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  1. [caption width="450"] eisenhower1 is #1 for the 15th straight week[/caption] It's Wednesday, which means we recalculate the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Last week, Sweden's 'eisenhower1' led second-ranked 'veeea' by just 27 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the Rankings. This week, the Swede has widened his lead to 310 points. This is his 15th straight week at #1 in the world on PocketFives. 'eisenhower1' only has two wins in online MTTs we track since November 3. However, he has made up for it with final table after final table. He finished seventh in a PartyPoker Pokerfest event on November 8 for $14,000 and won the site's Heavyweight Uppercut for $8,400 on December 22. He had five final tables in the first five days of January and sits with a PLB score of 7,348 points. It's not easy being ranked at the top of PocketFives for 15 weeks in a row. Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, who has been ranked #1 a total of 22 times since 2008, gave us his take on eisenhower1: "He's a super consistent, tough player who has been around forever and really stood the test of time." [caption width="550"] Chris "moorman1" Moorman[/caption] As we said at the top, 'veeea' is the second-ranked player in the Rankings this week once again, with 7,038 PLB Points. He won the 24hPoker Sunday Drive two weeks ago and has resumed churning out MTT cashes after a one-week break for the New Year. He is the owner of 541 top-three finishes in tournaments we track and is on the cusp of passing $5 million in winnings for his career. Coming off two holiday weeks, there was virtually no movement in the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. However, we had two players move up to #11 and #12 in the world, their highest ranking ever, and are knocking on the door of the top 10. We'll start with Sweden's DeathbyQuads, who rose six spots to #11. He took second in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Kickoff on January 3 and raked in $22,000. He also won the site's Bounty Builder on December 22 for $7,700, his 66th career tracked victory. 'DeathbyQuads' is at $1.3 million in online tournament winnings across 2,844 cashes. Also reaching a personal best in the Rankings this week was Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo, who moved up nine spots to #12. Palumbo won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo in recent days as well as the PokerStars.fr €100 Night on Stars. The same day as that cash, he placed second in the PartyPoker Weekender and put back $16,000. [caption width="468"] RoccoGe moved up 9 spots to #12[/caption] Meanwhile, Moorman moved up 17 spots to #27 this week and told us we should expect him to climb all the way back to #1 in 2016: "I've set one of my goals this year to make it back to #1 at some point in 2016. I will be putting in a lot of volume again this year." Moorman took second in the PokerStars $215 Rebuy three days ago for $10,000 and is approaching $13 million in online MTT winnings, the most of anyone by almost $4 million. Mexico's 'norfair18' reentered the top 100 at #57. This former #1 player won the Winamax Grand over the weekend for $38,000 and 380 PLB Points. He took gold in the site's High Roller two days before that and is just a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $2 million for his career. He is the second-ranked player in Mexico and plays as 'aggr0vated'on PartyPoker and 888. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Shyam 's_dot111' Srinivasan, who reentered the top 100 at #70. He took down last weekend's PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for $37,000 and finished fourth in the site's $109 Cubed the same day. He is approaching $8.5 million in career winnings. [caption width="468"] 's_dot111' reentered the top 100 at #70[/caption] Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: eisenhower1 - 7,348 points veeea - 7,038 points Smeckten - 6,837 points SvZff - 6,741 points Legenden - 6,561 points C Darwin2 - 6,496 points AnteSvante - 6,384 points IgorK - 6,293 points lena900 - 6,237 points jbrown8777 - 6,144 points
  2. [caption width="468"] Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo is going to be playing less online in 2016[/caption] Remember when Michael Jordan retired from the NBA to play minor league baseball? Remember when Steve Perry left the band Journey to pursue a solo gig? Sometimes, a new challenge is just what the doctor ordered. Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo stands at #13 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and seems destined to go nowhere but up. "I've been on a roller coaster the last two years," he said. "So, to have some good results here and there matters a lot to me. I'm pretty happy to see I'm consistent enough to put in the volume needed to have huge scores, which are the ones that matter for the rankings, so I'm motivated to keep grinding to move up the rankings while not putting in too much volume like I have been." If you're looking for big scores, Palumbo has them. A $93,000 MiniFTOPS win in 2014. A Super Tuesday victory last November for $88,000. Wins in the PokerStars $109 Rebuy, PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller, and Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday, just to name a few. And as he said, big scores push players into the upper echelons of the PocketFives Rankings. Which brings him to 2016. "I've always wanted to grind whenever I was in the mood," he explained. "That's probably because I came from the much softer fields of the Italian tournaments, where you are basically +EV whatever you do, so you can fire any table you want to. That worked for me for roughly five years." As Bob Dylan said, "The times they are a-changin." "2016 will be different, though," said Palumbo. "It will be my first year where I'll focus less on volume. I'll try to stay under $100,000 spending online every month, which is around 700 to 800 MTTs for my average buy-in." The Italian native also plans to fire up some live MTTs like EPTs and the WSOP in Las Vegas. It's not like he's a fish out of water in that department, either, as he won a WSOP bracelet in 2012 in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event for almost a half-million dollars and is #12 on Italy's all-time live money list. Still, the focus will be on quality rather than quantity. "The year I won my bracelet and the year after that, I grinded live games pretty hard, mainly because I didn't have access to the dot-com sites and so had to put in volume somehow," he recalled. "It was all pretty exhausting." "I have a family, a seven-year old son who was five at the time, and all that time away from home was really painful, but they did join me every time they had a chance and they know it's my job since we've been together forever. Still, grinding online was way softer mentally and physically. However, despite considering myself an online guy, I cannot think of anything better emotionally then going deep in a live tournament and hopefully winning it." Being away from his kid was certainly no easy feat. But, as Palumbo contended, his kid is used to his dad having an unpredictable schedule. "He grew up without really knowing the difference between a 9-5 job and poker," Palumbo said. "I always grinded and he always knew that as work. I fired myself from my job when he was born, so he didn't have a chance to see me having a regular job. Until he was old enough to talk about it, he would have thought poker was a really standard job, which it's not here in Europe." Palumbo hightailed it out of Italy in order to be able to play on the major dot-com sites. His current location: Slovenia, where he has joined a few other Italian ex-pats. "Everybody lives in the same small city on the border," he explained of the Slovenian poker scene. "It has a very nice casino where they hold poker tournaments, and being on the border makes it very easy because they speak Italian. Some poker players are in the capital, Ljubljana, which is a very cool city. It's a mix between Vienna and Prague, although it's very small. In my new hometown, we have a close-knit community even if we don't hang together too often." With a renewed focus on live events and less of an emphasis on volume, Palumbo could have more time on his hands and plans to put it to good use by getting back into shape. "I've been slacking physically ever since I got into poker," Palumbo said. "Last year, I got really motivated. I don't know why, but I went to the gym a lot. I was studying a lot of fitness and nutrition. I should say thanks to All American Dave for inspiring me. I also recently got back into playing video games, which was the love of my life when I was younger, like my nickname suggests."
  3. [caption width="618"] Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo moved up 15 spots in the PocketFives Rankings to #8, his best showing ever[/caption] There was a lot of movement in the top 10 of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings this week. What didn't change, however, was the #1 ranked player in the world, 'C Darwin2', who is enjoying his second straight week in the top spot. What did change was the makeup of the top 10, which includes three new players. First, Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis moved up seven spots to #7 in the world, his highest ranking ever. He made a splash in a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Six Max, finishing in fourth place for $108,000 and 542 PLB Points. Aslanidis is closing in on $2 million in career online tournament winnings as a result and is the top-ranked player in his home country. Also riding a major SCOOP score into the top 10 of the rankings is Rocco 'RoccoGe' Palumbo, who moved up 15 spots to #8, his best showing ever. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner finished second in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller over the weekend for a whopping $222,000 and 847 PLB Points. It was his largest online cash ever. Palumbo, from Genoa, Italy, is up to almost 400 top-three finishes in online MTTs, is about to pass $4 million in lifetime winnings, and just hit $2 million on PokerStars, where he plays under the handle 'sephirot88'. "I'm super happy with the result that put me at #8," Palumbo said of his SCOOP score. "It's the first time that I've really been doing great on PokerStars.com. I look forward to attacking the rankings now that I'm in the black." [caption width="640"] Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias is up six spots in the rankings to #9[/caption] The third and final newcomer to the top 10 of the rankings this week was Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, who rose six spots to #9. Mathias was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as January 2015, so being in the top 10 isn't anything new, but this time around his march toward the top comes on the heels of two recent wins. The first came on partypoker in the site's Heavyweight $50,000 Guaranteed Rebuy, a tournament he took down for $11,000 and 223 PLB Points. Then he found the winner's circle of the PokerStars $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max for $7,500 and 166 PLB Points. Those two brought his career win total to 260. Outside of the top 10, Matas 'bebaimis777' Cimbolas was up 32 spots to #17. He was the runner-up in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em event for over a quarter-of-a-million dollars and almost 1,000 PLB Points, shooting him up the leaderboard into the top 20. This is the highest he has ever been ranked on PocketFives and, to boot, Cimbolas just passed $2 million in career online tournament winnings. "I feel great about it," Cimbolas said. "I am focusing on my game right now." Uruguay's 'elHongo' reentered the top 100 this week at #36 in the world, one spot shy of his all-time high set in 2015. He defeated 'Cimbolas' in the aforementioned SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em event and bagged a healthy $357,000 along with 1,409 PLB Points. He's the top-ranked online poker player in the South American nation and plays as 'elmelogno4' on PokerStars. Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar moved up from #75 to #38. With almost $8 million in career online tournament winnings, the 13th most of anyone in the online poker community, Korsar final tabled the SCOOP Super Tuesday last week for almost $45,000 and won the Hot $109 over the weekend for another $25,000. That was his 157th career win. Australia's Martin 'Tiny_molester' Kozlov moved up 45 spots to #43 on PocketFives. Like other players who shot up the leaderboard, Kozlov excelled in early SCOOP action, finishing fifth in a $21,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max High Roller for $190,000 over the weekend. Kozlov is the second-ranked online poker player in Australia and was ranked as high as #2 in the world last year. Finally, Dylan 'ImaLucSac' Linde is up 43 spots to #46, his highest ranking ever. The longtime PocketFiver has three top-10 finishes in SCOOP events this year, including a sixth place finish in a $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Rebuy on May 10 for $27,000. Linde also finished eighth in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Eight Max event on the 15th. When the final cards were dealt, he Tweeted, "Another day, another 8th place in a SCOOP-H. All the pain and all the profits combined yet again." This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,136 points joaosimaobh - 8,052 points lena900 - 7,753 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,315 points Ariados - 7,087 points Big Huni - 7,044 points damourinio - 6,938 points RoccoGe - 6,860 points joaomathias - 6,808 points moorman1 - 6,740 points
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