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  1. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event has arrived. The unique live-online hybrid solution to finding a successor to current reigning World Champion Hossein Ensan gives players, both in the United States and internationally, one final shot at winning a gold bracelet in 2020. Last updated: Sunday, December 7, 2020 The tournament, which comes with a traditional $10,000 buy-in and is a true freezeout, will hold all of its starting flights online. Players in the United States can travel to Nevada or New Jersey to play in a single opening flight on WSOP.com while international players have three starting flights to choose from on GGPoker. These two separate online tournaments will spawn two different final tables which will be played out live. The final nine from the WSOP.com player pool will determine a winner in Las Vegas as GGPoker's final table will battle it out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Ultimately, the winner of each final table will face off in a winner-take-all heads-up battle in front of the ESPN camera on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner of that match will take home an additional $1 million and the title of WSOP World Champion. WSOP Main Event Schedule (GGPoker) [table id=130 /] WSOP Main Event Schedule (WSOP.com) [table id=128 /] Julian Menhardt Leads GGPoker Day 1A Survivors [caption id="attachment_633135" align="aligncenter" width="799"] The opening flights of the 2020 World Series of Poker are underway online. (photo: World Poker Tour)[/caption] The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /] Blaž Žerjav Takes Overall Chip Lead On Day 1B [caption id="attachment_633168" align="aligncenter" width="696"] The 2020 WSOP Main Event has a new chip leader after Day 1B. (photo: PokerFactor)[/caption] The World Series of Poker 2020 Main Event continued on December 5 as 171 players opted to take their $10,000 shot on Day 1B. After roughly nine-and-a-half hours of play, 16 total levels, just 42 players survived the day with their dream of becoming the next WSOP World Champion in tact. Slovania’s Blaž Žerjav, third-place finisher in the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online, finished the day atop the chip counts with a stack of 639,394 (128 bbs), good for an overall chip lead through two flights. Žerjav was followed closely by Brazil’s #9-ranked player, Rodrigo Valente (592,043, 118 bbs) in second place and Isreal’s Amir Divr (538,003, 108 bbs) in third. Online poker’s former #1-ranked crusher from Russia, Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov was the only other player to end the day with over 100bbs, finishing in fourth place with 551,114 in chips, good for 102 big blinds. Day 1B saw its share of notable names make it through to Day 2 including World Series of Poker gold bracelet winners Simon Lofberg, Toby Joyce, and Barak Wisbrod. Joining them in advancing was the likes of PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo SHR winner Sergio Aido, Swedish pros Anton Wigg and Simon Mattsson, as well as PokerStars WCOOP winner Alex Difelice. With nearly 3/4th of the field busting throughout the day, it’s fair to say that there was plenty of big-time talent that found themselves on the outside looking in. Some of those who shot and missed included GGPoker ambassadors Felipe Ramos and Kevin Martin, 888poker ambassador Daria Feshchenko, Team partypoker pro Dzmitry Urbanovich, Sylvain Loosli, Bert ‘girafganger’ Stevens, Jens Kyllonen, Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Adrian Mateos, and former #1-ranked Swedish pro Niklas Astedt. Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=133 /] Senthuran Vijayaratnam Tops Day 1C, Takes Overall Chip Lead Into Day 2 The final starting day of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker saw another 257 players post their $10,000 buy-in to boost the field size to a three-day total of 674 runners. This landed the total prize pool at $6,470,400 assuring a seven-figure score of $1,550,969 for GGPoker’s eventual winner as well as awarding $1,062,723 for the runner-up. At the end of another 16 levels, 75 players virtually bagged chips in Day 1C making for a total remaining field size of just 179 players who will return for Day 2 on Monday. Of those still in the hunt to become the 2020 WSOP World Champion, 80 will make the money and just nine will lock up a seat at the live final table, which set to take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic on December 16. Canada’s Senthuran Vijayaratnam leveraged the largest of the three starting flights to launch himself to the top of the overall chip counts. Vijayaratnam has a healthy lead on the field after dragging 966,714 (193 bbs) in chips, a number far above the tournament’s second-place player, the UK’s Jesse Wigan. Wigan just out chipped Day 1b chip leader Blaž Žerjav after finishing the day with 642,276 (128 bbs) in chips. Russia’s Viacheslav Buldygin rounds out the Day 1C top three, locking up 480,671 in chips to advance to Day 2. Day 1C had its fair share of notable names who made their way to the end of the day including WSOP bracelet winners Jonas Lauck and Sung Joo Hyun. Joining them in advancing to Day 2 include the likes of Gediminas Uselis, Damian Salas, Alexandros Kolonias, Ludovic Geilich, Antonine Saout, and Gary Hasson among others. Just like all of the other starting flights before it, Day 1C also saw plenty of big-time talent bust out before the end of the day. Eleven former bracelet winners failed to advance including GGPoker ambassador Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Davidi Kitai, Mike Leah, and 2020 WSOP Online Main Event winner Stoyan Madanzhiev. It was the same fate for the notable names of Dietrich Fast, Patrick Tardif, Dario Sammartino, Benjamin Rolle, Maksim ‘MAMOHT_T’ Mamonov, Mikita Badziakouski, David Peters, Kitty Kuo, and 2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin Jacobson. Day 1C Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=134 /] Day 1 Combined Top 10 Chip Counts [table id=135 /]
  2. In September, Malta's Steven SvZffvan Zadelhoff hit $3 million in career online tournament scores. He is the third-ranked player in the European nation and plays as Viktor on Full Tilt Poker. He has several sizable scores to his credit, including a runner-up finish in a 2007 FTOPS event for $247,000 and a Sunday Million victory that same year for another $193,000. Worldwide, van Zadelhoff is #119 in the PocketFives Rankings, 78 spots off his all-time high set earlier this year. He has 4,202 tracked scores at an average of $756 each. PocketFives: Congrats on getting to $3 million in online MTT winnings. How are you feeling about it? Steven van Zadelhoff: Well, I can't really buy a house from it, so when I get to $4 million, I'll try to have a bit more of it in my back pocket, but we'll see about that a year from now. PocketFives: As we mentioned, you had a huge 2007. Steven van Zadelhoff: I was trying to get my career started for a couple of years, grinding some small live tournaments and getting the hang of online poker when I won the Sunday Million in April 2007. A couple months later, I took second in the first multi-day $2,500 FTOPS for a quarter-million dollars. Those were absurd amounts of money, of course, and although I had swapped a lot of action, these prizes gave me the opportunity to start traveling more and up my game a bit. My girlfriend was watching because she actually encouraged me to play the Million. I was a bit tired, but she said, "Listen, you want to be a poker pro, so you'd better play this tournament." Because she convinced me to play it, somewhere halfway through when I got the chip lead I promised her implants if I won the whole thing. When you ask how that victory changed my life, I get a grin on my face... The years that followed were amazing. We got the chance to travel the whole world, not in the least because those victories helped me get a sponsorship deal from Everest Poker. I could play whatever and wherever I wanted. My best memories for sure are Aruba, Hawaii, Bahamas, and of course 10 seasons of the WSOP. PocketFives: Do you play any cash games? Steven van Zadelhoff: In the beginning, I switched between cash games and MTTs. The sponsorship deal made that choice easier, so I dedicated myself to MTTs. In hindsight, the downside of that choice is that I never really learned how to play post-flop poker, but I've been trying to fix that the last couple of years. PocketFives: How have your friends and family reacted? Steven van Zadelhoff: My parents and friends have always been supportive. I guess I've always been a bit adventurous, so poker must have been seen as something fitting. I knew what it was like to go broke because I had lost my money in the stock market before, so they knew I would always be open about stuff like that and never lie or cheat, but instead work myself out of it. PocketFives: What's your poker life like right now? Steven van Zadelhoff: I'm working my ass off now, studying many hours a day, and I'm not gonna stop until I've earned myself a house in Amsterdam. I have won like 10 small tournaments in the last two weeks. I'm excited to go after awards like the PocketFives Triple Crown too. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. This week, Steven van Zadelhoff (pictured), known on our site as SvZff, moved up to #4 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings, his highest position ever. Some of his recent momentum came after he took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Upand Winamax High-Rolleron the same day, an incredible accomplishment. Consequently, van Zadelhoff is knocking on the door of #1 worldwide. PocketFives: Congrats on getting to #4 on PocketFives. Tell us how you're feeling about it. Steven van Zadelhoff: It feels pretty amazing to be back on top of my game again. We all know the Rankings heavily favor hot-runners like me, but still, to be able to compete on this level with the volume I am doing right now feels really great. And to be honest, four years ago I wouldn't have guessed I could do this right now, so I am really grateful for what it feels like. PocketFives: Talk about winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and Winamax High-Roller on the same day. Steven van Zadelhoff: I had already been running really hot the last couple of weeks. It was a lot of deep runs and some nice scores like second place in the Weekender, a victory in the Big $162, and a big score on ACR. It's funny because we all know it shouldn't matter too much for your game and/or future results, but on the other hand we also experience something like being in the right flow and playing your A-game a bit more often when you're running good. Confidence and momentum are related. I was hoping for the run-good to last a bit longer because I was going to the Netherlands to play the Master Classics in Amsterdam and to combine seeing family with some online poker. It turned out to be a good decision to take my extra monitor with me. I stayed in my buddy's apartment in Amsterdam and while he was playing the High Roller in the casino, I chose to put in a lot of volume online. I had tested my setup and software already, so I managed to get in a decent session, resulting in a final table in the Sunday Warm-Up. It felt pretty great to finally sit there one time because this is a tournament in which I had never managed to score big. I guess I don't have to worry about that anymore now because I got lucky enough to win it. Being able to properly finish the High Roller on Winamax on the same day made it one of the hottest Sundays ever. PocketFives: How did the Master Classics (pictured) go? Steven van Zadelhoff: The tournaments in the casino that week were quite fun. It's always good to back in the Dutch poker world because there are so many familiar faces, friends, and socializing. The casino hosted a nice welcome party too. After my Sunday playing online, I came back for the Main Event. I final tabled it last year, so I was aiming for back-to-back final tables. I managed to get pretty close with something like a 20th place finish. I'll be back next year to try again. PocketFives: Can you go any higher in the Rankings than #4? Steven van Zadelhoff: Of course I would like to keep scoring a lot of points because that would mean I would be making a lot of money. I'm still not rich yet or anything because I have been in a backing deal in which I lost a lot of money in the first years playing EPTs, the WSOP, and other high-stakes MTTs, but with the right amount of focus on working on my game, I turned things around quite nicely. I'll keep working hard like this and hopefully the money and points will keep coming in. I only added my screen names and started putting in this much volume recently, so it's due to variance that I'm ranked this high now already, but we'll see. It's up to me now to prove I am good enough to stick around the top of the Rankings for a while. PocketFives: What poker-related goals for 2016 do you have? Steven van Zadelhoff: 2016 will hopefully be the year of the big live score. I will for sure continue to put in a lot of volume online the next couple months and combine this with a lot of studying and coaching. I want to keep pushing now for a while to see how good I can really become and then in May I will for sure head to Las Vegas again. There, I'll probably play a big schedule of No Limit Holdem MTTs again. I would love to make a final table of a WSOP event one day and I still have the dream of winning a bracelet. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. [caption width="641"] Steven van Zadelhoff followed up his great September with the #5 spot in October's PLB (PokerStars photo)[/caption] With PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and all of the other major September series' in the rearview mirror, it was back to the grind for the online regs in October. The Monnthly PLB race featured many familiar faces at the top and one of the most prominent coming out on top in a dominant performance. 'C Darwin2' ran away from the competition in October and compiled 3,930.01 PLB points. That gave him a margin of over 1,000 points versus the nearest competitor in ''. The largest score for ‘C Darwin2’ came in the partypoker $100,000 guaranteed Sunday Super High Roller. The Swede won the event for $52,246 and came away with 469.04 PLB points as a result. In total, ‘C Darwin2’ had seven results of over 200 PLB points which greatly helped his cause toward finishing as #1 and maintaining the top ranking worldwide. October for ‘josef_shvejk’ was a relatively strong one with five wins, three of which came in The Heavyweight on partypoker. #3 in the October PLB was ‘lena900,’ who is also ranked third in the world. The highest score for ‘lena900’ during the month was in the $150,000 guaranteed Whale on 888poker. ‘lena900’ earned $43,750 for first place and 418.33 points. Jonatan ‘Pot4teUS’ Hellmancomes in at #4 with a month that puts him up to the top-25 worldwide. Hellman claimed multiple wins over the course of a few dozen cashes with a win in the $150,000 guaranteed High Roller Warm Up on partypoker serving as the highwater mark. PokerStars WCOOP Main Event champion Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff is still #2 in the world and came in at #5 in the October PLB. van Zadelhoff put together a total of 2,516.35 points during October and while he didn’t have any million dollar scores, he did win four events and keep himself over 1,000 points ahead of ‘lena900’ on the worldwide rankings. The fourth Swedish player on the October PLB was ‘Discoovery.’ The #65-ranked player in the world won The Heavyweight on partypoker along with the Big 215 on PokerStars. Those two victories accounted for almost 20 percent of the month’s PLB haul. The biggest PLB score of the month came from Mike ‘Pipedream17’ Dietrich. Dietrich won the Sunday Million on October 15 for $160,168 and a whopping 1,090.69 PLB points, putting him in sixth place. The former #2-ranked player is currently 29th in career earnings with over $7.2 million. Coming in at #8 was David ‘davaman’ Lopez. Lopez shipped the $40,000 guaranteed Big 109 for 232.59 points to bring himself up to a career-high worldwide ranking of 31. Another Swede and worldwide top-10 member who made an appearance was Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren. The #3 Swedish player is top-five in the world and also top-10 in the all-time money list, making for an unofficial Triple Crown. The final member of the PLB’s 10 best was Lithuanian ‘Mikensonas.’ The best cash of the career of ‘Mikensonas’ came on October 1 when they won the Winamax Grand for $26,327. Just outside the top-10 were former #1-ranked players Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman and Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez. PLAYERPLB POINTS C Darwin23,930.01 josef_shvejk2,911.73 lena9002,816.68 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman2,750.70 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff2,516.35 Discoovery2,495.89 Mike 'Pipedream17' Dietrich2,465.32 David 'davaman' Lopez2,333.01 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren2,279.99 Mikensonas2,260.01
  5. [caption width="640"] Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff's life changed for the better after taking down the WCOOP Main Event(van Zadelhoff photo)[/caption] The celebrations are over for Steven van Zadelhoff and now the 2017 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event champion is getting back to the thing he loves best; grinding. That doesn't mean that he didn't take some days off after winning $1.6 million though. The champ knew he had to celebrate it. "There was a lot of champagne and drinks, it was fun. A lot of my swaps were there actually, so everybody was really excited. So the champagne was waiting for me and the day after we had a bit of a calmer dinner with friends," said van Zadelhoff. "You don't want to not enjoy that. It's too good. I'm not saying it's a once in a lifetime thing because I'm planning on doing more of these beautiful things. It is definitely smart to enjoy it." While he earned all of the headlines at the end of WCOOP, including a jump to #2 in the PocketFives Rankings, the previous three weeks included a couple of near misses but no real success; a 19th place finish in Event #3 High, an 11th place finish in Event #16 High, a 46th place finish in Event #66 Low. "I was super close to already having a good WCOOP and the month before I won $70K or something like that, so I had a really good month, but then in WCOOP you can lose $40K," said van Zadelhoff. "Luckily, two days before (WCOOP began) I won a $109 on PokerStars, so I had some ammo and we were feeling good and we could fire off." Yet when the Main Event started on September 24, van Zadelhoff had collected just $23,129.28 in winnings and when Day 1 of the Main Event wrapped up, it didn't seem like things were going to turn around for him at all. "We started with 50K and I think I ended Day 1 on 140K, which must have been way below average," said van Zedelhoff. So when Day 2 started on the Monday, the Dutch grinder fired up his normal number of tables, just in case the Main Event ended abruptly for him. "I started a normal session because I figured I really only had 25 big blinds or whatever and I still had to sneak into the money, so I didn't do that much, that's quite important with a short stack," said van Zadelhoff. "I started a lot other tournaments, just a handful of decent ones and then all of a sudden I started running good in the big one and I had to stop registering because that one just starts to be worth so much money that it needs all the focus." The focus paid off as van Zadelhoff not only got into the money on Day 2, but built up a healthy stack and finished the day with a seemingly overwhelming chip lead with just nine players left. He'd calculated his equity heading into the final table was already at staggering $1.1 million. Putting his head on a pillow that night, van Zadelhoff was excited by the opportunity that was in front of him. Instead of his normal six or seven hours of sleep, he got four or five. He was actually laying in bed, and started scrolling through his Facebook and WhatsApp messages when he suddenly remembered a 7% piece he'd sold before the Main Event began and he feared he hadn't accounted for it on Saturday when he finalized all of his swaps. "I jumped out of bed, walked to my computer and I saw in like two or three seconds that it was true, that I had not put it in the books correctly. So I missed out on 7% there," said van Zadelhoff. The bad news didn't stop there though. While he was looking up that message he noticed a Skype message from another friend wishing him good luck at the final table. "I scrolled up (in the chat) and yeah, another 5% and instantly my head flipped to the left to my books and I'm looking through the list and I also missed this one." With just hours to go before playing the most important final table of his career, van Zadelhoff was dealing with the fact that he'd forgotten to account for another 12% in pieces sold or swaps made. He had made both deals on Saturday night, after a long day of playing and was tired. He simply forgot to write them both down and it was all he could think about. "In this specific moment I lose $130,000 in equity. It was one of the most horrible moments you can have on such a wonderful day," said van Zadelhoff. The more he thought about the mistake, the more concerned he was that it would have an impact on his play that day. He called some friends, explained the situation and then visited with another friend, hoping that venting about his mistake would help him feel better. As fate would have it, he'd already booked a session with his mindset coach, Jared Tendler, for that afternoon. "It was already planned actually more or less just as a happy motivational talk. All of a sudden we had to have quite a deep session on stuff like this and where the whole thing comes from. It was really productive and after that session I felt good," said van Zadelhoff. In an effort to hit the reset button on his day, he meditated and took a quick nap before the final table started. "I woke up 20 minutes before the tournament and I was ready to start. I knew I was going to crush it," said van Zadelhoff. "That was amazing, this change from being completely destroyed by your own stupidity to being ready for the biggest game of your life, and feeling super confident. I'm super proud of that." Crush it indeed. The final table went about as smoothly as one could go. It took just over two hours to go from nine players to four and van Zadelhoff remained in control. Then, with just Bernardo 'Machadada RS' Rocha and Joshua ‘joshuah333’ Herman remaining, Rocha was the first to bring up the idea of chopping up the remaining money. The only change to the payout structure that van Zadelhoff was interested in was one that made it winner take all. "The most important thing is the EV. I just think I win a lot more money if I just crush them, because they're playing for second mainly. I'll just play for the $1.6 million," said van Zadelhoff. "I felt really great and I felt I could take down the title which makes it a bit more shiny. Plus, the fact that I only had a small piece for myself, the last thing I could do to try and win the most money for myself is just take it down without a deal." He did just that, eliminating Rocha in third and then Herman, who had briefly wrestled the chip lead from him, in second place. As the final board ran out, van Zadelhoff realized he was accomplishing something that he'd always knew was possible - but maybe not probable. "In one way it was like a dream, because this is literally one of the things that I dreamed of doing for 10 years, 12 years, 15 years - dominating a final table like this. It's amazing," said van Zadelhoff. "And on the other hand, it feels completely normal and natural because I put in the work to do this. This is what I've been training for the last 10 years to be ready for this moment." That moment wasn't actually worth $1.6 million for van Zadelhoff. Once he paid out his swaps and action sold, he was left with somewhere around $256,000. While it's not seven figures, it was enough for van Zadelhoff to make the decision to start playing on his own dime and now he's looking forward to the freedom and the pressure that situation will provide. "I was on a backing deal before and now I'm not, so I can do whatever I want," said van Zadelhoff. "I have more action for myself, I can still sell action for bigger tournaments. I'll have to get used to it. I can (also) play different games now. I have to make a plan for all of that."
  6. [caption width="640"] 'C Darwin' booked a big win this week and held on to the top spot.[/caption] There was very little change in the top five spots in the PocketFives Rankings this past week, with ‘C Darwin2’ continuing to hold down the top spot thanks to more than 10,000 PLB points. Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff hasn’t moved from #2 and wasn’t able to improve much on the 800-point gap between his current position and #1. ‘C Darwin2’, who has held down the #1 spot for 14 of the last 15 weeks, won the $2,600 buy-in partypoker Super High Roller this week for $52,246 and 469.04 points. Now more than a month removed from his PokerStars WCOOP Main Event victory, van Zadelhoff continues to collect qualifying scores. The Malta resident collected four cashes for 765.58 points. The only change in the top five came at #5 as Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren moved from #6 to #5 while ‘veeea’ dropped from #5 to #6. The real movement began at #9 as ‘Ariados’ jumped from #13 to #9 after three cashes on partypoker for a total of 423.03 points. Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky moved up one spot from #11 to #10 while former #1-ranked Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen dropped from #9 to #11. Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez fell from #10 to #13. The #2-ranked player in Russia, ‘josef_shvejk’ debuted at #16 this week thanks to three qualifying cashes. Sandwiched in between final-tabling the PokerStars $109 on October 22 and a $530 buy-in partypoker High Roller on October 24, ‘josef_shvejk’ won the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight on October 22 for $31,639 and 425.44 points. There was plenty of shuffling in spots #11 - #25 with all but four spots changing positions. The only player to drop out of the Top 25 was Russia’s ‘NoPlanB’ who went from #25 to #26. PocketFives Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,551.811 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,752.832 3lena9008,556.513 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,333.764 5Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,668.296 6veeea7,594.475 7Sheater7,529.837 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,209.738 9Ariados7,003.5913 10Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,994.9411 11Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,986.239 12Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,944.3512 13Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,921.9310 14DeathbyQuads6,857.5620 15Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,841.3917 16josef_shvejk6,756.27NR 17Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,718.1114 18Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,700.4218 19nilsef6,631.6319 20Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,583.8316 21Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,570.5021 22Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,565.6124 23Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,549.2915 24Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,523.4422 25Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,490.3023
  7. [caption width="640"] Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff ascends to the top spot for the first time in his career.[/caption] For the first time in his multi-million dollar, World Championship of Online Poker Main Event-winning career Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff sits as the #1-ranked online poker player in the world. On the heels of the Swedish legend 'C Darwin2' for weeks now, van Zadelhoff pulled himself to the top of the heap with a victory in the $250,000 Title Fight on partypoker for $43,000 and 500.00 PLB points. That, along with another pair of qualifying scores, eclipsed both ‘C Darwin2’, who still sits in the #2 spot this week, as well as the difficult to reach 10,000 PLB point barrier. In addition to celebrating the #1 spot this week, van Zadelhoff found himself creeping up over $7.5 million mark in lifetime earnings on the back of a massive $84,000 earnings week. He’s going to have to stay on the grind if he wants to keep his new position though, as ‘C Darwin2’ is only 167 points away from reclaiming the top spot. While the 'C Darwin2's volume was still light this week, the dangerous Swede had a pair of big-time qualifying cashes bringing him over $30,000 and keeping him in striking distance headed into the final week of 2017. Again this week, there was no change to the #3 and #4 spots, as 'lena900' and the top-ranked Russian 'josef_shvejk' both held their respective positions, the rest of the Top 10 had players shifting in the list. 'Sheater' climbed back into the Top 5 this week thanks to his runner-up finish in the partypoker High Roller for $8,926 and right on his heels, Russia’s 'hellohellohello' occupies the #6 position, trailing ‘Sheater’ by only 65.79 points and also trailing ‘josef_shvejk’ by a mere 124 points. When speaking about top Russian though, it’s best not to leave out the player in the #7 spot this week, the former #1-ranked 'veeea'. ‘veeea’ jumped up three spots, from #10, on the back of his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $35,180 and nearly 300.00 PLB points. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar continues his climb to get back to his all-time high ranking, as he ascends again this week, climbing 1 spot to #8. In 2016 Korsar, touched the #6 spot and now, at the end of the year, he’s been flirting with not just getting back to that spot, but potentially surpassing it. For that to happen though, he may need a boost in volume, having essentially only played the Sunday schedule this past week. As player go up in rankings that means that some need to slide to make way for them. Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez made the most room, falling four spots back to #9 and it’s easy to see why: he likely took a break, as the Uruguay grinder posted a single result this week. Rounding out the holiday Top 10 is Sweden’s Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren who slipped two spots to #10 despite finding victories in three different events on three different sites. While it didn’t qualify for a triple crown, Bergren finished first in a PokerStars $50K Guaranteed, the $15,000 GREAT 8 on 888poker as well as the Eliminator on partypoker - all on the same day - bringing him over $20,000. In other notable Top 25 moves, Brazil’s 'sitpro2011' continues his rapid rise through the ranks, reaching his all-time high by jumping 10 spots to #21 while Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert rejoins the ranks by touching the #25 spot this week. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff10,256.422 2C Darwin210,089.421 3lena9008,448.303 4josef_shvejk7,449.244 5Sheater7,389.036 6hellohellohello7,323.247 7veeea7,242.9810 8Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar7,220.709 9Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez7,220.605 10Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,127.438 11Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,005.3611 12Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,754.8480.1616 13Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,684.3712 14Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan6,650.3713 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,614.6715 16DeathbyQuads6,612.6514 17DamageAP6,579.0817 18Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,540.8421 19'Ariados'6,482.2520 20Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk6,467.6318 21'sitpro2011'6,443.3931 22nilsef6,336.3623 23rolandbauer6,335.4122 24Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,255.0219 25Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,223.1129
  8. 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 With the holidays upon us, many online players fall into two different camps: one side takes a break to enjoy the end of the year with family and friends, while another takes the abundant amount of free time to double down on the grind. This week, as we head into the final week of the year, we have a conspicuous lack of major, big money milestones but still, for a few, congratulations are in order for hitting new highs in their careers. ’doke’ & ‘rafitia’ Claim Triple Crowns A PocketFives Triple Crown is no easy feat. Longtime readers know the criteria: a victory in three different events, on three different networks with a minimum prize pool of $10K and a minimum of 100 entrants. In fact, the last Triple Crown to be won prior to this week was Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman’s record-setting 26th Triple Crown in the last week of October. In total, only 21 different PocketFives.com members have achieved this feat in 2017. This week we celebrate a pair, as Ireland’s Dara ‘doke’ O’Kearney as well Brazil’s Rafael ‘rafitia’ Freitas both earned themselves one of the prestigious prizes. O’ Kearney, the #1-ranked player in Ireland, took two days to notch his three victories. Taking first place in the PokerStars Big $11, 888poker’s $10,000 Deepstack Swordfish and iPoker’s €10,000 Championship for a combined total of over $10,000. Additionally, for good measure, O’Kearney finished runner-up in the partypoker Counterpunch for an additional $2,160. Should he have won that would have been victories on four different networks in two days. Nevertheless, his heater was more than enough to land him his 7th Triple Crown. Freitas claimed his first career Triple Crown with victories in the PokerStars Bounty Builder, the partypoker CounterPunch and 888poker’s $30,000 Sunday Great EIGHT for nearly $12,000 in total scores. Like O’Kearney the heater didn’t end with the Triple Crown as Freitas took down a fourth tournament when he scored an additional $2,390 in the partypoker Middleweight: Big Brawl. The solid performances have helped Freitas position himself at #163 in the Worldwide rankings, a career high for him. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff Goes As High As He Can Go The biggest news in the Worldwide Top 100 rankings is the ascension of online poker sorcerer Steven ‘SvZff’ Zadelhoff to a career-high ranking of #1 in the world. The WCOOP Main Event Champion’s overtaking of Swedish legend ‘C Darwin2’ was part of a major shift in the Top 10, which saw eight of the ten spots change hands this week. Additionally, the Ukraine’s #3-ranked player ‘fNx_R’joins the Top 100 for the first time, stepping into the #99 spot. Career High Rankings In Top 100 ’fNx_R’ - #101 to #99 Gary ’quiditbear’ Hasson - #58 to #51 ’sitpro2011’ - #31 to #21 Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff - #2 to 1
  9. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Sweden's 'C Darwin2' finishes 2017 as the #1-ranked online player in the world.[/caption] Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff’s time in the top spot was short-lived as Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’ ascended this week to, once again, claim the Worldwide #1-ranking to close out 2017. ‘C Darwin2’s sixth-place finish in a PokerStars $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event which brought him 270.88 PLB points and a $37,520 payday, in addition to aging scores, was the big difference maker this week. In fact, the Swede went on a post-holiday heater that had him best a 659 player field in a PokerStars $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament to take home an additional $72,833. After celebrating his first time atop the rankings last week, van Zadelhoff retreats to the #2 spot. His total PLB score took a hit and now the top-tier pro finds himself 683.14 PLB points behind ‘C Darwin2’. As has become custom over the past month, the #3 and #4 spots have remained the same. Sweden’s ‘lena900' along with one of the rising superstars of 2017, Russia’s ‘josef_shevjk’, maintain their respective positions. As for ‘lena900’, he’s sitting comfortably in the #3 rank with an over 1000 PLB point buffer. ‘josef_shevjk’ on the other hand is going to have to make some moves if he wishes to remain in the Worldwide #4 spot (and as the #1-ranked Russian) due to the resurgence of fellow countryman ‘veeea’, who has catapulted back into the Worldwide Top 5. Russia’s ‘veeea’, a former #1-ranked player, found himself sliding down the leaderboard, losing his title as the #1-ranked Russian player and slipping out of the Top 10 in early December. However, in recent weeks, he’s been back on the grind and back on the climb, ascending into the #5 spot and trailing only 58.9 PLB points behind ‘josef_shevjk’. Despite a limited holiday schedule, ‘veeea’ managed a pair of qualifying cashes including a win in the partypoker High Roller Warm Up for over $7,300. ‘hellohellohello’, the third of the three Russians in the Top 10, has held steady at #6 thanks to a trio of cashes on December 27 that, in total, brought him nearly $42,000 and over 562 qualifying PLB points. The rest of the name in the Top 10 remain the same, only their positions have changed. Uruguay’s Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez rose two spots to end the year at #7 while Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren also jumped two spots to claim the #8 position. Berggren scored a pair of qualifying cashes, the largest of which, netted him over $16,000. Sweden’s 'Sheater' took the biggest step backward this week, falling four spots to #9 on light volume and Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar, who celebrated $10 million in lifetime earnings in 2017, will finish the year rounding out the Top 10. Most of the positions in the Top 10 are particularly precarious headed into 2018. While #3 ranked ‘lena900’ has a 1000 PLB point lead over the #4 spot, there is only a 384.68 point difference between #4 and #10. That’s a gap that can be bridged by any of these high-level pros in any given week. For example, Berggren is a scant 10.54 points behind Gonzalez and ‘Sheater’ is only 71.58 points behind Berggren. Should anyone cool off or take a break there’s a number of grinders both inside and just outside the Top 10 who can work their way back into the hunt for #1. Other notable top 25 moves include Sweden’s Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Odeen leap from #32 to the #14 spot and Argentinean pro ‘rayastar’ jumping four spots into the #25 spot. Germany’s #1-ranked pro 'nilsef', who touched a career-high ranking of #16 this year, falls out of the Top 25 this week as does Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert. The PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 'C Darwin2' 10,208.41 2 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,525.27 1 3 lena900 8,498.45 3 4 josef_shvejk 7,476.64 4 5 'veeea' 7,417.74 7 6 hellohellohello 7,325.57 6 7 Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez 7,239.74 9 8 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,229.20 10 9 'Sheater' 7,157.62 5 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,111.96 8 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 6,972.30 12 12 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth 6,959.23 11 13 DeathbyQuads 6,797.80 16 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen 6,717.21 32 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,694.49 13 16 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,596.00 14 17 DamageAP 6,566.06 17 18 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 6,561.52 15 19 'Ariados' 6,465.25 19 20 rolandbauer 6,442.77 23 21 'sitpro2011' 6,406.83 21 22 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,377.97 24 23 Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen 6,353.98 18 24 Chris 'Apotheosis’ Kruk 6,340.57 20 25 rayastar 6,320.87 29
  10. Make it a month for the #1 ranked player in the world, ‘C Darwin2’. The Swedish superstar continues his vice-like grip atop the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, holding a 1500 PLB point lead over the next closest player. His continued success presents a gap that would be extremely difficult to bridge in a single week and makes it look like the reigning crusher may very well not only start February in the same spot, but stay put for weeks to come. However, there is a new #2 in the world. Just last week in this column it was pointed out that the 800 point gap between ‘C Darwin2’s countryman, ’lena900’, and Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff was huge…but not insurmountable. Well, ‘lena900’ had himself a monster seven days as he absolutely crushed the online tables. The Swede had two massive results in 888poker’s XL Blizzard events. He ended up taking third in the $200,000 Tune Up for $19,858 and the very same day, a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Whale for $32,000. Still, in same session as his XL Blizzard results, he won a $100K Gtd High Roller on bwin.com for another $25,000. Not finished yet, he grinds the next day and earns a victory in partypoker's Powerfest Event #5 $100K Gtd 6-Max PLO for $26,899, his fourth five-figure score in 24 hours. ‘lena900’ climbs into the #2 spot as he cashed for over $165,000 in a week. He scored five qualifying cashes for over 1400 PLB points in what amounts to a truly incredible week for the former, and would-be future, #1 ranked player in the world. van Zadelhoff slips to #3, extending his vacation from the online tables while Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth maintained his #4 rankings on light volume, thanks to a final table appearance during the partypoker Powerfest Event #3. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ made his own major move rising from the #9 ranking to rejoining the top 5. This week saw him overtaking ‘josef_shvejk’ to claim the #1 ranking in all of Russia. He pulled in three big-time five-figure scores, including a victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #10 for over $24,000. Sweden’s ‘Sheater’ holds fast in his #6 ranking while fellow Swede, Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren slipped two spots to #7. This pair of countrymen have been attached at the hip in the rankings for multiple weeks, this merely reverses the order the pair had found themselves in. Russia's 'josef_shvejk' slipped down to #8 despite a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder for $13,912 and 265.55 PLB points. partypoker ambassador Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao battled his way back into the top 10 this week. Since late last year, after taking some time off, Simao has been slowly drifting down the rankings. Well, the week, the Brazilian was back on the grind and posting a host of results that helped him skyrocket from #16 back to #9. He posted six qualifying cashes, spearheaded by his victory in the partypoker Powerfest Event #13 for over $16,000 and 267.58 points. The UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford slips two spots but extends his stay in the top 10 this week. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky moving 10 spots from #25 to #15. The #1 ranked player from the Ukraine received a massive point boost when he won the PokerStars Sunday 500 for over $37,000. Another rise in the rankings is Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson who is making is debut in the top 25 at 23, a career-high ranking for the Belgian grinder. Germany's 'nilsef' re-enters the top 25 this week at #23, while a pair of Swedish players, 'DeathbyQuads' (#28) and 'inhoo' (#31) fall out of top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,785.57 1 2 lena900 9,144.35 3 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,083.24 2 4 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 7,895.77 4 5 hellohellohello 7,715.36 9 6 Sheater 7,678.42 6 7 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,601.04 5 8 josef_shvejk 7,494.24 7 9 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,084.07 16 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,045.12 8 11 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,024.58 12 12 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,007.26 18 13 veeea 6,964.54 10 14 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 6,938.29 11 15 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,861.65 25 16 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,860.84 13 17 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,768.96 21 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,740.57 15 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,714.12 19 20 sitpro2011 6,664.56 19 21 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 20 22 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,643.17 17 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hassan 6,510.73 36 24 nilsef 6,509.84 27 25 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 22
  11. It should be no surprise that Sweden’s #1-ranked player is also, still, the #1-ranked player in the world. ‘C Darwin2’ may have slipped a little in the PLB points, but still holds a commanding point lead over #2-ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff to remain the only #1 player that 2018 has known. It was a low volume week for ‘C Darwin2’ as the superstar only recorded nine total cashes, none of which qualified to add to his PLB point total. With aging results being a factor, ‘C Darwin2’ slipped back to under 11,000 total points, currently sitting with 10,665. Still, the total is more than enough to fend off any would-be challengers to his current run as #1 as he has an over 1300 point buffer between himself and van Zadelhoff. For his part, van Zadelhoff has even fewer results than ‘C Darwin2’ as the Malta pro seemingly didn’t even click open an online poker client this week having not recorded a result since January 11. This leaves the door open for Sweden’s ‘lena900’ to make his move up the ladder. ‘lena900’ has been holding down the #3 spot for weeks now. He was never in too much danger of slipping down the leaderboard and there has been a persistent gap keeping him from catching van Zadelhoff. This week, with van Zadelhoff’s absence, ‘lena900’ gained some ground when he took third place in the partypoker Super High Roller for $20,891 and over 200 PLB points. The chasm is now just under 800 points, which is still significant but not insurmountable should a gifted player like ‘lena900’ have a week like Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth had two weeks ago. ‘Hungary’s Nemeth rocketed eight spots two weeks ago from #12 to #4 and this week he held his ground. Continuing to add on to his recent bout of run good, Nemeth scored a pair of qualifying cashes on January 14. The first was a runner-up performance in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $13,717 and then he scored another second place finish in the partypoker Super High Roller for an additional $33,430. With there being no shifts in the top 4, Swedish countrymen Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Beggren (#5) and ‘Sheater’ (#6) once again climb up a spot in tandem. Both former #1-ranked players rise one rung in the top 10 this week. Russia’s ‘josef_shvejk’ falls into the #7 ranking while Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford makes yet another push into the top 10, ascending to the #8 spot. Beresford scored three qualifying cashes this week, two of which were outright victories. The UK pro took down the bwin.com Eliminator Warm Up for $5,540 and days later followed it up with a victory in the PokerStars $55 Daily Marathon for $8,286. Russian countrymen ‘hellohellohello’ (#9) and ‘veeea’ (#10) complete the top 10. Argentina’s Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone made the largest leap of the week jumping from #25 to #13, an all-time high ranking for him. The move comes thanks to a trio of qualifying cashes, topped by his runner-up finish in the PokerStars $215 Monday 6-max for nearly $15,000 and over 232 PLB points. This week also saw some notable names rejoining the ranks of the top 25 as Brazil’s Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha (#22), Sweden’s ‘inhoo’ (#24) and Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro33’ Romanovsky (#25) all rose in the rankings this week. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,655.00 1 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,298.63 2 3 lena900 8,511.03 3 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,849.69 4 5 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,585.84 6 6 Sheater 7,522.10 7 7 josef_shvejk 7,439.45 5 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,198.72 11 9 hellohellohello 7,153.64 8 10 veeea 7,068.34 9 11 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,010.72 12 12 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,975.32 10 13 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,848.07 25 14 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,782.50 13 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,746.28 15 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,719.47 14 17 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,719.28 19 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,705.66 17 19 sitpro2011 6,696.52 21 20 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,648.43 18 21 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,569.26 20 22 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,509.76 27 23 DeathbyQuads 6,465.95 16 24 inhoo 6,463.94 32 25 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 6,442.82 33
  12. The was very little movement in the PocketFives.com Worldwide top 10 this week. Nine of the ten players remain the same and seven of the ten players held fast in their position. Still, with a commanding lead, Sweden’s ‘C Darwin2’ maintains his reign at the world’s #1. He had a massive week with three five-figure scores including a fourth-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for over $21,000, a win in the 888poker Volcano for over $17,000 and another final table appearance in the PokerStars Turbo Series Event #22, cashing for over $24,000. As a result, ‘C Darwin2’ joined some of his fellow Swedes in surpassing the $8 million in lifetime earnings mark while maintaining more than 10,000 PLB points. The #2 ranked player, ‘lena900’ has done something that no player has been able to do for weeks upon weeks - come within 1000 PLB points of ‘C Darwin2’. ‘lena900’ finished in sixth-place in Event #3 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for $16,726 and 276.66 PLB points. This score, with a combination of aging results, puts ‘lena900’ roughly 900 points behind the leader and with the PokerStars Turbo Series slated to continue through March 4, there will be ample opportunity for everyone in the top 10 to collect big time scores. Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth, like everyone in the top 6, holds his position at #3. His PLB score slipped considerably this week as he hasn’t fired up the online client since February 11. He holds a 112 PLB point lead over the #4 ranked Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, which is very tenuous because…he’s back! After a month-long hiatus, Malta's former #1 ranked player in the world van Zadelhoff was seen back on the online grind this week. Well, it wasn’t a grind exactly as he recorded a total of only eight cashes and none of them actually qualified for PLB points. He did, however, cash in three of the PokerStars Turbo Series events and, in total, pulled in roughly $5,700. Should he opt to get back to playing a full schedule, he could be in for another run at the top spot in the next few weeks. A big-time score helped #5 ranked ‘hellohellohello’ add to his total PLB score. Russia’s #1 online player won the bwin.com Sunday Major High Roller for $50,845 and 447.21 PLB points. That puts him a scant 43 points behind van Zadelhoff and in position to make a major move should he find the winner’s circle again. Another player poised to make a move is Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky who holds on to the #6 spot. ‘Romeopro’ also took down a tournament on bwin.com, banking over $26,000 for his win in a Sunday Major High Roller. His PLB total puts him right in the thick of the middle of the top 10, only roughly 300 points behind the third-ranked Nemeth. Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone climbs the ranks again this week, touching a new career high of #7. The pro from Buenos Aires added a pair of PLB qualifying scores to his total including a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Big $215 on February 20 for over $6,000. In order for Petone to move up, ‘European’ had to move down. Even though he slipped to the #8 rank this week, he still had a very lucrative week. ‘European’ was the winner of the Event #26 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for over $58,000. It was a really light week for Team partypoker member Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard, who maintains his #9 ranking this week. Only six total cashes on Sunda, February 18 added to his bankroll but none of them added to his PLB score. Finally, Sweden’s ’Sheater’ rejoins the top 10 this week. He put in a deep grind this week, seemingly playing everything he could and getting rewarded by outright winning Event #12 of the PokerStard Turbo Series for $49,217 and a healthy 560.58 PLB points. The score puts him back in the top 10, only 24 points behind Leonard. Other notable moves in the top 25 included Uruguay's 'kofi89' leaping into the #13 spot, a career high for him, on the back of a $179,000 score that netted him 1000.00 PLB points. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,614.03 1 2 lena900 9,705.51 2 3 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 8,768.27 3 4 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,656.36 4 5 hellohellohello 8,613.19 5 6 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,463.94 6 7 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 8,148.85 8 8 European 7,871.89 7 9 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,734.82 9 10 Sheater 7,708.97 15 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,633.83 10 12 Joao 'joaosimoabh' Simoa 7,562.95 11 13 kofi89 7,437.48 31 14 josef_shvejk 7,419.05 13 15 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,416.99 12 16 Ariados 7,317.19 14 17 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,225.53 16 18 Flat 7,026.21 23 19 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 7,014.65 18 20 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,834.74 24 21 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,834.37 17 22 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,818.50 19 23 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson 6,690.94 22 24 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski 6,629.46 20 25 NoPlanB 6,624.08 21
  13. Whereas last week there was a rather large shakeup in the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10, this week the majority of the names in the upper echelon rankings remain the same. The entire top 5 remains exactly the same and that means that, once again, the superstar Swede ‘C Darwin2’ is the #1 ranked online player in the world. ‘C Darwin2’ still maintains a larger than 1000 PLB point lead over the next nearest player and added to his point total with a victory in the partypoker High Roller on February 13 for over $11,000. He’s less than $60,000 away from surpassing $8 million in lifetime cashes. While ‘C Darwin2’ is poised to make a major milestone, the #2 ranked player in the world ‘lena900’ actually did eclipse a massive money marker this week. Roughly three months after he earned the $8 million lifetimes earnings badge, the Swedish grinder now soars past $9 million in earnings. He put together a solid week, including a pair of qualified PLB finishes that, in total, brought him over $20,000 in earnings and over 388 PLB points to help him keep pace with his #1 ranked countryman. Hungary’s #1 ranked player holds fast at #3 in the world this week. Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth, for the second week in a row, dropped in overall volume, recording a single cash for the entire week. His previous scores helped hold him in place, even though he lost some ground in total PLB points. Also holding firm are the #4 and #5 ranked online pros. Nothing new on the Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff (#4) front as he continues his online poker hiatus and, as his scores age, his total PLB points continue to slip. ‘hellohellohello’ from Russia (#5) marks four weeks in the top 5 and he too played a light schedule this week, not recording a cash later than February 11, none of which qualified to be added to his PLB score. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky falls upwards to the #6 spot this week. The Ukraine pro had a fantastic week two weeks ago, but like many in the top 10, failed to make any progress this week due to light volume. He benefitted from large PLB accumulations that have yet to age, allowing him to maintain his PLB base while others fell. One of those that did slip, despite putting together a solid week, was last week’s major mover ‘European’. The pro from Finland, ranked # 7 this week, had one of the largest scores within the top 10 this week when he scored a victory in the partypoker $100K Sunday Major for $46,418 and over 415 PLB points. Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone continues to impress as he climbs the Worldwide Rankings yet again this week to a career-high rank of #8. The Argentinian collected a pair of qualified PLB scores, including a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder for $13,812 and over 212 PLB points. Along with ‘lena900’, expect to see Petrone in this week’s Milestones column having rocketed past $3 million in lifetime earnings with that very score. Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard slips one spot to #9 this week without any online poker results to speak of. It’s completely understandable as the partypoker ambassador has been in attendance at the partypoker MILLIONS Germany festival which wraps up this week at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Wrapping up the top 10 this week is the UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Beresford rejoins the top 10 on the back of a first-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday 500 for 442.72 PLB points and a bankroll boost of over $35,000. Other notable moves within the top 25 include former #1 ranked player Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski (#27) rejoining the ranks of the top 25 while both Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson (#22) and 'Flat' (#23) hit new career-high rankings within the top 25. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,661.14 1 2 lena900 9,590.10 4 3 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 9,146.54 2 4 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,694.92 3 5 hellohellohello 8,361.77 5 6 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,196.68 7 7 European 8,138.95 6 8 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 8,100.65 10 9 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,762.50 8 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,703.09 12 11 Joao 'joaosimoabh' Simoa 7,695.15 9 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,510.52 14 13 josef_shvejk 7,494.70 11 14 Ariados 7,284.12 13 15 Sheater 7,260.20 15 16 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,250.07 16 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 6,860.93 17 18 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,756.13 18 19 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,738.03 20 20 Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski 6,709.14 27 21 NoPlanB 6,679.46 21 22 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson 6,631.62 35 23 Flat 6,616.61 31 24 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,571.36 23 25 veeea 6,544.21 19  
  14. Once again, the top spot in the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings belongs to the super Swede ‘C Darwin2’. Though he slipped just beneath the 12,000 PLB point threshold that he’d been keeping for the past couple weeks, the phenom enjoys a lead of well over 2,000 PLB points from the next closest player. ‘C Darwin2’ continues to put the pressure on those who would look to catch him with a pair of qualifying cashes this week, both resulting in five-figure scores. This included a runner-up finish in Event #131 of Winamax’s W Series for $13,553 and 193.63 PLB points. Another reoccurring theme in recent weeks has been top-tier players taking their shot at dethroning ‘C Darwin2’ and this week it’s ‘hellohellohello’s turn. The Russian has ascended to the #2 ranking for the first time in his career after going on an absolute tear on April 8. He earned over $85,000 on that day alone, the bulk of it thanks to his victory in the bwin.com Super Sunday Super High Roller where he took home $48,750 and 387.30 PLB points. He also notched another pair of qualifying cashes helping him become the latest player that could conceivably make the steep climb to the #1 perch. Last week’s #2, Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth, drops back to the #3 ranking this week mostly due to low volume. He was unable to record any qualifying cashes and so he slips from his career-high ranking but remains a mere 188.13 points behind ‘hellohellohello’. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ also took a small step backward as he also had but a single qualifying PLB cash this week. A final table finish in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars resulted in a $15,592 score and 170.27 PLB points. That result also helped ‘lena900’ cross $9.5 million in lifetime earnings and with some huge online series coming up in the next month, including PokerStars SCOOP and partypoker’s POWERFEST, he may find himself a member of the prestigious $10 million club sooner than later. Rounding out the top 5 this week is ‘European’, who maintains his same ranking from last week with the help of a final table finish in the PokerStars Bigger $215 for $3,213 and 110.79 PLB points. It should be noted that like Nemeth and ‘lena900’ just ahead of him in the rankings, ‘European’ maintains a PLB score of above 9000. Any one of these elite players could find themselves in the midst of a heater and rocket up the rankings to be the next player to challenge ‘C Darwin2’. The bottom half of the top 10 saw very little movement this week with both Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone both holding fast in their respective #6 and #7 positions. While van Zadelhoff seemed to be taking a breather, Petrone put in work and recorded three qualifying PLB cashes. The three podium finished totaled nearly $25,000 in earnings for the Argentinan and has him in position to make another run back into the top five. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford swapped places with Romanovsky rising to the #8 rankings and Beresford slipping to #9. Beresford didn’t have any volume to speak of this week while Romanovsky took third place in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder Hight Roller for over $18,000 and 233.78 PLB points, enough to help him shift up this week. Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar completes the top 10 this week. The Swedish grinder with over $11 million in lifetime earnings, joined those would take their foot off the gas this week, likely preparing for the large volume series that are right around the corner. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,913.36 1 2 hellohellohello 9,573.40 4 3 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,385.95 2 4 lena900 9,234.95 3 5 European 9,186.70 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,986.06 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,661.43 7 8 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,446.38 9 9 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,362.41 8 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,288.90 10 11 kofi89 8,162.23 11 12 Ariados 8,146.69 12 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,905.87 13 14 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,784.12 23 15 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,705.96 14 16 DamageAP 7,651.49 16 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,638.42 15 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 19 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 18 20 josef_shvejk 7,439.46 17 21 Sheater 7,422.04 21 22 Flat 7,339.79 20 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 22 24 NoPlanB 7,100.49 25 25 joppiesaus 7,051.82 26
  15. PocketFives all-time money list leader Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman took another step towards the $15 million online earnings accolade after taking down the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $39,343. Moorman, who celebrated his 28th triple crown last week, is now just over $250,000 away from becoming the first player to hit the $15 million mark. The Brit continued his excellent form into the Sunday Majors by defeating former Sunday Million runner-up 'dennysramos2' heads-up to claim his 360th recorded victory and extends his lead over Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro, atop the all-time money list. The U.K.'s Tommy '88pro88' Lawrence won this week's PokerStars Sunday Million after a three-way-chop with Canada's 'chonseSTEE' and 'designerboy'. The tournament saw 5,598 entries create a prize pool $1,119,600 of which Lawrence took the largest share post-deal banking $131,164 and the title. The result saw Lawrence smash his former highest-cash of $10,571 which came in 2016. 'chonseSTEE' and 'designerboy' collected $97,728 and $102,896 respectively. 'Bigfish112392' also had a brilliant evening on the PokerStars client after victory in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller as well as a seventh-place finish in the Sunday Million for combined total winnings of $74,341. 'Sasuke234', who came third in the anniversary Sunday Million earlier this year for $539,554, was the Super High Roller runner-up and earned $33,024 for their efforts. Elsewhere on Pokerstars, 'Randane8' outlasted former TCOOP-59 champion, 'newguy89' to win the $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $36,846. The tournament saw 872 entries which generated a prize pool of $436,000. 2017 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event champion Steven 'kale333' van Zadelhoff won this week's 888poker $1,050 $100,000 Gtd Whale for $32,500 after beating a field of 61 entrants including former PocketFives world #1 'tutten7', who came second. Van Zadelhoff also achieved the feat of making the final table of the 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep, eventually falling in seventh-place for $2,750, with 'Streusalz' going on to win the tournament for $19,250. Over on partypoker, 'thebattler33' finished in the top three of $2,600 Sunday Major Super High Roller for the third time in as many weeks after securing the bronze medal for $22,475. This result follows last week's second-place finish and their victory in the previous week's tournament. Micheal 'mczhang' Zhang secured the win for $50,375 with 'ABOUDIABY2' claiming $34,100 in second. 'LeoMattosAK' was the biggest earner on the client after defeating a field of 2,090 players to win the partypoker $215 Super Sunday $500k Gtd Championship Event and its first-place prize of $83,500. 'Echomaus' eliminated former Sunday Million champion 'Aldeberan90' after a heads-up battle to secure the $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter title and $32,883. It was also back-to-back final tables for 'Aldeberan90' in this event after they finished in fifth-place last Sunday. Finally, a shoutout goes to 'maniakboy' who finished in seventh and eighth-place in the $2,600 Sunday Major Super High Roller and $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter respectively. Below are this week’s Sunday Major’s final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,598 entrants, $1,119,600 prize pool 88pro88 - $131,164.17* chonseSTEE - $97,728.40* designerboy - $102,896.09* Alexlai11 - $52,257.77 Epistokrat - $36,672.94 Bigfish112392 - $25,735.90 ManuelFel - $18,060.71 Bellebone - $12,674.54 dougiedan678 - $8,894.66 *Denotes three-way deal PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 92 entrants, $184,000 prize pool Bigfish112392 - $48,606.22 Sasuke234 - $33,024.11 ceremore - $25,010.03 shabalinvlad - $18,940.75 mamamamama70 - $14,344.32 kofi89 - $10,863.34 readas_reada - $8,227.08 raidalot - $6,230.58 qweasdyxc - $5,353.57 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd 872 entrants, $436,000 prize pool Randane8 - $36,846.77 newguy89 - $27,008.19 DeuceofDuc0 - $19,796.92 Face333X - $14,511.10 LAP1293 - $10,636.59 Graftekkel - $7,796.59 _pauL€Faul_... - $5,714.89 krawiec - $4,189.00 wasylaa - $3,070.53 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd 1,262 entrants, $252,400 prize pool Moorman1 - $39,343.88 dennysramos2 - $28,551.23 WithUsura - $20,719.61 great dant - $15,036.22 Marko9999 - $10,911.78 girafganger7 - $7,918.67 Lenballs1014 - $5,746.56 diffsam - $4,170.27 LendGamble - $3,026.37 partypoker $215 Super Sunday Championship Event-H $500k Gtd 2,090 entrants, $500,000 prize pool LeoMattosAK - $83,500 FearTheBeard13 - $58,850 AntiReapCity - $38,000 CamilaKons - $25,250 MERCY4NERDS - $17,725 weichhart - $12,200 JustTheNuts18 - $8,380 bougafish - $5,375 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $150k Super High Roller 62 entrants, $155,000 prize pool mczhang - $50,375 ABOUDIABY2 - $34,100 thebattler33 - $22,475 Drulitoo - $13,950 DamianLillard - $10,850 JohnBoy_ - $8,525 maniakboy - $7,362.50 Party_Animal - $7,362.50 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR $300k Gtd 339 entrants, $339,000 prize pool Echomaus - $32,883 Aldeberan90 - $23,730 I am bored. - $16,441.50 thbstplrnthwrld - $11,780.25 Mitrandir88 - $8,390.25 sabonis77777 - $6,220.65 bigb0ss827 - $4,322.25 maniakboy - $3,152.70 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale 61 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Kale333 - $32,500 tutten7 - $21,000 lovevalence - $15,000 SkallePer58 - $10,000 DosPoochies - $7,500 B.Mitchell - $5,500 PBD03 - $4,500 stevachenko7 - $4,000 888poker $215 Sunday Mega Deep 346 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Streusalz - $19,250 GOLDENRUBY13 - $14,250 UrrShitStorm - $10,750 IbetUfold_x - $7,750 cube.com11 - $5,250 alexos888 - $3,750 Kale333 - $2,750 tdantas - $2,250
  16. For as long as 'C Darwin2's current run at the top of the PocketFives Rankings has lasted a new challenger emerged each week, rising up the rankings with the hopes of knocking the Swedish superstar off the throne. Even after a week where he picked up no qualifying cashes, 'C Darwin2' still held off every challenger and continues to hold a massive lead over the rest of the top 25. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff moved back up to #3 from #5 thanks to three qualifying cashes. He finished runner-up in a PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for $11,748 and 192.35 PLB points, fourth in an America's Cardroom High Roller for $6,520/124.26 and then ended his week with a runner-up finish in a partypoker Monday Main Event for $16,015/212.76. He now sits 851.44 points behind #2-ranked 'lena900'. After jumping up to #3 last week, Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone dropped one spot to #4 while 'European' moved up one spot to #5. Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford moved back into the top 10 this week, jumping from #12 to #8. Beresford put together a solid week, collecting six qualifying cashes for 1,409.07 PLB points. His biggest score of the week came in the partypoker Sunday Major High Roller where he topped a field of 481 players to win $39,748.83 and 490.41 points. Former #1-ranked Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez moved from to #32 all the way up to #19. Gonzalez had six qualifying cashes, adding 1,571.81 points to his total. Of those six cashes, two were wins and his earnings topped $120,555. Two players dropped out of the top 25. Sweden's Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Ödeen fell from #23 to #26 and Brazilian 'sitpro2011' slipped from #25 to #35. PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,025.73 1 2 lena900 9,725.56 2 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,874.12 5 4 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,805.51 3 5 European 8,622.72 6 6 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,594.02 4 7 hellohellohello 8,457.70 7 8 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,306.56 12 9 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,049.90 8 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,998.15 10 11 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,923.17 15 12 kofi89 7,767.25 11 13 Ariados 7,729.91 9 14 josef_shvejk 7,464.67 14 15 Sheater 7,393.64 13 16 Denis 'Flat' Timofeev 7,301.26 17 17 NoPlanB 7,208.25 18 18 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,112.58 19 19 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,083.56 32 20 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 7,074.23 20 21 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,011.93 16 22 Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede 6,862.59 21 23 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,791.10 24 24 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 6,735.99 22 25 Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson 6,601.33 27
  17. It’s another week atop the PocketFives Rankings for the Swedish sensation, ‘C Darwin2’. He managed to, once again, put distance between himself and those who would challenge his #1 ranking by vaulting over the 11,000 PLB mark with his runner-up finish in Event #70 of PokerStars Turbo Series. The deep run added a monster 687.22 PLB points to his total, keeping his countryman, the #2-ranked ‘lena900’, trailing by over 1000 points. It also netted him over $161,000, far and away, 'C Darwin2's biggest score of 2018. Speaking of big scores, Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone scored a second place finish in the PokerStars Turbo Series Main Event for massive cash of $282,436 and 1086.29 PLB points. The result was a career-high haul for Petrone and also propelled him into the worldwide #3 ranking, also a new career-high for the Argentinan. Also of note: Petrone seems to have removed his now recognizable moniker of 'rayastar' and replaced it with his first name of 'Ramiro'. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky also rose in the ranks this week, climbing to #4 with the help of a top 20 finish in Event #70 of the PokerStars Turbo Series for $13,863. The Ukranian currently sits less than 100 PLB points behind Petrone and should he be able to climb any higher in the ranks, he will, at least, tie his career-best ranking as he makes the push to $9 million in lifetime earnings. Steven ’SvZff’ van Zadelhoff, despite being back on the grind, slipped one spot this week to rest at #5. He did pick up a pair of qualifying cashes this week, including a victory in the PokerStars Daily 500 on March 5 for over $12,000 and 231.30 PLB points. ‘European’, who just last week looked poised to make a run at a top 2 spot, slipped to #6 this week, due to light playing volume. The remaining players in the top 10 including Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ (#7), Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth from Hungary(#8) and ‘Ariados’ (#9) and Johannes ‘Greenstone25 Korsar (#10), both from Sweden, all appeared in the top 10 last week, they simply shifted positions this week. Other notable moves in the Top 25 include Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede jettisoning to #21 (from #65) due to a victory in the PokerStars [Twin Turbo] Main Event for over $143,000. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,117.17 1 2 lena900 9,784.72 2 3 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,822.82 8 4 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,784.22 5 5 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,765.03 4 6 European 8,728.21 3 7 hellohellohello 8,469.89 6 8 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 8,276.07 7 9 Ariados 7,763.24 10 10 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 7,723.97 9 11 kofi89 7,699.43 14 12 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,617.24 11 13 Sheater 7,470.58 12 14 josef_shvejk 7,440.08 17 15 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 7,416.15 18 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,344.48 13 17 Denis 'Flat' Timofeev 7,288.09 15 18 NoPlanB 7,269.07 20 19 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,997.24 16 20 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,977.54 21 21 Pim 'joppiesaus' de Goede 6,802.32 65 22 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 6,704.72 19 23 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,670.36 22 24 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha 6,652.39 28 25 sitpro2011 6,612.85 29
  18. If you follow the PocketFives.com Worldwide Rankings at all in 2018 then you know the story. This week it’s more of the same as the Swedish crusher ‘C Darwin2’ continues his reign as the only player to occupy the #1 spot in all of 2018. ‘C Darwin2’ locked himself up three qualifying cashes and a pair of five-figure scores this week. But when he took first place in the PokerStars Daily 500 for $16,064 he did something less than 20 players in the history of online poker have done before. He surpassed $9 million in lifetime earnings. What is even more amazing is the speed with which he did it. He sprinted through his last million in earnings having achieved $8 million in earnings less than two months ago. He’s one of two Swedish players to eclipse that mark this week and he’s only the 18th player to ever do so. For the second week in a row Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ holds down the #2 spot in the rankings. He does this despite putting in very low volume and not bringing in any new PLB points. Nevertheless, thanks to his massive scores the week before, his PLB score edged slightly closer to the 10,000 PLB mark. Sweden’s ‘lena900’ and Andres ‘probirs’ Nemeth swapped places in the rankings again this week. ‘lena900’, locking up the #3 rank, put together another stellar week at the tables and boosted his PLB scores with a trio of victories. This included a victory in the PokerStars $55 Sunday Marathon for $18,178 where he ended up besting PokerStars Team Online Pro Lex Veldhuis to take it down. His impressive week brought him four five-figure scores and places him just over 200 points away from re-taking the #2 spot in the rankings. Nemeth, on the other hand, continues his break from the online grind, resulting in his slipping to the #4 rank. The middle of the top 10 rankings remains the same this week as ‘European’ (#5), Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff (#6) and Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (#7) all hold their ground. Petrone managed the largest score of the three grinders this week when he took down the partypoker $200K Super Sunday Main Event to add over $28,000 to his bankroll. Sweden’s ‘Ariados’ jumps into the top 10 this week, coming in at #8. Earlier we had mentioned ‘C Darwin2’s $9 million achievement, well, his fellow countryman ‘Ariados’ pulled off the same feat in the same week. 'Ariados', just two days before the #1-ranked player, finished as the runner-up in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to earn over $33,000 and put him up over the $9 million mark, becoming the 17th player in history to do so. Then to pad his earnings, he ended up winning the PokerStars €250 Sunday High Roller for an extra $14,880 on the same day. Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky yielded one place, slipping to #9 this week and the UK's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford wraps up the top 10 this week. PocketFives Worldwide Top 25 Rankings RANK NAME POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,820.54 1 2 hellohellohello 9,937.76 2 3 lena900 9,3717.22 4 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 9,248.54 3 5 European 9,049.75 5 6 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 8,960.27 6 7 Ramiro 'Ramiro' Petrone 8,845.56 7 8 Ariados 8,495.44 12 9 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 8,316.67 8 10 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 8,216.93 9 11 kofi89 8,216.74 11 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 8,095.95 10 13 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleskins 8,022.07 13 14 DamageAP 7,852.23 16 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 7,778.47 14 16 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,679.23 15 17 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,521.43 17 18 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 7,497.20 18 19 GINS FINEST 7,460.33 19 20 Sheater 7,420.08 21 21 PaDiLhA SP 7,350.64 26 22 Flat 7,258.36 22 23 rolandbauer 7,200.25 23 24 josef_shvejk 7,191.77 20 25 NoPlanB 7,080.99 24
  19. With $20,000,000 guaranteed, the partypoker MILLIONS Online is going to be the single largest online poker tournament in history and a deeper look at the history of online poker tournament prize pools gives you a better understanding of just how big this is event is going to be. Not surprisingly, the 10 biggest online tournament prize pools were all held on PokerStars. The largest ever prize pool came back in 2011 when PokerStars held their Sunday Million 10th Anniversary event. With a $215 buy-in, the event attracted an astonishing 62,116 players and generated a $12,423,200 prize pool meaning there's a $7,576,800 difference between that and the minimum prize pool for MILLIONS Online. Five of the top six prize pools of all time came in PokerStars Sunday Million events. The lone exception there is 2010 World Championship of Online Poker event. The $5,200 buy-in event had 2,443 players and a $12,215,000 prize pool. DATE TOURNAMENT Buy-In PRIZE POOL 12/18/11 Sunday Million 10th Anniversary $215 $12,423,200 9/26/10 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $12,215,000 6/3/11 Sunday Million 5th Anniversary $215 $11,825,600 4/22/18 Sunday Million Anniversary: Take 2 $215 $11,262,000 2/4/17 Sunday Million 11th Anniversary $215 $11,167,000 3/20/16 Sunday Million 10th Anniversary $215 $11,011,800 9/21/08 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $10,925,000 9/24/18 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $10,915,000 9/20/09 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $10,720,000 9/28/14 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $10,710,000 The $20,000,000 number stands out above any other online tournament ever, but even more so when compared to what partypoker has done in their history. Last year's MILLIONS Online had a $5,000,000 guarantee and with 227 entries paying the $5,300 buy-in, ended up with $5,135,000 in total prize money. That event was one of only two partypoker events to ever crack the $5 million mark. The other came earlier this spring in the $25,500 buy-in Powerfest High Roller event. That event attracted 202 entries - just two more than were required to meet the $5 million guarantee. Just three other events in partypoker's history have even breached the $3,000,000 mark and all three were $25,500 buy-in Powerfest Super High Roller events. In fact, nine of the top 10 prize pools in the history of the company have come in Powerfest events. DATE TOURNAMENT BUY-IN PRIZE POOL 12/6/17 2017 MILLIONS Online $5,300 $5,135,000 5/18/18 Powerfest Event #64 (SHR) $25,500 $5,050,000 9/21/18 Powerfest Event #122 (SHR) $25,500 $3,900,000 5/17/17 Powerfest Event #301 $25,500 $3,225,000 9/27/17 Powerfest Event #254 (SHR) $25,500 $3,175,000 9/9/18 Powerfest Event #108 (SHR) $10,300 $2,080,000 5/16/18 Powerfest Event #53 (SHR) $10,300 $2,000,000 9/24/17 Powerfest Event #324 Championship Event $5,200 $1,726,500 9/24/18 Powerfest Event #142 (SHR) $5,200 $1,635,000 5/22/17 Powerfest Event #295 Main Event (HR) $1,050 $1,590,000 The winner of the MILLIONS Online event this year will take home at least $2.5 million. If the eventual champion qualified for the MILLIONS via a Jackpot Sit-n-Go they'll earn a $2.5 million bonus. Either way - and barring a final table chop - they're going to go down as the single biggest winner in the history of online poker. That title currently belongs to Tyson ‘POTTERPOKER’ Marks, winner of the 2010 WCOOP Main Event for $2,278,097.50. Only one other player has taken home $2,000,000 or more in an online tournament. In December 2011, Kyle ‘First-Eagle’ Weir won the PokerStars Sunday Million 10th Anniversary event for $2,000,020.70. Weir is the only player in the top 10 of all-time biggest scores to have won his from something other than a WCOOP event. Other big winners include Fedor Holz, Steven van Zadelhoff, Carter King and Yevgeniy Timoshenko. DATE TOURNAMENT PLAYER FIRST PLACE 9/26/10 WCOOP Main Event Tyson 'POTTERPOKER' Marks $2,278,097.50 12/18/11 Sunday Million 10th Anniversary Kyle 'First-Eagle' Weir $2,000,020.70 9/29/13 WCOOP Main Event PlayinWasted $1,877,573.25 9/28/14 WCOOP Main Event Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz $1,820,700.00 9/21/08 WCOOP Main Event Carter 'ckingusc' King $1,775,312.50 9/27/15 WCOOP Main Event Coenaldinho7' $1,760,500.00 9/20/09 WCOOP Main Event Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko $1,715,200.00 9/24/17 WCOOP Main Event Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff $1,624,502.27 9/23/12 WCOOP Main Event maratik $1,612,843.75 9/16/18 WCOOP Main Event wann2play $1,529,002.94
  20. In the illustrious history of the PocketFives Rankings, 55 different players have managed to hold down the #1 spot. This edition of the RANK & FILE focuses on how those players perform during the 2019 World Series of Poker. Three Former #1’s Make Top 20 In The Milly Maker After the massive, record-setting Millionaire Maker field of 8,809 played down to the top 20 there were still three former #1-ranked players in the field. Calvin Anderson, Joao Simao, and Steven van Zadelhoff all had hopes of taking home the over $1.3 million first-place prize however, this time it wasn’t meant to be. All three players did end up walking away with healthy five-figure scores. Anderson finished his run in 20th place for $47,820 while Simao laddered up from there, eventually falling in 16th place and banking $59,833. van Zadelhoff just barely missed out on making the final table, when he four-bet shoved his crippled stack with pocket sixes and lost a race against two overs. The one-time PokerStars WCOOP Main Event champion picked up $95,720 for 11th place bringing his lifetime live career earnings just shy of $1.9 million. Paul Volpe Goes Deep In No Limit 2-7…Again Paul ‘paulgees81’ Volpe’s nickname may be ‘The Main Event’ but the poker world may want to give him another moniker, something to do with the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 event. For the fifth time in seven years, Volpe found himself once again making money in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship. Volpe has made a habit out of going deep in the pro-heavy WSOP event. Not only did he take down the whole thing in 2014 for over $253,000, but he also finished in the top 15 in 2018 and have now made the final table in 2013, 2017, and again here in 2019 - finishing in seventh place for $31,556. Volpe has made $346,668 in the $10K No Limit 2-7 since 2013, giving him a remarkable 495% ROI in this event alone. Shaun Deeb Is Keeping His Promise Shaun Deeb is doing exactly what he said he’d do at the 2019 World Series of Poker - playing absolutely everything. Deeb has been firing in every event he can in his pursuit of back-to-back WSOP Player of the Year awards and he’s the first former #1-ranked PocketFiver to five cashes for the 2019 series. His largest cash of the series thus far has come in Event #18 ($10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship) where he just missed out on the final table, falling in ninth place for $34,467. Deeb also found success in Event #13 ($1,500 No Limit 2-7) finishing in 16th place for $3,862. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to know that Deeb also made a deep run in the second online bracelet event of the year, Event #24 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed) where he ended his run in 13th place for $5,647. Despite picking up a number of results, he has yet to lock down the larger scores it is going to take to propel him up the POY leaderboard. He currently sits ranked #35 on that list. EVENT POSITION WINNINGS The Big 50 - $500 No Limit Hold'em 3597th $797.00 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball 16th $3,862.00 $10,000 Omaha H/L 8 Championship 9th $34,467.00 $600 Pot Limit Omaha - Online 13th $5,647.00 $1,500 8 Game Mix Six Handed 82nd $2,257.00 ‘Lena900’ Wont Million The current king of the worldwide online poker rankings, ’lena900’ took a break from his online grind to make his way to Las Vegas and hop into the 2019 Millionaire Maker. His 529th place finish was only the fourth WSOP cash of his career, good for $4,106.
  21. In the eight years since the World Series of Poker Main Event went to a three-starting flight schedule, only once has the Day 1A field reach 1,000 or more players and that was 2012 when they snuck into four-digit territory with 1,066 players. There was no sneaking in on Wednesday. 1,336 players showed up to play Day 1A, giving WSOP officials hope that this year's event might be a record-breaker. Williams wasn't the only notable to suffer an early end to his Main Event. Shane Warne, Frank Kassela, Bryn Kenney, Mohsin Charania, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Kristen Bicknell all ended with a zero as their Day 1A chip count. Former Main Event Champs Advance Just two former Main Event winners managed to work their way through the five levels of play on Day 1A. Chris Moneymaker, fresh off of his ninth-place finish in the partypoker MILLIONS Las Vegas, ended the day 95,000 while 2016 Main Event winner Qui Nguyen had a much better day, finishing with 180,500. Foxen, Strelitz, Bonomo Highlight Notables Moving on to Day 2A There were 960 players who made it through Day 1A. While a number of top players like to wait until Day 1C to play, there were a plethora of poker superstars who played on Wednesday and finished with chips in a bag. Daniel Strelitz, still basking in the flow of winning his first bracelet, finished with 185,300. Poker vlogger Johnnie Moreno (aka Johnnie Vibes) tripled his starting stack and finished with 184,000. Alex Foxen nearly did the same, ending with 173,200. Justin Bonomo accumulated 96,000 through the day to move on to Day 2. Other notables advancing from Day 1A include Patrick Serda (216,700), Jeff Lisandro (180,100), Jack Sinclair (153,800), Isaac Baron (146,600), Kelly Minkin (137,100), Billy Baxter (131,500), Brian Hastings (124,200), Matt Glantz (120,800), Arlie Shaban (113,600), Brian Rast (109,100), Kevin MacPhee (82,500), Garrett Greer (69,300), Ben Yu (63,600), Mike Gorodinsky (57,800), Erik Seidel (57,400), Stephen Chidwick (45,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (30,800), and Poker Hall of Fame finalist Chris Bjorin (18,000). Rapper Hoodie Allen Goes to Work, Bags Big Rapper Hoodie Allen, real name Steven Markowitz, was a Happy Camper at the end of Day 1A. The 31-year-old University of Pennsylvania grad lived up to The Hype and finished with 151,500, good enough for a top 100 stack. Markowitz will hope People Keep Talking when he returns for Day 2AB on Sunday. He has one previous WSOP cash, a 35th place finish in a 2016 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. Michael Miller Leads Pennsylvania Contingent into Day 2A With the launch of Pennsylvania Online Poker looming, 17 players from the Keystone State managed to turn Day 1A into a trip to Day 2A. Leading the way is Michael Miller. The Haverford, PA native just missed out on having a top 10 stack after finishing with 235,800. The next biggest Pennsylvania stack belongs to Gregory Fishberg with 168,800. They're joined by Jesse Smith (136,600), Alan Schein (135,000), Brian Hastings (124,200), Matt Glantz (120,800), Alexander Krisak (117,000), John Andress (104,900), Joseph Palma (100,100), Sean Magee (88,500), Dennis Cronin (85,700), David Knudsen (76,600), James Hundt (72,900), Jennifer Shahade (72,400), Ronald Lankin (49,500), Gary Bowker (25,800), and Seth Berger (DNR). The Day 1A Numbers Could Be Hinting at Something Big Historicially, Day 1A is always the least popular Main Event starting flight. It requires being in Las Vegas the longest amount of time, there's a two-day gap between Day 1A and Day 2A, and it means being in Sin City on July 4th. Over the last five years, Day 1A has accounted for an average of 11.44% of the overall field size, staying steady with a high of 11.75% last summer and a low of 11.01% in 2017. If that trend were to hold true this year, WSOP officials are looking at a record-setting year that will eclipse the 8,773 runners that turned out in 2006. Top 10 Chip Counts Bryan Campanello - 417,500 Timothy Su - 297,300 Quentin Roussey - 266,400 Takehiro Kato - 259,200 Charidimos Demetriou - 252,000 Craig Chait - 249,600 Stephen Graner - 247,100 Mark Zullo - 245,600 David Lolis - 245,100 Thomas Roupe - 238,800

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