranteed, PartyPoker High Roller, PokerStars Big $109, and PokerStars $10,000 Guaranteed. Those four have driven his career win total north of 200. The arrow of Mexico's 'Blackk' is also pointing up after he rose 28 spots this week to #50. The top-ranked player in Mexico, 'Blackk' has four wins this month, including in the 888 Volcano for $23,000. Two days before that, he was the runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance. He plays as 'Biack88' on PokerStars, where he just hit $3 million in career winnings, and is the owner of five PocketFives Triple Crowns. Noah 'dirtybrasil' Vaillancourt hit #67 in the rankings this week, 22 spots higher than last week. He's now 26 slots shy of his all-time high and took fifth in the FTOPS Main Event over the weekend for $17,000. Over the first weekend of March, he final tabled the Sunday Million, so he'll look to three-peat in this weekend's Sunday Majors. Hungary's 'breeth' returned to the top 100 this week at #78 thanks in part to a final table in the PokerStars Bigger $55 over the weekend for $10,000. Earlier in the month, 'breeth' won the PartyPoker High Roller for $5,000 more than that. He's the third-ranked player in Hungary and has more career online wins (115) than second and third places combined (98). [caption width="615"] Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen reentered the top 100 at #85[/caption] Finally this week, Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen reentered the top 100 at #85. He was ranked as high as #40 in the world last year. Larsen won the Sunday 500 in 2014 and 2015 and came within inches of another victory over the weekend, but bowed out in fourth place for $25,000. Current Top 10 Players: C Darwin2 - 7,423 points eisenhower1 - 6,953 points lena900 - 6,814 points MendaLerenda - 6,801 points jbrown8777 - 6,796 points Ariados - 6,682 points SvZff - 6,665 points gray31 - 6,601 points DeathbyQuads - 6,369 points veeea - 6,308 points
  21. [caption width="639"] Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill won his fourth Triple Crown, credit: CodigoPoker[/caption] Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. A new perspective. Something different to wake up to every morning. For Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merril, a move from Costa Rica to Colombia meant a noticeable boost to his poker game. Last year, Merrill gathered his belongings, stuffed them in a few bags, and moved southeast from Jaco Beach, Costa Rica to Medellin, Colombia. Jaco is on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and is the equivalent of a 24/7 spring break. Its beautiful scenery, warm climate, and sprawling beaches have made the seaside hamlet a popular destination for poker players from the United States and around the world. Now, contrast white sandy beaches with the urban metropolis of Medellin, Colombia, located six hours from the nearest natural sand. It has a population of over two million and could not be more dissimilar to Jaco. It's like comparing apples to basketballs. "It's pretty imperative to know Spanish here," Merrill said. "There is hardly any English spoken. So, I have been spending a lot of time studying and learning to speak Spanish correctly. I almost think pronouncing things correctly is harder than the game of poker for me." Why move? Why lose any hope of mastering how to surf? "Jaco was pretty awesome for the first year I was there," he said, "Especially since I hadn't traveled much outside the United States besides Mexico. But it's a pretty big party town and full of tourists and people passing through. It's almost like a miniature U.S. for ex-pats in that you don't need to speak Spanish and the prices are not that much cheaper." Merrill met his current roommates in Costa Rica and they invited him to make the journey 600 miles away. So far, the decision has proven to be profitable financially and emotionally. "I have been liking Colombia way more than Costa Rica even though there is no surf close by," he said. "Colombia also has been at the top of the list of happiest countries for the last couple of years. This year, I want to tour South America now that my Spanish is passable and maybe hit up the LAPT circuit a lot more." Not only have his linguistics gotten better, but a desire to alter his lifestyle has been ignited as well. "I started eating healthy, working out a ton, and paying a chef to prepare meals for me on grinding days the last six months," Merrill shared. "I have always been pretty healthy and skinny, but didn't really realize the tremendous impact doing things right would have on my mental state and clarity while grinding." When he's not playing online, Merrill spends time at a nearby manmade lake where he enjoys wakeboarding and jet skiing. He also plays soccer with other poker players who live in the area. [caption width="640"] Medellin, Colombia, Merrill's new digs, credit: MaverickTraveler[/caption] Merrill believes that without the move, he would not be as successful as he is today. "A couple of my roommates don't go out partying at all, and the others rarely do, so it's definitely easier to stay focused on playing and discussing hands than other living situations I have been in," he said. "Also, the climate is perfect. It's not usually too hot or too cold. That really helps when I have a bad session or when I'm running badly." His roommates are heads-up and Six Max cash game grinders who have had a profound impact on Merrill's game. As he put it, "Cash players are way more GTO sound." In February, Merrill won his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown, an award that requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a seven-day period. He won MTTs on PokerStars.fr, PokerStars, and 888 and piled up 467 PLB Points for his fourth award. He won his third Triple Crown last August. "I had a few nice scores in February and saw that I had a shot at getting the Monthly PLB, so I tried to put in a ton of volume towards the end of the month," Merrill said. "I ended up not winning the PLB, but it was nice to get the Triple Crown without really trying for it. I have had a lot of times where I just needed one more win to cinch the Triple Crown, but couldn't close." Merrill ended up finishing third in the February Monthly PLB race with 2,440 points. While the new locale is certainly helping, Merrill believes being a student of the game is more important than many realize. "I try to take as many tips and tricks from guys who are crushing the game and implement them in my own game and lifestyle," said Merrill. He has piled up $3.3 million in career online tournament winnings and ascended all the way to #39 in the rankings, his best showing ever. Moreover, he's the top-ranked player in Colombia and has an amazing 835 top-three finishes in online MTTs, 60 more than the most successful online player in history, Chris 'moorman1' Moorman.
  22. [caption width="657"] Stats for the top-ranked players on PocketFives[/caption] Players from Sweden continue to reign over the rest of the online poker community. This week in the PocketFives Rankings, four of the top six players worldwide, and five of the top eight, hail from the Scandinavian country. And the #1 player, who calls Sweden home, just padded his lead over the pack. 'C Darwin2' has 7,324 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings, and doubled his lead from 200 points last week to 400 points this week. He has one big win this month, which came in the partypoker High Roller and was good for $15,000 and 236 PLB Points. He also has a dozen top ten finishes in February with 12 days still to go. This is his second week at the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Second place belongs to Grayson 'gray31' Ramage, who moved up four spots. Ramage won the PokerStars $320 Six Max No Limit Hold'em for $8,800 on Tuesday and hit it big two weeks ago in the Sunday Million, officially finishing in second place for a blistering $131,000. That score followed a Turbo Championship of Online PokerHigh Roller win for almost $300,000. [caption width="450"] Grayson 'gray31' Ramage is 400 points away from #1[/caption] Needless to say, Ramage has been a one-man wrecking crew over the last few weeks. Besides his Sunday Million second place finish and TCOOP victory, the Costa Rica resident has won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy, $109 Cubed, and Big $109 since the end of December and is just a few thousand dollars shy of passing $6 million for his career. Another Swede, 'Ariados', moved up five spots from #8 to #3 after a blockbuster Valentine's Day in which he finished fifth in the Sunday 500 and won both the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller and PokerStars Bounty Builder for $40,000 total. The day before, he took third in the PokerStars Weekender and put back $10,000. This is the highest he has ever been in the rankings and 'Ariados' trails Ramage by one single, solitary PLB Point. Also moving up this week was Bristol's Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell, who jumped five spots to #4 in the world, his best showing ever. Serradell has won the PokerStars Big $55 and $109 Rebuy in February as well as the site's $25,000 Guaranteed. Those three victories raised his career win count to 130. Serradell is the top-ranked online poker player in the United Kingdom and trails 'Ariados' by just 14 points. After reentering his screen names this week, Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira rejoined the top 100 on PocketFives at #20. On January 29, Ferreira won a TCOOP $215 Rebuy for $81,000 to join the triple COOP club and also took down the site's $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max and $7,500 Guaranteed. Ferreira was ranked as high as #8 on PocketFives two years ago and is the top ranked player Portugal has to offer. [caption width="450"] Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira is back in the top 20[/caption] Greece's Apostolis 'apostolis20' Bechrakis rose 25 spots to #47 in the world. He's attempting to mount another run at the top 10 and his resume this time around includes February wins in the PokerStars Weekender and $55 No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo. Bechrakis is $1,700 shy of hitting $3 million for his career and is the second-ranked player in his home country. 'philroyal888', from the UK, moved up 37 spots to land at #51, his best showing ever. 'philroyal888' has had a stellar February, chalking up four wins. His largest cash, however, wasn't a win. Instead, it was a bronze in the PokerStars Super Tuesday eight days ago for $52,000. He is at 1,061 career in the money finishes and is the seventh-ranked player in the highly competitive UK poker community. Let's stay in the UK and talk about London's Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Zamorano. The Brit moved up 40 spots to #53 after winning the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend and pocketing $35,000. It's one of five wins he's had since the last day of January, raising his career total to 41. Delgado Zamorano was ranked as high as #6 in the world in 2014. Finally, Hungary's 'breeth' reentered the top 100 at #94. He has one win this month – the 888 Crocodile on February 1 – but has generated nine top-10 finishes. Over his career, 'breeth' has won the Sunday Million twice, taken down the Sunday 500 once, and triumphed in the Sunday $109 Rebuy twice. Any momentum he's found could easily result in a rapid climb up the Rankings. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: C Darwin2 - 7,324 points gray31 - 6,920 points Ariados - 6,919 points MendaLerenda - 6,905 points eisenhower1 - 6,880 points lena900 - 6,686 points SvZff - 6,665 points Smeckten - 6,645 points veeea - 6,448 points mjw006 - 6,441 points
  23. [caption width="639"] Greece's Alexandros 'alexangeo' Georgiopoulos is pursuing a degree in risk management and won the Sunday Million[/caption] Some people who play poker but don't plan to pursue the game professionally gravitate towards an occupation that has many of the same trademarks like math, risk, and wealth management. For Alexandros 'alexangeo' Georgiopoulos, pursuing a career in risk management and investment banking seems to have paid off big time at the poker tables. That's all poker is, right? Risk management and not going broke. Georgiopoulos won the PokerStars Sunday Million last weekend for $144,000 after a four-way deal, outmuscling a field of 6,271 players. "The win will increase my bankroll and I will take some shots that I wouldn't have taken otherwise before this win," he said. His poker schedule is, needless to say, limited. He plays two or three days a week and when he's not grinding online, he's enrolled in two universities pursuing two different degrees. "I play poker after 9:00pm except Sundays, when I start at 6:00pm," Georgiopoulos explained. "In the morning, I go to my universities if I have a class and in the afternoon I exercise. The nights that I am not playing poker, I spend time with my girlfriend." "I am going to continue studying after this," the Greek said. "I am studying to be a civil engineer at the National Technical University of Athens and I also study economics at the American College of Greece. For me, poker is for entertainment only. I want to win some money that I need in my life until I get a job in the field that I am currently studying. After the Sunday Million, I have money to spend on whatever I want. Also, having financial security will be the key for a good university to accept me for an MBA." He's all about risk management, so if he's going to take any more shots in poker following his cash windfall, it'll be in games where the risk is worth the reward. "I play only online poker, so I definitely am going to take some shots during SCOOP," he said. "I want to play all of the No Limit Hold'em games up to $700 and maybe even some $1K events." Coming out of university, Georgiopoulos, who now has over a half-million dollars in online tournament winnings, plans to work as an analyst. Then, it'll take five or six years for his career to advance further. When he won't be making money hand over fist away from the game, poker can sustain him in life. When he's done with school, poker doesn't appear to be a possible career path, at least right now. Maybe if he ships another Sunday Million, he'll reconsider, but for now he says he knows exactly what he wants to do. "While playing poker, I noticed I love making decisions without emotions," he said. "Poker is all math and strategy." Not surprisingly, so is risk management. "I realized that acting without emotions is best, and I learned that from poker. Also, I learned how to react to making big decisions such as whether to go all-in and risk big pay jumps at the Sunday Million final table or whether I should fold." Despite his hectic schedule, Georgiopoulos, who is the #6 ranked player in Greece, sticks to MTTs and tends to avoid cash games and sit and gos even though those formats may mesh better with his non-poker responsibilities. "I know it is hard to find time for everything, but I have been making it work so far," he said. "Maybe after this win I will take a break from poker for three or four weeks." That week's Sunday Million ended in a four-way deal. You'd think a player who is proficient in math and all about calculating risk would excel when it comes to figuring out an optimal chop. "I thought I had an edge against the other two players, but 'neto gol' was a good reg, but tight," he said. "It took 30 minutes to make a deal." The $144,000 that Georgiopoulos earned was the largest amount any of the final four player earned. Georgiopoulos will take his winnings back to Greece, where he's the top-ranked player in the bustling metropolis of Athens. "I don't usually talk to my Greek friends about poker too much," he said. "They approve of it, but I don't want to show up others with my achievements. I made $144,000 in one day, while some guys may have to work for $40 a day. So, I try to keep my winnings to myself." Greece poker players on PocketFives have accounted for $53.5 million in lifetime winnings, $4.2 million of which has come in the last three months. The nation's largest cash ever belongs to Alexandros 'mexican222' Kolonias, who took third in a WCOOP event last year for $365,000.
  24. [caption width="639"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov moved up to #4 this week, photo: WPT[/caption] Swedes continue to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Four of the top five players in the world are from Sweden, yet it's the lone non-Swede who made waves last week, sending him to #4 worldwide. Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov moved up six spots in the rankings this week to #4. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as February 10 and now finds himself with 6,934 PLB Points. That's only 363 points off first place. Last week, Vezhenkov traveled to Macau from Birma, but still managed to find time to win the PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo for $6,400 and 172 PLB Points. Eight days ago, he bolstered his PLB score by taking down the PokerStars Super Tuesday for almost $100,000 officially, defeating a 491-player field and recording his third largest online poker score to date. Vezhenkov passed $5 million in career online winnings nine days ago. He was the second player to do so this month and just the fourth person this year. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is once again #1 worldwide. He has been the top dog on PocketFives since February 10 and turned in a productive Sunday on PokerStars.fr, winning the site's Sunday Supersonic and Sunday High Roller for $15,000 combined. He took down the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed one day before that for $5,600, bringing his career win total to 55. 'C Darwin2' calls Stockholm home and has 2,090 career in the money finishes, along with an average cash of $1,800. He leads the second place player in the rankings, 'lena900', by just 23 points. Outside of the top 10, another Swede shot his way up the leaderboard. Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin moved up from #44 to #28, or 16 spots, after taking second in a partypoker Powerfest event over the weekend for $55,000. That tournament had a buy-in of $530 and attracted almost 800 entrants, resulting in Berglin's largest online poker score ever. [caption width="449"] Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin was up 16 spots, photo: Hendon Mob[/caption] Rhys 'floppinhel' Jones reentered the top 100 at #54 in the world, 36 spots off his all-time high set in 2013. Jones won a Six-Max Powerfest event over the weekend for $28,000 and also took down the Big $162 on PokerStars for another $14,000. Those were the 86th and 87th wins of Jones' career. He has been hitting on all cylinders, as last month he finished sixth in the EPT Dublin Main Event and bagged $134,000, his largest live cash to date. Three spots behind Jones is Ivan 'ivanvilchez8' Vilchez. The Argentinian entered the top 100 this week at #57, his best showing ever, after finishing second in the Powerfest Week 4 Main Event for a healthy $136,000. The $1,050 buy-in tournament had 928 entrants and ended with Vilchez recording his largest cash ever, pushing his career total to $546,000. He is the top-ranked player in Argentina, where he lives in the inland city of Rio Tercero. Ireland's Daniel 'NukeTheFish' Wilson moved up almost 30 spots from #95 to #68 after winning the partypoker Heavyweight Balboa and PokerStars Hotter $5.50 over the weekend for $6,000 total. He has been a man of volume and finished in the money 19 times on March 20 alone. Wilson is approaching 4,500 tracked scores and is about to hit $2 million in career winnings. 'Barry86' moved up to #63 from #86 after two wins in the Heavyweight series on partypoker over the last week. He now has 336 top-three finishes over the years and passed $2 million in career winnings on March 4. The top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,297 points lena900 - 7,276 points Ariados - 7,062 points veeea - 6,934 points eisenhower1 - 6,927 points jbrown8777 - 6,787 points SvZff - 6,714 points MendaLerenda - 6,548 points DeathbyQuads - 6,407 points gray31 - 6,342 points
  25. [caption width="654"] The top five of the rankings this week[/caption] Swedes continue to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings and this week, another Swede played his way into the top 10. Debuting at #8, his highest ranking ever, 'DeathbyQuads' is the fifth player from Sweden in the top ten worldwide. The volume-driven 'DeathbyQuads' had eight cashes on Tuesday, the largest of which was worth $11,000 for finishing second in the PokerStars Big $109. In fact, he has just three cashes over $40,000 for his career despite having over $1.5 million in winnings. Two of those three cashes came late last year, a WCOOP third place finish for $49,000 and a Sunday Warm-Up third place finish for $42,000. 'DeathByQuads' moved up five spots this week and has 6,500 PLB Points. Although he's almost 1,000 points shy of first place, he's only 219 away from fifth and could easily make that leap next week. The top spot still belongs to Sweden's 'C Darwin2', who has 7,457 points and has been the #1 ranked player since February 10. He finished sixth in a PartyPoker Powerfest event over the weekend for $10,000 and is quickly approaching $4 million in career online winnings. Interestingly, his last tracked win was on February 7, but since then he has amassed almost 20 top-10 finishes. He is 600 points ahead of second place. Speaking of second place, England's Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell moved up from #7 to #2, his highest position ever, after winning the PokerStars $12,000 Guaranteed on Tuesday, just one week after taking down the 888 Monsoon. He has 338 top-three finishes and is almost at $4 million in winnings for his career. Serradell finished second in a TCOOP event earlier this year for $63,000, his fifth largest score all-time. [caption width="460"] Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell moved up five spots to #2[/caption] Outside of the top 10, don't look now, but Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is back in the top 20. The most successful player in online poker history, Moorman moved up 13 spots after winning the 888 Late Night Crocodile and PokerStars $109 Rebuy on March 3 for almost $15,000 total. Moorman just passed $13 million in career winnings, $4 million more than the next closest player, and has a whopping 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns, four more than anybody else. [caption width="550"] Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is back in the top 20[/caption] England's 'woody1234321' moved up 18 spots to #23 after finishing second in the PokerStars Super Tuesday last week for $74,000. He's 10 spots off his all-time high and is $34,000 away from hitting $3 million in winnings for his career. He's the top-ranked player in the English county of Norfolk. After reentering his screen names, another Brit, 'Bunkervogel', re-joined the top 100 at #65. He took second in the PokerStars Bigger $109 in January for $31,000, his second largest score to date, and has $1.1 million in career winnings. 'Bunkervogel' is the 11th-ranked player in the UK and #1 in Brighton and Hove. Latvia's 'ex6tence' re-entered the top 100 at #70. He's the top-ranked player in his home country and final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy over the weekend for almost $10,000. He has over 50 in the money finishes already in March and just hit $3 million in cashes all-time. You can find him on PokerStars under the moniker 'ex6tenceLV'. Also re-entering the top 100 was former #1 ranked Mike 'telks' Telker, who can be found at #72. Telker took third in the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend to boost his career winnings north of $7.1 million, which puts him in the top 20 all-time. Telker is a longtime member of the online poker community and plays on PokerStars as 'munchenHB'. He was last ranked #1 in December 2011. Finally, Tom 'Jabracada' Hall entered the top 100 at #76, his best showing ever. From the riverside town of Shrewsbury in England, Hall has won three online MTTs this month, including the PokerStars Hot $82 for almost $10,000. Those three raised his career win total to 168. Hall, a 27-year-old, has $2.1 million in cashes lifetime. Top 10 Ranked Players: C Darwin2 - 7,457 points MendaLerenda - 6,836 points lena900 - 6,828 points eisenhower1 - 6,801 points gray31 - 6,719 points Ariados - 6,629 points SvZff - 6,589 points DeathbyQuads - 6,500 points veeea - 6,468 points jbrown8777 - 6,404 points
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