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  1. 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.
  2. One of our most recent online poker Triple Crownwinners, Matthew mstark87Stark (pictured), took down the 888 Poker$10,000 Guaranteed R&A Turbo, PartyPoker $15,000 Guaranteed, and iPoker €8,000 Guaranteed Rebuy en route to victory. It was his second career Triple Crown and, interestingly enough, all six of his Triple Crown tournament victories have come on just three sites. --- 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 good to back the first one up with a second," Stark said of his latest Triple Crown. "I won two tournaments on Sunday and it was pretty clutch to finish it off during the week." Stark added that he only recently began playing on PokerStars, but prefers the smaller fields and lower variance of the "Euro" sites. He told PocketFives that winning the 888 Poker $10K Turbo during his first Triple Crown was the most challenging of his six qualifying wins so far: "I didn't realize until the morning of that tournament that I had a Triple Crown up for grabs. It was the seventh day and I didn't plan on grinding that day. Some buddies of mine were over and I was like, 'I need to do this.' Somehow after mashing buttons for four hours, I came out on top." Moving away from the Triple Crown, the highlight of Stark's poker career thus far is finishing second in a Main Event at Foxwoods last year for $36,000. "My wife is from Connecticut," Stark explained, "so while she was visiting family in the US, I figured I'd hit up the casino since there's nothing to play online." The New Zealand resident strictly plays MTTs. He started out in poker playing cash games, but turned to MTTs and has never looked back. It's a far cry from his days hunting a professional tennis career, as he told us, "My whole life, I grew up wanting to be the best tennis player in the world. I'd train six hours a day, six days a week. Everything revolved around tennis." However, a tennis career wasn't meant to be. "When I was around 21 and had been playing a few years on tour, I made an honest decision and realized I didn't have what it took going forward to make it," Stark said. "It was a pretty depressing time for me personally, as that dream had come to an end. A couple of years later around 2010, a friend of mine introduced me to poker. The idea of winning tournaments and outlasting everyone came naturally to me and got my blood flowing again." As he bluntly put it, "I was teaching tennis at the time and, at the end of 2012, I said, 'The heck with it, let's do poker full-time.'" At this point in the interview, we were keen to know how proficient of a tennis player Stark was. Would he have been the next Pete Sampras? "I was a very good junior in the under-18s," Stark told us, "but I just never really transitioned my game at the senior level. Tennis is such a tough sport in the sense that unless you are in the top 100 in the world, you aren't making any money. So, you grind through the lower ranks and, for the most part, you end up in third-world countries chasing ranking points and staying in $10 a night hotels all alone. It takes its toll after a while." Stark is nearing $700,000 in tracked online MTT scores in his PocketFives profile, with the top three contributing sites being 888, iPoker, and PartyPoker. He is the sixth-ranked player in the New Zealand poker community and #1 in the hamlet of Hamilton. He wanted to send shout outs to Tyson tyson219Ford, Doug OU_dlanger610 Lang, Jeff R.J_LegitTopol, and Howie No Name Fame Shen "for all of the help they have given me over the last few years with my game. I also want to thank the New Zealand poker community." Finally, he wanted to thank his wife "for cooking for me while I sit at the desk in my boxers playing a card game for a living." Now that's vivid! Check out our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to win 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.
  3. It has been a huge month of March for Austria's 23NoraB(pictured), who has won two PocketFives Triple Crowns so far well over 1,500 PLB Points combined. He has won four Triple Crowns in total, one-fifth of the haul for his home nation. We caught up with 23NoraB to talk about his recent run and his new delicatessen in Panama City, Panama. --- 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: You have been on a roll lately, with two huge Triple Crowns. How are you feeling about it? 23NoraB: It felt very good finally winning some nice-sized tournaments again since it had been a while. The Triple Crowns were nice on top. PocketFives: One of the tournaments you won along the way was the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guaranteed. There were several PocketFivers at the final table and it looked tough. Tell us how it felt from your perspective. 23NoraB: The final table didn't feel too tough to me, but that might have been because I didn't really play any important hands against the players I considered very good and I was pretty tight until we got to three or four players. I got kind of lucky that the regs I felt were the better ones busted early. From three or four players on, it was a tough grind, but I actually only recall one situation three-handed where I was all-in and covered. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? 23NoraB: Losing it again, ha! No, I don't have any plans for the money right now. Like I said, the past year didn't go too well for me poker-wise, so I'm definitely not making plans. Also, I just started a business with two friends in Panama, so having some money in the bank definitely doesn't hurt. PocketFives: What's the business in Panama? When should we show up? 23NoraB: We haven't opened our doors yet, but it's going more or less as planned getting set up. It's a delicatessen called Villa Audebert that includes a bakery/patisserie, homemade meat products, a cafe, and a catering service. It's located in Panama City, Panama. PocketFives: Are you headed to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this year? 23NoraB: I'm not really sure. If I go, I'll probably only play in the Main Event. I'm definitely not planning on four to six weeks in Vegas this year. I've been to Vegas three times, but only once, two years ago, for the WSOP. I played a bunch of events that year, but not too many, and my deepest run was in the Main Event. I had zero cashes if I recall correctly. PocketFives: Why don't you want to go back for four to six weeks? 23NoraB: For several reasons. First of all, it's my ten-year school reunion. Also, it's pretty nice to grind online during the WSOP. I'm not playing too many big live events each year anyway and there are quite a few events in Europe too. Six weeks in Vegas would be too exhausting in my opinion. I think four weeks would be more than enough for me. It's not like there's that much to do in Vegas besides poker and drinking. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to 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.
  4. Last month, the Winamax High Roller, a $375 No Limit Hold'em tournament, drew 162 entrants and paid out a first place prize of $16,000. Its recipient was Scotland PocketFiver squire1888 (pictured), who is up to almost a half-million dollars in career online tournament winnings. "It was my first outright win in a while," squire1888 told PocketFives. "It's always a good feeling to get the monkey off your back." The High Roller is a six-max tournament on Winamax and squire1888 said of it, "It was the first time I have ever played it. I don't usually include it in my schedule, as it's a bit baller for me, but I've been doing well recently, especially on Winamax, so I decided to flick it in. The structure was very good, the final table was deep, and it's a six-max tournament, so it was a fun MTT." In the middle of last year, squire1888 had a six-figure score in the PokerStars Sunday Million, which provided a learning experience of sorts. He commented, "It had a negative effect on my poker career, as I thought I was a high-stakes crusher after that and had a lot of money, so I traveled around the world flicking in EPTs and blowing through cash like a true farce, but it taught me the value of money. I learned the hard way what not to do with your wages." It's September, which means there are still three months left in the calendar year. As far as his goals for the remainder of 2014, squire1888 relayed, "I want a Triple Crown for sure and to get to Columbia were my mate is staying in a baller mansion for a month's grind and relaxation time. Aside from that, I will hopefully keep focused, make some cash, and try to be sensible about it." When he is not playing online poker, squire1888 is traveling and, as he said, "seeing other places as much as I can. Poker helps with that, especially when the UKIPT stops being in some nice places. Apart from that, I like to hit up north Scotland for some fishing and being a drunken farce on the weekend with the Scottish grinders." Speaking of Scottish grinders, there are 671 registered members from that European nation who have combined for $44.3 million in online tournament winnings, including $1.8 million in the last three months. squire1888 is the #8 ranked player in Glasgow (pictured). He closed by sending a shout out to the 651 Team and the FHRITP Scottish Group. Winamax accepts players from many EU countries. When you sign up for Winamax through PocketFives' links and deposit, you'll get one free month of PocketFives Training, a 100% up to €500 deposit bonus, and the ability to play in PocketFives' exclusive PLB Competitionon Winamax. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. On June 22, Scotland's Robbie AdrenyBull (pictured) earned the largest PocketFives Triple Crownin five months at 852 PLB Points. It was the largest Triple Crown points-wise since gifuhorna bagged one worth 888 points in January and, accordingly, the second largest of 2014. On June 16, Bull won the PokerStars.fr Monday Night on Stars for $12,000 in cash and 236 PLB Points. Four days later, he took down the 888 Poker Tornado, which had a prize pool of $11,000, for $2,600 and another 107 PLB Points. On the 22nd of June, his quest was complete with a bang after taking down the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $41,000 and 508 PLB Points. He is one of 86 Triple Crown winners so far in 2014. "It's pretty surreal," Bull said of his Triple Crown run. "When I realized I had a Triple Crown sweat, I played every second I could. To complete it with shipping the Bigger $109 was pretty dreamy." The Bigger $109 had almost 2,600 entrants that day for a prize pool of $258,000. He told us, "The Big $109 is one of my favorite tournaments on PokerStars. $109 is a real sweet spot for the buy-in and it's a great value tournament. On Sundays, it has a slightly slower structure. I remember being super short once I got into the money. Then, after a sick orbit, I spun 18 big blinds into 75 and it was pretty smooth sailing from there." He is just a few hundred bucks away from passing $700,000 in online tournament scores and has 38 career wins along with 101 top-three finishes. "I'm definitely going to invest most of it back into my bankroll," Bull said of his plans for the money. "I want to be able to play big Sunday sessions on my own dime and also travel to as many EPTs as possible, so having a solid bankroll is vital. I will probably dabble in a few small investments too." Last October, Bull won the UKIPT London Main Event for $183,000. The tournament had 747 entrants and Bull was one of four Scots to finish in the money. "It was such an insane week, capped off by my very first tournament in London," Bull remarked. "It gave me so much flexibility and freedom to invest, travel, and play whatever games I wanted to." He has $271,000 in live tournament scores to his name, according to the Hendon Mob. Bull got his start in poker by playing small-stakes games with friends. "I was instantly intrigued by all of the different dynamics of the game," he said with a smile. "I began to do a lot of research to try to improve and take all of my friends' money. Then, I found endless videos, strategy articles, and bankroll tips and absorbed everything I could. I remember seeing nanonoko's graph for the first time and thinking, 'How is he doing that?' From then on, I completely immersed myself in the game until I understood how people did it." He added, by the way, that "nanonoko runs the streets."Randy Lew (pictured), the man behind the nanonoko user name, set the record for the most number of online poker hands played in eight hourswhile turning a profit at 23,493 in January 2012. The following January, he played five live heads-up games simultaneously. Let's get back to Bull now. He is about to start a college course in Electronic Music Production at Edinburgh College, which takes place three days a week, perfect for balancing school and poker. His life plan: "Ideally, I want to start doing some DJ gigs in Edinburgh and, long-term, I want to learn how to produce my own tracks." Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions today. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. The month of July has been mighty kind to longtime Australian PocketFiver The Spewtard(pictured), who goes by Dominic in the real world. He has taken down seven tournaments in the 19-day-old month a laid claim to two PocketFives Triple Crowns. If you're not familiar with the Triple Crown, it's given to anyone who can win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Poker Rankings in the same seven-day period. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- His first Triple Crown started on July 2, when Dominic won the Wednesday Eighty Grand and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo, both on PokerStars, for a combined $25,000. The former, which was officially worth 323 PLB Points, counted for the opening leg of his first Triple Crown. Four days later, Dominic won the 888 Poker Sunday Challenge, a $100,000 guaranteed tournament, for $21,000. The Sunday Challenge is 888's weekly Major and carries a $90 buy-in with one rebuy. For his final trick, Dominic won the $31 Rebuy on the iPoker Network, a €10,000 guaranteed tournament, for $3,700. His first Triple Crown was good for 770 PLB Points. He didn't stop there. Instead, the Aussie won the PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance for $4,800 on July 10. Three days later, his success on 888 continued with a victory in the Turbo Mega Deep for $12,000 and another 222 PLB Points. Finally, on July 15, he corralled his second Triple Crown of July, at that point just halfway over, with a win in the Full Tilt Poker Benjamin. His second Triple Crown was worth 504 PLB Points. He has now won four Triple Crowns in total and passed $2 million in online MTT scores on July 4. Given his throng of wins, Dominic is in third place in the PocketFives Monthly PLB racefor July at 2,264 PLB Points, 300 off the lead, which UK poker player makkapakk owns. Dominic is up to #49 worldwide on PocketFives, his highest ranking ever, and is #1 in Australia. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions today. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. After a seven-week hiatus from the online poker world due to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured) headed back to his computer and quickly earned his 21st PocketFives Triple Crown, extending his own record. He has ten more Triple Crowns than the next closest PocketFiver and has pretty much dominated every award we have on our site. This time, Moorman won the iPoker €10,000 Guaranteed Rebuy for $3,600, the Full Tilt Poker Benjaminfor $6,500, and the Winamax High Roller for $20,000 to round out his 21st Triple Crown. Moorman told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "I'm exhausted. I played a 19-hour session on Sunday, waking up at 5.30am to get in the Kickoff and ended up one-tabling the nightly on PokerStars to get a third place finish at 1:00am." Yes, even with the Triple Crown, Moorman is still grinding his ass off. The Winamax High Roller was the cherry on top of his Triple Crown and the two-day event on the EU-facing Winamax is played six-max. Accordingly, Moorman told us, "The Winamax High Roller is one of my favorite tourneys. I've won it four times now, two of which happened to be on a Sunday when it is much bigger." Moorman was the runner-up in the WSOP's Six-Max Championship three years ago, a game that plays to his skill set. "I've always said that six-max is my favorite game," Moorman noted. "You get to play more hands and put more pressure on your opponents because they will have marginal hands in a lot of situations. Full ring tournaments are sometimes a competition of who can get the most premiums/cooler spots in their favor, whereas in six-max, you really have to work for your chips. In six-max, you get to build stronger dynamics with your opponents and take creative lines a lot more often." He returned from Nevada last Tuesday and quickly lost $5,000. He said, "I guess that was the wake-up call I needed and fortunately it has been going much better since." He did not record an online tournament score between June 8 and July 29. Moorman had one in the money finish this year at the WSOPat the Rio and said it was due to what he called a "lack of preparation." The Brit explained, "I had some visa issues arise the week before it started. That meant that I missed the first half of the WSOP. Once I finally did arrive, I feel like I was too eager to make up for lost time and unfortunately didn't bring my A-game." Finally, Moorman has a book coming out on November 18 appropriately entitled "Moorman's Book of Poker" (not to be confused with the "Book of Mormon"). It's being published in conjunction with D&B Poker, with Moorman saying, "At first, it seemed like it was going to be a tough task to write. In all, I've written over 50,000 words, which is not a small task, but I've really enjoyed putting it together. Now that it's essentially finished, I'm really glad I decided to do it." Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to 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.
  8. Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured) now has 22 PocketFives Triple Crowns, the most of anyone on our site by a mile, and just racked up his second award of August, a month that's only a dozen days old. With 22, Moorman has more Triple Crowns than the second and third place players on the Triple Crown leaderboard combined. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Here's a fun fact: Moorman accounts for 2.5% of the 892 Triple Crowns awarded in the history of PocketFives. His latest award came by virtue of winning three $10,000 prize pool tournaments in a seven-day span, each boasting at least 100 players. On August 5, he won the $82 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo on PokerStarsfor $4,600. The same day, he took down an FTOPS event on Full Tilt Poker for another $6,200. Yes, no Triple Crown is complete without an FTOPS jersey. The final tournament tracked for Moorman's latest claim to fame came on August 11 in the PokerStars.fr Monday Night on Stars for $9,200. He is up to 264 wins in online poker tournaments and has almost 650 top-three finishes. Moorman said on Twitter after Triple Crown #22 was in hand, "Another week of poker, another Triple Crown. This time I did it on my very last tournament that was eligible, #22." That Tweet was re-Tweeted 17 times and marked as a Favorite 42 times. As we mentioned, this is Moorman's second Triple Crown of August. His first Triple Crown bidended two days before his second Triple Crown bid began with a thunderous win in the Winamax High Roller, a two-day event, for $20,000. That Triple Crown came on the heels of Moorman taking almost two months off to attend the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. All told this month, Moorman has 92 in the money finishes online for a total of $137,000, or an average of $1,500 apiece. Visit PocketFives' Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to score your own. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. On September 14, PocketFiver MendaLerenda(pictured) came away with the win in the PokerStars.fr Big €100 for $6,100. And while it wasn't the heftiest sum of money ever, it marked the first leg of his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. In the span of a week, MendaLerenda went on to win the Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex and PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance to complete the bid. "It was a hard task," MendaLerenda said about his first Triple Crown. "I almost got it two or three time before, but sometimes the prize pool was only $9,800 or one tournament only had 99 people, but I finally got it." He joked that he had to play 25,000 MTTs in order to win three in a week that had a $10,000 prize pool and at least 100 players. He calls Bristol, England home and said he looks up to another Brit who has terrorized MTTs to the tune of 23 Triple Crowns, Chris moorman1Moorman. "Moorman just get the 23rd of his career," MendaLerenda told us. "I'm trying to follow in his steps, putting in sick volume multi-tabling, multi-lobbing, etc." He had wins in the PokerStars Super Tuesday in 2011 and 2012 for almost $160,000 total. The victory in 2011 was, predictably, "incredible for my bankroll because in 24 hours I won three MTTs and quadrupled what I had." MendaLerenda was playing mid-stakes sit and gos at the time, but with his newfound winnings, he dove head-first into MTTs. MendaLerenda narrated, "Six months later, I busted 70% to 80% of my bankroll due to variance in MTTs and bad bankroll management. I was playing EPTs, WSOPs, and other tournaments. When I won the Super Tuesday the second time, I was staked by friends." He finished fifth in the same tournament in March of this year for $33,000. When he got started in poker, MendaLerenda was working in Barcelona. It was about eight years ago and he grew bored with his regular office job. He found a Spanish poker website and read about a player who, after two years of playing poker, quit his job and headed to Las Vegas. "It was amazing reading all of this stuff," he said. "I also love science and math, so I really saw I had an edge." He jumped into the poker pond and began playing $1 sit and gos after work. Two years later, his bankroll passed the $10,000 mark. He explained, "One day, I was quite tired of the office and decided to try to change my life with poker. In 2009, I become a professional player and poker was my only income." MendaLerenda is originally from Spain, where "the love of my life" still lives. However, laws surrounding internet gambling in Spain have caused him to relocate to the UK, a country that has imposed taxes on non-domestic sites. As he put it, "I'm living in Bristol, trying to travel each month back to Spain. It's not fair. I hope in the not-too-distant future that these things can change." He stands at $2.3 million in lifetime online tournament winnings, the majority of which has come on PokerStars. He is the eighth-ranked player in the UK and one of 23 PocketFivers with PLB scores in Bristol. His first and only Triple Crown was worth 617 PLB Points. Congrats to MendaLerenda on his Triple Crown! See our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. What do you give the most successful PocketFiver in history? How about a record-extending 24th PocketFives Triple Crown, more than twice what the next closest person has? Oh yes, Chris moorman1 Moorman has now won two-dozen Triple Crowns, including four this year, blowing the rest of the poker community out of the water. Moorman's latest Triple Crown started with a win in the Full TiltBenjamin on November 25 for $4,400 and 127 PLB Points. Five days later, he turned in a victory in the William Hill €25,000 Sunday Warm-Up for another $5,800 and 176 PLB Points. To round out his week, Moorman won a $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament on PokerStars, defeating a field of almost 150 entrants en route to a $6,300 payday. In earning his Triple Crown, Moorman topped $11.8 million in career online tournament winnings and is nearing $12 million for his career. The next closest member of PocketFives in that department, by comparison, has $8.5 million. He Tweeted when all was said and done: A PocketFives Triple Crown requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings in seven days. Moorman has won at least one of them every year since 2007 save 2010. Here's a full list: March 7, 2007 (on Full Tilt, Party, Paradise for 353.57 points) August 17, 2007 (on Party, Stars, Full Tilt for 442.43 points) August 16, 2008 (on Full Tilt, PokerRoom, Stars for 553.50 points) October 31, 2008 (on PartyPoker, Full Tilt, PokerStars for 628.27 points) January 2, 2009 (on Full Tilt, Stars, PokerRoom for 1060.93 points) February 12, 2009 (on PokerStars, PokerRoom, Full Tilt for 700.19 points) March 11, 2009 (on Full Tilt, PokerStars, Absolute for 813.06 points) March 24, 2009 (on Titan, Full Tilt, PokerRoom for 530.31 points) November 9, 2009 (on Titan, Full Tilt, PokerStars for 637.00 points) December 8, 2009 (on Absolute, Titan, PokerStars for 664.13 points) January 18, 2011 (on Full Tilt, PokerStars, UB for 764.61 points) November 19, 2012 (on Tilt, Stars, William Hill for 611.24 points) February 12, 2013 (on Tilt, Party, Stars for 560.24 points) April 16, 2013 (on Paddy Power, Tilt, bwin for 573.89 points) September 10, 2013 (on Stars, Paddy Power, bwin for 471.33 points) October 5, 2013 (on bwin, Stars, Stars.fr for 472.83 points) October 13, 2013 (on Winamax, Stars, Full Tilt for 799.10 points) October 19, 2013 (on Tilt, bwin, Stars for 717.56 points) November 17, 2013 (on bwin, EuroPoker, Winamax for 510.64 points) February 2, 2014 (on Stars.fr, Stars, bwin for 780.87 points) August 3, 2014 (on Paddy, Full Tilt, Winamax for 571.78 points) August 11, 2014 (on Stars, Full Tilt, Stars.fr for 534.94 points) September 19, 2014 (on Stars, Stars.fr, Full Tilt for 570.82 points) December 1, 2014 (on Full Tilt, William Hill, Stars for 476.16 points) Congrats to Chris Moorman on his latest claim to fame! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. Any way you slice it, September was a banner month for Chile's Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro (pictured). He ascended to the top of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings on September 24 and seems poised to maintain the distinction of being our #1 player when the Rankings are recalculated on Wednesday. He recorded a rock solid 271 in the money finishes in online tournaments during September for $363,000 total. Highlights included a win in a PokerStars WCOOP $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Knockout for $101,000 officially, a tournament that saw Fierro outlast almost 4,000 entrants. He finished second in a WCOOP $215 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry Big Antes event for $59,000 in September and took down the Full Tilt $150 Rebuy for about the same amount. Impressively, Fierro amassed 20 first place finishes in tournaments we track during September, bringing his career total to 227. Not surprisingly, Fierro was the September PLB championand, given his 20 wins, managed to scoop not one, not two, but three PocketFives Triple Crownsduring the month. We believe it's the first time a PocketFiver has scored three Triple Crowns in a month since Chris moorman1 Moorman did so in October 2013. By the way, a Triple Crown on PocketFives requires a person to win three scheduled MTTs with at least 100 players and at least a $10,000 prize pool across three sites tracked for the Rankings within seven days. The three Triple Crowns in September were the eighth, ninth, and tenth of Fierro's career, putting him in third place all-time on PocketFives. He accounted for one-quarter of the Triple Crowns awarded last month. Here's a look at his three Triple Crowns in September: September 14: Full Tilt, PartyPoker, and PokerStars for 540.55 PLB Points September 22: PokerStars, Carbon, and PokerStars.fr for 448.09 PLB Points September 30: PokerStars, Full Tilt, and PokerStars.fr for 397.38 PLB Points Fierro accounts for all 10 of Chile's Triple Crowns. The South American nation, as a result, is in the top 20 on PocketFives in terms of the number of Triple Crowns won. Fierro has amassed five of them this year, and we still have three more months for him to continue his winning ways. Congrats to Fierro on his epic September! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. Happy New Year from all of us at PocketFives! One of the major awards we give out to our members is the PocketFives Triple Crown. In order to earn it, a person needs to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a seven-day period. Each tournament needs to have at least 100 entrants. After the award was won a record 208 times in 2013, we gave out 137 of them in 2014. Here's a look at the number of PocketFives Triple Crowns given out each year since PocketFives was launched in 2005: 2014: 137 Triple Crowns 2013: 208 Triple Crowns 2012: 124 Triple Crowns 2011: 66 Triple Crowns 2010: 152 Triple Crowns 2009: 99 Triple Crowns 2008: 64 Triple Crowns 2007: 39 Triple Crowns 2006: 29 Triple Crowns 2005: 13 Triple Crowns Twenty-two PocketFivers won more than one Triple Crown in 2014: The Spewtard, rounder63, PokerKaiser, moorman1, aces_up4108, NigDawG, BigMeech99, marcin123, TheSquid, domino20, cedrick1, Blackk, SuitedAcesBaby, 23NoraB, accussity, T 54 T 97s, ex6tence, Foldin4livin, Santiniii, Ssick_one, fzkk, and Smeckten. January 2014 saw 29 Triple Crowns awarded, more than February and March combined. As you can see, the number of Triple Crowns won largely sloped off as the year progressed. Here's the number of Triple Crowns won each month in 2014: January - 29 February - 12 March - 10 April - 10 May - 8 June - 9 July - 12 August - 18 September - 12 October - 6 November - 2 December - 9 Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured above) continues to pace the PocketFives community with 24 Triple Crowns, more than double the next closest person. Moorman racked up five Triple Crowns in 2014, one each in February, September, and December, as well as two in August. Moorman also leads the way in winnings from online tournaments at $11.8 million. We'll see how close to $15 million he can get in 2015. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions for more details. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. Earlier this month, Sam TheSquidGrafton (pictured) earned his ninth PocketFives Triple Crown. The award requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankingswithin seven days. As he put it, "I'm following in the footsteps of the master, moorman1," who has a record-setting two-dozen Triple Crowns, 12 more than the next closest person. "It feels really good," Grafton told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I had an abysmal Sunday and the $20 Rebuy on iPoker was the last tournament I was in. I had just gotten 12th in the Hot $44, so I was a little frustrated, but I kept my head and closed out the win." The €10,000 Sunday Eclipse, which runs on sites like Betfairon the iPoker Network, marked the last leg of his ninth Triple Crown. His other wins came in the PokerStars Big $11and Full Tilt Benjamin. He said of the trio, "This Triple Crown was particularly good because it included a couple of memorable tournaments. I never thought I'd win the Big $11, for example, and I chopped the Benjamin heads-up with a good friend, Richard TheClaimeer Trigg." Grafton is an old-timer in the England pokercommunity and signed up for PocketFives almost exactly five years ago. "I have been going for a long time now," Grafton said. "I am one of the veterans of the UK online scene. I didn't know it would last this long, but I still have a lot of desire. There is a lot I want to achieve too. I want to continue to be competitive, meet new people, and win big tournaments." Aside from his nine Triple Crowns, Grafton has $3.2 million in online tournament winnings and two scores of at least $100,000. "I don't really chase Triple Crowns until I have two wins," Grafton said. "Then, I take a little more interest in the sites I don't have a victory on yet. They're often small fields on the Euro sites, so although your ROI can never be as high, variance is a lot lower, and it's a great feeling to play tournaments that are very winnable." He owns Sunday Brawl, PartyPoker$100K, and Big $109 wins, just to name a few, and has come dangerously close to two SCOOP titles. "I look up to the UK players who influenced me when I was coming up," Grafton responded when asked who the top online players were right now. "I look up to players like hitthehole, TheClaimeer, NigDawG, and 810ofclubs (pictured), but I have massive love for anyone who shows a work ethic, plays in the right spirit, and loves the game." Grafton and 810ofcubs are tight, as the nine-time Triple Crown winner explained that 810ofclubs calls him every break. "We call him 'The Jester' because he always rings up during breaks and tells us a joke," Grafton revealed. "Or, he makes up a limerick. It brings a smile to your face even if you're having a tough day. That's the sign of a great friend." Grafton is tied for the fourth most Triple Crowns in PocketFives history. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. On the seventh day of January, Dan onel4playOnel (pictured) captured a PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the first time he has won the award and his tournament wins came on PokerStars.fr, Full Tilt, and PokerStars, totaling 550 PLB Points. He lodged the 12th Triple Crown for his home country of Romania. "I rate the Triple Crown as my biggest achievement so far poker-related, so I was very enthusiastic when I realized I managed to earn it," Onel told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "It feels like all of the hard work I have put in the last year has started to pay off." Specifically, Onel won the Monday Night on PokerStars.fr, Full Tilt $10,000 Guarantee, and PokerStars Big $8.80. He has been on a tear since, perhaps feeding off that momentum, as he has won the 888 Poker Breeze, final tabled the 888 Mega Deep, finished second in the PokerStars Hotter $11, and was the runner-up in the Big $8.80. He said the toughest leg of his Triple Crown was on PokerStars.fr. As he put it, "On the last three tables, I saw only about three fish. The rest of them were quite good regs, so I had to choose my spots with more care than the Big $8.80, for example." He is closing in on $300,000 in tracked online poker scores and, therefore, told us that his goal for 2015 is to improve his game as much as he can. He also plans to bump up the stakes he's playing, although where he'll end up is anyone's guess. He added, "I would love to make time for a bit of live poker, but we'll see. One of the things I've always liked about poker is that you never know what's next." Onel started his ascent when he was in high school playing in home games, but only started taking poker seriously two years ago. He explained the epiphany: "I realized this was what I wanted to do in life. I've always been a competitive person, so the fact that I could actually outthink an opponent and outplay him was the intriguing part of poker that got me. Money also was a big draw for me." Before playing poker, Onel was enrolled in university, but admitted, "It wasn't for me." You can now find him at #359 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, 19 spots off his all-time high, and he is the eighth-ranked player in Romania(pictured). He is one of five PocketFivers with PLB scores from the Romanian county of Olt. Away from poker, Onel enjoys table tennis (who doesn't) and also bowls, watches movies, and has recently taken up snowboarding. In the background is what appears to be mixed views of his profession in Romania. "It depends who you're asking," Onel said of how poker is viewed. "If you ask a 50-year-old person, they will see it as a bad habit and something very evil. If you ask the newer generation, depending on their winnings, they will respond either that it has changed their life or that online poker is rigged." PocketFives has handed out a dozen Triple Crowns in 2015. The award requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the Rankings within a seven-day period. Each tournament needs to have at least 100 entrants. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  15. On January 3, Austria poker player monzemann(pictured) completed the third and final leg of a PocketFives Triple Crown. The award is given to anyone who can win three tournaments across three different sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. Each tournament must have at least 100 entrants and at least a $10,000 prize pool. Ultimately, monzemann recorded the second largest Triple Crown PLB Point-wise in the last 15 months at 914 points. On December 28, monzemann won the 888 PokerMega Deep for $34,000 and 404 PLB Points. The $90 tournament had 818 entrants and a prize pool of $163,000. The same day, he took down the iPoker Sunday Masters, which takes place on sites like Betfair, and reeled in $7,900 and 191 PLB Points. Although they didn't count for the Triple Crown, monzemann won a pair of tournaments on Winamax on December 30 – the Prime Time and the Deep Run – for $3,500 total. One day later, he took down another Winamax tournament, the Magnum, for $1,500. His Triple Crown run came to an end on January 3 via a victory in the PokerStars $2.22 Rebuy for $14,000 and 318 PLB Points. A total of 914 PLB Points later, monzemann had earned the second largest Triple Crown since October 2013. The Austrian finished second in the Sunday Warm-Up in November for $72,000 officially, his largest tracked score to date. His Triple Crown PLB total trails only the 1,044 points recorded by Ssick_one, who won tournaments on Winamax, Full Tilt, and PokerStars last month for his third award. The largest Triple Crown in the history of PocketFives came in 2010, when mathclubwon tournaments on Cake, PokerStars, and PartyPoker for a blistering 1,762 PLB Points. There have been four PocketFivers whose Triple Crowns have generated more than 1,500 PLB Points, the most recent of which came in May 2013. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn more. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. Watch "The Sound of Music," which is set in Austria, if the title of this article is confusing. On January 11, a little more than a week into the new year, Austria's neverfoldQ5(pictured) took down a $33 No Limit Hold'em Cap tournament on PokerStars. He scooped $2,800 and, perhaps more importantly, registered the first leg of a PocketFives Triple Crown. One day later, he was back at it, this time on the EU-facing site Winamax, where he won a W Series event for a healthy $44,000. On the 13th, he won the 888 Poker Hurricane, although the tournament didn't qualify for the Triple Crown since its prize pool failed to reach $10,000. Still, he brought home another $2,400 in cash. His Triple Crown quest was finally complete with a victory in the PokerStars.fr Hot €30 on January 14. "I felt pretty good about it," neverfoldQ5 told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "It was a good start to the new year." Moreover, he is up to over 2,000 online poker cashes that total $821,000. Which of the three tournaments was the toughest to get through and why? Or was winning a Triple Crown a breeze all-around? "All three tournaments were not what I would consider super tough," he said. "The highest percentage of good players probably was in the $33 Cap. The hardest to win, though, was the Winamax event because of the field size." That tournament had 1,440 entrants and its prize pool nearly hit a quarter-of-a-million dollars. neverfoldQ5 got started in poker in 2006 as a "donator." He said, "I always wanted to make it as a pro some day. Then, I met some really good players who helped me improve my game. I liked the mixture of math, psychology, and degening." He plays full-time now despite quitting the game for six months at one point while focusing on studying and working as a waiter. He explained, "I got sick of that pretty quickly, so I got back into the game more disciplined than before. And since then, it has worked out way better." The Winamax W Series tournament was his largest tracked cash to date at $44,000, besting his second largest cash by a factor of four. He is #267 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, off his all-time high by five spots, and is #13 in Austria. Speaking of Austria, we asked neverfoldQ5 about the poker scene in his home country. He responded, "In Vienna, poker is really big. Lots of good players I know live there. Here in Karnten(pictured), it's definitely not as big, but Karnten is really nice. There are lots of lakes around here and it has beautiful scenery, so it's the perfect spot for me to live, at least for a few more years." There are 269 PocketFivers with PLB scores from Austria. When he's not grinding online, neverfoldQ5 is a big fan of the German sports club Werder Bremen. "I try to make it to some of their games every year," he said with a smile, "even though it's not easy to get to from Austria. Besides that and poker, it's basically sleeping and eating for me. I really enjoy every day." Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to 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.
  17. Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) has been tearing apart the online poker community this month. We're not even three weeks into June and the Chilean has already piled up 10 online MTT wins and two PocketFives Triple Crowns. And he still has two weeks left in the month to improve upon those numbers. Let's start with his first Triple Crown, which began on June 2 with a win in the WinamaxXPERT for $3,800. Two days later, he found the winner's circle of the PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $8,700. Finally, on June 9, his Triple Crown quest was complete after a victory in the Aced Nightly High Roller for $5,200. It was his 17th career PocketFives Triple Crown. Fierro's second Triple Crown, his 18th overall, began on June 9 with a win in the PartyPokerDaily Major for $7,600. On June 14, he won the PokerStars.fr Sunday Six-Max and bagged $7,600. Finally, he took down the Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex for $3,400. The two accolades featured wins on six different sites. Fierro is up to 315 wins in tracked MTTs and almost 650 top-three finishes. His 18 Triple Crowns are the second most by any PocketFiver; he trails only Chris moorman1 Moorman's 25 in that department. Here's a look at his Triple Crowns over the years: May 10, 2012 on Carbon, bwin, Stars for 693.07 points March 22, 2013 on Stars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points May 13, 2013 on Tilt, Party, MyBet for 669.56 points October 29, 2013 on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points November 18, 2013 on MyBet, Party, Stars for 434.22 points March 17, 2014 on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 596.66 points August 8, 2014 on Stars, Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points September 14, 2014 on Tilt, Party, Stars for 540.55 points September 22, 2014 on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 448.09 points September 30, 2014 on Stars, Tilt, Stars.fr for 397.38 points January 20, 2015 on Winamax, Stars, Party for 462.20 points January 29, 2015 on Stars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points March 2, 2015 on Stars, Stars.fr, Winamax for 599.93 points March 26, 2015 on 888, Stars, Stars.fr for 631.02 points April 16, 2015 on BetUS, Stars, Stars.fr for 440.11 points April 21, 2015 on 888, BetUS, PokerStars for 721.79 points June 9, 2015 on Winamax, Stars, Aced for 465.14 points June 16, 2015 on Party, Stars.fr, Tilt for 476.07 points As you can see, his record is three Triple Crowns in one month, which he achieved last September. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  18. If you blinked, you missed the last six days of March. Members of the PocketFives community scored eight Triple Crowns in six days to end the month, one of the busiest spurts we've ever had. To put it in perspective, there were more Triple Crowns awarded in the last six days of March than there were the rest of the month combined. We've had 35 Triple Crowns awarded so far in 2015 and are on pace for 120 this year. There were 138 Triple Crowns given out in 2014 after we awarded a record 208 in 2013. A PocketFives Triple Crown requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by PocketFives in a seven-day period. Each tournament has to have at least 100 entrants and at least a $10,000 prize pool, and satellites do not count. Here's a look at the Triple Crowns awarded from March 26 to 31: veeea - March 31 577.32 points on PokerStars, PokerStars.fr, and PartyPoker bah22 - March 30 693.91 points on Betfred, PokerStars, and Full Tilt jatekos22 - March 30 451.03 points on PartyPoker, PokerStars, 888 Poker veeea - March 29 573.56 points on PokerStars.fr, PartyPoker, and PokerStars tilt21sted - March 29 654.67 points on Carbon, PokerStars, PokerStars.fr IwentworthI - March 29 556.29 points on PokerStars, PartyPoker, and William Hill whatisL0v3 - March 28 489.08 points on PartyPoker, PokerStars.fr, and PokerStars PokerKaiser - March 26 631.02 points on 888 Poker, PokerStars, and PokerStars.fr You'll notice that veeea scored two Triple Crowns during the period and actually won 10 tournaments in 10 days. Meanwhile, PokerKaiser (pictured above) won his 14th Triple Crown, the second most of any PocketFiver. Congrats to all of our recent Triple Crown winners. Check out our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  19. Only three players have ever recorded more than 10 PocketFives Triple Crowns: Chris moorman1Moorman, who has a record 24; Peter BelabacsiTraply, who has 11; and Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), who just earned his 13th, good for the second most all-time. Fierro's latest Triple Crown run began on February 24 with a win in the PokerStars Hot $33for $6,700 and 199 PLB Points. Over the next few days, he was the runner-up in several tournaments on PokerStars.fr before finally recording a win in that site's Monday Night on Starsfor $9,900 and 215 PLB Points. We've seen several Triple Crown winners take down the Monday Night on Stars, a €100 Cubed event. The same day, Fierro took down the Winamax High Roller for $9,600 and 185 PLB Points. He actually finished fifth in it a few days earlier and the score rounded out his 13th PocketFives Triple Crown. Here's a look at his collection: May 10, 2012 on Carbon, bwin, Stars for 693.07 points March 22, 2013 on Stars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points May 13, 2013 on Tilt, Party, MyBet for 669.56 points October 29, 2013 on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points November 18, 2013 on MyBet, Party, Stars for 434.22 points March 17, 2014 on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 596.66 points August 8, 2014 on Stars, Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points September 14, 2014 on Tilt, Party, Stars for 540.55 points September 22, 2014 on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 448.09 points September 30, 2014 on Stars, Tilt, Stars.fr for 397.38 points January 20, 2015 on Winamax, Stars, Party for 462.20 points January 29, 2015 on Stars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points March 13, 2015 on Stars, Stars.fr, Winamax for 599.93 points Fierro has won a Triple Crown every year since 2012 and is on pace for 12 this year. The award requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings, each with at least 100 entrants, in a seven-day period. Congrats to PokerKaiser on his 13th PocketFives Triple Crown! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  20. 2015 has been mighty kind to Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro (pictured). This year, which mind you is three months old, he has won four PocketFives Triple Crowns, an award that requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings in a seven-day period. On March 26, he won his 14th career PocketFives Triple Crown, his second of March. His latest adventure began with a win in the 888 Poker Mega Deepon March 22. The score was good for $32,000 in real money along with 392 PLB Points. Three days later, the Chilean was in the winner's circle of a $44 NLHE Turbo on PokerStarsfor $2,300 and 109 PLB Points. His 14th Triple Crown was complete a day later with a victory in the PokerStars.fr Minuit Express Special for $2,500 and 128 PLB Points. Although it didn't count for a Triple Crown, the same day as he took down the tournament on PokerStars.fr, he recorded a win in the iPoker €7,500 Guaranteed Masters. All told, he generated 631 PLB Points in his latest Triple Crown run. In addition to his recent award, Fierro is #2 worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankings. He was ranked #1 on our site as recently as last Wednesday and has long been a staple of the upper echelons of the leaderboard. As if all this praise weren't enough, on March 28, Fierro became just the seventh PocketFiver ever to hit $7.5 million in online tournament scores. Here's a look at his 14 Triple Crowns: May 10th, 2012 (on Carbon, bwin, Stars for 693.07 points) March 22nd, 2013 (on Stars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points) May 13th, 2013 (on Tilt, Party, MyBet for 669.56 points) October 29th, 2013 (on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points) November 18th, 2013 (on MyBet, Party, Stars for 434.22 points) March 17th, 2014 (on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 596.66 points) August 8th, 2014 (on Stars, Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points) September 14th, 2014 (on Tilt, Party, Stars for 540.55 points) September 22nd, 2014 (on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 448.09 points) September 30th, 2014 (on Stars, Tilt, Stars.fr for 397.38 points) January 20th, 2015 (on Winamax, Stars, Party for 462.20 points) January 29th, 2015 (on Stars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points) March 2nd, 2015 (on Stars, Stars.fr, Winamax for 599.93 points) March 26th, 2015 (on 888, Stars, Stars.fr for 631.02 points) Congrats to Fierro on his new hardware! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  21. The last 10 days of March were mighty kind to veeea, who won 10 tournaments and a pair of PocketFives Triple Crowns. No joke. He reentered his screen names in recent days and has quickly climbed to #30 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. Here's a look at his 10 wins over the 10-day span: March 22: PokerStars.fr Le Triomphe for $6,100 March 24: PartyPoker $5,000 Guaranteed for $1,400 March 27: PokerStars.fr Six-Max Club €250 for $4,000 March 27: PartyPoker $5,000 Guaranteed for $1,100 March 27: PartyPoker $10,000 Guaranteed for $2,000 March 29: PokerStars $265 NLHE Knockout for $15,900 March 29: PokerStars $100 Rebuy for $10,500 March 31: PokerStars $265 NLHE Knockout for $6,200 March 31: PokerStars.fr Storm for $3,300 March 31: PartyPoker Daily Major for $11,000 Those 10 wins translated to a pair of PocketFives Triple Crowns, the second and third of his career. He is up to $3.6 million in online tournament winnings all-time, about two-thirds of which has come on PokerStars, and seems poised for another run at the top of the PocketFives Rankings. You might recall that he hit an all-time high of #6 on our site last year. His two largest tournament wins all-time came in 2013, a pair of victories in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $112,000 and $79,000 officially. He has 3,400 in the money finishes in tournaments we track for an average of $1,075 each. Here's a look at his scores on each site: PokerStars (veeea): $2,482,135 Full Tilt (veeea): $740,489 PokerStars.fr (veeeafr): $206,792 PartyPoker (deepsee): $106,752 888 Poker (veeea): $59,917 iPoker (snymruk): $49,281 Winamax (veeea): $29,773 Congrats to veeea on his big run to close out March! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  22. Look out, Chris moorman1Moorman. What was thought to be a nearly unbreakable record on PocketFives could soon be broken. Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) now has 20 PocketFives Triple Crowns, trailing Moorman by just five. Incredibly, Fierro has won 10 Triple Crowns this year compared to Moorman's one to close the gap. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Fierro's latest Triple Crown began on September 15 with a win in the 134-man PartyPoker Daily Major. He plays as JokerzFull on that site and walked away with $3,600. Four days later, the Chilean was back at it, winning the PokerStars.fr Hot €100 for $2,500. He plays as PKaizer on that site and defeated a field of 104 entrants. It took all of one day for Fierro to score his third and final win for the Triple Crown. It came in the PokerStars $27 No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo for $5,600 and Fierro defeated a pack of over 1,200 players. The result was his 20th Triple Crown all-time and his 10th this year. Here's a recap of his Triple Crowns: May 10th, 2012 (on Carbon, bwin, Stars for 693.07 points) March 22nd, 2013 (on Stars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points) May 13th, 2013 (on Tilt, Party, MyBet for 669.56 points) October 29th, 2013 (on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points) November 18th, 2013 (on MyBet, Party, Stars for 434.22 points) March 17th, 2014 (on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 596.66 points) August 8th, 2014 (on Stars, Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points) September 14th, 2014 (on Tilt, Party, Stars for 540.55 points) September 22nd, 2014 (on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 448.09 points) September 30th, 2014 (on Stars, Tilt, Stars.fr for 397.38 points) January 20th, 2015 (on Winamax, Stars, Party for 462.20 points) January 29th, 2015 (on Stars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points) March 2nd, 2015 (on Stars, Stars.fr, Winamax for 599.93 points) March 26th, 2015 (on 888, Stars, Stars.fr for 631.02 points) April 16th, 2015 (on BetUS, Stars, Stars.fr for 440.11 points) April 21st, 2015 (on 888, BetUS, PokerStars for 721.79 points) June 9th, 2015 (on Winamax, Stars, Aced for 465.14 points) June 16th, 2015 (on Party, Stars.fr, Tilt for 476.07 points) August 9th, 2015 (on 888, Stars, Party for 665.67 points) September 20th, 2015 (on Party, Stars.fr, Stars for 419.70 points) PocketFives has awarded 81 Triple Crowns this year, which means we're on pace for 108. Last year, there were 138 Triple Crowns. All-time, we have awarded 1,013 of them, which means Moorman (pictured) and Fierro have combined for 4.4% of all Triple Crowns awarded on PocketFives. Fierro has $8.4 million in career online tournament winnings, the third most of anyone on our site. He is currently the #2 player worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and has been ranked #1 six times in the last 12 months. Congrats to Fierro on his 20th PocketFives Triple Crown. Visit the Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  23. [caption width="639"] Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merrill won his fourth Triple Crown, credit: CodigoPoker[/caption] Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. A new perspective. Something different to wake up to every morning. For Brandon 'tedSTRETCH' Merril, a move from Costa Rica to Colombia meant a noticeable boost to his poker game. Last year, Merrill gathered his belongings, stuffed them in a few bags, and moved southeast from Jaco Beach, Costa Rica to Medellin, Colombia. Jaco is on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and is the equivalent of a 24/7 spring break. Its beautiful scenery, warm climate, and sprawling beaches have made the seaside hamlet a popular destination for poker players from the United States and around the world. Now, contrast white sandy beaches with the urban metropolis of Medellin, Colombia, located six hours from the nearest natural sand. It has a population of over two million and could not be more dissimilar to Jaco. It's like comparing apples to basketballs. "It's pretty imperative to know Spanish here," Merrill said. "There is hardly any English spoken. So, I have been spending a lot of time studying and learning to speak Spanish correctly. I almost think pronouncing things correctly is harder than the game of poker for me." Why move? Why lose any hope of mastering how to surf? "Jaco was pretty awesome for the first year I was there," he said, "Especially since I hadn't traveled much outside the United States besides Mexico. But it's a pretty big party town and full of tourists and people passing through. It's almost like a miniature U.S. for ex-pats in that you don't need to speak Spanish and the prices are not that much cheaper." Merrill met his current roommates in Costa Rica and they invited him to make the journey 600 miles away. So far, the decision has proven to be profitable financially and emotionally. "I have been liking Colombia way more than Costa Rica even though there is no surf close by," he said. "Colombia also has been at the top of the list of happiest countries for the last couple of years. This year, I want to tour South America now that my Spanish is passable and maybe hit up the LAPT circuit a lot more." Not only have his linguistics gotten better, but a desire to alter his lifestyle has been ignited as well. "I started eating healthy, working out a ton, and paying a chef to prepare meals for me on grinding days the last six months," Merrill shared. "I have always been pretty healthy and skinny, but didn't really realize the tremendous impact doing things right would have on my mental state and clarity while grinding." When he's not playing online, Merrill spends time at a nearby manmade lake where he enjoys wakeboarding and jet skiing. He also plays soccer with other poker players who live in the area. [caption width="640"] Medellin, Colombia, Merrill's new digs, credit: MaverickTraveler[/caption] Merrill believes that without the move, he would not be as successful as he is today. "A couple of my roommates don't go out partying at all, and the others rarely do, so it's definitely easier to stay focused on playing and discussing hands than other living situations I have been in," he said. "Also, the climate is perfect. It's not usually too hot or too cold. That really helps when I have a bad session or when I'm running badly." His roommates are heads-up and Six Max cash game grinders who have had a profound impact on Merrill's game. As he put it, "Cash players are way more GTO sound." In February, Merrill won his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown, an award that requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a seven-day period. He won MTTs on PokerStars.fr, PokerStars, and 888 and piled up 467 PLB Points for his fourth award. He won his third Triple Crown last August. "I had a few nice scores in February and saw that I had a shot at getting the Monthly PLB, so I tried to put in a ton of volume towards the end of the month," Merrill said. "I ended up not winning the PLB, but it was nice to get the Triple Crown without really trying for it. I have had a lot of times where I just needed one more win to cinch the Triple Crown, but couldn't close." Merrill ended up finishing third in the February Monthly PLB race with 2,440 points. While the new locale is certainly helping, Merrill believes being a student of the game is more important than many realize. "I try to take as many tips and tricks from guys who are crushing the game and implement them in my own game and lifestyle," said Merrill. He has piled up $3.3 million in career online tournament winnings and ascended all the way to #39 in the rankings, his best showing ever. Moreover, he's the top-ranked player in Colombia and has an amazing 835 top-three finishes in online MTTs, 60 more than the most successful online player in history, Chris 'moorman1' Moorman.
  24. [caption width="640"] Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. wins first-ever PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated sites[/caption] Over the past 11 years, there have been over 1,000 PocketFives Triple Crowns awarded, but never one on New Jersey regulated online poker rooms. History is meant to be changed. Earlier this month, Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. etched his name into PocketFives history by becoming the first person to nail down a Triple Crown solely on New Jersey regulated online poker sites. It's been two-and-a-half years since regulated online poker launched in New Jersey. In the early days of the regulated online poker scene in New Jersey, it was possible, although extremely difficult, to win a Triple Crown with players having access to just three networks: partypoker/BorgataPoker, 888poker/WSOP and UltimatePoker, which eventually closed. PokerStars launched in New Jersey earlier this year giving players a new place to play and making the Triple Crown possible again. To make things even more challenging, not every site offered a tournament every day that met the requirements necessary to win one leg of the Triple Crown. To win a Triple Crown, players must win three tournaments tracked by PocketFives with at least 100 players and at least a $10,000 prize pool on three different networks within seven days. Haberman, who held the number one spot in the New Jersey PocketFives Online Rankings for a couple of months earlier in the year, might be modest when claiming luck was the key element to winning the first-ever Triple Crown in New Jersey. "It was pretty cool, it's a difficult task in New Jersey when you only have one tournament a day excluding Sundays meeting the requirements on each site," said Haberman. "I definitely ran well in order to get it." Haberman's path to the Triple Crown began on June 3 when he outlasted a field of 119 players to win the $10,000 Guaranteed Nightly on WSOP.com to bank $2,800. A few days later, he followed this up by finishing on top of the PokerStars Nightly Stars $100, $10,000 Guaranteed for $2,500. While Haberman admitted that before this point he wasn't aiming for a Triple Crown, his mindset changed after his first two wins. "I wasn't particularly aiming for a Triple Crown, but once I had the first two wins on WSOP and PokerStars with a few days to spare, it was on my radar," Haberman said. On June 7, Haberman accomplished what many New Jersey players have been dreaming of by nailing down his third win and the first ever PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated online poker rooms when he took down the partypoker Daily $10,000 for $2,936. This tournament just met the Triple Crown requirements with 101 players, or one more than the 100 players needed for it to qualify. Haberman is one of the more accomplished online poker players in New Jersey with almost $520,000 in cashes tracked by PocketFives on regulated sites. This figure is even more impressive when considering he has only one five-digit cash when he won the Sunday $50K for $10,500 on May 24, 2014. While enjoying success in New Jersey, Haberman believes regulated online poker in his state can even be better if one day soon it will be regulated in a neighboring state and be allowed to share liquidity with the sites in the Garden State. "I enjoy New Jersey poker, and its nice to see New York beginning the process, I can only hope they would want to link up with New Jersey and really give a huge boost to US regulated online poker, which is awesome already," said Haberman. The success of New Jersey players in the WSOP, lead by Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano shipping a World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 WSOP No Limit Hold'em event for $448,463, might mean Haberman hits Sin City this summer. "I'm not really sure what I'll be doing for the rest of the summer," Haberman said. "I may end up in Vegas for a week or two, and I may go down to Florida to visit some family and play some SHRPO events."
  25. [caption width="639"] Andrew 'Mergulas Glauberg became the second person to earn a PocketFives Triple Crown on New Jersey regulated online poker sites (Borgata photo).[/caption] Back in June, Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman Jr. became the first player to win a PocketFives Triple Crown solely on regulated online poker sites in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Andrew ‘Mergulas’ Glauberg joined this exclusive club to become just the second person to earn this honor. When regulated online poker was launched in November 2013, it was possible, although very difficult, for players to win a Triple Crown with only three licensed networks: partypoker/BorgataPoker, 888poker/WSOP, and Ultimate Poker. To win a Triple Crown, players must win three tournaments tracked by PocketFives with at least 100 players and at least a $10,000 prize pool on three different networks within seven days. Less than a year later, Ultimate Poker permanently closed its doors making it impossible for almost two years for any player to win a Triple Crown solely on New Jersey regulated networks. Unlike players around the world, many players in New Jersey for the past few years didn’t have winning a Triple Crown on their radar. This all changed when PokerStars launched in the Garden State in March 2016, giving players hope of winning one of online poker’s most exclusive accolades. “Winning a Triple Crown wasn’t something that was actually possible until PokerStars came to New Jersey and I didn’t really think about it until then,” Glauberg said. Glauberg began his path to his first Triple Crown with two wins on August 1 by outlasting a field of 121 players in the Nightly Stars on PokerStars to win $2,555 and also finishing on top of the 142-player field in the $10,000 Guaranteed Nightly on WSOP to haul in $2,750. At that point, Glauberg posted on the New Jersey local community with many believing he was calling his shot. However, Glauberg shared his motivation for posting was different. “I won two of them in one day. I wanted to make sure they both qualified and realized I had about six chances left to win on BorgataPoker,” Glauberg said. Less than one week later, Glauberg got his biggest win of the three by shipping the BorgatPoker Daily $10,000 for $3,248. At the same time as winning a Triple Crown, Glauberg also passed the $1 million mark in online tournament cashes as tracked by PocketFives. However, Glauberg says that winning a Triple Crown was more important than the milestone number. “One million is a cool number, but I think a Triple Crown is more difficult to achieve in New Jersey. You don’t have to be profitable to get to one million,” said Glauberg, who has been playing poker before the start of the decade getting his start while studying accounting in college and decided to pursue the game professionally after graduation. “I play for a living since I graduated college seven years ago,” said Glauberg. “I was playing online during college and I really liked it. I graduated with an accounting major, and I didn’t really enjoy that as much as I enjoyed poker. So I decided to give online poker a shot. I just kept going and never looked back.” One might think Glauberg got the majority of his cashes before regulated online poker came to New Jersey. However, despite the fact that he achieved Supernova Elite status on PokerStars in 2010 and 2011, this isn't the case. Out of Glauberg’s over $1 million in online winnings, more than $700,000 were earned on New Jersey regulated poker sites. This puts him on top of the list of most cashes by any member of the PocketFives community on New Jersey regulated sites. Glauberg maintains a considerable lead on the New Jersey all-time online tournament cashes list with a cushion of almost $70,000 against his nearest competitor, Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger, and is over $160,000 ahead of third on the list, Haberman Jr. PocketFives All-Time Online Cashes on NJ Networks Andrew 'Mergulas' Glauberg - $716,385 Jeremy 'Jermz' Danger - $647,533 Michael 'JohnnnyDrama' Haberman Jr. - $553,998 David 'phatchoy888' Cheng - $542,981 Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon - $528,741 Anthony 'Thatgood45' Pagan - $484,416 Fred 'BiggDaddy' Farrell - $482,235 Anthony 'tonydatiger' Maio - $439,617 Keith 'donnysack' Donovan - $422,749 Jake 'schaf4206' Schafer - $394,696
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