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[caption width="640"] Sweden's 'lena900' returned to the #1 spot in the PocketFives Rankings this week[/caption] After 18 weeks looking up the PocketFives Rankings and seeing other players ahead of him, Sweden’s ‘lena900’ took over the #1 spot this week, passing two players in the process. Wins on 888poker and partypoker over the last seven days earned ‘lena900’ just over $51,000 and 624 PocketFives Leaderboard points. He beat out 422 other players on September 30 to win the partypoker Heavyweight: The Uppercut for $8,206.02 and 205.67 points. He followed that up by outlasting 116 other players in the 888poker Whale on October 2 for $43,750 and 418.33 points. He’s now just 15.4 points ahead of ‘C Darwin2’, who had been #1 for the past 12 weeks. This marks the sixth time in his career that ‘lena900’ has held down the top spot. His first reign as the top-ranked online player in the world began on March 30, 2016 and lasted four weeks. ‘C Darwin2’ took some time off this week, registering just three cashes, none of which were big enough to add to his PLB total. He fell to #2, while Steven ‘SvZff' van Zedelhoff dropped from #2 to #3, one week after jumping into the #2 spot. There was some more juggling inside of the top 10 this week, but nobody that was in the top 10 last week dropped out this week. Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren went from #7 to #6, swapping spots with ‘Sheater’ while Andras 'probirs' Nemeth and Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas swapped the #9 and #10 spots. Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen each moved up six spots to #18 and #19 respectively. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland moved into the Top 25, ending up at #24, up two spots from last week. Kenny ‘SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert was the only player to fall out of the top 25, ending up at #29 after being #23 last week. The PocketFives Top 25 RANKNAMEPOINTSPREVIOUS 1lena9009,274.213 2C Darwin29,258.811 3Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff9,101.842 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,438.234 5veeea8,267.385 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,737.897 7Sheater7,663.786 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,547.748 9Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,147.4910 10Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas7,124.769 11Ariados6,946.2813 12Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,935.9315 13DeathbyQuads6,833.4911 14Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,812.5512 15Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,797.8716 16Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,777.5514 17Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,762.1719 18Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,711.7024 19Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,704.1525 20nilsef6,693.8020 21Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,632.8818 22Ludovich 'ludovi333' Ge'lich6,581.0722 23Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,571.5917 24Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland6,481.9826 25Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,436.2221
[caption width="640"] Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen is making a charge at #1, but 'C Darwin2' seems to have a firm grasp on it after another monstrous week.[/caption] Last month, former #1-ranked player Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen cracked the top 25 rankings and became just the fifth player to ever hit $10 million in lifetime earnings. It seems he's not interested in stopping there. Hunichen went from #13 in the world to #9 and could be setting himself up for another run at the top spot. Hunichen moved up into the top 10 based solely on a single qualifying cash. He finished third in the partypoker Heavyweight Title Fight Warm Up for $15,107.58 and 220.56 PLB points. This comes a week after he picked up 672.2 points from three qualifying cashes. He now sits just 148.21 points behind #8-ranked Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo. The #1 spot continues to belong to 'C Darwin2', but he didn't just sit idly by this past week. The Swede picked up four qualifying cashes - three wins and one runner-up finish - to pick up a staggering 1,457.78 points. On October 15, he won the partypoker High Roller for $37,884 and 452.22 points. Two days later he won another partypoker High Roller for $19,183/310.64 and finished runner-up in yet another partypoker High Roller for $17,440/232.32. His final qualifying cash on October 19 when he won the PokerStars Thursday Thrill for $38,537 and 462.2 points. He now has a 806.35 point gap between himself and #2-ranked Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff. That gap could have been wider had van Zedelhoff not picked up two qualifying cashes of his own. He finished third in the PokerStars Big $55 for $3,499 and 114.33 points and then capped off his week by finishing two spots behind 'C Darwin2' in the Thursday Thrill for $21,061 and 239.3 points. He now leads #3-ranked 'lena900' by 462.67 points. Hunichen wasn't the only player to move into the top 10 this week. Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez, also a former #1-ranked player, moved from #11 to #10 thanks to two qualifying cashes that earned him 267.17 points. Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas and Andras 'probirs' Nemeth were the two players who dropped out of the top 10, going from #10 to #12 and #9 to #14 respectively. PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin210,220.071 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zedelhoff9,413.722 3lena9008,951.053 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,455.574 5veeea7,714.565 6Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,633.326 7Sheater7,498.008 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,256.877 9Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen7,108.6613 10Fabrizio 'SixthSense19' Gonzalez6,998.6111 11Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,969.1716 12Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas6,967.8110 13Ariados6,904.6912 14Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,812.139 15Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,780.3718 16Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,775.3714 17Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,752.0319 18Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,751.9017 19nilsef6,638.0020 20DeathbyQuads6,611.4215 21Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,574.4821 22Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha6,554.6027 23Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk6,504.8722 24Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,375.1229 25NoPlanB6,363.6326 ***
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 WCOOP Success Leads to Career-Best Rankings Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff has enjoyed an amazing week. He took down the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1.6 million and as a result, found himself as the #2-ranked online poker player in the world - a career high. The Dutch grinder, who now calls Malta home, moved into the #2 spot, one spot better than his previous best ranking. Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk might not have won a WCOOP title this year, but seven of his last eight cashes have qualified for PLB points and he’s now ranked #17 in the world and is the top-ranked player in Canada. There were four players who moved into the top 100 for the first time in their careers: ‘neverfoldQ5’ (#71), Alexandre ‘Cavalito’ Mantovani (#73), 'Mikensonas' (#74) and ‘tiarc’ (#87). Other players who moved up to career-best positions inside the top 100: Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - #15 to #9 Pedro’ PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha - #134 to 28 rolandbauer - #52 to 35 Patrick ‘thebigdog09’ Brooks - #86 to 82 Renato ‘renaton’ Nomura - #96 to 85 Canada’s ‘Lockhurt’ Moves Past $3M in Lifetime Earnings Okay, we’re going to stop talking about all of the amazing things that came for van Zedelhoff after his huge win - though he did pass through $6M and $7M lifetime earnings because of it. While he was doing that, Canadian ‘Lockhurt’ was grinding his way past the $3 million lifetime earnings mark. The result that put him over the top was a 38th place finish in the 888poker XL Eclipse Main Event for $4,995. He’s the 338th player to hit the $3M mark. There were seven players who joined the seven-figures club this week: Gary ‘quiditbear’ Hasson, ‘DamienWain’, ‘MaxUdav’, Charbel ‘KING BAIT’ Kanterjian, Alexandre ‘Cavalito’ Mantovani, ‘Stealwave’, and ‘swordfish007’.
[caption width="641"] Steven van Zadelhoff has reason to smile after winning the WCOOP Main Event on Tuesday for a career-best .6M score (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Winning the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event came with a career-best $1.6 million score for Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff but it also came with enough PocketFives Leaderboard points to move the Dutch grinder to #2 in the world. The WCOOP Main Event win gave van Zadelhoff a whopping 3,303.79 points and moved him from #31 to #21. That score wasn’t his only qualifying cash this past week. He also took down a PokerStars Hot $109, picked up a smaller cash in WCOOP Event #66 (Low), and then finished runner-up in another $109 on PokerStars to earn a combined 484.62 points. He now sits 92.98 points behind ‘C Darwin2’, who held onto the #1 ranking for the 11th consecutive week. A sixth-place finish in WCOOP Event #74 (High) was the only qualifying cash that ‘C Darwin2’ picked up this week. For that the Swede earned $17,891.54 and 247.40 points. The other player to move into the top 10 was Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas. The Hungarian went from #15 to #9 thanks to five qualifying cashes this past week for a total of 1085.8 points. In the process he not only cracked the top 10 for the first time in his career but also overtook Andras ‘probirs’ Nemeth as the #1-ranked player in Hungary. Nemeth ended up at #10 in the world this week. With van Zadelhoff and Bujtas moving into the top 10, two players had to move out and it turns out they are both former #1-ranked players. Fabrzio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez went from #9 to #15 while Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford fell from #10 to #12. Just one week after taking down his first WCOOP title and moving into the #13 spot, Chris ‘Big_Huni’ Hunichen dropped to #25. PocketFives Rankings Top 25 RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin29,258.811 2Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff9,165.8331 3lena9009,039.332 4Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao8,530.894 5veeea8,329.743 6Sheater7,709.567 7Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,667.625 8Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,571.976 9Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas7,218.3215 10Andras 'probirs' Nemeth7,205.658 11DeathbyQuads6,967.3812 12Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford6,893.8110 13Ariados6,871.3011 14Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,843.8323 15Fabrzio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,832.059 16Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky6,816.4120 17Apotheosis6,802.0019 18Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,795.2314 19Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman6,755.4817 20nilsef6,724.4018 21Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,700.8916 22Ludovich 'ludovi333' Geilich6,581.0721 23Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert6,477.6429 24Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone6,452.8737 25Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen6,446.5813