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  1. While each of the four "regional" brackets in the #1 Number One contest is comprised of online poker's all-time greats, the Diamonds bracket could easily be dubbed the "group of death". Not only does it feature some of the most successful players to have ever reached #1 on PocketFives, but it also features some of the most popular players in online poker history. Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro holds the #1 seed in the Diamonds bracket, but his path to victory isn't an easy one. The 16 players have a combined $111 million in lifetime online earnings, the most of any of the four brackets, and six of the 16 players have cracked the $10 Million earnings mark. Fierro will need to navigate through the likes of Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger, Calvin 'cal4268'Anderson, and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - each of whom could run into one another as the contest advances through the subsequent round. The bracket also features three of the best players that Brazil has ever produced: Yuri Martins Dzivielevski, the current #1 player, Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias Baumgarten, and Caio Pessagno. Shaun Deeb, thanks to his PocketFives Legacy Award at the 2020 Global Poker Awards, earned a first-round bye. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! PokerKaiser (#1) vs P0KERPR033 (#16) Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro has been ranked #1 six different times, one of just six players to have done that, and his 24 combined weeks in the top spot is the tenth best. He has earned $12.6 Million online and with 21 Triple Crowns, is the only player within striking distance of the all-time leader in that category, Chris Moorman (30). His first-round opponent, Jim 'P0KERPR033' Campbell could be a bit of a sleeper pick. He was #1 for just one week in July 2007, but with $5.7 Million in lifetime earnings, most of it earned before Black Friday, he has the OG status that could earn him an upset victory. Flush_Entity (#2) vs mindgamer (#15) Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger could be one of the most popular players to ever hold down the top spot on PocketFives. He did it five different times and has spent 32 weeks at #1 and has earned six Triple Crowns. He last held the #1 spot in May 2014. Since then he's gone on to have great success on the live felt, including his seventh-place finish at the 2016 WSOP Main Event. Stefan 'mindgamer' Jedlicka comes in as a #15 seed, but only because he stopped tracking his results on PocketFives. Jedlicka was #1 for two weeks in December 2013. Since then he's won the PokerStars Sunday Million, WCOOP, and SCOOP titles. Yuri Martins (#3) vs 1bigacehole (#14) Yuri Martins Dzivielevski enters the #1 Number One as a #3 seed and with a ton of momentum after taking hold of the #1 spot for a third time on March 23. Dzivielevski has more than $11 Million in lifetime earnings and has enjoyed some time in the poker spotlight the past few years thanks to his bracelet wins in 2019 and 2020 and his deep run in the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Meanwhile, TJ '1bigacehole' Ulmer is another player to have held the #1 spot for a single week. Ulmer grabbed the brass ring in August 2012. He's since cracked the $10 Million in lifetime earnings mark and continues to pile up cashes even though he's no longer tracking on PocketFives. cal42688 (#4) vs telks (#13) Any fan of March Madness will tell you that #4 seeds make it to the Final Four all time. In fact, it's happened 13 times with one of those turning into a National Championship. If you had to pick a #4 seed to follow that path, it's probably Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson. His eight different turns at #1 have him third all-time and he's spent a combine 40 weeks on top. He's dominated poker's biggest stages with 10 PokerStars SCOOP titles and another pair of WCOOP titles. His first-round opponent, Michael 'telks' Telker, was #1 for just two weeks in December 2011 but has more than $11 Million in earnings and a Triple Crown to his credit. Big Huni (#5) vs joaomathias (#12) Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen took hold of the #1 ranking in January 2015 and held on to it for five weeks in his only reign. He's earned seven Triple Crowns in his career and has nearly $13 Million in lifetime earnings. He's also successfully transitioned to playing live High Rollers against some of the other best players in the world while continuing to grind online. Joao Mathias Baumgarten isn't a cupcake opponent though. Two different times he was ranked #1 and he's won five Triple Crowns and has amassed more than $10 Million in lifetime earnings. Romeopro (#6) vs Annette_15 (#11) Seven Triple Crowns, three Monthly Leaderboard wins, $12.5 Million in earnings, and five weeks at #1 make Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky a legitimate threat to advance against any of his potential opponents. To do that though he's going to have to get through the only female player in the field, Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad. As far as online poker legends go, Obrestad is firmly entrenched as one of the most admired. Her ascent to #1 in January 2007, followed by her 13 weeks on top, her 180-person SNG win where she didn't look at her hole cards, were all amplified by her 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event win. pessagno (#8) vs veeea (#9) For many years over the last decade, the PocketFives Rankings have been a battlefield for Russian and Brazilian grinders and this first-round match-up puts two of those players head-to-head. Brazilian Caio Pessagno took over the #1 spot for the first time in July 2013 and held onto it for three weeks. He grabbed it back from Calvin Anderson two weeks later and spent eight weeks at #1. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is the most highly decorated Russian in PocketFives history. Vezhenkov has more than $10 Million in earnings, four Triple Crowns, and is the only Russian to be ranked #1. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  2. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswere recalculated. Last week's #1 player, Griffin Flush_Entity Benger, retained the top spot for the second week in a row with 7,812 PLB Points, but several PocketFivers are nipping at his heels. Benger is from Toronto and ascended to the top spot for the first time in two years. The new eighth-ranked player on PocketFives is p0cket00(pictured), a former #1 who last reached the apex of the Rankings in 2011. The Canadian has over $7.5 million in tracked scores, the second largest total of anyone on PocketFives, and is fresh off finishing second in a PokerStars $215 NLHE Turbo 2X Chance tournament for $11,000 three days ago. p0cket00 was at #22 last week. Already this month, p0cket00 has $147,000 in tracked winnings from 63 in the money finishes, an average of $2,333 each. He has four scores of over $10,000 in May and, mind you, the month is only two weeks old. Also moving from the 20s to the top 10 of the Rankings was Roman Romeopro Romanovskyi (pictured). You can now find him at #10 worldwide, up 14 spots on the week on the strength of a win in a $320 NLHE Six-Max tournament on PokerStars for $18,000 and nearly 300 PLB Points. Romanovskyi has $3.8 million in lifetime cashes and his ranking represents his highest mark ever. Germany's Fresh_Oo_D debuted in the top 100 at #30 this week. He was the runner-up in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $62,000 officially and a rock solid 463 PLB Points. The same day, he finished second in a SCOOP $2,100 NLHE event for nearly $300,000 in cash plus nearly 1,000 PLB Points. If all that weren't enough, the day before, he took ninth in a SCOOP $2,100 NLHE Turbo Zoom event for $17,000. As Samuel L. Jackson would say, "Hold onto your butts." In the first two weeks of May, Fresh_Oo_D has $454,000 in tracked scores across 48 in the money finishes, an average of $9,458 each and the most among anyone this month. He is the top-ranked player in Germany and could be found as high as #6 worldwide last year. Also entering the top 100 this week was Portugal's Rui RuiNF Ferreira, who sits at #34, just four spots behind Fresh_Oo_D. He had a blockbuster SCOOP showing on May 6, winning a $700 NLHE Heads-Up event and finishing second in the Super Tuesday for nearly $300,000 combined along with well over 1,500 PLB Points. As has become the norm, four of the top five players in the Rankings this week call Sweden home. Here's a look at the top 10 players this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. Flush_Entity (Canada) - 7,812 points 2. lukethafluke (Sweden) - 7,691 points 3. VnilaVader (Sweden) - 7,641 points 4. r4ndomr4gs (Sweden) - 7,463 points 5. Sheater (Sweden) - 7,186 points 6. blanconegro (Canada, pictured) - 7,148 points 7. lilachaa (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - 7,097 points 8. p0cket00(Canada) - 7,046 points 9. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) - 7,040 points 10. Romeopro(Ukraine) - 7,021 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Another week, another update to the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. This week was a big one for longtime PocketFiver Chris Big Huni Hunichen (pictured), who moved up five spots to #4 in the world and is knocking on the door of #1. He has 7,569 PLB Points, 266 shy of being ranked #1 for the first time ever. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Hunichen's movement came as a result of a heads-up chop in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up over the weekend in which he took home $89,000. The field numbered over 3,100 entrants and Hunichen logged his third largest cash to date. He final tabled a WCOOP Super Progressive Knockout in September for almost $80,000 officially and just passed $7 million in tracked online tournament winnings. Knocking on the door of the top 10 worldwide this week is Romeopro, who moved up 13 spots to #11. He has had a productive last four days, taking down the 888 PokerTwister, the PokerStars Big $55, and the Full Tilt T-Rex for $23,000 combined. We're reasonably confident he'll crack the top 10 when the Rankings are recalculated next week. Peru's Diego Ventura Chunga, known on PocketFives as Die Ventura, rose 22 spots to settle at #49 in the world on the strength of a final table in the Sunday Million over the weekend for $29,000. He has $1.4 million in career online tournament winnings and his current ranking is his best ever. Across the Pacific from Peru in New Zealand is asjbaaaf, who moved up 19 spots and landed at #56. He has three wins in the last seven days and reached an all-time high of #21 worldwide on PocketFives last year. asjbaaaf is the top-ranked player in New Zealand. Finally, we wanted to single out Austria's king2173, who debuted in the top 100 at #76. He won the PokerStars $109 NLHE Turbo on Tuesday for $9,100, one of five in the money finishes that day. He is the fifth-ranked player in the poker mecca of Austria with $2.2 million in career winnings. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week, along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00 - 7,835 points 2. PokerKaiser - 7,740 points 3. CrownUpGuy - 7,638 points 4. Big Huni - 7,569 points 5. Yuri Martins - 7,563 points 6. pleno1 - 7,420 points 7. vicenfish - 7,304 points 8. joaomathias - 6,937 points 9. jbrown8777 - 6,932 points 10. r4ndomr4gs - 6,906 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. We'll start off this week's PocketFives Rankings Update by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! No matter what your plans are, we hope you have a wonderful day! Now, let's get to the business at hand. The PocketFives Rankingswere recalculated on Wednesday and Yuri Martins is once again your top-ranked player. He has over 600 PLB Points more than second place to boot, meaning we'd expect to see him at #1 again next week. We had two returning entrants to the top 10 worldwide this week: Roman RomeoproRomanovskyi (pictured) and Jimmy JMolloy Molloy. We'll start with Romanovskyi, who moved up eight spots in the Rankings to #9. He has had a solid last week, taking third in the Sunday Warm-Up over the weekend for $52,000 officially and winning two tournaments in the last two days to bring his career total to 192. Romanovskyi just passed $3 million in tracked scores on PokerStars alone and was ranked as high as #6 on PocketFives earlier this year. He is the top-ranked Ukrainian online poker player and has almost a half-million dollars in live scores, according to the Hendon Mob. Molloy (pictured) moved up two spots in the Rankings to settle at #10, two spots off his all-time high. He won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy on Tuesday for almost $10,000 and took second in the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday over the weekend for $18,000. Molloy has $3.5 million in career online tournament winnings and is #2 in Canada. One of the biggest jumps of the week inside the top 100 went to StrungOut1, who went from #51 to #27 on the strength of a victory in the PokerStars Bigger $55 for $39,000 over the weekend. This is the highest StrungOut1, who joined PocketFives in 2006, has ever been ranked on our site. Finally, we wanted to highlight Ami UhhMee Barer, who reentered the top 100 worldwide at #56. He won the Bigger $109 on Sunday for $52,000 after a three-week hiatus from the virtual felts. Barer was ranked as high as #3 in the world in 2011 and has $6.5 million in tracked scores, the 15th highest total of anyone on PocketFives. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Yuri Martins - 8,327 points 2. CrownUpGuy - 7,691 points 3. pleno1 - 7,427 points 4. p0cket00 - 7,320 points 5. joaomathias - 7,237 points 6. PokerKaiser - 6,920 points 7. Big Huni - 6,879 points 8. r4ndomr4gs - 6,853 points 9. Romeopro- 6,663 points 10. JMolloy- 6,653 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Imagine playing for the title in the PokerStars Sunday 500, a $530 buy-in tournament with one of the largest top prizes of the week, and being forced out of your hotel room because it's checkout time. Such was the nightmare of Alex lynskey99 Lynskey (pictured), who was in Hong Kong for the tournament, but had to play the final table from the corner of a bustling hotel lobby. Oops. Fortunately for Lynskey, who is from Queensland, Australia, the Sunday Major ended in a heads-up chop for $67,000. PocketFives: Awesome job in the Sunday 500. How are you feeling about it? Alex Lynskey: It feels great to get my first Sunday Major win under my belt. I've had a bunch of final tables, but never managed to close one out. I had been playing the Sunday session in my hotel room in Hong Kong, running off very little sleep, but managed to make a run in the 500. The final table rolled around and I had to check out of my hotel room and so ended up playing the whole final table in the hotel lobby. Once we got down to heads-up, both of us were pretty tired, so we decided to do a chip-chop and play for an extra $6,000. It lasted about 30 minutes and was pretty even, but I managed to get hands at the right time and closed it out. PocketFives: You chopped with Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), aka Romeopro, a longtime PocketFiver. Talk about his play. Alex Lynskey: I play with Romeopro a lot in the daily tournaments. He's a very tough player and played really well. PocketFives: Do you have any plans for the money? Alex Lynskey: I've been traveling the live circuit, so I'll probably keep doing that for the next few months. I will be heading to PCA and then the Aussie Millions. PocketFives: How crazy was playing in the hotel lobby? Alex Lynskey: It was pretty crazy. I had to pack all of my stuff while trying to play short-handed with 12 left and then race down to the lobby and switch between the different WIFIs at the five-minute break. They set me up with a little desk in the corner and luckily I managed to take it down. PocketFives: You're near your all-time high in the PocketFives Rankingsat #20. Alex Lynskey: Yeah, it feels really good. I also became #1 in Australia for the first time, which feels great as well. I am hoping to crack the top ten worldwide in the next few months. PocketFives: What do you do away from poker? What else interests you? Alex Lynskey: I love to travel, so when I'm away for poker tournaments, I love to get away from the casino and see the cities and try all the food. I also play a lot of sports, soccer mainly, and enjoy getting to the gym. PocketFives: What's your favorite city, casino, and restaurant thus far? Alex Lynskey: My favorite city would have to be London. My favorite casino is the Crown in Melbourne. I have far too many favorite restaurants to just choose one. I love to eat. I really enjoyed the Mexican food and beer pong bar in Macau. It's super random, but it's a cool place. PocketFives: Finally, tell us about your WCOOP $700 NLHE final table this year for $74,000. Did that change anything about your career? Alex Lynskey: That was my first WCOOP final table and my biggest cash ever, so it obviously felt really good. It was a bit bittersweet at the time getting sixth with such a large amount of money on the line, but when I look back on it, I ran really well to get that far and am happy with the result. That result, coupled with some lucky action-buying, allowed me to get out of being staked and onto my own dime, which was a really big achievement as well. The Sunday 500 runs weekly on PokerStars. If you don't already have a PokerStars account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% up to $600 deposit bonus and one free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners poker training. Get started here.
  6. The battle for #1 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingscontinued this week, as Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) is once again the top dog, claiming the title from Fedor CrownUpGuy Holz. The two have jockeyed back and forth for the last month, each taking the #1 spot away from the other every time the Rankings have been recalculated. PokerKaiser has 7,165 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, and recorded a blockbuster last six days of March that included a win in a $44 NLHE Turbo on PokerStars, a win in the PokerStars.fr Minuit Express, and two victories in the iPoker €7,500 Guaranteed. On the 29th, he finished fifth in a SCOOP event on PokerStars.fr for almost $13,000. Holz now has 6,508 PLB Points and can be found at #9 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. However, since final tabling the Sunday Supersonic on March 8 for $15,000, Holz has exactly six in the money finishes, so he'll need to ramp up his volume in order to stay near the top. In the last 13 months, he has won the WCOOP Main Event, the Sunday 500 twice, the Sunday $100 Rebuy, the Bigger $162, and the Full Tilt Sunday Major. Yikes. We had two newcomers to the top 10 in the world this week. The first is Roman Romeopro Romanovskyi (pictured), who moved up from #13 to #7. On March 29, Romanovskyi finished second in the PokerStars Bigger $109 for $35,000 and won the site's $109 Cubed for another $18,000. He's one spot off his all-time high in the Rankings. The second newcomer to the top 10 is r4ndomr4gs, who reentered at #10. He's a former #1 player and the top-ranked Swede. Amazingly, r4ndomr4gs is just $60,000 shy of hitting $5 million in career online tournament scores. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,165 points 2. Big Huni - 7,046 points 3. norfair18 - 6,997 points 4. p0cket00 - 6,976 points 5. joaomathias - 6,947 points 6. MendaLerenda - 6,690 points 7. Romeopro- 6,669 points 8. pleno1 - 6,649 points 9. CrownUpGuy- 6,508 points 10. r4ndomr4gs- 6,354 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. Last month, Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), known as Romeoproon PocketFives, scooped his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown. He has now won one a year since 2012 and, this time around, took down the PartyPokerSaturday Major, WinamaxTop 50, and PokerStars $109 Rebuy. We caught up with the Kiev resident to talk about his latest claim to fame. PocketFives: Tell us how you're feeling about winning your fourth Triple Crown. Roman Romanovskyi: Pretty great. First of all, I want to thank PocketFives for its existence because it's one of the biggest, if not the biggest, motivating factors for me. PocketFives has such a great rankings system compared to the one on PokerStars, for example, where you can just grind a million $1 to $11 tourneys with big fields every day and if you know at least something about the game, you will do fine. PocketFives' system is way better and more well-rounded overall. PocketFives: Which of the three Triple Crown tourneys was the most challenging and why? Roman Romanovskyi: Skill-wise, the toughest one was the $100 Rebuy, where I was battling heads-up against Mohsin chicagocards1 Charania, but the most challenging was definitely the Winamax Top 50 because I was playing for only the second time on Winamax and wasn't used to it, but luckily I managed to ship it. PocketFives: Talk about playing heads-up against chicagocards1 (pictured). Roman Romanovskyi: It was pretty fun overall. I felt like I outplayed him a little bit or was at least lucky enough to get through two or three pretty big bluffs. I thought I played pretty much perfectly heads-up. After reviewing it, I didn't find even a tiny mistake. But, as I usually do when things don't go my way, in the middle of the match I started complaining, which I'm not a fan of, but sometimes I just can't handle myself when I'm running badly. I'm trying my best to complain less every session I play. PocketFives: You had a solid end to 2014. Talk about finishing the year and if any momentum has carried over to this year. Roman Romanovskyi: It was solid even though I didn't make a run at the Yearly TLB title in the last three months, but it still was a pretty decent finish to the year overall. I have definitely carried my momentum over to 2015, as I am pretty confident in myself to make a run at the Yearly PLB title as well as a couple of even tougher goals. PS, I am taking prop bets on the Yearly PLB against anyone, so PM me if you're interested. PocketFives: Are you playing any of the WSOP? Roman Romanovskyi. No. At this moment in my career, I feel like I have a lot more motivation toward my online goals than live. It was the other way around when I turned 21 and went to the WSOP for the first time. That was only two years ago basically. PocketFives: Who, in your opinion, are the best online tournament players in the world right now and, in particular, in the CIS region? Roman Romanovskyi. The games get tougher each day, so there are lots of really good players, but in my opinion a few stand out: CrownUpGuy (pictured), European, apestyles, and smokrokflock. I could have added couple of my favorite tournament players like lechuckpoker, philbort, Pokernoob999, LarzLuzak, and Imper1um, but all of them are playing 90% live now or, like LarzLuzak, are basically cash game players. As for the CIS region, it's the same situation as the worldwide scene: there are a lot of good players, but I can single out a few. OMGitshunt is a pretty much flawless tournament player and I would name him "the best" in CIS if I ruled out myself. Also, I want to mention veeea, accussity, and hellohellohello. They all are really good players who have very tiny leaks/flaws in their game, but are still among the top pros. Congrats to Romanovskyi on his latest Triple Crown! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. If you haven't heard, the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is going on at PokerStars. In a $700 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Three-Stack event that took place over the course of two days, two PocketFivers went at it for the title: Patrick pleno1Leonard (pictured) and Roman Romeopro Romanovskyi. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Leonard entered Day 2 of the event with double the stack of the next closest player, fellow PocketFiver Barry86. No chop was had and it took just five hands of heads-up play to determine a winner. In the PocketFiver on PocketFiver violence that ended matters, Romanovskyi check-called a bet of 2.2 million on a flop of 3-4-10 to see another 3 on the turn. The action went check-check to a river 2 and Leonard nearly put Romanovskyi all-in. Romanovskyi called for what essentially was his tournament life and saw Leonard roll over 4-3 for a full house. Romanovskyi mucked and was eliminated on the next hand. Here's how the six-max event's final table paid out: 1. pleno1- $108,415.51 2. Romeopro- $81,311.21 3. Manni1822 - $61,860.29 4. JJ@mess - $43,047.11 5. HKN291209 - $30,292.41 6. Barry86- $19,132.05 Leonard has been on a tear this year in big tournament series. As the PokerStars Blog explained, "Normally the Omaha specialist based on past finishes, Leonard nearly snagged a watch in SCOOP 2014 Event #35-M PLO Hi/Lo as the runner-up and [had]a sixth place in this year's TCOOP Event #14 NLO Hi/Lo." Leonard was #1 in the PocketFives Rankings last year. The third place player, Barry86, who plays on PokerStars under the handle pinguinho, won two big Sunday tournaments on PokerStars last weekend, including the weekly Six-Max for $14,000. He has over $1.6 million in career online tournament winnings and calls Poland home. Finally, Romanovskyi (pictured) was ranked #3 on our site earlier this year and has a healthy $5.5 million in online tournament scores. He has 536 top-three finishes in MTTs we track. Visit PokerStars for more details on the 2015 WCOOP. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. After adding his screen names back into his PocketFives profile late last week, Romeopro(pictured) reentered the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. He sits at #8 right now and is closing in on $6 million in online MTT winnings. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- He had a huge hit last Friday, when he finished second in a WCOOP $700 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Three-Stack event for $81,000. There were almost 1,000 entrants in that event and Romepro lost out to fellow PocketFiver Patrick pleno1 Leonard heads-up. As a result, PocketFivers scooped half the prize pool. Romeopro was ranked #3 on our site earlier this year. Aaron Gustavson (pictured), known on PocketFives as aguskb, is #1 for the second consecutive week. He has 6,999 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings, and has four tracked wins in the last six days, bringing his career total to 195. The Playa del Carmen resident is $13,000 shy of hitting $4 million in online MTT winnings. Sweden's eisenhower1moved up five spots from #10 to #5, three spots off his all-time high set in 2013. He won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo eight days ago for $13,000 and took fourth in a WCOOP Second Chance event the same day for another $21,000. He has $7.3 million in online tournament winnings to his name. Another Swede, Ariados, moved up from #12 to #10 on the strength of a "W" in the 888 Poker Mega Deep earlier this month for $30,000 and over 400 PLB Points. Ariados is one of four Swedes in the top 10 worldwide on PocketFives and owns $4.6 million in career tournament winnings online. Bubbling the top 10 is Martin Tiny_molester Kozlov, who stands at #11 after moving up 17 spots. Kozlov hit it big over the weekend in the WCOOP Sunday Warm-Up, taking fourth in the tournament for almost $70,000. He final tabled a $1,050 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event the same day for another $14,000 and is four spots off his all-time high in the Rankings. Finally this week, we wanted to talk about Finland's emeriaa (pictured), who shot up from #62 to #17. He finished seventh in a WCOOP $10,300 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max tournament for almost $100,000 on September 13. One day before, he took down the PokerStars Weekender for $43,000. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings. Here are the top 10 players this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. aguskb- 6,999 points 2. PokerKaiser - 6,811 points 3. veeea - 6,566 points 4. Legenden - 6,484 points 5. eisenhower1- 6,405 points 6. r4ndomr4gs - 6,388 points 7. sifosis - 6,277 points 8. Romeopro- 6,214 points 9. Sheater - 6,172 points 10. Ariados- 6,163 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. 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 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky Surpasses $8 Million in Earnings Over the last few months, Ukrainian poker pro Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky has been on a bit of a roll. He won the 888poker XL Eclipse High Roller in September. He finished third in the partypoker Powerfest High Roller and then 12th in the Powerfest Championship event. Those scores earned $226,000. This past week however he finished runner-up in the partypoker High Roller for $11,371.72. That score, while not the first place prize he was no doubt seeking, was enough to push Romanovsky past the $8 million earnings mark. He is the 20th player to reach that milestone and the only Urkainian player to do so. Romanovsky remains the #1-ranked player in the Ukraine. New Jersey's Fred 'BiggDaddy' Ferrell Cracks $1M Garden State Winnings Fred 'BiggDaddy' Ferrell, a mainstay in the New Jersey Rankings Top 10, is now one of the few players from the Garden State to have reached $1 million in lifetime earnings on regulated sites. Ferrell got into the seven-figure club thanks to a PokerStars Super Tuesday win on October 17. That win earned him $4,963. Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha Cracks Top 25 for First Time Anybody who has closely followed the PocketFives Rankings for the past few years knows that players from two countries have dominated; Sweden and Brazil. While Swedish players have a stranglehold on the top 10 right now, one Brazilian seems to be working his way up the rankings quickly. Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha went from #27 to #22 in the world last week. Padilha recently won the partypoker High Roller for $23,793 and 352.14 points. This comes less than a month after his fourth place finish in the partypoker Powerfest Championship Event for $453,150 and 475.17 points. Padilha is the #2-ranked player in Brazil, behind only Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. There are a total of 15 other Brazilian players ranked inside the top 100 worldwide. There were seven other players to reach career-high marks this week. rolandbauer from #31 to #30 davaman from #42 to #40 Bernardo Rocha from #154 to #49 Mikensonas from #55 to #53 heyalisson from #60 to #54 tiarc from #65 to #61 nsmirnov from #70 to #69
  11. 888poker continued to create buzz in 2017 with online and live events a smashing success. The lobbies are always buzzing in one of the world’s largest sites. Tournaments can be found running during all hours of the day. Some players managed to pull in large sums from 888poker tournaments with PocketFivers chief among them. In the driver’s seat is ‘msksevart’ who picked up $282,936 in winnings on 888poker in 2017. The Russian ‘msksevart’ won 64 events on the site, placing him third on the overall leaderboard. The most money won by ‘msksevart’ in a tournament last year on 888poker came on April 22. ‘Msksevart’ won the $25,000 guaranteed Octopus for $5,928; a win that accounted for only two percent of their overall winnings for the year. The race for first place behind ‘msksevart’ for overall winnings was a close one. Roman ‘Romeopro' Romanovsky tagged along in second place with $264,007. Less than $2,000 behind him in third place is former PocketFives #1 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez. Neither of those two players finished in the top-10 in cashes or wins on the site among PocketFivers. The top-10 for overall winnings is a 'who's who' of the best PocketFives has to offer. Former #1 'lena900' is in the mix as are 'Sheater' and Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren. All players who ranked in the top-10 for total earnings on 888poker effectively hit the $200,000 mark. Leading the way by a large margin for total wins on 888poker is 'BLaaZeKuSH.' The only player to top 100 wins hit 112, with most of those victories coming in micro (under $22) tournaments. 'BLaaZeKuSH' also achieved the most cashes out of any player on 888poker with a stratospheric number of 1,610. That equals out 4.4 cashes a day and over two cashes per week for a player who is over $900,000 in career earnings and pushing toward $1 million. Finishing behind 'BLaaZeKuSH' in wins and cashes is Artem 'ArtiTAG' Ivanenko. When the calendar turned to January 1, Ivanenko booked a year with 1,528 cashes and 67 wins. All of Ivanenko's wins came in micro events and all but one cash was in a baby bird. Of the players who won the most on 888poker, none of them finished in the top-tier section of cashes or wins. There is some crossover between the two latter categories. 'Cherman9' and 'drbones666' were two of three other players to make the top-10 in both. 'Cherman9' tallied 58 wins, placing them fifth, and added 735 cashes which was good for ninth. 'drbones666' ranked fourth in wins and cashes with 58 and 969, respectively. Also in the mix is 'Vzsolt85,' who managed to grab 49 wins and 739 cashes of their own. Top 888poker PocketFivers of 2017 Player Earnings msksevart $282,936 Romeopro $264,007 SixthSenSe19 $262,483 papan9_p$ $241,965 lena900 $231,187 lilachaa $222,427 bustindanut $215,185 Sheater $214,941 lovefee $205,745 r4ndomr4gs $199,572 table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Player Wins BLaaZeKuSH 112 ARtiTAG 67 msksevart 64 drbones666 58 Cherman9 56 paraguaiiii 49 Vzsolt85 49 mugggggy 44 rameez 42 DelfiNchik1 42 table.tableizer-table { font-size: 12px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } Player Cashes BLaaZeKuSH 1,610 ArtiTAG 1,528 machkonti 1,037 drbones666 969 gailius46 766 progresssive 763 jlaku 746 VZsolt85 739 Cherman9 735 hudfoter 732
  12. Comin on the heels of his runner-up finish in the XL Blizzard Mini Main Event, Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky put together a dominant February on 888poker to be the top-earning PocketFiver on the site. It took just eight cashes for Romanovsky to rack up $71,621 in winnings. His biggest score came on February 4 when he won the $125,000 Whale for a $34,375 payday. Exactly three weeks later he finished runner-up to 'OlNKOinkOink' in the $100,000 Whale for $20,350. Proving he's not just about the big buy-in events, Romanovsky also managed to finish runner-up in the $88 buy-in $15,000 Great 8 event on the final day of the month to earn f$2,864. Sweden's Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar had the second best month of any PocketFiver on 888poker, but still found himself almost $30,000 behind Romanovsky. His biggest score came when he won the $50,000 Volcano event on February 27 for $15,008. A little over two weeks earlier, Korsar finished fourth in the $120,000 Volcano for $12,100. Canadian Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski put up more volume than Romanovsky and Korsar on his way to winning $31,465.30. Of his 10 cashes, six were of the four-figure variety. His single biggest score came from a sixth-place finish in the $120,000 Whale for $6,655. Russian 'josef_shvejk' continued to dominate online, earning $28,740.75 on 888poker. He only picked up five cashes with $15,400 of his winnings coming in the $100,000 Whale on February 24 for his biggest score. Other PocketFivers to have solid months on 888poker included Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez, former #1-ranked Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, Charlie 'chaz_man_chaz' Combes, Alessandro 'JaNdRo27' Sarro and 'machiavelli3'. Top 10 February Earning PocketFivers on 888poker Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky - $71,621.00 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar - $42,336.57 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski - $31,465.30 msksevart - $30,480.03 josef_shvejk - $28,740.75 Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez - $26,750.00 Chris 'moorman1' Moorman - $25,923.50 Charlie 'chaz_man_chaz' Combes - $22,678.49 Alessandro 'JaNdRo27' Sarro - $21,785.92 machiavelli3 - $21,443.56
  13. The first Monday of the 2018 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker saw 12 more events wrap up with Niall 'Firaldo87' Farrell picking up a second career SCOOP title. Farrell came into Day 2 of Event #3 (High) second in chips out of the 37 remaining players and battled to be the last person standing to win the first place prize of $101,854 and add a second SCOOP title to his name after he took down Event #47 (High) back into 2016. Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky took another huge step towards the $10M mark in recorded online earnings after winning his first SCOOP title in Event #2 (High). The Ukrainian is now well over the $9M threshold after coming through the 728-player field and defeating 'blikinn' heads-up to take the first-place prize of $123,935. Javier 'minusth3bear' Zarco was the biggest winner on the opening Monday after he claimed victory in Event #4 (High) for $233,909. The Spaniard eclipsed his previous best recorded online cash of $17,121 after seeing off the other 674 entrants, which included Aaron 'aaronmermel' Mermelstein, 'Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson, 'ikkedus', 'zcedrick' and Toby '810ofclubs' Lewis, who all made the final table. In the final 'High' event, 'BongBob' ($130,329), 'Shuller_A1t' ($94,792) and 'ekziter'($68,946) made up the top three places in the Six Max Pot Limit Omaha after 355 entrants paid the $2,100 buy-in to create a $710,000 prize pool. Event #4 (Medium) saw 6,916 entrants do battle in the $215 Sunday Million SCOOP Special with 'XD89lol<3' taking the majority share of the $1,383,200 prize pool. Finland's 'XD89lol<3' recorded his third six-figure online cash after banking $196,472 for defeating 'ham1l_I0n' heads-up, who took away $135,971 for second place, with Brazil's 'Eduardo850' claiming their biggest online cash to date by coming third for $94,103. Canada's 'newguy89' lost out to 'chemigue2' heads-up in Event #2 (Medium) with the players taking away $39,128 and $54,893 respectively. 'Br1ngCabbage' took the win in Event #3 (Med) to earn themselves a coveted SCOOP title as well as $65,159. In the $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Event #5 (Medium), it was Brazil vs Poland for the win, with 'charlie580' beating out 'pokerqmaster' for the title and the first-place prize of $47,735. In the 'low' events, 'DedOnTheTurn' won $15,861 for victory in Event #2 (Low) the Mini Sunday Kickoff and 'Allmightry' saw $17,943 added to their account for first-place in Event #3 (Low). Romania's 'pora adrian' came through a massive 17,265 player field in Event #4 (Low) the Mini Sunday Million to earn $36,876, and 'kokosant' came out on top in Event #5(Low) Pot Limit Omaha for $16,903 after agreeing to a heads-up deal with 'Janibp', who took away $14,194 and the silver medal. Below are the SCOOP results for Monday 7th May 2018: Event #2 (Low): $11 Eight Max Mini Sunday Kickoff No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 12,758 Prize pool: $125,028.40 DedOnTheTurn - $15,861.42 10YURA10 - $11,300.41 pqshq - $8,055.32 Seizeds - $5,742.11 BadBeat1411 - $4,093.19 TushCan#1 - $2,917.77 MoW3R - $2,079.89 OMGJamesWelz - $1,482.62 SpongeBobBro - $1,056.87 Event #2 (Medium): $109 Eight Max Sunday Kickoff No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 3,840 Prize pool: $384,000 chemigue2 - $54,893.93 newguy89 - $39,128.64 Hendurr - $27,892.22 Papa poolong - $19,882.52 NCSU2012 - $14,172.90 Davidamon88 - $10,102.92 Kohlrabi7 - $7,201.68 dodi papa - $5,133.58 Event #2 (High): $1,050 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 728 Prize pool: $728,00 RomeOpro - $123,935.44 blikinn - $90,758.95 jwall888 - $66,463.92 ZeeJustin - $48,672.33 Smaxx440 - $35,643.31 KissMyAcePlz - $26,102.07 Timonpoika - $19,114.87 iamivar - $13,998.05 mczhang - $11,192.49 Event #3 (Low): $22 PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 16,286 Prize pool: $325,720 Allmightry - $17,943.40 Slaaasch - $12,782.83 S1gheddii - $9,112.03 shermdog50 - $6,495.36 Oskoma - $4,630.10 algys1 - $3,300.50 sowiniai - $2,352.70 __DennisN__21 - $1,677.08 ace2chico - $1,195.47 Event #3 (Medium): $215 PKO Sunday Warm-up No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 4,574 Prize pool: $914,800 Br1ngCabbage - $65,159.16 CAZZETTEE - $45,723.85 Carloss.Rox - $32,087.52 neeno1990 - $22,518.03 ZeeJustin - $15,802.39 i need sheet - $11,089.61 J3System - $7,782.29 torstii - $5,461.35 juarnes - $3,832.60 Event #3 (High): $2,100 PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 577 Prize pool: $577,000 Firaldo87 - $101,854.96 PrtyPsux - $75,947.97 fellatiado - $56,630.76 Jabba_010 - $42,226.82 pellompogos - $31,486.48 anunnakienki - $23,477.95 olehaswonit - $17,506.35 Danila4444 - $13,053.64 unclewolfy - $9,733.47 Event #4 (Low): $22 Mini Sunday Million No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 17,265 Prize pool: $345,300 pora adrian - $36,876.20 dezember - $26,506.64 whiskeyman25 - $19,058.52 neptune 1969 - $13,703.26 PAst3r - $9,852.79 ValueBieber1 - $7,084.24 Hardcoregym2018 - $5,093.65 Vamos_Serhio - $3,662.3 poker lance - $2,633.32 Event #4 (Medium): $215 Sunday Million No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 6,916 Prize pool: $1,383,200 XD89lol<3 - $196,472.69 ham1l_I0n - $135,971.87 Eduardo850 - $94,103.10 hotfils77 - $65,126.86 volandNEW - $45,072.81 barn284 - $31,193.92 johhnnyknock - $21,588.57 EndlessJ - $14,940.91 JonTarg - $10,340.24 Event #4 (High): $2,100 $1m Gtd No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 675 Prize pool: $1,350,000 minusth3bear - $233,909.37 Manni1822 - $172,873.03 aaronmermel - $127,763.59 FourSixFour - $94,424.94 krakukra - $69,785.68 cal42688 - $51,575.80 ikkedus - $38,117.65 810ofclubs - $28,171.26 zcedrick - $20,820.24 Event #5 (Low): $22 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entrants: 6,448 Prize pool: $128,000 kokosant - $16,903.85* Janibp - $14,194.32* williseb - $8,896.51 Tuxeedos - $6,198.83 felix4444 - $4,319.16 xfadomas666 - $3,009.47 Event #5 (Medium): $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entrants: 1,570 Prize pool: $314,000 charlie580 - $47,735.89 pokerqmaster - $33,260.41 calvin7v - $23,174.95 KingOfThe$ea - $16,147.70 hakoron - $11,251.27 Renanr0x - $7,839.60 Event #5 (High): $2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entrants: 355 Prize pool: $710,000 BongBob - $130,329.24 Shuller_A1t - $94,792.95 ekziter - $68,946.18 Venividi1993 - $50,146.94 baadger - $36,473.62 superatos - $26,528.51  
  14. While Sunday marked the beginning of both partypoker Powerfest and the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, the headlines instead went to 'Bencb789', who came second in the 888poker $100,000 Sunday Whale for $23,680 and helped 'Team BITBRYE' into an early lead against 'Team Sweden' in their six-figure prop bet.Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard confirmed earlier this week that he would be teaming up with RaiseYourEdge head coach 'Bencb789' to take part in a six-figure prop bet against the Swedish duo of 'Lena900' and 'C.Darwin2'. As the first day's play came to an end, it was 'Team BITB RYE' who took the advantage after 'Bencb789', playing under the alias 'f0rmEitseGal', pipped 'C.Darwin2' to second place in the 888poker Whale, after the Swede, could only manage a fourth-place finish for $12,160. https://twitter.com/raiseyouredge/status/993353498199638016 It seems this prop bet will be getting a lot of attention over the next few weeks as the four players go to battle across the all the spring online poker events. As the before mentioned PokerStars SCOOP series begun yesterday, the Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up are being played out as two-day tournaments and set to resume Monday at 18:00 WET. Ben 'Ben86' Tollerene and 'yongminbae' were the big winners across the completed PokerStars events yesterday after they took down the $2,100 Sunday High Roller and $530 Bounty Builder High Roller respectively. 2015 WCOOP SHR winner 'Ben86' beat 'ekziter' heads-up to claim the $54,358 first-place prize, while 'yongminbae' came through a field of 1,145 entrants and added $46,577 to their bankroll. Also, Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky made the first of his two 'Sunday Major' final tables this week after finishing in fourth-place in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $23,926. partypoker began their latest Powerfest series with three $1m Gtd events across its opening day. 1,703 entrants went to battle in the Powerfest #04-HR $530 $1m Gtd Championship Event with 'sk2ll_m0dR' defeating New Zealand's 'hamishc2' heads-up after both players agreed to a deal. 'sk2ll_m0dR' took away $144,874, with 'hamishc2' beating his previous best recorded online cash of $10,375 by some margin after claiming $143,525. 'alex2pairs' was the winner in the Powerfest #03-SHR $5,200 $1m PKO Championship Event for $99,992 after coming through the 196 strong field. 'TorTor2012' took second-place for $72,579 with 'JohnBoy_' winning $51,737 for third. Roman 'SanityWaterline' Romanovsky appeared at his second major final table of the day in the $1,050 Powerfest #05-HR PKO $1m Gtd Championship Event and repeated his earlier fourth-place finish to win $27,272. 'MonkMode' took the victory for $85,914 after beating 'Ignent' into second-place from the 999 player field for $61,538. Sweden's 'Algorhytm' was pipped at the post in the Powerfest #04-H $109 $200k Gtd event and had to settle for the runners-up prize of $29,742. The current PocketFives world no.#7 succumbed to 'omar091365' heads-up who banked $42,038 and the title. As previously mentioned, 'bencb789' was this week's 888poker $100,000 Whale runner-up and it was 'AceSpade11' who had the honor of beating him for the first-place prize of $35,200. Last but not least, 'GangstaGo' turned $215 into $19,500 after coming through a field of 311 entrants in the 888poker Sunday Mega Deep. 'PokerJoe332' was the player to lose the heads-up clash for $14,500, with 'Flopzilla_XD' having to settle for $11,000 in third. Below are this week's Sunday Majors results: PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 124 entrants, $248,000 prize pool Ben86 - $54,358.15 ekziter - $41,349.46 Idog1974 - $31,453.98 RomeOpro - $23,926.61 Korrinho - $18,200.67 anteen - $13,844.99 Black88 - $10,531.69 hdjgkfkgsdl - $8,011.31 philivey2694 - $6,094.10 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 1,145 entrants, $572,000 prize pool yongminbae - $46,577.53 WATnlos - $34,140.66 aramesko - $25,025.00 "0PIGGYBANK" - $18,343.24 dominicve - $13,445.53 D_DIGGLER99 - $9,855.53 ElfKicker - $7,224.06 alberto.m7 - $5,295.22 Keep2p34Ch" - $3,881.40 partypoker Powerfest #04-H $109 $200k Gtd 2,601 entrants, $260,100 prize pool omar091365 - $42,038.63 Algorhytm - $29,742.43 guerreirodopano - $19,135.55 erdi1989 - $12,718.89 mwhldwn - $8,843.40 thenewfang - $6,034.32 TriggerWord - $4,161.60 NO_COMPRENDO - $2,653.02 partypoker Powerfest #03-SHR $5,200 $1m Championship Event - PKO 196 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool alex2pairs - $99,992.56 TorTor2012 - $72,579.20 JohnBoy_ - $51,737.20 mask0ff - $38,251.20 ITISWHATITIZ - $26,972 veniVidi_Vici - $20,596.80 MOTHERSMATTERS - $15,202.40 Cool_Dave - $11,279.02 partypoker Powerfest #04-HR $530 $1m Gtd Championship Event, 1,703 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool sk2ll_m0dR - $144,874.93* hamishc2 - $143,525.08* FMylife - $77,800 Kaggis_ - $51,900 skoupidotenekes - $36,800 GettinDaize - $25,800 simba8787 - $17,900 Number_Ninjas - $11,800 *denotes a heads-up deal partypoker $1,050 Powerfest #05-HR PKO Championship Event $1m Gtd 999 entrants, $1,018,980 prize pool MonkMode - $85,914 Ignent - $61,538.40 KONY2012 - $40,709.25 SanityWaterline - $27,272.70 JJouhki - $19,330.65 Sr.Penes - $13,686.30 Sizzuurp - $9,590.40 mugggy1 - $6,493.50 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 126 entrants – $126,000 prize pool AceSpade11 - $35,200 f0rmEitseGal - $23,680 KimberSlice - $17,920 Isildur1337x - $12,160 Pimmelspeck - $8,960 Kotyara1089 - $6,720 allesrigged - $5,440 DrMiKee - $4,480 888Moorman - $3,840 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 311 entrants – $100,000 prize pool GangstaGo - $19,500 PokerJoe332 - $14,500 Flopzilla_XD - $11,000 kocoi10 - $8,000 purplegerbil - $5,500 alexos888 - $4,000 DosPoochies - $3,000 Canette_15 - $2,500
  15. The top-ranked player in Hungary, Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, won over $500,000 on Day 5 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and in the process prevented Roman 'RomeOpro' Romanovsky from collecting an astounding third title of the series. With the bumper buy-in Low, Medium and High Event #14 tournaments all coming to a conclusion on Thursday, the results saw 12 players collect six-figure scores, including Romanovsky who made it to heads-up play on his third bullet in the $25,000 buy-in 'High' and was looking to achieve his third win of the series after taking down Event #16 (High) the day before and Event #2 (High) on Monday. But, Nemeth was the man in his way and ultimately prevented the Ukrainian from achieving the feat to claim his own third career SCOOP title and the first-place prize of $576,087. Romanovsky received $442,299 as runner-up which left the current #12-ranked player in the world less than $200,000 away from the $10M career earnings accolade. Guntis 'poker@luffyD' Aleskins picked up his largest recorded online result to date after banking $240,765 for victory in Event #14 (Medium). Former Sunday Million runner-up Aleskins defeated 'engantil' heads-up for the win, with the latter taking away $171,625 for second place. Also on the final table was 'Lena900' who collected $87,208 in fourth-place and helped 'Team Sweden' close the gap on 'Team BITBRYE' in their much talked about six-figure series prop bet. The UK's Ben 'jenbizzle' Jones overcome Brazil's Ivanildo Limeira in Event #14 (Low) to pick up his first SCOOP title, and a career-best recorded online cash of $162,039. Jones, who is a former Super Tuesday, Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Supersonic champion, came through the 5,700 entrants field and navigated his way to victory on a final table that also featured 2017 WCOOP Main event third-place finisher, Machadada RS, and Chester20o. Event #15 saw three six-max PLO rebuy tournaments take place with 'Maizeruba', 'igor69' and 'Tr!pleeeee' all adding SCOOP titles to their names. 'Maizeruba' won $9,872 after coming through a 3,891 player field in the 'Low' and 'igor69' was the victor in the 'Medium' for $32,858, after seeing off former Pocketfives world no.#1 'cal42688' into third place. In the 'High' 'Tr!pleeeee' took away a cool $87,042 after beating Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, Jerry 'Perrymejsen' Ödeen and Adam 'adamyid' Owen on the final table. Christopher 'Apotheosis92' Kruk, who featured on the Event #16 (Medium) final table on Day 4, made another SCOOP appearance on Day 5 after collecting the silver medal in Event #13 (High) Triple Draw 2-7 for $38,850. The Canadian was beaten to the top prize of $57,720 by 'merla888' after they successfully came through the 111 player field. 'TheRabbitFR' made up for their runner-up spot in Event #10 (Medium) by going all the way in Event 13 (Medium) to win $15,480. 'TheRabbitFR' beat 'SexualDrag0n' in heads-up play, on a final table that saw Pocketfives members 'komarolo22' and 'hummylun' achieve fourth and fifth place respectively. In Event #13 (Low), 'hapsmoney' beat out 1,726 other entrants to earn the victory and $5,441. 'Flakon2010' was rewarded with $4,058.45 for second place with 'Moergi' picking up $3,022.45 in third place. Below are the SCOOP results for Thursday, May 10 Event #13 (Low): $22 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 1,727 Prize pool: $34,540 hapsmoney - $5,441.06 Flakon2010 - $4,058.45 Moergis - $3,022.45 RoxmorE - $1,986.05 Sjonie - $1,353.96 baaaaaaaby - $773.69 Event #13 (Medium): $215 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 387 Prize pool: $77,400 TheRabbitFR - $15,480.00 SexualDrag0n - $11,455.20 gabrielper - $8,514.00 komarolo22 - $5,882.40 hummylun - $4,295.70 BurnsFlipper - $2,747.70 Event #13 (High): $2,100 Triple Draw 2-7 Entrants: 111 Prize pool: $222,000 merla888 - $57,720.00 Apotheosis92 - $38,850.00 vovtroy - $28,860.00 kkopghy - $18,870.00 hotmark777 - $14,430.00 Pardosh - $9,990.00 Event #14 (Low): $215 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,700 Prize pool: $1,140,000 jenbizzle - $162,039.38 ivan limeira - $115,504.57 Dagdar - $82,335.47 Machadada RS - $58,691.41 TCOBENKO - $41,837.08 GMVN - $29,822.97 Chester20o - $21,258.72 SaiyanHype - $15,153.79 Event #14 (Medium): $2,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 698 Prize pool: $1,1396,000 poker@luffyD - $240,765.93 engantil - $171,625.77 Alex.Z5518 - $122,340.69 Lena900 - $87,208.67 Päffchen - $62,165.41 hello_totti - $44,313.64 EzPaTuLa - $31,588.26 wizowizo - $22,517.20 Event #14 (High): $25,100 Eight Max High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 100 Prize pool: $2,500,000 probirs - $576,087.25 RomeOpro - $442,299.25 huang33 - $339,581.75 RuiNF - $260,718.75 wizowizo - $200,170.50 SirWatts - $153,683.75 ROFLshove - $117,993.00 Isildur1 - $90,590.75 Event #15 (Low): $5.50 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 3,891 Prize pool: $69,041 Maizeruba - $9,872.21 Benda777 - $6,876.16 serg.de - $4,791.12 TryToMeAgaiN - $3,338.32 Barmaley903 - $2,326.06 ALBANIANCHIP - $1,620.73 Event #15 (Medium): $55 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 1,165 Prize pool: $207,924.75 igor69 - $32,858.79 Zagalo87 - $22,894.63 cal42688 - $15,952.34 Clabbenyman - $11,115.13 Mindfulln3ss - $7,744.71 canc.gr - $5,396.29 Event #15 (High): $530 Rebuy Six Max PLO Entrants: 265 Prize pool: $456,015 Tr!pleeeee - $87,042.64 Naza114 - $64,519.14 Perrymejsen - $47,823.98 goleafsgoeh - $35,448.91 Lateski - $26,275.99 Adamyid - $19,476.76
  16. It's only Day 4 of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker but Roman d'Rome0pro' Romanovsky has already secured his second title of the series after defeating his friend Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard heads-up in Event #16 (High). Romanovsky took down Event #2 (High) for $123,935 just days ago and repeated his triumph yesterday after Leonard, and he agreed to a chop before playing out for the title. The Ukrainian took away $135,121 for the win, and Leonard banked $109,898 to help 'TeamBITBRYE' extend their series prop bet lead over 'Team Sweden'. https://twitter.com/plenopads/status/994393136221900800 'Cem1994' was Day 4's highest earner after they became Event #11 (High) Super Tuesday champion for $183,292. 'despedespi33' took second-place for $133,081 after 1,149 entrants came together to create a $1.1M prize pool. There was a career-best online result of $66,395 for Brazil's Everton 'Bitoks' Becker after he won Event #11 (Medium) Mini-Super Tuesday. The Brazilian agreed to a deal with 'MonkeyRush88', who took away $56,503 in second after the UK's Richard 'raconteur' Gryko had departed in third-place for $35,564. Another bumper SCOOP field appeared in Event #11 (Low) as 15,003 entrants paid the $11 tournament fee to create a $147,000 prize pool. After 15,000 players had departed the field, the final three agreed to a deal. 'TazutZ' finished in third-place for $11,664, 'Chick2345' took the silver medal for $11,695, which left 'theillwill' to scoop the title alongside $14,083. 'CAZZETTEE', who narrowly missed out on the win in Monday's Event #3 (Medium) after taking second-place for $45,723, went one better in Event #10 (High) after they won the $2,100 Razz for $51,940. The final table action also saw Canada's Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah finish in sixth-place for $10,600 and Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich score $19,080 in fourth. 'aidanb4' took the top spot in Event #3 (Low) after coming through the 2,184 player field to win $7,426. While 'Maicoshaa', who won Event #9 (High) during last year's series, added another victory to their name, this time in Event #10 (Medium) for $17,024. Event #16 (Low) comprised of a $55 Six-Max Turbo High Roller tournament which saw 'ale6ka' come through the 5,977 field after they defeated '[Ro]Cristy' to win the $42,475 first-place. The $530 Six-Max Turbo Event #16 (Medium) was won by 'elhilario' for $75,035 after they came through a final table featuring PocketFives world no.#24 'th'Kick' and two-time PokerStars Super Tuesday champion Christopher 'Apotheosis92' Kruk. Below are the SCOOP results for Wednesday, May 9 Event #10 (Low): $22 Razz Entrants: 2,184 Prize pool: $43,680 aidanb4 - $7,426.61 MikeyMunro89 - $5,241.60 woody1234321 - $4,133.87 spendypenny - $3,057.60 TzR 9999 - $2,184.00 Zbad - $1,310.40 Zoukki - $873.60 Van Bijnen - $436.80 Event #10 (Medium): $215 Razz Entrants: 448 Prize pool: $89,600 Maicoshaa - $17,024.00 TheRabbitFR - $12,544.00 YerickK - $9,408.00 Beeethoven87 - $6,720.00 childers - $4,480 vovtroy - $3,136.00 dolmren - $2,240.00 billygstar - $1,792.00 Event #10 (High): $2,100 Razz Entrants: 106 Prize pool: $212,000 CAZZETTEE - $51,940.00 fr0zZy - $36,040.00 Kroko-dill - $27,560.00 Colisea - $19,080.00 bokkie87 - $13,780.00 goleafsgoeh - $10,600.00 Impetigo_666 - $8,480.00 L1TE-BR1TE - $6,360.00 Event #11 (Low): $11 No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 15,003 Prize pool: $147,029.40 theillwill - $14,083.46* Chick2345 - $11,695.91* TazutZ - $11,664.67* Nerflix - $6,104.45 gcascay - $4,351.45 Pindebuenas - $3,101.86 kamijaa - $2,211.11 Kuchenapfel - $1,576.15 *denotes a three-player deal Event #11 (Medium): $109 Mini Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,077 Prize pool: $507,700 Bitoks - $66,395.37* MonkeyRush88 - $56,503.08* raconteur - $35,564.48 Harlo1990 - $24,958.02 FaraChef - $17,514.73 koenigskebap - $12,291.26 NeedOfCash - $8,625.56 TakiToRivers - $6,053.15 mizzB111 - $4,247.92 *denotes heads-up deal Event #11 (High): $1,050 Super Tuesday No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 1,149 Prize pool: $1,149,000 Cem1994 - $183,292.52 despedespi33 - $133,081.31 OMGACEACEACE - $96,625.26 GamadGADOL - $70,155.75 Machiavelli3 - $50,937.46 19Dan86 - $36,983.66 Pinocchyo - $26,852.47 Stating - $19,496.57 Ticiz - $14,155.68 Event #16 (Low): $55 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 5,977 Prize pool: $298,850 ale6ka - $42,475.36 [Ro]Cristy - $29,592.39 BornSurvivor - $20,619.15 aikanasnx - $14,366.82 alek-gejel - $10,010.39 AQUA RAIDER - $6,974.94 Event #16 (Medium): $530 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 911 Prize pool: $455,500 elhilario - $75,035.53 mandza17 - $52,282.24 th'Kick - $36,428.84 7Phenom1991 - $25,382.64 Apotheosis92 - $17,685.92 dammsugarn - $12,323.09 Event #16 (High): $5,200 Six Max Turbo High Roller No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 132 Prize pool: $660,000 RomeOpro - $135,121.47 pads1161 - $109,898.31 huang33 - $81,848.25 cal42688 - $62,911.99 hotmark777 - $48,356.81 Päffchen - $37,169.08
  17. PokerStars SCOOP and partypoker Powerfest offered ROW players numerous opportunities to pick up PLB points for the May PocketFives Leaderboard. The best players in the world took advantage of the chances given to them and earned points along with hundreds of thousands of dollars for their time. 'lena900' did the most lifting in May with 7,135.57 points to their name by the time Memorial Day weekend wrapped up. The #1 ranked player in the world won a SCOOP event (39-H: $1,050 NLO8 [6-Max], $175K Gtd) and Powerfest MTT (#53-SHR: $2M Gtd [Championship Event - PKO]) in the same week to cap off a fantastic few weeks of grinding. The $430,047 Powerfest Main Event win is the largest score for 'lena900' in their esteemed career. 'lena900' now ranks #7 on the all-time money list with $10.979 million in cashes. Current ROW #3 Roman 'romeopro' Romanovsky pulled off the incredible by winning two SCOOP titles in a single-week to open the series. The Ukranian masher won Event #16 6-Max $5,200 NLHE Turbo for $138,536 and Event #2 $1,050 8-Max for $123,395 to boost his surge up the rankings. In between the victories, Romanovsky earned a silver medal in the SCOOP $25,000 High Roller to earn a personal-record for best cash by taking home $442,299. At a new all-time high is Michael Chi 'mczhang' Zhang, who notched three monumental scores. Zhang shipped the SCOOP Event #21 ($2,100 Six-Max Shootout) and took second in the SCOOP #37 ($215 8-Max Mini Super Tuesday) a few days later. The month capped off with a fifth-place run in the $25,500 Powerfest Championship Event. Zhang placed sixth and added $212,100 to his growing bankroll. The Brazilian contingent made their presence known via Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. The former PocketFives #1 struck gold in the SCOOP #48 $2,100 PLO Win the Button worth 726.64 points along with the Powerfest #54 PLO High Roller for 312.25 more. Another former #1 to hit it huge was Chris 'BigHuni' Hunichen. The #4 ranked all-time earner on PocketFives added $618,944 to his winnings in the SCOOP $10,000 Main Event. Hunichen placed third out of 654 runners to claim the prize. Thomas 'Dattebayo' Muhlocker did himself plenty of favors by climbing the ladder to sixth place in the SCOOP Main Event. The result provided Muhlocker with 872.77 PLB points. Muhlocker also won two Powerfest events on the same day to earn over $93,000 combined. Russia is on the PLB rankings board thanks to 'hellohellohello.' They claimed a bronze medal in Powerfest and a few final table finishes in SCOOP. The volume equaled 4,017.70 points on the month. 'hellohellohello' placed sixth and 10th in the SCOOP 14 (8-Max High Roller) Medium and High variations, respectively. Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot shipped the 888poker $1 million guaranteed XL Inferno Main Event. The win was $209,779 and 1,076.57 points to boost his name up the list. Proudfoot also bagged a second-place finish in SCOOP #40 ($5,200 8-Max High Roller) and added 752.24 more points. The top-10 is concluded by Andres 'probirs' Nemeth. The Hungarian climbed the mountain in the prestigious SCOOP $25,000 High Roller and was awarded $576,087 for his troubles. Nemeth earned his third career SCOOP title with the win. May 2018 Top 10 PLB Points Winners RANK Player POINTS 1 lena900 7,135.57 2 Romeopro 5,588.51 3 mczhang 4,535.26 4 joaosimaobh 4,186.83 5 Big Huni 4,147.56 6 Dattebayo 4,037.37 7 Illini213 4,034.53 8 hellohellohello 4,017.70 9 proudflop 3,977.69 10 probirs 3,962.67
  18. Stability reigns at the top of the PocketFives Rankings this week. The top five players in the world stayed the same as last week with Sweden's 'lena900' holding on to the #1 spot for the fifth consecutive week. 'Lena900' managed to hold on to the top spot despite not picking up a single qualifying cash. In fact, he cashed just 15 times this past week, with the biggest coming via a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller which earned him $14,774. Fellow Swede 'C Darwin2' finished fourth in that same event for $25,812 and 239.7 points. That was his only qualifying cash of the week. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky is almost a month out from his last online cash. His last tracked result came on May 28. Russia's 'hellohellohello' is in a very similar boat. He picked up a single cash, finishing 14th in the partypoker Big Bounty Hunter event for $1,345 but it wasn't deep enough to add to his PLB points total. Andres 'probirs' Nemeth joins the chorus of players not picking up qualifying cashes this past week. The first signs of movement inside the top 10 of the Rankings saw Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone and 'GINS FINEST' swap the #6 and #7 positions. Brazil's Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha moved up to #8 from #11 and is now the top-ranked player in his home country. Sweden's 'Ariados' jumped from #10 to #9. The only new face in the Top 25 wasn't much of a new face at all. Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman, who has been as high as #4, moved from #29 to #25 this week after runner-up finishes in both the partypoker Big Bounty High Roller and the PokerStars Hot $215 for 415.61 points. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 lena900 12,694.39 1 2 C Darwin2 11,115.52 2 3 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 10,232.56 3 4 hellohellohello 9,827.21 4 5 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,825.35 5 6 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 9,554.14 7 7 GINS FINEST 9,358.53 6 8 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 8,791.75 11 9 Ariados 8,675.16 10 10 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 8,654.72 9 11 Michael 'mczhang' Zhang 8,633.85 12 12 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 8,549.77 8 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,249.20 14 14 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 8,164.70 17 15 DamageAP 8,149.10 13 16 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,976.19 18 17 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,915.00 21 18 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 7,892.01 15 19 girafganger7 7,860.37 16 20 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 7,845.65 19 21 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,730.07 24 22 European 7,693.35 22 23 Sheater 7,660.18 23 24 Dattebayo 7,588.34 20 25 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 7,535.47 29
  19. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In January, all eyes - and seemingly poker players - were on a tiny island in the Caribbean. PokerStars Players Championship Breaks Records Throughout all of 2018, PokerStars built up hype for the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship, a $25,000 buy-in tournament in the Bahamas as part of the annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. By giving away 320 Platinum Passes, which included the $25,000 buy-in and another $5,000 for travel and accommodations, and adding $1 million to the first-place prize, the mission for PokerStars was to make the PSPC the largest $25,000 buy-in tournament ever. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Well, mission accomplished. When registration closed, the field stood at 1,039 players, easily surpassing the previous record of 639 players for an event with a buy-in that high and pushing the total prize pool to $26,455,500. Spain's Ramon Collilas, who won a Platinum Pass after winning a leaderboard from a series of small buy-in tournaments in his home country, outlasted the PSPC field to win $5.1 million. Frenchmen Julien Martini finished as the runner-up for $2,974,000. The event was a massive hit with players and many compared the atmosphere of the event to the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Poker World Mourns Gavin Smith On January 15, in the midst of the festivities in the Bahamas, the poker world was saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Gavin Smith. He was 50 years old. Smith, who won a World Poker Tour title in 2005 and World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010, had two elementary school-aged sons at the time of his death. In the days following his passing, a GoFundMe campaign was set up by longtime friend Josh Arieh to help out Smith's kids. Chino Rheem Wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Collilas's win wasn't the only big win at the PCA. Once all the PSPC festivities had ended, the 2019 PCA Main Event played out to a winner and Chino Rheem beat out a final table that included Simon Deadman, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Brian Altman, and Daniel Strelitz to win the tournament and take home $1,567,000. The win pushed Rheem's career earnings to just over $10.5 million. Along with his PCA Main Event win, Rheem has won three World Poker Tour titles, and final tabled the WSOP Main Event but he still continues to be one of the most polarizing players in the game. Daniel Negreanu Hints at Big Life Change Just weeks after proposing to long-time girlfriend Amanda Leatherman, Daniel Negreanu made the media rounds at the PCA and talked candidly about his desire to get married and start a family and indicated that it might mean some changes were in order. “The next few months we’re working on wedding lists and all that kind of stuff, so that will be a little bit of a distraction. (It was) something that I was thinking about during the PokerStars Players Championship that I probably shouldn’t have been, but my priority right now is her, and waking up every morning and thinking about how I can make her happy, and make her days as joyful as possible, and have her smiling throughout the day,” Negreanu said. Romeo Romanovsky Wins January PLB Ukranian online poker pro Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky dominated the tables on throughout the month of January and ended up winning the January PocketFives Leaderboard. Romanovsky wracked up 4,522.98 PLB points to beat out Sweden's 'C Darwin2' and British grinder Patrick 'Pleno1' Leonard. He cashed an astonishing 215 times in January to take down the title.

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