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To close out July, Jerry Odeen, known on PocketFives as perrymejsen, took second in the weekly PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $40,000. There were 606 entrants that day and Odeen was one of six PocketFivers to finish in the top 10. Consequently, PocketFivers earned 46% of the prize pool. "It feels good," Odeen told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I've been running ridiculously well in that tournament and in general this year. I've gotten close a lot of times to hitting it big this year, and so now when I finally did it, it feels great!" He finished fifth in the Sunday 500 in December of last year for $18,000. Why has he managed to finish in the top five in the Sunday 500 twice in the last eight months? One word, according to him: variance. "It's variance mostly, of course," he said. "But it seems to be to my advantage when a tournament has a good structure. I did well in the deep-stacked SCOOPs too, so hopefully I'm doing something right when playing deep." In terms of who at the final table gave him the most trouble, Odeen perhaps unsurprisingly said maggess88, who ended up winning the Sunday 500 for $56,000. "He had position on me and even though I came in with the chip lead, he showed immediately that he wanted to battle," Odeen relayed. "I've never in my poker career felt as owned as I did in the heads-up against him. Hopefully he smashed the deck, but I would not be surprised if he didn't." Other large scores for Odeen include a sixth place finish in the Super Tuesday this month for $23,000 and a runner-up finish in a PokerStars.fr SCOOP tournament in March for $22,000, just to name a few. He is up to #33 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his all-time high, and is nearing $900,000 in career online tournament winnings. If you haven't already figured it out, his user name, perrymejsen, is a reference to Perry Mason (pictured), a detective from a 1950s and 1960s TV series. "I didn't know what it meant when I picked it," he laughed saying. "It was just something my mom called me when I was kid. She never told me where it came from." Perry Mason has also been the subject of various novels and movies over the years. The Swede started playing full-time one year ago after he graduated high school. He explained that besides the full-time focus, there have been other factors contributing to his recent success: "I've increased my average buy-in by a significant margin this year. But, I'm very sure I've been running hot as hell even though I have nothing to compare it to since I'm quite new in the business." He never held down a 9-5 job save summers while he was going to school. As he put it, "I had always wanted to make a living out of playing poker ever since I discovered the game through the Swedish television show 'Pokermiljonen.' And since I was still living with my parents at the time I graduated, I thought I would give it a shot. My mom was very supportive from the beginning. With my dad, it took a while, but he had no intention of stopping my dreams and, since I've been doing quite well lately, I don't think he has any problem with it." Odeen also has three brothers who play poker somewhat regularly, so that likely curbs whatever trepidations his parents might have. His friends are largely happy that he has been succeeding online. Odeen is now the seventh-ranked player in our Sweden poker community and tops in the county of Jonkopings Lan. Away from our great game, Odeen plays low division football and loves watching the sport on TV. His favorite team: Liverpool of the Premier League. He added, "Sports in general is something I enjoy doing and watching. I also like going out with my friends." Visit PokerStars for more details on the Sunday 500. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
The top-ranked player in Hungary, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, won over $500,000 on Day 5 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and in the process prevented Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky from collecting an astounding third title of the series. With the bumper buy-in Low, Medium and High Event #14 tournaments all coming to a conclusion on Thursday, the results saw 12 players collect six-figure scores, including Romanovsky who made it to heads-up play on his third bullet in the $25,000 buy-in 'High' and was looking to achieve his third win of the series after taking down Event #16 (High) the day before and Event #2 (High) on Monday. But, Nemeth was the man in his way and ultimately prevented the Ukrainian from achieving the feat to claim his own third career SCOOP title and the first-place prize of $576,087. Romanovsky received $442,299 as runner-up which left the current #12-ranked player in the world less than $200,000 away from the $10M career earnings accolade. Guntis 'poker@luffyD' Aleskins picked up his largest recorded online result to date after banking $240,765 for victory in Event #14 (Medium). Former Sunday Million runner-up Aleskins defeated 'engantil' heads-up for the win, with the latter taking away $171,625 for second place. Also on the final table was 'Lena900' who collected $87,208 in fourth-place and helped 'Team Sweden' close the gap on 'Team BITBRYE' in their much talked about six-figure series prop bet. The UK's Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones overcome Brazil's Ivanildo Limeira in Event #14 (Low) to pick up his first SCOOP title, and a career-best recorded online cash of $162,039. Jones, who is a former Super Tuesday, Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Supersonic champion, came through the 5,700 entrants field and navigated his way to victory on a final table that also featured 2017 WCOOP Main event third-place finisher, Machadada RS, and Chester20o. Event #15 saw three six-max PLO rebuy tournaments take place with 'Maizeruba', 'igor69' and 'Tr!pleeeee' all adding SCOOP titles to their names. 'Maizeruba' won $9,872 after coming through a 3,891 player field in the 'Low' and 'igor69' was the victor in the 'Medium' for $32,858, after seeing off former Pocketfives world no.#1 'cal42688' into third place. In the 'High' 'Tr!pleeeee' took away a cool $87,042 after beating Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen and Adam 'adamyid' Owen on the final table. Christopher 'Apotheosis92' Kruk, who featured on the Event #16 (Medium) final table on Day 4, made another SCOOP appearance on Day 5 after collecting the silver medal in Event #13 (High) Triple Draw 2-7 for $38,850. The Canadian was beaten to the top prize of $57,720 by 'merla888' after they successfully came through the 111 player field. 'TheRabbitFR' made up for their runner-up spot in Event #10 (Medium) by going all the way in Event 13 (Medium) to win $15,480. 'TheRabbitFR' beat 'SexualDrag0n' in heads-up play, on a final table that saw Pocketfives members 'komarolo22' and 'hummylun' achieve fourth and fifth place respectively. In Event #13 (Low), 'hapsmoney' beat out 1,726 other entrants to earn the victory and $5,441. 'Flakon2010' was rewarded with $4,058.45 for second place with 'Moergi' picking up $3,022.45 in third place. Below are the SCOOP results for Thursday, May 10 Event #13 (Low): $22 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 1,727 Prize pool: $34,540 hapsmoney - $5,441.06 Flakon2010 - $4,058.45 Moergis - $3,022.45 RoxmorE - $1,986.05 Sjonie - $1,353.96 baaaaaaaby - $773.69 Event #13 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 387 Prize pool: $77,400 TheRabbitFR - $15,480.00 SexualDrag0n - $11,455.20 gabrielper - $8,514.00 komarolo22 - $5,882.40 hummylun - $4,295.70 BurnsFlipper - $2,747.70 Event #13 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 111 Prize pool: $222,000 merla888 - $57,720.00 Apotheosis92 - $38,850.00 vovtroy - $28,860.00 kkopghy - $18,870.00 hotmark777 - $14,430.00 Pardosh - $9,990.00 Event #14 (Low): $215 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,700 Prize pool: $1,140,000 jenbizzle - $162,039.38 ivan limeira - $115,504.57 Dagdar - $82,335.47 Machadada RS - $58,691.41 TCOBENKO - $41,837.08 GMVN - $29,822.97 Chester20o - $21,258.72 SaiyanHype - $15,153.79 Event #14 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 698 Prize pool: $1,1396,000 poker@luffyD - $240,765.93 engantil - $171,625.77 Alex.Z5518 - $122,340.69 Lena900 - $87,208.67 Päffchen - $62,165.41 hello_totti - $44,313.64 EzPaTuLa - $31,588.26 wizowizo - $22,517.20 Event #14 (High): $25,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 100 Prize pool: $2,500,000 probirs - $576,087.25 RomeOpro - $442,299.25 huang33 - $339,581.75 RuiNF - $260,718.75 wizowizo - $200,170.50 SirWatts - $153,683.75 ROFLshove - $117,993.00 Isildur1 - $90,590.75 Event #15 (Low): $5.50 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 3,891 Prize pool: $69,041 Maizeruba - $9,872.21 Benda777 - $6,876.16 serg.de - $4,791.12 TryToMeAgaiN - $3,338.32 Barmaley903 - $2,326.06 ALBANIANCHIP - $1,620.73 Event #15 (Medium): $55 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 1,165 Prize pool: $207,924.75 igor69 - $32,858.79 Zagalo87 - $22,894.63 cal42688 - $15,952.34 Clabbenyman - $11,115.13 Mindfulln3ss - $7,744.71 canc.gr - $5,396.29 Event #15 (High): $530 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 265 Prize pool: $456,015 Tr!pleeeee - $87,042.64 Naza114 - $64,519.14 Perrymejsen - $47,823.98 goleafsgoeh - $35,448.91 Lateski - $26,275.99 Adamyid - $19,476.76