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Last month in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl, Vancouver's Ankush pistons87 Mandavia (pictured) topped a field of 624 entrants for a $26,000 payday. Six of the top eight finishers that day were members of PocketFives and our community scooped 71% of the prize pool, or $88,000 in real money. "It feels good for sure," Mandavia told PocketFives. "I think I got ninth the last time I played it, so it was nice to get some redemption." He has won other Sunday Majors as well, including the Sunday $109 Rebuy, Sunday Second Chance, and Sunday Mulligan. Heads-up, Mandavia went toe-to-toe with former #1 ranked mindgamer. We asked Mandavia for a scouting report on his fellow PocketFiver and he responded, "He's obviously a great player, but I am more experienced heads-up, so I definitely feel I have an edge on most MTT players." If you don't already know, Mandavia is a former heads-up sit and go regular. He used to play $5,000 sit and gos on a regular basis and made Supernova Elite on PokerStars for three years before shifting his focus to MTTs. He is on the cusp of passing $2.5 million in online tournament scores for his career and was once ranked as high as #29 in the world on PocketFives. We'd think playing heads-up games for $5,000 a pop could mean plenty of pressure to perform. "You just get used to it after a while," Mandavia said of separating the monetary aspect of the game. "Moving up in stakes was part of it too, so it wasn't just jumping into a $5,000 heads-up sit and go right away." If you're wondering why Mandavia would abandon a seemingly profitable heads-up sit and go career, he said, "Heads-up is not as lucrative as it used to be. The competition is fierce and the recreational player pool has dried up quite a bit. I also don't play full-time anymore, so MTTs accommodate that schedule better." His largest tracked score came in September in a $10,300 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max Re-Entry event during the WCOOP and was good for over a half-million dollars officially. "It was very awesome," he said. "This year has been amazing overall." He has SCOOP, WCOOP, and FTOPS titles and has performed admirably well during major tournament series. In November, Sweden's Martin Jacobson took home $10 million after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event. If you caught the action on television or in person, you might have noticed Mandavia on Jacobson's rail, which he called "one of the coolest poker moments of my career." "We've been friends for a while," Mandavia said of his relationship with the reigning WSOP Main Event champion (pictured). "We both have traveled the circuit in the past. The experience was pretty awesome. Martin going from short stack to winning was insane and a lot of our friends were there. It's the biggest title you can win in poker, so I was honored to be part of it." Jacobson was down to just five big blinds at one point during the November Nine before storming back. He closed by wanting to thank his family and friends for being so supportive. The Sunday Brawl runs weekly on Full Tilt. If you don't already have a Full Tilt account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
Five years Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski held down the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com on two separate occasions. On Tuesday, the Brazilian, who is ranked #13 in the world, earned the second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title after beating a final table full of some of the best poker players in the world. Dzivielevski won Event #9 High ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) for $21,937.50. The final table included third place finisher Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz, and runner-up Benny 'RunGodLike' Glaser. Dzivielevski's previous win came in 2015 when he won the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. There were 15 other players who took home WCOOP titles on Tuesday highlighted by Ankush 'pistons87' Mandavia grabbing his third title. Mandavia won Event #12 High ($530 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) by beating Andy 'wiisssppppaa' Taylor in the final round. Mandavia added $40,792.90 to his career earnings that are now past $3.2 million and he now has three WCOOP titles to go with three Spring Championship of Online Poker titles. The biggest winner on the day was Mihaita Constantin 'SoulRead93' Croitoru who outlasted 1,498 other players in Event #6 High ($530 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive Knockout) to pocket $87,417.11 with $38,913.40 coming from bounties. 'Juicy_J_93' won Event #7 High ($2,100 PLO8 6-Max) for $50,910.06 and 'ilir3' topped the 314-entry field in Event #8 High ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Freezeout) to earn $59,071.69. Other winners included 'iBreakU_U' (Event #6 Medium), 'jsberta' (Event #6 Low), 'Kaggis' (Event #7 Medium), 'bryn12' (Event #7 Low), 'mixtver' (Event #8 Low), 'Codfish60' (Event #9 Medium), 'Senkel92' (Event #9 Low), 'Flying Smile' (Event #12 Medium), and 'VIWNIA' (Event #12 Low). Event #6-H: $530 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 1,499 Entries $749,500 prize pool SoulRead93 - $48,503.71 + $38,913.40 in bounties PatrickRass - $48,502.28 + $20,285.58 in bounties Gukiz - $27,755.63 + $5,910.15 in bounties Event #6-M: $55 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 11,280 entries $564,000 prize pool iBreakU_U - $31,257.12 + $13,425.54 tuff dish - $31,250.50 + $4,312.02 mgodun777 - $17,883.22 + $871.82 Event #6-L: $5.50 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 25,922 entries $127,017.80 prize pool jsberta - $5,377.35 + $2,236.12 in bounties Breno2728 - $5,355.38 + $1,149.07 in bounties Michael Keys - $3,064.63 + $711.96 in bounties Event #7-H: $2,100 PLO8 (6-Max) 109 entries $218,000 prize pool Juicy_J_93 - $50,910.06 UIDuffer - $38,415.17 Zapahzamazki - $28,986.93 Event #7-M: $215 PLO8 (6-Max) 641 entries $128,200 prize pool Kaggis - $21,988.22 MyL_tik31 - $15,417.60 mario4ndre - $10,810.72 Event #7-L: $22 PLO8 (6-Max) 2,848 entries $56,960 prize pool bryn12 - $8,247.68 manodepiedra51 - $5,744.65 sammyfoot - $4,002.72 Event #8-H: $1,050 NLHE (8-Max, Freezeout) 314 entries $314,000 prize pool ilir3 - $59,071.69 manuverd0n - $44,314.34 CrazyLissy - $33,243.80 Event #8-L: $11 NLHE (8-Max, Freezeout) 12,068 entries $118,266.40 prize pool mixtver - $12,700.46* motion121 - $13,381.24* Thiagotsc - $7,734.40 Event #9-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw 74 entries $75,000 prize pool ($1,000 overlay) theNERDguy - $21,937.50 RunGodlike - $14,625 lb6121 - $10,500 Event #9-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw 331 entries $33,100 prize pool Codfish60 - $6,951 Mikleler - $4,965 FrigorNoir - $3,475 Event #9-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw 1,819 entries $17,826.20 prize pool Senkel92 - $2,447.75 FAL1st - $1,729.67 MAGicheskiy - $1,184.01 Event #12-H: $530 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 526 entries $263,000 prize pool pistons87 - $40,792.90 total bounties wiisssppppaa - $14,046.86 total bounties Event #12-M: $55 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 5,014 entries $250,700 prize pool Flying Smile - $13,627.70 total bounties molodnyak - $5,686.75 total bounties Event #12-L: $5.50 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 15,861 entries $77,718.90 prize pool VIWNIA - $2,731.41 total bounties PurplePanda3 - $557.78 total bounties