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[caption width="640"] The World Championship of Online Poker certainly shook up the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker always has an impact on the PocketFives Rankings, but to say the final week changed the fortunes of a few of the top-ranked players would be an understatement. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten managed to hang on to the top spot but WCOOP Leaderboard winner Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez broke into the top 10 and is hot on Baumgarten's heels. Baumgarten added 695.55 points to his total thanks to a third place finish in WCOOP Event #60, the $2,100 buy-in Super Tuesday Special Edition. He also walked away with $163,807, but he wasn't done there. On Sunday the Brazilian grinder put up a fifth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Grand for $27,310 and 272.96 points. Those additional points proved to be useful as Gonzalez had a strong week. The Uruguayan had five of his 17 cashes last week count towards his PLB score. He started the week off with a fourth place finish in WCOOP Event #59 for $38,755 and 366.1 points. The next day he cashed in both WCOOP Event #62 and #63 for a total of $18,508 and 328.32 points. He then posted a runner-up finish in the $21,000 buy-in WCOOP Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event, earning $355,731 and 910.96 points. He wrapped up his big week with another runner-up finish, this time in the PokerStars Saturday Scuffle for $8,447/177.03 and a 16th place finish in the WCOOP Wrap-Up for $8,671/210.89. Gonzalez's move into the top 10 was certainly impressive and placed him just 326.86 points behind Baumgarten, but his big jump was actually overshadowed by a former #1-ranked player making an appearance in the top 10 after not being in the top 100 just a week ago. Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, who had two short stints at #1 back in 2014, jumped from #101 all the way up to #7 and not surprisingly it was success in WCOOP that propelled him there. Leonard made the final table of the partypoker Powerfest High Roller on September 20 to earned $2,723 and 9.36 points for the first of his five qualifying cashes. The second one was the biggest, though. Leonard topped a 1,605-entry field to win WCOOP Event #65 for $162,054.98 and a massive 1,033.11 points. His next two qualifying cashes came in partypoker Powerfest event and totaled $15,248/272.5. He then final tabled WCOOP Event #77, finishing fourth for $87,804 and 605.2 points. All told, Leonard added 2,000.97 points to his total and now sits just 1,285.65 points out of taking over the top spot for the third time in his career. With Gonzalez and Leonard both entering the top 10 this week, two players were forced out. Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman fell from #8 to #15 and Aleksandr 'NoPlanB' Mordvinov dropped from #10 to #14. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten8,588.821 2Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,261.9612 3C Darwin28,227.842 4Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov7,807.363 5Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,445.215 6lena9007,439.414 7Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard7,303.17101 8Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,222.149 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Greenstone257,084.016 10Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,043.567
On the heels of the 2018 World Series of Poker, the month of August is usually a reset for many in the poker world after they take some time to recharge from the strenuous Vegas grind. That doesn't mean the news slows down, though. Here are PocketFives’ top stories from August. Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company August closed with a bang as far as news headlines were concerned, after it was made known that Shelby "Anna" McCann, a former employee of poker media outlet CardPlayer, was charged with the theft of $1.1 million from the company. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, McCann had been stealing from the company for quite some time, writing checks to herself, increasing her own salary without approval, and paying off personal debt with company money. READ: Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for €1.65M Mikita Badziakouski has had himself quite the 2018. Entering the December Super High Roller Bowl, Badziakouski had already earned more than $14.5 million on the live felt, including four seven-figure scores. One of those huge scores came in August when Badziakouski won the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller. Badziakouski topped a field of 54 entries in the six-figure buy-in tournament to continue his incredible pace in 2018. He won the event for the third-largest score of his live tournament career, €1.65 million, and did so in one of the toughest high-stakes tournaments in the world. READ: Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for €1.65M SHRPO Big 4: Eisen Wins Championship, Foxen Goes Back-to-Back Seminole Hard Rock's 'Big 4' group of poker events has quickly risen the ranks as one of the best tournament festivals in the world. This year's event saw Brandon Eisen, Alex Foxen, Marc MacDonnell, and Jake Schindler earn the four major victories. Foxen's win stuck out in particular, and it’s because the event he won, the $2,650 No-Limit Hold'em event, was the same one he won the year before. In 2018, he took home $208,452 for topping a field of 422 entries. In 2017, he bested a field of 395 entries to win $204,600. READ: Eisen Wins Championship, Foxen Goes Back-to-Back The Year of the Fox: Alex Foxen Now Living the Poker Dream Sticking with Foxen, PocketFives' Jeff Walsh sat down with the poker pro in August to discuss the year he was having, bookended by the two SHRPO wins in South Florida. At the time, Foxen stated that he was "aiming to reach #1 in the GPI rankings." He reached that goal in October and remained #1 on the GPI for the rest of the year. READ: Alex Foxen Now Living the Poker Dream SUNDAY MAJORS: Sunday Million DDoS’d; Moorman, Leonard Win Elsewhere Although the names of Chris Moorman and Patrick Leonard are included in the headline on this story, the big story from Sunday, August 12, was that PokerStars had to cancel many of its tournaments due to a DDoS attack across its network that caused outages in events such as the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, High Roller, and Bounty Builder High Roller, with refunds and prize money distributed. In more positive news from this Sunday, Moorman and Leonard both scored sizable victories on the platforms of their sponsors. READ: Sunday Million DDoS’d; Moorman, Leonard Win Elsewhere ‘hellohellohello’ Wins August Monthly PLB Title PocketFiver 'hellohellohello' claimed the Monthly PLB title for August with 3,062.21 points. His biggest score came on August 19 when he won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 and 1,091.60 points. He also won the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill [Progressive KO], $175K Gtd for $27,270 and 378.15 points during August.