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[caption width="640"] One bracelet win in the books already for Former #1s thanks to Chris Moorman (WPT photos)[/caption] In the storied history of the PocketFives Rankings, no player is more decorated than Chris Moorman. He’s hit the #1 spot 13 times in his career, he’s won over $14,000,000 in online poker tournaments, he’s collected a total of 25 Triple Crown wins. He’s never been able to take that success and transfer it to the World Series of Poker though. Until now. Moorman’s win in the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event was the only bracelet won by former #1-ranked players on PocketFives as the group inches closer and closer to more than $1 million in cashes this summer through 31 events. Chris Moorman2017 WSOP cashes: 3 2017 WSOP earnings: $505,759 Moorman beat out 958 other players, including a final table with Max Silver, Steve Sung and Bernardo Da Silveira Dias, to win the first bracelet of his career and $498,682. It’s the fourth largest score of his career and biggest he won the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic in 2014. It was his fifth career WSOP final table and third in a Six Max tournament. He also picked up two smaller cashes earlier in the Series. He picked up $4,418 for a 285th place finish in Colossus and another $2,659 in the Millionaire Maker where he finished 834th. Jordan Young2017 WSOP cashes: 1 2017 WSOP earnings: $242,160 The earliest sign of a big score from the former #1s came from Jordan Young in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in the first week. Young took home $242,160 but ultimately fell one spot short of winning his first WSOP bracelet with a second place finish. It was his first WSOP final table since 2011 and just the second of his career. Shaun Deeb2017 WSOP cashes: 4 2017 WSOP earnings: $23,852 Shaun Deeb leads the way with the most cashes so far this summer (4) but with earnings of $23,852 over those four events, and a number of $10,000 Championship events already come and gone, Deeb might be on the net-negative side of the ledger so far. Deeb had a small cash in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha event for a 248th place finish but has had three close calls with 26th, 13th and 20th place showings so far. One or two hands go a different direction in any of those three and we could be talking about a much bigger score. The group of 40 players has cashed just 33 times so far for a total of $959,686 in earnings. That’s far cry from last year when the same group combined for $11,729,142 from 110 cashes, including three bracelet wins (Fedor Holz, Paul Volpe and Deeb).
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. Paul Volpe First #1 to Grab Hardware in 2018 Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe started off his 2018 WSOP in strong fashion. He finished third in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty, then 15th in the $100,000 High Roller and then everything came together for him in the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship, where he outlasted 168 other players to win his third career bracelet. He is the only former #1-ranked player to have won that many. He then picked up his fourth cash of the year on Monday, finishing 15th in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. All told, Volpe has earned $757,185 this summer, the most of any former #1-ranked player. Shaun Deeb Continues Cashing While Volpe is the only one to win a bracelet so far, Shaun Deeb continues to earn visits to the payout desk. Deeb has picked up six cashes so far, two more than Volpe, for $59,808. While most of his results have been on the smaller side, he did come close to winning a bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event. Deeb made the final table, only to finish third for $36,330. Here's a closer look at all of Deeb's cashes for 2018 to date: EVENT POSITION WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 44th $4,723 COLOSSUS - $565 No-Limit Hold'em 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 16th $11,553 $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 Deeb still has some work to do to match or beat his 2017 performance which saw him pick up 10 cashes. Fedor Holz Makes the Most of His One Event After winning his first WSOP in 2016, Fedor Holz told the poker world he was retiring from poker but would still play, just at a reduced schedule. Despite this, he's continued to play the biggest events on the calendar while skipping anything that's not a high roller. Holz played the $100,000 High Roller in the opening days of the 2018 WSOP and finished ninth for $240,265. He then took to Instagram to let people know he was headed back to Austria and won't be back in Vegas until after the Main Event. The ninth place finish marks his first WSOP cash since beating Dan Smith heads-up to win the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2016. Chris Moorman Only Other Former #1 to Cash Three Times Chris Moorman, who won his first bracelet last summer, is the only other former #1-ranked player to pick up at least three cashes so far this year. He won his first round match-up in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em but couldn't win the second and ended up finishing 17th for $6,302. He followed that up by cashing in the Colossus for $1,118 and then came 191st in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $6,654. By The Numbers As a group, the former #1s have picked up 28 total cashes for $1,119,033 in earnings so far.
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 final edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players did during the 2018 World Series of Poker. Shaun Deeb Bracelets: 2 Cashes: 16 Earnings: $2,461,395 Of the 55 players who have sat atop of the PocketFives Rankings over the past 13 years, nobody had a better summer than Shaun Deeb. He cashed 16 times including victories in two of the more high profile events on the calendar. His first win came in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller where he beat a final table that included David Benyamine, Jason Koon, Scotty Nguyen, and Ben Yu. He followed that up by winning the $10,000 Six Max Championship by beating fellow former #1 Paul Volpe heads-up. Deeb's summer also puts him in pole position to win WSOP Player of the Year. Deeb sits atop the POY leaderboard with a 588.02 point lead over his closest challenger, Ben Yu. The WSOP POY race won't be finalized until after WSOP Europe this fall. Shaun Deeb's 2018 WSOP Results TOURNAMENT PLACE WINNINGS $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 44th $4,723 $565 COLOSSUS 1,418th $920 $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball 37th $3,937 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em (Big Blind Antes) 16th $11,553 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 3rd $36,330 $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER 965th $2,345 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw 19th $3,799 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 10th $111,447 $2,500 Mixed Big Bet 14th $5,460 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller 1st $1,402,683 $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em 108th $394 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty 172nd $1,214 $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No Limit Hold'em Championship 96th $2,641 $10,000 MAIN EVENT 105th $57,010 $10,000 Six Max Championship (Big Blind Antes) 1st $814,179 $1,500 The Closer 320th $2,763 Paul Volpe Bracelets: 1 Cashes: 8 Earnings: $1,379,499 Paul Volpe became the first former #1 to win three career bracelets, taking down the $10,000 Omaha 8-or-better Championship. He picked up seven more cashes including a runner-up finish to Deeb in the $10,000 Six Max Championship. He also made the final table of the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty event at the start of the series. He was one of just three former #1 players to break the $1 million earnings mark this summer. Fedor Holz Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 2 Earnings: $6,240,265 Fedor Holz played three WSOP events this summer; the $100,000 High Roller, the $50,000 High Roller and the $1 million Big One for One Drop. In true Holz fashion, he cashed in two of them and nearly won his second bracelet. Holz started the WSOP off by finishing ninth in the $100,000 High Roller for $240,265. He then left Las Vegas, returning for the last week to play the $50,000 High Roller, where he failed to cash, and the Big One for One Drop, where he finished runner-up to Justin Bonomo. For his career, Holz has cashed in 12 WSOP events taking home $11,915,808. Calvin Anderson Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 10 Earnings: $351,725 Calvin Anderson picked up his second career bracelet this summer by winning the $10,000 Razz Championship for $309,220. That was one of 10 cashes Anderson had this summer. His next best result was a 12th place finish in the $10,000 Triple Draw Championship for $19,428. Taylor Paur Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 8 Earnings: $270,417 Taylor Paur managed eight cashes this summer with the bulk of his winnings coming from the $2,620 Marathon event where his fourth-place finish earned him $210,995. He was also one of the eight former #1-ranked players to pick up a cash in the Main Event, finishing 736th for $19,900. Chris Moorman Bracelets: 0 Cashes: 10 Earnings: $111,310 One year after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Chris Moorman had a decent summer thanks to 10 cashes. He came close to another bracelet, finishing 23rd in the $888 Crazy Eights event for $27,661. He then capped off his summer by finishing 273rd in the Main Event for $42,980.