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  1. Though tens of thousands of players have made their way into the PocketFives Rankings since the website launched in 2005, just 60 different players have climbed to the top and held the #1 spot. This list of players who have been #1 includes some of the most respected and feared players in the game, spanning multiple eras of online poker. There’s no doubt that these 60 players are all great - but who is the greatest #1 of all time? It’s a question that’s never been asked. Until now. And the answer to that question is entirely up to you. Over the next 30 days, poker fans will have the opportunity to help determine who the #1 Number One is in our head-to-head bracket style competition - and can win their own share of more than $2,000 in prizes along the way. The PocketFives #1 Number One is a single elimination tournament with all 60 former #1s. All players were seeded and placed in the bracket based on how many times they hit #1, how long they held onto the top spot, their career online earnings, and how many Triple Crowns they have won. "We wanted to give poker players and fans the opportunity to have their say in who they think is the greatest online poker tournament player of all time," said PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. "The next month should be a lot of fun with some 60 former #1-ranked players vying for the title and the championship belt." With 60 players, the four winners of the Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award each received first round byes: Cliff ’JohnnyBax’ Josephy, Ari Engel, Shaun Deeb and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Show me the bracket! Each day for the next 30 days, PocketFives will release two match-ups via Twitter for poker fans to vote on. Each poll is open for 24 hours with the player receiving the most votes moving on to the following round. This continues until the #1 Number One is determined on May 4, 2021. The player receiving the most votes in the final round earns the title of #1 Number One and the accompanying championship belt. Not only will poker fans around the world have the chance to vote, they'll also be able to win their share of more than $2,000 in prizes by entering a bracket with their predictions for how each match-up goes through all six rounds. Points are awarded for each accurate prediction with the points awarded each round doubling from 10 in the first round up to 320 in the final. ENTER NOW Prizes include a Run It Once Training Pads on Pads course, valued at $999, as well as prizes from D&B Poker, Faded Spade playing cards, and Run Good Gear. To be eligible for prizes, entrants must have a PocketFives account and must follow PocketFives on Twitter. Full details including rules, prizes, and all match-ups are available here.
  2. [caption width="640"] Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez has been #1 for nearly 11 straight weeks (SHRPO photo)[/caption] It has been 75 days since Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez became the #1-ranked online poker player in the world and he doesn’t appear ready to let go of that position any time soon despite a full host of world class players doing their best to take it from him. Gonzalez didn’t put in a lot of volume over the last week, cashing just six times with only one of them being good enough to add to his PLB points total. Gonzalez finished 15th in the $300 buy-in Winning Poker Network Sunday Special for $4,100 and 139.26 points. He now sits 1,033.63 points ahead of his nearest competitor, Bulgaria’s Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov. Dimitrov cashed 25 times this last week but with only one of them counting towards his PLB total, he failed to make up any ground on Gonzalez. Dimitrov’s sole big score came in the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday where he finished sixth for $8,189 and 157.89 points. He’s now been sitting in the #2 spot for seven straight weeks. The next two spots belong to a pair of Swedish players who have both spent time at #1 in 2016. ‘C Darwin2’ sits third with 8,071.3 points while ‘lena900’ is right behind him with 8,351.54 points. ‘C Darwin2’ moved up from #4 thanks to his win in the partypoker $100,000 Guaranteed Super High Roller on Sunday. ‘C Darwin’ beat out 45 other players to win $42,550 and 339.12 points. He also had an eight place finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $8,256/180.03.Meanwhile, ’lena900’ had just seven ITM finishes this week and none were big enough to add to his PLB total to fall from #3 to #4. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten rounded out the top five. The sole Brazilian to crack the top 10, Baumgarten had 31 cashes this week, highlighted by the only one big enough to boost his PLB total. Baumgarten took down the 888 poker $50,000 QuarterBack event on December 8, beating 204 other players to win $9,207/223.61. Two players moved up into the top 10 this past week. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar went from #11 to #9 while Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich hit #10 - his highest ranking ever. Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and Joel ‘jbrown8777’ Brown fell to #11 and #12 respectively. PocketFives Top 10 Rankings RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,429.241 2Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,395.612 3C Darwin28,351.344 4lena9008,071.303 5Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten7,975.825 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,349.326 7Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg6,949.498 8Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,804.999 9Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,711.9111 10Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich6,689.3712
  3. [caption width="640"] Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao might be on his way back to the #1 ranking. (PokerStars photo)[/caption] For the ninth straight week Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is sitting on top of the PocketFives rankings but if he's not careful, he's going to find two guys named Joao passing him by soon. 'C Darwin2' had just eight cashes over the last seven days and none were big enough to add to his lead. His biggest score was in the PokerStars Hot $215 where he finished 27th for $570. While the Swede continues to hang on, two Brazilians continue to close the gap and the last player to hold the #1 spot before he took over is now within striking distance. Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved from #4 to #2 thanks to a Sunday haul that included two big wins and one other score that added to his points total. Simao finished 117th in Event #2 of the World Championship of Online Poker or $1,759 and 117 points. He then took down an $82 No Limit Hold'em Six Max Hyper Turbo event on PokerStars for $6,931 and 197.41 points. That was just the appetizer though. He wrapped up his Sunday with a win in the partypoker Super High Roller for $52,197 and a whopping 441.59 points. Simao now has 7,382.04 PLB points, trailing 'C Darwin2' by just 401.04 points. Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten, who was #2 last week, fell one spot this week to #3. He still managed to add to his total, though. He cashed 23 times with three of them earning him PLB points. He won the PokerStars Omania High Roller for $9,230 and 207.12 points. He also finished fourth in the PokerStars Big $215 on Sunday for $12,302 and 192.9 and 29th in WCOOP Event #1 for $3,217 and 169.9. Another Swede, 'lena900', sits fourth overall giving the Scandinavian poker powerhouse a bookend on the two Brazilians. 'lena900' had 33 cashes this past week with three of them earning enough PLB points to move him from #5 to #4. He finished third in the partypoker High Roller for $8,262 and 134.89, fourth in the PokerStars $1,050 Sunday Grand for $18,266 and 222.37 and 28th in WCOOP Event #1 for $3,217 and 173.52. Despite wrapping up the August Monthly PLB title, Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov dropped from #3 to #5. The top-ranked Bulgarian returned to a full schedule in the first week of September after taking some time off in August for a vacation. His biggest score this past week was a win in the $109 NLHE event on PokerStars on Monday that earned him $3,749 and 137,48 points. Working his way back into the top 10 this week was Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy. The Canadian grinder took down the PokerStars Big $55 for $9,097 and 239.9 on Saturday and then finished runner-up in the $109 Six Max Hyper-Turbo NLHE on PokerStars on Monday for $4,979 and 132.24. The only player to drop out of the top 10 this week was Sweden's Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman who dropped from #10 to #12. Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin27,783.081 2joaosimaobh7,382.044 3joaomathias7,359.272 4lena9007,048.745 5alexd26,875.423 6Greenstone256,796.226 71_conor_b_16,740.207 8NoPlanB6,722.519 9veeea6,661.968 10Jmolloy6,435.3511 View Complete PocketFives Rankings.
  4. [caption width="640"] Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez saw his lead atop the PocketFives Rankings shrink this week. (SHRPO photo)[/caption] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez has now been the #1-ranked online poker player in the world but in the last week the two players right behind him, Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov and 'C Darwin2', continue to move closer to the top spot. While Gonzalez and Dimitrov continue to hold down the top two spots, both did so without having recorded any scores over the past week that added to their PLB score. Gonzalez finished ITM just nine times while Dimitrov, known for putting in a higher volume than any other player in the top ten, cashed just 12 times with none of them earning more than 62 PLB points. Dimitrov closed the gap without scoring any additional PLB points as some of Gonzalez's older cashes fell off his score. Meanwhile, Sweden's 'C Darwin' however moved closer to Gonzalez thanks to two big scores. The first came on December 18 when he finished 11th in PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $3,263 and 148.19 PLB points. That same day he final-tabled the partypoker Six-Max Turbo High Roller for $6,240/117.96. Fellow Swede ‘lena900' maintained the #4 spot despite not recording a single cash all week. Brazilian Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten managed to record 37 cashes, but only one of them earned him enough points to add to his total. Baumgarten won the PokerStars Big $55 on December 14 for $9,734/243.52. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth and Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg held on to the #6 and #7 spots respectively to leave the top seven spots unchanged from last week. Sweden's Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren moved up from #11 to #8 based on two wins on December 15. He won the PokerStars.com Hot $33 for $4,294/160.34 and the Thursday Full KO on PokerStars.fr for $5,145/130.95. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar was the only player to fall out of the top ten. Korsar went from #9 to #12. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,001.501 2Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,227.352 3C Darwin28,208.543 4lena9007,858.544 5Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten7,816.185 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,215.976 7Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg7,181.647 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren6,683.4611 9Ludovic 'ludovi333' Geilich-Jonsen6,679.2310 10Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,516.788
  5. [caption width="640"] Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzales seems to quite comfortable sitting at #1 (SHRPO photo)[/caption] Just two weeks Uruguayan poker pro Fabrzio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzales took over the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings for the first time and he doesn’t seem to be willing to let go of it any time soon. Gonzales maintained his hold on top spot this past week and has nearly a 1,000-point lead over his closest competitor. Gonzalez had just one cash this past week that was big enough to count toward his PLB score. He finished fourth in the $1,050 Sunday Grand Pot Limit Omaha event for $15,872 and 193.2 points. He now sits 930.61 ahead of the rest of the field. The player closest to Gonzalez is Brazil’s Joao Mathias ’joaomathias’ Baumgarten. The former #1-ranked player had four qualifying cashes this week including two big wins on PokerStars, first in the $320 Omania High Roller (Five Card PLO, Six Max) for $8,455/198.24 and then in the $55 Bounty Builder for $6,152/208.33. He also had a fourth place finish in the PokerStars Big $55 on last Thursday for $4,022/115.37 and a ninth place finish on Sunday in the partypoker Super High Roller for $5,863/109.51. Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov cashed a total off 37 times this past week, with four of them earning enough points to add to his PLB score. The first came via a third place finish in the 888poker $50,000 Volcano for $10,356/153.57 last Tuesday. He then followed that up with a third place finish in the PokerStars Big $215 on Thursday for $7,039/137.45. That same day he also took down the partypoker High Roller for $11,069/178.89. He wrapped up the week with a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Big $44 for $8,831/189.98. The top two ranked Swedish players, ‘C Darwin2’ and ‘lena900’ also held onto their respective #4 and #5 rankings. ‘C Darwin2’ had two cashes big enough to add to his PLB score and both were wins. The first came in the partypoker Heavyweight: The Uppercut which earning him $10,376/236.85 on Sunday. His next win, which was also his next cash, came two days later in the PokerStars Hot $55 for $8,536/229.35. Not to be outdone, 'Lena900' also had two qualifying cashes. The first was also a win in the partypoker High Roller on Tuesday which added $11,574 to his bankroll and 192.35 points to his PLB score. His second qualifying score came from a fourth place finish in the PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder for $6,472/132.31. While there was no change in position for any of the top five this week, spots 6 - 8 were jumbled all around thanks to a big week from Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren. The Swede had two wins this past week including topping the field in the partypoker High Roller on Sunday for $15,948/281.96. He then won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold’em (Six Max, Hyper Turbo) for $4,552/$152.15. He then added more to his PLB score, finishing 10th in the $1,050 PokerStars Sunday Grand (NLHE) for $5,013/144.73. Those three scores allowed him to move from #8 to #6. In the process of moving up the rankings, Berggren leapfrogged Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard and Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford for the only movement this week. No players fell out of the top 10. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1SixthSenSe199,463.811 2joaomathias8,533.202 3alexd28,516.633 4C Darwin28,063.814 5lena9007,499.335 6r4ndomr4gs7,424.508 7pleno17,397.476 81_conor_b_17,172.547 9joaosimaobh7,137.619 10Greenstone257,045.2210
  6. [caption width="640"] Fabricio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez's hot streak has propelled to the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings (SHRPO photo)[/caption] You could say that things are going well right now for Fabricio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. A little less than three weeks ago he won a World Championship of Online Poker title, his second, after outlasting an elite field in the $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship. He continued to crush WCOOP, cashing 24 times on his way to winning the WCOOP Leaderboard. Now he’s got another feather he can put in his cap. Number one ranked online poker player in the world. Gonzalez took over the #1 spot this past week, ending the two-week reign of Joao Mathias ‘joaomathias’ Baumgarten, thanks to an impressive performance on Sunday in two of PokerStars’ biggest buy-in events. Gonzalez finished fourth in the $1,050 Sunday Grand No Limit Hold’em to earn $23,872 and 239.6 PLB points. At nearly the exact same time he finished third in the Sunday Grand Pot Limit Omaha event for $24,362/250.32. Those two scores put him past the 9,300 point mark and gave the Uruguayan the #1 spot for the first time in his career. Baumgarten dropped to #2 after posting only one cash big enough to count toward his PLB score. The Brazilian, who has been #1 on two occasions for a total of three weeks, finished 10th in the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller on Sunday for 108.77 points. While the top two spots swapped places, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ maintained his hold on the #3 spot even though none of his six cashes this past week earned him enough points to count towards his PLB total. ‘C Darwin2’ was #1-ranked player for 11 straight weeks before Baumgarten passed him two weeks ago. Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov also managed to hang on to his spot. The Bulgarian took down a $500 buy-in event on Black Chip Poker for $2,193 and 106.54 points for his only qualifying cash of the week. ‘lena900’, one of three Swedish players in the top 10, moved up to #5 from #6 this week, swapping positions with Brazilian, and former #1-ranked Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao. Only one player broke into the top 10 this week. ‘European’ moved up from #13 to #10 thanks to an 11th place finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $4,448/136.69. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar was the only player to fall out of the top 10. He’s now #11 in the world and #4 in Sweden. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabricio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,300.722 2Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten8,427.071 3'C Darwin2'8,132.713 4Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,056.884 5lena9007,562.946 6Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,407.855 7Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard7,303.177 8Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,299.298 9Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,231.9210 10'European'7,175.3813
  7. As the 2017 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event was playing down to a final table on Monday, there was one name that had a lot of people talking. Belgium's 'girafganger7' was at the final two tables of the High version of the Main Event while also chip leader of Event #1 High ($1,050 NLHE Phase 2). While he didn't win either event, he did enough to move into the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings for the first time in his career. He finished runner-up in Event #1 for $745,000 and 1,591.77 PLB points and then bubbled the Main Event High final table for $72,567 and an additional 661.25 points. That wasn't the end of his run though. That same day he won the partypoker High Roller for $22,130/316.23. He now sits atop the rankings with 10,414.06 and has ended the 10-week run of 'lena900'. The next four spots belong to players from Sweden, lead by 'lena900'. He posted four qualifying cashes this past week, three of them from SCOOP and another from partypoker Powerfest. Those four results were worth 671.65 points which allowed to barely hold off #3-ranked 'inhoo', who posted five qualifying cashes of his own for 1,154.98 points. 'Ariados' earned 1,191.7 points this week thanks to five qualifying cashes, the highlight being a 24th place in the SCOOP High Main Event for $46,088/391.06. Former #1 'C Darwin2' did his best to move up the rankings, winning a Powerfest event for $11,408/268.51 and finishing seventh in the SCOOP High Main Event for $178,883/819.05. He also managed a smaller Powerfest cash for $7,120/181.85. Two players moved back into the top 10 this week. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth moved from #11 to #7 and another Swede, 'Sheater' went from #15 to #10. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren and Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard both dropped out of the top 10. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1girafganger710,414.06NR 2lena9009,573.091 3inhoo9,482.332 4Ariados9,376.953 5C Darwin28,941.345 6Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,131.694 7Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,957.4411 8Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,912.026 9Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,673.489 10Sheater7,510.4415
  8. After staring up at Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez for the past four weeks, Sweden's 'lena900' has taken over the #1 spot in thePocketFives Rankings - but just barely. 'Lena900' posted two cashes this past week that were big enough to add to his PLB score and move him past Gonzalez. He won a $530 buy-in partypoker Six Max High Roller for $9,488 and 156.52 points. He followed that up on Sunday with a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars NLHE Sunday Grand for $21,887 and 229.91 points. The combined 386.43 points moved 'lena900' past Gonzalez by just 71.48 points. Gonzalez didn't exactly go quietly into the night. Despite playing a limited schedule, Gonzalez managed to emerge with a win in the $530 buy-in partypoker Six Max High Roller on March 12. He earned $11,787 and added 247.99 points to his total, but it was the only cash big enough to earn him points. Sitting in third is another Swede and former #1-ranked player, 'C Darwin2'. He also posted a solid week with two cashes, a third place finish in a partypoker High Roller for $10,712/163.58 and a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Hot $162 for $8,828/170.65. While 'C Darwin2' was unable to move up this week, there's certainly no danger of him being caught by anybody below him. The difference between him and #1-ranked 'lena900' is just 444.03 points, but the difference between 'C Darwin2' and #4-ranked 'Ariados' is a massive 1,789.27 points. The group of Swedes dominating the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings did not change at all this week. 'Ariados' sits fourth, 'inhoo' is fifth and Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren sits sixth for yet another week. Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov moved up to #7 from #8 after he earned 524.2 points from four qualifying cashes this week. This represents and all-time high ranking for the Russian grinder. Two former #1-ranked players found their way back into the top 10 this week. Britain's Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard moved from #11 to #8 while Chile's Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro ended up at #10. Germany's 'pappdogg' and Russia's 'veeea' both dropped out of the top 10, falling to #11 and #12 respectively. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,580.722 2Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,509.241 3C Darwin29,136.693 4Ariados7,347.424 5inhoo7,272.055 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,064.856 7Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov7,029.498 8Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,823.7711 9Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,813.027 10Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,800.9312
  9. Sweden's 'lena900' is back on top of the PocketFives Rankings after 'girafganger7' withdrew his name from the Rankings this past week. This marks the fifth time that 'lena900' has held down the number one spot in his career. 'Girafganger7' spent just one week holding down the top spot. Despite cashing 14 times this past week, none were big enough to add to his PLB points total and the race for #1 is as close as it has been in a long time. 'lena900' leads #2 'inhoo' by 229.28 points and #3 'Ariados' by 320.23 points. 'inhoo' closed the gap slightly thanks to a win in a PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo NLHE event on May 30 for $4,307 and 148 points. It was his only qualifying cash this week. Meanwhile, 'Ariados' was unable to record a single qualifying cash. 'C Darwin2' had just one cash big enough this past week to help out his PLB score. He finished second to Andras 'probirs' Nemeth in the PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO for $19,532 and 224.7 points. The run of Swedes at the top of the Rankings stops at #5 where former #1-ranked Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez resides. The Uruguayan had a solid week, taking down the partypoker Middleweight event on May 28 for $16,700/316.23 and then finished second in the partypoker Super High Roller for $7,840/138.27. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren moved back into the top 10 this week, climbing from #11 to #8 thanks largely to his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday on May 30 for $49,448 and 400.23 points. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,573.092 2inhoo9,343.813 3Ariados9,252.864 4C Darwin28,926.565 5Fabrizio 'SixTDSenSe19' Gonzalez8,358.516 6Andras 'probirs' NemeTD8,190.987 7Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro8,068.518 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,720.7611 9Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,662.319 10Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard7,483.1812
  10. The name on top of the PocketFives Rankings didn’t change this week, but there was plenty of movement in the top 10 behind ‘lena900’. Eight of the top 10 changed this week including two Swedes taking over the #2 and #3 spots. The first week of PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and partypoker Powerfest had an impact on nearly every player and ‘lena900’ is no different. The Swedish grinder, who took over the #1 spot in mid-March, had three scores impact his overall PLB points total this past week. He finished 11th in SCOOP Event #6 ($1,050 Six Max NLHE) for $12,038 and 228.28 points on May 7 and then finished runner-up in the Powerfest Event #12 for $24,093 and 298.5 points the next day. He wrapped up his week by beating out 95 other players to win the PokerStars $320 Six Max NLHE event on May 9. He now sits 606.37 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Five qualifying cashes, including the second biggest points score of his career, moved ‘inhoo’ from #4 to #2 this week. He finished 24th in SCOOP Event 32 (High) for $3,745 and 128.56 points to start the week. Later that same day he finished fourth in SCOOP Event #6 (High) for $62,505/418.86. He then finished runner-up in Powerfest Event #38 for $9,945/159.57 on May 8. The next day he finished fifth in SCOOP Event #12 (Super Tuesday SE) for $68,992 and 451.77 points - the most he had earned since ….. “ His final qualifying cash of the week came in a PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo where he finished runner-up for $4,718/127.01. This marks the highest ranking of his career. Not to be outdone, ‘Ariados’ posted an astonishing eight qualifying cashes to jump from #7 to #3. All told he added 1,944.35 points to his total and is now just 388.91 out of second place - which is his career high. Ariados’ Qualifying Cashes PLACETOURNAMENTDATESITEWINNINGSPOINTS 2SCOOP-06-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max], $500K Gtd5/7/17PokerStars$118,065634.87 1Bounty Builder $215, $150K Gtd5/7/17PokerStars$19,381354.82 2Powerfest #049 - $50K Gtd Progressive KO5/9/17Party Poker$6,963191.21 61SCOOP-12-H: $1,050 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE], $1M G...5/9/17PokerStars$3,520100.72 3Omania High Roller: $320 PLO [6-Max], $40K Gtd5/10/17PokerStars$9,105153.89 15SCOOP-17-H: $1,050 NLHE, $400K Gtd5/10/17PokerStars$5,650148.04 1$320 NLHE [6-Max], $10K Gtd5/10/17PokerStars$5,830146.97 4SCOOP-20-H: $2,100 PLO [Heads-Up], $200K Gtd - NO...5/11/17PokerStars$24,200214.13 Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez fell from #2 to #4, ‘C Darwin2’ moved from #3 to #5 and Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro dropped from #5 to #6. Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren, the fifth Swede in the top 7, moved up from #9 to #7. Germany’s ‘pappadogg’ moved up one spot to #9 and former #1-ranked Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard climbed back to #10 from #13. The only player other than ‘lena900’ to stay in the same spot was Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford, who stayed at #8. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,338.131 2inhoo8,731.764 3Ariados8,342.857 4Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez7,944.472 5C Darwin27,924.273 6Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,877.905 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,470.269 8Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,998.488 9pappadogg6,792.6310 10Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,766.2013
  11. [caption width="640"] Despite spending all week at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez held on to the top spot.(PokerStars photo)[/caption] It’s been 14 weeks since somebody other than Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez has held down the #1 spot in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings. Gonzalez held on to the top spot this week despite the fact he played a full schedule at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Despite just five cashes - and none big enough to add to his PLB score - Gonzalez still held off challenges from ‘C Darwin2’ and Alex ‘alexd2’ Dimitrov. ‘C Darwin2’, one of four Swedish players in the top 10, started the week off in the right way with a win in the PokerStars Hot $162 for $7,062 and 191.31 points. Despite 14 more cashes during the week however, he was unable to find another result good enough to add to his total. Dimitrov also had a slow week - one of his slowest in recent memory. The Bulgarian grinder, known for playing a higher volume than others in the top 10, cashed just seven times and not a single one helped him close the gap on ‘C Darwin2’ or Gonzalez. The next Swede in the rankings, ‘lena900’, had 34 in-the-money finishes but only one, where he took fourth place in the partypoker High Roller on January 4, was good enough to add to his points total. He walked away from that event with $8,147 in cash and 141.72 points. The top five is rounded out by the #1 player out of Brazil, Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten. The former #1-ranked Baumgarten had 35 cashes this past week and just like other above him in the standings, only one was good enough to count toward his total. Finishing sixth in the partypoker Heavyweight on January 8, Baumgarten won $6,875 and added 120.66 points. The only player to move into the top 10 this week was Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford. The UK-grinder moved up to #10 from #11, swapping places with Cristian ‘progre69’ Sampaoli, thanks to a win in the PokerStars $55 Six Max Progressive KO event on January 9. He added $2,066 to his bankroll but also an additional 107.59 PLB points to his total. He’s now 53.46 ahead of Sampaoli. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,656.121 2C Darwin28,222.572 3Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov8,043.793 4lena9007,836.404 5Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten7,613.245 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,138.906 7Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg7,124.037 8Andreas' r4ndomr4gs' Berggren6,752.178 9Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,587.019 10Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,546.7411
  12. As has been the case for the better of 2017, the top three in the PocketFives Rankings continues to be a combination of 'lena900', Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez and 'C Darwin2'. This week, Sweden's 'lena900' held on to the #1 spot for the fifth consecutive week. Despite cashing a total of 41 times, only one of those was big enough to add to 'lena900's PLB score. Finishing fifth in the PokerStars PLO Sunday Grand added $9,627 to his bankroll and 148.92 points to his score. 'Lena900' now leads the rest of the field by 697.06 points. Gonzalez had two big scores this week, and in each case narrowly missed out on an opportunity to put up even bigger results and move closer to regaining the #1 ranking. Last Sunday he finished third in the partypoker $2,600 Super High Roller for $25,932 and 228.43 points. Two days later he finished runner-up in a partypoker $530 High Roller for $8,501 and 147.53. Had he won those two events he would have scored an additional 289.24 points. The player who edged Gonzalez out in the partypoker High Roller was none other than #3-ranked 'C Darwin2'. Beating out Gonzalez earned him $11,557 and 223.61 points. That win was one of three huge scores for the Swede this week. On Sunday he finished third in the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight Warm Up for $12,061 and 194.51 points and won the partypoker $530 High Roller for $8,954 and 200 points. He's now just 231,36 points behind Gonzalez. Another Swede, 'inhoo', stayed the course this week, holding on to the #4 spot, but there's a new name (of sorts) at #5. German 'girafganger7' re-entered the rankings this week, showing up at #5 after a week that included five cashes big enough to earn points. Last Saturday the German pro won the partypoker High Roller Turbo for $7,506/141.42 and the PokerStars Big $215 for $8,991/215.87. He followed that up on Sunday with a 12th place finish in the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday for $2,446/108.24. He also finished runner-up in the PokerStars Big $109 on Monday for $7,907/165.33 and won the PokerStars $320 NLHE on Tuesday for $5,830/146.97. Those five scores allowed him to edge out former #5-ranked Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro by just 1.11 point. The rest of the top 10 remained largely unchanged from last week. Fierro moved to #6, 'Ariados' now sits at #7, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford to #8, 'pappadogg' to #9 and Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard stayed at #10. Dropping out of the top 10 this week was Sweden's Andreas 'r5ndomr4gs' Berggren who went from #8 to #11. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,484.211 2Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez8,787.152 3C Darwin28,555.793 4inhoo8,096.454 5girafganger77,883.33NR 6Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,882.225 7Ariados7,209.636 8Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,134.397 9pappadogg7,006.169 10Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,728.4910
  13. [caption width="640"] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez continues to lead the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings but has a group of Swedes behind him[/caption] For the fourth consecutive week Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez remained as the world’s #1-ranked online poker player, but there’s five different players from Sweden attempting to chase him down. Gonzalez has 154.38 PLB point lead over his next closest competitor despite not having posted a qualifying cash in over a month. Gonzalez managed just four cashes this past week, and none were big enough to add to his PLB total. The last time he had a result strong enough to count was February 7 when he won the partypoker High Roller. ‘Lena900’ wasn’t able to take full advantage of Gonzalez’s slow week though, grabbing just one score big enough to add to his total. The former #1-ranked player beat out 187 other players to win the PokerStars Big $162 on March 5 for $5,606 and 167.93 points. ‘C Darwin2’ maintained his hold on the #3 spot but also failed to make up any ground on Gonzalez. Despite cashing 16 times last week, none were good enough to add to his points total. He finished the week 303.08 points behind ‘lena900’ and 457.46 behind Gonzalez. While the top three remained unchanged this week, one player moved up three spots and into the top five for the first time since 2016. ‘Ariados’ continued his hot play as of late with a win in the partypoker $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller and a fourth place finish in the partypoker $530 buy-in High Roller on Sunday. Those two cashes added $65,376 to his bankroll and 598.01 PLB points to his total to move him from #7 to #4. Two more players re-entered the top ten this week. Russia’s Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov went from #11 to #8 on the heels of three qualifying cashes that earned him a total of 345.53 points. His biggest score came in a PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo for $4,532 and 151.81 points. Another Russian player, ‘veeea’ went from #13 to #9 after finishing third in a partypoker High Roller for $7,191/124.04 and runner up win another partypoker Six Max High Roller for $11,366/178.26. Nicolas ‘PokerKaiser’ Fierro, who surpassed $10,000,000 in lifetime earnings this week, dropped from #8 to #12. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,673.261 2lena9009,518.882 3C Darwin29,215.803 4Ariados7,393.687 5inhoo7,341.914 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,272.195 7Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,238.416 8Alexandr 'Blackk' Trofimov6,954.0511 9veeea6,781.1513 10pappadogg6,769.5210
  14. [caption width="640"] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez must feel like the entire population of Sweden is breathing down his neck (SHRPO photo)[/caption] Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez is still the #1-ranked online poker player in the world but just barely. Gonzalez stayed in the top spot for the third consecutive week but #2-ranked 'lena900' closed the gap significantly. For the second straight week, Gonzalez was unable to find a score big enough to add to his PLB points total. He cashed just three times with his best finishing being a 12th-place result in the Black Chip Poker $200 Sunday Special PLO. Gonzalez's overall lead over his nearest threat is just 67.02 after some of his older scores dropped off of his total. The next four players in the rankings all come from Sweden. 'lena900' continued his grip on the #2 spot even though he had a week with no scores big enough to add to his total. The same can't be said for the man in the #3 position. 'C Darwin2' won the partypoker High Roller on February 21 for $10,331 and 208.57 points. The former #1-ranked player is now 443.02 points behind 'lena900'. The top three players have really separated themselves from the rest of the field with just 500 points separating #1 from #3. The gap between #3 and #4 is much, much wider. 'Inhoo' moved up from #5 to #4 after he finished third in the partypoker High Roller on Sunday for $14,875 and 197.99 points. Even with the move up, 'inhoo' is 1,857.22 points behind 'C Darwin2'. Rounding out the run of Swede's in the top five is Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren at #5. Berggren, who was #6 last week, won the PokerStars Hot $215 on February 22 and then rounded out the week with another win, this time in the PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo. All told the former #1 added 385.64 points to his total. Moving into the top 10 was yet another Swedish player. 'Ariados', who was once ranked as high as #2 in the world, moved all the way up to #6 after beating out 1,447 other players in the $109 buy-in PokerStars Sunday Cooldown. The win was worth $22,223 and 380.53 PLB points. The biggest drop of the week belonged to Bulgarian Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov. Having owned the #4 spot the past seven weeks, Dimitrov fell all the way to #9. Despite cashing 37 times in the last week, not a single one was strong enough to add to his PLB total. The only player to fall out of the top 10 this week was Russia's 'Blackk', who dropped from #10 to #11. PocketFives Top 10 Rankings RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez9,769.861 2lena9009,702.842 3C Darwin29,259.423 4inhoo7,402.205 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,347.766 6Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,232.918 7Ariados7,108.2111 8Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro7,108.127 9Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov7,079.724 10pappadogg6,981.499 View Complete PocketFives Rankings
  15. [caption width="640"] Ryan Franklin added a Sunday Major title to his impressive resume (WPT photo)[/caption] Longtime online poker tournament specialist Ryan 'HITTHEPANDA' Franklin took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for a cash prize of $159,701 with fellow veteran Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov of Russia finishing second for $112,069 and #400-ranked 'vip25459' placing third for $78,646. 'Alexey5758' was awarded $55,192 in fourth place while 'fatboi' of the United Kingdom walked away with $38,732 in fifth place. There was a heads-up final table chop in the Stars Sunday High Roller as 'fish2013' took home $59,662 for the win and 'WATnlos' earned $53,566 in the runner-up position. Belgium's Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson (ranked #92 worldwide) placed third for $37,322 in that event. The Sunday Warm-Up was won by 'anti-VGKC' who received a cash payment of $42,180 upon reaching a two-way deal. Peru's Diego Ventura (ranked #68 worldwide) captured an outright victory in the Sunday 500 for $37,333 and Brazilian Dennys 'dennysramos2' Ramos looked to move back into the Top 100 with a win in the Sunday Supersonic for $30,263. Online poker tournament specialist 'Chelsea72' came out on top in the $2,600 buy-in Super High Roller on Partypoker, cashing in for $46,857 while 'NoSaalt' finished second in that event for $34,634. The $530 buy-in High Roller was won by 'SentimenTODO23' who was awarded $31,848 with the runner-up 'josef_shvejk' of the Russia (ranked #9 worldwide) taking home $31,720 following a two-way negotiation. The $320 buy-in Baby Whale tournament on 888poker was won by 'Eat1ngAndWIN' for a cash prize of $21,500. 'RakDoll' was the winner in the Mega Deep event and collected $19,114. PokerStars Sunday Million $200 + $15 NLHE 5,914 entrants $1,182,800 paid out to 1,052 spots Ryan 'HITTHEPANDA' Franklin - $159,701.07 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $112,068.64 vip25459 - $78,646.26 Alexey5758 - $55,191.57 flong78 - $38,731.85 (fatboi) s0nny_bLacCk - $27,180.86 AchoBogdanov - $19,074.77 BongadasVN - $13,386.22 (RomeuRato) cojones2010 - $9,394.15 PokerStars Sunday High Roller $2,000 + $100 NLHE 155 entrants $310,000 paid out to 20 spots fish2013 - $59,662.21 WATnlos - $53,566.43 *2-way deal Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson - $37,322.48 raidalot - $28,444.32 Apotheosis - $21,678.08 enigma2018 - $16,521.38 flong78 - $12,591.33 (fatboi) iamivar - $9,596.14 gorodski - $7,313.45 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $200 + $15 NLHE 1,479 entrants $295,800 paid out to 251 spots anti-VGKC - $42,180.32 Vanad3784 - $35,434.86 *2-way deal Futti18 - $23,341.48 Dominic 'BounatirouIMO' Nitsche - $16,782.74 PataNegraXD - $12,066.92 Maui2waui - $8,676.22 Gustavo '22ehnutzz' Mastelotto - $6,238.27 w3c.RaY - $4,485.36 WATnlos - $3,225.01 PokerStars Sunday 500 $500 + $30 NLHE 412 entrants $206,000 paid out to 55 spots Diego Ventura - $37,333.38 Zluka2010 - $27,441.19 joselo29 - $20,170.24 shushko19 - $14,825.82 AppelKruimel - $10,897.50 Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet - $8,010.04 Flat - $5,887.64 pappadogg - $4,327.62 zÿax - $3,180.96 (OMGpou) PokerStars Omania High Roller $500 + $30 PLO Six Max 208 entrants $94,500 paid out to 23 spots Fresh_oO_D - $17,020.91 chico134 - $13,586.03 sadface11 - $10,844.40 Riphraph94 - $8,656.02 C Darwin2 - $6,909.25 anonymstruts - $5,514.98 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic $200 + $15 NLHE Six Max Hyper Turbo 895 entrants $183,260 paid out to 101 spots Dennys 'dennysramos2' Ramos - $30,263.33 isistar185 - $21,540.22 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $15,331.76 --KarlsenA-- - $10,912.74 (andersfk) BobbyW519 - $7,767.41 masatotan - $5,528.63 partypoker Super High Roller $2,500 + $100 77 entrants $192,500 paid out to 13 spots Chelsea72 - $46,857 NoSaalt - $34,634 TheTryangle - $25,599 JeanClaude1970 - $18,922 WelshWizard - $13,986 (the beej) Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard - $10,337 mwhldwn - $7,641 ACHSO8000 - $6,607 partypoker High Roller $500 + $30 372 entrants $200,000 paid out to 63 spots SentimenTODO23 - $31,848 josef_shvejk - $31,720 *2-way deal PhileasFogg - $19,244 (hellohellohello) jaimelaviande - $13,965 Chelsea72 - $10,135 McDlsiLDrOoN - $7,355 Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov - $5,337 Batdog666 - $3,873 888poker Baby Whale $300 + $20 NLHE 210 entrants $100,000 paid out to 27 spots Eat1ngAndWIN - $21,500 trino11 - $15,500 AsaNisse4 - $11,750 tigerhooods62 - $8,750 888tonkaaaa - $6,000 nelisschuif - $5,000 TylerRM - $4,000 88TIGER889 - $3,000 888poker MEGA DEEP $200 + $15 NLHE 389 entrants $100,600 paid out to 56 spots RakDoll - $19,114 TrollKnost8 - $14,084 IceStream - $10,563 koenigskebap - $7,545 CraiEvryTime - $5,030 Imyurfriend - $3,521 GramNaKartke - $2,515 (ksieciunio) ckb4714 - $2,012
  16. Earlier this summer Adam Pliska’s phone rang. On the other end of the call was an executive recruiter. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. They call every now and then. This wasn’t just some cold call gauging the 45-year-old’s interest in looking for another job though - they had a legitimate offer and were hoping to convince the World Poker Tour President and CEO to take his talents elsewhere. Pliska politely listened to the caller’s pitch and then even more politely told him he wasn’t interested. THE ORIGIN OF IT ALL Orange, California is about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles and has just about 140,000 people who call it home. Adam Pliska grew up in Orange, the son of a sheriff and a homemaker, and it’s where the foundations for the rest of Pliska’s life come from. He has two sisters, 10 and 11 years older than him, and by the time Pliska was eight years old, they were out of the house. Family friends probably expected the youngest Pliska to grow up and take on a law enforcement career. Not only was his father a sheriff, but his grandfather was the Captain of the Newport Police Department and his great-grandmother was the first policewoman in Orange County. The first time somebody asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, Pliska said he wanted to be a priest - for rich people. “I was six, and I said, ‘because I believe rich people have problems that other people don’t know that they have’,” said Pliska. Barely into high school, Pliska inherited a ‘56 Chevy after his uncle passed away. It was going to need gas and insurance. His parents made it clear they weren’t going to be the ones paying for that. “So, I do what all kids do. I go out and get a job. I literally got turned down at Subway. I got turned down at a place called Spires (a family restaurant),” said Pliska. “I decided, ‘Okay, I better start my own business’. I started printing t-shirts for the sports teams.” Adam Pliska the brand-building entrepreneur was born. [figcaption=https://www.pocketfives.com/profiles/admin/albums/article-images/596123-adam-pliska-final-table.jpg]Pliska has been with the World Poker Tour since 2003.[/figcaption] THE VISION When the World Poker Tour launched, one of the company’s first full-time employees was a Berkley Law School graduate named Adam Pliska. He served as General Counsel, working closely with founder Stephen Lipscomb to help the company navigate its first few years of existence. The mentality of the company at that time, when poker was booming and money from online poker sites was keeping everybody flush, was very different from the one that exists today. That change was largely driven by the lessons Pliska learned along the way. “When I started as (general counsel) of the World Poker Tour, I was 30 years old or something like that. You get caught up in ‘this is how you make money and you do this and money flows’. It’s over time that you start to care about people and the brand. I care about this brand,” said Pliska. “You have to think about the long term. So, I spend a lot of time looking at that model and persuading people that over the long term this is what you get; the result is the brand.” Pliska has quite literally seen it all with the WPT, and he vividly remembers a time when the company wasn’t viewed so favorably by the players. Over the last eight years, and through a pair of ownership changes, he’s worked hard to make sure that the paying customers - the players themselves - feel like the WPT is listening to them and that they ultimately get something out of their experience, whether they’re playing every event on the schedule or just one. “You’ve got to remember, there are 50,000 people coming to World Poker Tour events. How many of them are not cashing? A lot of people. More than 60% of the people that play in the tournament has never played in a (WPT) main tour tournament. That’s an amazing thing,” said Pliska. “But that’s the whole story of the World Poker Tour. If you just want to go to a big event, go to the World Series Main Event … but there are other things that are important, and that’s what the World Poker Tour stands for - your personal growth in poker. We just want to capture and put it in ways where people walk away and feel like it’s important to them.” Pliska has overseen international expansion of the tour, including recent WPT events in India, China and Japan, the acquisition and rebranding of the DeepStacks Poker Tour as well as a new TV deal with Fox Sports. Not everything the WPT touched has turned to gold though. In 2010 the WPT introduced the Royal Flush Girls as part of broadcasts and in 2013 they announced the creation of Alpha8, a series of tournaments with buy-ins of $100,000 or larger and in. Alpha8 struggled to find any traction while the Royal Flush Girls concept has been subject to criticism from players and media alike. In both cases, Pliska says he learned more about what the WPT is, and where it needs to be in the modern poker landscape. “There were successes and there were elements of mistakes. The mistakes were that we didn’t put enough time thinking about our wrangling abilities. We had 50 at one event and we had six in another,” Pliska said of Alpha8. “We’re not great high roller wranglers. Our specialty is to create places where people came at any time in their journey and make sure they feel comfortable and have a good experience.” While Alpha8 quietly went away after filming just one episode in what would have been its third season, the Royal Flush Girls concept is still part of the WPT, but it has undergone a transition since the press release announcing the creation of the RFG described them as “sexy, fun and approachable”. The group is now known as the Royal Flush Crew and includes a male member, Brenden Johnson. And rather than serving as eye candy, the crew is being integrated into broadcasts and live events in a much different way. “The thought process at the time was we should be more like sports and sports have cheerleaders and those kinds of things, but yes, I have really positioned that differently over time,” said Pliska. The current plan calls for the Crew to bring value to the broadcasts and live events that all players can take advantage of. “What do (the Royal Flush Crew) you do besides be a face that people go, ‘Oh, I can go up to you and take pictures?’. We all have to ask ourselves, what are we giving? The players are giving us their time - what are we giving back?” said Pliska, who expects the Crew members to have an area of expertise that they can share with players. “So now we’re looking for people who can bring something. Maybe you can do yoga. Maybe you can do some workout. It doesn’t have to be physical.” Pliska points to planned TV segments on getting in shape, healthy eating and even mental health, all hosted by members of the Royal Flush Crew who carry a passion for the subject matter as well as opportunities for players to attend events during WPT tournaments geared around the same concepts. He likens the redevelopment of the Royal Flush Crew concept to other elements of the WPT. “Raw Deal wasn’t exactly what it was before. The anchor position started off in one way and evolved a little bit over time,” said Pliska. “I actually see this really taking a future and really representing the family element in a way I’m really happy about.” [figcaption=https://www.pocketfives.com/profiles/admin/albums/article-images/596122-adam-pliska-wpt-standing.jpg]Pliska has overseen two ownership changes and an evolution of the TV product since taking over as President and CEO in 2009.[/figcaption] THE MENTOR While in high school, Pliska had a small part in Teahouse of the August Moon. That piqued his interest in production, so he signed up for a stage production course at a local community college. As that course was wrapping up, he agreed to be an usher in their stage production tribute to Lassie. A number of Hollywood heavyweights came to the show. Dee Wallace Stone, who was starring in E.T. at the time, got a little lost so Pliska helped her out. “I walked her into the green room and I saw this guy, Al Burton,” said Pliska, who was impressed by the way everybody in the room reacted to Burton, a TV show producer. “He was such a likable person and all of these people liked him and they got along well. He treated them with respect. They enjoyed being there. It wasn’t about egos. I remember thinking, ‘I wish I could be a part of this’.” A security guard told Pliska he had to leave. Thinking quickly on his feet, Pliska told Burton, who was the producer of TV shows Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, that he was with the school newspaper and asked for an interview. Burton agreed and told Pliska to come to his office later in the week. There was a problem, though. Pliska wasn’t actually with the school newspaper. “I remember the day I went there. Leonard DiCaprio was there, he was on Lassie at the time. Scott Baio had been in and I was so nervous, (Burton) said ‘What can I do for you?’,” remembered Pliska, who told Burton he had just three questions for him. Burton was one step ahead already though and Pliska remembers the next few minutes vividly “You know what? I”m going to take a guess, and I don’t want to offend you, my guess is that you’re not necessarily associated with the school newspaper, you just wanted to get in my office and you wanted to make a connection and if that’s true, tell me,” Burton said. Pliska copped to it and told Burton he just wanted to get his foot in the door somehow. The ploy worked and Pliska started working with Burton right around the time he began producing Charles in Charge. Burton eventually became a mentor to Pliska. “He gave me so much of my foundations of the business world, because my father was a civil servant, so I really had no context,” said Pliska. “Al Burton used to have this expression, he said, ‘Okay, I’ll exploit you for your own good’. And he did. I got paid very little money, but I learned so much." Along with learning about business, being mentored by Burton also introduced Pliska to futurist Alvin Toffler and eventually to doing business with one of the world’s richest people, Carlos Slim. Now that he’s in a position to do so, Pliska works as a mentor to multiple people. “To me, mentoring is so important because it absolutely has a chance to not just change one person, but an entire family. It completely changes trajectory (and) allows people to think,” said Pliska. THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Considering his tenure with the company and his position at the very top of the corporate ladder, it’s surprising to realize that in this era of tireless self-promotion, Pliska isn’t the face of the company. That’s by design. Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst, Vince van Patten and Lynn Gilmartin have all held visible positions in the broadcasts. Matt Savage has been out front within the poker industry as the person players can talk to about operational issues. Being in the position he’s in now allows Pliska to drive the vision while allowing his staff to execute. “Steve Lipscomb and I are still incredibly close friends. We talk about this all the time, that one day, no one will know who you are,” said Pliska. “But this brand will mean a lot to people for a long time because it touched so many people. So Adam Pliska doesn’t need to have that brand, but feeling like you made an impact and you helped shape a culture, that’s incredible.” Being the CEO of a poker company and not being a poker player - now or ever - isn’t the only way in which Pliska is a walking contradiction. The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills has a cocktail named for him, but he doesn’t drink. To be fair, he did drink when chef José Andrés created it, but a milestone birthday and a chance encounter with a poker player at a WPT event changed all of that. “At 40, I got this point where I said my motto, which is ‘life is edited’. You want a good script? Edit it. You want a good story? Edit it. If you want good friends, edit that too,” said Pliska. “I took my own advice. I was 40 and I said, ‘You know what? You’ve got to live a healthier life and I did. I just cut (alcohol) out. I started to exercise, started to try to maintain my energy level and I think it helped.” Eight months before his 40th birthday, young poker pro Thuy Doan walked up to Pliska at the Legends of Poker and asked for some advice. “She came up to me and said, ‘I’m starting to get some attention. Would you mind helping me with some media stuff and how to present myself?’,” said Pliska. “I said, “Okay, why don’t you come to Borgata?” Doan went to Borgata and while there slipped and ended up in hospital. Pliska met her there and was bedside with her when the doctor told her the fall wasn’t random, the cancer she thought she had beaten had returned. And it was aggressive. “I’m sitting there with this 20-something-year-old girl, her step-father is driving seven hours from Virginia. It was one of the most impactful things of my life,” recalled Pliska. “I became friends with the family. I ended up staying at their home several times. On my birthday, she asked me to come in. She knew I’m a history buff, so she checked herself out of the hospital. They took me to Monticello. That was the last time she went out. It was my best birthday ever.” Doan passed away in September 2011 and her death had an immediate impact on Pliska. “I did a lot of reflection after she passed away and I looked at the things that were extraneous and I decided to cut it out,” said Pliska. “You know what? It is the greatest thing. It just makes you clear on what it is that you love. So I attribute a big part of that to a lot of lifestyle changes for me.” [figcaption=https://www.pocketfives.com/profiles/admin/albums/article-images/596121-adam-pliska-wpt-family.jpg]Pliska often refers to the WPT employees under his charge as the "WPT family" and uses that as a guiding principle in running the business.[/figcaption] THE FAMILY Growing up in Orange, California, working in Hollywood for a powerhouse producer, traveling the world while running the WPT and a life-changing friendship with a poker pro have all helped Pliska frame how he runs the company. “I think to me, the family approach is the only way I know how to run a company,” said Pliska. “That means you’ve got to be honest with each other and when you’re falling, you’ve got to be able to go, ‘Hey, I gotta talk to you’. We do that with each other.” It’s not the lovey-dovey approach that it might sound like. For Pliska, it helps build a sense of personal responsibility and accountability within the walls of the WPT offices. It also allows those entrusted with doing right by the business, to make a mistake once in awhile and know it’s not going be the end of the world. “You have to put an element that’s in real families. You’ve got to make people feel like if you screw up, if you make a mistake, you’re still here. Because of that, we can really get people to be at their very best,” said Pliska. The phone calls from recruiters are going to continue, especially as the business he runs now continues to grow, but they’re likely wasting their time. Pliska seems intent on continuing to serve as the leader of the WPT family and hopes that, more than anything, becomes his legacy. “If I go back 14 years or so, and I look back and what’s the most important thing, if someone says what did you do with your career? I hope somebody will say I showed that you could be serious about business and respect your colleagues that work there.” Photography courtesy of the World Poker Tour, Joe Giron and Patrick Ecclesine.
  17. [caption width="640"] Joao Simao continues to be the #1-ranked player in his home country of Brazil (SHRPO photo)[/caption] A land of beautiful beaches and football fanatics, Brazil is known as a country filled with passionate people. When it comes to the game of poker, that statement especially holds true. Providing ambassadors such as football/soccer legend Ronaldo and current global superstar Neymar Jr. as well as the ever-growing number of festivals that make stops in Brazil, the game of poker is growing by leaps and bounds in the Land of the Palms and the talent that emerges from the country is growing as well. While there are a number of top pros that have made their marks on the live tournament circuit, such as Felipe Ramos, Andre Akkari and former November Niner Bruno Politano, the current crop of online talent is also as competitive as any country in the world. In fact, every player in Brazil’s current Top-10 also resides in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top-100, following suit of powerhouse online breeding grounds Sweden, Russia and the UK. Leading the pack, currently sitting atop the rankings Brazil’s #1 player is Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Paulo Simao (7,800.10 PLB points). The former #1-ranked Worldwide player now sits in the #4 spot Worldwide and is closing in on $6.5 million in lifetime earnings while he grinds the largest MTTs that the online world has to offer. He received a major points boost back in September when he claimed a victory in the partypoker Powerfest $5200 High Roller for over $123,000. But his domination since that win has been what’s kept him atop the Brazilian rankings, registering nine five-figure scores since the middle of September. His prolific rate of making the money and racking up PLB points has him looking like he’ll be Brazil’s top performer for quite some time as he holds a 1411 point lead over the next closest player. While it may be a steep mountain to climb to catch Simao, perhaps Brazil’s #2-ranked Renato ‘bauruzito’ Valentim (6,388.83) is the man for the job. Sao Paulo’s top player, Valentim is an everyday grinder who recently packed on the PLB points by taking down a pair of major tournaments on partypoker within a week of each other. Valentim won the $215 Heavyweight: The Title Fight Warm Up for over $38,000 in late October and then, just seven days later, he made a victory lap in the $109 Heavyweight: Uppercut Warm Up for another $33,400. The push also has him inching back towards the Top 20 Worldwide, currently sitting just outside at #21. If Valentim is going to hold on to the #2 spot though, he’d better be looking over his shoulder as the #3-ranked Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (6,369.76) is literally right behind him. A razor-thin 19.07 points differential makes it so Padilha could assume the #2 spot on any given day. It may be sooner than later if he continues to post results like his recent win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder in late November for over $14,000. Like Valentim, Padilha is making his own push for the Worldwide Top 20, currently sitting ranked #23, by grinding the mid-stakes schedule and posting a slew of daily results. After winning Event #4 during the 2017 PokerStars SCOOP back in May for $275,984, Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar (6,022.83) saw both his profile and his ranking rise. Currently occupying the #4 spot on the Brazilian chart, Bittar has supported his PLB points with a heater in early November where he amassed $20,600 over the course of 24-hours, by claiming victory in the PokerStars $215 Thursday Thrill as well as two runner-up finishes and a third place to wrap it up. The #5 spot belongs to Santa Catarina’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann (5,865.10). On the cusp of earning $3 million in lifetime earnings, Volkmann took a major step closer to that milestone after his victory in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-up in late October for $48,595. The #40-ranked player in the world is still reaping the PLB rewards from his victory in Event #15 (High) of the 2017 WCOOP where he not only scored 928.44 PLB points, but a career-high score of $170,676. You may have seen the screen name of the player currently sitting at #6, ’Bernardo Rocha’ (5,495.47), when he took third place in the 2017 WCOOP Main Event for $848,015, a massive score by every metric and possibly the reason for his overall light volume since the haul. Pedro ‘gusma’ Madeira (5,156.33) has the #7 spot locked down for now. His most recent major score came when he finished runner-up to Lex Veldhuis in the $1,050 Thursday Thrill on Thanksgiving for over $21,000. There’s a tight race as for the final three spots in the Top-10 as only 23.4 points separate #8-#10. The #1-ranked player in Rio De Janeiro, Victor ‘vitinhorrn15’ Pedote dos Santos (4,981.01) holds down the #8 spot while ‘jonzstars’ (4,960.16) and Pablo ‘pabritz’ Silva (4,957.61) trail close behind in the #9 and #10 spots respectively. The pair of ‘jonzstars’ and ‘pabritz’ also sit ranked right next to each other in the Worldwide rankings at #82 and #83. Brazil’s Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Paulo Simao7,800.10 2Renato ‘bauruzito’ Valentim6,388.83 3Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha6,369.76 4Diego ‘MrBittar’ Bittar 6,022.83 5Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann5,865.10 6’Bernardo Rocha’5,495.47 7Pedro ‘gusma’ Madeira 5,156.33 8Victor ‘vitinhorrn15’ Pedote dos Santos 4,981.01 9‘jonzstars’4,960.16 10Pablo ‘pabritz’ Silva 4,957.61
  18. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'lena900' returned to the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings this week[/caption] After 18 weeks looking up the PocketFives Rankings and seeing other players ahead of him, Sweden’s ‘lena900’ took over the #1 spot this week, passing two players in the process. Wins on 888poker and partypoker over the last seven days earned ‘lena900’ just over $51,000 and 624 PocketFives Leaderboard points. He beat out 422 other players on September 30 to win the partypoker Heavyweight: The Uppercut for $8,206.02 and 205.67 points. He followed that up by outlasting 116 other players in the 888poker Whale on October 2 for $43,750 and 418.33 points. He’s now just 15.4 points ahead of ‘C Darwin2’, who had been #1 for the past 12 weeks. This marks the sixth time in his career that ‘lena900’ has held down the top spot. His first reign as the top-ranked online player in the world began on March 30, 2016 and lasted four weeks. ‘C Darwin2’ took some time off this week, registering just three cashes, none of which were big enough to add to his PLB total. He fell to #2, while Steven ‘SvZff' van Zedelhoff dropped from #2 to #3, one week after jumping into the #2 spot. There was some more juggling inside of the top 10 this week, but nobody that was in the top 10 last week dropped out this week. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren went from #7 to #6, swapping spots with ‘Sheater’ while Andras 'probirs' Nemeth and Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas swapped the #9 and #10 spots. Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen each moved up six spots to #18 and #19 respectively. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland moved into the Top 25, ending up at #24, up two spots from last week. Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert was the only player to fall out of the top 25, ending up at #29 after being #23 last week. The PocketFives Top 25 RANKNAMEPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,274.213 2C Darwin29,258.811 3Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff9,101.842 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,438.234 5veeea8,267.385 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,737.897 7Sheater7,663.786 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,547.748 9Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,147.4910 10Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas7,124.769 11Ariados6,946.2813 12Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,935.9315 13DeathbyQuads6,833.4911 14Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,812.5512 15Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,797.8716 16Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,777.5514 17Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,762.1719 18Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,711.7024 19Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,704.1525 20nilsef6,693.8020 21Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,632.8818 22Ludovich 'ludovi333' Ge'lich6,581.0722 23Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,571.5917 24Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,481.9826 25Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,436.2221
  19. For the fifth consecutive week 'C Darwin2' continued to hold down the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings and the Swedish superstar has plenty of company from his fellow countrymen at the top of the rankings 'C Darwin2' is one of seven Swedish players in the top 10 including the all of the top five. Beating 334 other players to win the $530 partypoker High Roller on Aug. 6,'C Darwin2' added $31,273 to his bankroll and 409.27 PLB points to his total. It was his only qualifying cash of the week but it allowed to extend his lead over the rest of the field to 594.34. Despite not recording a single qualifying cash, 'lena900' held on to the #2 spot. In fact, the only change in the top five came from Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo moving up to #3 and 'Ariados' dropping to #4. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren rounded out the top five. The first non-Swede in the rankings also stayed the same with England's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford holding on to the #6 spot. Another Swede, 'DeathByQuads', moved from #9 to #7 thanks to three qualifying cashes. He started with a win in the partypoker High Roller on Aug. 6 and followed that up with a seventh place finish in a partypoker High Roller and a fourth place finish in the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max on Aug. 7. Those three cashes earned him a total of 586.8 points. His success moved him past 'Sheater', the final Swedish player in the top 10, who dropped from #7 to #8. The final two spots went to players moving up into the group. Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao moved from #14 to #9 and Russia's 'veeea' moved from #13 to #10. Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez both dropped out of the top 10. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,881.031 2lena9008,286.692 3Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo8,124.084 4Ariados7,755.543 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,598.515 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,426.796 7DeathbyQuads7,169.279 8Sheater6,953.467 9Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,815.7214 10veeea6,799.1513
  20. Every week The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings #5-Ranked ‘Sheater’ Has Huge Week, Passes $9 Million One week after fellow countryman ‘lena900’ crossed the $8 million mark, Sweden’s #3-ranked player ‘Sheater’ did him one better and sped past the $9 million lifetime earnings milestone. The former Worldwide #1 (currently ranked #5 in the world) absolutely shattered the high money mark with his runner-up finish in Event #12 of the PokerStars High Rollers Series ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em) for $77,405. In addition to the cash, the score also brought ‘Sheater’ over 480 PLB points, bringing him dangerously close to overtaking Brazil’s Joao Simao in the Worldwide rankings, now only trailing him by less than 40 points. The score was part of a solid week for ‘Sheater’ that included four final tables and just over $100,000 in earnings. The next step for the Swede is a step-by-step uphill climb to joining the prestigious $10 million club. ’nilsef’ Puts $6 Million In The Rearview Mirror German grinder ‘nilsef’ rocketed past the $6 million lifetime earnings mark this week by putting in a massive amount of volume and posting a string of seemingly non-stop results. The exact tournament that helped him make the mark was his first-place finish in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold’em on November 30 for $4,491. While for many, even for ‘nilsef’, $4,491 is a solid score, the #1-ranked German player had himself a fantastic week by taking home massive five-figure scores in two of the recent PokerStars High Rollers. The first was a runner-up finish in Event #5 ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em) for $30,700 and then less than a week later, once again. finishing in second during Event #14 ($1,050+R No Limit Hold’em) for another $49,600. ‘nilsef’ recorded 66 cashes this week, including five outright victories in over 25 final tables. $5 Million Lifetime Badge For Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman Like ‘Sheater’ before him, Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman, yet another Top 10 Swedish beast, passed a major milestone when he took 14th place in the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for $3,666 and passed the $5 million in lifetime earnings. Currently sitting in the Top 20 Worldwide (#18), Hellman kept busy at the online tables taking in 12 four-figure scores this week and amassing total earnings of over $33,000. ’proudflop’ Enters Top Half of Top-100, ‘kofi89’ Scratches Top-25 The UK’s Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot continues to march into the upper echelon of the Worldwide Top 100, making one of the largest leaps of the week, right into the top half of the rankings, currently sitting at #41. Joining him in making major moves is Argentina’s #1-ranked player, ‘kofi89’. Just last week we announced his surpassing the $2 million lifetime mark, this week he enters the Top 25 in the Worldwide rankings. His upwards move is in part to his victory in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $23,355 and 363.32 PLB Points. In addition, eight others reached new career highs in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Top 100 rankings. Career High Rankings In Top 100 Gary ’quiditbear’ Hasson - #96 to #92 ’untaktik’ - #98 to #91 'lofidream' - #93 to #82 'aziz.mancha' - #94 to #80 ’imlucknuts’ - #75 to #74 Patrick ’thebigdog09 Brooks' - #79 to #73 Owain ’sngwonder’ Carey - #55 to #51 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot - #51 to #41 'drupalucker'- #41 to #33 'kofi89'- #30 to #25
  21. [caption width="640"] Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar and 'josef_shvejk' jumped into the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week while 'C Darwin2' remained #1.[/caption] PocketFives Rankings saw no change this week, but two players cracked the top 10 - one of them for the first time in his career. Russia's 'josef_shvejk' moved from #13 to #8, marking his career-best ranking, while Sweden's Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar climbed from #12 to #7 - just three spots off of his previous best. After consistently moving up the rankings over the past several weeks, 'josef_shvejk' had two qualifying cashes this past week, an eighth place finish in a partypoker High Roller on December 19 for $3,233 and 111.41 PLB points and then he beat out 233 other players to win the $1,050 Super Tuesday on PokerStars for $46,687 and 500 points. Korsar's move comes thanks to a Sunday to remember. The Swedish grinder won the $2,100 PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $59,180 and then finished third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $19,338 and 229.89. The next day he finished third in the PokerStars Daily 500 for $7,337 and 122.96 points. With those two moving into the top 10, two had to drop out. Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan dropped from #9 to #17 and 'rolandbauer' moved from #10 to #12. Former #1 Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez now finds himself sitting just outside of the top 10 after moving up from #15 to #11. A week after picking up three wins on partypoker, Gonzalez hit the winner's circle just once, beating out 28 other players in the $500 High Roller Turbo on partypoker to win $7,186 and 122.47 points. Brazil's Renato Almeida 'bauruzito' Prado Valentim moved back into the top 25 this week, going from #26 to #21 and the #1-ranked player in Thailand, Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland went from #28 to #24. Dropping out of the Top 25 this week was Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk, who went from #22 to #26, and Germany's 'nilsef', who fell from #25 to #29. PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKNAMEPOINTPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,086.921 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,305.352 3lena9008,458.873 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,800.104 5veeea7,404.765 6Sheater7,397.866 7Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,308.1012 8josef_shvejk7,305.9013 9Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,149.998 10Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,110.807 11Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,909.1815 12rolandbauer6,864.7410 13Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,805.9116 14Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,792.6111 15Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,618.2314 16Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,605.9718 17Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,596.419 18DeathbyQuads6,498.8019 19DamageAP6,474.8920 20Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo6,432.4817 21Renato Almeida 'bauruzito' Prado Valentim6,388.8326 22Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,379.5121 23Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,369.7623 24Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,301.2328 25NoPlanB6,253.2224
  22. [caption width="640"] Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen is making a charge at #1, but 'C Darwin2' seems to have a firm grasp on it after another monstrous week.[/caption] Last month, former #1-ranked player Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen cracked the top 25 rankings and became just the fifth player to ever hit $10 million in lifetime earnings. It seems he's not interested in stopping there. Hunichen went from #13 in the world to #9 and could be setting himself up for another run at the top spot. Hunichen moved up into the top 10 based solely on a single qualifying cash. He finished third in the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight Warm Up for $15,107.58 and 220.56 PLB points. This comes a week after he picked up 672.2 points from three qualifying cashes. He now sits just 148.21 points behind #8-ranked Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo. The #1 spot continues to belong to 'C Darwin2', but he didn't just sit idly by this past week. The Swede picked up four qualifying cashes - three wins and one runner-up finish - to pick up a staggering 1,457.78 points. On October 15, he won the partypoker High Roller for $37,884 and 452.22 points. Two days later he won another partypoker High Roller for $19,183/310.64 and finished runner-up in yet another partypoker High Roller for $17,440/232.32. His final qualifying cash on October 19 when he won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for $38,537 and 462.2 points. He now has a 806.35 point gap between himself and #2-ranked Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff. That gap could have been wider had van Zedelhoff not picked up two qualifying cashes of his own. He finished third in the PokerStars Big $55 for $3,499 and 114.33 points and then capped off his week by finishing two spots behind 'C Darwin2' in the Thursday Thrill for $21,061 and 239.3 points. He now leads #3-ranked 'lena900' by 462.67 points. Hunichen wasn't the only player to move into the top 10 this week. Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez, also a former #1-ranked player, moved from #11 to #10 thanks to two qualifying cashes that earned him 267.17 points. Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas and Andras 'probirs' Nemeth were the two players who dropped out of the top 10, going from #10 to #12 and #9 to #14 respectively. PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,220.071 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff9,413.722 3lena9008,951.053 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,455.574 5veeea7,714.565 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,633.326 7Sheater7,498.008 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,256.877 9Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,108.6613 10Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,998.6111 11Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,969.1716 12Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,967.8110 13Ariados6,904.6912 14Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,812.139 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,780.3718 16Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,775.3714 17Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,752.0319 18Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,751.9017 19nilsef6,638.0020 20DeathbyQuads6,611.4215 21Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,574.4821 22Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,554.6027 23Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,504.8722 24Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,375.1229 25NoPlanB6,363.6326 ***
  23. [caption width="640"] 'C Darwin2' picked up two big wins this week to stretch his overall lead atop the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The problem with being the #1-ranked online poker player in the world is that the rest of the world is chasing you. A bit of a rungood from any of the contenders puts your position in peril. Unless of course, you're Swedish superstar 'C Darwin2'. Thanks to three qualifying cashes over the past week, 'C Darwin2' now sits 1,201.41 ahead over any other competitor. Things started with a bang for 'C Darwin2' this past week. He took down the PokerStars High Roller Series Event #3 for $45,291 and 504.98 points. He followed that up with a win in partypoker's Heavyweight Eliminator for $6,125 and 158.11 points. He rounded things out with an eighth-place finish in the PokerStars High Rollers Series Event #10 for $12,269 and 194.35 points. Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, 'lena900'and Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao all maintained spots #2 - #4 respectively, but another Swedish player worked his way into the #5 spot this week. 'Sheater', a former #1-ranked player, didn't put in his usual amount of volume, but did pick up 240.67 points thanks to a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Daily 500 and PokerStars High Roller Series Event #21 on November 30. He wasn't the only former #1 to make a big move this past week. Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez picked up two wins on partypoker this week to add 363.05 points and move from #11 to #6. There were four players who moved back into the Top 25 this week. Russia's 'hellohellohello' went from #28 to #16, Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard went from #35 to #21, Germany's 'nilsef' from #29 to #23 and 'kofi89' moved up from #30 to #25. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,484.491 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,283.082 3lena9008,506.973 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,666.634 5Sheater7,628.426 6Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,537.0611 7Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,382.507 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,328.569 9josef_shvejk7,268.308 10veeea7,246.605 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,211.4922 12Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,072.0010 13Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,986.1414 14rolandbauer6,839.1212 15Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,776.3415 16hellohellohello6,760.4628 17DeathbyQuads6,751.4518 18Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,736.3313 19Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,697.6617 20Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,690.3516 21Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,612.6435 22DamageAP6,611.8619 23nilsef6,527.3029 24Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,484.0224 25kofi8925. kofi896,334.9430
  24. [caption width="640"] There's no change at the top, but 'C Darwin2' has a new name chasing him.[/caption] The top of the PocketFives Rankings have undergone very little change over the past six weeks, with Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ continuing to hold on to the top spot the entire time. The group of players directly behind him continues to include the usual suspects; ‘Sheater’, ‘veeea’, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, ‘lena900’ and #2-ranked Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, but there’s suddenly a new name in the mix, ‘DamageAP’. One week after posting two big wins and stretching his overall lead, ‘C Darwin2’ was put in less volume this week and failed to record a single qualifying cash. Nine of this 10 cashes this week came from his normal Sunday grind, with a 10th place finish in the 888poker Whale tournament being the closest he got to a final table. The top four spots remained the same with #5-ranked ‘veeea’ and #6-ranked ‘Sheater’ swapping spots for the third straight week. Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen moved from #9 up to #7 after a Sunday that saw him win the partypoker High Roller and finish fourth in the Super High Roller for $35,000 in earnings and 440 PLB points. Despite the similarities with last week’s rankings, a new player made their debut this week. ‘DamageAP’ came in at #20 with 6,570.85 points after updating their profile with all associated screennames. In the past week alone, ‘DamageAP’ finished runner-up in a partypoker High Roller, fourth in the PokerStars Sunday Marathon, and then runner-up in the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight Kick Off. He is now also the #1-ranked player in the Philippines. While Swedish players continue to dominate the Top 25, one of that country’s stalwarts suffered a massive drop this week. Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo, who was #8 just a week ago, ended up at #17 this week despite the fact that he picked up 130.79 points for a fifth place in the PokerStars Daily 500 on November 14. Chris ‘Apotheosis’ Kruk worked his way up to a spot inside the Top 25. Kruk moved from #35 to #22 after his only three cashes this week all counted toward his PLB score. On Sunday, November 22, he finished 22nd in the partypoker High Roller Warm Up and third in the Super High Roller for just over $33,000 in earnings and 327.06 PLB points. He added $34,006 and 462.06 the next day after winning the partypoker High Roller. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKNAMEPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,245.431 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,256.592 3lena9008,526.723 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao7,938.134 5veeea7,674.866 6Sheater7,432.795 7Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,297.529 8Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,277.987 9Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan7,093.4310 10rolandbauer7,080.2912 11Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,932.4713 12Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,919.4117 13josef_shvejk6,879.7815 14Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,821.4411 15Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,818.5119 16Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,696.4114 17Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo6,650.198 18Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,645.0618 19DeathbyQuads6,607.1120 20DamageAP6,570.85NR 21Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,538.9716 22Apotheosis22. Apotheosis6,525.1735 23Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,456.9221 24NoPlanB6,411.0525 25nilsef6,325.7022
  25. [caption width="640"] 'C Darwin2' continues to pile up results to improve his grasp on the #1 ranking.[/caption] It seems like there’s nothing that can shake Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ from his perch atop the PocketFives Rankings. For the fifth straight week, ‘C Darwin 2’ holds down the #1 spot after a week that saw him add over 450 PLB points to his total thanks to a pair of wins. Outlasting 46 other players in the partypoker $530 High Roller on November 4, ‘C Darwin2’ added $9,100 to his bankroll and 153.3 PLB points to his total. He followed that up on November 9 by taking down the PokerStars $215 Fat Thursday for $16,083 and 300.33 points. Those two wins helped increase his lead over #2-ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff to 1,156.79 points, the biggest gap between any two places in the top 25. That gap would be much bigger had van Zadelhoff not picked up two qualifying cashes of his own. On November 5, the Malta-based Dutchman picked up $8,173 and 169.63 points for his third place finish in the partypoker Middleweight. Four days later he added $3,118 and 97.18 points for finishing runner-up in a PokerStars $109 Six Max Hyper Turbo. Changes inside of the top 10 were scarce this week. For the second straight week, ‘Sheater’ and ‘veeea’ traded the #5 and #6 spots. The only player to move into the top 10 this week was former #1-ranked ‘Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen. He jumped from #14 to #9 after picked up a combined 451.83 points from a win in the PokerStars $215 Fat Tuesday and a runner-up in the partypoker High Roller. There was some re-shuffling in the rest of the top 25, but the only new name this belongs to the #1-ranked player in Austria. ‘rolandbauer’ picked up four qualifying cashes this week, highlighted by winning the partypoker Super High Roller for $55,809 and 484.77 points. He also finished runner-up in the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $41,988 and 361.36 points. The #12 ranking marks a career high for ‘rolandbauer’. The only player to drop out of the Top 25 this week was Sweden's 'Ariados', who dropped from #9 all the way to #28. The PocketFives Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,631.741 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,474.842 3lena9008,618.953 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,073.874 5Sheater7,332.796 6veeea7,330.605 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,294.937 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,034.328 9Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,013.1514 10Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,955.3310 11Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,950.8912 12rolandbauer6,915.5332 13Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,878.5416 14Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,821.2311 15josef_shvejk6,813.8920 16Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,808.5518 17Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,803.9019 18Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,706.0417 19Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,687.1213 20DeathbyQuads6,616.6315 21Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,552.7823 22nilsef6,527.6522 23Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,527.3624 24Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,501.2821 25NoPlanB6,461.2725

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