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Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar Eclipses $10M 2017 has been a banner year for the $10M club. It was four years ago when Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman first broke the $10 million mark and for a long time, he sat alone sat at the top of the mountain. This year though he was joined in the rarified air by four other players, including Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen who hit the $10M mark just two weeks ago. Now, right on Hunichen’s heels, there’s a sixth member in the eight-figure fraternity, Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar. Korsar, currently ranked #15 in the world, completed the feat earlier this week when he took down the partypoker $50K guaranteed High Roller Warm Up on for over $13,000 and on the same day followed that up with a 10th place finish in the $50K guaranteed High Roller and a fourth place in the $100K guaranteed High Roller for another $8,391. His combined scores that day was more than enough to put Korsar over the top and in elite company. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford Sails Past $5M The UK’s current top online pro, Conor ‘‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford cruised right past $5,000,000 in lifetime cashes this week when he took first place in the PokerStars $162 Deep Stacks (No Limit Hold’em $7.5 gtd) on October 25 for just over $2,700. The score, which appears as just another deep run in a long list of cashes for the voluminous grinder, makes Beresford the 89th player to reach the prestigious plateau. While Korsar and Beresford both touched major milestones this week, a number of grinders reached new marks in their careers. Latvia’s #1-ranked crusher Dainis ‘ex6tence’ Budovskis exceeded the $4M mark after his fourth-place finish in the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill for over $14,000. Both Andrey ‘drupalucker’ Chernokoz and ‘iamVolanD’ from Russia passed $2 million lifetime earnings. Chernokoz also made moves in the Worldwide rankings, jumping three spots from 49 to 46th in the world. Ireland’s Kamal ‘AceofShamrocks’ Singh, Farcasanu ‘alexxt7’ Alexandru out of Romania and Brazil’s ‘dibmestre’ all surpassed the $1 million lifetime earnings benchmark this week. Victor Pedote 'vitinhorrn15' dos Santos Cracks the Top 100 Brazil's 12th ranked pro,Victor Pedote 'vitinhorrn15' dos Santos made major moved in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Ranking this week, leaping 23 spots and right into the Top 100. The major jump could be attributed to his victory in the partypoker $200K Gtd High Roller which not only brought him 447.21 PLB points but over $33,000. Along with dos Santos and Chernokoz, five other PocketFivers reached new heights in the top 100 Worldwide Rankings. Victor Pedote 'vitinhorrn15' dos Santos - #117 to #94 Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot - #86 to #74 nsmirnov - #69 to #66 Andrey ’drupalucker’ Chernokov - #49 to #46 Mikensonas - #53 to #45 Bernardo Rocha - #49 to #43 David ‘davaman’ Lopez - #40 to #31
From May 6-20 partypoker’s online mega-series POWERFEST returns and, by all accounts, it’s primed to be the biggest yet. The two-week series is scheduled to have a massive 366 events and $40,000,000 total guaranteed prize pool, the largest ever series prize pool ever offered by the online site. “I don’t know who keeps coming up with these insane guarantees but it sure is a great time to be playing with partypoker,” said partypoker ambassador and popular high-stakes regular Jason Koon. Of the 366 events, 13 of them will carry a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, ensuring that plenty of players will have the opportunity at six-figure scores. Another partypoker ambassador, Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard (currently ranked #23 in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings) has been extremely hands-on when it comes to crafting the upcoming schedule for POWERFEST and according to him, there’s going to plenty for everyone to play for. “I’ve been more heavily involved in this POWERFEST scheduling than ever before. There is a lot of consistent logic throughout giving the most varied, exciting and fun POWERFEST schedule since partypoker’s resurrection a few years ago,” Patrick said to the partypoker blog. “There are more 6-Max events, more PLO, more high rollers but also buy-ins for all bankrolls and most importantly lots of chances of glory. I don’t think I’ll take a day off over the 2 weeks.” Part of the new ALL-IN movement for partypoker has been to push the boundaries of their guarantees in both their live and online events. The previous POWERFEST online series promised $15,000,000 in prize pools while the current partypoker LIVE Season One Grand Final in Barcelona offered €23,000,000 in total guarantees. As the partypoker events get more popular, the guarantees seem to only be growing. “These guarantees both live and online are huge and I can’t wait to play every day of both! With this being the largest POWERFEST on partypoker I am proud to be associated with a company who just keep making things bigger and better for the players,” said Sam Trickett, another member of Team partypoker. Players can be sure that with so much money up for grabs partypoker will be offering a number of satellites and phase tournaments to help players find their way into as many events as possible. Though the full schedule of events has yet to be released, Jason Koon seems pretty fired up about it. “I’ve seen the schedule and I can’t wait for players to see it too, it’s definitely the best one yet.”