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  1. Only one player has held the #1 spot for more weeks than Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy, but while 'lena900' has had 10 turns as the #1-ranked player for 97 weeks, Josephy had one run that lasted an astonishing 74 weeks. That level of success has made Josephy a longstanding favorite of the PocketFives community and his PocketFives Legacy Award, which he won at the 2016 American Poker Awards, earned him the #7 seed in the Clubs bracket and an automatic bye into the second round. If Josephy wants to continue to add to his growing list of accolades, he'll need to survive a Clubs bracket that includes the likes of #1 seed Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski, Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez, Fedor Holz, and his former protege Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul. Enter the #1 Number One Contest Now! p0cket00 (#1) vs StrungOut1 (#16) Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski earned the #1 seed in this bracket thanks to being one of just six players to have worked their way into the #1 ranking on six different occasions. Those six reigns, turned into 28 weeks at #1 for Sikorski which, in addition to his seven Triple Crowns (good for 10th all-time), makes him one of the most accomplished players in PocketFives history. Michael 'StrungOut1' Wasserman held the #1 spot for one week in September 2015. He won two Triple Crowns before having his results no longer tracked by PocketFives. SixthSenSe19 (#2) vs Doc Sands (#15) Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez was ranked #1 on PocketFives on three separate occasions for a combined 21 weeks between October 2016 and March 2017. The Uruguayan has accumulated more than $10 million in lifetime online earnings thanks to PokerStars WCOOP and SCOOP titles as well as partypoker Powerfest wins. His path to Round 2 isn't an easy one though. David 'Doc Sands' Sands might have held the #1 ranking only one time, but his six-week reign and $3 million in online earnings, combined with his status as a popular member of PocketFives, make him a threat to advance. gboro780 (#3) vs SvZff (#14) It somehow feels like Steve 'gboro780' Gross might be a tad underrated as the #3 seed. Gross reached #1 on four separate occasions and has the fourth-longest combined time at #1 at 55 weeks. A majority of Gross' $6.2 million in lifetime earnings came before Black Friday as did his two Triple Crowns. Steven van Zadelhoff is the player standing in Gross' way of a first-round win. The Dutchman earned the #1 ranking in December 2017, just two months after he won the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event for $1.6 million. He held the top spot for a single week and has $11.4 million in earnings plus a Triple Crown to his credit. r4ndomr4gs (#4) vs aguskb (#13) Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren is part of the army of Swedish superstars who have held the #1 spot. Berggren first took the top spot in May 2014 and held onto it for one week before losing it to fellow Swede Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund. He grabbed it back two weeks later for a final two weeks on top. He's also one of just 13 players with at least $14 Million in earnings. Aaron 'aguskb' Gustavson could be in line for an upset here. Gustavson spent one more week on top than Berggren over his two reigns. djk123 (#5) vs Greenstone25 (#12) With three times on top of the PocketFives Rankings and a pair of WSOP bracelets, Dan 'djk123' Kelly is one of the most decorated players in the field. He no longer plays professionally, but during his time at the top of the Rankings, Kelly was one of the most respected MTT grinders on the planet. His first-round opponent, Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar is another member of the Swedish contingent in the field. Korsar was #1 for three weeks in December 2019 and was only displaced by fellow Swede 'lena900'. 1_conor_b_1 (#6) vs BeL0WaB0Ve (#11) This matchup is going to be one to keep an eye on and could come down to a battle of American and British voters. Kevin 'BeL0WaB0Ve' Saul is a legendary figure to most long-time PocketFivers and his seven-week run at #1 in 2006-2007 helped solidify that position. His longtime popularity makes him a threat to upset the #6 seed, Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford who brings a 29 straight week reign at #1 as his leading credential. He also has $15 Million in earnings and a trophy case full of some of online poker's most prestigious hardware. Tmay420 (#8) vs CrownUpGuy (#9) Some voters may consider live poker success and that makes Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz a threat to upset Tim 'Tmay420' West. Holz became #1 on three occasions, each time holding onto it for a single week. He won the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event and then went onto win more than $32 Million in live tournaments. West was #1 for seven weeks straight beginning in late 2006. He's won more than $4 Million online and nearly the same event in live events. Make your picks in the PocketFives #1 Number One Contest - entries due by Midnight ET on April 2. Then make sure to follow @PocketFives on Twitter to get your votes in!"
  2. 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. Steven van Zadelhoff (pictured), aka SvZffon PocketFives, is up to #4 worldwide in our Online Poker Rankingsthis week. In mid-November, he won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up and Winamax High Roller on the same day for almost $100,000 total and just lapped $3.5 million in online tournament winnings. Van Zadelhoff is the top-ranked PocketFiver in Malta whose largest cash came via a second place finish in an FTOPS event eight years ago. Since then, he has taken down the Sunday Million, Sunday Brawl, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday Mulligan, and $109 Rebuy, just to name a few. This is the highest he has ever been ranked on PocketFives. Sweden's eisenhower1continues to dominate the PocketFives Rankings. In fact, his PLB score of 8,102 points is 600 more than the next closest player. eisenhower1 has been #1 since September 30 and won the PartyPoker Super High Roller last month for $20,000, continuing to add to his coffers. The same day, he finished second in an iPOPS event. There are four Swedes in the top seven of the Rankings this week. Bernardo bedias Dias (pictured) moved up from #19 to #10, eight spots off his all-time high. He final tabled the Sunday Warm-Up over the weekend and is just $2,000 shy of hitting $4 million in online MTT winnings. Dias is Brazil's top-ranked player and is approaching 7,000 tracked scores. While we're on the subject of Brazil, let's talk about Pedro Madeira, who is known as gusma on PocketFives. The Brazilian rose 32 spots in the Rankings to land at #25 this week after taking down the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance and $109 Rebuy over the weekend. The two cashes were worth almost $50,000 combined and brought his career win total to 108. After reentering his screen names, Mike telksTelker reentered the PocketFives Rankings at #38 in the world. He took third in the Super Tuesday in the beginning of November for $54,000 and just passed $7 million in winnings, the 20th PocketFiver to do so. Telker plays as munchenHBon PokerStars. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. eisenhower1 - 8,102 points 2. veeea - 7,536 points 3. lena900 - 6,887 points 4. SvZff- 6,581 points 5. jbrown8777 - 6,441 points 6. AnteSvante - 6,440 points 7. C Darwin2 - 6,426 points 8. cswami - 6,413 points 9. IgorK - 6,394 points 10. bedias- 6,297 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. 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.
  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"] 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
  7. 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’.
  8. [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
  9. [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
  10. ‘C Darwin2’ is the #1 ranked online poker player in the world and locked up the Monthly PLB title for a second consecutive month in December. It was a close race to end the year. ‘C Darwin2’ edged out worldwide #2 Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff by only 55 points and managed to escape with a win. December finished with ‘C Darwin2’ holding 3,283.45 points and an average of 164.17 per result. ‘C Darwin2’ completed their month with a flourish by winning a $500 MTT on PokerStars on December 28. The win came with $72,833 and 664.83 PLB points. 2017 concluded with ‘C Darwin2’ winning five PLB titles and they are already working on the first of 2018. The reigning WCOOP Main Event winner van Zadelhoff started his December strong in the PokerStars High Roller series. van Zadelhoff earned the silver medal in the $500,000 guaranteed Progressive KO event to add $89,818 to his account. The hardware included 517.39 PLB points. The Maltese-living van Zadelhoff wrapped up his 2017 with a month of 13 podium finishes and three wins. van Zadelhoff won September’s PLB title thanks in large part to his Main Event win. Former PocketFives #1 from 2017 ‘lena900’ had the third-best December. ‘lena900’ won PLB titles in January and March and took in 3,125 more points to end the year. The best performing result for ‘lena900’ came at an opportune time on December 1. ‘lena900’ placed second in the $400,000 guaranteed Six Max event in the High Roller Series to start their month with 421.42 points on the board. The third Swede in the December rankings is Jerry ‘perrymejsen’ Ödeen. The four-time Triple Crown winner closed out 2017 with a consistent month and a hair over 3,000 PLB points. Ödeen reached as high as #12 worldwide in 2017 and will look to break into the top-10 as January moves forward. The legendary Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet joins in at #5. Van Fleet won the partypoker MILLIONS Online for $1.027 million and put his career earnings within striking distance of $10 million. The win produced 2,266 points for Van Fleet and allowed him to ease off the gas for the rest of the month. Van Fleet is the only player who calls Canada their virtual home to make December’s top-10. Brazilian ‘sitpro2011’ is in the PLB top-10 for the first time in their career. The second-ranked player from Brazil used a win in the Half Price Sunday Million to accumulate 1,377.43 points. ‘Sitpro2011’ defeated a field of 18,973 and an award of $197,163 for their efforts. The second former PocketFives #1 to earn elite PLB status is Michael ‘telks’ Telker. Telker averaged 140.93 points in December and used seven wins to carry him to the finish line along with a high volume rate. ‘hellohellohello’ ended November third in PLB points and wrapped up December in the eighth position. The first Russian player on this month’s list won the Sunday 500 to achieve their highest point total for December. The 406.82 points racked up by ‘hellohellohello’ came along with $30,836. The trend of former #1s ending the year strong continues with Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren. The worldwide #6 is the fourth player from Sweden to appear on December’s PLB rankings. Berggren missed the top-10 in November, placing 11th, and comes back in after placing ninth in October. United Kingdom’s top dog Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford completes his second consecutive month of PLB prestige. Beresford’s top December score of 369.70 came in the December 28 $2,000 event on PokerStars. The former worldwide #2 currently ranks 10th in the world. PLAYER PLB POINTS C Darwin2 3,283.45 SvZff 3,228.69 lena900 3,125.89 perrymejsen 3,000.37 apestyles 2,890.01 sitpro2011 2,850.16 telks 2,818.66 hellohellohello 2,674.38 r4ndomr4gs 2,664.51 1_conor_b_1 2,483.80
  11. The Dutch poker community is one with legacy. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff won the 2017 WCOOP Main Event and carried on the tradition of online success built by Noah Boeken and PokerStars team pro Lex Veldhuis. The new generation is talented and the evidence is proved by the current top-10 online rankings of players from the Netherlands. Leading the charge is ‘etxnl01,’ who is ranked #121 in the world. ‘Etxnl01’ started their year off the right way by winning the Sunday 500 on PokerStars. The gold medal came with $31,861 and a career-best 413.52. The #1 Dutch player is approaching $1 million in earnings. The breadth of that total comes from a 2016 SCOOP victory and 2017 WCOOP title. ‘ikkedus’ is the second member of the podium and the only other member of the Netherlands with at least 4,000 PLB points. Thanks to a third-place run in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller, ‘ikkedus’ is at an all-time in the worldwide rankings. The finish came with a mammoth 772.81 points along with $195,130. Standing tall with $2.3 million in earnings and third in the rankings is ‘mzzl83.’ This player finished victorious in the Mini Sunday Million on September 24 for $23,134 and 323.25. The ‘godfatti’ of Dutch poker is Tommie ‘TommieJ’ Janssen. Near the end of 2017, Janssen crossed over the $4 million mark in earnings. Janssen’s volume in the last few months is focused on non-traditional sites and he remains consistent with his results. Second in the ‘Tom’ rankings and fifth overall is ‘Tom_Poker_NL.’ This Tom is also at an all-time for rankings of 364th. ‘Tom_Poker_NL’ is closing in on $300,000 in earnings and will cross the barrier by the end of the month. The master of the Netherlands is ‘Maestro27.’ Registered on PocketFives as ‘Gerritss’ on PokerStars, ‘Maestro27’ is the recipient of over $2.5 million in winnings on the world’s #1 online poker client. ‘Gerritss’ is a name frequently seen on the Six Max Hyper Turbo leaderboards including three wins in November 2017. Similar to Tommie Janssen, Ozenc ‘ozenc’ Demir plays on sites out of the beaten path. Demir is winning at a high clip and the 2011 SCOOP Champion is up to $3.5 million in lifetime cashes. Former PocketFives worldwide top-10 member ‘busto_soon’ is a long way from being belly up. The three-time Triple Crown winner is #44 all-time in earnings with $6.497 million accumulated. Only two full years ago, ‘busto_soon’ won the Sunday Million for their largest score. ‘CocktailIsland’ and ‘holyguacmole’ are the #9 and #10 ranked players in the Netherlands and a few points shy of moving over 2,000. Netherlands Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 etxnl01 4,492.70 2 ikkedus 4,060.99 3 mzzl83 3,609.09 4 TommieJ 3,563.25 5 Tom_Poker_NL 3,250.73 6 Maestro27 2,921.89 7 ozenc 2,379.03 8 busto_soon 2,083.29 9 CocktailIsland 1,958.84 10 holyguacmole 1,902.66
  12. Swedish superstar 'C Darwin2' can really do no wrong these days. He won the December PLB. He won the 2017 PLB. He started 2018 as the #1-ranked online poker player in the world and this past week he actually added to his lead. Thanks to four qualifying cashes over the last seven days, 'C Darwin2' now leads #2-ranked Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff by 1,610.91 points. 'C Darwin2' started the week by winning a $109 buy-in event on PokerStars for $7,251.48 and 200 PLB points. The next day he won another PokerStars tournament, this time with a $535 buy-in, that netted him $12,711.16 and 235.58 points. He picked up $14,477 and 215.84 points in another $535 buy-in event. He capped off the week with a win in the PokerStars Hot $55 for $6,982 and 217.83 points. van Zadelhoff put in a lighter schedule this week, cashing just nine times with none of them being big enough to earn PLB points. Andres 'probirs' Nemeth jumped from #12 to #4 after picking up four qualifying cashes for 1147.37 points. His biggest score came thanks to his win in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller on Sunday where he picked up $37,528.94 and 477.23 points. Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas moved back into the top 25 this week, jumping from #39 to #18. The upward movement came after a week that saw him cash in just four tournaments, but three of them were big enough to add to his PLB total. He won a PokerStars High Roller event on January 5 for $31,611.58 and 414.13 points, then finished ninth in the PokerStars Super High Roller on January 7 for $5,877.29 and 120.26 points. He wrapped up the week by winning the partypoker Super High Roller for $46,529 and 396.86 points. British grinder Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot joined the top 25 for the first time in his career, coming in at #23. Proudfoot had five qualifying cashes this week, including a victory in the partypoker High Roller for $11,817 and 200 points on January 10. All told he picked 759.27 points. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 11,027.69 1 2 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,416.78 2 3 lena900 8,459.94 3 4 Andres 'probirs' Nemeth 7,665.51 12 5 josef_shvejk 7,655.45 4 6 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,620.01 6 7 Sheater 7,577.33 7 8 hellohellohello 7,153.64 8 9 veeea 7,068.34 5 10 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,033.15 9 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 6,984.66 10 12 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar 6,959.16 11 13 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,880.95 14 14 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 6,797.98 15 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,780.86 16 16 DeathbyQuads 6,662.77 13 17 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,641.98 23 18 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,616.63 39 19 Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert 6,599.86 26 20 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,574.60 18 21 sitpro201121. sitpro2011 6,536.49 19 22 Jonatan 'Pot4teUS' Hellman 6,500.67 17 23 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,424.50 28 24 rolandbauer 6,377.26 21 25 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 6,372.87 27
  13. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff is the #3 player in the Worldwide Rankings and #1 overall in his adopted country of Malta. The island off the coast of Europe is home to other poker players who call the former European Poker Tour stop their home away from home. The mixed bag of cultures makes for an eclectic top 10. van Zadelhoff owns a gargantuan 9,068 PLB points. Ever since winning the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event in September, van Zadelhoff has remained a constant presence among the top of all rankings. Between December 22-29, van Zadelhoff was the #1 ranked player in the world for the first time in his career. There is a substantial drop off between van Zadelhoff and second place players ‘neverfoldQ5.’ This player reached their all-time high ranking of #64 in the world a few weeks ago and is the current #66. ‘neverfoldq5’ earned 200 PLB points on January 19 for capturing the $40,000 guaranteed Uppercut title on partypoker. Pim ‘joppiesaus’ de Goede starts the string of four consecutive players in the 4,000 point range. de Goede is a Dutchman like van Zadelhoff and claimed an all-time high ranking of #25 in 2016. At the start of 2018, de Goede climbed over $3 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Former worldwide #2 Bjorn ‘kleath’ Kleathersson is in at #4. An American poker refugee from the post-Black Friday world, Kleathersson is #19 all-time in winnings with $8.277 million. Kleathersson finished second in both a TCOOP and SCOOP event in 2017. Malta is home to a ‘ZeelandBoy.’ The PokerStars exclusive player finished January strong with a bronze medal in the Big $109 and Hot $109 on back-to-back days. ‘wisoooo’ rounds out the 4,000 point group. On January 28, ‘wisoooo’ placed ninth in the Sunday Bounty Builder and collected 133.79 PLB points. All nine of the highest achieving performances for ‘wisoooo’ have come in the time since September 2017. The next tier of players starts with ‘silenzio0.’ This micro and mid-stakes player won a tournament in both realms in January. ‘silenzio0’ shipped the $2,500 GTD Turbo Fiesta on 888poker and the $82 NLO8 on PokerStars. Not so sloppy ‘clods’ made a leap up the rankings in January. ‘clods’ took down two Winamax W Series events. The first being the 5,726 entrant Monster Stack event for $12,818 and 277.19 PLB points on January 10. The next was the Zone 30 Championship where $21,604 went for first place. Timothée ‘tictac04’ Marlin sits in ninth and ‘M4mbaNegrA’ completes the top-10. Marlin is a mid-stakes player who puts in a strong amount of volume and ‘M4mbaNegrA’ is paying the micro-stakes dues. Malta's Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 SvZff 9,068.21 2 neverfoldQ5 5,323.10 3 joppiesaus 4,504.18 4 kleath 4,312.07 5 ZeelandBoy 4,123.25 6 wisoooo 4,084.84 7 silenzio0 2,746.85 8 clods 2,692.95 9 tictac04 2,637.73 10 M4mbaNegrA 2,563.23
  14. 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

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