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  1. Sweden continued its attack on the upper reaches of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingsthis week, claiming three of the top four spots worldwide. Holding down the fort at #3 worldwide and #2 in Sweden is Sheater, who took down the Winamax Grand Tournament over the weekend, a $1,311 buy-in tournament, for a cool $45,000. "It feels great," Sheater told PocketFives in an exclusive interview following his Sunday Major victory. "Last Sunday was about to turn into a really bad day. I final table bubbled a couple of tournaments and lost some big stacks. At the same time, my internet went down and my backup internet didn't work. The connection was unstable, but I had this tournament left with a really good stack." Despite the tech issues, Sheater stayed connected and continued navigating the 123-man field, but not without a few setbacks. He narrated, "I lost K-K to K-T offsuit for the chip lead with around 12 left. At that point, I was pretty tilted and was one of the shortest stacks left. I managed to get back into it and ran really well after that, though. I won A-T to A-Q with four left versus fellow PocketFiver Ariados for a big pot. Then, I knocked out the aggressive chip leader with A-A versus A-Q on a board of 2-3-5-Q-X. After that, I was chip leader again and managed to hold it all the way." As a result of the score, Sheater has over $60,000 in tracked scores on Winamax, which accepts EU players, and $4.5 million overall. Nearly half of the latter total has come on PokerStars, where he plays under the user name gnetaren. "I probably don't celebrate scores enough," Sheater responded when asked if and how he enjoys big wins. "I just bought a new bed for myself, though. For this score, I haven't celebrated yet. I like to play on Monday and Tuesday, so I had to wait a few days to do anything." Sheater was ranked #1 in the world on PocketFives starting on Christmas and stretching for four weeks. His profile has over 25,000 views, one of the highest counts of anyone, and he told us what it means to have been the top-ranked player: "It felt great to be at the top for some time, especially for my confidence in my game. I think it depends a lot on how much volume you put in and whether you manage to get first or second in a tournament instead of fifth or sixth, which I was fortunate to do for some time there." He added, "Some top players don't play as much volume as I have been, but when they do they rise, they do so pretty fast in the Rankings." Sweden overtook Canadafor the top spot in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankingslast month and an incredible 11 Swedes are in the top 50 worldwide on PocketFives. Is there something in the water in the Sweden poker community? "It's tax-free on PokerStars for Swedish players now, so the best players play a lot more volume than before and more top Swedish players have created a PocketFives account," Sheater said. "It has also been winter in Sweden (pictured), which is a good time to be indoors playing poker." Today's high in Stockholm: 39 degrees Fahrenheit. One of Sheater's biggest claims to fame came last May, when he final tabled two PokerStars SCOOP events for a combined score of over $170,000 officially. Last November, he took down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $52,000. If you're wondering, his $45,000 effort in the Winamax Grand Tournament represents his fifth largest score to date. If you don't already have a Winamax account but have an EU bank account, you can sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives Training with no sign-up fee and be tracked for our exclusive March PLB competition on Winamaxthat awards €1,100 in tickets! Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. Swedish poker professional Martin Jacobson began Day 6 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event in 14th place out of 79 players with 3,925,000 in chips. Jacobson is one of the better known poker players in Europe, with almost $5 million in cashes prior to the 2014 Main Event. In January 2011, he finished in second place in the European Poker Tour Main Event in Deauville for over $760,000. Jacobson also has had success playing nosebleed tournaments, finishing in sixth place in June 2013 $111,111 One Drop charity event for over $800,000. He followed that up with an eighth place finish in Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for over $310,000. Jacobson spent a good part of Day 5 in the 2014 WSOP Main Event battling it out with American poker player Matthew Haugen. Early on in the day with the blinds at 12,000/24,000, Jacobson raised pre-flop with 6d-6s to 55,000 from early position and Haugen called from the big blind. Both players checked the flop and turn on a board of 7s-3h-Qc-4s. However, when the action was checked to Jacobson when the 5c hit on the river, he couldn't avoid a value bet with a straight. Jacobson bet 200,000 in chips, which Haugen called, increasing Jacobson's chip stack to over 100 big blinds at 2.4 million in chips. Jacobson, later in the day, broke the 3.5 million-chip mark when the blinds were 15,000/30,000 against American poker player Brian Roberts. Jacobson had to make a tough call on a board of Ad-9c-2s-7s-Js when Roberts put him to the test with a 165,000-chip bluff with Kh-8d. Jacobson eventually made the call with 9d-6d or third pair on a board that also would have filled a potential flush draw if Roberts were holding two spades. Later on in Day 5, Jacobson was battling again with Haugen. This time he three-barreled a board of 8h-9h-4c-Qc-As to bring his chip stack to 4.3 million chips. Haugen got the best of Jacobson soon afterward. Haugen started the day as the chip leader, but found himself down to 130,000 in chips. After making a small comeback, he doubled up to 775,000 chips when he got it all-in with Ac-Kh against Jacobson's 4h-4d. Jacobson was drawing to a two-outer on a Ks-Kc-Jh flop and was unable to improve his hand when Haugen hit a full house after the board completed with the Qd-Ad.
  3. On Wednesday, Sweden's Andreas Berggren (pictured, image courtesy poker.se), known as r4ndomr4gsin the online poker world, became the new #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings. This is his second stint at #1 and he is fresh off final tabling the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $44,000, which helped put him over the top. PocketFives managed to run down this top talent to talk a little poker. PocketFives: How are you feeling about being ranked #1 on PocketFives? Andreas Berggren: It feels great. It's one more thing to check off my "to do" list. It would be nice to try to keep a top 10 spot for as long as I can. PocketFives: Sweden is #2 in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankingsand Swedes own three of the top four spots worldwide. What's in the water there? Andreas Berggren: I don't know. As some Swedes have said, during the winter, it's not that nice weather outside, which leaves a bit more time for us to spend in front of the computer. Also, we are a pretty large group of players who talk a lot of poker and travel, and many of the Swedes who are now ranked high on PocketFives have been around for many years. So, there are a lot of hours they have put into their game and a lot of volume. PocketFives: Do you talk poker with some of the other higher ranked Swedes? Andreas Berggren: I talk pretty much daily to inhoo(pictured), lena900, eisenhower1, and 42ayay, mostly on Skype, but there are many more of the highly ranked Swedish players I talk to. Almost all of the Swedes on PocketFives know each other in some way, but some of them I mostly talk to during live tournaments. PocketFives: Nice job in the Sunday 500, by the way. Tell us about that win and how it went. It was missing a lot of regs, right? Andreas Berggren: The Sunday 500 isn't a tournament in which I've had many (if any) final tables in the past, so it was nice to finally do well in that one. The field probably was a bit softer and smaller in general because of the WSOP, but it is always going to have a lot of tough competition in it. The Sunday 500 starts pretty late for us too. I had to play all night and finished around 10 in the morning to get second. I usually have a bit too many MTTs running at the time it starts and that could be one reason I usually don't make it deep, besides the tougher field. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally? Andreas Berggren: I started out playing with friends and in poker clubs in Gothenburg. I started playing online during the "golden years of online poker." Looking back, I was really terrible at poker, but back then you could always find someone worse than you. PocketFives: Do you plan to keep playing for another decade? Andreas Berggren: I've had many ups and downs in my career and even decided to quit the game seven years ago. I started working some crappy jobs and got so sick of it, so I eventually decided to give poker another go. It was only a six-month break, but it really gave me some perspective. Right now, I'm really enjoy playing again and have no plans to quit in the next two years, but you never now what will happen. Until I figure out a better alternative, I definitely will continue. PocketFives: What do you do away from poker? Andreas Berggren: I spend most of my free time with my family. I have two kids and a wonderful girlfriend, so it's really important for me to be with them as much as I can since I put in a lot of hours of poker every week. PocketFives: What do your kids think of your poker career? Andreas Berggren: They are pretty young still at two and four, so I don't really think they've reflected too much about it. But, they get to enjoy the benefits that poker has given me money-wise, plus the fact that I'm home a lot, able to take vacations, and so on. The only part I struggle with still is when I travel and am away from them. I don't really like being away from my family for that long of a time. Check out this week's PocketFives Rankings Update. Congrats to Andreas Berggren on becoming our new #1 ranked player! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. Earlier this month, the Winamax Grand Tournamentplayed out on the EU-facing site. There were over 1,000 entrants and, after the final cards were dealt, Sweden's Eiffel– like the tower – came away with a $30,000 score and took second place. His hit came just a few weeks after a win in the site's High Roller. "It's all about binking Sundays," he boasted. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- Eiffel is up to $3.7 million in tracked online poker scores and is the #11 player in all of Sweden, a country that has wreaked havoc in the PocketFives Rankings as of late. If you're not familiar with the Winamax Grand Tournament and High Roller, EU players are welcome, so check them out. Eiffel said, "I like the tournaments on Winamax. You need a lot of focus on the French sites because there are so many random factors and you have to take more high-variance lines. You can't sit there and nit it up or you will get rolled over by some kamikaze bluff from a French guy." Eiffel said the value in tournaments like the Winamax Grand Tournament is higher than what you'll see on sites like PokerStars. He added, "It is one of my favorite tournaments and I have been fortunate to run good in it before, so I always have a good eye for it." He won the Winamax High Roller in April for $19,000 and plays on the poker site as Valpolicella. Speaking of cashes, his largest online one came in mid-2011 in a $1,575 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance SCOOP event on PokerStars and was good for $137,000. "That was my first big score and my biggest so far," he commented, "but it was from a Turbo, so I can't really say I feel it was well deserved. That gave me room to try live tournaments and give those a shot. I was new to the tournament scene when I binked that one." Prior to that, he was a cash game player. The Sweden pokercommunity is #1 in PocketFives' Country Poker Rankings and has had a stranglehold on that position since February. "My friends understand how poker works and what it's like to play because a lot of my friends started at the same time I did and have the same mentality as I do," Eiffel said of his Swedish crew. However, his family has been harder to win over: "My family and elders have found it harder to understand what I am doing. I always have to state that I am a good player, not some degenerate gambler. I also say it's what I have been doing for a living since my studies, but I don't think we will ever get as much respect as other jobs because people have narrow minds about poker as a career." He has 105 tracked wins and 108 runner-up finishes out of 3,642 cashes total (6%), so he has certainly had plenty of success. Away from the game, he exercises and tries to eat upscale dinners out. He added, "I try to travel a lot and break the daily poker routine so I have the energy to sit and grind. I also like to do interior design and go to the flea market to find things to create a cozy feeling at home. I appreciate having an old feel at home and creating a unique environment that others do not have." If you don't have a Winamax account, create one through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get a 100% up to €500 deposit bonus and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Plus, you'll be able to play in our monthly exclusive PLB competitionon Winamax. Create your account here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. On the final weekend of July, Sweden's MangeJao, whose real name is Magnus Nordmark (pictured), won the Winamax High Roller for $14,000 following a two-way chop. The six-max tournament had 190 entrants and a buy-in of nearly $400, with the top 21 getting paid. Nordmark told us in an exclusive interview, "It felt good. It's always awesome to score a tournament win. I have been to too many second places lately." His chopping partner was fellow PocketFiver Ringelsdorf, who is ranked #285 worldwide and earned $15,000. On the rationale for a deal, Nordmark explained, "We were kind of short, so I wanted to decrease the variance." He followed up his July win in the High Roller with a runner-up finish in the same tournament over the weekend for another $17,000. Nordmark is approaching a half-million dollars in online tournament winnings in his PocketFives profile and said his next step is to move up in stakes. "Right now, I have a pretty low-variance schedule with some small tourneys," he said. "I'm not playing the biggest at the moment, but I'm taking it slow. By big tourneys, I mean like the Super Tuesday and some of the bigger events in some of the series coming up." Let's backtrack to the High Roller on Winamax now. He said he loves six-max games and noted, "Winamax is awesome. There are always fish and spewy French regs. With fewer players at the tables, you can play more hands against weak players as opposed to full ring." By the way, he plays on Winamax under the user name Penils. Nordmark got started in poker a half-dozen years ago by playing home games with friends. Ultimately, he began grinding online and has placated cash for about 80% of his career, mostly PLO. His tournament prowess has only come in the last eight months, and he called moving from cash games to MTTs "a challenge, but it's going forward at least." Away from the game, Nordmark has been "studying a little computer science, but I dropped out, and I'm almost finished with a bachelor in economics/business, but I'm taking a break right now to grind. I really like investing too. So, I'm always looking for things to invest in. Other hobbies I have include exercising and partying." Nordmark has almost 800 in the money finishes in online MTTs for an average of just over $600 a pop. He stands at #417 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and #27 in Sweden. Winamax accepts players from many EU countries. When you sign up for Winamax through PocketFives' links and deposit, you'll get one free month of PocketFives Training, a 100% up to €500 deposit bonus, and the ability to play in PocketFives' exclusive PLB Competitionon Winamax. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Last month, Sweden's Lukas lukethaflukeBerglund (pictured) took down the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawloutright for $49,000. He defeated over 1,200 entrants in the weekly tournament, which at the time was competing against the Spring Championship of Online Poker on Full Tilt's sister site, PokerStars. "It's nice to win a Sunday Major," Berglund told PocketFives, "but because of all of the SCOOP tournaments, I wanted to do well on Stars too. I would rather have won the $10K SCOOP Main Event than the Brawl." He said the latter comment with a smile. Berglund's SCOOP included a runner-up finish in a Heads-Up event for $58,000. The final table of the Brawl that week had four PocketFivers, including David Davidp18Peters and Vancouver's dirtybrasil, who finished eighth and fourth, respectively. "I have played with those two a lot and they played well," Berglund said of his fellow PocketFivers. "I think it was a pretty tough final table for a Sunday Major and I guess I was the one with the most luck." Berglund is ranked #2 on PocketFives right now, but he had popped up to #1 just after his Sunday Brawl victory. On being at the peak of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, he said, "It's always nice to be #1, especially after SCOOP, but the other guys I am competing with for #1 play a lot and win a lot, so it's not easy. I love winning and it's nice to be #1 at something." Berglund's largest online MTT score came in May 2013 in a SCOOP Super Knockout for $68,000. He has four scores of at least $50,000 and is closing in on $4 million in cashes in online MTTs. He plays as superkid-bam on PokerStars, where has $2.2 million in winnings. Swedes are #1, #2, and #4 worldwide in the Rankings. The Sweden pokercommunity has been a force to be reckoned with, so much so the Scandinavian nation (pictured) is currently tops in PocketFives' Country Poker Rankings. "We are pretty good at grinding a lot and playing MTTs," Berglund said. "We have to pay taxes outside of the EU when we play live, so because of that, I guess we focus more on online." The group also talks regularly, as Berglund explained, "I live in Stockholmand there a bunch of MTT regs living here, so we talk about poker. There is a big gang living in Gothenburgthat plays a lot too. We all take poker very seriously, which makes a big difference." Sweden is neck-and-neck with Canada for the top spot in the Country Poker Rankings. Berglund started playing poker when he was 18 and in school. After getting his education, he played poker full-time. He noted, "The Swedish system is a bit different than, let's say, the US system. Most people are not going to college directly after high school. You finish high school when you are 19 and most people travel or work for a while before going to college, so I didn't really do anything too differently." Berglund is not headed to Las Vegas for the ongoing World Series of Poker, whose Main Event begins on July 5 with the first of three starting days. Instead, he is off to EPT Barcelona, which starts in mid-August. Speaking of the live scene, the Swede has nearly a half-million dollars in cashes, according to the Hendon Mob, and is ranked #1,042 in the Global Poker Index. His largest live cash by far was worth $327,000 and came by virtue of a win in the WPT Spanish Championship in 2011. If you don't already have a Full Tilt Poker account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get $25 free and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwhen you make a deposit. Get started by clicking here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. The 99th ranked member of the PocketFives community is Sweden's Fjaluz, who recently hit $1 million in career online tournaments scoresand is officially at $1.3 million now. He won the PokerStars Hotter $75 and final tabled the PokerStars.fr SCOOP Main Event, both in January, for almost $50,000 total. "My feelings are kind of mixed about hitting $1 million," the Swede told PocketFives. "Poker is all about profit, but at the same time it feels kind of cool. It's always good to have big numbers associated with your name." He has been running well as of late, as he told us that 2014 was one of the best years of his life, while the first four months of 2015 have been promising as well. He added one caveat, however: "I still haven't had any big scores, so that's what I pray for every time I go to bed." He has 106 tracked wins in online MTTs and is averaging $311 per in the money finish. Sundays are his focus. After all, that's when some of the largest tournaments of the week take place. "A big Sunday MTT win would be nice," he said. "On Sundays, I play everything on all sites like there's no tomorrow, so Mondays are a big hangover." Another place to get a big score is the live arena. "I went to some small stops last year and was also in Deauville for the EPT and FPS there earlier this year," Fjaluz recalled. "Hopefully I get to go to the WSOP this summer. If I go, I would play some WSOP side events, events around town, and the Main Event." He got started in poker in 2004 after seeing friends enjoy the game, played sit and gos full-time for one year in 2008, went back to a regular job, and then returned to poker three years ago. He was selling business magazines over the phone for his latest gig, which he said he didn't like. Who can blame him? Away from poker, he eats, sleeps, and watches his favorite football team, Elfsborg (pictured). The club mainly plays at home on Sundays, so our million-dollar man watches from afar while grinding online. He added, "My girlfriend is also happy if I spend some time with her." The Sweden pokercommunity on PocketFives is 1,100 members strong. The group is approaching $100 million in lifetime online tournament winnings, 7% of which has come in the last three months. Sweden is #2 in PocketFives' Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 103,266 points. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. Late last month, xtheWall(pictured), who calls Sweden home, was part of a four-way chop of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up. His reward was the largest amount given out in the chop, $75,000, which also was his largest online tournament cash to date. "I feel great about it," the Swede told us in an exclusive interview. "I was inspired by ImDoneCallin, who reached the final table the week before." He described the negotiations as "very smooth" and, in the end, a chip-chop was reached. Luckily for xtheWall, he was the pace-setter at the time, which meant the largest payday of the group. The payouts ranged from $47,000 to $75,000. His wedding is less than a year away, so the $75,000 will surely go to good use. "The engagement was this fall and we plan on marrying in Uganda where she is from originally," the chopper told us. "I hope a lot of people can make it, at least our closest friends and family, but I'm sure won't be a 50-50 split between our guests." It's almost 12,000 kilometers between the two countries, so his guests are in for quite a trek. How will a $75,000 score affect his poker career? "The win will make me sit down and think about what average buy-in I should aim for, not too high though. Live tournaments are fun, but I haven't played that many big events. I see this cash as more of a plus life-EV thing." He is closing in on $500,000 in online tournaments. As he said, he was inspired by ImDoneCallin(pictured), who final tabled the same tournament one week prior. "He's a great player and I was heads-up with him a year ago in a tournament on Svenska Spel," xtheWall said. "After that, we added one another on Skype. This Sunday when I was semi-deep in the Warm-Up, I really wanted to get as deep as he did the week before." If you're curious, ImDoneCallin took fifth the week before for $26,000, so xtheWall bested him in both prize money (by a factor of three) and place finished (by three spots). xtheWall is currently the 48th ranked player in Sweden and #6 in his home city of Uppsala. He started in poker when the World Poker Tour was on television and "thought the game was so exciting." Currently, the Swede works full-time as a television editor and says he has no plans to drop anchor in the poker world as his sole source of income: "I'm enjoying both things so much right now." The Sweden poker community on PocketFives has just over 1,000 members, including several former #1 players. Sweden is currently #3 in PocketFives' Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of the top 20 players of 105,166 points. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. In May, Anton AnteSvanteWigg (pictured) won the PokerStars Sunday 500and raked in $90,000. There was no chop to be had and Wigg, who is #7 in the PocketFives Rankings, booked his third largest cash to date. "It feels good," Wigg told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I put in a lot of work during SCOOP and with some near-misses in big events, it felt great to close a big one out on the most important Sunday of the year." There were over 1,000 entrants that weekend, which also featured the SCOOP Main Events. Colombia's Farid farid1221xJattin, who plays on PokerStars under the handle SHiiPTHATiSH, took second place for $65,000 and was the chip leader for much of the final table. Wigg said, "I was out of position on him and also had a bunch of short stacks to contend with. I had to adjust my strategy a bit to avoid awkward ICM spots, but I ran pretty well and got dealt pretty good holdings in key spots, so I managed to chip up while he did most of the busting of other players." When we caught up with Wigg, he was in Toronto and headed back to his native Sweden. From there, he was traveling to Spain to spend time with his father for a couple of weeks. After that, his whirlwind adventure continued with a five-day electronic music event called Fusion Festival outside Berlin and a trip to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker Main Event. Wigg is currently ranked #7 on PocketFives after reaching as high as #2 earlier this year. He has $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings and lauded, "I'm proud of it. I decided last year that I'd put in more volume, study more, and here I am, almost on top after the biggest series of the year. So, I guess a feeling of accomplishment is the best way to put it." He's the top-ranked Swede and is #800 in the Global Poker Index. He was largely ditching the WSOPin Las Vegas sans the Main Event. "I probably would care more about the WSOP if it weren't for tax reasons, but given that things are the way they are and it's the absolute best time of the year back home in Sweden and Europe, I'm not that sad that I'll miss most of it. The Main Event is special, though, and I'll try to be there every year for as long as I can." Wigg is #11 on the all-time money list for Sweden, according to the Hendon Mob, with $1.8 million in live winnings, and cashed in two events at last year's EPT Barcelona for almost $200,000 total. Wigg won the EPT Copenhagen Main Event in 2010 for $672,000, his crowning achievement in the live world (pictured). We're past the halfway point of 2015. With over half the year gone, what does Wigg hope to accomplish during the remainder of 2015? He told us, "My plan is to take it pretty easy over the summer, play the Sundays that I can, and maybe do the Saturday to Tuesday grind when I feel like it." He added, "It would obviously be really cool to be ranked #1 at the end of the year online, but it's not something I'll be focusing on given that I'm traveling quite a bit." He'll hope to repeat a 2009 that saw him win the Sunday Million for $227,000. Since then, he has won the Sunday 500 twice and taken down the Super Tuesday. He's two months removed from a victory in the 888 Poker Volcano for $50,000. We'll end this interview by sharing a few words of advice that Wigg had for up-and-coming players. So, if you want to learn from a highly successful mind, now's your big chance: "Put in the work. The technical part is the most important, but I think there is also a big advantage in staying fit both physically and mentally and having a social life that works with playing so you're able to put in volume and not give up other parts of life." Visit PokerStars for more details on the weekly Sunday 500. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  10. If you haven't heard of Sweden's Sheaterbefore reading this article, where have you been? Seriously. Have you been living under a rock? Or perhaps on the top of a mountain with no internet? Maybe we'll give you a pass. The Swede is the #4 player worldwide in the PocketFives Poker Rankingsand a former #1. Over the weekend, 788 players turned out for the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy, creating a prize pool that passed $220,000. Not surprisingly, Sheater skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard and earned $41,000, defeating a final table that included #2 ranked aguskb. "It feels great," Sheater told us in an exclusive interview. "I have always wanted to win that particular tournament on a Sunday. It has a tough field and it just feels like the one everyone wants to win." Five of the top seven finishers were members of the PocketFives community, including the #2, #4, #15, #131, and #206 ranked players. That's a ton of talent. The ending of the Sunday $109 Rebuy was anything but normal. Instead of seeing Sheater go at it with aguskb, the tournament's final hand was dealt during three-handed play. Sheater opened the button with A-Q as the chip leader, seahawk89 re-shipped with 18 big blinds, and aguskb went all-in for 30 big blinds. Sheater called only to see A-X and K-K, but sucked out for the win. "aguskb (pictured) sucked out once before at the final table, so it was fair in my opinion," Sheater joked. "He played solidly. You don't notice him that much because he is not crazy aggressive, but he is always deep with lots of chips, so I have a big respect for his game. Pot4teUS and he were the guys to watch out for at the final table." One day later, Sheater took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday Night Live, a two-day tournament, for another $21,000 and consequently shot up 12 spots in the Rankings to #4 worldwide. On whether he is primed for another stint at #1 after winning $62,000 in 24 hours, Sheater postulated, "I guess it could happen, but I have to enjoy the Swedish summer too. You can play more when the never-ending darkness comes to Sweden." Perhaps some of Sheater's success has to do with a lessening of his workload. He explained that rather than bust his butt for 60 hours a week grinding and studying, he has toned it down: "That kind of schedule wears on you after a while. Now, my girlfriend moved in, so I spend more time with her instead and feel much happier. So, I have to credit my recent success to her." Oh yeah, we get to talk about floorballand golf, two sports Sheater plays regularly. The former is an indoor sport mostly played in countries like Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland. It's played six-on-six and is a derivation of floor hockey. Then there's golf. Sheater admitted that he "sucks" at golf, but explained, "I just started. I haven't really played too much yet, but I want to play more. I think it would be a good combo with poker. You can play for six months or so in Sweden and while traveling during the winter." He has $6.2 million in career online tournament winnings and five scores that have eclipsed $50,000. He owns an impressive 476 top-three finishes in tournaments we track. His advice for you newbies out there: "Only play when you enjoy it, don't play too many tables, and discuss hands with friends when you're not playing if you want to get better." Congrats to Sheater on his continued domination. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. Don't look now, but there's a familiar name in the online poker world barreling towards the top of the PocketFives Rankings: Sweden's Sheater. He was up a very healthy 12 spots this week and ended up at #4 with 6,586 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Sheater was ranked #1 on PocketFives last year and turned in a rock solid weekend in which he won both the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and PokerStars.fr Sunday Night Live. The two cashes were worth over $60,000 combined as well as more than 800 PLB Points. It's easy to see why he's in the top five worldwide once again. Another Swede, AnteSvante(pictured), moved up five spots to #5 and sits one position behind Sheater. AnteSvante won the Full Tilt Fat Tuesday earlier this month for $14,000 and took down the PokerStars.fr Six-Max Club four days later. His real name is Anton Wigg and he has over $5.6 million in career online tournament winnings. We've already talked about two Swedes in the top 10, so we might as well highlight the other two as well. Yes, there are four Swedes in the top 10 worldwide on PocketFives. The first is eisenhower1, who is #7 on our site. He won the Hot $55 earlier this month for $10,000 two days after taking down a $55 NLHE Turbo Re-Entry on PokerStars. His $7.2 million in online tournament winnings is the 13th most of any PocketFiver. The fourth and final Sweden pokercommunity member in the top 10 is Ariados, who moved up from #11 to #8 this week, his all-time high. He took down the PokerStars $215 Rebuy on August 2 for $12,000, his 51st tracked win. He plays as Sasuke234on PokerStars and SODA1RAon PartyPoker. Outside of the top 10, we wanted to single out joaosimaobh (pictured), who calls Brazil home and reentered the top 100 at #47, the best top-100 debut of anyone. He had a blockbuster Sunday in which he won the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday and PokerStars Sunday Second Chance for over $60,000 total. He is seven spots off his all-time best showing in the Rankings. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser - 7,348 points 2. aguskb - 7,146 points 3. hellohellohello - 6,668 points 4. Sheater- 6,586 points 5. AnteSvante- 6,566 points 6. lasagnaaammm - 6,412 points 7. eisenhower1- 6,355 points 8. Ariados- 6,337 points 9. joaomathias - 6,330 points 10. Legenden - 6,283 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. To close out July, Jerry Odeen, known on PocketFives as perrymejsen, took second in the weekly PokerStars Sunday 500 and earned $40,000. There were 606 entrants that day and Odeen was one of six PocketFivers to finish in the top 10. Consequently, PocketFivers earned 46% of the prize pool. "It feels good," Odeen told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I've been running ridiculously well in that tournament and in general this year. I've gotten close a lot of times to hitting it big this year, and so now when I finally did it, it feels great!" He finished fifth in the Sunday 500 in December of last year for $18,000. Why has he managed to finish in the top five in the Sunday 500 twice in the last eight months? One word, according to him: variance. "It's variance mostly, of course," he said. "But it seems to be to my advantage when a tournament has a good structure. I did well in the deep-stacked SCOOPs too, so hopefully I'm doing something right when playing deep." In terms of who at the final table gave him the most trouble, Odeen perhaps unsurprisingly said maggess88, who ended up winning the Sunday 500 for $56,000. "He had position on me and even though I came in with the chip lead, he showed immediately that he wanted to battle," Odeen relayed. "I've never in my poker career felt as owned as I did in the heads-up against him. Hopefully he smashed the deck, but I would not be surprised if he didn't." Other large scores for Odeen include a sixth place finish in the Super Tuesday this month for $23,000 and a runner-up finish in a PokerStars.fr SCOOP tournament in March for $22,000, just to name a few. He is up to #33 worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, his all-time high, and is nearing $900,000 in career online tournament winnings. If you haven't already figured it out, his user name, perrymejsen, is a reference to Perry Mason (pictured), a detective from a 1950s and 1960s TV series. "I didn't know what it meant when I picked it," he laughed saying. "It was just something my mom called me when I was kid. She never told me where it came from." Perry Mason has also been the subject of various novels and movies over the years. The Swede started playing full-time one year ago after he graduated high school. He explained that besides the full-time focus, there have been other factors contributing to his recent success: "I've increased my average buy-in by a significant margin this year. But, I'm very sure I've been running hot as hell even though I have nothing to compare it to since I'm quite new in the business." He never held down a 9-5 job save summers while he was going to school. As he put it, "I had always wanted to make a living out of playing poker ever since I discovered the game through the Swedish television show 'Pokermiljonen.' And since I was still living with my parents at the time I graduated, I thought I would give it a shot. My mom was very supportive from the beginning. With my dad, it took a while, but he had no intention of stopping my dreams and, since I've been doing quite well lately, I don't think he has any problem with it." Odeen also has three brothers who play poker somewhat regularly, so that likely curbs whatever trepidations his parents might have. His friends are largely happy that he has been succeeding online. Odeen is now the seventh-ranked player in our Sweden poker community and tops in the county of Jonkopings Lan. Away from our great game, Odeen plays low division football and loves watching the sport on TV. His favorite team: Liverpool of the Premier League. He added, "Sports in general is something I enjoy doing and watching. I also like going out with my friends." Visit PokerStars for more details on the Sunday 500. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  13. [caption width="618"] Martin Jacobson's 2014 WSOP Main Event win was a watershed moment for poker in Sweden[/caption] In 2014, Martin Jacobson's life was changed forever after he won the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Swedish poker player received the second largest cash prize ever given out in the WSOP's marquee tournament, $10 million, and was the first player from his home country to win it all. Not even two years later, Swedes rule the roost on PocketFives. Players from Sweden make up half of the top 10 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and Sweden has entrenched itself at #1 in the Country Poker Rankings, a perch it won't be flung from anytime soon. Jacobson's win propelled him into the poker spotlight and gave the world a glimpse at the brilliance of the Swedish poker community. "I'm sure his win must have boosted the popularity of poker at least a little bit, even though it wasn't that well-covered in the mainstream media," Sweden's 'Ariados' said. "I think what it did was motivate players like me who were taking the game seriously already to get better when we realized how professional Martin's approach was. A lot of us were quite stoked when he won and a little bit jealous. It was like rooting for your country in a big sporting event." Eleven years before Jacobson, Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event, defeating Sammy Farha. Moneymaker, holding 5-4 for a flopped two pair against Farha's top pair of jacks, famously paced around the room during the final hand, his hands clasped behind his head and his beige hat turned backwards. Moneymaker, an "every man" by every standard, hit another five on the river and officially changed poker forever. "This is beyond fairy tale, it's inconceivable," said announcer Norman Chad at the time. Moneymaker, then a 27-year-old accountant from the Bible Belt, won his seat in a satellite on PokerStars. As a result, attendance at the WSOP soared, growing from 839 in the Main Event in 2003 to 10 times that just three years later. There was no fairy tale when Jacobson won. There weren't any glass slippers. Swedes didn't sign up for online poker rooms in droves. The pro's win was the exact opposite of "inconceivable." For Jacobson, it was business as usual. "I don't think any WSOP champion has had the effect Moneymaker had on the global poker market," Jacobson said. Prior to Jacobson's Main Event win, he had a baker's dozen of six-figure live scores, according to the Hendon Mob. He wasn't a spring chicken like his Tennessee counterpart. Now, with more than $15 million in live winnings, Jacobson tops Sweden's all-time money list and is #13 worldwide, ahead of greats like Carlos Mortensen and Vanessa Selbst. "Unfortunately, the interest for poker seems to be really low in Sweden at the moment," Jacobson said. "I feel like it would be tough for one single person like me to change that. It would almost have to be backed by big corporations like PokerStars that have the resources to create advertisements, campaigns, and promotions." While Jacobson's monumental win didn't ignite the masses' desire to play poker, it had a profound effect on poker pros from Sweden. 'Ariados' already alluded to what happened, and he's about to pass $5.5 million in career online tournament winnings because of it. 'Ariados' also just finished third in a partypoker Powerfest event for well over $100,000 and continues to pile on earnings for himself and for his Swedish brethren. [caption width="640"] 'Ariados' is one of the top-ranked players in Sweden[/caption] 'Pot4teUS', ranked #19 in the world and #6 in Sweden, echoed what 'Ariados' said. "Martin is a true legend of the game," 'Pot4teUS' said. "Chris Moneymaker made the Average Joe realize that anyone can make it, while Martin really won it for the pros. He showed the world how much it means to be well-prepared and 100% focused on a goal, from the time he bagged his chips in July until his winning hand. A well-respected pro like Martin winning the title by basically playing a perfect final table isn't going to create any sort of boom in Sweden, but he showed the pros how to be a pro." "I'm not sure we saw any new boom in Sweden after Martin won," #9 ranked Christian 'eisenhower1' Jeppsson said. "Martin is a really nice guy and a good ambassador in general in the poker world, but a Swedish poker pro winning the WSOP Main Event isn't fairy tale enough to trigger Swedish people to try their luck at the tables. They might need an Average Joe, or 'Svensson' as we say in Sweden, or someone who would create a lot of headlines." 'lena900', who passed $4 million in career winnings this month, added, "I don't think Martin's win influenced poker in Sweden. All of the top players from Sweden had been playing too long by that point." Jeppsson, 'lena900', 'Pot4teUS', and 'Ariados' were all members of the PocketFives community long before Jacobson slipped on his gold bracelet in Las Vegas with Swedish flags draped around him. They had all piled on hundreds of thousands of dollars in cashes long before Jacobson wrote his name into poker history. Then there's Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, one of the most well-known cash game players in the world and a product of the Swedish poker mill. According to HighStakesDB, Blom has $2 million in career profit on PokerStars, while he's down almost $5 million on Full Tilt after run-ins with guys like Brian Hastings and Brian Townsend. Nevertheless, Blom continues to be a mainstay of the high-stakes cash game world. He was unmasked in 2011. [caption width="450"] Sweden's Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom is one of the poker world's most well-known players[/caption] How did Swedes grow to be such a force in the online poker world, then? Outside of a little inspiration from Jacobson and some hoopla surrounding Blom, it was a combination of peer pressure and group think. "Poker has always been popular in Sweden," 'Ariados' said. "Ever since the poker boom, we've had successful players in both MTTs and cash games. We're a pretty big group of high-stakes MTT players now and most of us know each other. I think we keep motivating each other to perform our very best. When people close to you are successful, you want to achieve that yourself and you realize it's possible. It also helps a lot that you can discuss hands and strategy and keep improving with each other's help." According to 'Ariados', the brand names of the Swedish poker community hang out together outside of the game. So, when they're not grinding online, they're putting back Crocodile beer from Krönleins in the local pubs. "Many of these guys are good friends and hang out a lot outside of poker," 'Ariados' said. "But, I'm not really part of that core group, so for me it's mostly poker-related when we chat. I've met all of them at local clubs or on the live circuit and we keep in contact online and occasionally grind together." It also helps that Sweden isn't known for its incredibly balmy climate. It's never "beach day," so being confined indoors can mean a boon to the local poker population. "I can't say for sure why we've been more successful, but as I said I think we're very good at helping and motivating each other to improve and perform our very best," 'Ariados' said. "I think a lot of us really enjoy the game of poker, not just the success and money that could come with it." The results are striking. The 1,270 registered PocketFives members from Sweden have combined for $123 million in winnings over the years, an average of almost $100,000 each. In the past three months, Swedes have amassed $8.5 million in winnings. The Swedish poker community is the only one that has three players with more than 7,000 PLB Points each. The European nation paces the PocketFives Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 110,987 points, 6,000 more than the next closest locale. [caption width="654"] Key stats for the Sweden poker community[/caption] "'C Darwin2' and 'lena900' are particularly hot right now," 'Ariados' said. "A month from now it could be someone else. We have some pretty talented up-and-comers as well like Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin, who has also had a lot of success this month." While 'Ariados' said that the general public in Sweden, for the most part, does not understand what poker is and what it takes to be successful at it, his parents have come to accept and appreciate the game he loves. "That, however, has taken time," he said. "They'd always support me no matter what I chose to do. They just didn't like the ups and downs that came with poker. I'm in a steadier place right now financially and emotionally, which I think is a relief for them." "My non-poker friends think it's cool and are very happy for me," he added. "Most of them are interested in poker as well and understand the principles of the game."

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