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In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Just past the three-quarters mark of the WSOP and Paul Volpe is no longer the only former #1 to pick up a new piece of jewelry. Shaun Deeb Earnings: $1,583,588 Cashes: 11 Shaun Deeb beat out 229 players including a final table featureing Jason Koon, defending champ James Calderaro, Scotty Nguyen and Ben Yu to win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event for $1,402,683. Deeb now has three WSOP bracelets and is tied with Volpe for most by a former #1. It's the largest live tournament score of his career by a factor of over four. His previous biggest cash came in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship event. With 11 cashes at the 2018 WSOP, Deeb is now just one cash behind Chris Ferguson for the overall lead. Calvin Anderson Earnings: $35,772 Cashes: 8 Just one year after playing a very limited WSOP schedule, Calvin Anderson is back playing his normal pace and has so far managed to pick up eight cashes. His best result came in the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce-tot-Seven event where he finished 12th for $19,428. Anderson also returned to his online roots to earn a baby cash in the $565 WSOP Online Pot Limit Omaha event. Eight is the most cashes Anderson has recorded in a single WSOP, breaking his previous best of six (2016 & 2013). Chris Moorman Earnings: $27,815 Cashes: 7 Chris Moorman sits just behind Anderson with seven cashes this summer. He picked up two cashes in the last week, the first coming in the $1,000 Big Blind Antes (30 minute levels) event where he finished 181st for $1,621. He followed that up with a 106th place finish in the $1,000 Tag Team event where he teamed with Jeremy Menard. Paul Volpe Earnings: $798,234 Cashes: 6 Since winning the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event on June 5, Volpe has picked up just two WSOP cashes. He finished 14th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and followed that up with a 32nd place finish in the $25,000 PLO event that Deeb won. Those two cashes earned him almost $56,000. Bryan Piccioli Earnings: $15,062 Cashes: 4 The four cashes that Bryan Piccioli has picked up so far this summer aren't exactly anything to write home about. He finished 1,406th in the Colossus ($920), 730th in the Millionaire Maker ($2,808) and 231st in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Bounty event. His best result came in the $1,000 Double Stack where he finished 58th for $9,758.
In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Three Former #1’s Make Top 20 In The Milly Maker After the massive, record-setting Millionaire Maker field of 8,809 played down to the top 20 there were still three former #1-ranked players in the field. Calvin Anderson, Joao Simao, and Steven van Zadelhoff all had hopes of taking home the over $1.3 million first-place prize however, this time it wasn’t meant to be. All three players did end up walking away with healthy five-figure scores. Anderson finished his run in 20th place for $47,820 while Simao laddered up from there, eventually falling in 16th place and banking $59,833. van Zadelhoff just barely missed out on making the final table, when he four-bet shoved his crippled stack with pocket sixes and lost a race against two overs. The one-time PokerStars WCOOP Main Event champion picked up $95,720 for 11th place bringing his lifetime live career earnings just shy of $1.9 million. Paul Volpe Goes Deep In No Limit 2-7…Again Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe’s nickname may be ‘The Main Event’ but the poker world may want to give him another moniker, something to do with the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 event. For the fifth time in seven years, Volpe found himself once again making money in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship. Volpe has made a habit out of going deep in the pro-heavy WSOP event. Not only did he take down the whole thing in 2014 for over $253,000, but he also finished in the top 15 in 2018 and have now made the final table in 2013, 2017, and again here in 2019 - finishing in seventh place for $31,556. Volpe has made $346,668 in the $10K No Limit 2-7 since 2013, giving him a remarkable 495% ROI in this event alone. Shaun Deeb Is Keeping His Promise Shaun Deeb is doing exactly what he said he’d do at the 2019 World Series of Poker - playing absolutely everything. Deeb has been firing in every event he can in his pursuit of back-to-back WSOP Player of the Year awards and he’s the first former #1-ranked PocketFiver to five cashes for the 2019 series. His largest cash of the series thus far has come in Event #18 ($10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship) where he just missed out on the final table, falling in ninth place for $34,467. Deeb also found success in Event #13 ($1,500 No Limit 2-7) finishing in 16th place for $3,862. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to know that Deeb also made a deep run in the second online bracelet event of the year, Event #24 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed) where he ended his run in 13th place for $5,647. Despite picking up a number of results, he has yet to lock down the larger scores it is going to take to propel him up the POY leaderboard. He currently sits ranked #35 on that list. EVENT POSITION WINNINGS The Big 50 - $500 No Limit Hold'em 3597th $797.00 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball 16th $3,862.00 $10,000 Omaha H/L 8 Championship 9th $34,467.00 $600 Pot Limit Omaha - Online 13th $5,647.00 $1,500 8 Game Mix Six Handed 82nd $2,257.00 ‘Lena900’ Wont Million The current king of the worldwide online poker rankings, ’lena900’ took a break from his online grind to make his way to Las Vegas and hop into the 2019 Millionaire Maker. His 529th place finish was only the fourth WSOP cash of his career, good for $4,106.
In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Calvin Anderson Hits Six Figures It continues to be a solid summer for Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson who continues to rack up impressive cashes in his pursuit of his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet. After a series of five-figure cashes, Anderson has quickly surpassed six-figures in total cashes so far in the series. Anderson just missed out on the final table of Event #42 ($600 Mixed No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 8 Handed) falling in 11th place for $12,954. Just two days later on June 20, he did find a seat at the final table of Event #49 ($10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw) where he battled against the likes of Mike Gorodinsky, Mark Gregorich and eventual champion Luke Schwartz but ended up finishing in sixth place for $42,898. Less than a week later it looked like Anderson was yet again going to have a shot at a bracelet, however, he finished Event #62 ($10,000 Razz Championship) in 10th place picking up another $25,008 for his efforts. After tacking on a cash of just over $3,000 in Event #64 ($888 Crazy Eights), Anderson has over $135,000 in total WSOP cashes this year and from the looks of how hard he’s been grinding the schedule at the Rio, he doesn’t look to be finished yet. Ari Engel Gets It Done Ari Engel’s victory in Event #48 ($2,500 No Limit Hold’em) not only brought him his first WSOP gold bracelet and over $427,000, but it made him the first (but not the only) former #1-ranked PocketFiver to earn a bracelet in 2019. Engel took himself out of the ‘No Gold Club’ list as one of the best to go without a bracelet, but it also helped restore some of the confidence he’d been looking for at the WSOP. With that renewed confidence, additional results follow as he’s picked up cashes in three events since his bracelet win. Just days after his win, Engel basically bubbled the final table of Event #60 ($1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better) finishing in 10th place for $15,871. He subsequently picked up cashes in Event #64 ($888 Crazy Eights) and Event #69 ($1,000 Mini Main Event). So far Engel has collected eight cashes for a summer total of just over $465,000. Shaun Deeb Final Tables the PPC Shaun Deeb continues his pursuit the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year with his campaign continuing to impress. Even though he has yet to win a bracelet this summer, Deeb currently has 12 cashes for a total of over $522,000. After taking home $8,656 in Event #51 ($2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo), Deeb added another five-figure cash to his summer with a 24th place finish in Event #52 ($10,000 PLO 8 Handed) for $30,532. The highlight of his summer though has to be his deep run in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, where he finished in fifth place for just over $232,000. This helped him rise to third place in the Player of the Year standings behind Dan Zack and Phil Hui. Deeb tacked on an in-the-money finish in Event #64 ($888 Crazy Eights) and sits in prime position to make the jump to the top of the POY leaderboard. Michael Wasserman Goes Three-For-Three Michael ‘StrungOut1’ Wasserman, who hit the #1 rank back in 2015, had a solid week at the WSOP after cashing in three consecutive events. First up, Wasserman finished in the money in Event #55 ($1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE Double Stack) for $2,533. At the same time, he was likely playing live in Event #56 ($1,500 NL Super Turbo Bounty) where he finished in 257th place for $1,414. If that weren’t enough cashing for one day, he was also part of a team in Event #57 ($1,000 Tag Team Event) where he added another $778 to his bankroll. Three cashes in a 24-hour period is not a bad day at the Rio. Wasserman currently has six cashes this summer totaling just over $10,000 in earnings.
In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Shaun Deeb Goes Deep In Dealers Choice As we mentioned in our last Rank & File column, Shaun Deeb is making good on his declaration to grind every event on the schedule. Just one week ago, Deeb was sitting in 17th on the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard but after a deep run in the $10,000 Dealers Choice and two additional cashes, Deeb currently sits in seventh place. Now Upeska De Silva, Dan Zack and the others grinders who sit atop the POY leaderboard are looking over their shoulders at the former #1 PocketFiver who promised to make another run at the title. Since we last checked in on Deeb, he finished in 28th in Event #28: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em for $8,989. His biggest score of the series thus far came in Event #35: $10,000 Dealers Choice where he finished in second place to defending champion Adam Friedman. Deeb was denied his fifth gold bracelet but picked up $193,090 as a consolation prize. He added a min-cash of $875 in Event #42: $600 Mixed No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha to bring his current WSOP total just shy of a quarter million ($249,984). That makes for eight total cashes for Deeb, three better than any other former-#1 online player ]at the halfway point of the series. Moorman Tackles Large Field Events While he has yet to have his 2019 WSOP breakout score, the All-Time Online Money List leader Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman has been picking up steam. Moorman has strung together five cashes in the last week and a half while mostly grinding the lower buy-in, large field tournaments. His first cash of the series came in Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack where he finished in 57th place for a score of just over $3,000. He then posted simultaneous results, one while playing live and another while playing online. The 888poker ambassador made the money in Event #37: $800 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack, adding $1,422 to his bankroll while also making a run in his area of expertise, Event #38: $600 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold’em Knockout Bounty. Here's a look at Moorman's recent string of results: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack 57 $3,008 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 179 $1,636 $800 NLHE Deepstack 290 $1,422 $600 Online NLHE Knockout 173 $716 $600 Mixed NLHE/PLO 342 $875 Former #1's Mix It Up Event #42: $600 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha drew quite a crowd with 2,403 entries. It also proved to be popular with former #1-ranked PocketFivers as five players we are keeping track of entered this event and turned a profit in it. In addition to the aforementioned Deeb and Moorman, Tim ’Tmay420’ West finished in 163rd place for $1,357 helping him up over the $28,000 mark for the series. Right ahead of him was PocketFives Legacy Award winner Ari Engel who fell in 92nd place for $1,554. Engel has four cashes for the series totaling just over $19,000 himself. Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson had the deepest run of all the former #1’s, nearly making the final table in this event. Anderson finished in 11th place for $12,954, his fifth cash of the summer series. Through 42 Through 42 events, 23 former #1-ranked PocketFivers have registered at least a single cash at this year's World Series of Poker. There have been 60 cashes between them for a total of $675,290. Eight of the 23 players have registered a result of five-figures or higher.