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  1. Last month, England's Scott Aggro SantosMargereson (pictured) won his third PocketFives Triple Crown. He took down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each on three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days and made over $25,000 in the process. "It came at a nice time because I started playing for myself a couple of months ago and was on a bit of a downswing right before I won the Triple Crown," Margereson told PocketFives. "In winning the Triple Crown, I had a great Sunday that got me out of the hole I was in." Margereson took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Rollerand Winamax Magnumon February 9 for the first two legs of his Triple Crown. He then needed all of a day to win the Full Tilt Monday Mayhem to wrap it up. The Sunday High Roller had a buy-in of €300 and fetched nearly 200 players. "It's a well-structured tournament that plays particularly deep early on, which I feel suits me," Margereson said of the PokerStars.fr contest. "It used to be really soft, but a lot of dot-com regs have moved over there in the last year, so it has gotten a bit tougher. I have run pretty well in it recently." When will we see Triple Crown number four, which will put him in very exclusive company on the site? "I'm actually surprised I managed to win a third one," he said. "I have a love-hate relationship with tournament poker. I go through periods of two weeks where I'll grind a decent amount and then the following two weeks I'll barely play at all, maybe a couple days a week. So, I was probably fortunate to win this and it was probably only because the stuff I won was on Sunday and Monday. By Wednesday, I was probably sick of MTTs." Margereson is up to $1.6 million in tracked online MTTs and said he wants to continue building his bankroll for the rest of the year. Plus, he recently moved, so we'd imagine there are still a few expenses to deal with. "I recently moved out to Playa del Carmen (pictured) due to the UK time zone being so terrible and it's great out here," he relayed. "As long as I'm making enough money to not go broke and continue to live here, I'm happy." Has the move to Mexico contributed to his recent success? He evaluated, "I'm not really sure to be honest. It is definitely less stressful living out here than at home, so maybe that's part of it. But, I think the main factor was winning some all-ins when it mattered." Margereson has won one Triple Crown per year for the last three years. Here's a look at his accolades, which you can see have come on a total of seven different sites: October 19, 2012 on PartyPoker, 888 Poker, and PokerStars for 361 PLB Points June 3, 2013 on bwin, Full Tilt, and 888 Poker for 360 PLB Points February 10, 2014 on PokerStars.fr, Winamax, and Full Tilt for 579 PLB Points See who else has made waves by visiting our Triple Crown Wall of Champions. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. February 2 to 16 was a pretty epic period of time for Denmark's x_zola25, who took down seven tournaments in two weeks for his first PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the 31st Triple Crown for Denmark, so we definitely wanted to catch up with x_zola25 and talk about his groundbreaking effort. Before we hop into the interview, we wanted to highlight the seven tournaments he impressively won in a span of 14 days: February 2: Betfair Sunday Late Night February 6: Betfair €8,000 Guaranteed Rebuy February 10: Betfair High Roller Monday February 14: PokerStars Big $22 February 14: Betfair €5,000 Guaranteed February 14: PartyPoker $10,000 Guaranteed Turbo Rebuy February 16: Betsafe Barracuda "It feels unreal," x_zola25 said about his first Triple Crown. "I'm really happy and really proud. I have always seen a Triple Crown as something for top pros that I have dreamed of doing, but never really believed I could do." On what he attributed his run to, he remarked, "I was on a hot streak, no doubt. But, I finally got a big result on PokerStars, which I have been trying to get for a very long time (1,000+ tournaments), so that gave me some extra confidence." His seven wins boosted him to 61 over the course of his career in tracked MTTs. Those five-dozen scores have helped boost his total online winnings to $376,000 and, accordingly, he is up to #18 in the Denmark poker community. Speaking of Denmark, he said of poker in his home country, "I don't think people in general know much about poker here and I believe the general view of poker is a bit negative. People probably think a lot of poker players are gambling addicts." There have been a host of well-known Danish players over the years, including Gus Hansen (pictured), Peter Eastgate, and Theo Jorgensen. x_zola25 said, "Simon Ravnsbaek is one the guys who wins it all here, so I believe he is one of the guys who people look up to the most. In addition, AlexKP is insane (in a good way). They are both amazing players and play extremely well." He is a student at Aarhus University in Denmark and said his poker schedule is fairly mercurial: "This semester, I probably won't play that many Sundays because I have lectures pretty early on Mondays. Until now, I have played a lot of Sundays. In the future, I probably will play on Mondays and try to take down the High Roller a few more times. On average, I would say I probably play 25 hours per week." One of his favorite tournaments is the $50 Rebuy on PartyPoker, which he has shipped four times in the last seven months, each for over $6,000. Helping x_zola25 go through the motions in poker is his Skype group, with whom he discusses strategy and reviews hands. The clan includes fellow Danes like madsmk, jonhdinno, J. Dinnowich, and Rune. He cautioned, "Look out for the last three players. Their breakthroughs will come within the year!" Meanwhile, madsmk is quickly nearing $1 million in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile. Also pushing him along is his girlfriend. He gleaned, "I'd like to thank my amazing girlfriend for letting me postpone the date we had on Sunday to let me go for the Triple Crown!" That's quite an awesome gesture. Visit the Triple Crown Wall of Champions to see who else has won this prestigious award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. One of our most recent online poker Triple Crownwinners, Matthew mstark87Stark (pictured), took down the 888 Poker$10,000 Guaranteed R&A Turbo, PartyPoker $15,000 Guaranteed, and iPoker €8,000 Guaranteed Rebuy en route to victory. It was his second career Triple Crown and, interestingly enough, all six of his Triple Crown tournament victories have come on just three sites. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "It feels good to back the first one up with a second," Stark said of his latest Triple Crown. "I won two tournaments on Sunday and it was pretty clutch to finish it off during the week." Stark added that he only recently began playing on PokerStars, but prefers the smaller fields and lower variance of the "Euro" sites. He told PocketFives that winning the 888 Poker $10K Turbo during his first Triple Crown was the most challenging of his six qualifying wins so far: "I didn't realize until the morning of that tournament that I had a Triple Crown up for grabs. It was the seventh day and I didn't plan on grinding that day. Some buddies of mine were over and I was like, 'I need to do this.' Somehow after mashing buttons for four hours, I came out on top." Moving away from the Triple Crown, the highlight of Stark's poker career thus far is finishing second in a Main Event at Foxwoods last year for $36,000. "My wife is from Connecticut," Stark explained, "so while she was visiting family in the US, I figured I'd hit up the casino since there's nothing to play online." The New Zealand resident strictly plays MTTs. He started out in poker playing cash games, but turned to MTTs and has never looked back. It's a far cry from his days hunting a professional tennis career, as he told us, "My whole life, I grew up wanting to be the best tennis player in the world. I'd train six hours a day, six days a week. Everything revolved around tennis." However, a tennis career wasn't meant to be. "When I was around 21 and had been playing a few years on tour, I made an honest decision and realized I didn't have what it took going forward to make it," Stark said. "It was a pretty depressing time for me personally, as that dream had come to an end. A couple of years later around 2010, a friend of mine introduced me to poker. The idea of winning tournaments and outlasting everyone came naturally to me and got my blood flowing again." As he bluntly put it, "I was teaching tennis at the time and, at the end of 2012, I said, 'The heck with it, let's do poker full-time.'" At this point in the interview, we were keen to know how proficient of a tennis player Stark was. Would he have been the next Pete Sampras? "I was a very good junior in the under-18s," Stark told us, "but I just never really transitioned my game at the senior level. Tennis is such a tough sport in the sense that unless you are in the top 100 in the world, you aren't making any money. So, you grind through the lower ranks and, for the most part, you end up in third-world countries chasing ranking points and staying in $10 a night hotels all alone. It takes its toll after a while." Stark is nearing $700,000 in tracked online MTT scores in his PocketFives profile, with the top three contributing sites being 888, iPoker, and PartyPoker. He is the sixth-ranked player in the New Zealand poker community and #1 in the hamlet of Hamilton. He wanted to send shout outs to Tyson tyson219Ford, Doug OU_dlanger610 Lang, Jeff R.J_LegitTopol, and Howie No Name Fame Shen "for all of the help they have given me over the last few years with my game. I also want to thank the New Zealand poker community." Finally, he wanted to thank his wife "for cooking for me while I sit at the desk in my boxers playing a card game for a living." Now that's vivid! Check out our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to win your own award! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. After a seven-week hiatus from the online poker world due to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured) headed back to his computer and quickly earned his 21st PocketFives Triple Crown, extending his own record. He has ten more Triple Crowns than the next closest PocketFiver and has pretty much dominated every award we have on our site. This time, Moorman won the iPoker €10,000 Guaranteed Rebuy for $3,600, the Full Tilt Poker Benjaminfor $6,500, and the Winamax High Roller for $20,000 to round out his 21st Triple Crown. Moorman told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "I'm exhausted. I played a 19-hour session on Sunday, waking up at 5.30am to get in the Kickoff and ended up one-tabling the nightly on PokerStars to get a third place finish at 1:00am." Yes, even with the Triple Crown, Moorman is still grinding his ass off. The Winamax High Roller was the cherry on top of his Triple Crown and the two-day event on the EU-facing Winamax is played six-max. Accordingly, Moorman told us, "The Winamax High Roller is one of my favorite tourneys. I've won it four times now, two of which happened to be on a Sunday when it is much bigger." Moorman was the runner-up in the WSOP's Six-Max Championship three years ago, a game that plays to his skill set. "I've always said that six-max is my favorite game," Moorman noted. "You get to play more hands and put more pressure on your opponents because they will have marginal hands in a lot of situations. Full ring tournaments are sometimes a competition of who can get the most premiums/cooler spots in their favor, whereas in six-max, you really have to work for your chips. In six-max, you get to build stronger dynamics with your opponents and take creative lines a lot more often." He returned from Nevada last Tuesday and quickly lost $5,000. He said, "I guess that was the wake-up call I needed and fortunately it has been going much better since." He did not record an online tournament score between June 8 and July 29. Moorman had one in the money finish this year at the WSOPat the Rio and said it was due to what he called a "lack of preparation." The Brit explained, "I had some visa issues arise the week before it started. That meant that I missed the first half of the WSOP. Once I finally did arrive, I feel like I was too eager to make up for lost time and unfortunately didn't bring my A-game." Finally, Moorman has a book coming out on November 18 appropriately entitled "Moorman's Book of Poker" (not to be confused with the "Book of Mormon"). It's being published in conjunction with D&B Poker, with Moorman saying, "At first, it seemed like it was going to be a tough task to write. In all, I've written over 50,000 words, which is not a small task, but I've really enjoyed putting it together. Now that it's essentially finished, I'm really glad I decided to do it." Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Late last month, Russia's MatveichukR(pictured) took down his sixth PocketFives Triple Crown. If the award isn't familiar to you, the way to get one is to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments with at least 100 players each across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within seven days. PocketFivers have won 106 of them in 2014 and exactly 900 all-time. For MatveichukR, the latest Triple Crown was his sixth overall and his first since September of last year. He told PocketFives in an exclusive interview, "Almost a year has passed since I won my last Triple Crown. A few times, I got two of the three wins, but did not succeed in getting a third. But now, I've gotten my sixth one." When asked what the key was to winning so many Triple Crowns on PocketFives, MatveichukR answered firmly, "You just have to play a lot." He added, "Now, it's not so easy to win a Triple Crown. I used to play on seven sites and everywhere there were a lot of tournaments that qualified for one. Now, your options are pretty much just PokerStars, Full Tilt, and iPoker." Here's a list of the six Triple Crowns that MatveichukR has achieved in the last two years: October 1, 2012 (on 32Red, Titan, Party with 684.18 points) December 19, 2012 (on Stars, Tilt, Party with 460.99 points) May 31, 2013 (on Stars, 888, Titan with 605.38 points) June 21, 2013 (on Titan, Stars, Tilt with 481.70 points) September 7, 2013 (on EuroPoker, Tilt, Stars with 545.99 points) July 27, 2014 (on Titan, Party, Tilt with 646.15 points) You'll notice that his latest Triple Crown was worth 646 PLB Points, the second most in a Triple Crown he's had, much of which came via a victory in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl on July 27. Three of his five largest career scores have come in the Brawl, leading him to say, "I was in a downswing and that was my biggest win since September 2013, so I'm very happy." All told, MatveichukR has amassed 213 first place finishes in online MTTs and almost 600 top-three finishes. Accordingly, he has battled against some of the top names online throughout the years, so we thought it'd be fitting to ask who the best online tournament players in the world are right now. His response: "cal42688(pictured) and moorman1. Among Russian-speaking players, I would pick veeeaand Romeopro. Moorman is a legend online. cal42688's game seems, to me, to be very interesting, as he has had very solid results. veeea and Romeopro are people with whom I have discussed a lot of hands and learned a lot from. I think they are the top players in Russia and Ukraine." Check out our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own award! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. Nico PokerKaiserFierro (pictured) has been tearing apart the online poker community this month. We're not even three weeks into June and the Chilean has already piled up 10 online MTT wins and two PocketFives Triple Crowns. And he still has two weeks left in the month to improve upon those numbers. Let's start with his first Triple Crown, which began on June 2 with a win in the WinamaxXPERT for $3,800. Two days later, he found the winner's circle of the PokerStars $109 Rebuy for $8,700. Finally, on June 9, his Triple Crown quest was complete after a victory in the Aced Nightly High Roller for $5,200. It was his 17th career PocketFives Triple Crown. Fierro's second Triple Crown, his 18th overall, began on June 9 with a win in the PartyPokerDaily Major for $7,600. On June 14, he won the PokerStars.fr Sunday Six-Max and bagged $7,600. Finally, he took down the Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex for $3,400. The two accolades featured wins on six different sites. Fierro is up to 315 wins in tracked MTTs and almost 650 top-three finishes. His 18 Triple Crowns are the second most by any PocketFiver; he trails only Chris moorman1 Moorman's 25 in that department. Here's a look at his Triple Crowns over the years: May 10, 2012 on Carbon, bwin, Stars for 693.07 points March 22, 2013 on Stars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points May 13, 2013 on Tilt, Party, MyBet for 669.56 points October 29, 2013 on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points November 18, 2013 on MyBet, Party, Stars for 434.22 points March 17, 2014 on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 596.66 points August 8, 2014 on Stars, Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points September 14, 2014 on Tilt, Party, Stars for 540.55 points September 22, 2014 on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 448.09 points September 30, 2014 on Stars, Tilt, Stars.fr for 397.38 points January 20, 2015 on Winamax, Stars, Party for 462.20 points January 29, 2015 on Stars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points March 2, 2015 on Stars, Stars.fr, Winamax for 599.93 points March 26, 2015 on 888, Stars, Stars.fr for 631.02 points April 16, 2015 on BetUS, Stars, Stars.fr for 440.11 points April 21, 2015 on 888, BetUS, PokerStars for 721.79 points June 9, 2015 on Winamax, Stars, Aced for 465.14 points June 16, 2015 on Party, Stars.fr, Tilt for 476.07 points As you can see, his record is three Triple Crowns in one month, which he achieved last September. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. Earlier this month, Sam TheSquidGrafton (pictured) earned his ninth PocketFives Triple Crown. The award requires a person to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankingswithin seven days. As he put it, "I'm following in the footsteps of the master, moorman1," who has a record-setting two-dozen Triple Crowns, 12 more than the next closest person. "It feels really good," Grafton told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "I had an abysmal Sunday and the $20 Rebuy on iPoker was the last tournament I was in. I had just gotten 12th in the Hot $44, so I was a little frustrated, but I kept my head and closed out the win." The €10,000 Sunday Eclipse, which runs on sites like Betfairon the iPoker Network, marked the last leg of his ninth Triple Crown. His other wins came in the PokerStars Big $11and Full Tilt Benjamin. He said of the trio, "This Triple Crown was particularly good because it included a couple of memorable tournaments. I never thought I'd win the Big $11, for example, and I chopped the Benjamin heads-up with a good friend, Richard TheClaimeer Trigg." Grafton is an old-timer in the England pokercommunity and signed up for PocketFives almost exactly five years ago. "I have been going for a long time now," Grafton said. "I am one of the veterans of the UK online scene. I didn't know it would last this long, but I still have a lot of desire. There is a lot I want to achieve too. I want to continue to be competitive, meet new people, and win big tournaments." Aside from his nine Triple Crowns, Grafton has $3.2 million in online tournament winnings and two scores of at least $100,000. "I don't really chase Triple Crowns until I have two wins," Grafton said. "Then, I take a little more interest in the sites I don't have a victory on yet. They're often small fields on the Euro sites, so although your ROI can never be as high, variance is a lot lower, and it's a great feeling to play tournaments that are very winnable." He owns Sunday Brawl, PartyPoker$100K, and Big $109 wins, just to name a few, and has come dangerously close to two SCOOP titles. "I look up to the UK players who influenced me when I was coming up," Grafton responded when asked who the top online players were right now. "I look up to players like hitthehole, TheClaimeer, NigDawG, and 810ofclubs (pictured), but I have massive love for anyone who shows a work ethic, plays in the right spirit, and loves the game." Grafton and 810ofcubs are tight, as the nine-time Triple Crown winner explained that 810ofclubs calls him every break. "We call him 'The Jester' because he always rings up during breaks and tells us a joke," Grafton revealed. "Or, he makes up a limerick. It brings a smile to your face even if you're having a tough day. That's the sign of a great friend." Grafton is tied for the fourth most Triple Crowns in PocketFives history. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. Happy New Year from all of us at PocketFives! One of the major awards we give out to our members is the PocketFives Triple Crown. In order to earn it, a person needs to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a seven-day period. Each tournament needs to have at least 100 entrants. After the award was won a record 208 times in 2013, we gave out 137 of them in 2014. Here's a look at the number of PocketFives Triple Crowns given out each year since PocketFives was launched in 2005: 2014: 137 Triple Crowns 2013: 208 Triple Crowns 2012: 124 Triple Crowns 2011: 66 Triple Crowns 2010: 152 Triple Crowns 2009: 99 Triple Crowns 2008: 64 Triple Crowns 2007: 39 Triple Crowns 2006: 29 Triple Crowns 2005: 13 Triple Crowns Twenty-two PocketFivers won more than one Triple Crown in 2014: The Spewtard, rounder63, PokerKaiser, moorman1, aces_up4108, NigDawG, BigMeech99, marcin123, TheSquid, domino20, cedrick1, Blackk, SuitedAcesBaby, 23NoraB, accussity, T 54 T 97s, ex6tence, Foldin4livin, Santiniii, Ssick_one, fzkk, and Smeckten. January 2014 saw 29 Triple Crowns awarded, more than February and March combined. As you can see, the number of Triple Crowns won largely sloped off as the year progressed. Here's the number of Triple Crowns won each month in 2014: January - 29 February - 12 March - 10 April - 10 May - 8 June - 9 July - 12 August - 18 September - 12 October - 6 November - 2 December - 9 Chris moorman1 Moorman (pictured above) continues to pace the PocketFives community with 24 Triple Crowns, more than double the next closest person. Moorman racked up five Triple Crowns in 2014, one each in February, September, and December, as well as two in August. Moorman also leads the way in winnings from online tournaments at $11.8 million. We'll see how close to $15 million he can get in 2015. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions for more details. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. On the seventh day of January, Dan onel4playOnel (pictured) captured a PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the first time he has won the award and his tournament wins came on PokerStars.fr, Full Tilt, and PokerStars, totaling 550 PLB Points. He lodged the 12th Triple Crown for his home country of Romania. "I rate the Triple Crown as my biggest achievement so far poker-related, so I was very enthusiastic when I realized I managed to earn it," Onel told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "It feels like all of the hard work I have put in the last year has started to pay off." Specifically, Onel won the Monday Night on PokerStars.fr, Full Tilt $10,000 Guarantee, and PokerStars Big $8.80. He has been on a tear since, perhaps feeding off that momentum, as he has won the 888 Poker Breeze, final tabled the 888 Mega Deep, finished second in the PokerStars Hotter $11, and was the runner-up in the Big $8.80. He said the toughest leg of his Triple Crown was on PokerStars.fr. As he put it, "On the last three tables, I saw only about three fish. The rest of them were quite good regs, so I had to choose my spots with more care than the Big $8.80, for example." He is closing in on $300,000 in tracked online poker scores and, therefore, told us that his goal for 2015 is to improve his game as much as he can. He also plans to bump up the stakes he's playing, although where he'll end up is anyone's guess. He added, "I would love to make time for a bit of live poker, but we'll see. One of the things I've always liked about poker is that you never know what's next." Onel started his ascent when he was in high school playing in home games, but only started taking poker seriously two years ago. He explained the epiphany: "I realized this was what I wanted to do in life. I've always been a competitive person, so the fact that I could actually outthink an opponent and outplay him was the intriguing part of poker that got me. Money also was a big draw for me." Before playing poker, Onel was enrolled in university, but admitted, "It wasn't for me." You can now find him at #359 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, 19 spots off his all-time high, and he is the eighth-ranked player in Romania(pictured). He is one of five PocketFivers with PLB scores from the Romanian county of Olt. Away from poker, Onel enjoys table tennis (who doesn't) and also bowls, watches movies, and has recently taken up snowboarding. In the background is what appears to be mixed views of his profession in Romania. "It depends who you're asking," Onel said of how poker is viewed. "If you ask a 50-year-old person, they will see it as a bad habit and something very evil. If you ask the newer generation, depending on their winnings, they will respond either that it has changed their life or that online poker is rigged." PocketFives has handed out a dozen Triple Crowns in 2015. The award requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the Rankings within a seven-day period. Each tournament needs to have at least 100 entrants. Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. Only three players have ever recorded more than 10 PocketFives Triple Crowns: Chris moorman1Moorman, who has a record 24; Peter BelabacsiTraply, who has 11; and Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured), who just earned his 13th, good for the second most all-time. Fierro's latest Triple Crown run began on February 24 with a win in the PokerStars Hot $33for $6,700 and 199 PLB Points. Over the next few days, he was the runner-up in several tournaments on PokerStars.fr before finally recording a win in that site's Monday Night on Starsfor $9,900 and 215 PLB Points. We've seen several Triple Crown winners take down the Monday Night on Stars, a €100 Cubed event. The same day, Fierro took down the Winamax High Roller for $9,600 and 185 PLB Points. He actually finished fifth in it a few days earlier and the score rounded out his 13th PocketFives Triple Crown. Here's a look at his collection: May 10, 2012 on Carbon, bwin, Stars for 693.07 points March 22, 2013 on Stars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points May 13, 2013 on Tilt, Party, MyBet for 669.56 points October 29, 2013 on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points November 18, 2013 on MyBet, Party, Stars for 434.22 points March 17, 2014 on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 596.66 points August 8, 2014 on Stars, Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points September 14, 2014 on Tilt, Party, Stars for 540.55 points September 22, 2014 on Stars, Carbon, Stars.fr for 448.09 points September 30, 2014 on Stars, Tilt, Stars.fr for 397.38 points January 20, 2015 on Winamax, Stars, Party for 462.20 points January 29, 2015 on Stars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points March 13, 2015 on Stars, Stars.fr, Winamax for 599.93 points Fierro has won a Triple Crown every year since 2012 and is on pace for 12 this year. The award requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings, each with at least 100 entrants, in a seven-day period. Congrats to PokerKaiser on his 13th PocketFives Triple Crown! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. Last month, Roman Romanovskyi (pictured), known as Romeoproon PocketFives, scooped his fourth PocketFives Triple Crown. He has now won one a year since 2012 and, this time around, took down the PartyPokerSaturday Major, WinamaxTop 50, and PokerStars $109 Rebuy. We caught up with the Kiev resident to talk about his latest claim to fame. PocketFives: Tell us how you're feeling about winning your fourth Triple Crown. Roman Romanovskyi: Pretty great. First of all, I want to thank PocketFives for its existence because it's one of the biggest, if not the biggest, motivating factors for me. PocketFives has such a great rankings system compared to the one on PokerStars, for example, where you can just grind a million $1 to $11 tourneys with big fields every day and if you know at least something about the game, you will do fine. PocketFives' system is way better and more well-rounded overall. PocketFives: Which of the three Triple Crown tourneys was the most challenging and why? Roman Romanovskyi: Skill-wise, the toughest one was the $100 Rebuy, where I was battling heads-up against Mohsin chicagocards1 Charania, but the most challenging was definitely the Winamax Top 50 because I was playing for only the second time on Winamax and wasn't used to it, but luckily I managed to ship it. PocketFives: Talk about playing heads-up against chicagocards1 (pictured). Roman Romanovskyi: It was pretty fun overall. I felt like I outplayed him a little bit or was at least lucky enough to get through two or three pretty big bluffs. I thought I played pretty much perfectly heads-up. After reviewing it, I didn't find even a tiny mistake. But, as I usually do when things don't go my way, in the middle of the match I started complaining, which I'm not a fan of, but sometimes I just can't handle myself when I'm running badly. I'm trying my best to complain less every session I play. PocketFives: You had a solid end to 2014. Talk about finishing the year and if any momentum has carried over to this year. Roman Romanovskyi: It was solid even though I didn't make a run at the Yearly TLB title in the last three months, but it still was a pretty decent finish to the year overall. I have definitely carried my momentum over to 2015, as I am pretty confident in myself to make a run at the Yearly PLB title as well as a couple of even tougher goals. PS, I am taking prop bets on the Yearly PLB against anyone, so PM me if you're interested. PocketFives: Are you playing any of the WSOP? Roman Romanovskyi. No. At this moment in my career, I feel like I have a lot more motivation toward my online goals than live. It was the other way around when I turned 21 and went to the WSOP for the first time. That was only two years ago basically. PocketFives: Who, in your opinion, are the best online tournament players in the world right now and, in particular, in the CIS region? Roman Romanovskyi. The games get tougher each day, so there are lots of really good players, but in my opinion a few stand out: CrownUpGuy (pictured), European, apestyles, and smokrokflock. I could have added couple of my favorite tournament players like lechuckpoker, philbort, Pokernoob999, LarzLuzak, and Imper1um, but all of them are playing 90% live now or, like LarzLuzak, are basically cash game players. As for the CIS region, it's the same situation as the worldwide scene: there are a lot of good players, but I can single out a few. OMGitshunt is a pretty much flawless tournament player and I would name him "the best" in CIS if I ruled out myself. Also, I want to mention veeea, accussity, and hellohellohello. They all are really good players who have very tiny leaks/flaws in their game, but are still among the top pros. Congrats to Romanovskyi on his latest Triple Crown! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. Watch "The Sound of Music," which is set in Austria, if the title of this article is confusing. On January 11, a little more than a week into the new year, Austria's neverfoldQ5(pictured) took down a $33 No Limit Hold'em Cap tournament on PokerStars. He scooped $2,800 and, perhaps more importantly, registered the first leg of a PocketFives Triple Crown. One day later, he was back at it, this time on the EU-facing site Winamax, where he won a W Series event for a healthy $44,000. On the 13th, he won the 888 Poker Hurricane, although the tournament didn't qualify for the Triple Crown since its prize pool failed to reach $10,000. Still, he brought home another $2,400 in cash. His Triple Crown quest was finally complete with a victory in the PokerStars.fr Hot €30 on January 14. "I felt pretty good about it," neverfoldQ5 told PocketFives in an exclusive interview. "It was a good start to the new year." Moreover, he is up to over 2,000 online poker cashes that total $821,000. Which of the three tournaments was the toughest to get through and why? Or was winning a Triple Crown a breeze all-around? "All three tournaments were not what I would consider super tough," he said. "The highest percentage of good players probably was in the $33 Cap. The hardest to win, though, was the Winamax event because of the field size." That tournament had 1,440 entrants and its prize pool nearly hit a quarter-of-a-million dollars. neverfoldQ5 got started in poker in 2006 as a "donator." He said, "I always wanted to make it as a pro some day. Then, I met some really good players who helped me improve my game. I liked the mixture of math, psychology, and degening." He plays full-time now despite quitting the game for six months at one point while focusing on studying and working as a waiter. He explained, "I got sick of that pretty quickly, so I got back into the game more disciplined than before. And since then, it has worked out way better." The Winamax W Series tournament was his largest tracked cash to date at $44,000, besting his second largest cash by a factor of four. He is #267 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings, off his all-time high by five spots, and is #13 in Austria. Speaking of Austria, we asked neverfoldQ5 about the poker scene in his home country. He responded, "In Vienna, poker is really big. Lots of good players I know live there. Here in Karnten(pictured), it's definitely not as big, but Karnten is really nice. There are lots of lakes around here and it has beautiful scenery, so it's the perfect spot for me to live, at least for a few more years." There are 269 PocketFivers with PLB scores from Austria. When he's not grinding online, neverfoldQ5 is a big fan of the German sports club Werder Bremen. "I try to make it to some of their games every year," he said with a smile, "even though it's not easy to get to from Austria. Besides that and poker, it's basically sleeping and eating for me. I really enjoy every day." Visit our Triple Crown Wall of Champions to learn how to get your own award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. January was a pretty epic month for Nicolas PokerKaiserFierro (pictured), even by his standards. He took down ten online poker tournaments and scored two PocketFives Triple Crowns during the stanza, raising his lifetime total to 12, the second most of anyone in our community. His first Triple Crown began on the 15th of January with a win in the Winamax XTASEfor $4,500. Four days later, he was off to the races in the PokerStars $109 Cubedand banked $5,900. It took him all of 24 hours to close out his Triple Crown bid from there, as Fierro won the PartyPoker $25,000 Guaranteed for $4,800. Just like that, his 11th PocketFives Triple Crown was in hand. Following his first Triple Crown of January, Fierro won a PokerStars $55 NLHE tournament and the Winamax High Roller, although the latter didn't qualify for a Triple Crown since it didn't reach 100 entrants. Still, those two wins totaled almost $10,000 in real money and the PokerStars tournament marked the first leg of another Triple Crown. From there, he took down the Winamax XPERT as well as the Big $10 on BlackChip on back-to-back days to claim his second PocketFives Triple Crown of January and his 12th overall. Fierro claimed five Triple Crowns in 2014. Here's a look at his dozen awards: May 10, 2012 (on Carbon, bwin, PokerStars for 693.07 points) March 22, 2013 (on PokerStars, 888, Titan for 460.56 points) May 13, 2013 (on Full Tilt, PartyPoker, MyBet for 669.56 points) October 29, 2013 (on Winamax, Carbon, 888 for 645.32 points) November 18, 2013 (on MyBet, Party, PokerStars for 434.22 points) March 17, 2014 (on PokerStars, Carbon, PokerStars.fr for 596.66 points) August 8, 2014 (on PokerStars, Full Tilt, MyBet for 543.73 points) September 14, 2014 (on Full Tilt, PartyPoker, PokerStars for 540.55 points) September 22, 2014 (on PokerStars, Carbon, PokerStars.fr for 448.09 points) September 30, 2014 (on PokerStars, Full Tilt, PokerStars.fr for 397.38 points) January 20, 2015 (on Winamax, PokerStars, PartyPoker for 462.20 points) January 29, 2015 (on PokerStars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points) Fierro is the only Chilean ever to win a PocketFives Triple Crown. He is also the only Chile pokercommunity ever to bring home a Monthly PLB title. Congrats to Fierro on his 12th Triple Crown! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. Seriously? This author came home from a delicious Mexican lunch only to see an e-mail from the agent of Chris Moorman1Moorman (pictured) saying he had won his 25th PocketFives Triple Crown. I think it's safe to say that Moorman is not human. His latest Triple Crown started on May 8 with a win in an iPOPS event on Everest Poker. The tournament was a $77 Cubed event that drew 521 players and Moorman, playing under the handle RocketMonk, took it down for $15,000. UK PocketFivers, including Moorman, finished in four of the top seven spots and took home 87% of the prize pool. One day later, Moorman was back at it, this time winning the 888 Poker Crocodilefor $6,300. The 888 tournament had 153 players and Moorman, playing under the user name WhatWudJSay, was one of two PocketFivers at the final table. Moorman wrapped up his 25th PocketFives Triple Crown with a win in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo on Friday morning for $2,800. The tournament had a field of 115 and, perhaps more important than Moorman's top prize was Triple Crown #25, his second of 2015. The next closest member of PocketFives has 16 Triple Crowns. Moorman told PocketFives on Friday moments after winning the PokerStars tournament, "I felt like this Triple Crown was going to be straightforward because I had six days to win the final leg on Full Tilt, PartyPoker, or PokerStars and I was going to be playing a lot of volume with SCOOP, but then it seemed like it wasn't going to happen after many near-misses. It's nice to get off the mark for 2015. Even with everything going on in my life, this is still an important goal to me to continue winning more Triple Crowns." Congrats to Moorman on his latest claim to fame! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  15. [caption width="640"] Ireland's Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown.[/caption] Five years ago, Ireland's Dara 'Doke' O'Kearney won his very first PocketFives Triple Crown. Six months later, he did it again, his second Triple Crown of 2011. He won one more in May 2013 and another two years later. On April 17, he polished off another milestone: Triple Crown number five. "It feels great," O'Kearney said of his fifth Triple Crown. "I remember how thrilled I was after the first one, so any time I have a chance, like when I've won two qualifying tournaments, it's a real motivator to work hard for the third win. This was the quickest I've ever managed one, so I was even able to treat myself to a day off and take my wife to a restaurant." If you're not familiar with the award, a PocketFives Triple Crown requires a player to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within the same seven-day period. Each tournament must have a real money buy-in and at least 100 players. Satellites do not count. Most players are lucky to complete the challenge once in their careers; O'Kearney has done it five times. "I had a great year live last year, but still see myself primarily as an online player," O'Kearney said. "The main objective is always to keep working hard enough to remain a profitable player online, but I use stuff like Triple Crown sweats and leaderboards as secondary motivators." His most recent Triple Crown took all of three days to complete. On April 15 O'Kearney took down the partypoker Heavyweight Weigh-Infor $3,600. One day later, he was back at it, finishing first in the Winner Poker €10,000 Grand Saturday for another $3,000. And on April 17, his Triple Crown quest was complete after taking down the PokerStars.fr Palace for $2,800. "This year has been very mixed, going well online and going awfully live," O'Kearney said. "Some regression to the mean live was to be expected after the second half of last year, but the bad run I've been on probably affected me more than it should. I was in London last week to play a UKIPT event and the bad live run continued, but I was lucky enough to stay with my friend Daiva 'baltic_blonde' Barauskaite, who won the Ladies Event. She is a great person to hang around with, so I came back from the week in London feeling re-energized." In the live poker world, O'Kearney has three-quarters of a million dollars in lifetime tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob. He finished second in a World Series of Poker $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event last June for $262,000 and cashed three times during EPT Prague to close out 2015. He is #21 on the all-time money list for Ireland. "It's good to be pressing on online," O'Kearney said. "As long as I'm winning online, I feel confident that there's nothing fundamentally wrong with my game. I'm looking forward to turning things around live at the WSOP this year." Here's a look at the Irishman's Triple Crowns over the years: June 5, 2011 - Bodog, Carbon, and Titan for 546.73 points December 30, 2011 - PokerStars, Poker770, and PartyPoker for 339.54 points May 7, 2013 - PokerStars.fr, Poker770, and PartyPoker for 353.83 points March 2, 2015 - PokerStars, PartyPoker, and Full Tilt for 373.17 points April 17, 2016 - PartyPoker, Winner, and PokerStars.fr for 379.24 points
  16. [caption width="628"] Sweden's 'Sheater' won his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown[/caption] For the first time in more than two years, Sweden's 'Sheater' won a PocketFives Triple Crown. And this one was a milestone, as it marked the fifth won by the longtime online poker player who is nearing $7 million in career winnings. And amazingly, two of his Triple Crown qualifying wins this time around came against the same player. In order to score a Triple Crown, a player must win three multi-table tournaments, each of which starts within the same seven-day period across any three of the networks tracked for the PocketFives Rankings. Each tournament must have a prize pool of at least $10,000, at least 100 players, and have a real money buy-in. Satellites do not count. After not recording a win in an online MTT since March 13, 'Sheater' came back with a vengeance. On April 4, his Triple Crown quest began with a win in the 888 Crocodile for $5,200 and 146 PLB Points. The $160 buy-in tournament generated a field of 161 entrants and had a prize pool north of $21,000. 'Sheater' beat 'ractigons7' heads-up and, incredibly, members of the PocketFives community raked two-thirds of the prize pool. One day later, 'Sheater' took advantage of the popular Heavyweight series at PartyPoker by winning the network's Heavyweight Drago for $2,900 and 113 PLB Points. The Drago carries a $109 buy-in and fetched 128 players. Crazily enough, the Swede once again beat out 'ractigons7', the latter of whom could have had two legs of a Triple Crown in his pocket had the cards gone the other way. And once again, members of the PocketFives community raked two-thirds of the prize pool. On April 7, his Triple Crown quest was complete with a win in the Hot $33 on PokerStars. The tournament had 987 players – nearly 1,000 – and, as its name suggests, sports a $33 buy-in. 'Sheater' earned $4,600 for the win and defeated Romania's 'ramondemon77' heads-up. Perhaps more importantly, a win in the Hot $33 meant his fifth PocketFives Triple Crown was secure. "It feels good to get my fifth Triple Crown," 'Sheater' said. "My game has been up and down. I've had a few scores, but had many losing days too." Here's a look at Sheater's Triple Crown runs over the years: August 18, 2013 – William Hill, PokerStars, Unibet – 624.80 points October 20, 2013 – PokerStars, Full Tilt, PokerStars.fr – 956.33 points November 5, 2013 – PokerStars, Full Tilt, William Hill – 884.17 points January 5, 2014 – William Hill, 888, PokerStars – 450.18 points April 7, 2016 – 888, bwin, PokerStars – 432.11 points His latest Triple Crown marks the first time he has won a leg on bwin or PartyPoker. It's just the second time that a tournament on William Hill has not appeared in his list of victories, and it's the 64th Triple Crown all-time won by a player from Sweden. It's the 20th won by anyone in 2016.
  17. [caption width="640"] Nico Fierro won 11 PocketFives Triple Crowns in 2015[/caption] There were a total of 97 PocketFives Triple Crownsawarded in 2015. Before we tell you who won, let's make sure we're all on the same page about what a Triple Crown is. In order to get one, a player must win three MTTs across three sites we track for the PocketFives Rankings within the same seven-day period. Each tournament must have a prize pool of at least $10,000, at least 100 players, and a real money buy-in. Satellites do not count. Any discussion of Triple Crowns won last year has to begin with Chile's Nico PokerKaiser Fierro. Why? Fierro won not one, not two, but 11 Triple Crowns in 2015, raising his career total to 21. Here's a look at Fierro's 11 wins last year: January 20, 2015 on Winamax, Stars, Party for 462.20 points January 29, 2015 on Stars, Winamax, BlackChip for 389.27 points March 2, 2015 on Stars, Stars.fr, Winamax for 599.93 points March 26, 2015 on 888, Stars, Stars.fr for 631.02 points April 16, 2015 on BetUS, Stars, Stars.fr for 440.11 points April 21, 2015 on 888, BetUS, PokerStars for 721.79 points June 9, 2015 on Winamax, Stars, Aced for 465.14 points June 16, 2015 on Party, Stars.fr, Tilt for 476.07 points August 9, 2015 on 888, Stars, Party for 665.67 points September 15, 2015 on Stars, Stars.fr, Party for 421.46 points September 25, 2015 on Stars.fr, Stars, 888 for 395.86 points Fierro is second on the all-time Triple Crown list, trailing only Chris moorman1 Moorman, who has 25 to his name. Fierro has every Triple Crown the nation of Chile has won and was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as August. Points-wise, the largest Triple Crown of 2015 went to Mexico's norfair18. He won his second career Triple Crown in February after wins on 888, PartyPoker, and PokerStars for a total of 1,059 PLB Points, which included a victory in the Super Tuesday for 800 PLB Points. norfair18's Triple Crown was the 15th largest Triple Crown points-wise by any player ever. Rafael Watanabe do Prado, aka rwprado, also scored over 1,000 points in a Triple Crown in 2015, generating 1,056 after winning tournaments on PokerStars, Full Tilt, and 888 in June. He won the PokerStars Hotter $55 and 888 Sunday Challenge on the same day, June 21, en route to his first accolade. [caption width="450"] rwprado had a 1,056-point Triple Crown[/caption] Sweden's Smecktenwon two Triple Crowns in 2015. Both came in December and were worth almost 900 PLB Points combined. His last Triple Crown, which was also the final one awarded in 2015, came after wins in the 888 Crocodile, PartyPoker Heavyweight Turbo, and PokerStars $82 No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo. [caption width="450"] Smeckten had two Triple Crowns in December[/caption] The 97 Triple Crowns awarded in 2015 were down from the 138 given out in 2014. Although the criteria for a Triple Crown have changed over the years, here's a look at the number of them awarded each year on PocketFives: 2015: 97 2014: 138 2013: 208 2012: 124 2011: 66 2010: 152 2009: 99 2008: 64 2007: 39 2006: 29 2005: 13
  18. [caption width="656"] Sweden's 'lena900' won his second career PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the largest Triple Crown in the last eight months.[/caption] While players from Brazil have been making waves in the ongoing PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, players from Sweden have continued to dominate records on PocketFives. The latest: the largest PocketFives Triple Crown points-wise since September at 873 PLB Points coming from Sweden's 'lena900'. In order to win a Triple Crown, a player has to take down three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked for the PocketFives Rankings within a seven-day period. Each tournament has to have a real money buy-in and at least 100 entrants, and satellites do not count. This is the second Triple Crown that 'lena900' has won. His first came back in January after victories on Winamax, PokerStars, and 888 Poker for a total of 676 PLB Points. Now, he's gotten one worth 873 points. And as if all of that weren't impressive enough, 'lena900' actually won four tournaments in seven days, though only three became part of the Triple Crown. On May 8, 'lena900' finished first in the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller and earned $8,100 along with 187 PLB Points. Although still large in its own right, this was the smallest of the four tournaments he won; therefore, it wasn't counted for the Triple Crown. The same day, he found the winner's circle of the 888 Poker $60,000 Turbo Mega Deep Special Edition for almost $11,000 and nearly 250 PLB Points. That tournament had 313 entrants and a prize pool that just passed its $60,000 guarantee. Two days later, 'lena900' was back at it, taking down the Winamax High Roller and bwin High Roller for $12,000 and $26,000, respectively. The High Roller on Winamax had a buy-in of just over $300 and attracted a field of 138. Its counterpart on bwin had 302 players and a prize pool that passed $150,000. That win was 'lena900''s third largest cash of the year. This is the largest Triple Crown since Davide 'girex91' Marchi bagged one worth 888 points, his second career award, after wins on PokerStars, 888, and PokerStars.fr back in September 2015. The four wins as part of 'lena900's' Triple Crown run pushed his career total to 105. They also bumped his career cash total past $4.4 million. He's currently the #4 ranked online poker player in the world and held the top spot as recently as the end of April. Here are his accolades over the years: [caption width="450"] 'lena900's' awards over the years[/caption] The largest PocketFives Triple Crown ever belongs to New Zealand's Shaun 'mathclub' Goldsbury, who earned 1,762 points after three wins in a week in May 2010, including a SCOOP victory.
  19. Every Sunday The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings Winning a PocketFives Triple Crown is pretty difficult and puts a player into rare air in the online poker tournament scene. In 2014 it’s happened only 14 times and Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren has three of them - two came last week. As a reminder, players need to win three tournaments inside of a seven-day period and those tournaments need to have a $10,000 minimum prize pool, a field of at least 100 players and have a real money buy-in. Berggren’s first Triple Crown of 2017 came in February, but this past week he managed to turn some run good into a couple more. The first one came as the result of three wins from April 24 - 27. He won the PokerStars Big $215 on April 24 for $8,759, the partypoker Heavyweight: Drago on April 25 for $2,573 and then the 888poker Crocodile for $4,209 on April 27. That same day he started his quest for the second one by winning the Winamax XTASE for $4,834 and the partypoker Heavyweight: The Eliminator for $6,713 and then wrapped it all up on May 1 with a win in the PokerStars $109 NLHE for $4,643. He now has seven Triple Crown over the course his career, tied for seventh all time. Another Swede Continues to Climb the Earnings Ladder Anybody who has paid close attention to the PocketFives Rankings over the past few years knows that Swedes have done well. In the same week that Berggren won six tournaments and two Triple Crowns, fellow countryman ‘Ariados’ cracked the $7 million lifetime earnings mark. He’s one of just 28 players to have that number over the course of their career. His 16th place finish in the partypoker Heavyweight on April 30 was the result that put him past the number. He’s since followed that up with two wins resulting in five-figure scores. Other players hitting earnings milestones this week including Denmark’s Jonas Klausen, who passed the $3 million mark, as well as ‘rtspurs’ and India’s ‘Karan Radia’ who both broke through $1 million. One of the hottest players in New Jersey, David ‘dehhhhh’ Coleman, also hit a big number this week. In the same week that he rose to the #1 spot in the New Jersey rankings, he also passed the $500,000 mark. Argentina’s Brighest Star Pushing for World Wide Spotlight The top-ranked player in Argentina, Ramiro ‘rayastar’ Petrone, might not be out of the worldwide top 20 for much longer. This past week Petrone moved from #28 to #23 after a 48-hour period that saw him cash four times for a total of 561.25 PLB points. He’s now just 263 points outside of the top 20. Other players who moved up inside of the top 100 to career best marks: ‘Gedis92’: 46 to 44 Kenny ’SpaceyFCB’ Hallaert : 47 to 46 Adrijan ’Adrijan_s’ Sinishtaj: 50 to 48 ‘kofi89’: 56 to 49 ‘omaha4rollz’: 61 to 60 ‘TheFan83’: 89 to 86 ‘ksieciunio’: 93 to 88 David ’davaman’ Lopez: 101 to 92
  20. For a brief moment, Sameer ‘ender749’ Singh thought that earning his first PocketFives Triple Crown was going to be easy. “I was the chip leader in the €10K Championship on partypoker with five left. I had a big chip lead and I thought ‘I could just close this out right now.’ If I win it, that’s it, it’s finished. It’s just two days and ‘Boom, done!’” But things didn’t go Singh’s way in that tournament. His quest for his first Triple Crown was going to take a little more effort. You see, Singh, a UK-based pro and member of PocketFives.com since 2015 has been on quite a roll as of late. He’d just returned home from a final table finish in the Irish Open Main Event where he scored his largest ever live cash of over $52,000 and he was ready to get back to his online grind. In short order, Singh took first in a PokerStars $22 No Limit Hold’em Tournament and two days later he bested the 158 runners in the 888poker Monsoon, putting him in striking distance of his first Triple Crown. It wasn’t the first time he’d come close. “It was very funny, as it wasn’t ever something that I’ve really tried to do. I think one time, I had two wins and I thought let’s give this a shot, but I didn’t really go for it.” But this time the former restauranteur was urged by a friend to bear down and make it happen. Dara ‘Doke’ O'Kearney, host of The Chip Race Podcast, Unibet Poker ambassador and seven-time Triple Crown winner urged Singh to give it a real shot. “I had four days and I just needed to win one $10K guaranteed tournament, I’ve won quite a few of those so I thought I can go for it. But it just wasn’t that easy!” Singh grinded hard, something that he admits is not that difficult for him due to his work ethic and love of the game. He came frustratingly close a number of times, reaching the final table of three more tournaments. Sure he was making money, but he was getting frustrated not being able to nail down his new goal. “Then I saw the Hyper and I had played in it the night before. Hypers are obviously, like, lots of variance and you need to get lucky. But there are big edges still in hypers I think. So I just went for it.” Singh entered and busted. Not ready to give up, he fired again and this time when he reached the final table, things went his way. In the end, Singh took down the $15,000 Hyper Turbo Superstack on ACR for $3,450 and, arguably just as important, his very first Triple Crown. “Only now do I appreciate how hard [achieving a Triple Crown] can be. I think sometimes you can just win a Triple Crown if you just run great. But to get them again and again, that’s quite something.” For Singh, the Triple Crown and his recent live success is the result of hard work. Singh knows what it takes to earn something after achieving a law degree, working as a management consultant and even opening his own fast-casual Indian restaurant in London. He’s digested poker books, training sites and currently works with solvers to better his game. But perhaps most important to Singh, is his group of like-minded friends. “Having a good set of friends, a peer group, you can discuss hands with is super key.” So while in the past, short-term goals like earning the Triple Crown badge hasn’t been a part of Singh’s game plan, looking forward he says he may incorporate some more achievable objectives. “I think the PocketFives Triple Crown is just great motivation for the online grind for me. Now that I’ve won one, I’m like, I can win some more this year. Why not?! I actually made more money that week because of this motivation.” Singh said. “Hopefully this will be a good year. I really do hope to ship another Triple Crown this year, that’s definitely a goal I’m going to give myself.” Additionally, Singh noticed that at he's less than $10,000 away from $1 million in lifetime earnings. But Singh’s been in the game long enough to understand that results are impossible to predict. His real goal is something a little nobler. “I just want to get better as a poker player. I want to get as good as I am capable of getting, that’s my number one goal.” Sameer ‘Sam’ Singh ('ender749') completed his first PocketFives Triple Crown on March 29.
  21. Every month The PocketFives Milestone Report looks at the online poker players who are achieving career-best achievement or reaching new heights in the rankings. 'MatveichukR' Earns Eighth Triple Crown Longtime PocketFiver Roman ‘MatveichukR’ Matveychuk picked up an impressive eighth Triple Crown during the week of July 31. The achievement moves him into a tie for sixth place on the all-time Triple Crown leaderboard with Dara ‘Doke’ O’Kearney. It is enough for an eighth Triple Crown to be marveled at alone, but how Matveychuk did it is just as remarkable. He won all three tournaments for this Triple Crown on the same day. Matveychuk picked up his first victory of the Triple Crown with a win in PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder on July 30 for $8,114. Then over on Titan Poker, he won the €8000 Championship for $2,490. It’s very likely that while he was grinding both of those tournaments, he was also headed for eventual victory in the partypoker Fast Bounty Hunter for another $2,782. In total, the three tournaments earned him over $11,000 and a spot in elite company on the Triple Crown leaderboard. Oh, Hello $7 Million Russia’s current #1-ranked online player ‘hellohellohello’ recently soared past the $7 million mark in lifetime earnings. A consummate grinder, the major milestone was actually surpassed with a relatively minor score. Officially, he eclipsed $7 million with a 21st place finish in the July 26 edition of the PokerStars Hot $215 for $484. However, he’d been working on climbing to the new plateau all month, with as many as five five-figure scores including an early July victory in the $2,100 Sunday High Roller on PokerStars for $38,215. 2018 has been an especially good year for ‘hellohellohello’. He had spent the bulk of the summer in the top 3 of the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, even having reached a career-high peak at #2. He looks to resume his climb to the top of the rankings with the upcoming start of WCOOP and POWERFEST, the latter event of which he captured a championship in Event #25, the $5,200 Super High Roller Championship Event for over $65,000 back in May. ‘Ramiro’ Rolls Past $4 Million Another one of the PocketFives Worldwide Top 10, Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone, celebrated a major career breakthrough. The current #6 player in the world has now amassed over $4 million in lifetime earnings. Petrone took first place in the July 25 edition of the PokerStars Big $215 for over $5,000 which was more than enough to get him over the top of $4 million. He played out the rest of July, accumulating seven four-figure cashes in the final week of the month to propel him up over $40,000 on his way to his next major million mark. If Petrone’s performance in the previous major online series is any indication, a large chunk of his next million could be made during WCOOP. He earned a SCOOP title in May by winning Event #19 for over $57,000 in addition to his TCOOP Main Event runner-up finish for over $282,000 back in March 2018. Other newly minted millionaires include Hungary’s Toth ’SlyderS’ Bela who just reached the $2 million lifetime total. Also, ‘Marcos Chaiben’, Somalia's ‘Nikks’, ‘Virgilik’ from Romania, and James ‘jamex’ Walsh all cleared $1 million in lifetime online cashes. Major Moves In Worldwide Top 5 A pair of top-tier online pros have reached new career high rankings this week in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings. Both Matt ‘GINS FINEST’ Stone (#3) and Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot (#5) have been clawing their way to the top of the online poker world and this week, both found footing in the top 5. For Stone, he’s now up against one of the toughest ceilings in the rankings to breach. The only two players left above him in the rankings are a pair of Swedish superstars, ‘lena900’ and ‘C Darwin2’, who are generally considered to be in the ranks of the best in the world, regardless of rankings. If either of these players finds a way to make it to #1, they will be the first player in 2018 to hold that rank that isn’t one of the super Swedes. Additionally, three players, ‘lincownz’, ‘GoFighter’ and ‘selouan1991’, all make their debut in the top 100 this week. Career High Rankings In Top 100 lincownz - #125 to #100 GoFighter - #106 to #95 selouan1991 - #102 to #93 MIL_O_90 - #85 to #78 jason132008 - #69 to #62 Pseudo fruto - #55 to 42 Palsgaard1 - #35 to #33 Palyaaa - #17 to #13 proudflop - #7 to #5 GINS FINEST - #4 to #3
  22. February may seem like forever ago, but it wasn't too long ago that the second month of 2018 saw the names of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, and Viktor 'isildur1' Blom capture the headlines. Below are PocketFives' top five stories from February 2018, plus a look back at the February's Monthly PLB winner. MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is online poker’s leading all-time money earner with, at time of writing, $15.595 million in online tournament winnings. In February 2018, Moorman captured headlines when he won his record 27th PocketFives Triple Crown. Moorman achieved the feat when he scored first place in tournaments from three different sites in back-to-back-to-back days. Moorman then went on to win two more in 2018 and bring his industry-leading total to 29. READ: MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title The poker world was treated to the first-ever U.S. Poker Open in February 2018. The eight-tournament high-roller series took place at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. An elite group of poker's best were in competition across the eight events, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Dan Smith, and Jason Koon. In addition to individual tournament scores for large sums of money, each player was looking to become the first overall U.S. Poker Open champion. At its completion, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick had cashed in four of the eight events to win more than $1.25 million combined and be crowned U.S. Poker Open champion. READ: Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title WPT: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title The World Poker Tour once again made its seasonal stop at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, back in February. With it came a record-breaking field of 517 entries for the event and a final table that included one staunch Canadian grinder, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, looking for his first WPT title. Leah entered the final day of play ranked third in chips among the remaining 20 players. From there, he went on to claim victory and his first World Poker Tour title worth C$451,821 ($359,001). READ: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany If 2018 was the year of anything, it's likely the year of partypoker. The online poker giant’s live tournament offering, partypokerLIVE, delivered enormous prize pool upon enormous prize pool all across the globe, including February's partypoker MILLIONS Germany in Rozvadov. That's where Viktor 'isildur1' Blom grabbed the title worth €1 million, but not without having to overcome a greater than 6-to-1 chip deficit during heads-up play against Pavel Plesuv. READ: Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed Speaking of Rozvadov, King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik was back in the headlines in February with another episode involving his dispute with high-stakes poker pro "Aussie" Matt Kirk. Three months prior, in November, Tsoukernik filed a counterclaim for $10 million in damages. That was followed by Kirk's lawyers filing a motion to dismiss. At the end of February 2018, a Las Vegas judge dismissed Tsoukernik’s counterclaim it what appears to have ended a highly publicized legal tug o' war. READ: Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed 'European' Wins February Monthly PLB Title With 4,133.54 points, 'European' won the Monthly PLB title for February. 'European' booked 48 cashes in February, including scores of $86,000 for 707.11 points, $58,160 for 584.38 points, $56,975 for 463.68 points, $49,574 for 383.28 points, and $46,418 for 415.33 points. The $86,000 win for 'European' came in the $530 buy-in partypoker Powerfest #46-M: $500K Gtd NLH under the username 'JHelppi' when he outlasted a field of 979 entries.
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