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  1. 'Lena900' closed 2019 in a big way, winning the PocketFives Monthly LeaderBoard for December. The final month of the year saw 'lena900' rack up 50 cashes for more than $300,000 in prize money. He earned 3,270 leaderboard points and finished 120 points ahead of 'papan9_p$' in second place. The most points 'lena900' earned from a single tournament was on December 3 when he won the PokerStars High Roller Club: $1,050 Super Tuesday, $100K Gtd for $24,887 and 328.63 points. He also picked up 292.83 points on December 28 when he finished second in the PokerStars Winter Series-11-H: $530 NLHE [Afternoon Deep Stacks], $150K Gtd for $26,920. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] On December 8, 'lena900' picked up $23,255 and 266.79 points when he took third in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR [Progressive KO], $500K Gtd - Guarantee Boost tournament. He also had a deep finish in the PokerStars High Rollers 01: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd on December 1. Although 'lena900' didn't reach the final table in that one, he did finish 10th for $26,869 and 259.61 points. All told, 'lena900' had seven scores in December that earned him more than 200 leaderboard points each, and his average ranked score was worth 164 points. Not only did 'lena900' win the December PLB title, but he became the 2019 PocketFives Yearly Leaderboard champion, going back-to-back in that regard. As mentioned, 'papan9_p$' finished second in the December PLB race. He earned 3,150 points. His biggest chunk of points came with a victory in the 888poker $200,000 Dragon. 'Papan9_p$' finished first in that event to win $43,000 and pick up 447.21 points. Rounding out the top five for the month of December were 'C Darwin2' (2,913 points), 'fzkk' (2,382 points), and 'girafganger7' (2,262 points) 'C Darwin2' had the biggest result in December when he finished second in the PokerStars High Rollers 23: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $2M Gtd on December 8 for $338,494 and 1,058.69 points. A notable result for 'fzkk' was a win in the PokerStars High Rollers 03: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $300K Gtd on December 1 for $57,250 and 572.71 points. 'girafganger7' picked up $121,873 and 714.14 points when he won the PokerStars High Rollers 11: $5,200 NLHE [6-Max], $500K Gtd on December 4. Also cracking the top 10 was Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff, who earned 1,945 points in December and finished the month in 10th place. Van Zadelhoff's highlight of the month was a fourth-place finish in the High Rollers 12: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $200K Gtd on PokerStars on December 4. That result earned him $17,112 and 209.88 points. PocketFives December Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 lena900 3,270 2 papan9_p$ 3,150 3 C Darwin2 2,913 4 fzkk 2,382 5 girafganger7 2,262 6 European 2,219 7 r4ndomr4gs 2,060 8 Greenstone25 2,014 9 YugiohPro 1,946 10 SvZff 1,945
  2. Russian online poker crusher and the current #8-ranked player in the world Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii edged out Swedish superstars ‘DeathbyQuads’ and 'C Darwin2' for the top spot on the PocketFives Monthly LeaderBoard for the month of November. For the better part of two years, Russia’s current #1 player ‘josef_shvejk’ has been grinding his way to the upper echelons of the worldwide rankings and in November, he put those skills to use in order to take down his first PLB title. ‘josef_shvejk’ accumulated five total PLB-qualifying cashes, the largest of which arrived at the end of the month when he took down the November 26 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298 and 275.68 PLB points. He also picked up another big-time PLB score by finishing as the runner up in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for another $17,653 and 247.03 PLB points. In total, ‘josef_shvejk’ cashed for 93 times in the month, 12 of which were good for a top-3 finish. He also racked up just over $127,000 in earnings which helped push him up over $4.4 million in total lifetime earnings. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] It was an incredibly close PLB race in November with Sweden’s ‘DeathbyQuads’ (1,909) falling just 41 PLB points of claiming the title for himself. This year has been a good one for the Swede who recently hit a career-high worldwide ranking of #5 in the world and currently sits at #12. By all accounts, ‘DeathbyQuads’ had a very nice month. He earned over $103,000 thanks to some big-time scores in the PokerStars High Roller Club series. His largest score of the month came on November 3 with a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Sunday Warm-Up for $37,494/434.74 PLB points. In fact, the Swede was on a heater for the entire week. On the same day, he took fourth in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Supersonic for another $14,980/178.21 PLB points. He then won back-to-back tournaments on November 7, winning the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $8,957/234.95 PLB points and the Hot $109 for another $5,729/174.64 PLB points. His results helped put him at just over $6 million in total career online earnings. The former #1-ranked PocketFiver ‘C Darwin2’ (1,906) finished in third in November, just 3 PLB points behind his fellow Swedish countryman. ‘C Darwin2’ is no stranger to the PocketFives PLB race. He has taken down the Monthly PocketFivles LeaderBoard eight times in his career. Even though he didn't make November his ninth, he still had a fantastic month on the virtual felt. Of his 28 cashes in the month, nine of them were for five-figures. This included a monthly high score in the November 5 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Warm-Up where he earned the $21,029 first-place prize. In total, ‘C Darwin2’ racked up over $181,000 in cashes and 10 podium finishes. Currently, the online legend sits in fifth place on the All-Tme Online Money List with over $14.3 million in career earnings. Fourth-place PLB finisher ‘lil lolita’s whole month comes down to one huge score. The mid-stakes grinder from Belarus picked up 1,017.25 PLB points after his November 17 victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for a career-high cash of $108,071. He defeated a field of 10,348 entries to take home the title. The victory not only made him the current #1 player in his home country of Belarus, but also took him to a career-high worldwide ranking of #138. Finishing off the top five is Tyler ‘Wonderboy222’ Goatcher from the UK. Goatcher put in some serious volume and amassed 96 cashes in November including a highlight tournament victory in the November 3 edition of the partypoker Gladiator where he won $16,364 and 273.86 PLB points. PocketFives November Monthly PLB RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 josef_shvejk 1958 2 DeathbyQuads 1909 3 C Darwin2 1906 4 lil lolita 1861 5 Wonderboy222 1786 6 Kalina7 1734 7 galochina10 1696 8 mjw006 1692 9 whatisL0v3 1653 10 Vinicius Perri 1626
  3. 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
  4. After weeks of very little movement in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings top 10, there has been some shifting of spots with two online grinders climbing their way into career-high rankings. At the top of the rankings remains Sweden’s 'lena900'. While he didn’t manage any PLB qualifying cashes, “lena900” continues to pad his bankroll with a pair of five-figure scores this week. His grind was highlighted by a runner-up finish in 888poker’s July 15 edition of The $50,000 Whale for $14,500. He continues his climb to $12 million in lifetime earnings, nearly surpassing the $11.25 million mark. Still trailing the #1 spot by over 1800 PLB points is fellow Swede, and former #1-ranked player, ‘C Darwin2’. He did pick up some valuable points this week when he finished in second place in PokerStars’ June 15 edition of the Hotter $215 for $10,689 and 187.77 PLB points. There’s a new #3-ranked player this week as Russia’s 'hellohellohello' overtook Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky, who continues to be MIA from the online tables. “hellohellohello” benefitted from the aging PLB scores of Romanovsky, as he was also unable to score any new PLB points, despite making a few appearances online. A new member of the top 5 is Canada’s 'GINS FINEST' who touches #5 for the first time in his career. Like 'hellohellohello' just above him, the Canadian’s one spot jump up is mostly due to a lack of activity from the, now, #6 ranked Andres 'probirs' Nemeth who took the entire week off. Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone had a healthy schedule this past week, picking up a second place finish in the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter on June 14 for $4,674 and 130.52 PLB points. The top ranking Argentinan is very likely to hit $4 million in lifetime earnings within the next two weeks as he is less than $14,000 shy of the milestone. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ maintains his #8 rank despite not registering for any tournaments this week. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez picks up one spot to land at #9 this week. The UK’s new #1-ranked player, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot is the second player in the top 10 to reach a new career high rank by coming in at #10. In total, Proudfoot made over $26,000 this week over the course of 29 cashes. Proudfoot had been steadily ascending over the course of the past few months and now is only 100 PLB points from taking another step up in the rankings. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,414.08 1 2 C Darwin2 10,560.35 2 3 hellohellohello 9,932.16 4 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 9,866.80 3 5 GINS FINEST 9,323.64 6 6 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,201.01 5 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,820.04 7 8 Ariados 8,487.90 8 9 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,400.70 10 10 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,300.53 11 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,286.06 9 12 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,239.99 13 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,111.12 16 14 DamageAP 8,105.03 14 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,939.84 15 16 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,823.92 18 17 'PaDiLaH SP' 7,791.43 12 18 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,680.88 17 19 Palyaaa 7,604.02 20 20 girafganger7 7,542.63 19 21 European 7,411.14 21 22 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,316.18 22 23 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,278.08 23 24 kofi89 7,181.95 25 25 NoPlanB 7,168.12 26
  5. A trio of high profile spring online poker series has wreaked havoc on the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10 Rankings. In fact, rankings of nine of the top 10 players shifted this week. The only exception…the number one spot still belongs to ‘C Darwin2'. As PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker, partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Inferno provide players some of the largest prize pools of the year, online poker’s elite are on the full-time grind. The results posted by those who end up crushing the competition is enough to help them make major moves in the rankings. That said, current king of online poker ‘C Darwin2’ fended off all challengers and retained his top spot. Perhaps the most interesting part of ‘C Darwin2’s week is that his largest qualifying PLB score had nothing to do with any of the major series. His PLB point boost, to keep him as the only player propped up above 11,000 PLB points came in the May 7 edition of the PokerStars $215 Monday Six Max. He took third in that tournament for $16,888 and 240.19 points. That was good enough this week but if Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky continues on the incredible heater he has been on, next week we may see a new number one for the first time all year. Romanovsky rocketed up 10 spots to a career-high #2 ranking this week. Romanovsky accumulated three six-figure scores and an additional three five-figure scores in what must be the best week of his online poker career. He ripped off a victory in PokerStars SCOOP Event #2 (High) for $123,935, another victory in SCOOP Event #16 (High) for $138,536 and a runner-up finish in SCOOP Event #14 (High), the $25,000 NLHE High Roller for $442,299. In total, Romanovsky banked over $834,000 this week and now sits on the doorstep of the exclusive $10 million lifetime earnings club. What’s the only thing better than coming in second in the $25,000 High Roller? Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth was the player to best Romanovsky to take down that prestigious event. The win in SCOOP Event #14 (High) brought him $576,087 plus 1,581 PLB points, helping him climb three spots to land in the #3 ranking this week. Just like Romanovsky, the score in Event #14 represents a career-high cash for the Hungarian. In total, Nemeth accumulated over 2100 PLB points during the week, yet still sits around 1100 points behind the #1 spot. ‘hellohellohello’ may have slipped a couple spots to the #4 ranking this week but the Russian certainly held his own in terms of results. He accumulated five qualifying cashes this week and his efforts were highlighted by cashing in both of PokerStars’ SCOOP Event #14, both the High and Mid, for a total combined earnings of over $107,000. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ also took a couple steps back, slipping from #3 to # 5 this week. He finished in fourth place during SCOOP Event #14-M for just over $87,000 and 514.29 PLB points. He and ‘C Darwin2’ are partners in the high-stakes $100,000 results prop bet against Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and ‘bencb789’. Hello once again to Belgium’s #1-ranked professional ‘girafganger7’ who, after reinstating his screen names, instantly appears in the top 10 at #6. The former #1-ranked player posted a runner-up finish in partypoker’s POWERFEST Event #18 for $14,895 and 258.70. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford jumped up into the #7 spot due to earning six qualified PLB scores including a second place finish in POWERFEST Event #2-HR for over $47,000. After Latvia's Guntis ‘lovefee’ Aleskins took down SCOOP Event #14-M for a career-high cash of just over $240,000 he bounced up into the top 10 for the first time ever. He currently sits acareer-highhigh ranking of #8. The true grinder that he is, just days after basking in a career-defining victory later he found himself playing a pair of $20-something tournaments, cashing for just under $300 for the two. The top 10 is rounded out by a pair of familiar names as Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff slipped 5 spots to #9 on light volume and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone hits the #10 spot even after booking a victory in SCOOP Event #19-M for $57,321. While there was some major shifting within the top 10, there were no other new entries into the top 25 this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,398.47 1 2 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,640.28 12 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,304.94 6 4 hellohellohello 10,105.47 2 5 lena900 9,836.99 3 6 girfganger7 9,528.18 NR 7 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,982.60 9 8 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,913.95 15 9 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,874.10 4 10 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,745.44 8 11 Ariados 8,602.63 7 12 European 8,407.20 5 13 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,274.99 17 14 DamageAP 8008.26 14 15 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 7,976.68 11 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,969.42 18 17 GINS FINEST 7,947.27 16 18 kofi89 7940.27 10 19 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,754.96 13 20 Sheater 7,702.84 21 21 josef_shvejk 7,657.10 20 22 perrymejsen 7,325.08 25 23 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,251.36 22 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,246.70 19 25 NoPlanB 7,244.15 23
  6. In the aftermath of the major spring tournament series, the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings had a new look and, for the first time in 2018, a new #1. This week though, it’s quite the opposite. There were very few major moves in the Worldwide top 10, with the majority of online poker’s elite holding steady in the same rankings they held last week. This includes another week at the top for the current ruler of the rankings, Sweden’s ‘lena900’. After taking a brief break at the beginning of the week, the consummate grinder ‘lena900’ (12,657 PLB points) got back on the grind. While he was not able to pick up any qualifying PLB cashes this week, he did score a third-place finish in the May 31 edition of the $109 Mini Thursday Thrill on PokerStars for over $6,700. After his enviable SCOOP and POWERFEST showings though, 'lena900's PLB score still sat well above those looking to catch him, resting at 12,657 this week. Trailing ‘lena900’ is his countryman and one time (and future?) king ‘C Darwin2’ (11,362). Like ‘lena900’ he was back at it this week, but unable to secure a qualifying cash. ‘C Darwin2’ was able to score a pair of podium finishes including a third-place showing in the May 27 edition of PokerStars’ Bigger $109 for $12,451. Putting in very light volume this week was Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeropro’ Romanovsky (10,592). Romanovsky registered a total of five cashes for roughly $8,500. He continues his march toward $10 million in lifetime earnings, needing just under $70,000 to join the elite club. ‘hellohellohello’ (10,394) maintains his #4 ranking despite not even firing up the online poker client this week. While #5-ranked Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth (10,298) has a similar idea, only notching three total results for just over $7,000, none of which helped his PLB score. Montreal, Canada’s ‘GINS FINEST’ (9,838) picked up a victory in the May 31 PokerStars Bounty Builder for $7,870 in route to maintaining his career-high #6 spot. Right behind him, again claiming the #7 ranking this week, is Argentinas #1-ranked player Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (9,463) who, like many on this list, put in light volume. The first major change to the top 10 comes with the resurgence of Brazilian pro Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (9,302). Simao continued to move forward this week, picking up two big-time qualifying cashes. The first, a final table finish at the partypoker Super Sunday 1K Deepstack High Roller brought Simao $16,770 and 201.83 PLB points. Then, the very next day, he took down the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter High Roller for another $42,712 and 487.65 PLB points. The results not only propel him five spots on the rankings and back into the top 10, but they put Simao in a great state of mind should he makes his way to the World Series of Poker. The third Swedish player in the top 10, ‘Ariados’ (9,041), slipped to the #9 spot this week. He helped himself remain in the top 10 thanks to his bronze medal finish in the May 27 $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars for just under $30,000 and 248.08 PLB points. Finally, Pedro ’PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (8,983) kept his #10 spot this week despite not accumulating any cashes in the period. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang leaping seven spots to a career-high ranking in the #20 spot. Additionally, 'Sheater' rises one spot to round out the list at #25. The PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,657.30 1 2 C Darwin2 11,361.54 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,591.98 3 4 hellohellohello 10,393.83 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 10,297.73 5 6 GINS FINEST 9,838.44 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,463.22 7 8 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 9,302.03 13 9 Ariados 9,040.99 8 10 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,982.74 10 11 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,901.39 11 12 girafganger7 8,782.85 9 13 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 8,765.42 14 14 Illini213 8,679.71 17 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,666.39 12 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 8,507.42 20 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,482.27 16 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,461.30 15 19 Dattebayo 8,433.13 19 20 Michael 'mczhang' Chi Zhang 8,432.93 27 21 DamageAP 8,370.81 18 22 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,032.65 22 23 NoPlanB 8,029.69 21 24 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,970.11 24 25 Sheater 7,794.36 26
  7. Online poker is a global game with players logging on and grinding from every part of the world. Every country has a #1-ranked player and here we take a look at some of those that lead the way in their home countries. ‘hellohellohello’ - Russia For the better part of 2018, Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ has not only been the #1-ranked player in the country but he has also been a perennial player in the worldwide Top 5. The Russian is currently sitting less than $500 shy of reaching the incredible milestone of $8 million in lifetime earnings and he continues to grind regularly. Even though he has been taking some days off after the large fall online series he has still managed to post up a pair of five-figure scores in October. His largest recent score came with his victory in the October 11 edition of the bwin.com Bounty Roller High Roller for $31,555 and 339.50 PLB points. He followed that up just over a week later with another outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $23,851 and another 352.14 PLB points. In addition to his October victories, back in September he pulled off back-to-back six-figure score and took home over $647,000 in that month alone. ‘hellohellohello’ is currently ranked #4 in the world. Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao - Brazil partypoker Ambassador Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao is not only generally regarded as one of online poker’s best, but he is also currently sitting as the #1-ranked player in Brazil. Like ‘hellohellohello’, Simao is closing in on $8 million in lifetime earnings and if he continues to keep grind as he has in October, he’ll likely get there by the end of the year. In October, to date, Simao has earned just over $97,000. His highlight score came in the October 21 edition of the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller where he took second place for $42,875. It was his second five-figure score of the month. The former #1-ranked grinder is currently sitting at #16 in the world thanks in part to his massive month of September in which he picked up 15 PLB qualifying cashes, nine of which were for five-figures or more. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth - Hungary Another player who has recently spent regular time in the top 10 is Hungary’s #1-ranked player Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth. Nemeth, the #7-ranked player in the world, is one of the few players in history to eclipse $9 million in lifetime earnings. Nemeth is a regular in the biggest online tournaments available having just made a final table appearance at the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars WCOOP-62-H High Roller, where he finished in sixth place for $201,804. He crushed the month of September, regularly cashing in both partypoker’s POWERFEST and PokerStars' WCOOP festivals. In total, he cashed for roughly $650,000 and accrued 14 PLB qualifying scores. In addition to his WCOOP finish, he earned a POWERFEST title in Event-29-SHR where he took first for $177,935 and an even 1000 PLB points. Although Nemeth has been putting in low volume in the month of October, registering only six cashes to date, he already has two five-figure scores. Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone - Canada After recently eclipsing over $5 million in lifetime earnings, Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone has become the current #1-ranked player in Canada. He recently posted a major six-figure score by taking down PokerStars WCOOP-45-H ($2,100 5-Card PLO) for $101,928 and over 730 PLB points. When many of the top flight poker pros were taking time off in the summer, Stone was grinding and racking up PLB qualified cashes helping him reach as high as #3 in the world. Since the end of the major fall online series, Stone has scaled down his volume and currently sits as the worldwide #13-ranked player. That’s not to say Stone is not battling it out online in the month of October. To date, he has posted 18 results for just over $17,000 including a runner-up finish in the October 2 edition of the PokerStars $215 Fat Tuesday for $8,323 and 158.07 PLB points. ‘Dattebayo’ - Austria Austria’s #1-ranked player is ‘Dattebayo’, a former top-10 ranked pro who is climbing back up the rankings. Back in 2012, ‘Dattebayo’ reached as high as #7 in the world, today he currently sits at #24. The Austrian is on the precipice of hitting $6.5 million in lifetime earnings, needing less than $20,000 to get there. One of his country’s true grinders, ‘Dattebayo’ put in work in the month of September. He started the month off strong when he bubbled the final table of the partypoker POWERFEST #3-SHR for $20,000 and 237.23 PLB points. Then he wrapped up the month with a second place finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder Hight Roller for another $29,587 and 328.39 PLB points. He recorded over 50 cashes in the month for just over $145,000. It’s likely that ‘Dattebayo’ will hold down the top spot in Austria for quite some time as the next closest player to him in the country is over 3000 PLB points behind him.
  8. [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
  9. 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.
  10. [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
  11. It should be no surprise that Sweden’s #1-ranked player is also, still, the #1-ranked player in the world. ‘C Darwin2’ may have slipped a little in the PLB points, but still holds a commanding point lead over #2-ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff to remain the only #1 player that 2018 has known. It was a low volume week for ‘C Darwin2’ as the superstar only recorded nine total cashes, none of which qualified to add to his PLB point total. With aging results being a factor, ‘C Darwin2’ slipped back to under 11,000 total points, currently sitting with 10,665. Still, the total is more than enough to fend off any would-be challengers to his current run as #1 as he has an over 1300 point buffer between himself and van Zadelhoff. For his part, van Zadelhoff has even fewer results than ‘C Darwin2’ as the Malta pro seemingly didn’t even click open an online poker client this week having not recorded a result since January 11. This leaves the door open for Sweden’s ‘lena900’ to make his move up the ladder. ‘lena900’ has been holding down the #3 spot for weeks now. He was never in too much danger of slipping down the leaderboard and there has been a persistent gap keeping him from catching van Zadelhoff. This week, with van Zadelhoff’s absence, ‘lena900’ gained some ground when he took third place in the partypoker Super High Roller for $20,891 and over 200 PLB points. The chasm is now just under 800 points, which is still significant but not insurmountable should a gifted player like ‘lena900’ have a week like Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth had two weeks ago. ‘Hungary’s Nemeth rocketed eight spots two weeks ago from #12 to #4 and this week he held his ground. Continuing to add on to his recent bout of run good, Nemeth scored a pair of qualifying cashes on January 14. The first was a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $13,717 and then he scored another second place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller for an additional $33,430. With there being no shifts in the top 4, Swedish countrymen Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren (#5) and ‘Sheater’ (#6) once again climb up a spot in tandem. Both former #1-ranked players rise one rung in the top 10 this week. Russia’s ‘josef_shvejk’ falls into the #7 ranking while Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford makes yet another push into the top 10, ascending to the #8 spot. Beresford scored three qualifying cashes this week, two of which were outright victories. The UK pro took down the bwin.com Eliminator Warm Up for $5,540 and days later followed it up with a victory in the PokerStars $55 Daily Marathon for $8,286. Russian countrymen ‘hellohellohello’ (#9) and ‘veeea’ (#10) complete the top 10. Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone made the largest leap of the week jumping from #25 to #13, an all-time high ranking for him. The move comes thanks to a trio of qualifying cashes, topped by his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-max for nearly $15,000 and over 232 PLB points. This week also saw some notable names rejoining the ranks of the top 25 as Brazil’s Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#22), Sweden’s ‘inhoo’ (#24) and Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovsky (#25) all rose in the rankings this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,655.00 1 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,298.63 2 3 lena900 8,511.03 3 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,849.69 4 5 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,585.84 6 6 Sheater 7,522.10 7 7 josef_shvejk 7,439.45 5 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,198.72 11 9 hellohellohello 7,153.64 8 10 veeea 7,068.34 9 11 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,010.72 12 12 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,975.32 10 13 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,848.07 25 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,782.50 13 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,746.28 15 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,719.47 14 17 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,719.28 19 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,705.66 17 19 sitpro2011 6,696.52 21 20 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 18 21 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,569.26 20 22 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 27 23 DeathbyQuads 6,465.95 16 24 inhoo 6,463.94 32 25 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,442.82 33
  12. [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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Make it a month for the #1 ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’. The Swedish superstar continues his vice-like grip atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, holding a 1500 PLB point lead over the next closest player. His continued success presents a gap that would be extremely difficult to bridge in a single week and makes it look like the reigning crusher may very well not only start February in the same spot, but stay put for weeks to come. However, there is a new #2 in the world. Just last week in this column it was pointed out that the 800 point gap between ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ’lena900’, and Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff was huge…but not insurmountable. Well, ‘lena900’ had himself a monster seven days as he absolutely crushed the online tables. The Swede had two massive results in 888poker’s XL Blizzard events. He ended up taking third in the $200,000 Tune Up for $19,858 and the very same day, a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Whale for $32,000. Still, in same session as his XL Blizzard results, he won a $100K Gtd High Roller on bwin.com for another $25,000. Not finished yet, he grinds the next day and earns a victory in partypoker's Powerfest Event #5 $100K Gtd 6-Max PLO for $26,899, his fourth five-figure score in 24 hours. ‘lena900’ climbs into the #2 spot as he cashed for over $165,000 in a week. He scored five qualifying cashes for over 1400 PLB points in what amounts to a truly incredible week for the former, and would-be future, #1 ranked player in the world. van Zadelhoff slips to #3, extending his vacation from the online tables while Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth maintained his #4 rankings on light volume, thanks to a final table appearance during the partypoker Powerfest Event #3. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ made his own major move rising from the #9 ranking to rejoining the top 5. This week saw him overtaking ‘josef_shvejk’ to claim the #1 ranking in all of Russia. He pulled in three big-time five-figure scores, including a victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #10 for over $24,000. Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ holds fast in his #6 ranking while fellow Swede, Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren slipped two spots to #7. This pair of countrymen have been attached at the hip in the rankings for multiple weeks, this merely reverses the order the pair had found themselves in. Russia's 'josef_shvejk' slipped down to #8 despite a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $13,912 and 265.55 PLB points. partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao battled his way back into the top 10 this week. Since late last year, after taking some time off, Simao has been slowly drifting down the rankings. Well, the week, the Brazilian was back on the grind and posting a host of results that helped him skyrocket from #16 back to #9. He posted six qualifying cashes, spearheaded by his victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #13 for over $16,000 and 267.58 points. The UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford slips two spots but extends his stay in the top 10 this week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky moving 10 spots from #25 to #15. The #1 ranked player from the Ukraine received a massive point boost when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for over $37,000. Another rise in the rankings is Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson who is making is debut in the top 25 at 23, a career-high ranking for the Belgian grinder. Germany's 'nilsef' re-enters the top 25 this week at #23, while a pair of Swedish players, 'DeathbyQuads' (#28) and 'inhoo' (#31) fall out of top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,785.57 1 2 lena900 9,144.35 3 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,083.24 2 4 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 7,895.77 4 5 hellohellohello 7,715.36 9 6 Sheater 7,678.42 6 7 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,601.04 5 8 josef_shvejk 7,494.24 7 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,084.07 16 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,045.12 8 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,024.58 12 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,007.26 18 13 veeea 6,964.54 10 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 6,938.29 11 15 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,861.65 25 16 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,860.84 13 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,768.96 21 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,740.57 15 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,714.12 19 20 sitpro2011 6,664.56 19 21 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 20 22 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,643.17 17 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hassan 6,510.73 36 24 nilsef 6,509.84 27 25 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 22
  16. The name at the top of the PocketFives Rankings has not changed at all in 2018, but one of the game's best online tournament players just put together a week of big scores that could change all of that very soon. 'European' jumped from #8 to #3 after a week that saw him win two PokerStars Turbo Series events as well as the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for just over $152,000 in earnings and 1,525 PLB points. He also picked up 246 other points and now sits 1,770.95 points behind #1-ranked 'C Darwin2'. 'C Darwin2' didn't just rest on his laurels this past week though. The Swedish grinder won a partypoker KO Series event for $18,928 and 333.17 points and a PokerStars Daily 500 for $12,932 and 242.9 points. He took over the #1 spot on December 30, 2017 and has maintained a PLB score over 10,000 the entire time. #2-ranked 'lena900' seemed did everything he could to catch 'C Darwin2' this past week. He won a partypoker KO Series event, a PokerStars Turbo Series event and PokerStars Daily 500 to add 1,535.72 points to his total. He's not 919.81 points behind 'C Darwin2' Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar moved into the top 10 this week after finishing runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $53,093 and 388.08 points and then won the 888poker $50,000 Volcano for $15,008 and 257.11 points. Another Swede also moved up into the top 10. 'Ariados' had three qualifying cashes this week, highlighted by a win in the PokerStars Turbo Series that added $63,468 to his earnings and 652.23 points. The only player to drop out of the top 10 was former #1-ranked Patrick 'pleno' Leonard. He fell from #9 to #16. There were no players who dropped out of the top 25 as the players simply shuffled positions from the previous week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,688.73 1 2 lena900 9,768.92 2 3 European 8,917.78 8 4 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,841.79 4 5 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,591.74 6 6 hellohellohello 8,515.18 5 7 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,384.07 3 8 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 8,024.70 7 9 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,833.94 15 10 Ariados 7,786.53 16 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,782.67 11 12 Sheater 7,669.39 10 13 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,501.67 12 14 kofi89 7,476.72 13 15 Denis 'Flat' Timofeev 7,474.23 18 16 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,472.74 9 17 josef_shvejk 7,319.12 14 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,263.83 19 19 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,040.63 17 20 NoPlanB 6,977.54 25 21 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,849.47 20 22 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,707.00 22 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson 6,684.53 23 24 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,617.82 21 25 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski 6,580.73 24
  17. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. In the aftermath of PokerStars' World Championship of Online Poker, partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Eclipse, there were some seismic shifts with regards to the PocketFives top 100. These are just a few of the members that have posted incredible results and have made recent major strides in the rankings. Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang (#2) Although he didn’t end up grabbing the headlines, UK grinder Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang absolutely crushed over recent weeks. The end result was a career-high ranking of #2 in the world and a massive bump to his career total earnings, jumping to over $3.3 million. His September was almost inconceivable, seemingly setting a new career-high cash every other day. In total, Zhang hit four six-figure scores in a matter of 10 days. His first was during WCOOP-43-H ($2,100 NLHE High Roller) where he finished in fourth place for $265,996 - which set a new high for him. He followed that up four days later in WCOOP-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) finishing in fifth for another $382,253, again he set a new bar. Two days later ‘mczhang’ again made the final table of a major event, taking fourth in WCOOP-62-H ($25,000 NLHE Eight Max) for $336,741. Not a new high, but it propelled him to over $1 million in earnings for that week. Finally, less than a week later, he took third place in partypoker’s POWERFEST #122-SHR Championship Event for yet another new high of $468,000. With just those four results along, Zhang accumulated over 3,763 PLB points and helped him catapult over some of the games most prominent names, including Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’, to land as the #2 player in the world. His total earnings in September exceeded $1.7 million, more than doubling his career earnings. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro (#16) Nosebleed cash game regular Sami ‘LarsLusak’ Kelopuro is now the #1-ranked player in Finland thanks to a superior performance this September. He rose to a new career-high ranking of #15 in the world and settled back a single spot this week, still benefitting from results like his first place finishing in partypoker’s POWERFEST #142-SHR for over $317,000. That score alone brought Kelopuro 1278.67 PLB points, but in the past month he racked up 21 PLB qualifying scores. His total PLB points for September was an astonishing 4,995.10 which is plenty to pull a player from the depths of the rankings into a top-25 grinder. His results helped push him north of $4 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Kelopuro may begin a descent down the rankings, as he’s a pro that history has shown normally shows up for the big events, but for now, he’s regarded as one of the world’s best. Bruno ’brunovolks’ Volkmann (#33) Brazil’s #2-ranked grinder Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann surged back up the top 100 rankings to land at #33 this week. He did this one the backs of capturing both a WCOOP and a POWERFEST title this fall. His first victory came in the middle of September in WCOOP-49-H ($2,100 NLHE Deep Stacks) where he defeated the 301 player field for over $113,000 and 775.89 PLB points. He did it again by taking down POWERFEST #102-HR Progressive KO for a total of $36,809 and another 453.90 PLB points. His 11 PLB qualifying cashes helped him jump into the top 50 and almost past his previous high ranking of #27. As a regular grinder, ‘brunovolks’ has the opportunity to continue his climb into the top-25. Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto (#47) Another Brazilian making waves is Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto who rocketed into the top 100 and is currently sitting at a career-high ranking of #47. Neto is a longtime PocketFiver with over $3.2 million in cash. Playing the part of a bounty hunter seems to be one of Neto’s strengths as in the past two weeks he’s accumulated six qualifying triple-digit PLB cashes all of which have come at the final tables of bounty tournaments. One of his recent highlights included taking down the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller for $33,631 and 327.26 PLB points. Those six tournaments alone pushed his PLB point total an extra 1000 points, good enough to land inside the top 50, making him Brazil’s #6-ranked player. ‘x_zola25’ (#74) A former top-10 ranked player, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’ made one of the biggest moves of this week by leaping 17 spots to land at #74. It didn’t require him to land a big victory in a special tournament - he did it through grinding the regular PokerStars schedule and coming out on top. He picked up 201.87 PLB points in the September 30 edition of the Bigger $109 with a third-place finish for $12,018. Then on the same day, he took down the Bigger $55 for another $16,763 and 346.41 PLB points. To cap off the day, he made the final table of the Bigger $215 for over $3,000/113.70. A PocketFives Triple Crown winner, ‘x_zola25’ is currently grinding his way to $4.5 million in lifetime earnings.
  18. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. With partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Blizzard ongoing and PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker on the horizon, the worldwide rankings are in for a massive shakeup over the next 30 days or so. In fact, they’ve already blown up as Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky, who was a subject in our last MOVERS & SHAKERS report, finally took over the #1 spot for the first time in his career. This week, we have one of the most dangerous high rollers in the game setting himself up for his own shot at the top spot and a hard-charging Brazilian breaking through into the top 10 for the very first time. Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth (#3) Worldwide top 10 mainstay Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth has been on quite a heater as of late. This week he shook up the upper echelons of the rankings by leaping into the #3 spot thanks to a number of high profile scores that not only brought in fistfuls of cash but plenty of PLB points to go along with it. The Sunday tournaments on the GGPoker network has been giving some of the best in the online poker game major scores as of late. Nemeth has been taking advantage of these tournaments which are the online equivalent of an ARIA high roller series. On the March 31 edition of the Sunday $5K Blade, he picked up a second-place finish for just over $43,000. The very next day he picked up another $20,863 in the PokerStars $1,050 Monday High Roller Club. While those were nice additions to Nemeth’s bankroll, the real victory came on April 5 in the partypoker POWERFEST Event #21-Super High Roller $1M GTD Championship Event. Nemeth defeated the 127 player field taking home the $311,150 first place prize sending his online poker lifetime earnings skyrocketing over $12.6 million and putting him in 5th place on the All-Time Online Money List. He currently sits less than 1000 PLB points behind Romanovsky for the #1 spot and 596 points behind the #2-ranked ‘lena900’. If he were to return to the #2 ranking, it would match his career-high that he set back in 2018. Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto (#10) Brazil’s #1-ranked player Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto has been coming on strong in 2019. This week he finally broke through the top 10 for the first time in his career, touching the #10 spot thanks to his daily dedication to the online grind. The tournament that really helped him breakthrough was his victory in the April 1 partypoker POWERFEST Event #4-H $500K GTD PKO. He took home $64,826 for first place as well as 707.11 PLB points. He followed that up the very next day with a victory in the PokerStars Hot $215 for another $7,901 and 201.00 PLB points. He’s in a tight spot sitting at #10, just 129 PLB points behind Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard and 23 PLB points ahead of the UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. In order to continue climbing the ranks, he’ll need to be diligent about volume and find a way to make another major final table or two. Thomas ‘martom’ Boivin (#18) Belgium’s Thomas ‘martom’ Boivin is enjoying the huge boost that a big-time score in a spring series can give you. Boivin is now the #1-ranked player in Belgium and sits at a career-high ranking of #18 in the world after shooting up 8 spots in the rankings. His rise was in part due to a heater that brought him string of victories last week. Included in his run was a victory in the partypoker POWERFEST Event #12-HR for $42,819 and 458.26 PLB points. He combined that with his April 1 victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily 500 for $13,590 and 249 PLB points. He was not finished for the week when he tacked on another win on April 3 in the same event for another $13,854/256.90. In total, Boivin has just over $1.3M in lifetime earnings, however, if he keeps pace with his recent activity, he’ll soar past $1.5M in no time and just maybe climb into the top 15 in the world. Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren had one of the biggest rankings swings of the week as his rocketed back well into the top 50, all the way to #28, after being ranked at #67 just one week ago. He first took down the partypoker High Roller Terminator on March 30 for $6,887 and 147.53 PLB points. Just days later, he took down the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Cooldown for $13,020 and another 237.70. Berggren is a former #1-ranked PocketFiver who has spent plenty of time has a top 100 ranked player and with over $12 million in career earnings. He is also in the top 10 on the All-Time Online Money List. ‘Wildace_hun’ (#63) Hungary’s ‘Wildace_hun’ took a step forward to returning to the top 50 this week after rising 27 spots in the rankings to #63. He can credit the rapid rise to his back-to-back cashes in partypoker’s POWERFEST series. He first had an in the money finish in Event #06-HR for $1,182 and 68.22 PLB points, which was...fine. However, it was his runner-up finishing the Event #03, the $500K GTD Super High Roller for $116,325 and 553.96 PLB point that really did the damage. For many, a $116K score would be a career-defining score but for the Hungarian, it’s nowhere close to his current career-high online score of over $783K. In order to continue his climb back to his all-time high rankings of #37, or beyond, he’ll need to keep collecting cashes in the large field tournaments of the season.
  19. It’s another month at the top of the PocketFives United States Online Poker Rankings for New Jersey online poker grinder Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon. After taking the first couple of weeks in August off, Kwon soon himself back on the online grind picking up PLB-qualifying scores in bunches. Throughout the second half of the month, Kwon racked up four qualifying scores and nine cashes worth four-figures or more. Kwon’s highlight score was a final table finish in the August 14 edition of the WSOP.com Tuesday Showdown where he picked up $4,810. In total, he amassed of over $27,000 in cashes for the month. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Kwon’s September is shaping up to be more of the same with two first-place finishes already under his belt including a victory in the September 10 Super Tuesday on PokerStarsNJ for $4,806. His success not only has him as the #1-ranked player in the U.S., but he also sits at #55 in the world. United States Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Yong 'ykwon17' Kwon 5409 2 Daniel 'centrfieldr' Lupo 5339 3 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 4847 4 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4586 5 Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner 4267 6 Jon ‘itsmejon’ Borenstein 3592 7 Michael ‘JohnnnyDrama’ Haberman 3579 8 Jason ‘JLaw’ Lawhun 3496 9 Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano 3327 10 Matthew ‘MattEMenz’ Mendez 3282 In past months, since his WSOP online bracelet win, Kwon has held a commanding lead in the rankings. This month, however, the #2-ranked Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo closed the gap and currently sits only 70 PLB points behind Kwon. It’s been a good month for Lupo who finds himself sitting at a career-high rank of #57 in the world. His rise in the rankings can be attributed to nine PLB-qualifying cashes, three of which were outright victories. His largest score in August was his victory in the August 12 edition of WSOP.com’s $30,000 Weekly Sunday Six Max where Lupo took home a $12,852 score. Two weeks later he nearly repeated the feat, coming up just short finishing as the runner up in the same tournament for another $7,229 payday. Another New Jersey player sitting at a career-high in the Worldwide Rankings is Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov. Alexandrov maintains his #3 ranking in the U.S. for another month but rose to #87 in the world on the back of 11 PLB-qualifying cashes in August. In total, he accumulated 1,220.63 points and just over $66,500 in the month. Even though he had four victories in the month, his largest score came from his runner-up finish in the August 19 edition of WSOP.com’s $100,000 GTD Sunday where he won $17,624 and 222.47 PLB points. David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman jumped up one spot in the U.S. Rankings to #4 by amassing a string of four-figure score in August. Coleman grinded his way to 22 four-figure scores in a month where he added over $76,000 to his already impressive $2.29 million in career online earnings. Coleman also picked up a five-figure cash when he defeated Daniel Lupo heads up in the August 26 WSOP.com $30,000 Weekly Sunday and picked up $12,852. Like a number of his peers, Coleman is enjoying a career-high rank in the Worldwide Rankings, currently sitting at #104 in the world. After taking some time off in July, Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner added a little more volume in August. Dropping to the #5 rank, Hohner still managed to pick up some impressive scores as well three outright victories. His spotlight score for the month came on August 14 when he took down the WSOP.com $20,000 Weekly Tuesday for just over $9,000 and 178.01 PLB points. Hohner’s September is headed in the right direction as well having just locked up a five-figure score in the September 9 $30,000 Weekly Sunday on WSOP.com for $13,870. Below are the current top 5 rankings for the U.S. regulated states of New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, which is expected to go live with regulated online poker this October. New Jersey Online Poker Rankings Top 5 New Jersey online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Yong ‘ykwon17’ Kwon 5409 2 Daniel ‘centrfieldr’ Lupo 5339 3 Vladimir ‘Donate_here’ Alexandrov 4847 4 David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman 4586 5 Ryan ‘shipthesherb’ Hohner 4267   Nevada Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Nevada online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Jed ‘JCHAK’ Hoffman 2975 2 David ‘bewater’ Goodman 2916 3 PunnyYouSayThat 2618 4 Tanner ‘Bamatide88’ Bibat 2518 5 Bobby ‘bcm4924’ McLawhorn 2302 Pennsylvania Online Poker Rankings Top 5 Pennsylvania online poker players. RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Thai ‘thaiha91’ Ha 1314 2 Chris ‘Billypoker101’ Bilinsky 810 3 RyJS 763 4 sr86 604 5 Head218 578
  20. [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
  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. Mexico represents a break in the typical paradigm of country rankings. The combination of post-Black Friday players from the United States and other foreign transplants make up most of the top-10 in the country. The local players do well for themselves also, as the current rankings would suggest. At the top of the list is Joshua ‘slayverv1fan’ Hoesel. The Californian is knocking on the door of the worldwide top 100 and recently cracked the $2 million mark in earnings. Hoesel messed around and won the $100,000 guaranteed Bounty Builder on PokerStars on November 15 for 300.83. That result plays a key role in the 4,569.43 points Hoesel holds. Right behind Hoesel is Vicenete ‘vicenfish’ Zamorano. The Mexico native has not recorded a cash since mid-November but still holds over 4,000 points. That is due in part to a consistent run of success including a Bounty Builder win and a Super Tuesday victory in the last quarter of 2017. Up next is Robert ‘pokerguru740’ Kuhn. The Big $109 on November 29 gained Kuhn 152.60 points and earlier this year, Kuhn won SCOOP Event 23 for 394.97 more. The Six Max Zoom MTT won Kuhn a career-high $131,040 and marked his second SCOOP win. The poker hub of Playa del Carmen houses Steve ‘McNallyville’ McNally. The current worldwide #300 is 58th all-time in online earnings and approaching the $6 million mark. Another Playa del Carmen resident pops up in the rankings in the form of Aaron ‘Mr_Pomerantz’ Pomerantz. This month, Pomerantz crossed the $1 million checkpoint in winnings with a Hotter $162 silver medal and $109 Sunday Wrap-Up runner-up finish helping out there. Fedor ‘lubocka91’ Truntsev’s Hendon Mob flag marks him from Russia and he is #6 in Mexico’s online world. The mid-stakes grinder is waiting for his first win since mid-November and it will likely come in the new year. The ‘Creature’ in the form of Lenny Foley won the partypoker Uppercut Warm Up PKO on December and added $4,564 to his bank as a result. The 149.67 points for the win is Foley’s fourth-highest PLB total for a victory in his career. Long-time tournament specialist Aaron ‘aaronbeen’ Been is in at #8. Been went to Macau for some live poker in October and was paid for his travel. In the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, Been placed second for $704,881. Combined, his online and live earnings are worth over $5.1 million. Prepare for ‘impact’ with Sergio Barrios. The $55 Sunday Stack worked for Barrios on November 19 and he added 249 PLB points to his ranking total. He is approaching 3,000 points and $500,000 in tournament prize money won as 2018 approaches. British mixed games professional Adam ‘Adamyid’ Owen completes the top 10. Owen has built his No Limit skills in recent months and the work is paying off. Despite Owen having cashed only once in December, his deep run in the October 15 Sunday Million. Owen placed 19th and collected 186.40 points. Right outside the top-10 are two legends of the online felt in Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner and Cal ‘cal42688’ Anderson. Mexico's Current Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 slayerv1fan 4,569.43 2 vicenfish 4,262.02 3 pokerguru740 3,739.21 4 McNallyville 3,502.22 5 Mr_Pomerantz 3,425.00 6 lubochka91 3,327.20 7 Creature 3,255.55 8 aaronbeen 2,988.93 9 impact 2,978.38 10 Adamyid 2,596.44
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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