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  1. Last month, England's Scott Aggro SantosMargereson (pictured) won his third PocketFives Triple Crown. He took down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each on three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days and made over $25,000 in the process. "It came at a nice time because I started playing for myself a couple of months ago and was on a bit of a downswing right before I won the Triple Crown," Margereson told PocketFives. "In winning the Triple Crown, I had a great Sunday that got me out of the hole I was in." Margereson took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Rollerand Winamax Magnumon February 9 for the first two legs of his Triple Crown. He then needed all of a day to win the Full Tilt Monday Mayhem to wrap it up. The Sunday High Roller had a buy-in of €300 and fetched nearly 200 players. "It's a well-structured tournament that plays particularly deep early on, which I feel suits me," Margereson said of the PokerStars.fr contest. "It used to be really soft, but a lot of dot-com regs have moved over there in the last year, so it has gotten a bit tougher. I have run pretty well in it recently." When will we see Triple Crown number four, which will put him in very exclusive company on the site? "I'm actually surprised I managed to win a third one," he said. "I have a love-hate relationship with tournament poker. I go through periods of two weeks where I'll grind a decent amount and then the following two weeks I'll barely play at all, maybe a couple days a week. So, I was probably fortunate to win this and it was probably only because the stuff I won was on Sunday and Monday. By Wednesday, I was probably sick of MTTs." Margereson is up to $1.6 million in tracked online MTTs and said he wants to continue building his bankroll for the rest of the year. Plus, he recently moved, so we'd imagine there are still a few expenses to deal with. "I recently moved out to Playa del Carmen (pictured) due to the UK time zone being so terrible and it's great out here," he relayed. "As long as I'm making enough money to not go broke and continue to live here, I'm happy." Has the move to Mexico contributed to his recent success? He evaluated, "I'm not really sure to be honest. It is definitely less stressful living out here than at home, so maybe that's part of it. But, I think the main factor was winning some all-ins when it mattered." Margereson has won one Triple Crown per year for the last three years. Here's a look at his accolades, which you can see have come on a total of seven different sites: October 19, 2012 on PartyPoker, 888 Poker, and PokerStars for 361 PLB Points June 3, 2013 on bwin, Full Tilt, and 888 Poker for 360 PLB Points February 10, 2014 on PokerStars.fr, Winamax, and Full Tilt for 579 PLB Points See who else has made waves by visiting our Triple Crown Wall of Champions. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. February 2 to 16 was a pretty epic period of time for Denmark's x_zola25, who took down seven tournaments in two weeks for his first PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the 31st Triple Crown for Denmark, so we definitely wanted to catch up with x_zola25 and talk about his groundbreaking effort. Before we hop into the interview, we wanted to highlight the seven tournaments he impressively won in a span of 14 days: February 2: Betfair Sunday Late Night February 6: Betfair €8,000 Guaranteed Rebuy February 10: Betfair High Roller Monday February 14: PokerStars Big $22 February 14: Betfair €5,000 Guaranteed February 14: PartyPoker $10,000 Guaranteed Turbo Rebuy February 16: Betsafe Barracuda "It feels unreal," x_zola25 said about his first Triple Crown. "I'm really happy and really proud. I have always seen a Triple Crown as something for top pros that I have dreamed of doing, but never really believed I could do." On what he attributed his run to, he remarked, "I was on a hot streak, no doubt. But, I finally got a big result on PokerStars, which I have been trying to get for a very long time (1,000+ tournaments), so that gave me some extra confidence." His seven wins boosted him to 61 over the course of his career in tracked MTTs. Those five-dozen scores have helped boost his total online winnings to $376,000 and, accordingly, he is up to #18 in the Denmark poker community. Speaking of Denmark, he said of poker in his home country, "I don't think people in general know much about poker here and I believe the general view of poker is a bit negative. People probably think a lot of poker players are gambling addicts." There have been a host of well-known Danish players over the years, including Gus Hansen (pictured), Peter Eastgate, and Theo Jorgensen. x_zola25 said, "Simon Ravnsbaek is one the guys who wins it all here, so I believe he is one of the guys who people look up to the most. In addition, AlexKP is insane (in a good way). They are both amazing players and play extremely well." He is a student at Aarhus University in Denmark and said his poker schedule is fairly mercurial: "This semester, I probably won't play that many Sundays because I have lectures pretty early on Mondays. Until now, I have played a lot of Sundays. In the future, I probably will play on Mondays and try to take down the High Roller a few more times. On average, I would say I probably play 25 hours per week." One of his favorite tournaments is the $50 Rebuy on PartyPoker, which he has shipped four times in the last seven months, each for over $6,000. Helping x_zola25 go through the motions in poker is his Skype group, with whom he discusses strategy and reviews hands. The clan includes fellow Danes like madsmk, jonhdinno, J. Dinnowich, and Rune. He cautioned, "Look out for the last three players. Their breakthroughs will come within the year!" Meanwhile, madsmk is quickly nearing $1 million in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile. Also pushing him along is his girlfriend. He gleaned, "I'd like to thank my amazing girlfriend for letting me postpone the date we had on Sunday to let me go for the Triple Crown!" That's quite an awesome gesture. Visit the Triple Crown Wall of Champions to see who else has won this prestigious 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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Late last month, Russia's MatveichukR(pictured) took down his sixth PocketFives Triple Crown. If the award isn't familiar to you, the way to get one is to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. PocketFivers have won 106 of them in 2014 and exactly 900 all-time. For MatveichukR, the latest Triple Crown was his sixth overall and his first since September of last year. He told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "Almost a year has passed since I won my last Triple Crown. A few times, I got two of the three wins, but did not succeed in getting a third. But now, I've gotten my sixth one." When asked what the key was to winning so many Triple Crowns on PocketFives, MatveichukR answered firmly, "You just have to play a lot." He added, "Now, it's not so easy to win a Triple Crown. I used to play on seven sites and everywhere there were a lot of tournaments that qualified for one. Now, your options are pretty much just PokerStars, Full Tilt, and iPoker." Here's a list of the six Triple Crowns that MatveichukR has achieved in the last two years: October 1, 2012 (on 32Red, Titan, Party with 684.18 points) December 19, 2012 (on Stars, Tilt, Party with 460.99 points) May 31, 2013 (on Stars, 888, Titan with 605.38 points) June 21, 2013 (on Titan, Stars, Tilt with 481.70 points) September 7, 2013 (on EuroPoker, Tilt, Stars with 545.99 points) July 27, 2014 (on Titan, Party, Tilt with 646.15 points) You'll notice that his latest Triple Crown was worth 646 PLB Points, the second most in a Triple Crown he's had, much of which came via a victory in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl on July 27. Three of his five largest career scores have come in the Brawl, leading him to say, "I was in a downswing and that was my biggest win since September 2013, so I'm very happy." All told, MatveichukR has amassed 213 first place finishes in online MTTs and almost 600 top-three finishes. Accordingly, he has battled against some of the top names online throughout the years, so we thought it'd be fitting to ask who the best online tournament players in the world are right now. His response: "cal42688(pictured) and moorman1. Among Russian-speaking players, I would pick veeeaand Romeopro. Moorman is a legend online. cal42688's game seems, to me, to be very interesting, as he has had very solid results. veeea and Romeopro are people with whom I have discussed a lot of hands and learned a lot from. I think they are the top players in Russia and Ukraine." Check out 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. It has been a whirlwind last few years for Bill Christie (pictured), known on PocketFives as throwinphins. Just a few minutes after signing a lease on a home in Florida, Black Friday struck down his poker hopes and dreams, temporarily of course. With the help of Poker Refugees, he made the decision to relocate to play online poker and has since won his first PocketFives Triple Crown. But, the journey was not without several major obstacles, as he put it, as he loved living life "full speed in the fast lane." He also had $140,000 online when Black Friday hit, dramatically complicating matters. PocketFives: How did you get into poker? Bill Christie: I got into poker during high school. My best friend's dad was a professional and we would try and get as many people as possible to play in freezeouts after school and on the weekends. Then, I found online poker and fell in love. I became determined to figure out how to be the best I could. I played and studied the game day and night. I even would analyze hands in my sleep at one point. I couldn't get enough. At that point, I had started a lawn and landscape business. I would be mowing lawns all day and couldn't wait to be done so I could go home and play poker. My first big score came shortly after when I beat Jon PearlJammer Turner heads-up in the Saturday $300 for $21,000. I had a couple more scores that week and was leaving for the WSOP soon. It was during that summer that I felt like I could make more money playing poker than landscaping. So, I made the decision to become a professional and play poker as my only source of income. Over the next couple of years, I crushed online. I felt I had become one of the best sit and go players in the world. At the time, you could play $109 sit and gos, pay the $9 in rake, and still make $9 a game. I did well and, with the money I was making from sit and gos, I would take shots in the big MTTs. After some deep runs in the Sunday Million and a Sunday Warm-Up final table, I chopped the Sunday 500 for $85,000. Finally, after the heartache that comes with tournament poker, I hit something big. At this point, it was October 2009 and I was on top of the world, temporarily. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to have a good time, so when I wasn't working, I was going out racking up huge bar tabs and making poor decisions overall. I lived life at full speed in the fast lane: sex, drugs, and plenty of booze. Honestly, looking back I feel like I'm lucky to be alive. This continued and 17 months later, five minutes after signing a $2,200 per month lease in Florida, I get the Black Friday call that our government shut down all of the poker sites to US players. At the time, I had $140,000 online. I didn't know if I was ever going to see my money again and the only other money I had was $10,000 to $20,000 in cash at home. Within a week, they wired most if it back to me, though. Here is where I wish I had made the decision to relocate to still play on all the big sites. I was playing the best poker of my life and on a $90,000 upswing. It was hard for me because I had wanted to move to Florida my whole life. My passion in life is fishing and I wanted to move to Florida and start saltwater fishing and maybe even turn it into a business. So, I moved with my dog and girlfriend to Tampa. I had $4,000 per month in bills and the only sites I could play on were withered US sites where you'd be lucky to see your money in three weeks. Well, that couldn't last forever and soon I was headed for broke and knew I had to get into another line of work or relocate. Twelve months after moving to Florida, my girlfriend and I decided to split and I felt like I didn't have much to lose by relocating and taking a shot at the big sites again. So, with the help of Poker Refugees, I decided to move to Costa Rica in June 2012. I befriended some of the best cash game players on the planet and spent the next nine months playing and partying like I had in the past, but could never really get traction and kind of floated along, making enough to get by and having fun and trying to figure out what my purpose was in this life. After 10 months in Costa Rica, my friends and I decided to move to Rosarito, Mexico. I went back to Ohio to get my dog and car and made the five-day drive to Rosarito. It was nice having my Costa Rican friends with me and we soon made friends with other guys in Rosa. I can't say enough good things about all of the kids in Jaco and Rosa. They have all become brothers to me. I was living here for a few months before something major in my life happened: I turned 30 and my god did it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had to figure out what I wanted out of life and sat down for a good week looking at other occupations and schooling and nothing fit me. It's hard with no other education besides a high school diploma. I saw that chefs in Cleveland averaged $25,000 a year and I had plenty of times where I made that in a week or even a night. So, I said to myself, "Okay, this is your last chance." I quit the partying and spent the last eight months busting my ass playing 10 to 12 hours a day, then going to the gym and spending the rest of the night going over my hands and watching videos. It took a little while at first to get going, but I knew I was running worse than I ever had in my career in key spots. I went home for Christmas and knew when I got back, if I kept doing the same things, good things were about to happen. Sure enough, halfway through January, I started to hit $3,000 and $5,000 scores regularly and, for the first time since Black Friday, felt that I was playing on a way higher level than most opponents and that my edge was that big again. It has been a crazy ride thus far, but I'm very excited for the future. I've worked harder than I ever thought possible to get back on top and I don't have any regrets about the past. It has made me into the man I am today and I just keep trying to stay humble and improve as a person day in and day out. I guess it's all part of growing up. PocketFives: How are you feeling about the Triple Crown? Bill Christie: I am very proud of that accomplishment. I won the Stan James Major and the PokerStars $5 Cubed on Sunday and was leaving on Wednesday to fly to Indianapolis to watch my sister graduate from Butler. I always take off Mondays, so I thought I only had one day left to get it done, so I started firing up all kinds of $100 Turbos and things that I would normally not play to try and get the Triple Crown. Halfway through my session, I was like, "Didn't I win a tourney on PartyPoker on Tuesday?" I looked it up on PocketFives to make sure it was over $10,000, saw it was, and let out a big sigh of relief. PocketFives: What are your plans for the rest of 2014? Bill Christie: I am leaving Rosa to go home for the summer and buy my first home. I need more balance in my life. Since June 2012, I've been on a Federal tax break where if you stay out of the country for 330 days a year or more, you don't have to pay Federal taxes up to $95,000. So, I've only been in the US fewer than 50 days since June 2012. It adds up too. I miss sushi, craft beers, good deli meat, and going up to Cleveland and rooting on the Browns, but most of all I miss my friends and family. They mean the absolute world to me and it has been tough being away from them for so long. After the Browns beat the Saints in Week 2, I'm leaving Ohio and heading to Playa del Carmen to play from there. I will be going back to Ohio every two months or so for a couple of weeks at a time and am going to start investing in real estate. I want my money to work for me and I need income coming in after poker. If anyone reading this article is on the fence about relocating to play, I say go for it! Life is too short to keep folding; before you know it, you're blinded out without ever taking a shot. Excuse the corny poker analogy, but you get it. Even if you don't win all the gold you had hoped for, you are still going to make new friends, see the way the world works, and how beautiful it really is. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. 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.
  10. On September 18, Andrei Krylou (pictured), better known as Happynoseon PocketFives, won the first of three tournaments for his first Triple Crown. PokerStarswas the site of the victory, which came in a $75 NLHE tournament. The next day, he was off to the races in the Full Tilt Benjamin, coming out on top for $3,200, and his final Triple Crown tournament was the iPoker Saturday Mosh Pit. "I feel great," Krylou said of his emotions on winning his first Triple Crown. "It was amazing to win three tournaments in a row and a nice cash reward as well. It was the second opportunity I've had to win one, so I felt a little bit nervous playing the last final table, heads-up especially. Winning a Triple Crown means a big psychological impact on your game. For me, it shows I can achieve something at poker and will try to grow my experience and skill that way." Earlier this year, Krylou won the 888 Sunday Challenge for $22,000, the largest tournament cash we have tracked for him. The story behind the win is that he began playing poker in 2009 on the side. He lived on his poker winnings for two years, but didn't have much success to write home about and so took on a full-time job. He explained, "My friend gave me a second breath in poker, got me interested in tournament poker again, and that was the result that totally inspired me to continue my poker career." In 2012, Krylou was predominantly playing NL25 to NL100 cash games before getting into MTTs. His decision to do so, interestingly enough, involved some spirits: "In the autumn of 2013, I was drinking beer with my friend and he started talking about his tournaments and his winnings. After that, I tried to play weekend sessions and my interest totally returned back. A couple of months later, I quit my job and started grinding." There are 219 players with PLB scores from Belarusand Krylou is ranked 12th among them. Worldwide, he can be found at #962. "Online poker in Belarus is quite popular," he said. "Many people ask questions when you wear clothes with a poker site label. We don't have any TV channel that shows the WPT, EPT, RPT, or other series, so the only source for us is PokerStars.tv." Despite the dearth of poker entertainment, those interested in the game in Belarus can head to their local casino. Krylou explained, "Offline, we have the Byelorussian Poker Federation, which holds a national poker championship with five to eight events. That has been going on every year for the last six or seven years and there are a couple of tournaments every month. Also, offline poker is widely played at different casinos, but there are mainly cash games." Krylou got started in poker after a friend told him about the game at the end of university. "It took us not a lot of time to learn all of the combinations and game rules," he commented. "For a couple of months, we played friendly poker using matches instead of chips. After that, we decided to play real money games, found one of the many sites that gave a free $50, and started playing online." We're quickly nearing the end of 2014, which means it's time to discuss poker goals for the rest of the year. Krylou told us what he's focusing on this year: "Not ruining my bankroll until the end of the year and earning money from EPT tournaments." He has actually had a longstanding goal of excelling on the EPT, so we'll see if that eventually comes to fruition. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Last month, Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), known as Romeoproon PocketFives, scooped his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown. He has now won one a year since 2012 and, this time around, took down the PartyPokerSaturday Major, WinamaxTop 50, and PokerStars $109 Rebuy. We caught up with the Kiev resident to talk about his latest claim to fame. PocketFives: Tell us how you're feeling about winning your fourth Triple Crown. Roman Romanovskyi: Pretty great. First of all, I want to thank PocketFives for its existence because it's one of the biggest, if not the biggest, motivating factors for me. PocketFives has such a great rankings system compared to the one on PokerStars, for example, where you can just grind a million $1 to $11 tourneys with big fields every day and if you know at least something about the game, you will do fine. PocketFives' system is way better and more well-rounded overall. PocketFives: Which of the three Triple Crown tourneys was the most challenging and why? Roman Romanovskyi: Skill-wise, the toughest one was the $100 Rebuy, where I was battling heads-up against Mohsin chicagocards1 Charania, but the most challenging was definitely the Winamax Top 50 because I was playing for only the second time on Winamax and wasn't used to it, but luckily I managed to ship it. PocketFives: Talk about playing heads-up against chicagocards1 (pictured). Roman Romanovskyi: It was pretty fun overall. I felt like I outplayed him a little bit or was at least lucky enough to get through two or three pretty big bluffs. I thought I played pretty much perfectly heads-up. After reviewing it, I didn't find even a tiny mistake. But, as I usually do when things don't go my way, in the middle of the match I started complaining, which I'm not a fan of, but sometimes I just can't handle myself when I'm running badly. I'm trying my best to complain less every session I play. PocketFives: You had a solid end to 2014. Talk about finishing the year and if any momentum has carried over to this year. Roman Romanovskyi: It was solid even though I didn't make a run at the Yearly TLB title in the last three months, but it still was a pretty decent finish to the year overall. I have definitely carried my momentum over to 2015, as I am pretty confident in myself to make a run at the Yearly PLB title as well as a couple of even tougher goals. PS, I am taking prop bets on the Yearly PLB against anyone, so PM me if you're interested. PocketFives: Are you playing any of the WSOP? Roman Romanovskyi. No. At this moment in my career, I feel like I have a lot more motivation toward my online goals than live. It was the other way around when I turned 21 and went to the WSOP for the first time. That was only two years ago basically. PocketFives: Who, in your opinion, are the best online tournament players in the world right now and, in particular, in the CIS region? Roman Romanovskyi. The games get tougher each day, so there are lots of really good players, but in my opinion a few stand out: CrownUpGuy (pictured), European, apestyles, and smokrokflock. I could have added couple of my favorite tournament players like lechuckpoker, philbort, Pokernoob999, LarzLuzak, and Imper1um, but all of them are playing 90% live now or, like LarzLuzak, are basically cash game players. As for the CIS region, it's the same situation as the worldwide scene: there are a lot of good players, but I can single out a few. OMGitshunt is a pretty much flawless tournament player and I would name him "the best" in CIS if I ruled out myself. Also, I want to mention veeea, accussity, and hellohellohello. They all are really good players who have very tiny leaks/flaws in their game, but are still among the top pros. Congrats to Romanovskyi on his latest 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. 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.
  22. January was a pretty epic month for Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro (pictured), even by his standards. He took down ten online poker tournaments and scored two PocketFives Triple Crowns during the stanza, raising his lifetime total to 12, the second most of anyone in our community. His first Triple Crown began on the 15th of January with a win in the Winamax XTASEfor $4,500. Four days later, he was off to the races in the PokerStars $109 Cubedand banked $5,900. It took him all of 24 hours to close out his Triple Crown bid from there, as Fierro won the PartyPoker $25,000 Guaranteed for $4,800. Just like that, his 11th PocketFives Triple Crown was in hand. Following his first Triple Crown of January, Fierro won a PokerStars $55 NLHE tournament and the Winamax High Roller, although the latter didn't qualify for a Triple Crown since it didn't reach 100 entrants. Still, those two wins totaled almost $10,000 in real money and the PokerStars tournament marked the first leg of another Triple Crown. From there, he took down the Winamax XPERT as well as the Big $10 on BlackChip on back-to-back days to claim his second PocketFives Triple Crown of January and his 12th overall. Fierro claimed five Triple Crowns in 2014. Here's a look at his dozen awards: May 10, 2012 (on Carbon, bwin, PokerStars for 693.07 points) March 22, 2013 (on PokerStars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points) May 13, 2013 (on Full Tilt, PartyPoker, MyBet for 669.56 points) October 29, 2013 (on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points) November 18, 2013 (on MyBet, Party, PokerStars for 434.22 points) March 17, 2014 (on PokerStars, Carbon, PokerStars.fr for 596.66 points) August 8, 2014 (on PokerStars, Full Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points) September 14, 2014 (on Full Tilt, PartyPoker, PokerStars for 540.55 points) September 22, 2014 (on PokerStars, Carbon, PokerStars.fr for 448.09 points) September 30, 2014 (on PokerStars, Full Tilt, PokerStars.fr for 397.38 points) January 20, 2015 (on Winamax, PokerStars, PartyPoker for 462.20 points) January 29, 2015 (on PokerStars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points) Fierro is the only Chilean ever to win a PocketFives Triple Crown. He is also the only Chile pokercommunity ever to bring home a Monthly PLB title. Congrats to Fierro on his 12th Triple Crown! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  23. Seriously? This author came home from a delicious Mexican lunch only to see an e-mail from the agent of Chris Moorman1Moorman (pictured) saying he had won his 25th PocketFives Triple Crown. I think it's safe to say that Moorman is not human. His latest Triple Crown started on May 8 with a win in an iPOPS event on Everest Poker. The tournament was a $77 Cubed event that drew 521 players and Moorman, playing under the handle RocketMonk, took it down for $15,000. UK PocketFivers, including Moorman, finished in four of the top seven spots and took home 87% of the prize pool. One day later, Moorman was back at it, this time winning the 888 Poker Crocodilefor $6,300. The 888 tournament had 153 players and Moorman, playing under the user name WhatWudJSay, was one of two PocketFivers at the final table. Moorman wrapped up his 25th PocketFives Triple Crown with a win in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on Friday morning for $2,800. The tournament had a field of 115 and, perhaps more important than Moorman's top prize was Triple Crown #25, his second of 2015. The next closest member of PocketFives has 16 Triple Crowns. Moorman told PocketFives on Friday moments after winning the PokerStars tournament, "I felt like this Triple Crown was going to be straightforward because I had six days to win the final leg on Full Tilt, PartyPoker, or PokerStars and I was going to be playing a lot of volume with SCOOP, but then it seemed like it wasn't going to happen after many near-misses. It's nice to get off the mark for 2015. Even with everything going on in my life, this is still an important goal to me to continue winning more Triple Crowns." Congrats to 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.
  24. 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.
  25. It has been a busy month of August on PocketFives. In fact, two of our longtime members, one of whom is ranked #1 worldwide, won PocketFives Triple Crowns. They were the 73rd and 74th Triple Crowns awarded this year. --- 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. --- Let's start with the heck a Triple Crown is in case you have no idea. In order to get one, a person must win three multi-table tournaments, each of which starts within the same seven-day period, across three of the sites we track. Each tournament must have a prize pool of at least $10,000 and have at least 100 players. Satellites and freerolls do not count. Okay, back to the story now. On August 9, Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured above) earned his 19th PocketFives Triple Crown. Our current #1 player in the world, Fierro won two Sunday Majors in the process. First, he took down the 888 PokerMega Deep on August 2 for $22,000. The next day, he won the PokerStars$109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-Entry for $2,700 before rounding out his Triple Crown the following weekend in the PartyPoker Sunday Major. This was Fierro's 19th Triple Crown and his ninth of 2015. His last Triple Crown came in June of this year and he has amassed the second most number of Triple Crowns all-time, trailing only Chris Moorman1 Moorman, who has 25. Fierro has every single one of Chile's Triple Crowns. Then there's Sweden's inhoo. He won his fifth Triple Crown on August 11. In fact, all three of his wins came on the same day. inhoo won the PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-Entry for $3,600, the Winamax XPERT for $3,000, and the PartyPoker Daily Major for $9,800. It was his first Triple Crown in almost exactly a year. Sweden has 51 Triple Crown wins, so inhoo has been responsible for 10% of them. He's #109 worldwide in the Rankings right now after ascending as high as #3 last year. PocketFives has awarded over 1,000 Triple Crowns since 2005, including 138 last year. We are on pace for about 120 this year. The most number of Triple Crowns awarded in one year was in 2013, when 208 were won. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
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