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  1. Off to a hot start in 2014 is PocketFives member LarsLuzak(pictured), who is known in the real world as Sami Kelopuro. This Finnish poker pro has a final table in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Main Eventand a win in the site's $250,000 Guaranteed already this year for a combined $134,000. Additionally, he has one of the largest cashes ever recorded by a PocketFiver. We'll have more on that to come. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "It's always great to final table the right tournament," Kelopuro said of the FTOPS Main Event. "I wasn't doing well in any of the earlier FTOPS tournaments and finishing fifth in a lot of them wouldn't have paid much at all. Of course, it would've been great to go all the way and win it, but that's a good enough payday. I'll take what I can get." PocketFiver firaldo took down the FTOPS Main Event for $236,000 after a three-way chop. "I thought it was a sick field when there were about 30 players left and to my immediate right were Phil Galfond (pictured) and Mike timex McDonald," Kelopuro said of the field down the stretch in the $635 Re-Entry tournament. "Then, Phil busted and I had position on Mike all the way. There definitely weren't any very fishy plays toward the end." He bought into the FTOPS Main Event exactly once and said he was "running pretty well from the start. In general, I try to take advantage of the possibility of re-entries, play looser, and take chances, at least until I have a stack." Kelopuro officially banked $735,000 in 2011 after winning the PokerStars SCOOP High-Stakes Main Event, one of the largest scores you'll find for any PocketFiver. That score makes up nearly half of his tracked in the money finishes in tournaments and helped push him as high as #53 in the PocketFives Rankings. "I think a deeper structure is better for me," Kelopuro said of his success in larger tournaments. "I feel like I have more of an edge when it's not just pre-flop poker and there is room to play some. I've probably also been running well in the right tournaments, as luck is such a big factor, even after all these years." He added, "There aren't too many big tournaments running and I mostly play these big series, as I'm not too interested in the normal weekly tournaments. Last year until September, I played tournaments most Sundays, but then I realized it wasn't worth it. They have bad hours and even though I was running all right, it didn't pay enough per hour for me to keep doing it. I've always been more of a cash game player and there wasn't any downside for me to play just cash games." You can find him in $10/$20 and $25/$50 cash games nowadays and he was formerly active in the nosebleed stakes. "I tried to figure out how much I was getting from weekly tournaments and then decided to quit them when it seemed it was never going to pay more than $100 or $200 per hour; it's easy to make more from cash games." He explained, "I don't even need to play $10/$20 or higher. In fact, I think a good $2/$4 PLO player beats every single tournament player's win rate by multi-tabling and choosing games in a smart way. On top of that, you can make your own schedule; those games run all day long." Kelopuro got into poker in 2005 through friends who held home games. "I was immediately hooked and started playing online shortly thereafter," he said. His family was always approving of the Fin's poker exploits and, despite a stint in the military in 2007, he remained on top of his game. "By the time that was over," he said, "I was already winning big. At that point, it would have been time to think about schools to apply to, but I already had a career going in poker, so I stayed on that path." The Finland poker community is 522 members strong here on PocketFives. Its top 20 ranked players have combined for $43.4 million in winnings, including $3.9 million in the last three months. Kelopuro is its tenth-ranked player. FTOPS runs quarterly on Full Tilt Poker. If you don't already have a Full Tilt account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives MTT Training. You'll also get $25 free in most locations. Click here for PocketFives' Full Tilt Poker link. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. High stakes online cash crusher Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky took to the $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha tables to grind out a profit of $264,686 in the month of March according to the data provided by HighstakesDB.com. Sulsky played 4,561 hands over a scant 35 sessions to be recognized as the most profitable cash game player of the month. After a slow start to the month, where he played very few sessions and fluctuated between being up $40,000 and then down $40,000 his graph took a nice spike between March 18-20 after Sulsky dueled with fellow online superstar ‘BERRI SWEET’. Sulsky climbed out of a small hole to be profitable over $160,000 after his session with ‘BERRI SWEET’ and then the pair battled again later in the month, which went Sulsky’s way once again. The gains have landed Sulsky back in the top 5 most profitable in 2018 thus far. Pot Limit Hold’em specialist ‘Grazvis1’ started March in the red. The player, of which there’s not that much known about, was roughly negative $63,000 on the year but went on a considerable upswing at throughout the month to earn $245,802 when all was said and done. At his peak performance of the period he was up nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the entire year but as this writing, he’s slipped back to being profitable to about half that. Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger came in only few thousand behind ‘Grazvis1’ to have the third most profitable March churning out $241,490 in winnings. Loeliger, a high stakes No Limit Hold’em specialist, lost nearly $100,000 in profit in the middle of the month, only to trend back upwards after dueling with Russian beast Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov at the $200/$400 NLHE tables. By the end of the month Loeliger had logged 10001 hands over 147 sessions and increased his 2018 earnings to over $569,000, currently tops for 2018. Finnish nosebleed player Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro (aka 'LarsLuzak') played just 2266 hands but in that time won himself $155,595, all coming at the very end of the month. Having played very little at the beginning of March, Kelopuro found himself multi-tabling the high stakes Pot Limit Omaha tables in a heads-up battle against Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom. The pair started at the $100/$200 tables but over the course of a multi-hour session ended up pushing the limits to $200/$400. At the end of the day, Kelopuro had bested the legendary grinder Blom for nearly $50,000. By the very end of the month, he’d run it up to roughly $150,000 in profit. Of note: the first day of April he gave almost all of his profit back and slipped from profitability in 2018 to where he currently sits in a -$54,000 hole for the year. Capping off the top 5 cash earners of March is high stakes reg ‘RaulGonzalez’ who took in $127,505 in earnings. He played the fewest sessions of the top 5 earners, logging on only 22 times, but managed a win rate of over $40 per hand, the majority of which came while he was playing the 8-Game Mix on PokerStars. This month, his victim of choice was the aforementioned Blom who, in the middle of the month, he clashed with on both the $1k/$2k 8-Game tables as well as the $1k/$2k Triple Draw felt for a $100k score . Days later, the pair went at it again with the German ‘RaulGonzalez’ again taking nearly $160k from Blom. By the middle of the month, ‘RaulGonzalez’ was up over $230,000, but variance being what it is, he ended up giving some back in 8-Game which reduced his final figure. The profitable month brings ‘RaulGonzalez’ well into the black for the year, up over $150,000 in 2018. HighstakesDB Cash Game Results for March 2018 RANK PLAYER SESSIONS HANDS PROFIT 1 Sauce123 35 4561 $264,686 2 Grazvis1 298 13134 $245,802 3 LLinusLLove 147 10001 $241,490 4 Lrslzk 36 2266 $155,595 5 RaulGonzalez 22 3140 $127,505 6 AmSoGood 5 301 $126,540 7 probirs 137 8576 $119,592 8 limitless 230 10935 $111,087 9 BigBlindBets 81 5244 $107,919 10 0Human0 286 12061 $90,325
  3. That’s a wrap for this edition of the partypoker POWERFEST. A total of 670 tournaments have been played, and a massive $69,106,263 in prizes have been awarded. But how did the final day action play out? Well, 13 High and High Roller tier events took place yesterday, and all eyes were on Event #142 Super High Roller Championship Event: $5,200 No Limit Hold’em. It attracted 327 runners, which created a $1,635,000 prize pool. When all was said and done, it was Finland’s Sami “LarsLuzak1” Kelopuro who claimed the title and the $317,190 first-place prize. Kelopuro defeated “A3APTEH” heads-up, and for his runner-up finish he banked $228,900. The second biggest winner on Sunday was Czech player “nipa3p3”, who took down Event #144 High Roller Championship Event: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out for $97,014.50 plus $74,120 in bounties. Lithuanian PocketFiver “bebaimis777” emerged victorious in Event #141 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out, adding $29,100.75 plus a bounty prize of $14,730 to his bankroll. “WWWpartyCOM” had a successful final day. Not only did he or she win the final event of POWERFEST (Event #147 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive Knock-out) for $6,161.74 + $6,167, they also finished third in Event #145 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max for an additional $12,397.27. “OMGLOLWTF” had two good runs in NLHE PKO events (the $1,050 High Roller and $215 High), finishing sixth in the former for $9,485.50 + $7,771, and second in the latter for $20,648.25 + $2,257. Other winners on Sunday include “gutter.”, “R0meluLukaku”, “jizonhisniz”, “wMagnus”, “NorotiousGIB”, “METH4WEIGHTLOSS”, “pixxer_fixxer”, “dubble_me_up”, and “DeuceofDuc0”. Event #140 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 835 Prize pool: $167,000 gutter. - $29,191.60 dotcotton1939 - $20,841.60 LudoSolver - $13,877.70 KONY2012 - $9,352 perfking - $6,596.50 KERRMODE - $4,762.10 PinguDanceR - $3,340 kellerassel0 - $2,321.30 Event #141 High Roller: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Entries: 610 Prize pool: $622,200 R0meluLukaku - $42,243.21* + $43,940 crypt0wasfun - $42,034.44* + $8,190 BrunoBellagio44 - $39,003.37 + $22,090 GiGioDoNNa99 - $18,666 + $5,070 LoSientoGrace - $13,054 + $8,043 OMGLOLWTF - $9,485.50 + $7,771 sonmonedass - $6,832 + $1,300 HungarysHero - $4,849.50 + $780 Event #141 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Entries: 1,725 Prize pool: $355,350 bebaimis777 - $29,100.75 + $14,730 OMGLOLWTF - $20,648.25 + $2,257 Sizzuurp - $13,420.50 + $2,336 neverSober13 - $8,952.75 + $8,004 IKnowYourLimits - $6,348 + $3,036 gabrielbieu - $4,450.50 + $774 Primao - $3,087.75 + $3,329 WhoDatt. - $2,035.50 + $1,201 Event #143 High Roller Championship Event: $530 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 1,352 Prize pool: $676,000 jizonhisniz - $114,446.80 z-boooo - $81,390.40 WeRize - $52,930.80 youGTOmeGTP - $35,354.80 IPayYourRent - $25,147.20 zaniacthemaniac - $17,711.20 Hahaha_Owned - $12,303.20 kashmir_uzi - $8,179.60 Event #143 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 2,867 Prize pool: $286,700 wMagnus - $41,028.79* highogbigdog - $36,539.77* GangbaaangBob - $20,785.75 WarnerBrossss - $13,818.94 Marquinhosss - $9,604.45 IamTheLoraxMan - $6,565.43 shakentucan - $4,515.43 Road21Million - $2,867 Event #142 Super High Roller Championship Event: $5,200 No Limit Hold’em Entries: 327 Prize pool: $1,635,000 LarsLuzak1 - $317,190 A3APTEH - $228,900 NoLoitering - $158,595 BuyThaPot - $113,632.50 sk2ll_m0dR - $80,932.50 PickYouOFF - $60,004.50 ubicaprofi - $41,692.50 Sheparentao - $30,411 Event #144 High Roller Championship Event: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Entries: 1,138 Prize pool: $1,160,760 nipa3p3 - $97,014.50 + $74,120 YmbertoZhukov - $69,418 + $5,768 ImPlayCash - $45,576.90 + $28,680 pakzoo - $30,498.40 + $13,460 Maestro_Bolt - $21,622 + $9,926 zillisander88 - $15,249.20 + $7,085 imfromwinland - $10,697.20 + $2,210 JoaoMenthias - $7,169.40 + $2,437 Event #144 High: $215 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Knock-out Entries: 2,702 Prize pool: $556,612 NorotiousGIB - $43,671.12 + $23,760 AzorAhai - $30,897.37 + $7,950 BBCgiants - $19,878.61 + $5,430 BOOMALOOM_ - $13,212.78 + $3,485 valueoverbetPL - $9,186.80 + $529 aifadeev - $6,268.64 + $6,769 TigerVSyou - $4,323.20 + $3,341 juca_pirama - $2,756.04 + $3,304 Event #145 High Roller: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Entries: 225 Prize pool: $112,500 METH4WEIGHTLOSS - $26,437.52 ApresBoarder - $17,437.50 WWWpartyCOM - $12,397.27 taxidriver45 - $9,056.25 FelonMusk - $6,750 Patizzie - $4,500 Event #145 High: $109 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Entries: 326 Prize pool: $32,600 pixxer_fixxer - $7,438.50 duendeverdeee - $4,971.50 Frdaa - $3,586 KLM101 - $2,608 zanzibazaar - $1,793 mevsnub - $1,304 Event #146 High Roller: $530 No Limit Hold’em Fast Mix-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 487 Prize pool: $249,587.50 dubble_me_up - $23,618.95 + $22,850 dries1234 - $17,532 + $10,520 JonasLuck_ - $12,601.12 + $3,713 le0nel - $8,887.75 + $4,091 NoisiaRadio - $6,331 + $1,882 Z-ENERGIES - $4,017.75 + $787 Event #146 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Fast Mix-Max Progressive Knock-out Entries: 1,356 Prize pool: $139,984 DeuceofDuc0 - $8,661.56* + $7,846 JaegsEZ - $8,611.97* + $5,210 DaviAugusto - $5,585.90 + $216 nicosty21 - $4,038 + $504 FrozenSouL - $2,962 + $559 miraqerscerdo - $1,682.50 + $1,023 Event #147 High: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive Knock-out Entries: 676 Prize pool: $70,304 WWWpartyCOM - $6,161.74 + $6,167 DrPot - $4,387.24 + $81 A3APTEH - $2,960.88 + $1,238 The_genesis - $2,024.62 + $646 barok101 - $1,412.84 + $720 bebaimis777 - $1,027.52 + $283
  4. Throughout the course of the summer, the moves to the online poker’s rankings were subtle. Players took longer breaks, went on vacation or spent time grinding the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. All of that changed when the PokerStars 2018 World Championship of Online Poker began. The players flocked to the online tournament scene, generating a total prize pool of nearly $100 million, and got busy earning life-changing amounts of money. When the tournament swings can be big, so can the shifts in the PocketFives rankings. Some of the performances of top PocketFivers during WCOOP resulted in a lot of movement in the rankings. Back Into The Top 100 There were 16 players who, over the course of WCOOP’s two weeks, worked their way from outside the top 100 to sitting inside of it. Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’ Dwyer (+262, #33) Steve 'MrTimCaum' O’Dwyer, the regular high-roller with live earnings approaching $24 million, absolutely crushed the online scene during September. Playing out of his adopted home of Ireland, O’ Dwyer picked up his first WCOOP title in Event-57-H ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max) for a massive $227,101 score and 1,154.99 PLB points. He also broke a career-high cash with his $896,610 victory during partypoker’s POWERFEST. O’Dwyer’s rankings shot up 262 places to #33 in the world, which is, surprisingly, a career-best for one of the most consistent crushers in the world. Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido (#30) Another easily recognizable name making major moves in the rankings was Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido. Originally from Spain, but playing out of the UK, Aido flew past $4 million in lifetime earnings with his September online play. Coming off a four-month online poker hiatus, Aido continually racked up the PLB points with 16 qualifying tournaments. He picked up two six-figure scores in September with his standout being his final table finish in WCOOP Event-62-H ($25,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $156,224. Aldo returned to his online account ranked number #209 and by rising 179 spots, made it the furthest into the top 100, landing at #30, a career-best. ‘simon1471’ (+697, #76) Hailing from the UK, ‘simon1471’ made the largest leap from outside the top 100 to earning a spot inside of it. Since the start of September, ‘simon1471’ has accumulated 20 PLB qualifying cashes highlighted by a WCOOP victory in Event-37-H ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em Turbo) for $98,678 and 747.66 PLB points. In total, he rocketed 697 spots from #776 to a career-high ranking of #76. His stellar series makes him the #10-ranked grinder in the UK and he has now accumulated over $1.785 million in career earnings. Major Movers There were a number of players who made massive jumps in the rankings during WCOOP either due to a major score or simply due to increased online activity. Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth (+9,285) U.S. based Chance ‘Chances Cards’ Kornuth, is a well-known live tournament beast with over $5.9 million in live earnings. This WCOOP, he once again proved he can make moves both live and online. His string of WCOOP cashes is nothing less than impressive. He registered 31 PLB qualifying cashes in a row on PokerStars in September raising his ranking from #9752 to #476. How was Kornuth ranked close to 10,000? He essentially took an entire year off from the worldwide player pool between WCOOP’s. That's not to say he wasn't playing online as he did win the WSOP.com $3,200 High Roller Online Bracelet event. The question is will Kornuth disappear from the world online scene for another year now that WCOOP is over? Shaun ’shaundeeb’ Deeb (+1766) Another American superstar, Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb found success grinding WCOOP outside of his home country. Deeb booked two wins during the series. The first was in WCOOP Event-22-H ($1,050 PLO8 Eight Max) for over $38,000. Then he backed that up with his second victory in Event-59-H ($2,100 PLO8 Six Max) for another $69,011. In total, the former #1-ranked player earned over $176,000 for the series and shot up 1,766 places to his current rank of #284. Deeb now has over $6.7 million in career online earnings to go with his $6 million in live earnings. Big Names On The Rise Some of the biggest names in poker found themselves on the list of top rankings risers. Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong (+903) Former WSOP final table participant and guy with zero interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joseph ‘subiime’ Cheong put together 25 PLB qualifying cashes to rise 903 spots, back into the top 500 at #436. A former top-20 ranked player, Cheong, like many Americans, hadn’t played in the worldwide player pool since last May’s SCOOP. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro One of Finland’s most well-known online nosebleed grinders, Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro, may not be mixing it up with Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey in 'Rail Heaven' anymore but he did have himself a profitable WCOOP. He finished runner-up in Event-54-H ($10,300 8-Game High Roller) for $150,000. He also made a final table appearance in Event-16-H ($25,000 PLO Six Max) for $135,274. Kelopuro cashed for five-figures of better 8-times during the series and shot up 149 spots to his current ranking of #36 in the world, another career-high.
  5. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov (#11) partypoker ambassador Anatoly ‘nl_profit’ Filatov has been knocking on the doorstep of the worldwide top 10 for all of 2019. This week, he’s gone as far as he can go without breaking through, working his way to his career-high ranking of #11 in the world. The Russian pro is well-known for his over $3 million in career life earnings, including his victory in the partypoker MILLIONS Russia Main Event for $944K, but his online grind is as good as anyone in the game right now. He finished as the runner-up in the February 3 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $41,499 and 327.23 PLB points. That same day he posted a third-place result in the partypoker Sunday High Roller for another $23,200. Filatov sits less than 100 points behind the #10-ranked Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone. He needs just needs one or two more PLB qualifying scores to push him into yet another new career-high ranking and into the steep climb to the top spot. Filatov currently sits with over $4.3 million in career online earnings. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro (#12) Legendary online nosebleed cash game grinder Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro has been finding plenty of success in online tournaments as of late and his results have helped him to climb one spot this week to a career-high ranking of #12 in the world. Finland’s #1-ranked player got a big PLB boost from his victory in Event #24 of PokerStars Turbo Series ($1,050 No Limit Hold’em Eight Max Progressive KO). He took home $56,225 and 570.96 PLB points for the score. It was a tidy week for Kelopuro who put in light volume but saw hefty results. He only racked up 10 total cashes, however, he managed to earn over $86,000. This was with the help of his bronze medal finish in the February 8 edition of the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Daily Supersonic for an additional $11,551. For Kelopuro, if he can bring in one more big-time score he may find himself in the same scenario as Filatov, breaking through to the top 10 for the first time. He sits only 97 PLB points behind #10-ranked Petrone, and less than that behind Filatov himself. Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann (#20) This is not Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann’s first time gracing the Movers And Shakers column as the Brazilian has been surging up (and down) the upper echelon of the rankings for months. This week he shot up eight positions, which was enough to overtake Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao as the #1-ranked player in all of Brazil. Volkmann’s PLB surge coincided with two victories last week. The first took place during the PokerStars.es Carnaval Series, Event #9 (€50 No Limit Hold’em Big Stack, Turbo, Six Max) for $14,887 and 323.62 PLB points. He followed that up with a win in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Daily Warm-up for another $33,467/407.43 PLB points. In total, Volkmann picked up five PLB qualifying cashes to jump back into the worldwide top 25, landing at #20 this week. Volkmann has an outside chance to get back to his career high ranking of #16 if he finds his way back to the online tables by the end of the week. He sits only 5 PLB points behind Steve ‘MrTimCaum’ O’Dwyer at #19 and fewer than 200 points away from Chris ‘Getting Daize’ Oliver who holds down the #16 spot this week. ‘dartazzzz’ (#36) Lithuania’s #1-ranked ‘dartazzzz’ made a major leap back into the top 50 this week. His performance last week vaulted him 24 spots to land at #36 in the world. He picked up three PLB qualifying cashes, including a victory in the Event #6 of the PokerStars.es Carnaval Series (€250 Sunday Special Progressive KO Eight Max) for over $27,000 and 417.97 PLB points. He also bubbled the final table of the February 3 partypoker Sunday High Roller Grind for $3,560/112.33 PLB points. In total, ‘dartazzzz’ picked up over 30 cashes last week for a sum of just over $53,000. He just recently achieved the $4 million lifetime total milestone so his 2019 will be focused on climbing to the $5 million mark and fending off any of the other four Lithuanian’s that are battling it out in the top 100. This includes ’necgaidziai’ who just this week broke through into the top 100, landing at a career-high ranking of his own at #86. ‘nilsef’ (#40) Former top 20 German grinder ‘nilsef’ finds himself, once again, as the nation’s #1-ranked player. February 3 was a spectacular Sunday for 'nilsef' as he picked up three PLB qualifying scores, two of which were outright victories. It started with an 11th place finish in the PokerStars High Roller Club $1,050 Sunday Warm-up for $5,455 and 129.28 PLB points. He followed that up with the first of his victories in the PokerStars $44 Bounty Builder besting a field of 5,851 for $14,502/342.08 PLB points. 'nilsef' then wrapped that day up with another takedown of the PokerStars $82 No Limit Hold’em Hyper-Turbo for over $4,000/150.76 PLB points. He leapfrogs Arturs ‘Artschgamble’ Scerbaks, who climbed three spots this week himself, landing at #47. ‘nilsef’ has over $7.8 million in lifetime earnings, which places him at #34 on the All-Time Online Money List. Every week, PocketFives updates the complete Online Poker Rankings.
  6. One of online poker's most popular players, 'girafganger7,' scooped the 2019 PocketFives February PLB title. Girafganger7's February included 124 cashes for $454,604 in prize money and a leaderboard-topping 4,867.51 points. Girafganger7's largest score of February came in the GGPoker Sunday Blade $5K on February 25. In that event, he took third place for $52,437 and 314.86 points. Girafganger7 also had scores of $45,267 and $45,030 in February, with both of those coming in tournaments on partypoker. With the month of February he had, girafganger7 surged past $8 million in online tournament earnings and now boasts more than $8.38 million in earnings total. All told, girafganger7's February was 569.66 points better than the competition, with January PLB winner Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky coming in second place. Although he didn't win the monthly PLB title for the second month of 2019, Romanovsky had another solid showing. His biggest score in February was a $105,500 third-place finish in the The Big Game: $1M Gtd. on partypoker. He also recorded scores of $32,030 and $31,771 on GGPoker. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford placed third on the February PLB, tallying 4,041.66 points. His largest score was a sixth-place finish in the PokerStars Turbo Series 54: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] for $54,106 and 336.12 points. He also took second in the PokerStars Turbo Series 100: $530 NLHE for $36,954 and 357.73 points and third in the partypoker Turbo Series 100: $530 NLHE for $32,400 and 253.42 points. Girafganger7, Romanovsky, and Beresford were the only three players to tally more than 4,000 monthly PLB points. Rounding out the leaderboard's top five were 'dartazzzz' with 3,984.01 points and 'lena900' with 3,914.57 points. PocketFives February PLB Leaderboard RANK PLAYER PLB POINTS 1 'girafganger7' 4,867.51 2 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 4,297.85 3 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 4,041.66 4 'dartazzzz' 3,984.01 5 'lena900' 3,914.57 6 'inhoo' 3,859.73 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 3,651.31 8 'papan9_p$' 3,616.58 9 'DamageAP' 3,534.30 10 Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro 3,282.27  
  7. The final day of partypoker POWERFEST was jam-packed with 15 events, including two Championship events. Viktor Blom and Sami Kelopuro might have been the two biggest names to find the winner's circle on Sunday, but they didn't take home the biggest score. 'HaHaHakim' beat out 236 other players in Event #69 Super High Roller ($5,200 Championship Event) to take home the title and $210,183.20. That score came after a deal with 'AndreshhParty94' that allowed the runner-up to pocket $206,818.31. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland took home $124,017.50 for his third place finish. Latvian 'SNGoenka' beat 'GuyFromTiltBook' heads-up in Event #67 High Roller ($530 Slow, Eight Max) to earn $58,944. 'GuyFromTiltBook' settled for $41,952 as runner-up while 'RosenheimCops' won $28,448 for a third place result. Kelopuro beat 593 other players in Event #68 High Roller ($1,050 Deep, Eight Max) for a $109,414.80 score. Runner-up 'tikidiii16' banked $77,873.40 and 'GlitchSystem' picked up $52,806.60 for finishing third. 'PotatoLottery' picked up $159,455.20 between prize pool and bounties for winning Event #70 High Roller ($2,100 Championship Event, PKO, Eight Max). Runner-up 'EggsBenedict' pocketed $81,540.66 while 'WhoIsICM' banked $62,538 for finishing in third spot. Westmorland wasn't done after his six-figure score. The American pro who is now the #1-ranked player in Thailand beat out 223 other players to win Event #71 High Roller ($520 Deep, Turbo, Eight Max) and earn $20,313.87. 'SirStanleyRoyce' took home $19,984.26 as part of a deal with Westmorland. Third place finisher 'Dark_Poker' ended up with $12,111.40. Viktor 'isildur1' Blom beat 'GuyFromTiltBook' for the Event #72 High Roller ($1,050 PKO, Fast, Eight Max) title and $26,811.22. He also picked up an additional $39,170.64. Event #67 High Roller ($530 Slow, Eight Max) 640 entries, $320,000 prize pool SNGoenka - $58,944 GuyFromTiltBook - $41,952 RosenheimCops - $28,448 ilushan - $19,584 VolZoK_ - $13,696 DIDIER_TAPIS - $9,952 marjanko89 - $7,168 AlSaherr - $5,088 Event #68 High Roller ($1,050 Deep, Eight Max) 594 entries, $594,000 prize pool LarsLuzak1 - $109,414.80 tikidiii16 - $77,873.40 GlitchSystem - $52,806.60 ChanceSeeYou - $36,352.80 murderlicious - $25,423.20 slayerv1fan - $18,473.40 bigbluffzinc - $13,305.60 skitzo793 - $9,444.60 Event #69 Super High Roller ($5,200 Championship Event) 237 entries, $1,185,000 prize pool HaHaHakim - $210,183.20 AndreshhParty94 - $206,818.31 JWPRODIGY - $124,017.50 FrioPequeno - $92,430 reallygamble - $65,175 JonasLuck_ $49,770 FMylife - $36,735 renatonomura - $27,255 Event #70 High Roller ($2,100 Championship Event, PKO, Eight Max) 479 entries, $981,950 prize pool PotatoLottery - $73,420.78 + $86,034.42 in bounties EggsBenedict - $73,321.13 + $8,219.53 in bounties WhoIsICM - $50,298.93 + $12,239.07 in bounties galochina10 - $34,990.56 + $22,353.52 in bounties Iveybluffallin - $24,821.42 +16,972.26 $ in bounties seijstar - $18,042.01 + $4,593.75 in bounties BITMEXREKT - $12,848.09 + $20,163.28 in bounties justkot - $9,294.36 + $14,992.31 in bounties Event #71 High Roller ($520 Deep, Turbo, Eight Max) 224 entries, $114,800 prize pool JWPRODIGY - $20,313.87 SirStanleyRoyce - $19,984.26 Dark_Poker - $12,111.40 spinner2255 - $8,954.40 ComeToMyParty - $6,314 MelonsAreYum - $4,821.60 ojanOmaha - $3,558.80 ADRIEN_BRODY - $2,640.40 Event #72 High Roller ($1,050 PKO, Fast, Eight Max) 350 entries, $357,000 prize pool isildur1 - $26,811.22 + $39,170.64 in bounties GuyFromTiltBook - $26,776.19 + $9,193.43 in bounties AlexandrBelov - $18,564.19 + $10,493.44 in bounties Iafocafabla - $13,301.15 + $2,860 in bounties Iqq1974 - $9,473.48 + $7,125.62 in bounties GiGioDoNNa99 - $7,023.77 + $7,897.50 in bounties BigPescado69 - $4,880.27 + $3,006.25 in bounties sluuvtanuuv - $3,559.79 + $910 in bounties Event #73 High Roller ($530 PKO, Turbo, Eight Max) 281 entries, $144,012.50 prize pool PassTiltNoir_72 - $11,048.94 + $18,282.87 in bounties BlueEyedArab - $11,034.73 + $4,772.18 in bounties Vinnyecarol - $7,744.56 + $1,665.23 in bounties not.cat - $5,635.89 + $1,222.27 in bounties smilethanclick - $3,987.30 + $3,670.90 in bounties matheusdad - $2,990.47 + $2,419.93 in bounties RedDwarf9 - $2,108.66 + $1,230.45 in bounties toadstoadstoads - $1,533.57 + $1,460.16 in bounties
  8. The momentum from a dynamic Day 1 of partypoker’s $30M GTD POWERFEST carried over into Day 2 of the spring series. Fifteen total tournaments from the massive 255-event schedule were on tap on Monday and players helped push the total prize pool north of $945,000 as 14 of the 15 events crushed their guarantee. The largest event of the day was the Event #09-HR ($1,050 Progressive Knockout 8-Max) which saw 191 players vying for a piece of the $200K guarantee. There was a small bit of overlay in this tournament which benefitted the eventual winner ‘KONY2012’ who picked up $17,081.91 for first place plus $19,207.50 in bounties for the largest score of the day. ‘ch1ck3nrobb3rr’ finished in second, taking home $17,061.61 + $11,407.50 in bounties. Finland’s #1-ranked player Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro fell in fourth place for $8,911.63 + $2,275. The $123,500 prize pool of Event #08-HR ($530 Mix-Max) smashed the $100K guarantee as Ciao ‘CPessagno’ Pessagno bested the 247-entry field to take home the top prize of $27,161.21. A heads-up deal was made that gave ‘Beachfarm95’ just over $21,000 for his runner-up finish. Maszat ‘Grunwalsk1’ Marci took home $13,609.45 in third place. Event #09-H ($320 Progressive Knockout 8-Max) also proved to be extremely popular as 597 entries pushed the prize pool $33,876 over the posted $150K guarantee. In the end Ninel ’club12trs’ Toma took home the largest score, earning $12,937.67 for finishing in first and adding $16,214.82 in bounties. ‘Machacante66’ earned nearly first place money for finishing in second, picking up $12,919.59, he added another $2,767.46 in bounties. A pair of prolific streamers faced off in Event #11-HR ($530 Progressive Knockout, Fast, 6-Max) as Parker ‘brooooooooooo’ Talbot defeated newly-minted partypoker Team Online member ‘All_In_PAV’ heads-up banking $9,669.62 + $13,937.22 in bounties. Pavolic was forced to settle for second place on his home turf, earning $9,659.01 + $3,379 in bounties. The tournament drew 211 players and exceeded the $100K guarantee with over $108K in the prize pool. POWERFEST $530 #08-HR [Deep, Mix-Max], $100,000 Gtd 247 entrants, $123,500 prize pool 1. CPessagno - $27,161.21 2. Beachfarm95 - $21,003.86 3. Grunwalsk1 - $13,609.45 4. Machacante66 - $9,941.75 5. Sheparentao - $7,410 6. chaAat - $4,940 POWERFEST $1,050 #09-HR [PKO, 8-Max], $200,000 Gtd 191 entrants, $200,000 prize pool 1. KONY2012 - $17,081.91 + $19,207.50 in bounties 2. ch1ch3nrobb3rr - $17,061.61 + $11,407.50 in bounties 3. BeforeSunrise - $12,454.81 + $6,500 in bounties 4. LarsLuzak1 - $8,911.63 + $2,275 in bounties 5. MOTHERSMATTERS - $6,227.40 + $390 in bounties 6. Iveybluffallin - $4,831.60 + $3,250 in bounties 7. MinhVanTruong - $3,757.91 + $1,885 in bounties 8. EmilioSurita - $2,952.65 + $3,640 in bounties POWERFEST $320 #09-H [PKO, 8-Max], $150,000 Gtd 597 entrants, $183,876 prize pool 1. club12trs - $12,937.67 + $16,214.82 in bounties 2. Machacante66 - $12,919.59 + $2,767.46 in bounties 3. SouhftfW - $8,766.96 + $2,377.40 in bounties 4. Bov-George - $6,035.29 + $730.75 in bounties 5. NoisiaRadio - $4,220.76 + $3,076.06 in bounties 6. Ottakringer1837 - $3,066.95 + $1,214.62 in bounties 7. gutter. - $2,208.99 + $1,313.38 in bounties 8. A23456789 - $1,567.99 + $2,444.07 in bounties POWERFEST $109 #10-H [Deep, Turbo,8-Max], $30,000 Gtd 369 entrants, $38,376 prize pool 1. ACHSO8000 - $7,445.15 2. Flompe - $5,372.64 3. ICMslut99 - $3,772.47 4. Otaxark0aggbr0 - $2,667.13 5. brogenemo - $1,899.61 6. 1Chris1986 - $1,408.39 7. parksy1066 - $978.58 8. ynwa1988 - $713.79 POWERFEST $530 #11-HR [PKO, Fast,6-Max], $100,000 Gtd 211 entrants, $108,137.50 prize pool 1. broooooooooo - $9,669.62 + $13,937.22 in bounties 2. All_In_PAV - $9,659.01 + $3,379.69 in bounties 3. SchlampigaUhu - $6,795.20 + $2,854.68 in bounties 4. TheRepoMan86 - $4,922.75 + $492.19 in bounties 5. RovoDice - $3,624.11 + $1,755.46 in bounties 6. wisimaki - $2,416.11 + $2,748.05 in bounties POWERFEST $109 #11-H [PKO, Fast,6-Max], $50,000 Gtd 667 entrants, $69,368 prize pool 1. Mrakobes20 - $4,681.42 + $5,751.26 in bounties 2. AreUSrs - $4,674.40 + $1,125 in bounties 3. marko198711188 - $3,516.36 + $1,837.90 in bounties 4. Ofbraveheart - $2,518.78 + $550.12 in bounties 5. BoutonCliquer - $1,763.14 + $1,249.18 in bounties 6. Atizando - $1,079.47 + $1,181.25 in bounties
  9. One of the winningest players in partypoker POWERFEST added to their legacy on Wednesday as one of nine players who took down a High Roller event. Sami 'ChimneyBarrel' Kelopuro beat out 67 other entries in Event #102-HR ($2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) to win $47,043.50. Kelopuro now has over $400,000 in POWERFEST winnings alone in the last eight months alone. Finishing as the runner-up earned 'San holo1' $30,600, while 'Labasrytas' finished in third for $16,320. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 'DasIstMirWurst' had a busy day that started with a win in Event #97-HR ($530 Eight Max NLHE Grind) for $21,205.60. 'jknack10' finished $15,392 as the runner-up and 'Dandelion32892' wound up in third place, earning $10,972. 'DasIstMirWurst' also final-tabled Event #98-HR for a $5,707.80 score. 'Talespin' won their second title of the series and $34,714.90 after beating the 151-player field in Event #98-HR ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em). One spot behind them was 'Xingyun8' for $24,915 while 'Adamm' came third for $18,120. Back on March 17, 'Talespin' took down Event #25-HR ($530 Mix Max No Limit Hold’em PKO Fast). After outlasting 193 other players in Event #101-HR ($1,050 Six Max NLHE PKO), 'veegar' picked up $17,991.86 from the prize pool plus another $18,012.06 worth of bounties. The final bounty 'veegar' collected belonged to 'RentCollection' who finished second for $17,972.18 and $10,186.25 in bounties. Third place finisher 'stakelevic24' took home $12,643.59 from the prize pool and $10,118.54 in bounties. The biggest buy-in event on Wednesday, Event #103-HR ($2,100 Six Max NLHE Fast), drew 41 entries with 'PayAndPlay' doing exactly that by beating all of them to win $32,800. A $20,897.49 prize went to 'Brilvis' for a silver medal performance and 'BaBaDeBaBa' hummed their way to a bronze medal and $10,660. Event #97-HR: Eight Max NLHE Grind $530 buy-in 208 entries $104,000 prize pool DasIstMirWurst - $21,205.60 jknack10 - $15,392 Dandelion32892 - $10,972 Jupiter Jones - $8,112 iRunStims - $5,720 AndreyBolkonsky - $4,368 Patrick_Leonard - $3,224 ChilliConFahne - $2,392 Event #98-HR: No Limit Hold'em $1,050 buy-in 151 entries $151,000 prize pool Talespin - $34,714.90 Xingyun8 - $24,915 Adamm - $18,120 wikidipidi - $12,835 attitydsproblem - $9,060 jenagevite - $7,172.50 DasIstMirWurst - $5,707.80 Greenstone25 - $4,530 Event #99-HR: Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Eight Max $54 buy-in 530 entries $27,000 prize pool FcknPeasents - $9,450 JorgeP7 - $6,345 monkeynuts66 - $ AngryKitten - $2,430 mo1st - $1,890 HappyBrm - $1,552.50 IanHunt - $1,282.50 Event #100-HR: Mix Max NLHE PKO Fast $530 buy-in 207 entries $106,087.50 prize pool NILAos - $9,486.32 + $11,098.91 in bounties GlobalHappi - $9,475.91 + $6,537.93 in bounties p4tm0ng0 - $6,666.38 + $1,558.59 in bounties tsuipen - $4,829.42 + $1,361.71 in bounties lipcheader - $3,555.40 + $2,157.43 in bounties Happy-AIA - $2,370.27 + $5,241.80 in bounties Event #101-HR: Six Max NLHE PKO $1,050 buy-in 194 entries $198,850 prize pool veegar - $17,991.86 + $18,012.06 in bounties RentCollection - $17,972.18 + $10,186.25 in bounties stakelevic24 - $12,643.59 + $10,118.54 in bounties SlowBonus0808 - $9,159.58 + $5,471.49 in bounties Dandelion32892 - $6,743.25 + $2,231.24 in bounties JailWallet - $4,495.50 + $2,182.03 in bounties Event #102-HR: Six Max Pot Limit Omaha $530 buy-in 110 entries $55,000 prize pool Knubben71 - $11,602.86 iMightPot - $11,602 actionFreak - $6,600 bonjogo - $4,675 Joao 'XjoaosimaoX' Simao - $3,427.50 NILAos - $2,282.50 Event #102-HR: Six Max Pot Limit Omaha $2,100 buy-in 68 entries $136,000 prize pool ChimneyBarrel - $47,043.50 San holo1 - $30,600 Labasrytas - $16,320 Baccarat - $12,240 PayAndPlay - $8,840 SnoutMySprout - $6,120 Event #103-HR: Six Max NLHE Fast $2,100 buy-in 41 entries $82,000 prize pool PayAndPlay - $32,800 Brilvis - $20,897.49 BaBaDeBaBa - $10,660 Dandelion32892 - $7,380 BigHoney - $5,740 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $4,432.51 Event #104-HR: NLHE PKO Turbo $530 buy-in 105 entries $53,812.50 prize pool headshot - $8,931.20 + $7,411.61 in bounties Serentiy25 - $8,921.66 + $3,474.02 in bounties jamboree - $6,376 + $1,082.80 in bounties High Level - $4,463.20 + $3,371.48 in bounties RiverOffice - $3,315.52 + $1,640.60 in bounties N0GUTSNOGloryAA - $2,550.40 + $131.25 in bounties tritu - $2,040.32 + $902.33 in bounties All_In_PAV - $1,657.76 + $721.88 in bounties
  10. Bradley Ruben has had a successful World Series of Poker Online so far this summer, with six cashes, including the final table of Event #27 ($1,050 PLO Bounty). He finished fourth in that event for nearly $40,000, but on Sunday he was able to get to the top, taking home his first WSOP bracelet, and over $220,000 for winning Event #62 ($1,500 PLO). The final table ended up starting short-handed with eight players, as there was a double elimination with ten players left. At virtually the same time, Simon Mason busted in 10th place, while Adam Hendrix quickly followed him out the door in ninth place. This left Canadian Patrick Serda holding the lead eight-handed. After shipping a double up over to another opponent, a short-stacked Tal Peretz got his final 360,000 and change in the middle, and Sami Kelopuro three-bet the pot to get everyone else out of the hand. Peretz held [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"], and he was trailing the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="10s"] of Kelopuro. The flop of [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="5s"] gave Kelopuro top set, but also gave Peretz a flush draw. However, two hearts closed out the board, and Peretz busted in eight place, earning $17,858. Despite starting the final table as the chip leader, Serda was the next person out, busting in a huge pot against Dorel Eldabach. Eldabach raised to 280,000 from late position, and Serda defended his big blind. The flop of [poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] saw Serda check call bet of 215,151, and the [poker card="Ts"] hit the turn. Serda checked again, and Eldabach fired 310,000. Serda check-raised to 910,000, and Eldabach called. The [poker card="Td"] river saw Serda move all-in for 1,868,679, and Eldabach put him at risk, showing [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3s"] for the best flush possible. Serda showed [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4d"] for a complete bluff, and he'd had to settle for $33,910 in seventh. Next out the door was Sami Kelopuro. He made it 560,000 to go from the hijack, and Blaz Zerjav three-bet to 1,920,000, a pot sized bet. It folded back to Kelopuro, and he moved all in for another 1,344,671 on top of his raise. Zerjav called with [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="8d"], and he was well in front of the [poker card="9s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3c"]. Zerjav flopped top set, and Kelopuro was drawing dead by the turn. He earned $46,727.14 for his finish. Despite picking up that elimination, it was Zerjav who bowed out next in fifth. He raised it up under the gun, and Ruben three-bet to 1,500,000 on the button. Zerjav made the call, and the flop came [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. Zerjav check, then called all-in for 2,500,000 and change after Ruben shoved. Zerjav showed [poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"], which was drawing very live against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Td"] of Ruben. However, the [poker card="Qc"] turn and [poker card="Jc"] river provided no further help. The Slovenian took home $64,389 for his efforts. Ruben made it back-to-back eliminations after taking out Naman Madan in fourth. Ruben started by raising to 420,000 in the cutoff, and Madan three-bet to 1,560,000. Ruben made the call, and the flop came down [poker card="Qh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. Ruben checked, and Madan bet the pot, 3,420,000. Ruben moved all in for the one million Madan had left, and the cards were shown. Madan: [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="8d"] Ruben: [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"] Ruben had flopped top set, leaving Madan drawing rather thin. No further help came, and Madan settled for $88,727 in fourth. Jens Lakemeier just missed out on heads up play, bowing out in third. In his final hand, he made it 504,000 to go from the button. Ruben three-bet the pot to 1,752,000 and that was called by Lakemeier. The flop came down [poker card="8c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"], and Ruben bet the pot, setting Lakemeier all-in. He called with [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"], and had a ton of outs against the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jc"] of Ruben. The [poker card="Kc"] gave Ruben top set, and the [poker card="Ac"] river changed nothing. Lakemeier bowed out in 3rd place, taking home $122,264.05. Heads-up didn’t last very long, as Ruben was simply unstoppable towards the end. On the final hand, Dorel Eldabach three bet after a raise from Ruben. Ruben called, and after the flop of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"] flop, he called the all-in from Eldabach. Ruben: [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"] Eldabach: [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2c"] Eldabach’s kings were in the lead, and the kings held on the [poker card="7d"] turn. However, the [poker card="Qh"] river gave Ruben the nut flush, ending the tournament. Eldabach will take home $168,477.54 for his runner up spot, while Ruben earned his first WSOP bracelet and $220,159. Final Table Payouts Bradley Ruben – $220,160 Dorel Eldabach– $168,478 Jens Lakemeier – $122,264 Naman Madan – $88,727 Blaz Zerjav – $64,389 Sami Kelopuro – $46,727 Patrick Serda – $33,910 Tal Peretz – $24,608 Adam Hendrix – $17,858
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