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  1. For the first time in six years, Brazilian Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski returned to the worldwide #1 ranking in the latest Online Poker Rankings. After months of flirting with the top spot, Dzivielevski finally broke through thanks to his incredible heads-up comeback victory against high-roller tournament savant Michael Addamo in this week’s edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$. Dzivielevski is no stranger to racking up rankings points by way of major tournament scores. Back in December 2014, Dzivielevski leveraged his runner-up finish in the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event, for which he earned a career-high payday of $1.2 million, to supplant Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz at #1. He held on to the top spot for five weeks back then, thanks to a recent pair of massive results this past week, he’s finally returned. It was in the first week of February that Dzivielevski finished as the runner-up in the ACR Venom Main Event, earning him $849,150 and 2,026.53 points. This score catapulted the Brazilian into the top 10 and throughout the month of February, he continued to accumulate scores which helped him rise to the #2 spot. Dzivielevski’s performance in February not only set him up to be in a position to take over the rankings, but it also earned him the February Online Player of the Month title. Throughout March, he continued to keep pace, staying inside the top 10. Last week in the rankings, it looked as if former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens’ most likely challengers were going to be Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira and Russia’s Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov, but Dzivielevski proved that he should never be counted out. That was never more true than it was this week in the GGPoker Super MILLION$. Dzivielevski found himself heads-up against a sun-running Addamo, who held a massive chip lead. However, Dzivielevski showed off why he’s one of the best in the world and when the tide turned in his favor, he ended up capturing his first Super MILLION$ title for $408,406 and 1,421.27 points, which turned out to be just enough to leap three spots and overtake Stevens. As impressive as the Super MILLION$ win was, that alone would not have been enough to oust Stevens, who had multiple qualifying scores of his own this week. Dzivielevski also picked up a final table finish in the March 22 edition of the Natural8 Sunday 500 High Roller for $33,294 and 255.39 points. Currently, Dzivielevski sits with 13,726 points, just 114 points ahead of Stevens who fell to #2. Ferreira is the only other player with more than 13,000 points, sitting in third place with 13,370 - trailing by just 356 points. With the elite players at the top so close together in points, the next few weeks - perhaps even months - could see regular changes at the top. A Top 10 Surprise Another major factor in the rankings appeared this week when, out of the blue, Portugal’s Andre ‘xunekas23’ Marques appeared in the top 10, coming in at a career-high ranking of #9 in the world. Marques had been previously ranked, in fact, last week he was #1,400. But after updating his profile with additional screen names, including his well-known alias of ‘PTFisherman23’ he catapulted up the rankings. Many might recognize Marques’ ‘PTFisherman23’ screen name as the winner of the 2020 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event taking home a career-high score of more than $1.1 million. Since that time, Marques has been on a heater in the high rollers in picking up wins in the PokerStars Blowout Series, GGPoker Sunday Main Event (where he plays under the name ‘Sperma’), and, just this month, the High Rollers Second Chance in which he earned $17,356 and 308.22 points. Marques’ new ranking also adds a third player from Portugal inside the top 10, as Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov slips to #11. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Russia’s player-to-watch Maskim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov jumped three spots from #20 to #17 this week thanks to a pair of back-to-back deep runs on GGPoker. First, he took fourth place in the March 22 edition of the $840 High Rollers Marathon for $12,594 and 159.10 points. Then he wrapped up a runner-up finish in the $210 Bounty Hunters Sunday Special for another $16,337 and 294.09 points. • Former #1-ranked Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard had a nice week and jumped up 34 spots from #65 to #31 thanks in part to his fifth-place finish in the GGPoker Sunday High Rollers Main Event where he earned $56,683 and 387.52 PLB points. • A trio of high-profile players squeaked back into the top 100 this week as former #1 ‘C Darwin2’ jumped 29 spots to land at #97, Hungary’s ‘Wildace_hun’ rose 73 places to #99, and one of Greece’s top pros, Alex ‘mexican222’ Kolonias rocketed 54 spots to the #100 rank. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings Top 10 [table id=196 /]
  2. A quick glance at this week’s Online Poker Rankings gives off the impression that not much has changed. Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens, the United Kingdom-based online MTT crusher, retained the #1 spot for the second week in a row while nine of last week’s top 10 ranked players remained in the top 10. But under the surface, it was a very active week. Steven’s closest challengers for the top spot have significantly closed the gap threatening to end his position atop the leaderboard after just two weeks. Plus, the addition of one of the game’s top online talents to the rankings has the possibility to shake everything up over the next few weeks. Last week, Stevens took over the #1 ranking it for the fourth time in his career. However, his longest time spent atop the leaderboard top in each of his previous reigns was just two weeks - where he is right now. And if Portugal’s Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira has anything to say about it, it may end at just two weeks once again. The current #2-ranked Ferreira pulled within four points of Stevens, a razor-thin margin. In addition to Ferreira’s recent win in the GGPoker $10,300 High Roller for $268,974 and 1,174.73 points, he also piled on an additional 350.93 points with a deep run in the GGPoker $25,500 Super High Roller for $49,157. He’s been on a rapid rise up the rankings and has never been in a better position to take over the #1 spot than he is right now. Ferreira’s not alone in being within striking distance of Stevens. Russia’s #3-ranked Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov sits just 318 points back, an amount that can easily be earned on the high-stakes MTT scene. Malinov’s last significant score took place in the same $25,500 Super High Roller referenced above where he walked away with $180,167 and 608.11 points for a sixth-place finish. However, it’s one thing to be close and it’s another entirely to actually become #1. Even with multiple players targeting him at the top, there’s a good chance that Stevens can keep his streak going for a third week in a row. In both Ferreira and Malinov’s cases, their volume throughout the week appears to be down while Stevens has been on the grind. He picked up five-figure cashes in the PokerStars High Roller Club on March 14 for $12,731 and in the GGPoker High Roller Deepstack for another $17,659. Welcome Back 'Naza' While the coming weekend may determine who will emerge as the #1, there’s a new player in the top 10 to contend with as well. High-stakes crusher Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira, who was actually unranked last week, updated his PocketFives profile which added new scores to his total. The result is Vieira came in at #6 this week, becoming Portugal’s second player in the top 10 and pushing out WSOP Main Event champ Damian 'tritu' Salas, who slipped to #11. Additionally, Vieira took over the early lead in the Online Player of the Year standings. One of Vieira’s updates was adding his GGPoker real name, which included some of his biggest cashes in recent weeks. Early in March, he took sixth place in the Super MILLION$ Week $10,300 High Roller for $74,813 and 400.91 points. Then just this past week, he added a third-place finish in the GGPoker $5,250 Sunday 500 for $142,724 and 569.01 points. Finally, on the same day as his six-figure score, he locked up another $31,885 and 328.53 points with a final table finish in the GGPoker Sunday High Rollers. Moving forward, Vieira and his high-roller output will be another major factor in the elite sections of the rankings. Additionally, it lends more evidence that Vieira continues to be in the discussion as one of the best players in the world. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Brazil’s Dalton ‘daltonhb’ Hobold hit a new career-high ranking this week, leaping 20 spots from #36 to #16 this week after a weekend that brought him three five-figure scores including a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $43,869 and a runner-up finish in the GGPoker Global MILLION$ for $84,522 and 659.75 points. • Back-to-back final tables in the PokerStars High Roller Club helped Jonathan ‘luckyfish89’ Clark climb 19 spots this week to #62. He grabbed a fifth-place finish in the $530 Bounty Builder on March 14 for 13,070 and 208.10 points and two days later took down another $530 Bounty Builder HR for $8,856 and another 226.94 points. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings Top 10 [table id=188 /]
  3. The truth is, there really is no such thing as an overnight success in the world of poker. Sure, some people are hit with the deck and take home a tournament win for big money, or go on a heater in a cash game - it happens. But sustained success in poker, the kind that gets a player recognized by their peers, takes dedication to the game and plenty of time. For some in the poker community, the recent rise of Alex ‘Veruz’ Butcher to the top of the U.S. Online Poker Rankings may have looked sudden, even out of nowhere. But for Butcher, the 26-year old poker pro, it was hard work in every aspect of his life that allowed him to get where he is today. Originally from Michigan, Butcher first discovered the game of poker simply through hanging out and doing "family stuff" on weekend nights. Stuff like playing cards with his father. It wasn’t until many years later, when he was attending community college, that he discovered a deeper enjoyment of the game. “In Michigan, they have what they call charity halls. They’re mostly just little $1/$2 card rooms within the state where some portion [of the proceeds] goes to charity or whatnot,” Butcher said. “I met a couple of friends and just started playing with them in a little bit there. It’s where I really got my inauguration into poker.” His studies turned from academics to poker and soon after he decided to take a break from college to see where poker would take him. At first, it brought him to Las Vegas to play. But with more online poker options available in New Jersey, Butcher was motivated to move to the Garden State with an eye on grinding. And he did just that. One look at his career online results paint a picture of a player who rarely takes a break, registering for every tournament he can every day of the week. By May of 2020, his resolve was beginning to pay off. A win in a WSOP.com Weekly Tuesday brought him his first five-figure score of the year. Once that barrier was broken, the flood gates opened. Butcher’s graph took a sharp turn upwards as he accumulated 17 five-figure scores in the last nine months, 12 of which were outright victories in some of the biggest tournaments offered in New Jersey. “As far as my results skyrocketing a little bit in the past year or so, for me, a lot of that was some mental health stuff that was holding me back. Just some struggles with anxiety and depression that I really hadn’t properly addressed at any point,” Butcher said. “So I’d go through these ebbs and flows or up and down, up and down. It was really tough for me to be consistent. So I would play and I would have good results, but the consistency wasn’t really there to really put everything together. “So now I’ve gone from maybe one week out of the month where it’s a good month, or a good time for me mentally, to maybe one or two days out of the month where I struggle. Pretty huge difference. That’s been the biggest change for me. I think most of my friends around me have always thought the potential was there, but it’s tough to see your potential if you’re only locked in mentally to what you’re doing ‘some’ amount of the time versus always.” The change for Butcher has been undeniable with a steady stream of deep runs that any poker player would envy. This includes when, at the end of January, Butcher hit a career milestone when he outlasted the 285-entry field in Event #16 of the WSOP.com Circuit Super Series to earn his first WSOP gold ring, something that had been eluding him for some time. It’s a victory that Butcher talks about with a healthy dose of humility and perspective. “Normally that would be a really great moment, and it was, but I have had so many opportunities recently in those that it got to be almost like a joke for me. The first one that they ran this year, I think I was at the final two tables maybe 13 times and I didn’t final table a single one of them,” he said. “So it got almost meme-ish to a point…and it was a turbo. So I have a hard time assigning too much meaning to stuff like that. Turbos are so fickle, you got to run good…and I know I definitely did. So there could have been a more prestigious or more fulfilling first title, but it just feels good to get the monkey off the back, so to speak.” But with enviable results sometimes come actual envy and perhaps undue speculation as to how a player is able to achieve what some others can’t or don’t. While in Florida at a live event, preparing to get some sleep before a $5K the next day, he noticed some talk on social media questioning his results. The kind of talk that would keep a player awake at night. Another player was throwing out accusations that Butcher’s recent results were due to the use of real-time assistance (or some other method) as opposed to Butcher taking the time to take care of his own health. All of a sudden, Butcher, who comes off as thoughtful and somewhat quiet, was forced to defend his talent and reputation. “It’s just a scary feeling that maybe you’re not going to have a voice. I know that these rumors had spread amongst the community…It was something that a lot of people were hearing about and taking to be true so I was concerned from that standpoint. I’m pretty unknown, I keep to myself and now I’ve got these accusations flooding out that paint me in a negative light when I’ve done nothing to bring that upon myself. I think people get jealous pretty easily in this game and to look at some results that are pretty outlandish and think ‘Well, WTF, there’s got to be something going on.” “So the big thing for me was just trying to take that and steer it in a direction where the conversation was more about how people spread misinformation and will take things that are not factual and basically put their stamp on it on social media as if it’s factual.“ While it was a hard time for Butcher, one that elicited “an emotional reaction” from him, it was his goal to try and turn it into a positive and bring about a conversation on how the poker community should be celebrating each other as opposed to taking to social media to tear each other down. In the end, the player who initially brought this allegation against Butcher fully recanted and posted a public apology on Twitter. Butcher has moved on. Literally. After years of grinding the online scene in New Jersey, he is in the midst of a move back to Las Vegas where he plans on continuing to play on WSOP.com but also expanding his poker network and diving into the live tournament scene as it begins to open back up. His first stop was the World Poker Tour Venetian Main Event where he hoped to build out his live poker resume, which as opposed to his online credentials, he admits could use a little expansion. “I don’t have many live results just because when you’re coming up, there’s more value in playing those $55’s and $109’s on a nightly basis. You just get more reps, more practice. I think there’s a lot of benefits to it,” he said. “Now when I go play live, just as far as the buy-ins I play, I’m not trying to brag by any means, but it needs to be worth it. Something like a $400 or $600 is not something that’s going to get me out of the house to go play at this point, just because the hourly doesn’t make sense for me.” [caption id="attachment_634059" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Alex Butcher returned to Las Vegas to play in the WPT Venetian $5K.[/caption] That being said, Butcher does have plenty of live poker aspirations including playing in some of the bigger cash games offered in Las Vegas as well as larger tournament series, like the World Series of Poker. And if an invite to one of Las Vegas’ famous private games comes his way, well, Butcher won’t turn it down. So while the recent returns for Butcher have been good to him, and a return move to Las Vegas is exciting for his poker future, he’s determined to stay level-headed about it all. For every big win that people see, there are losses that come with it. Even though he's on the upswing today, tomorrow may bring some on-the-felt hardships. “This game’s really hard. If you’re swinging on that emotional pendulum all the time and not processing things from a logical base, it’s really hard to do well. Just going through emotional swings on a day-to-day basis outside of poker is hard. Then, on top of that, when you’re playing these games, you have to be at your A-game highest level all the time. You just have to have a good head on your shoulders. It’s super vital, something I definitely take pride in, but not something I was always good at. I think this is part of the process to get to this level and be able to play these games consistently…you have to be able to take the losses, those minus $15K days, the same way you do the plus $20K.” It’s been five years of intense dedication to poker for Butcher, but he insists that this is just the beginning. “I would like to think that I’m in it for the long haul. I have a great passion for the game,” he said. “I watch myself play and I just know that there’s so much stuff I can do better in the game, I know how much room for improvement is available.”
  4. Damian Salas’ amazing start to 2021 got even better this week with a string of online scores propelling the newly crowned World Series of Poker Main Event champion to a career-high spot in the latest worldwide Online Poker Rankings. If the totality of Salas’ yearly accomplishments would have been taking down the 2020 WSOP Main Event in January, by any standard it would have been a great year. But Salas, who has a well-documented love of the grind seemingly isn’t content with his place in the history books, he wants more. After spending the past two weeks racking up picking up impressive scores and the PocketFives Leaderboard points that come with them, the Argentinian has soared 19 spots this week to break through into the top 10 of the Online Poker Rankings where he currently sits at #9. His spotlight score of last month was a runner-up finish in the February 14 edition of the weekly GGPoker $10,000 buy-in Super MILLION$. From a final table that included top-ranked pros like Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens, Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov, and, eventual winner, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro, Salas collected a $314,924 payday and 937.69 PLB points for his second place finish. On the same day, Salas finished in third place in the GGPoker Sunday High Roller Bounty Special for another $7,390 and 131.69 points. One week later, Salas ran deep in another major event when he finished inside the final two tables in the PokerStars Turbo Series 03 ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max High Roller) for $14,284 and another 179.43 PLB points. And finally, he grabbed another 180.61 PLB points when he bubbled the final table of the GGPoker two-day $1,050 Monday Main Event, finishing in tenth place for $4,289. For Salas to remain in the top 10 moving forward, he’s going to need to continue to keep busy. The PLB point race is especially tight in the #8-#12 spots with Salas being just 383 points behind Brazilian Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann and a mere 127 points ahead of Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov who sits at #10. For someone to enter the top 10 means that someone has to leave and this week it was Anton ‘AnteSvante’ Wigg who slipped from the #9 spot to #11. Also of note for Salas, at the very end of January he scored a runner-up finish in a GGPoker $1,500 High Roller Deepstack for $16,119. That's a nice score by any measure but it was also the moment that he eclipsed the $9 million in online earnings mark. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Last week it was Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivieleski who was in the position to make a run at Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon’s reign at #1, this week former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens assumes the #2 spot. The difference this week is that Steven has eclipsed the 13,000 PLB mark, putting him closer than any other player has been in nearly a month. Helping Stevens out was his victory this week in the GGPoker $400 Forty Stack where he earned $11,669 and 224.46 PLB points. • With his win in the aforementioned GGPoker Super MILLION$, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro also had a significant leap in this week’s rankings rising from #26 back to #12. The win was worth $408,406 and brought with it an impressive 1,421.27 PLB points. Keep an eye on the former worldwide #1 for a possible return to the Top 10 in the coming weeks. • Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot flew back into the Top 100 this week, rising 245 places to #40 thanks to a slew of recent high roller results from GGPoker, a deep run in the PokerStars Turbo Series, and a runner-up finish in the partypoker High Roller One Shot for $26,425 (307.69 PLB points). Next week see another surge for the Brit as he took down a the $5,250 High Roller Special on GGPoker for $125,383 and made the final table of the partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event. • Five players returned to the Top 100 this week including the Brazilian trio of 'dennysramos2', ‘jason132008’, and ’saymon9’ as well as former #1-ranked superstar Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet who comes in at #98 this week. Although Van Fleet’s recorded volume has been light in 2021, he’s is always good for massive scores. Including his third-place finish in the PokerStars Turbo Series 03 ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) where he won $101,421 (471.27 PLB points) and jumped to over $17 million in career online cashes, good for #4 on the All-Time Online Money List.
  5. This week Russian high-stakes tournament pro Arsenii ‘hellohellohello’ Malinov catapulted back into the Online Poker Rankings top 10 after a string of high profile cashes helped him rise 26 spots to land at #9 in the world. This is by no means Malinov’s first trip into the top 10. In 2018, he was on the verge of becoming the #1 ranked player in the world, however that entire year was dominated by Sweden's 'C Darwin2’ and ‘Lena900’. Although he spent multiple weeks at #2, the Russian was just unable to find a path to the top spot. Now Malinov returns as the #1-ranked player in Russia, surpassing Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov, who, this week, is currently ranked #10 in the world. He accomplished this, in part, by making deep runs in marquee tournament and consistently putting together PLB-qualifying scores in small timeframes. He built a bed of PLB points in early January, on January 10 specifically, that included a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Blowout Series Event #53-H ($2,100 NLHE) for $28,089 and 244.38 points. The same day he finished in seventh place in Blowout Series Event #54-H ($10,300 NLHE) for another $56,424 and 339.40 points. He wrapped the day with another deep run in a Blowout Series event and it looked like it was just a matter of time that he closed one out. One week later, Malinov (playing under his ‘hello_totti’ screenname) did just that. While not an official Blowout Series title, he took down the $5,200 NLHE Blowout Series Side Event for a $219,546 payday and a massive 1,060.66 PLB point score. The victory was the third-largest of his over 10-year online poker career and was critical to helping him soar back up the rankings. Malinov has also found recent success in the GGPoker Super MILLION$ tournament. He cashed in the January 26 and February 2 events for a total of nearly $44,000 and just this week he made the final table where he finished in fifth place for another $144,393. It’s likely that he will see another bump next week when his back-to-back victories on February 16 in the PokerStars High Roller Club are included in the rankings. Malinov is rapidly approaching $13 million in career earnings and currently sits at #17 on the Online Poker All-Time Money List. He’ll need to keep producing though if he wants to remain #1 in Russia as he only has a 4 PLB point lead over Filatov. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • What a difference a week makes for former #1-ranked Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivieleski. He jumped up four spots from #7 to #3 after his runner-up finish in ACR’s Venom Main Event earned him $849,150 and a massive 2,026.53 PLB point jump. The four-figure PLB point score put him less than 500 points behind Ivan 'zufo16' Zufic, who has been in the #2 spot for the better part of two months. • Speaking of the ACR Venom Main Event, another Brazilian, ‘Ramonkrop’, won the whole thing for a career-high score of $1,113,330. The incredible 3,071.64 PLB points they received for defeating the 3,774-entry field launched him 111 places in the rankings from #137 to #26, by far the largest leap of the week. • UK-based grinder ‘JaegsPL’ broke into the Top 100 this week, hitting a career-high ranking of #72 in the world thanks to his sixth-place finish in the GGPoker Global MILLION$ for $26,728. ‘JaegsPL’ currently sits as the #6-ranked player in the United Kingdom. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings [table id=172 /]
  6. There are a variety of ways to reach the top of the online poker rankings. For some, their ascension is based around a signature score, perhaps outlasting an overwhelming field in a massive marquee event. For others, it’s about the online grind. It’s a day-in, day-out battle against competition (and variance) where players register every tournament in sight and rack up results and PLB points in the process. Whatever path a player takes to succeed in online poker, it’s hardly ever easy. So when big moves in the rankings are made, it’s worth taking a look at who is making them and what they are doing right. Here are some of the biggest rankings risers of this week and some of the scores that helped them get it done. Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens (+54) Online poker crusher Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens saw a massive spike this week thanks to a series of massive scores in November. The former #1-ranked pro is once again in a position to potentially take the top spot after soaring an incredible 54 spots to land this week as the worldwide #4-ranked player. While ‘Giraf’ is constantly grinding, consistently picking up PLB points, his jolt into the top 5 can be credited to a three-tournament heater in the middle of the month. First up, a deep run in EPT Online Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) on November 10 gave found him battling against a final table full of online poker’s best. Current #1-ranked Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford, Tim ’Tim0thee’ Adams, and Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson all had a seat and in the end, ‘Giraf’ secured a seventh-place finish for $51,444 and 324.83 PLB points. The very next day, he once again found success again in a high roller when he nearly grabbed the gold in GGPoker’s High Roller Week Event #7 ($10,300 High Roller). At another star-powered final which featured Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro, Isaac Haxton, and Dan Smith among others, ‘Giraf’ outlasted the 130 total entries and struck a heads-up deal with Julian Stuer in which he officially finished in second place for $262,470 earning him another 752.24 PLB points. He wasn’t finished though. On the very same day, he booked an outright win PokerStars EPT Online Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max) for another $96,143 and 707.11 PLB points. In total, over those 48 hours, Stevens earned over $410,000 and 1,784.18 PLB. While he still sits over 1,500 PLB points behind Beresford, another 48 hours like that in November could propel him to return to the #1 spot. ‘Futti18’ (+11) ’Futti18’ jumped back into Russia’s top-5 rankings this week after an 11 spot leap to #31 in the world. ‘Futti18’ has leveraged podium results in PokerStars High Roller Club events throughout November to rack up PLB points and five-figure scores. Back on November 8, the Russian outlasted popular Twitch streamer Hristivoje ‘All In Pav’ Pavolic and Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro at the final table of the High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder Two-Day Event for a runner-up finish worth $42,855 and 373.07 PLB points. On November 22, he did it again. ‘Futti18’ finished as the runner in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR for another $47,052 and 382.43 PLB points. This time though he added on. The very same day he picked up a third-place finish in the High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Cooldown which earned him another $6,938 and 116.82 PLB points. ‘Futti18’ is 18 spots away from his career-high rank of #13 which he hit earlier this year and just under $125,000 away from eclipsing $5 million in career earnings. Sam ‘TheSquid’ Grafton (+15) Sam Grafton may have a reputation of being fun to be around, a lot of laughs at the poker table. But don’t get confused, his charm is just one part of his poker arsenal that, live or online, makes it so when you play against ‘TheSquid’ your playing against one of the best. He shot up 15 spots this week, back into the worldwide top 50 (#46) and back into the top 5 in the competitive country of the UK. Unlike others who make leaps with a single big score, Grafton, who grinds a wide variety of buy-ins, accomplished it by racking up PLB scores in several smaller tournaments. On November 26, Grafton cashed in back-to-back High Roller Club tournaments, the first for $3,030 and the second for $1,848 which brought him a total of 153.35. Those scores were on the back of his November 22 runner-up finish in the High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Cooldown for $10,391 and 148.99 PLB points. Those scores contributed in part to Grafton's recently surpassing $8 million in total lifetime online earnings. Javier ‘que_te_crio’ Fernandez (+27) A pair of nice scores helped Spain’s Javier ‘que_te_crio’ Fernandez jump up 27 spots in the rankings this week, back into the top 100 into #76 in the world. The pro, who plays out of the UK, found success in the November 18 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR, winning it all for over $14,000 and 286.36 PLB points. Perhaps even more impressively, Fernandez then outlasted the 673 runners in the November 22 edition of the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up, taking home the $23,354 first-place prize and another 366.88 PLB points. Fernandez continued to tack on PLB points, posting additional results in the partypoker $5K GTD Gladiator, putting him just 16 spots from his all-time high ranking of #60. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screen names to their PocketFives profile.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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