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Late last month, Brazil's Luciano Santos de Hollanda (pictured), known as LucianoHollandaon PocketFives, earned his $1 million cash badge. He is the top-ranked player in the city of Curitiba and told us he's "feeling really good" about his brand new profile badge. Perhaps even more importantly, Hollanda is "even more excited about the game." --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "I feel more confident for sure," Hollanda told PocketFives about his mindset going forward. "Every time I get a nice result, I feel I need to study more, play more, and use that energy to get better results." Just about all of his tracked scores have come on PokerStars, where you can find him competing under the screen name Luciano S.H. Last May, Hollanda was part of a four-way chop of a $215 No Limit Hold'em SCOOP event and earned $110,000. He officially came away with the win as well and what remains his largest tracked cash to date. The tournament had nearly 6,000 entrants and PocketFivers laid claim to one-third of the prize pool. "It was really important to my career," Hollanda said of the SCOOP bracelet. "I always wondered how a big hit could change my poker career and when it finally happened, I noticed that it made me more confident. I realized I could do much more with my poker career." As a result, he played higher buy-in games and enlisted the help of a few poker coaches to fine-tune his skills even further. Speaking of coaches, Hollanda worked with Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins (pictured) and was able to enter a few higher-stakes games online. He explained, "Online, I could play the high-stakes tournaments I was not used to playing and had a really good time adjusting to those very good regulars. I also played live poker. I played a few WSOP events last year and went to the PCA. I would have never imagined playing in those live tournaments until SCOOP happened." The Brazilian is headed back to Las Vegas for the WSOPthis year. In fact, his flight is on the second-to-last day of May. "I'm looking forward to feeling more prepared and, with more experience, I believe I can make a final table this year," he previewed. "I will be playing more tournaments this year than last year, when I played a few events, but didn't cash." Hollanda will hit the pillow each night at Ariaduring the WSOP and, while it requires a ride to the Rio each day, he said, "I think it's important to have a good and comfortable night of sleep before playing." We wanted to close our interview by heralding the Brazil pokercommunity on PocketFives, which has managed to reach #4 in our Country Poker Rankings with a combined PLB score of its top 20 players of 101,199 points. We've interviewed countless Brazilians for feature articles and the nation has been flush with not only World Cup fever, but also poker fever. "Lately, poker in Brazil has become very popular and the professional poker players have become way more respected," Hollanda asserted. "Lots of new, good players are appearing and making the Brazilian image to the world a better one. There are very good poker teams and coaches here now." See who else has managed to get $1 million in tracked scores. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
For the fifth straight week, Brazil's Yuri Martins (pictured) is the #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. He ascended to the throne on December 17 and hasn't looked back since. The man they call theNERDguyon PokerStars is up to $4.5 million in tracked online tournament cashes and showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, Brazilians are #1 and #2 in the Rankings this week. Martins hasn't recorded a five-figure cash since he became our #1 player, but on December 14, he scored in a big way by taking down the PokerStars Knockout Week Main Event for a blistering $76,000 and over 707 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the Rankings. He has recorded two smaller wins since then, raising his career total to 129. Likely due to many poker players being camped out at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas and focusing on live poker, there was little movement at the top of the Rankings this week. Outside of the top 10, Kevin ImaLuckSac MacPhee rose 16 spots to land at #30 on the strength of three five-figure cashes in January, including a final table in the Sunday 500 for $15,000 over the weekend. After final tabling the Sunday Second Chance over the weekend for $24,000 and 263 PLB Points, Cyprus' daskalos (pictured) moved up 19 spots to settle at #47. He has $2.2 million in career online tournament winnings and is the top-ranked poker player in Cyprus. The biggest jump inside the top 100 went to Denmark's x_zola25, who climbed 29 spots and can be found at #62 in the world. He won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy two days ago for $7,500 and has four wins already this month, two of which came PartyPoker. This is his highest position ever in the Rankings and he is the #1 player in Denmark. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Belarus' OMGitshunt, who reentered the top 100 at #74. He has been a one-man wrecking crew since 2015 began, turning in four wins, including the Big $162 and $109 Rebuy on PokerStars for $30,000 combined. He is about to break $3.5 million in career scores and resides in Minsk. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. Yuri Martins - 7,415 points 2. joaomathias - 7,344 points 3. p0cket00 - 7,240 points 4. PokerKaiser - 7,207 points 5. Big Huni - 7,066 points 6. pleno1 - 7,051 points 7. r4ndomr4gs - 6,851 points 8. CrownUpGuy - 6,573 points 9. Fresh_Oo_D - 6,521 points 10. Ssick_one - 6,478 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
For all that Steve O'Dwyer has accomplished in his poker career, both live and online, he has never managed to win a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title. That all changed on Wednesday when he took down a Super High Roller event for the second-largest score of his online career. O'Dwyer beat former #1-ranked Andras 'probirs' Nemeth heads-up to win Event #52 High ($25,000 NLHE Super High Roller) outright to earn $521,597.77 and his first SCOOP title. O'Dwyer's only bigger online score came in 2018 when he won the partypoker Powerfest Super High Roller Championship event for $896,610. Nemeth earned $403,096.26 for his runner-up performance and narrowly missed out on a two-title day. Nemeth won Event #52 Medium ($2,100 NLHE) for $157,734.78 to push his winnings for the day to more than $560,000. Chun Lei 'SamRostan' Zhou finished in third place for $311,516.98. A pair of former #1-ranked players battled for the title in Event #53 High ($2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better). Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard outlasted Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski heads-up to win the second SCOOP title of his career and $52,605.66. Dzivielevski took home $40,345.85 for his runner-up performance and fellow Brazilian Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo came in third place for $30,943.24. England's Tyler 'wonderboy222' Goatcher shipped Event #54-High ($1,050 NLHE) to add $107,503.65 to his bankroll. Joris 'BillLewinsky' Ruijs ended up with $80,159.99 as the runner-up and 'IDontBlufM8' earned $59,771.46 as the bronze medalist. Other players who picked up SCOOP titles on Wednesday included 'O''Pazzzo"' (Event #52-L), 'Kashmir_uzi' (Event #53-L), Tobias 'Senkel92' Leknes (Event #53-M), 'dmgs81' (Event #54-L), and 'vivaodesemprego' (Event #54-M). Event #52-H: $25,000 NLHE Super High Roller Entries: 89 Prize pool: $2,182,725 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - $521,597.77 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $403,096.26 Chun Lei 'SamRostan' Zhou - $311,516.98 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $240,743.65 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $186,049.14 VbV1990 - $143,780.89 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - $111,115.32 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - $85,871.02 Event #53-H: $2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Entries: 117 Prize pool: $234,000 - Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - $52,605.66 Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski - $40,345.85 Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo - $30,943.24 Little Kraut - $23,731.90 guilherme12 - $18,201.17 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - $13,959.38 Event #54-H: $1,050 NLHE Entries: 609 Prize pool: $609,000 wonderboy222 - $107,503.65 BillLewinsky - $80,159.99 IDontBlufM8 - $59,771.46 dulek_jason - $44,568.69 mjw006 - $33,232.70 MASUR0N1KE - $24,780.02 Tr!pleeeee - $18,477.23 RUNITSRANN - $13,777.58 anteen - $10,273.28
Five years Yuri 'theNERDguy' Dzivielevski held down the #1 ranking on PocketFives.com on two separate occasions. On Tuesday, the Brazilian, who is ranked #13 in the world, earned the second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title after beating a final table full of some of the best poker players in the world. Dzivielevski won Event #9 High ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) for $21,937.50. The final table included third place finisher Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz, and runner-up Benny 'RunGodLike' Glaser. Dzivielevski's previous win came in 2015 when he won the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. There were 15 other players who took home WCOOP titles on Tuesday highlighted by Ankush 'pistons87' Mandavia grabbing his third title. Mandavia won Event #12 High ($530 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) by beating Andy 'wiisssppppaa' Taylor in the final round. Mandavia added $40,792.90 to his career earnings that are now past $3.2 million and he now has three WCOOP titles to go with three Spring Championship of Online Poker titles. The biggest winner on the day was Mihaita Constantin 'SoulRead93' Croitoru who outlasted 1,498 other players in Event #6 High ($530 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive Knockout) to pocket $87,417.11 with $38,913.40 coming from bounties. 'Juicy_J_93' won Event #7 High ($2,100 PLO8 6-Max) for $50,910.06 and 'ilir3' topped the 314-entry field in Event #8 High ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Freezeout) to earn $59,071.69. Other winners included 'iBreakU_U' (Event #6 Medium), 'jsberta' (Event #6 Low), 'Kaggis' (Event #7 Medium), 'bryn12' (Event #7 Low), 'mixtver' (Event #8 Low), 'Codfish60' (Event #9 Medium), 'Senkel92' (Event #9 Low), 'Flying Smile' (Event #12 Medium), and 'VIWNIA' (Event #12 Low). Event #6-H: $530 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 1,499 Entries $749,500 prize pool SoulRead93 - $48,503.71 + $38,913.40 in bounties PatrickRass - $48,502.28 + $20,285.58 in bounties Gukiz - $27,755.63 + $5,910.15 in bounties Event #6-M: $55 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 11,280 entries $564,000 prize pool iBreakU_U - $31,257.12 + $13,425.54 tuff dish - $31,250.50 + $4,312.02 mgodun777 - $17,883.22 + $871.82 Event #6-L: $5.50 NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Knockout) 25,922 entries $127,017.80 prize pool jsberta - $5,377.35 + $2,236.12 in bounties Breno2728 - $5,355.38 + $1,149.07 in bounties Michael Keys - $3,064.63 + $711.96 in bounties Event #7-H: $2,100 PLO8 (6-Max) 109 entries $218,000 prize pool Juicy_J_93 - $50,910.06 UIDuffer - $38,415.17 Zapahzamazki - $28,986.93 Event #7-M: $215 PLO8 (6-Max) 641 entries $128,200 prize pool Kaggis - $21,988.22 MyL_tik31 - $15,417.60 mario4ndre - $10,810.72 Event #7-L: $22 PLO8 (6-Max) 2,848 entries $56,960 prize pool bryn12 - $8,247.68 manodepiedra51 - $5,744.65 sammyfoot - $4,002.72 Event #8-H: $1,050 NLHE (8-Max, Freezeout) 314 entries $314,000 prize pool ilir3 - $59,071.69 manuverd0n - $44,314.34 CrazyLissy - $33,243.80 Event #8-L: $11 NLHE (8-Max, Freezeout) 12,068 entries $118,266.40 prize pool mixtver - $12,700.46* motion121 - $13,381.24* Thiagotsc - $7,734.40 Event #9-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw 74 entries $75,000 prize pool ($1,000 overlay) theNERDguy - $21,937.50 RunGodlike - $14,625 lb6121 - $10,500 Event #9-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw 331 entries $33,100 prize pool Codfish60 - $6,951 Mikleler - $4,965 FrigorNoir - $3,475 Event #9-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw 1,819 entries $17,826.20 prize pool Senkel92 - $2,447.75 FAL1st - $1,729.67 MAGicheskiy - $1,184.01 Event #12-H: $530 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 526 entries $263,000 prize pool pistons87 - $40,792.90 total bounties wiisssppppaa - $14,046.86 total bounties Event #12-M: $55 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 5,014 entries $250,700 prize pool Flying Smile - $13,627.70 total bounties molodnyak - $5,686.75 total bounties Event #12-L: $5.50 NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) 15,861 entries $77,718.90 prize pool VIWNIA - $2,731.41 total bounties PurplePanda3 - $557.78 total bounties