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  1. The World Poker Tour Online Series is returning to partypoker beginning on May 14, giving players another online shot at a Main Tour title with its $3 million guaranteed Main Event. Running from May 14 through June 2, the 2021 WPT Online Series is anchored by a a $3,200 Main Event that promises online players the experience, and paydays, similar to competing in any WPT Main Tour event. The $3,200 WPT Online Series Main Event includes a $3 million guarantee and, for the winner, their name engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. The Main Event will feature two starting flights, the first taking place on Sunday, May 23, with Day 1B playing out one week later on Sunday, May 30. The two fields will combine the very next day for Day 2, with players who survive that playing Day 3 on Tuesday, June 1. The final table will be played on Wednesday, June 2. Additionally, the series will feature a Mini Main Event with a buy-in of $530 which gets underway on Saturday, May 15, as well as a Micro Main Event with a $55 buy-in and a $150,000 guarantee. “The inaugural WPT Online Series back in 2020 was the first purposely-designed WPT festival to be run fully online at partypoker and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to do this all over again,” said partypoker’s Head of Poker Room Management Chris Donnachie. “The hallmark $3 million guaranteed, $3,200 buy-in Main Event is complimented by an extensive range of exciting events such as the Mini Main Event and not one, but two of the world-renowned WPT500 events.” While the entire schedule has yet to be released, players can expect a similar schedule to that of 2020 when the WPT and partypoker offered events that included a $25,500 Super High Roller, $10,300 High Roller, a WPTDeepstacks event, and the aforementioned WPT500 events. Last year’s WPT Online Series was a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under those conditions, the series flourished with the 2020 WPT Online Main Event breaking the WPT record for the most entries ever into a Main Tour tournament with 2,130 entries. In the end, after a heads-up deal with eventual runner-up Viktor Ustimov, former #1-ranked online pro Christian Jeppsson took down the first-ever WPT Online title for a $913,783.99 payday. That was back in May of 2020 and since then, a pent-up demand to play in live poker tournaments helped the WPT to break its entry record yet again. April's WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Florida saw 2,482 entries crush the $2 million guarantee and produce a prize pool of $7,446,000. The final table for this event is set to be played out on May 18 at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas with the eventual winner collecting $1,261,095. For the 2021 WPT Online Series Main Event to push those boundaries and set a new record, it would need to see a roughly 17% increase from the 2020 numbers. While the World Poker Tour would certainly enjoy seeing another massive turnout for the Online Series Main Event, it should be noted that the guarantee for 2021 has been pulled back to $3 million from the $5 million guarantee that was attached to the Main Event of last year. A field of 1,000 entries is needed to meet this year's guarantee. Despite that, the World Poker Tour and partypoker have designs on qualifying as many players as possible for the Main Event with feeder satellites starting at just $0.01 into Phase tournaments which play into weekly tournaments that offer 15 guaranteed seats into the $3,200 event. Additionally, mega satellites will be running right before both the Main Event and Mini Main Event will award a minimum of 50 seats for each. “There are a few series that are unmissable because of their prestige and the WPT Online Series absolutely falls into that category,” said partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard. “Christian [Jeppsson] winning almost $1,000,000 last year stands out to me. The festival is amazing and you get to play for big, big money but with structures that give you good play.”
  2. Pennsylvania online poker players now have a second place to play with the Thursday launch of BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker in their home state. Powered by the partypoker US Network, this marks the second operator to launch in the Keystone State, ending the monopoly that PokerStars PA has had since launching in November 2019. “Pennsylvania customers will find that BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker provide engaging experiences for both new and seasoned players," said Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker, BetMGM. "The partypoker US Network supports the online poker community, providing access to training initiatives designed to help all participants strengthen their play.” BetMGM Poker is now available in three states, along with New Jersey and Michigan while BorgataPoker.com is now available in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Pennsylvania players will not be playing against players from those states as they are not part of an interstate liquidity sharing pact. To celebrate the arrival of the new poker rooms, new players can grab a $25 bonus plus a 100% deposit match bonus on their first deposit, to a maximum of $600, by signing up here. There is also a pair of Opening Week Freerolls on May 9 and May 16 and new players are eligible to play in one of them. “Pennsylvanians can now experience our superior poker offering through both BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker,” said Adam Greenblatt, Chief Executive Officer, BetMGM. “We’re eager to expand our platform to a larger online audience, and give players in the Keystone State safe, accessible and entertaining poker options.” BetMGM launched their casino product in Pennsylvania in March leading Pennsylvania poker players to speculate as to when the poker product will launch.
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  4. In honor of International Women’s Day, PocketFives is shining the light on some of the women in poker who have made poker their lives and their careers and are an integral part of moving the game to new heights. If you are a poker fan in Latin America, then there’s a very good chance you are already very aware of Pamela 'Pamsi' Balzano, the 25-year old poker player and influencer from Buenos Aires, Argentina who dedicates almost all of her time and creativity to promote the game of poker. Balzano, a part-time player and full-time content creator, has been heavily involved in the poker community for the better part of the past eight years. From back in 2014 when she used to take pictures of live events for poker news outlet Codigo Poker to hosting the final table of the 2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event, her passion for the game of poker, and the people who enjoy it, shines through in everything she does. “My first time in a casino was for work, to take pictures. Then, three years later I started my YouTube channel with the idea of creating a new way to communicate poker. I really liked to explain to people who don’t know about the game how it works, but in a funny way, a colorful way. A different way, because poker in the movies, everything is dark and that’s not the truth about the game.” For Balzano, the game of poker isn’t some moody mix of smoky backrooms or shady characters. It’s always been entertaining, analytical, and even professional. A trait she picked up early from her brother. “My brother is seven years older than me and he started playing when he was 18. He became a professional poker player very soon thereafter and then in my home, it was always hand analysis and hand reviews. And I was always there with him and his friends. That’s where I became very interested in the game, because of him. Also, I really liked that he was always traveling around the world playing cards." "So my idea was to follow his path, but doing something different because I really like art and to create things and, well, taking pictures.” After a few years of being involved in poker media, she wanted to reach more people. She started working on her own YouTube channel where she would speak with poker players, give tips to new players, create tournament vlogs, and produce popular “Draw My Life” videos for players like Stu Ungar, Adrian Mateos, Damian Salas, and Doyle Brunson - a video that has been seen well over 100,000 times. In the midst of working on her videos, she also began to work on her own game. “I started with my YouTube channel and then I started to study the game more professionally, but I’m not a professional poker player. I like to play poker, I like to study poker and I really want to improve my game. So for the last two years, I’ve been studying a lot and playing more, but not full-time because I create content and communicate poker, that’s my job.” Since that time, her job and profile in poker have been expanding. She’s an active Twitch streamer, showcasing the results of her poker studies to her more than 9,000 followers and she’s also been recruited by partypoker to anchor a number of online broadcasts for their Latin American viewers on the partypokerLATAM channel. It’s clear though that, for Balzano, the time and dedication she puts into her myriad of poker content is truly a labor of love and the feedback she receives from her community motivates her to keep pushing forward. “I love my community because I’ve found a lot of nice people who are always enjoying the game like me, they are always sending good vibes. I really like to share my work with people, and that’s why I really like this job because I can share everything with a lot of nice people.” Next up for Balzano is a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to cover and play in the upcoming Caribbean Latin Series of Poker Main Event. As both a player and a content creator for the event, she intends on bringing her “A” game both on and off the felt. It’s one of the challenges she had faced in the world of poker, splitting her time between playing and presenting, “It’s difficult for me to decide if I prefer to play or if I prefer to create content because I love creating content and being in touch with people. But of course, I really like the game…I like to play,” she said but also acknowledges that in order to keep things fresh she has to bring the total experience to her audience. “I think the main challenge is to be creative every day. To do things differently. The market is growing, every part of the market, and nowadays Twitch is growing a lot. I really like that, because I am a little bit competitive so I’m always trying to do things differently.” [caption id="attachment_634054" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Pamela Balzano and Santiago Gonzalez anchor the recent coverage of the partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event final table.[/caption] But those challenges are good ones to have. As the international poker market continues to grow, including in Argentina where Balzano says the game is “popular…but not very much” yet, her years of experience in all facets of the game are being allowed to shine. And as her community continues to grow so does her appreciation of the task at hand - bringing the game of poker into the spotlight. “I’m doing the job of my dreams, achieving a lot of things. One of them is being the host of big-time tournaments, for example, the partypoker MILLIONS Online. Of course, it would be nice if I could do it live, but it’s understandably difficult right now. But my main, main, main dream is to do commentary for the World Series of Poker Main Event or something like that. That would be nice.”
  5. 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.
  6. After three full days of play in the partypoker 2021 MILLIONS Online $5,300 Main Event, UK grinder Endrit Geci outlasted the 1,084-entry field to take home the title and a career-high online score of $774,838.27. Geci started the day with an overwhelming chip lead as the only player to have more than 200M in chips, a full 23 big blind advantage over the rest of the field. However, even with a healthy lead headed into the final table, his path to victory would not be an easy one with some exceptional poker talent including Daniel Dvoress, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Christian Rudolph, and fellow UK grinder Jonathan Proudfoot all earning a seat for Day 3. Once play got underway, it didn’t take long for the fireworks to start. Roughly thirty minutes into the day, Geci went to work and put in a raise under the gun with his [poker card="ts"][poker card="th"]. The UK’s former #1-ranked pro Jonathan Proudfoot then three-bet holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. Geci promptly four-bet enough to put the short-stacked Proudfoot all-in. Proudfoot made the call and board ran out [poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="kh"], shipping the pot to Geci and taking out Proudfoot in ninth place for $72,260. Geci was back at it a few minutes later when he raised in early position with the [poker card="as"][poker card="ac"]. Martin Brinkmann then three-bet shipped his roughly 10 big blind stack holding [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. Geci quickly called and the flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="4c"] giving Geci top set and Brinkmann a flush, straight and straight-flush draw. The turn was the [poker card="ks"] bringing Geci a full house and leaving Brinkmann looking for just the [poker card="td"]. But the river was the [poker card="6h"] adding to Geci’s growing stack and sending Brinkmann out in eighth for $91,542. Canada’s Richard Mullen had fewer than 10 big blinds when he moved all-in from early position with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"]. On the button, Christian Rudolph made the call holding the [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. The flop came [poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3c"] giving the at-risk Mullen extra flush draw out and when the [poker card="th"] hit the turn he picked up a gutshot straight draw as well. However, the river was the [poker card="8s"] giving shipping the pot to Rudolph’s ace-high kicker and sending Mullen home in seventh for $115,425. Not long after busting Mullen, it was Rudolph’s turn to put his tournament on the line. Rudolph raised from under the gun with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] and when it folded back to Geci in the big blind, he three-bet enough to cover Rudolph with [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"]. Rudolph committed the rest of his chips and the board rank out [poker card="9h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="jd"][poker card="td"] giving Geci another full house. For the second time in an all-in situation, Geci’s pocket tens won the flip and that sent Rudolph to the rail in sixth place for $146,300. After an early position raise from Daniel Dvoress holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"], Brazil’s Hermogenes Gelonezi moved all-in with his [poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"] When folded back to, Dvoress called with his dominating pair and Gelonezi was left looking for help. The [poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Dvoress a set, but brought some additional straight outs for Gelonezi. The turn was the [poker card="as"] and the river was the [poker card="2d"] ending Gelonezi’s tournament in fifth place, good for $189.320. The momentum for partypoker ambassador Dzmitry Urbanovich had been trending upwards and at one point, he climbed into second in chips. But shortly after the third break, after taking a bit of a hit to his stack, that momentum came to a halt when he and Dvoress clashed in a cooler. Dvoress put in a raise from under the gun with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and Urbanovich, with slightly fewer chips, three-bet shipped his [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"]. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"], giving Dvoress top sent and when the [poker card="2s"] hit the turn, Urbanovich was drawing dead to the [poker card="9h"] river. The partypoker pro fell in fourth place and added $276,128 to his over $3.2 million in career online earnings. At three-handed, Dvoress assumed the chip lead. However the three stacks were bunched together and when Dvoress lost a flip to Geci, he found himself short. Eventually, he put in a raise holding [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] and Francisco Correia called him in the big blind with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="th"]. The flop came [poker card="jd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7d"] and the action checked through. The turn was the [poker card="8s"] giving both players a straight. Correia led out and Dvoress called. The river was the [poker card="jh"], lifting Correia’s hand to a queen-high straight and he shoved, having Dvoress covered. Dvoress eventually made the call and ended up at the third-place finisher, earning $422,422. As heads-up play started, Correia and Geci tried to negotiate a heads-up deal. They couldn’t agree so they played on. As their stacks grew closer together, they tried again and finally agreed. The deal awarded Correia $731,960 and Geci locked up $724,838 with $50,000 be left to the winner. After the deal, Geci went on a run and took back the chip lead he started the day with. This time, he didn’t let it go. On the final hand, Geci limped the button holding [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] and Correia checked his option with the [poker card="ts"][poker card="ts"]. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"] and both players checked. The [poker card="tc"] fell on the turn and after Correia checked, Geci put out a bet which Correia called. The river came the [poker card="kd"] and Correia checked again. With this top two pair, Geci shoved and after taking his time, Correia made the call. Correia finished as the runner-up and took home the $731,960 he negotiated in the deal. Endrit Geci collected the additional $50,000 set aside for the winner and became the 2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online champion, earning a total of $774,838. partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event Final Table 1. Endrit Geci - $774,838.27* 2. Francisco Correia - $731,959.84 3. Daniel Dvoress - $422,421.80 4. Dzmitry Urbanovich - $276,127.53 5. Hermogenes Gelonezi - $189,320.45 6. Christian Rudolph - $146,300.43 7. Richard Mullen - $115,424.85 8. Martin Brinkmann - $91,542.10 9. Jonathan Proudfoot - $$72,259.60
  7. For many poker players, January is a time to get a fresh start. It's a time to reset the stats, dedicate oneself to study, and hope that in the new year the work pays off and the results go to the moon. But for Brazil’s Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon, a “fresh start” is not on the agenda. For the world’s #1-ranked online pro, the continuation of his heater that started one year ago is what he wanted. That's what happened and what brought him the title of Online Poker Player of the Month for January. One might think that after earning a career-high seven-figure score in the international leg of the 2020 World Series of Poker at the end of 2020, Botteon might take some time off. But within a week he was back to picking up PLB-qualified cashes en masse. He found success in the first week of January on GGPoker with deep runs in the WSOPC Series $525 Bounty Hunters for $22,304 plus 321.09 PLB points and weekly $10K Super MILLION$ for another $41,934 and 374.26 PLB points. His first outright win arrived on January 10 when he topped the 279-entry field of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR for $57,263 and 547.72 PLB points. The middle of the month was highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the GGPoker High Rollers Marathon for $12,542. It was right around this time when Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic pushed to within just 5 PLB points of overtaking Botteon as the top-ranked player in the world. But when Croatia’s Zufic traveled to the United States to make a deep run in the World Poker Tour’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open, Botteon booked his first six-figure score of the new year with a win in the January 25 edition of the GGPoker High Rollers Sunday 500 for $126,544 and 738.24 PLB points. His spotlight score of the month brought more than enough PLB points to pull away from the pack and keep the #1-spot for the seventh week in a row. In total, Botteon racked up 3,893 PLB points on 59 total cashes for a total of $391,988. January also marked his third time as Player of the Month. Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson finished out January just 150 points behind Botteon to end up in second place with 3,734 points. Watson, who is Canada’s #1-ranked pro and sitting at an all-time high ranking of #3 in the world, put in significantly less volume than Botteon but made up the difference with nine PLB-qualifying cashes and seven five-figure cashes for a total of $526,078. Watson kicked off the month with a string of victories including a PokerStars Blowout Series title in Event #25-H ($1,050 NLHE Sunday Warm-up) for $75,462 and 648.85 PLB points. The very next day, on January 4, he was in the winner’s circle again in the Natural8 WSOPC $1,500 Deepstack, winning $36,040 and another 404.81 PLB points. Watson picked up big-time scores on just about every online operator he played on including a runner-up finish in the partypoker High Roller Big Game for $54,958 and a win in the World Poker Tour Montreal Online Event #18 for $39,007. But his biggest result of the month came on Natural8 when he finished in fourth place in the January 26 edition of the Super MILLION$ for $187,255 and 618.64. His Super MILLION$ score was big enough to land in Watson’s all-time top 5. Estonia’s Markku ‘markovitsus’ Koplimaa rounded out the top three in January with 3,590 PLB points. Koplimaa has been rocketing up the worldwide rankings, reaching a new career-high rank of #12 in the world. While both Botteon and Watson put up impressive results, Koplimaa outdid them both when it came to volume by racking up 229 in-the-money finishes. He embraced the grind, playing every tournament he could enter from mid-stakes and higher. He was rewarded with over $390,000 in earnings including a runner-up finish in the January 18 edition of the GGPoker High Roller MILLION$ for $187,272. It was the second-largest online cash of his career and included a massive 908.09 PLB bump. In total, Koplimaa notched five results of five-figures or better with 11 PLB-qualified scores. Should he continue to have results even half of what he posted in January, he’ll eclipse the career $10 million mark before the end of the year. January 2021 Player of the Month Results [table id=167 /]
  8. It’s not often that one gets a second shot at greatness. Very few have been afforded that opportunity when it comes to becoming the World Series of Poker Main Event champion. So when Damian Salas, who just three years ago finished in seventh place at the WSOP Main Event, found himself in a position to win the championship bracelet that eluded him in 2017, he leaned into his passion for the game and his desire to be known as one of the very best finally reach his championship goal. “Taking into account my experience in 2017, I didn’t see it as a rematch, I took it as a new opportunity granted by this beautiful mind sport so that I could win the World Championship,” said Salas. “I felt great and highly motivated. I’ve worked with tons of persistence during these last eight or nine years of my professional career, so I can give my very best in times of extreme pressure. I felt like I could make it and that was a determining factor to becoming the champion.” It may be that Salas, the Argentinian lawyer turned poker pro, made a name for himself in poker with his seventh-place finish 2017 Main Event when he won $1.425 million but as he mentioned, it was by no means the start of his poker journey. Salas has made the trip to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker for over a decade and prior to his first Main Event, final table appearance had posted a string of impressive results on the biggest poker tours in Latin America including the LAPT and BSOP. If Salas’ journey had essentially ended with his seven-figure score on ESPN it would be a poker success story by nearly every metric. However, for Salas, a few minutes in the spotlight was not what he was after. It still isn’t. “I don’t play for the money, that’s not my goal. It’s not what drives me,” Salas said. “It is great, taking those results into account, as it is paramount to meeting other ambitions in my life. But my basic motivation is to become better and better every day and remain a member of the world-class poker elite.” “As I’ve mentioned many times before, I don’t think winning [the Main Event] makes me the best player in the world, but I am worthy of the achievement since I believe I could compete for many years now with the world-class poker elite. That’s an honor I’ve earned, and it is my greatest challenge and motivation day in and day out - to remain a member of the world-class poker elite.” To get to where he is, Salas has embraced the grind. With live poker events essentially put on hold in 2020, Salas dove into online poker and quickly became the #1-ranked player in his native Argentina. He broke through into the worldwide top-20 with the help of a pair of impressive scores in some of the year’s biggest tournament series. First, he took third place in the first-ever WPT World Championship Main Event on partypoker which came with an $814,664 payday. Then he took home a PokerStars EPT Online title with a victory in Event #20 ($1,050 NLHE) for another $117,475. The success was paving the way to a run in the WSOP Main Event. “Honestly, I was having a great year,” he said. “So I wasn’t surprised by the [WSOP win] because I felt in great shape, I was really prepared. Obviously, it was incredible and even spectacular to close the year this way.” The path to the WSOP Main Event title was unlike any in years past. First Salas has to navigate the field of online entrants on GGPoker, then travel to the Czech Republic to play down the final table at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, and finally make his way to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to compete against Joseph Hebert, the winner of the domestic leg of the WSOP Main Event, in a for-broadcast heads-up match. “I can say that the online elements against international players at GGPoker were impressive. The poker world’s elite played in that tournament and I had to face them all,” he said, looking back on the tournament as a whole. “It was highly difficult. The clash was really hard from the beginning.” When he made the live final table he was third in chips but one of the toughest challenges awaited. Brazil’s Brunno Botteon, the current #1-ranked player in the world, held the chip lead and was also having a career year. “At the final table were at least five elite representatives of poker including Bruno Botteon, whose quality is extraordinary. And, well, the confrontation demanded my very best,” he said. “I was really inspired at the final table, where I took certain creative lines which I could capitalize in my favor. In the end, while I believe I also benefited from some good cards and good luck, I think those creative hands were responsible for my success.” Salas walked away with the win after defeating Botteon heads-up, which brought him a new career-high score of $1.55 million. It also put him in line to battle heads up for the championship bracelet. “Then came the heads up with Joseph [Hebert]. Either one of us could have won, really,” Salas said. But even after losing some key pots and being on the brink of finishing in second, Salas fought back. “I think I played with discipline, with concentration, with metered quantities of matured aggressiveness that was very efficient,” he said. “It is a great privilege because I understand I was very lucky. However, I also know I have done all I could so that I could meet my goal and that fills me with joy.” In the aftermath of reaching his goal, one might expect Salas to take some time off, perhaps enjoy a few of the finer things with his bonus $1 million payday he received for winning the bracelet. While some new doors are opening for the new World Champion, Salas insists that the main goal of being elite never stops. “Being totally honest, my daily routine has not changed much. As I always say, I’m not driven by money. There is another motivation, that’s to belong to the world elite. Added to the fact that I truly enjoy what I do and I do love playing poker, so my routine remains practically the same…I’m the World Champion, and that’s great, but understanding I’m the same person I was before the tournament.”
  9. After a year away, partypoker’s marquee online festival, MILLIONS Online, is set to take place from February 13 through March 9 with 28 events, nearly $18 million in total guaranteed prize money, and an expanded satellite schedule designed to give players of every buy-in level a shot at a seat in some of the series' biggest tournaments. The schedule for the three-week series features a variety of high buy-in tournaments ranging from $530 to the $102,000 Mega High Roller. But for a pair of the schedule's featured events, partypoker is already running an abundance of low-cost satellites to make sure everyone has an opportunity to win their way in. One of the major tournaments partypoker is getting players qualified for is this year’s $5,300 Main Event with $5 million guaranteed. The Main Event has two starting flights, the first taking place on Sunday, February 21, and the second one week later on Sunday, February 28. This will be followed by three days of play until the final table when a winner is crowned on Wednesday, March 3. This year’s MILLIONS Main Event is a throwback of sorts for partypoker. In 2018, the $5,300 MILLIONS Online Main Event came with a $20 million guarantee and an eye on setting online poker’s largest prize pool of all time. The event did just that, eclipsing $21.7 million and paying out four seven-figure sums. In 2019, partypoker took aim at their own record. They doubled the buy-in to $10,300 and kept the $20 million guarantee. While they missed the mark on the record, the just over $21 million prize pool was another massive achievement. Only the GGPoker 2020 World Series of Poker Online Main Event with its Guinness World Record-setting $27.5 million prize pool eclipses the records set by those two MILLIONS Online Main Events. However, rather than make another run at the record through a guarantee, partypoker has decided to go back to its 2017 guarantee of $5 million while increasing its satellite schedule to make it more accessible for players to participate. "We’re extremely proud to be hosting yet another online leg of the world-renowned MILLIONS tour," said Chris Donnchie, partypoker’s Head of Poker Room Management."The satellite framework this year has been designed with a view to make both the Main Event and Mini Main Event even more accessible to players of all buy-in levels." partypoker has ensured that players of every buy-in level can have a chance to win a Main Event seat with a variety of ways including through a satellite tree that starts at just $0.01. The 'centroll' satellites feed into $5.50 events, the winners of which will earn a $55 phase satellite ticket. Those that survive the $55 phase will be entered into a Sunday final that promises at least 10 seats to the Main Event will be awarded. "One of my favorite things about poker is the zero-to-hero stories we hear on a regular basis," said Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard. "When I started playing, somebody would qualify for a $5,000 event from a $1,000 satellite and it was a great story when they went on to the final table." "Recently, at partypoker, we’ve seen numerous people qualify for huge events for as little as $0.01 and win life-changing amounts. MILLIONS Online is always an amazing tournament and any player with a bankroll of $0.01 or more should get ready," Leonard added. The Main Event is not the only event bringing players in via satellite as the $1,100 buy-in Mini Main Event and it’s $1,000,000 guarantee features a similar satellite tree which starts at a penny and leads to an $11 phase tournament. The Mini Main Event kicks off the entire MILLIONS Online series on February 13 and after two starting flights and three days of play will determine a winner on Wednesday, February 17. partypoker 2021 MILLIONS Online Schedule [table id=165 /]
  10. 2020 was a career year for UK online crusher Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who not only spent more than half the year as the #1-ranked player in the world but also earned more than enough PocketFives PLB points to run away as the 2020 Online Poker Player of the Year. For years, Beresford had been considered one of the toughest online poker tournament players in the world, but in 2020 he cemented himself as one of the very best. He hit new heights by earning six six-figure scores, four of which are currently a part of his top-5 results. He also padded his poker resume with victories in high roller events as well as his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title. Beresford’s year got off to a quick start when on January 30 he finished as the runner-up in the GGPoker $2,020 2020 Series Championship for what was easily a new career-high cash of $611,134. Although he settled for second in that spot, Beresford spent the rest of the year finding ways to take home the win in the face of huge paydays at major final tables. For Beresford, those final tables often came with a title attached. He started his 2020 collection in March when he took down the partypoker POWERFEST Event #8 for $70,588. It was then that the online poker industry ramped up its offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which meant more opportunities for players like Beresford. On March 22, he picked up a win in the PokerStars High Rollers Week Kickoff Event ($5,200 NLHE) for $180,438. That fed right into back-to-back six-figure scores, the first of which took place during High Rollers 32 ($5,200 8-Max Main Event) for $378,205. That was closely followed by another huge win in High Rollers 39 ($10,300 NLHE) where Beresford defeated fellow UK pro Michael 'mczhang' Ch Zhang heads up for $239,652. All three of those PokerStars High Rollers victories were good enough to enter Beresford’s top-5 career results. The highlights continued in April as Beresford walked away with the win in the GGPoker GSS #162-HR for $74,066. Then again in May when he picked up a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title with a win in Event 32-H ($530 NLHE) for $85,959. It was only fitting that in the middle of his 29-week long run as the #1-ranked player in the world, Beresford took down his first PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title for $162,674. By the end of the year, Beresford’s lifetime career cashes soared over $14.7 million in earnings and he accumulated 29,804 PLB points, more than 4,000 ahead of Brazil’s Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon who ended the year with 25,730 points. Botteon had a well-documented incredible year in his own right highlighted by a second-place finish in the international leg of the World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event for a career-high score of $1,062,723. He also finished as the runner-up in the WSOP $25,000 Heads Up NLHE event on GGPoker for $622,300 as well as making an appearance at the final table of the WSOP $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship where he finished in sixth place for another $388,837. In total, Botteon, who is currently the #1-ranked player in the world, earned 14 of his top 15 scores in 2020, seven of which were good for six-figures or more. The current #2-ranked player, Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic also made a run at the Online Player of the Year title by accumulating 23,773 points. The largest score of his year came in August when he earned a WSOP gold bracelet in Event #63 ($500 Mini Main Event) and collected a career-high cash of $843,460. After winning the PocketFives Yearly PLB title in both 2018* and 2019, ‘Lena900’ finished fourth in the 2020 race with 22,918 points. ‘Lena900’ started the year off as the #1-ranked player and held on to it for the better part of five months until Beresford assumed the top spot. Despite everything he’s accomplished in his career, all of his titles, the online great managed to add even more last year. His yearly highlights included a win in the PokerStars Stadium Series for $230,435 which was the third-highest cash of his career plus two WCOOP titles. In total, ‘Lena900’ has extended his lead on the Online All-Time Money List to more than $21.5 million. Former #1-ranked Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski finished in fifth place with 20,411 points on the back of his second career WSOP bracelet and three World Championship of Online Poker titles which included one in Event #48-H ($5,200, 8-Max PKO) for a total of $245,000. 2020 Online Poker Player of the Year Standings [table id=150 /] * In previous years, players were awarded the title of PocketFives Yearly PLB winner. This title has been changed to PocketFives Online Player of the Year.
  11. After surviving three days of play and fighting through a field of 395 runners, Soheb Porbandarwala finished 2020 as the last player standing in New Jersey’s WPT Online Poker Open taking home the $239,820 first-place prize and admission into the WPT Champions Club. The $3,500 buy-in tournament generated a prize pool of $1,264,000, shattering the $1 million guarantee and making it one of the largest events ever to take place on the partypoker US Network. It also made history as the first time that players in the United States could battle for a WPT Main Tour title by playing online. Porbandarwala entered the final day as the chip leader and while he didn’t hold on to it for the entire final table, he won the day in convincing fashion by eliminating four of his final seven opponents and battling back from a short stack to defeat WPT LAPC final table chip leader Balakrishna Patur heads up for the trophy. The day started with just eight players left, including Daniel Buzgon who was playing in his fourth WPT final table. Buzgon started the final table as the short stack and less than ten minutes in, found himself at risk. With the blinds at 350k/700k, Alex Farin opened on the button to 1.6 million holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and Buzgon, in the big blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"] made the call. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"] and Buzgon checked it over to Farin who bet another 1.6 million. Buzgon check-raised to 3.9 million and Farin responded by raising enough to put Buzgon all in. Buzgon made the call, way ahead, but the [poker card="ac"] hit the turn leaving Buzgon looking for one of his two outs to hit the river. It wasn’t to be as the [poker card="6d"] completed the board and Buzgon exited in eighth place for $28,727. After Buzgon’s exit, the remaining seven players battled for nearly another hour before the next bust out. With the blinds at 500k/1M, Porbandarwala put in a raise to 2 million in early position with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"]. Tim Kuder made the call from the small blind holding [poker card="3h"][poker card="3d"]. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] and Kuder checked it over to Porbandarwala who continued for 1.9 million. Kuder then check-raised with his flopped set to 5.2 million, prompting Porbandarwala to ship with his nut flush draw. Kuder called, and with his tournament on the line, the [poker card="9d"] hit the turn. However, the [poker card="jh"] came on the river giving Porbandarwala his flush and sending Kuder out the door in seventh place for $41,217. The better part of another hour passed before Porbandarwala was back at it. With the blinds up to 600k/1.2M, Porbandarwala put in a raise to 2.6 million with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. Farin three-bet to 6.8 million holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"], leading to a four-bet shove from Porbandarwala. Farin made the call and the duo was off to the races. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"] flopped looked good for Farin’s pocket jacks, but when the [poker card="kh"] spiked on the turn, he was down to just two outs. The [poker card="3s"] on the river wasn’t one of them and Farin was knocked out in sixth place for $56,830. Just after the blinds increased to 1M/2M, Obli Prabu completed the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kc"] only to be shoved on by the bigger stack of Matt Iles in the big blind holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. Prabu made the quick call with the pocket pair and his tournament life on the line. The flop came [poker card="ah"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"], giving Iles the lead he wouldn’t lose through the [poker card="qc"] turn and the [poker card="3c"] river. His pocket kings cracked, Prabu collected $75,564 for a fifth-place finish. ‘anomalous’ was the next to fall at the hands of Porbandarwala. With the blinds up to 1.2M/2.4M, Porbandarwala raised holding the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and ‘anomalous’ shoved his final 20bb stack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"]. Porbandarwala made the call with the dominating hand and the two watched as the board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="ac"][poker card="td"], giving both players two pair but Porbandarwala out kicking his opponent. ‘anomalous’ fell in fourth place which was good for $95,948. Three-handed play lasted roughly forty minutes when at 1.4M/2.8M blinds, Iles shoved his 17bb stack from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"]. Patur, who had taken over the chip lead, made the call holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"]. The flop [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"] gave Patur top pair and left Iles searching for help. The turn was the [poker card="5h"], leaving Iles looking for an ace on the river. Instead, it was the [poker card="2c"], which ended his tournament in third place for $127,398. Even though he’d headed into the final table as the chip leader and held on to it for most of the day, Porbandarwala entered heads up play against Patur as the shorter of the two stacks. Patur kept his foot on the gas, continually chipping up, and at one point held a roughly 4-1 chip advantage. But Porbandarwala battled back. He took back the lead by securing a couple of key double ups and picking off a big bluff. On the final hand of the tournament, with fewer than ten big blinds, Patur shoved from the small blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="6s"]. Porbandarwala made the easy call holding [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="td"][poker card="7s"] board missed both players and Porbandarwala took the hand and the WPT title with ace high. Patur settled for second place and a $164,868 payday but still has a chance to take home a title when the delayed LAPC live final table takes place at a future date. Porbandarwala takes home $224,820 as the winner plus a $15,000 entry into the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, a Hublot Big Band E Titanium watch, a set of Baccarat Crystal Beluga Highball Glasses as well as the honor of having his name added to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. Final Table Payouts 1. Soheb Porbandarwala - $224,820 + $15,000 WPT TOC ticket 2. Balakrishna Patur - $164,868 3. Matt Iles - $127,398 4. anomalous - $95,948 5. Obil Prabu - $75,565 6. Alex Farin - $56,830 7. Tim Kuder - $41,217 8. Daniel Buzgon - $28,727
  12. 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.
  13. It takes a special player to reach the top of the online poker rankings. In addition to elite skills on the virtual felt resulting in extraordinary results, it requires a dedication to the online grind that provides the amount of volume needed to surpass the competition. This is what makes it so amazing that the UK’s current top talent Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford’s reign at the top of the rankings is closing in on historic highs. Beresford has held on to the #1 spot for more than half of 2020, currently sitting at 26 weeks straight. However, Beresford, who once held a PLB point lead that looked insurmountable, is within striking distance for his fellow online pros for the first time in months. While there are a number of players who could catch Beresford in the upcoming weeks, including current #2 -ranked Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, it might just take a former #1-ranked player to put an end to Beresford’s current hot streak. There are currently 12 former #1-ranked players in the top 100, some of whom it’s been years since they’ve reached the top spot. One thing is for sure, all of them know exactly what is required to get back to the top and take back the throne. The Top 10 The three former #1-ranked players with the best shot at Beresford all are occupying a spot in the top 10. World Series of Poker standout Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski has been turning up the heat all summer long and currently sits at #6 in the world. His rise was thanks in part to a pair of six-figure scores in September. The first was his PokerStars WCOOP win in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Slam) which brought him more than $245,000 and 817.01 PLB points. Days later he picked up another $185,350 with a fifth-place finish in the Natural8 Super MILLION$ High Rollers which brought him an additional 703.52. Dzivielevski held on to the #1 spot two different times back in 2014 and while he has some ground to cover, should he continue to put up big numbers he’s got a shot at closing the gap on Beresford. Right behind him at #7 in the rankings is Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver. The American, who plays out of Costa Rica, last held the top spot in 2010 and now he’s once again in striking distance thanks to his non-stop grind. Oliver’s recent scores include a win in the October 18 PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR for $48,072 and 500.00 PLB points. He tacked on another 251.80 PLB points on November 8 with a final table finish in the EPT Online Event #3 ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller) for $31,057 and 251.80 PLB points. Sweden’s ‘Lena900’ knows what it’s like to spend extended time at #1, having held the spot for 33 weeks back in 2018-2019. Now, the Swedish superstar, who was the last player to hold #1 before Beresford, is still in the mix thanks to a pair of PokerStars WCOOP wins back in September. He scored a six-figure score by winning Event #39-H ($5,200 PKO High Roller) for more than $200,000 and 753.33 PLB points. He then went back-to-back and grabbed another WCOOP title in Event #44-H ($2,100 NLHE) for $80,642 and 632.46 PLB points. If ‘Lena900’ can rack up more wins like his October 25 score in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday HR, where he added more than $48,000 to his All-Time Online Money List leading $21.2 million, sooner than later he may just rule the rankings once again. Not Far Behind partypoker ambassador Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard last held the top spot just last year and currently sits at #21. Leonard who is known to fire in the biggest buy-in tournaments online built a nice base this summer during WCOOP where he racked up 1,356.38 PLB points. He didn’t have any October scores that added to his rankings performance, but he looks to be back at it in November, which means a good chance he pushed back into the top 20 in upcoming weeks. Sweden’s ’C Darwin2’ is one of online poker’s most prolific players having held the #1 spot eight different times for a total of 66 weeks. He retained a spot in the top 50 this week with a deep run in PokerStars EPT Online Event #5 ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Win The Button) for $5,436 and 130.54 PLB points. He also earned a pair of five-figure scores in the recent PokerStars Bounty Builder Series when he booked the win in Event #37 ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday) for $21,522 and 356.37 PLB points. He then finished as the runner-up in Event #164 ($1,050 NLHE, Thursday Thrill) for another $28,844 and 279.91 PLB points. It’s been over four years since Russia’s ‘veeea’ last touched #1, but he’s still one of the most feared online grinders playing today as he sits at #52 in the world. This week alone, ‘veeea’ racked up four PLB-qualifying scores including two wins in the PokerStars High Roller Club for a total of over $17,500. His spotlight score of the month so far came in EPT Online Event #3 where his third-place finish earned him $86,183 and 418.65 PLB points, his 11th largest career online cash. Big Names In The Back Half While they may be in the back half of the top 100, all of these former #1-ranked players have continued to put up impressive results. Former PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event winner Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff touched the top spot in 2017 and currently sits at #61. His victory in the October 18 PokerStars $125 Sunday Subsonic kept him in good shape with a $17,814 score and 316.11 PLB points. It’s been an amazing week for #68-ranked ‘girafganger7’ who has been crushing the PokerStars EPT Online. One day after a final table finish in Event #6 ($10,300 NLHE) for $51,445, he won Event #8 ($2,100 NLHE) for another $96,144 and 707.11 PLB points. He topped that three days later with another win in Event #15 ($10,000 6-Max, High Roller) for $186,238, a top-5 career score. It’s been a year since nosebleed cash game legend Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro first held the #1 ranking. Now, at #75, he continues to turn in impressive tournament results including his runner-up finish in EPT Online Event #5 ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Win The Button) for $34,900 and 321.86 PLB points. Mike ‘telks’ Telker is a true grinder. The American, playing out of Costa Rica like the aforementioned Chris Oliver, has more than $11.7 million in lifetime cashes and was the #1 player in the world back in 2011. Today, he’s ranked #78 and stays there by playing anything and everything on the tournament schedule and booking scores like his deep run in EPT Online Event #1 for $7,058 and 167.79 PLB points. Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren spent three weeks at #1 back in 2014 and continues to be a force in online poker today. With seven PocketFives Triple Crown awards and just under $14 million in lifetime earnings, Berggren could soar up the rankings at any point using results like his deep run in EPT Online Event #1 where he earned $8,541 and 215.59 PLB points. Finally, Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman who spent the better part of his summer in Mexico grinding the online events in the World Series of Poker, sits at #90 in the world. After purchasing a house in Mexico, Moorman has been splitting his time between his home in Las Vegas where he grinds on WSOP.com and being able to play against the international player pools as he did on November 10 when he won the $109 NLHE on PokerStars for $3,219 and 123.53 PLB points. Players can qualify for the online poker worldwide rankings by adding their screennames to their PocketFives profile.
  14. This week in New Jersey, Borgata/PartyPokerran its nightly $10K Guarantee, with first place paying out as much as $2,200. PocketFiver Mike Gags30Gagliano bested a field of 120 runners to take down the Boragata/PartyPoker $10K on Monday. He took home $2,184 for his efforts. Also making the final table that day was Scott Pendergrast (mindwise on PocketFives), who finished in third place, pocketing $1,201. As a reminder, Borgata Poker results are now being tracked by PocketFives dating back to March 4 and will count toward the Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey players. Enter your Borgata Poker user name in your PocketFives profile by clicking here to be tracked. 888 Pokerran its nightly $1,500 Guarantee this week, and Freddyfreakmade back-to-back final tables. He won the $1,500 Guarantee on 888 on Wednesday and then followed that up with a seventh place finish on Thursday for a total of $727. WSOP.comfeatured its $5K and $10K Guarantees this week each night. Dan Lupo (centrfieldr on PocketFives) finished third in the WSOP $5K Guarantee on Tuesday, taking home $559. The highlight of the week on WSOP was the $10K Guarantee on Thursday. Four PocketFivers made the final table, with Gary Bogdanski (GB2005on PocketFives, pictured above) coming out on top for $3,186. Dan Cooley (rtheusaon PocketFives), who was recently interviewed on our site, finished in third place the same night for $1,005. Ultimate Pokerran its nightly $5K Guarantee, which literally has been a freeroll this week. This is due to the site's No-Verlay promotion, which awards players their buy-ins back for tournaments meeting their guarantees. Making back-to-back final tables this week was 2marcelos (2marcelos on PocketFives), finishing fifth on Tuesday and eighth on Wednesday in the Ultimate Poker $5K Guarantee for a total of $684. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Monday, March 3rd had 120 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,184. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ned_plimpton - $2,184 (Gags30) 2. clemslad - $1,610 3. mindwise - $1,201 (mindwise) 4. happy1 - $982 5. POLTER50 - $819 6. Studsg - $682 7. TheHorror - $573 8. Leo618 - $464 9. Papo353 - $354 ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, March 4th had 105 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,588. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Beahmer - $1,588* 2. SMDisReal - $1,539* 3. TaintedLady - $1,447* 4. Mikey_TheKidd - $900 5. Godzilla - $750 6. centrfieldr23 - $625 (centrfieldr) 7. greenmateo24 - $525 8. Binkedit8899 - $425 9. Eyerakemup - $325 *Final table chop ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Wednesday, March 5th had 114 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,074. The top 9 finishers were: 1. adjust21466 - $2,074 2. feeluckyday - $1,530 3. Pot4Jack0ff - $1,141 4. cfran26 - $933 5. munsoned - $778 6. Thrall - $648 7. Flawlessbinkage - $544 8. jazzyjay1 - $440 9. perryl - $337 ------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Thursday, March 6th had 123 runners buying in for $100 ($91 + $9). 18 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,238. The top 9 finishers were: 1. SleepyGuy - $2,238 2. flushoff11 - $1,650 3. Godzilla - $1,231 4. voodooman75 - $1,007 5. VI545454 - $839 6. sonofa_nh - $699 (sonofa_nh) 7. THAKID04 - $587 8. allace10 - $475 9. boxxcarr - $363 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Monday, March 3rd had 68 runners with a total prize pool of $2,176. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $631. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Degenerate - $631 2. ShankU4DaPot - $369 3. Crackhead - $261 4. Titan91 - $217 5. KMD1973 - $174 6. ArdijanLFC - $150 7. SMDisReal - $128 8. JayDaddy888 - $106 9. Panamajack1 - $76 10. PlantLeaf - $60 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Tuesday, March 4th had 62 runners with a total prize pool of $2,048. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $575. The top 10 finishers were: 1. TONY0807 - $575 2. LeahLovin_ - $337 3. Betrainn - $238 4. Gregory1985 - $198 5. fantastat - $158 6. yourkidingme - $136 7. Millertime62 - $117 8. Jacksdad - $97 9. Black9 – $69 10. Moony - $55 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Wednesday, March 5th, had 66 runners with a total prize pool of $2,112. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $612. The top 10 finishers were: 1. freddyfreak - $612 2. Crushing - $359 3. Lilpapi22 - $253 4. phatchoy - $211 (phatchoy888) 5. Frankm68 - $168 6. njkingpin - $145 (njkingpin) 7. SLHalper13 - $124 (s.l.halper) 8. Caliper - $103 9. Lifetaker - $73 10. RichL86 - $59 ------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee-$35 buy in for Thursday, March 6th, had 61 runners. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $566. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ShAbbA - $566 2. mogo123 - $331 3. TONY0807 - $234 4. onoreally - $195 5. jimmyice99 - $156 (jimmyice99) 6. LifeTaker - $134 7. freddyfreak - $115 8. jaxjunk1968 - $95 9. cylon – $68 10. sandip89 - $54 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Monday, March 3rd had 244 runners buying in for $11($10+$1) each, 240 re-buys for $10 and 137 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $6,210. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,645. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Stripey - $1,645 2. Mad_Chipz.17 - $962 3. Atsky - $608 4. leshabs714 - $484 5. whitechapel - $422 6. kondrella - $285 7. alwhite36 - $223 8. Poker_player - $173 9. cclark314 - $136 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Monday, March 3rd had 189 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 206 re-buys for $25, 117 add-ons for $25, totaling $12,800. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,456. The top 9 finishers were: 1. FinessingYou - $3,456 2. Smacster - $2,016 3. 9handicap - $1,140 4. AtHomeDad - $1,152 5. rbam13 - $896 6. TaintedLady - $768 7. bucknaked64 - $640 8. tlv720 - $486 9. JingboSlice - $307 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Tuesday, March 4th had 226 runners buying in for $11($10+$1) each, 218 re-buys for $10 and 127 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,710. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,513. The top 9 finishers were: 1. StumbDoner - $1,513 2. pshobbes479 - $885 3. centrfieldr - $559 (centrfieldr) 4. snake1125 - $445 5. LBI63 - $388 6. Chady1 - $262 7. BlackKnight8 - $205 8. greatgrandma - $159 9. GetChipsy - $125 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Tuesday, March 4th had 169 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 196 re-buys for $25, 108 add-ons for $25, totaling $11,825. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,192. The top 9 finishers were: 1. Grandpa10 - $3,192 2. midnight84 - $1,862 3. fredbet11 - $1,064 4. OoopsMyBad - $827 5. sy_fy - $709 6. BrennanHuff - $591 7. Twenty - $449 8. douhveasiste - $283 9. Brodie - $201 ------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Thursday, March 6th had 221 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 217 re-buys for $10 and 123 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,610. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,486. The top 9 finishers were: 1. maraa - $1,770 2. jverr17 - $869 3. NoYouDidnt - $549 4. Acejoker - $437 5. bearsrule - $381 6. EVIL_GRIN - $258 7. JemBender - $201 (JemBender) 8. Quadfours - $157 9. Mr300 - $123 ------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Thursday, March 6th had 144 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 198 re-buys for $25, 100 add-ons for $25, totaling $11,800. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $3,038. The top 9 finishers were: 1. GB2005 - $3,186 (GB2005) 2. unclejimmy - $1,768 3. rtheusa - $1,005 (rtheusa) 4. billybizz69 - $784 5. RedsoxNets5 - $674 (RedsoxNets5) 6. pst34 - $563 7. itWasThatOr0 - $430 (Gags30) 8. muckbrews - $276 9. Silkworms - $198 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 nightly for Monday, March 3rd had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50. 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Jojo0506 - $1,830 2. niborl - $1,247 3. BabyGoose - $896 4. lion99 - $605 5. DocRivers - $488 6. johnnymonmon - $371 7. Ddetoma88 - $255 8. JMPoker - $196 9. bigcakes - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 nightly for Tuesday, March 4th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50. 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. muckyou - $1,830 2. acesfullrjr - $1,247 3. biggerbill - $896 4. JMPoker - $605 5. 2marcelos - $488 (2marcelos) 6. vasio - $371 7. speedypete - $255 (fnasty97) 8. danny_boy_14 - $196 9. cloverfold - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Wednesday March 5th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Maverik007 - $1,830 2. PocketProfit - $1,247 3. BrokePoker - $896 4. DocRivers - $605 5. DEFCON.1 - $488 6. stunnadaboss - $371 7. Ahmad - $255 8. 2marcelos - $196 (2marcelos) 9. FooQuan - $138 ------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Thursday, March 6th had 70 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. Town Knave - $1,830 2. tranced - $1,247 3. Brilliant27 - $896 4. Eminem - $605 5. PocketProfit - $488 6. jal79 - $371 7. headsup - $255 8. tups - $196 9. Sloppo - $138 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? 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  15. This weekend in New Jersey online poker, Borgata/PartyPokerran its $10K nightly guarantee. On Friday, Jake Perry (jtsnakeson PocketFives) outlasted a field of 109 players to win the $10K, taking home $2,000. ArtVandelaywon the $10K on Saturday, pocketing $2,202. The Borgata/Party $50K Guarantee Sunday Major experienced technical difficulties with 12 players left. This resulted in the tournament stopping and the remaining 12 players getting an even chip-chop of the prize pool. As a reminder, Borgata Poker results are now being tracked by PocketFives dating back to February 28 and will count toward the Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey players. Enter your Borgata Poker user name here. In the 888 Poker$1,500 Guarantee on Saturday, Jimmyice99finished in third place. The 888 Big Sunday $10K Guarantee was won by Lucky5, who banked $3,200 for his efforts. WSOP.comadded new guarantees to its weekend line up. Saturday features a Weekend Warm-Up $5K Guarantee, a $55 R&A. The winner of that tournament was UrMyAtmToday (curiousgeorge77 on PocketFives), who took home $2,555. The night before, curiousgeorge77 also made the final table of the WSOP $10K Guarantee, finishing in sixth place for $536. The other new guarantee that ran on Saturday was a $3,000 Guarantee Re-Rntry with a buy-in of $33. The winner of that tournament was GD2123, who took home $1,023. Deuxexmachin (WillisNYCon PocketFives) won the WSOP $5K Guarantee on Friday, pocketing $1,584. The $25,000 Guarantee Sunday Major on WSOP.com was taken down by CANTBREATHE, who earned the top prize of $7,315. Jake Schafer (schaf4206 on PocketFives, pictured above) won the WSOP $10K Guarantee Sunday weekly for $3,500. This follows up his third place finish in the Weekend Warm-Up $5K Guarantee on WSOP.com, where he won $1,095. Schafer has over $319,075 in recorded cashes, with his largest cash being $23,000 in the Full Tilt $125K Guarantee back in May 2010. The No-Verlay promotion ended this weekend on Ultimate Poker. The $5K Guarantee met its guarantee all weekend and the $20K Sunday Major also met its guarantee. Sdariwon the latter, taking home $6,635. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. ------------------------------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Friday, March 7th had 109 runners. 18 spots were paid with 1st place paying $2,000. The final 9 finishers were: 1. jakep747 - $2,000 (jtsnakes) 2. wanda_praiseHIM - $1,475 3. AAKKiah - $1,100 4. devin1 -$900 5. JayDaddy - $750 6. Jamdizzi777 - $625 7. starx - $525 8. dookeybaby - $425 9. set_j - $325 ------------------------------------------------------- Borgata/PartyPoker $10,000 Guarantee for Saturday, March 8th had 121 runners. 18 spots were paid with 1st place paying $2,202. The final 9 finishers were: 1. ArtVandelay - $2,202 2. EkaL1 - $1,624 3. MIkeG5 - $1,211 4. dontBscurrd -$990 5. q.kwesi112 - $825 6. shizman792 - $688 7. Splits89 - $578 8. torubu - $467 (torubu) 9. jcgamblers - $357 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee -$35 buy in for Friday, March 7th had 68 runners for a prize pool totaling $2,176. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $631. The top 10 finishers were: 1. Nemernet - $631 2. Ednice1 - $369 3. BBQPChop - $261 4. BusDriver07 - $217 5. speedy247 - $174 6. Jokeman61 - $150 7. LuckAA - $128 8. Rammcwill - $106 9. capone1340 - $76 10. Gmoney27 - $60 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee - $35 buy in for Saturday, March 8th had 57 runners for a prize pool totaling $1,824. 9 spots were paid with 1st place $547. The top 9 finishers were: 1. FOLDFAST - $547 2. Gmoney27 - $319 3. L_P_L8906 - $222 4. South732Paw - $186 5. mrbozeee - $147 6. dakid17 - $129 7. BeanTaco - $111 8. runnethover - $93 9. mikes_96 - $67 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker $1,500 Guarantee - $35 buy in for Sunday, March 9th had 71 runners for a prize pool totaling $2,272. 10 spots were paid with 1st place $658. The top 10 finishers were: 1. PokerLee - $658 2. Louconte - $386 3. jimmyice99 - $272 (jimmyice99) 4. Jyuka16 - $227 5. triangle313 - $181 6. centrfieldr5 - $156 (centrfieldr) 7. dakid17 - $134 8. KennyNoodles - $111 9. L8nyte1520 - $79 10. LifeTaker - $63 ------------------------------------------------------- 888 Poker Big Sunday $10,000 Guarantee-$200 buy in for Sunday, March 9th had 50 runners. 8 spots were paid with 1st place $3,200. The top 8 finishers were: 1. Lucky5 - $3,200 2. djmw1972 - $1,800 3. rahwaypoker1 - $1,250 4. IntensT - $1,050 5. edoogie - $830 6. TBone123 - $730 7. itwasalladrm - $620 (Joey Gloves) 8. E0992396- $520 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Friday, March 7th had 210 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 261 re-buys for $10 and 127 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $5,980. 25 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,584. The top 9 finishers were: 1 Deuxexmachin - $1,584 (WillisNYC) 2. Newmpiece17 - $926 3. flex46 - $586 4. briand - $466 5. Whoopsy - $406 6. sy_fy - $275 7. Chrisco1420 - $215 8. BlackKnight8 - $167 9. notoriousC - $131 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee for Friday, March 7th had 151 runners buying in for $27.50 ($25 + $2.50) R&A, 175 re-buys for $25, 103 add-ons for $25, totaling $10,725. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,895. The top 9 finishers were: 1. ifoldak - $2,895 2. uNbrOkeN - $1,689 3. mawall13 - $965 4. Jets31 - $750 5. scaf4206 - $643 6. UrMyAtmToday - $536 (curiousgeorge77) 7. jverr17 - $407 8. DrawingDead - $257 9. JNP09123 - $182 (JPetch01) ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $3,000 Guarantee Re-entry for Saturday, March 8th had 75 runners buying in for $33 ($30+$3) each for a prize pool totaling $3,300. 8 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,555. The top 6 finishers were: 1. GD2123 - $$1,023 2. DeadWr0ng - $693 3. BlackWidow - $429 4. cclark314 - $330 5. JennyB - $280 6. Stackbundles - $214 7. kazy15 - $181 8. PureGenius - $148 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com Weekend Warm Up $5,000 Guarantee R&A for Saturday, March 8th had 58 runners buying in for $55 ($50+$5) each, 53 re-buys for $50 and 35 add-ons for $50, for a prize pool totaling $7,300. 6 spots were paid with 1st place being $2,555. The top 6 finishers were: 1. UrMyAtmToday - $2,555 (curousgeorge77) 2. Zdvol632 - $1,606 3. schaf4206 - $1,095 (schaf4206) 4. RonSwanson - $803 5. JennyB - $657 6. burritoboy28 - $584 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com the $5,000 Nightly Guarantee R&A for Saturday, March 8th had 245 runners buying in for $11 ($10+$1) each, 270 re-buys for $10 and 128 add-ons for $10, for a prize pool totaling $6,430. 30 spots were paid with 1st place being $1,703. The top 9 finishers were: 1. jmzit2u - $1,703 2. burritoboy28 - $996 3. Bigcakes1 - $630 4. mhofspades - $501 5. schwe82 - $437 6. BlackKnight8 - $295 7. ickytoy1 - $231 8. glytterpyss - $180 9. thewayiam - $141 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $25,000 Guarantee-$215 ($200 + $15) for Sunday, March 9th had 133 runners. 25 spots were paid with 1st place $7,315. The top 9 finishers were: 1. CANTBREATHE - $7,315 2. Squertz - $4,256 3. jmzit2u - $2,420 4. rungood27 - $1,888 (rimmer27) 5. MooseLife - $1,622 6. olmuggins - $1,356 7. rocnation - $1,037 8. GrumpChumpy - $665 9. juice - $478 ------------------------------------------------------- WSOP.com $10,000 Guarantee - $109 ($100 + $9) for Sunday, March 9th had 125 runners. 20 spots were paid with 1st place $3500. The top 9 finishers were: 1. schaf4206 - $3,500 (schaf4206) 2. Hap1wldfree - $2,025 3. TurboLicious - $1,162 4. farley2508 -$912 5. adaptations - $787 (adaptations) 6. Edjord24 - $662 7. eyetea - $525 8. JennyB - $350 9. AstepA - $262 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly Friday, March 7th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50). 9 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. OneFuji - $1,830 2. dopest - $1,247 3. Brilliant27 - $896 4. kevvlo - $605 5. TallandTesty - $488 6. tranced - $371 7. miw210 - $255 (miw210) 8. SMY23 - $196 9. boochilly - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Saturday, March 8th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50) . 18 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. epich - $1,830 2. Sloppo - $1,247 3. bluemageftw - $896 4. MuckYourLife - $605 (Pker4Dummies) 5. JSmoneyman33 - $488 6. Executioner - $371 7. Ddetoma66 - $255 8. virii - $196 9. RonPT - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $5,000 Nightly for Sunday, March 9th had 150 runners buying in for $50 each ($45.50+4.50) . 9 spots were paid with 1st place $1,830. The 9 finishers were: 1. RounderAK - $1,830 2. partyguy - $1,247 3. phatdaddy - $896 4. TheGreatScot - $605 5. acesfullrjr - $488 6. Sharmatito - $371 7. PALLADIN2 - $255 8. UltimateFool - $196 9. Smashes - $138 ------------------------------------------------------- Ultimate Poker the $20,000 guarantee Sunday Major for March 9th had 300 runners buying in for $100 each ($91+$9) for a prize pool totaling $27,300. 36 spots were paid with 1st place $6,635. The 9 finishers were: 1. sdari123 - $6,635 2. Flyerfan - $4,860 3. FooQuan - $3,162 4. bluemageftw - $2,275 5. Yogi - $1,542 6. stoverny - $1,010 (stoverny) 7. phatdaddy - $832 8. rlamanna - $655 (torubu) 9. BiggDaddy - $477 (BiggDaddy)
  16. An explosion at a Gibraltarpower station on Sunday (pictured, image courtesy Telegraph) put a damper the Easter festivities of many people in the territory, as electricity to the area was knocked out for several hours. The blast's effects were not just felt locally, though, as the lack of power started a ripple effect, blacking out telecommunications services used by online gambling operators that have set up shop on the peninsula. The incident began at around 1:00pm local time when a generator caught fire at the Waterport Power Station because of a mechanical failure. The generator then exploded, starting a larger fire that created huge clouds of smoke that could be seen for miles. As a result, power was cut to most residents of Gibraltar. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. Among those affected were several online gambling firms, including William Hill, PartyPoker, Betfred, and Ladbrokes, all of which have offices in the vicinity. William Hill's office is located next to the power station; about 50 employees were evacuated. The company's services were down for two-and-a-half hours, aggravating customers who wanted to place bets. "It is just one of those freak events nobody could have predicted," William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe told AFP.com. "There will be those who will claim they would have backed a winner, but there will be others who have been saved from backing a loser." Betfrednotified customers of the outage at 1:42pm local time via Twitter, suggesting that players visit TotePool.com, a Betfred-related sports betting site based in the UK and unaffected by the explosion. Though power had been restored to many locations within a few hours and to virtually everybody by 9:30pm, Betfred did not have all of its functionality restored by 7:45am the next day, though the mobile site was up and running. PartyPokerwas also slow to get back online. Its Gibraltar offices located only about half-a-kilometer from the power station, PartyPoker took upwards of 13 hours to get back up and running. In the meantime, it had to cancel many tournaments on the biggest day of the week, including the Sunday $200,000 Guaranteed, which you may have noticed was absent from our weekly Tournament Review. Looking at PartyPoker's traffic figures on PokerScout, it appears that the extended outage really did a number on the site. In the four days leading up to Sunday, PokerScout showed peak cash game traffic in about the 3,400 to 3,700-player range. On Sunday, the day of the fire, that peak plunged to 1,763 and only rose by another 100 the next day. By comparison, PartyPoker's cash game traffic reached 3,525 players the previous Sunday. The iPoker Network, home to Ladbrokes, William Hill, and BetFred, among others, also took a hit, but because many sites that were not affected buffered the network, things were not nearly as bad as they could have been. iPoker's peak traffic reached 2,711 cash game players on Sunday, falling from a range of about 3,000 to 3,500 during the previous four days. A week earlier, peak traffic was 2,947 cash game players. When the various poker sites initially went down, players took to the internet forums, predictably in a panic. Comments such as "Is this the end?" and "Finally had it with iPoker, uninstalling every client" were not abnormal. Once the reason for the downtime was publicized, many players understood, even if they were a bit frustrated. In the couple of days since the incident, it does not appear that anyone has had any problems with lost funds or any other issues of note. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. The end-of-season World Poker Tour Championship is on the move. This year, the tournament will move across the United States from its old digs at the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata in Atlantic City. The action begins on April 21 and features the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, or NJCOP, running alongside it, giving players the chance to battle offline and online. Sign up for PartyPoker New Jerseyand sign up for Borgata Poker today. WPT President Adam Pliska commented in a press release that a change of scenery for the WPT Championship should provide a fresh start: "After 11 years in Las Vegas, we saw an interesting opportunity to shake things up and update our iconic Championship. With the move to New Jersey, the lower buy-in, and the support of PartyPoker, which is qualifying players online, we're giving players who may never have been able to join us for this prestigious event a chance to enjoy the ultimate WPT experience." New Jersey players will have a unique opportunity, as PartyPoker and Borgata Poker are qualifying players for the WPT Championship. There are three ways to score a WPT Championship seat, including a 64-player Heads-Up Shootout on April 13 at 4:00pm Eastern Time, three freezeouts the same day that range in buy-in from $100 to $2,000, and a Last Chance Qualifier on April 17. The Borgata has been the site of five of the six largest WPT events ever, including Season X's Borgata Poker Open, which drew 1,313 entrants, and January's Borgata Winter Poker Open, which attracted 1,229 entrants. First place in the WPT Championship is guaranteed $1.35 million. This year, the tournament boasts a more affordable $15,400 buy-in. One PartyPoker official told PocketFives that the WPT Championship represents "one of the best TV poker events in the world and the crown jewel of the WPT." The same source added, "Making the WPT Championship a success in New Jersey would be great for all of us: for PartyPoker, for Borgata, and for the New Jersey poker landscape." Last year, David "Chino" Rheem won the WPT Championshipand earned $1.1 million, defeating Erick Lindgren heads-up in a final table that also included PocketFiver David Davidp18 Peters, who finished sixth. The 2013 WPT Championship, which had a $25,500 buy-in, drew 146 entrants. The NJCOP runs from April 19 to 27, concurrently with the WPT Championship, and has a $500 High Roller on April 27 that guarantees $20,000 to first place. The NJCOP will shell out at least $600,000 total across 15 events. Sign up for PartyPoker New Jerseyand sign up for Borgata Poker today. You don't have to be a New Jersey resident to play on either site; instead, you just need to be physically located in the Garden State. Best of luck to all PocketFivers entering the WPT Championship and NJCOP! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  18. Oliver odi420Dent (pictured) battled through a field of over 800 players to make the final table of the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event on Borgata Pokerand PartyPokeron Sunday, April 27. When all was said and done, Dent finished in seventh place, taking home $4,900, which is his largest cash to date on any of the New Jersey regulated sites. Visit PocketFives' New Jersey poker community for the latest news and discussion from New Jersey players. PocketFives: Congrats on getting seventh in the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event. Tell us how you are feeling. Oliver Dent: I am pretty happy at the moment considering I took Monday to Friday off prior to that Sunday after an awful run in the $100,000 Guarantee on Party/Borgata the Sunday prior. Pocketfives: How tough was the final table? Oliver Dent: It was pretty tough considering I came in as the short stack with about 15 big blinds and had two monstrous-stack aggro players directly to my left. I tried to wait and pick up a hand to shove with, as the two big stacks were being very active. I picked up Q-Q and shoved into an earlier position raiser, who took about a minute to call with 5-5. He flopped quads, which ended my tournament run. Pocketfives: Do any particular hands stick out during your final table run? Oliver Dent: About five hours in, I had 5-5 in late position facing an UTG min-raise and a call. I called and saw a flop of A-5-J. UTG checked and the caller promptly bet half the pot. I flatted and the UTG raiser instantly made a healthy raise. The caller folded and it was back to me. At this point, I was actually thinking of folding because of the dreaded set versus under-set scenario. After about a minute of going through hand ranges, I put him on A-K or A-J, called, was shown A-J, and the board ran out well for me. I went from about 400th place with 500 left to top 20 and stayed there for pretty much the remainder of the tournament. Pocketfives: Do you have any plans for the money you won? Oliver Dent: I think I am going to surprise the wife with a Jamaican vacation for the week after Christmas. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  19. Recently, Denmark's Mads Pedersen (pictured), who is better known in our community as MadsMP, claimed his first PocketFives Triple Crown. Doing so requires taking down three tournaments with at least a 100-player field and a $10,000 prize pool across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswithin a week. Pedersen did so in the PokerStarsBig $11, iPoker Super Tuesday, and PartyPoker $25,000 Guaranteed Rebuy in the span of six days for his newest profile badge. He was kind enough to lend us a few minutes. PocketFives: Awesome job on the Triple Crown. Tell us how you're feeling. Mads Pedersen: I'm feeling great. I have never felt better poker-wise. I've been close to getting one of them before, so it feels good to finally get there. PocketFives: You had some huge scores in it, including the PokerStars Big $11, which had 10,000 entrants. What was it like navigating that huge field? Mads Pedersen: The Big $11 was actually pretty straightforward, to be honest. I was single-tabling it from when there were about 50 players left. It's always fun to go deep in one of the "Bigs" on PokerStars. I can't remember if I had any huge suckouts, but of course it requires some run-good. That said, I really connected well post-flop and when I first had a stack, I was really cruising. PocketFives: Another leg of your Triple Crown came in the iPoker Super Tuesday. What was that field like? Mads Pedersen: The Super Tuesday at iPoker is a way harder tournament to get through, but I think the structure of it suits me greatly. I've been playing it close to every Tuesday for the last three or four months. PocketFives: Why does its structure suit you? Mads Pedersen: Tournaments with that buy-in are usually deeper, which gives me the opportunity to play more post-flop, where I believe I might have an edge over some or most of the field. Most poker players probably believe they have an edge, though, or else they wouldn't be playing. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money from the Triple Crown tournaments? Mads Pedersen: Building a bigger bankroll and moving up. I might participate in some EPTs in the future, but I'm not sure about that yet. I'm playing backed at the moment, so it's partly up to my backer as well. Right now, I'm playing mid- to high-stakes games and really want to establish myself at the highest stakes online, so that's what I'm trying to do. PocketFives: One of the hot topics in poker recently has been the implementation of a shot clockto limit time spent on decisions in hands. Are you in favor of it? Mads Pedersen: I haven't really thought a lot about that, but I wouldn't mind having it in some cases. Then again, in other cases, I like to have some time to think a specific line through. PocketFives: We have one more question before we let you go. Are you headed to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this year? Mads Pedersen: I'm not planning to go this year, but am way more likely to go next year. I've had one opportunity to go to the WSOP before this year, but don't feel like going there in 2014 since I have a lot of other plans and my live experience isn't really that great. So, I figured going from Denmark to the US to get smashed by live regs - I can probably find something more fun to spend my time on. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Championsto learn how to get your own award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  20. On Sunday, March 16, Anthony Cofone (Parmakeron PocketFives) from Oakland, New Jersey outlasted a field of 342 players to win the Party/Borgata $50,000 Guarantee Sunday Major. He took home a cool $12,021 for his efforts. Cofone, who is new to the PocketFives community, also had a deep run in the Party/Borgata $100K Guarantee on March 2, finishing 71st out of 786 players, banking $712. PocketFives: Congrats on your win in the Party/Borgata $50K. Tell us how you're feeling. Anthony Cofone: I hate to answer this like everyone else has, but it's true about feeling numb and it will take days to set in. PocketFives: Do any hands from the $50K stick out to you? Anthony Cofone: There is one hand I didn't play well. It was a non-premium hand played out of position, which left me crippled with 6,300 in chips. We were several hours deep in the tournament with over 3 million chips in play and the average stack of almost 40,000 with 83 players left. Of course, I will always remember the winning hand, calling an all-in bet heads-up pre-flop with 6-6. PocketFives: Do you play on any New Jersey online poker rooms other than PartyPoker and Borgata Poker? Anthony Cofone: I also play on WSOP.comand 888 Poker if there is any sit and go action or a good tournament going on. The graphics are great and truth be told, I love the "Throw Item" feature on 888. I think it is great to throw an egg or snowball at someone who makes you make a hard fold or lays a bad beat on you. I even like when they throw stuff at me. PocketFives: What have your friends and family said about the win? Anthony Cofone: Everyone is very excited and happy for me. Almost as good as winning was getting to have my cousin Joey sitting next to me for the final seven hours. He is the best rail you can have. My wife June has not only been supportive, but also downright encouraging of my poker and I thank her for that. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally and why was it appealing? Anthony Cofone: I grew up in the 60s and 70s in a family and neighborhood where it seamed like everyone played cards. My mom, dad, and I shared a two-family house with my grandparents and uncles. The men mostly played gin. My grandmother, Daisy, ran a $0.05/$0.10 poker game for the ladies in the neighborhood. My first memory of playing poker was at 13. We would play after mass on Sunday at Mrs. Trisolini's house for pennies. I started to play Texas Hold'em eight years ago on a PlayStation WSOP game before depositing on Full Tilt and PokerStars until Black Friday. I love the pure game of tournament poker, love playing live at Borgata, and hope to make it out to the World Series again soon. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  21. It's springtime in New Jersey. With the changing of the season will come a massive $600,000 guaranteed series on Borgata Pokerand PartyPokercalled the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, or NJCOP. The action begins on April 19 and wraps up eight days later with a gigantic $200 buy-in $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event on April 27. The winner of the Main Event will take home at least $50,000. Borgata Poker and PartyPoker officials spent the last few days seeking feedback on a draft NJCOP schedule on forums like PocketFives, with one member of our New Jersey PokerCommunity writing, "Definitely a huge upgrade from what we previously saw posted." In a press release sent out on Thursday, PartyPoker's Mike Sexton wanted to thank "all the customers who provided feedback on the draft schedule on the forums." Senior Vice President of Operations for Borgata Poker Joe Lupo talked about the magnitude of the forthcoming series: "We are pleased to launch the state's largest guaranteed online poker series to-date." A $50,000 freeroll will kick off the NJCOP slate, with everyone at the final table getting entry into all 15 NJCOP events, a prize package worth $2,000. Other events include PLO, Bounty tournaments, and a special High Roller with a $500 buy-in. To take part, sign up for Borgata Poker hereand sign up for PartyPoker here. Check out the schedule of events: April 19 at 4:00pm ET NJCOP #1 - $50,000 Freeroll, final table wins entry to all NJCOP events April 19 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #2 - $20,000 Guaranteed $100 buy-in April 20 at 2:00pm ET $5,000 Mega Rebuy Satellite to NJCOP #3, 25 seats guaranteed $10 buy-in April 20 at 5:00pm ET NJCOP #3 - $100,000 Guaranteed, $25,000 for first place $200 buy-in April 20 at 6:00pm ET NJCOP #4 -$10,000 Guaranteed PLO Rebuy $50 buy-in April 20 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #5 - $20,000 Guaranteed Bounty $100 buy-in April 21 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #6 -$20,000 Guaranteed Six-Max $100 buy-in April 22 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #7 - $20,000 Guaranteed Rebuy $50 buy-in April 23 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #8 - $20,000 Guaranteed $100 buy-in April 24 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #9 - $20,000 Guaranteed Player's Choice $100 buy-in April 25 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #10 -$20,000 Guaranteed Six-Max $100 buy-in April 26 at 5:00pm ET NJCOP #11 - $30,000 Guaranteed $200 buy-in April 26 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #12 - $20,000 Guaranteed Bounty $100 buy-in April 27 at 2:00pm ET $5,000 Mega Rebuy Satellite to NJCOP #13, 25 seats guaranteed $10 buy-in April 27 at 5:00pm ET NJCOP #13 - $200,000 Guaranteed Main Event, $50,000 for first place $200 buy-in April 27 at 6:00pm ET NJCOP #14 - $30,000 Guaranteed High Roller $500 buy-in April 27 at 7:00pm ET NJCOP #15 - $20,000 Guaranteed $100 buy-in Visit this thread in our New Jersey Poker Community to discuss!
  22. Marketers at bwin.party are undoubtedly reeling this week after several of the gaming giant's highly trafficked domains were removed from Google results. The disappearance was first reported by eGaming Review and is likely due to a penalty imposed on the Gibraltar-based company by Google for link-building practices. While the company once ranked among the top few results in searches involving terms like "online poker" and "online casino," its domains are now conspicuously absent. Even a search for "PartyPoker.com" now only brings back a result of the site's dot-net page, with similar results for "PartyCasino.com." Holding the top spot for gambling-related keyword searches is a highly sought-after accomplishment for companies like bwin.party. The financial advantages of such free visibility can be huge, as top-ranked sites are sent large amounts of traffic without the need for paid advertising. That means the competition is cutthroat, especially for an industry like online gambling where a site could reap thousands of dollars from just one customer. To get that extra boost, some companies choose to buy links from other high-ranking sites pointing back to their own site, a practice common in the gambling world but generally against Google's terms. While paying for links might be technically against the rules, it can be effective in boosting a page's rank in search results. As far as Google is concerned, if a lot of popular sites link to your site, then your site must be popular as well. But, Google is onto these schemes and has continually refined its algorithm to spot "link profiles" that don't appear to have evolved naturally. In fact, the search engine released an update called Penguin 2.0 last year that specifically targets sites with paid links and links from low-quality websites. Overnight, the balance of search rank shifted tremendously as previously successful sites felt the sting of the new update. "It looks like this is likely the cause of the lost visibility for PartyPoker.com," SEO expert Stacey Cavanagh told eGaming Review. "They have a lot of what Google is likely to deem manipulative inbound links." bwin.party is only the latest high-profile gaming company to incur Google's wrath this year. Last month, a similar fate befell sports book BetOnlinewhen the gaming site was wiped off of the search engine for unscrupulous link buying activity. "It looks like a classic case of not being careful with their link-building and having too many site-wide links," said SEO specialist Nick Garner at the time. In January, gaming behemoth William Hill took a huge search visibility hit when the company's toxic link profile was penalized, causing a huge drop in traffic. "Losing all of your Google organic traffic is, for most sites, a substantial financial hit - many have to replace this traffic through paid search, for example," said Cavanagh, reiterating just how devastating the loss of visibility can be. With the right modifications, however, sites can have their penalties lifted and regain their former standing. In Party's case, that would likely involve having all of the paid links removed and filing a reconsideration request with Google. Once the site is appearing in search results again, it could add the paid links back in a slow, more natural way. Last September, PartyPoker completely revamped its website and client with a focus on recreational players and social gaming features. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  23. In case you missed it on Sunday, the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker Main Event attracted a sizable field of 892 players at a buy-in of $185 apiece. Despite the nearly 900 players who turned out, the tournament, which took place on Borgata Pokerand PartyPoker and guaranteed $200,000, still featured a $34,000 overlay. You probably won't hear any complaints from the users who cashed, however. MikeFrancesaultimately emerged victorious from the NJCOP Main Event field, earning $33,000 and leading the group of 144 players who cashed. There was a four-way chop when all was said and done, with PocketSomunfinishing in second place for $20,000, cb123579taking third for $26,000, and MotherOfDragons taking fourth for $23,000. Here's how the final nine cashed out, reflecting the deal amounts: 1. MikeFrancesa - $33,577 2. PocketSomun - $20,000 3. cb123579 - $26,459 4. MotherOfDragons - $23,164 5. Atlas - $9,000 6. sp015 - $6,900 7. TheRealOD - $4,900 (odi420) 8. dapunisher - $2,900 9. luckymanib319 - $2,000 In PocketFives' New Jersey pokercommunity, players were posting their runs in the Main Event. Among them was curiousgeorge77, who typed, "So close, yet so far away. Busted 14th got caught stealing with Q-10 into A-8. Then had 20k left, but miracle to get to 60k. Then almost hit another miracle back to 200k with Q-8 vs A-10, flop K-Q-4, turn X, river J, go me. Damn, so close." PocketFiver odi420(pictured) made the final table and finished in seventh place for $4,900. He posted in the same New Jersey Local thread, "Well that was fun. Q-Q < 5-5 for 1.5m at the final table. Aipf and he flops quads. $5k will help take the sting off tomorrow." A few PocketFivers were not too impressed with their performances, among them Redhotmomma, who joked on Monday morning, "I played horribly and want to dip my face in a vat of boiling oil. Too many great opportunities this past week and either I was donked on or I played terribly." Jaybone2315 lamented, "I didn't win a single showdown in almost 4 hours. That was less than exciting." NJCOP was just one of many promotions we'll see on Borgata Poker and PartyPoker in New Jersey. Sign up for Borgata Poker hereand sign up for PartyPoker here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  24. "I really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money." That was one of the main reasons why poker was attractive to Denmark's Filurn(pictured), who bought into the PokerStars Sunday Million earlier this month for $215 and cashed out for $186,000 following a four-way chop, nearly 900 times his investment. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "It feels great to make my first six-figure score," Filurn said of his Sunday Million chop, which saw him bring home the largest payday of anyone. "One of the players asked for a deal early on and normally I think it's fine to deal in certain spots. But, in this one, I felt like I had a decent edge and the chip lead, so I refused at first." He added that chop negotiations fired up once again: "When we were four-handed, the other players showed interest in a deal. Since I had the chip lead and was pretty comfortable at the table, I asked for more than ICM and got it, so I thought it was okay to make a deal that ensured I would get more than second place money." The payouts in the deal ranged from $120,000 to $186,000 after the field numbered over 8,200 entrants. "I bought an apartment a few months ago, so some of the money will go into that, and I'm probably going to travel, but I won't do anything crazy," Filurn said of the uses for his newfound cash. He has $742,000 in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile. Last December, Filurn won the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteedfor $45,000, his second largest tracked cash to date next to the Sunday Million final table. Needless to say, he told PocketFives that he feels "great" about his game right now. As he put it, "A lot of things worked out in different spots." He plays on PartyPoker as lundesgaard and has $123,000 in winnings on that site. His friends and family were "amazed" by his Sunday Million chop for nearly $200,000. It's the latest feather in the cap for the nation of Denmark, whose poker roster includes the likes of Gus Hansen (pictured) and World Series of Poker Main Event winner Peter Eastgate. "There are a lot of good players in Denmark," Filurn said. "The tour grinders get more attention than the cash game grinders due to the visibility of tournaments, though. The Danish poker media writes articles pretty often about people shipping events. I'm pretty sure this makes people think of poker as a fun game and so the general public has a positive attitude toward it." He got started in poker by hitting up games on the Boss Media Network after one of his friends got hooked on small-stakes sit and gos. "He was printing money, so we grinded a lot together and he helped me out with the basics," Filurn said. "Then, I tried to adapt some of the game into tournaments and really liked the fact that you could turn a little money into a lot of money." The Sunday Million runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through PocketFives' link and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives MTT Training. You'll also get a 100% up to $600 sign-up bonus. Click here for PocketFives' PokerStars link. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  25. On the last day of March, the PartyPoker $200,000 Guaranteedfeatured a final table that included four members ranked in the top 500 on PocketFives. Among them was Poland's danking, who drove to a first place finish, bringing home a payday of $28,000. There were over 1,100 entrants and danking has risen all the way to #5 in his home nation. We caught up with the Podkarpackie resident to talk about his big victory. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- PocketFives: How are you feeling about your win in the PartyPoker $200K? danking: When I won the PartyPoker $200K, I was really tired, but also very happy. It was the biggest win of my poker career, which I waited some time for, so this win gave me some self-confidence. Also, at the final table of the tournament were a couple of really good players. PocketFives: As you mentioned, it was a pretty solid final table with guys like NoPlanB(pictured) and MadsMP. Who at the final table gave you the toughest time and why? danking: NoPlanB was really solid against me. He was very aggressive, opened many hands, and read his opponents very well. I tried to resist, so consequently we had many big spots against each other. Eventually, we met heads-up and fortunately I had a huge advantage in chips, so he practically could only play all-in or fold poker. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? Is it all going back into poker or do you have anything else planned for it? danking: It was a lot of money for first place, but it's not life-changing. I'll add it to my bankroll. I don't have any special expenses planned beyond that. PocketFives: Tell us about poker in Poland. How is the game viewed and who plays? danking: In my opinion, poker in Poland has grown very fast. The recent successes of Polish players in live tournaments like the PCA, WPT, and EPT have caused mass media in Poland to be interested in the game and everything like who plays, how poker players live, and many other things. The Poland poker community now looks at poker much better, so we are going in the right direction. I really believe we can be, in the future one, of the best poker nations in the world. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally? What got you hooked? Do you play full-time now? danking: I started playing poker five years ago. My friend led me to the game and I instantly knew it was for me. In the beginning, I played mainly sit and gos, but for about two years, I focused almost only on MTTs. Not long ago, I started playing poker and also doing another great passion of mine: basketball. I was a professional basketball player, but for something like six months I didn't play professionally and focused only on playing poker. Basketball is still my biggest passion next to poker. Furthermore, I like any kind of sports, especially football, tennis, and going to gym. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

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