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  1. Pascal 'Pass_72' Lefrancois made his way through a star-studded PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker final table on Tuesday to take home the second-largest score of his online poker career and fourth six-figure cash of the last month. Lefrancois outlasted 464 other players including Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams, Pavel 'silentm0de' Plesuv at the final table to win Event #96 High ($5,200 Second Chance Main Event) for $416,741.68. Eventual runner-up Alfred 'Kzzon' Karlsson walked away with $309,752.07 while William 'hellzito' Arruda had to settle for a third-place finish and the accompanying $230,229.63 prize money. Lefrancois' has been putting up big numbers in big buy-in events on partypoker and PokerStars over the last month. He won Poker Masters Online Event #9 ($1,050 Six Max NLHE) for $243,988.68 on April 15 and followed that up by winning Event #23 ($25,500 Six Max PLO) on April 24 for a career-high $527,509.70 payday. On Monday, the Canadian added a Super High Roller Bowl Online title to his growing collection and $259,628.98 to his bankroll after winning Event #5 ($10,300 Six Max NLHE High Roller). 'TripleAjaxxx' outlasted 1,815 other players in Event #99 High ($530 NLHE PKO) to win their first SCOOP title, $58,694.81 from the prize pool and another $28,346.08 in bounties. The last bounty they collected came from runner-up 'boydst1' who had to settle for $58,693.75 from the prize pool and $19,912.55 in bounties. 'Cmon_Gasquet' wound up in third for $34,824.47 and collected $17,832.74 from bounties. Former #1-ranked online poker player Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson took down Event #101 High ($1,050 NLHE) for $61,140.99. Falling one spot short of the title forced 'YASOMAN' to console themselves with a $46,310.74 cash while 'Korrinho' took home $35,077.73 for finishing in third place. Mattsson wasn't the only former #1 PocketFiver to make the final table. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth wound up in fifth place and earned $20,124.84 for his efforts. The final event on the schedule was also the fastest. Event #104-H ($530 NLHE Turbo PKO) had 1,059 entries and took just five hours to crown a champion. When all was said and done 'Ryokan' stood tall and won $37,220.36 from the prize pool and picked up $32,439.34 from bounties collected on their way to the title. Runner-up 'hopezACE' grabbed $37,219.66 from the prize pool and another $13,583.97 from bounties. 'poker@luffyD' rounded out the podium finishers and earned $22,523.28 and collected just $4,285.16 in bounties. Other 'Crismano' (Event #96-L), Fabio 'LFFF22' Freitas (Event #96-M), Justin 'jlapka' Lapka (Event #97-L), 'ThuthBeTold7' (Event #97-M), 'Hudison747' (Event #99-L), 'Opresqu' (Event #99-M), 'KKAArdoso' (Event #101-L), 'benyie' (Event #101-M), 'xTheWall' (Event #104-L), and 'AlainHajj' (Event #104-M). Event #96-H: $5,200 Second Chance Main Event Entries: 465 Prize pool: $2,325,000 Pascal 'Pass_72' Lefrancois - $416,741.68 Alfred 'Kzzon' Karlsson - $309,752.07 William 'hellzito' Arruda- $230,229.63 Pavel 'silentm0de' Plesuv- $171,123.02 Timothy 'Tim0thee' Adams - $127,190.75 Andrey 'Anjeyyy' Novak- $94,537.05 temka99 - $70,266.91 Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov - $52,227.17 Event #99-H: $530 NLHE PKO Entries: 1,816 Prize pool: $908,000 TripleAjaxxx - $58,694.81 + $28,346.08 in bounties boydst1 - $58,693.75 + $19,912.55 in bounties Cmon_Gasquet - $34,824.47 + $17,832.74 in bounties poker@luffyD - $24,824.08 + $9,760.00 in bounties JenOrek - $17,695.46 + $2,445.31 in bounties DeLaBijen - $12,613.93 + $2,367.19 in bounties gnetaren - $8,991.65 + $3,819.33 in bounties mraink - $6,409.57 + $7,156.74 in bounties Event #101-H: $1,050 NLHE Entries: 325 Prize pool: $325,000 Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson - $61,140.99 YASOMAN - $46,310.74 Korrinho - $35,077.73 Big-Ego-Issues - $25,569.43 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $20,124.84 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $15,243.44 t4t0PAGAU - $11,546.04 Cavalito - $8,745.45 Garrin4e - $6,624.18 Event #104-H: $530 NLHE Turbo PKO Entries: 1,059 Prize pool: $529,500 (including $264,750 in bounties) Ryokan - $37,220.36 + $32,439.34 in bounties hopezACE - $37,219.66 + $13,583.97 in bounties poker@luffyD - $22,523.28 + $4,285.16 in bounties psxfrcndhe - $16,256.78 + $8,398.43 in bounties SnowmanTony - $11,733.74 + $4,357.42 in bounties manuverd0n - $8,469.14 + $9,759.77 in bounties gusmaa - $6,112.83 + $2,031.25 in bounties anonymstruts - $4,412.11 + $3,046.89 in bounties
  2. If you blinked, you missed the last six days of March. Members of the PocketFives community scored eight Triple Crowns in six days to end the month, one of the busiest spurts we've ever had. To put it in perspective, there were more Triple Crowns awarded in the last six days of March than there were the rest of the month combined. We've had 35 Triple Crowns awarded so far in 2015 and are on pace for 120 this year. There were 138 Triple Crowns given out in 2014 after we awarded a record 208 in 2013. A PocketFives Triple Crown requires a person to win three $10,000 prize pool tournaments across three sites tracked by PocketFives in a seven-day period. Each tournament has to have at least 100 entrants and at least a $10,000 prize pool, and satellites do not count. Here's a look at the Triple Crowns awarded from March 26 to 31: veeea - March 31 577.32 points on PokerStars, PokerStars.fr, and PartyPoker bah22 - March 30 693.91 points on Betfred, PokerStars, and Full Tilt jatekos22 - March 30 451.03 points on PartyPoker, PokerStars, 888 Poker veeea - March 29 573.56 points on PokerStars.fr, PartyPoker, and PokerStars tilt21sted - March 29 654.67 points on Carbon, PokerStars, PokerStars.fr IwentworthI - March 29 556.29 points on PokerStars, PartyPoker, and William Hill whatisL0v3 - March 28 489.08 points on PartyPoker, PokerStars.fr, and PokerStars PokerKaiser - March 26 631.02 points on 888 Poker, PokerStars, and PokerStars.fr You'll notice that veeea scored two Triple Crowns during the period and actually won 10 tournaments in 10 days. Meanwhile, PokerKaiser (pictured above) won his 14th Triple Crown, the second most of any PocketFiver. Congrats to all of our recent Triple Crown winners. Check out 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.
  3. [caption width="639"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, a former #1 on PocketFives, is inching closer to the top spot[/caption] Once you hit #1 on PocketFives, you're in pretty elite company. Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, World Series of Poker November Niners Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy and Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger, and Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz – they've all been at the top of the podium. To be ranked #1 multiple times is a feat few have accomplished, but two PocketFivers are poised to do exactly that. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov and Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, both already in the top 10 in the PocketFives Rankings, inched up closer this week to claiming the #1 title for the second time. Vezhenkov, from Russia, is up four spots to #3 this week. He took down a $320 No Limit Hold'em Six Max tournament on PokerStars on Tuesday for $6,800 and won the partypoker Heavyweight Uppercut for $7,200 last Wednesday to help him continue to climb the leaderboard. He has $5.4 million in career online tournament winnings and is the top-ranked Russian on PocketFives. Vezhenkov was #1 for a one-week stint in January. Mathias, from Brazil, rose three spots to #7. He hit it big over the weekend, winning the PokerStars Super-Sized Sunday for $32,000, his 13th largest score. That came one month after he took down the site's Thursday Thrill for $37,000. Mathias just hit $8 million in career winnings and, amazingly, has almost 700 top-three finishes in tracked tournaments. He was also last ranked #1 in January. Vezhenkov and Mathias have 7,285 and 6,946 PLB Points, respectively. The entire community trails top-ranked 'C Darwin2', from Sweden, who has a PLB score of 7,868 points. The Swede won the Winamax High Roller on Tuesday for $8,500 and, two weeks ago, took down the Sunday Grand for almost $50,0000 to pad his lead. 'C Darwin2' has been ranked #1 since July 6. Hungary's 'greengrass67' continued to climb the leaderboard, moving up another 20 spots this week to #27 in the world. On July 24, he won both the partypoker Heavyweight Rocky and PokerStars Big $109 for almost $30,000 total, the 26th and 27th online MTT wins of his career and his fourth and fifth wins of July. This is the highest 'greengrass67' has ever been ranked. Romania's Andrei 'ragaaaila19' Boghean also hit it big this week, entering the top 100 for the first time ever at #59. He's been on a tear over the last 10 days, winning both the PokerStars Big $215 and Sunday Warm-Up for $75,000 total. The same day as his Warm-Up win, he finished fourth in the Big $109. Boghean has $1.2 million in career online tournament winnings and is the #2-ranked player in Romania. Also new to the top 100 is 'FouEnculePL', who calls the UK home. He entered at #82 after winning the PokerStars Big $215 earlier this month for $20,000, his largest cash ever. 'FouEnculePL' is the ninth-ranked player in the UK and is $9,000 shy of hitting $900,000 for his career. [caption width="450"] Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe is up to #66[/caption] Columbia's Mayu 'marroca5' Roca Uribe made waves, moving up 19 spots to #66, three off his all-time high. He finished third in the Super-Sized Sunday over the weekend for $13,000, which propelled him to almost $4.4 million in lifetime winnings. Uribe is the #2-ranked player in his home country. Finally, Rasmus 'RasA' Agerskov Larsen, from Denmark, reentered the top 100 at #89. On Monday, the Dane took down both the partypoker Heavyweight Main Event and PokerStars Monday Six Max for $38,000 total, pushing his career win total to 54. The Heavyweight Main Event cash, which was worth $25,000, was his third largest score of 2016. The Top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,868 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,377 points veeea - 7,285 points NoPlanB - 7,284 points lena900 - 7,215 points Pot4teUS - 7,008 points joaomathias - 6,997 points joaosimaobh - 6,946 points JMolloy - 6,769 points Greenstone25 - 6,723 points
  4. [caption width="640"] #1 remained the same this week, but 'veeea' seems intent on taking over.[/caption] Every year the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker causes the PocketFives Rankings to shift dramatically. It took just four events for the first of the top-ranked players to grab a title and make a big move upward. Russia's 'veeea' won Event #4 ($1,050 Progressive KO) for almost $200,000 and 781.34 PLB points to move from #4 to #2. He's now just 22.62 points behind Sweden's 'C Darwin2'. It's been 19 months since 'veeea' last held down the #1 spot. It's not like 'C Darwin2' has been idle though. The Swede - one of 10 in the Top 25 - hasn't hit a massive WCOOP score yet, but has enjoyed success in the partypoker Powerfestseries. He won Event #1, Event #32, finished runner-up in Event #20 and 13th in Event #12. Those four cashes earned him just over 909 PLB points. He picked up an additional 145.39 points for a 32nd place finish in WCOOP Event #9. The names in the top 10 remained identical to last week with just a bit of reshuffling. With 'veeea' going to #2, 'lena900' fell one spot to #3.Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren went from #5 to #4, Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo dropped from #3 to #5. Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford and 'Ariados' swapped the #6 and #7 spots. Swedes 'Sheater' and 'DeathbyQuads' moved to #8 and #9 respectively while former #1 Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro dropped from #8 to #10. The biggest mover of the top 25 this week was Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar. The Brazilian picked up five qualifying cashes this week, including 355.67 from taking down Powerfest Event #20. He also won a PokerStars $109 Six Max NLHE event as well. RANKPLAYERPOINTSPREVIOUS 1C Darwin28,126.011 2veeea8,103.394 3lena9007,629.132 4Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren7,510.615 5Robin 'inhoo' Ylitalo7,504.093 6Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford7,113.047 7Ariados6,948.496 8Sheater6,676.9210 9DeathbyQuads6,620.529 10Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro6,605.888 11Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar6,550.1213 12Andras 'probirs' Nemeth6,539.1111 13Pot4teUS6,429.0312 14Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez6,340.1923 15Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao6,237.1815 16Doug 'OU_dlanger610' Lang6,126.1616 17Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard6,032.4124 18Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen5,987.8619 19Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert5,924.4714 20Diego 'MrBittar' Bittar5,895.0732 21Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver5,893.7922 22Ivan 'Banicivan' Banic5,786.0721 23Ludovich 'ludovi333' Gelech5,769.5218 24Renato Almeida 'bauruzito' Prado Valentim5,722.0520 25hellohellohello5,718.4417
  5. It's Wednesday, which means we have recalculated the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. Finland's Europeanchopped the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $185,000. The result was a trip to the top five of the Rankings and a 1,156-PLB Point boost. European has $1.6 million in online tournament winnings and three six-figure scores to his credit. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Other than his Sunday Million win, European finished second in a SCOOP $1,200 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event in May of last year for $223,000 and final tabled this year's SCOOP Mid-Stakes Main Event for $131,000. Other wins include the Bigger $162, Wednesday Hundred Grand, and Bigger $22 on PokerStars, just to name a few. We also have a new #1 player on PocketFives this week. After a one-week reign at #1, Patrick pleno1Leonard (pictured) dropped one spot to #2. Replacing him is p0cket00, who has 7,667 PLB Points and leads Leonard by 140. p0cket00 has the second most online tournament winnings of anyone on PocketFives at $8 million. Russia's veeea moved up 13 spots to land at #12 this week. He finished second in FTOPS Event #30 three days ago for $33,000, his third five-figure score of August. He is $19,000 shy of hitting $3 million in tracked scores and sits at his highest spot ever in the Rankings. Inside the top 100, one of the biggest jumps of the week went to Nick fu_15 Maimone, who rose to #25 from #60. Maimone won last week's PokerStars Super Tuesday for almost $120,000 and amassed almost 800 PLB Points in the process. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2007 and finished 15th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. After reentering his poker site names this week, Brazil's Yuri Martinsis slotted at #36 in the world, six off his all-time high set in 2011. Martins won the PokerStars $100 Rebuy over the weekend for $14,000 and took down the 888 Poker Mega Deep on August 10 for another $30,000. He has nearly $3 million in online tournament winnings and is the #2 player in Brazil. Moving up 32 spots to land at #52 is Austria's mindgamer. You might recall he was ranked #1 on our site last year and won the PokerStars Big $162 one week ago for $20,000 and 331 PLB Points. He plays as Jedi AllStar on Full Tilt Poker if you're trying to keep tabs on him. There are seven countries represented in the top 10 of our Rankings, the most we can recall in recent weeks: Canada, UK, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Ukraine, and Chile. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00 (Canada) - 7,667 points 2. pleno1 (UK) - 7,527 points 3. r4ndomr4gs (Sweden) - 7,378 points 4. European (Finland) - 7,197 points 5. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) - 7,035 points 6. Romeopro (Ukraine) - 6,891 points 7. TheClaimeer (UK) - 6,862 points 8. jbrown8777 (Canada) - 6,689 points 9. dipthrong (Canada) - 6,601 points 10. PokerKaiser (Chile) - 6,584 points Congrats to all of our ranked players this week! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. The 2015 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Pokercontinues to be lucrative to members of the PocketFives community. The latest players to score SCOOP titles: Stefan mindgamerJedlicka and Artem veeeaVezhenkov, both top-70 players in the PocketFives Rankings. Let's start with Jedlicka(pictured), who took down a $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Big Ante Rebuy for $147,000 after a two-way deal. There were 351 entrants who combined for 171 rebuys and 321 add-ons. Jedlicka was second in chips entering the final table at 545,000, but was still well behind the 1.0 million-chip stack belonging to filushh. When four players remained, Jedlicka was last in chips, but he ultimately chipped up and then relegated RIMBOTAto the rails in fourth place after his pocket kings held against top pair. That pot gave him a sizable lead over the rest of the table and he proceeded to bust gordon0410in third place with sixes against fours. A deal was struck heads-up, but the battle raged on for 84 hands before Jedlicka emerged as the winner. The $1,050 Rebuy marked his first SCOOP victory. He won the Sunday Million in 2013 and is over $4.3 million in career online tournament winnings. Here's how the final table shook out: 1. Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka (Austria): $147,517 2. filushh (Israel): $137,838 3. gordon0410 (United Kingdom): $92,730 4. RIMBOTA (Poland): $69,547 5. Vlad "dariepoker" Darie (Romania): $48,051 6. Ryan "i need sheet" Yu (South Korea): $37,092 7. Younas "cocoojones" Roenhoff (Denmark): $28,662 8. lookoutdudes (Mexico): $20,232 9. NormyDozer (Australia): $14,752 Vezhenkov(pictured) won a $109 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy that spanned two days and drew 1,466 entrants who combined for 1,527 rebuys and 1,261 add-ons. He had a commanding chip lead entering the final table on Day 2 and, by the time heads-up play against fellow Russian TransSib rolled around, Vezhenkov was up 4:1. In the final hand, Vezhenkov out-raced K-J with pocket nines for the win. He added to his poker resume that already included multiple Super Tuesday wins, a WCOOP title, and an FTOPS jersey. He is a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $4 million in tournament winnings. Here's how the final table of the $109 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy looked after the final cards had been dealt: 1. Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov (Russia): $71,254 2. TransSib (Russia): $52,111 3. Bjuran (Sweden): $39,349 4. Fernando "fernandopipp" Pippi, Jr. (Brazil): $28,927 5. Emil "Emilohlsson" Ohlsson (Sweden): $20,844 6. cheeky4714 (United Kingdom): $16,590 7. Ballage87 (Hungary): $12,336 8. Vojtech "Vojta_R" Ruzicka (Czech Republic): $8,082 9. Simon "x1deadman1x" Deadman (United Kingdom): $4,381 Congrats to these two on their SCOOP wins! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingshave been recalculated. Nico PokerKaiser Fierro (pictured) is at the top of the leaderboard once again this week. In fact, he has an 800-point lead over second place, so we wouldn't foresee him dropping from that perch anytime soon. Fierro has won 10 tournaments since June began to keep him atop the Rankings. He won a seat to the World Series of Poker Main Event on June 11 on 888 Poker, two days after taking down the PartyPoker Daily Major for $7,600. Fierro has been ranked #1 on PocketFives since May 6. Australia's Martin Tiny_molesterKozlov moved up from #12 to #8 this week, his best showing ever. The Lysterfield resident is $3,000 shy of hitting $2 million for his career and took second in the PokerStars $109 Cubed ten days ago for $14,000. Over the weekend, he final tabled the Sunday Brawl. Appropriately, Kozlov is the top-ranked player in Australia. veeea (pictured) moved up from #13 to #9. The former #2 player in the Rankings just hit $4 million in online tournament scores and finished second in the Hotter $75 on PokerStars three days ago for $15,000. Over the weekend, veeea took down the iPoker €10,000 Grand Saturday. If you want to play on iPoker, by the way, you can sign up for sites like William Hill, bet-at-home, and mybet through the links on PocketFives and get a free month of Tournament Poker Edge or CardRunners when you deposit. Then there's Sweden's Sheater, who rose five spots to #10 this week thanks to six wins since June 9, all of which have come on PokerStars and PokerStars.fr. He recently passed $6 million in career online tournament winnings and was #1 in the PocketFives Rankings last year. You can find him under the screen name O Shark Eater O on Full Tilt. Davide girex91 Marchi moved up from #47 to #25 this week. This is the highest he has ever been in the Rankings and comes on the heels of a victory in the 888 Poker Mega Deep over the weekend for $25,000. He's the top-ranked poker player in Malta. Thailand's Jordan JWPRODIGY Westmorland (pictured) moved up 16 spots to #65. He won the Big $109 four days ago for $16,000, his 125th tracked win. Westmorland is the top-ranked player in Thailand and hit an all-time high of #38 in the Rankings two years ago. Finally this week, we wanted to single out Brazil's Alisson heyalisson Piekazewicz, who debuted in the top 100 at #84. He won the Super Tuesday on June 9 for almost $100,000 and over 700 PLB Points, the metric that determines the Rankings. The Brazilian has $1.3 million in career online tournament winnings across 4,364 in the money finishes, an average of $300 apiece. Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. PokerKaiser- 7,958 points 2. AnteSvante - 7,157 points 3. hellohellohello - 7,039 points 4. lasagnaaammm - 6,914 points 5. bedias - 6,841 points 6. joaomathias - 6,677 points 7. mindgamer - 6,674 points 8. Tiny_molester - 6,667 points 9. veeea- 6,658 points 10. Sheater- 6,651 points Congrats to all of our ranked players! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  8. Sunday was a big day for eighth-ranked veeea(pictured), who won the PokerStars Sunday Millionand Bigger $109 outright for a combined $225,000. Yes, he won both high-profile tournaments on the same day. He added 1,500 PLB Points to his coffers as a result, which could vault him into the #1 spot worldwide in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings when they are recalculated on Wednesday. Let's start with the Sunday Million, which drew nearly 6,000 entrants and had a prize pool that nearly passed $1.2 million. veeea earned $183,000 for his outright win and was one of five PocketFivers to land in the top seven spots. Members of our online poker community scooped half of the prize pool. The Sunday Million score was veeea's largest online, passing a $112,000 cash that came after winning the Super Tuesday two years ago. Not surprisingly, veeea had the largest single payday over the weekend on PokerStars by a factor of more than two. veeea began heads-up play in the Sunday Million against HU4FU roughly even in chips, but needed just 10 hands to move ahead by a 5:1 margin. On the final hand, veeea's K-8 held against Q-9 and he captured the Sunday Million title. [caption width="658"] A look at veeea's big Sunday[/caption] Also on Sunday, veeea won the PokerStars Bigger $109 outright and earned another $40,000. The tournament drew more than 2,500 entrants and had a prize pool of a quarter of a million dollars. He was one of two PocketFivers to make the final table and helped our community rake 35% of the prize pool. The Bigger $109 victory was veeea's seventh largest cash all-time. veeea is up to 220 tracked wins in online MTTs and $4.5 million in lifetime winnings. He is approaching 4,000 in the money finishes and is averaging $1,144 each. In addition to the Sunday Million and Bigger $109, he has won SCOOPand WCOOPtitles, as well as an FTOPS jersey, just to name a few scores. Congrats to veeea on his big day. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  9. [caption width="639"] Look out, world. Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is back up to #2 in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] Getting back to the top of the PocketFives Rankings is a lot like riding a bike: once you fall off, you get can get right back on. For Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, losing his grip on the top spot in the rankings in mid-February is probably just a distant memory, as he has risen all the way back to #2 worldwide. Vezhenkov was #1 in the world for three weeks, a streak that ended in February, and now has 7,036 PLB Points, 234 behind the leader, 'lena900'. The man they call 'veeea' dropped to #2 on February 10 and then bounced between #9 and #10 until March 23, when he scooted up to #4. Now, he's back up two spots. Vezhenkov finished second in the opening SCOOP event on PokerStars.fr on Sunday for $16,000 and reached the final table of the 888 Whale the same day. He has over 550 top-three finishes in online MTTs and passed $5 million in career earnings last month. 'lena900' continues to pace the rankings. The Swede has 7,270 PLB Points and is enjoying his second week at #1. He took down the bwin High Roller last Friday for $13,000 and 223 PLB Points to pad his lead; it was the 93rd win of his career. 'lena900' is up to $4.1 million in lifetime winnings online. Joel 'brown8777' Brown ticked up two spots to #8, five places off his all-time high set last year. He has made the money 16 times so far this month and is quickly approaching $4 million in career winnings. Brown is the top-ranked online poker player in Canada and calls the Pacific Coast city of Vancouver home. Another Canadian, Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy, moved up 12 spots to #17 and seems poised for another run at the top 10. Molloy has already won the PokerStars $55 Rebuy and $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo in April and took third in the 888 Late Night Crocodile and PokerStars $109 Rebuy. He was ranked as high as #8 in 2014. "It feels good to move up so many spots, but I try not to focus on stuff like that too much and try to just be satisfied with my play overall, which I have been for the most part lately," Molloy said. "I feel like I have lots of work to do on my game off the tables to reach the top spot, but who knows, maybe I will luckbox my way into it anyways." [caption width="600"] Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan moved up 19 spots[/caption] Norway's Preben 'prebzzz' Stokkan rocketed 19 spots up the leaderboard to #22. He was the winner of the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $62,000 officially and earned almost 600 PLB Points in the process; it was the second largest score of his career. The Norwegian was ranked as high as #3 on PocketFives last year and hit $3 million in career scores on Tuesday. "It feels good," Stokkan said. "But, it's still a long way to the top." Sweden's Anton 'AnteSvante' Wigg rose 20 places in the rankings to #34. On the last day of March, Wigg won the 888 Quarterback for $13,000 and 250 PLB Points. The same day, he finished third in the PokerStars Thursday Thrill and put back $32,000 and almost 300 PLB Points. Wigg was ranked as high as #2 on PocketFives last year. "It feels good," Wigg said. "It has been a rough start to the year. I hate to even mention it, but I ran very poorly to start the year and at some point I feel like it started to affect my confidence and game in a bad way. I've put in a lot of time studying and it's nice to see some results and good fortune. I'm hoping to continue that trend and take all my work and good form to the Global Poker League and SCOOP." On Thursday, Wigg goes heads-up against World Series of Poker Main Event winner Martin Jacobson in a GPL online match. Wigg is a member of the San Francisco Rush and was the team's final selection in February's draft. Jacobson is on the Montreal Nationals. Another Swede, Erik 'Kihlstrom' Olofsson, moved up 21 places to #51, his highest ranking ever, thanks to a win in a W Series event on April 3 for $18,000 and well over 400 PLB Points. That was his third largest score of 2016 and raised his career win total to 139. He's the top-ranked online poker player in the Swedish city of Uppsala. Sweden's 'Discoovery' jumped to #56 in the rankings, his best showing ever. He has seven wins since the standings were last calculated: two on PokerStars, three on Winamax, and two on PokerStars.fr. In the process, he wrapped up his first PocketFives Triple Crown. He's the 15th-ranked Swede. Finally this week, 'tonkaaaa' reentered the top 100 at #79, the highest top-100 debut of anyone. Since last Wednesday, he has taken down the PokerStars $55 Knockout, 888 Crocodile, and partypoker Heavyweight Weigh-In for over $13,000 total. He was ranked as high as #22 in the world four years ago. Here's this week's top 10: lena900 - 7,270 points veeea - 7,036 points C Darwin2 - 7,033 points Ariados - 6,930 points Big Huni - 6,926 points SvZff - 6,674 points MendaLerenda - 6,670 points jbrown8777 - 6,389 points eisenhower1 - 6,365 points DeathbyQuads - 6,323 points
  10. [caption width="600"] Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman moved up 9 spots in the rankings this week[/caption] It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankings have been recalculated. And after a win in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend for $57,000 officially, Matt 'mjw006' Wakeman moved up nine spots to #4 in the world, his best ranking ever. The Sunday 500 attracted a field of 613 entrants and had a prize pool north of $300,000. In the end, Wakeman defeated Dimitar 'bipbippp' Yosifov and earned 553 points for the rankings. He calls Sydney, Australia home and won a WCOOP $215 No Limit Hold'em Cubed event in September for $82,000, his second largest online tournament score to date. Wakeman now has 150 tracked wins online, 411 top-three finishes, and is up to $5.5 million in career online MTT winnings, two-thirds of which has come on PokerStars. Wakeman is a three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner, having last accomplished the feat in 2013, and is the #1 player in Australia. He has another $148,000 in live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob. Wakeman told PocketFives, "It feels good to get that high in the rankings. I guess I certainly have been running very well over the past few months. 2016 has been very kind thus far." However, a prolonged stint in the top five doesn't seem to be in the cards, as Wakeman is headed to the Aussie Millions and will be focusing his attention on live poker. Still camped out at #1 in the world this week is Sweden's 'eisenhower1'. He has ruled the roost since September 30 and has three-dozen in the money finishes already in January, including a victory in the Winamax XTASE a week ago for $3,800. His PLB score is 7,371 points and he leads second-ranked 'veeea' by 146. [caption width="450"] 'eisenhower1' is #1 on PocketFives[/caption] Another Swede, 'Ariados', moved up from #14 to #10 this week, two spots off his all-time high of #8 set last year. 'Ariados' won the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo two days ago for $5,900 and, on January 5, found the winner's circle in the PartyPoker High Roller, Winamax High Roller, and PokerStars.fr Full KO for almost $25,000 total. He has eight tracked wins since the end of November and is poised to climb even further in the rankings in the weeks to come. There are nine players from Sweden in the top 20 of the rankings. One of the country's biggest movers and shakers this week was 'Pot4teUS', who rose 18 spots to settle at #17. 'Pot4teUS' finished third in the PokerStars Sunday 500 over the weekend, the same tournament Wakeman won, and earned $30,000. The same day, he took down the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller for over $8,000. On PokerStars, you can find him under the handle 'TanTanSWE'. Ukraine's 'psyhoagromor' moved up 24 spots to #47. He had seven cashes on January 12 alone and owns 33 in the money finishes this month. 'psyhoagromor' is the top-ranked Ukrainian and was ranked as high as #16 in the world in 2014. In 57th place this week, a 25-spot improvement on a week ago, is 'emeriaa'. The Fin final tabled a PokerStars.fr tournament over the weekend for $10,000 and has five scores of at least $5,000 in January. He was absent from the felts between late November and the New Year, but was ranked as high as #17 last year. 'emeriaa' is the #2 player in Finland and tops in the city of Jyvaskyla. [caption width="450"] Grayson 'gray31' Ramage reentered the top 100[/caption] Costa Rica's Grayson 'gray31' Ramage reentered the top 100 at #91. Ramage was a top-ten player in 2011 and won the PokerStars Big $109 four days ago for $16,000. He has amassed $5.5 million in career online tournament earnings and is the second-ranked player in Costa Rica. Ramage told PocketFives, "I've been on the edge of the rankings for a while and just don't put in the volume to get up there much anymore." He also shared his 2016 poker plans: "This year, it'll be more playing and coaching for me. I'll be playing LAPC and Bay 101 next month and mainly focusing on online until then." Here are the top 10 players in the PocketFives Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: eisenhower1 - 7,371 points veeea - 7,225 points Smeckten - 6,749 points mjw006 - 6,693 points Legenden - 6,637 points SvZff - 6,629 points lena900 - 6,429 points C Darwin2 - 6,396 points IgorK - 6,354 points Ariados - 6,318 points
  11. [caption width="640"] Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao became the #1 ranked player in the PocketFives Rankings for the third time in his career[/caption] Since April 27, Sweden's 'C Darwin2' and Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao have been battling for the #1 spot worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. 'C Darwin2' held down the lead from April 27 to May 4. Then, the Brazilian was #1 for a week before, like a playground see-saw, the Swede took back the title for almost a month. Simao was ranked #1 for the first week of June before 'C Darwin2' was ranked #1 for the last two weeks. Now, the tide has shifted once again, as Simao is the big kahuna on PocketFives for the third time in his career. Simao has 7,839 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings, which is almost exactly 100 more than his Swedish nemesis. He only has nine in the money finishes through the first three weeks of June, but had a second place finish in the PokerStars Hot $215 to close out the month of May for almost $20,000. Simao, who plays as 'INeedMassari' on PokerStars, boasts $4.2 million in career online winnings, three-quarters of which has come on the world's largest online poker room. He won April's Monthly PocketFives Leaderboard on the strength of his largest score ever, which came in the PokerStars Mountain Series for $167,000. 'C Darwin2' dropped to third place this week. And moving up one spot from #3 to #2 was 'lena900'. The Swede, who was last ranked #1 in the world in April, final tabled the partypoker Super High Roller over the weekend for $12,000 and won the PokerStars $109 Rebuy Turbo the same day for another $6,200. 'lena900' has a PLB score of 7,738 points. [caption width="639"] Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is knocking on the door of the top 10[/caption] There were no new entrants into the top 10 of the rankings this week, but outside of that group there was plenty of drama. Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov sits at #11, five spots higher than he was ranked last week, after winning the PokerStars Hot $162 on Sunday and putting back almost $6,000. He also finished fifth in the partypoker High Roller the same day, one of 11 scores he had on June 19. Two spots behind the Russian is Canada's Jimmy 'JMolloy' Molloy, who was up eight spots to #13. Molloy has four wins since last Wednesday's rankings update: the PokerStars $320 Six-Max, Hot $27, Big $109, and $82 Turbo Knockout. Those were worth almost $20,000 total and boosted his career win total to 317. Molly is tied for 20th for the most wins in tournaments that PocketFives tracks. The entire community trails Finland's 'mawko', who has a mammoth 471 wins during his career, two-dozen more than anyone: mawko - 471 moertelmu - 448 Thegrinders7 - 447 ErMataNinho - 446 rounder63 - 428 luckymo32 - 421 Trekan61 - 418 FrankTaylor3 395 paybackLV - 395 pessagno - 390 PokerKaiser - 379 OgSulttaani - 361 tedSTRETCH - 350 nilsef - 350 DENGER - 350 domino20 - 339 Karculya - 336 MatveichukR - 325 moorman1 - 325 cedrick1 - 317 JMolloy - 317 "I'm very pleased with my play and results over the last few months," Molloy said. "I've been trying to lower my table count for the most part and cut out some of the smaller buy-ins with bigger fields. I feel like I have a good grasp of people's ranges and overall game plans when we're deep in tournaments and especially at the final table. Also, I have been having more frequent coaching sessions with 'apestyles' recently, so that doesn't hurt either." Sweden's Jerry 'perrymejsen' Odeen rocketed 21 spots to #54 in the world after a rock solid Sunday in which he won the Winamax High Roller and placed fourth in the partypoker High Roller for almost $30,000 combined. Those were his 19th and 20th largest career scores and helped boost his lifetime cash total to $1.6 million. He reached an all-time high of #23 in the rankings and could easily surpass that mark with a few more top-tier runs. "I'm going to the WSOP next week, so it feels really good to be on an upswing," Odeen said. The best debut of anyone in the top 100 this week went to Brazil's Pedro 'gusma' Madeira, who entered at #73. He won the weekend's Sunday Grand on PokerStars and added $50,000 to his bankroll. At the same time, recorded his second largest score ever. Madeira was ranked as high as #20 worldwide last year and is the fourth-ranked player in his home country. Also entering the top 100 this week was another Brazilian, Fabiano 'Kovalski' Kovalski, who came in at #93, his best ranking ever. Kovalski won the PokerStars Hot $215 last week for $6,100 and finished fourth in this week's Fat Tuesday for another $5,800. Kovalski has $1.6 million in career online tournament winnings, a significant chunk of which came after he took second in a WCOOP Challenge event three years ago for almost $150,000. This week's top 10: joaosimaobh - 7,839 points lena900 - 7,738 points C Darwin2 - 7,715 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,494 points Pot4teUS - 7,446 points RoccoGe - 7,221 points damourinio - 6,992 points eisenhower1 - 6,923 points Ariados - 6,821 points NoPlanB - 6,708 points
  12. [caption width="639"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov moved up to #4 this week, photo: WPT[/caption] Swedes continue to dominate the top of the PocketFives Rankings. Four of the top five players in the world are from Sweden, yet it's the lone non-Swede who made waves last week, sending him to #4 worldwide. Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov moved up six spots in the rankings this week to #4. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as February 10 and now finds himself with 6,934 PLB Points. That's only 363 points off first place. Last week, Vezhenkov traveled to Macau from Birma, but still managed to find time to win the PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo for $6,400 and 172 PLB Points. Eight days ago, he bolstered his PLB score by taking down the PokerStars Super Tuesday for almost $100,000 officially, defeating a 491-player field and recording his third largest online poker score to date. Vezhenkov passed $5 million in career online winnings nine days ago. He was the second player to do so this month and just the fourth person this year. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' is once again #1 worldwide. He has been the top dog on PocketFives since February 10 and turned in a productive Sunday on PokerStars.fr, winning the site's Sunday Supersonic and Sunday High Roller for $15,000 combined. He took down the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed one day before that for $5,600, bringing his career win total to 55. 'C Darwin2' calls Stockholm home and has 2,090 career in the money finishes, along with an average cash of $1,800. He leads the second place player in the rankings, 'lena900', by just 23 points. Outside of the top 10, another Swede shot his way up the leaderboard. Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin moved up from #44 to #28, or 16 spots, after taking second in a partypoker Powerfest event over the weekend for $55,000. That tournament had a buy-in of $530 and attracted almost 800 entrants, resulting in Berglin's largest online poker score ever. [caption width="449"] Dennis 'DBerglin' Berglin was up 16 spots, photo: Hendon Mob[/caption] Rhys 'floppinhel' Jones reentered the top 100 at #54 in the world, 36 spots off his all-time high set in 2013. Jones won a Six-Max Powerfest event over the weekend for $28,000 and also took down the Big $162 on PokerStars for another $14,000. Those were the 86th and 87th wins of Jones' career. He has been hitting on all cylinders, as last month he finished sixth in the EPT Dublin Main Event and bagged $134,000, his largest live cash to date. Three spots behind Jones is Ivan 'ivanvilchez8' Vilchez. The Argentinian entered the top 100 this week at #57, his best showing ever, after finishing second in the Powerfest Week 4 Main Event for a healthy $136,000. The $1,050 buy-in tournament had 928 entrants and ended with Vilchez recording his largest cash ever, pushing his career total to $546,000. He is the top-ranked player in Argentina, where he lives in the inland city of Rio Tercero. Ireland's Daniel 'NukeTheFish' Wilson moved up almost 30 spots from #95 to #68 after winning the partypoker Heavyweight Balboa and PokerStars Hotter $5.50 over the weekend for $6,000 total. He has been a man of volume and finished in the money 19 times on March 20 alone. Wilson is approaching 4,500 tracked scores and is about to hit $2 million in career winnings. 'Barry86' moved up to #63 from #86 after two wins in the Heavyweight series on partypoker over the last week. He now has 336 top-three finishes over the years and passed $2 million in career winnings on March 4. The top 10: C Darwin2 - 7,297 points lena900 - 7,276 points Ariados - 7,062 points veeea - 6,934 points eisenhower1 - 6,927 points jbrown8777 - 6,787 points SvZff - 6,714 points MendaLerenda - 6,548 points DeathbyQuads - 6,407 points gray31 - 6,342 points
  13. Anybody who closely follows the PocketFives Rankings knows that every time the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker rolls around, the Rankings see some seismic shifts. With Day 2 of WCOOP now in the books, it looks like there is already going to be some movement near the top. Russia's 'veeea', the #4-ranked player in the world, might find himself moving up after taking down Event #4 ($1,050 Progressive KO) for a $97,389.47 score plus over $100,000 in bounties. The final table included the second 2017 WCOOP final table for Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos, the #1-ranked player from Boznia and Herzegovina, Alen 'lilachaa' Bilic and the #1 player from Cyprus, Andreas 'daskalos20' Christoforou. This is the second career WCOOP title for 'veeea'. He won a $320 buy-in WCOOP Stud title in 2013. That was one of three WCOOP (High) events that wrapped up on Tuesday. Pascal 'Päffchen' Hartmann beat out 1,164 other players to win Event #5 ($215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) for $37,015.66 and his first COOP title. Germany's 'Schinken777' finished runner-up. The #2-ranked Croatian, 'josip1313', topped the 1,180-player field in Event #7 ($530 Eight Max NLHE) to win $93,988.27. The final table included PocketFivers 'Powergolf', the #2-ranked Finnish player, Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk and Russia's 's3c3_1978'. Event #5 (High) - $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Entries: 1,165 Prize pool: $233,000 Pascal 'Päffchen' Hartmann - $37,014.66 Schinken777 - $25,966.63 *FlipMyJinx* - $18,216.40 Pucuttnyul - $12,779.39 Mr_Giiba - $8,965.16 torscotr06 - $6,289.34 Slaventii003 - $4,956.91 Event #6 (High) - $1,050 Progressive KO NLHE Entries: 1,221 Prize pool: $610,500 + $610,500 in bounties veeea - $97,389.47 + $100,514.32 in bounties PSMozak - $70,710.30 + $13,514.41 in bounties Jâmes - $51,340.05 + $4,687.50 in bounties Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos - $37,275.97 + $16,164.07 in bounties sleepnot - $27,064.68 + $3,937.50 in bounties Alen 'lilachaa' Bilic - $19,650.59 + $4,093.75 in bounties Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna - $14,267.56 + $10,718.75 in bounties elmerixx - $10,359.14 + $3,562.50 in bounties Andreas 'daskalos20' Christoforou $7,521.36 + $2,437.50 in bounties Event #7 (High) - $530 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em Entries: 1,180 Prize pool: $590,000 josip1313 - $93,988.27 Powergolf - $68,038.50 Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk - $49,253.55 s3c3_1978 - $35,654.99 GooDrone - $25,810.96 Poeira4 - $18,684.76 Maxi 'Pachila25' Gallardo - $13,526.04 444446 - $9,791.58 Mahon 32 - $7,746.34
  14. As ever the biggest winner from this week’s Sunday Majors came from the Daddy of the Sunday Majors, the PokerStars Sunday Million, and it was old school online MTT grinder Matt 'OLD TIME GIN' Stone who scooped the biggie, adding $161,237 to his bankroll after topping the 5,971 strong field. It’s been a bountiful few weeks over at PokerStars for Canada’s no.7 who took down the $215 Sunday Warm Up $200,000 last weekend for $41,588 just 12 days after winning the $1,050 Super Tuesday for $54,731. This week’s Sunday Million nearly men were 'imas.jr' who placed second for $113,148 with 'ManDrake1317' in third for $79,404. After OLD MAN GIN the next highest placed pocketfiver was Brazilian Renato 'anaheimteam' Araujo who took eighth place for $13,515 – his biggest ever cash. PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller saw plenty of major talent on show with former PocketFives world #1 'veeea' taking top spot from 119 runners for a $52,166 payday to add to his $7.7M lifetime online tourney earnings after beating Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan heads-up. The world #40 received $39,682 for his runner-up position with 3rd placed 'iamivar' taking home $30,185. This week’s PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller $300K GTD saw a healthy turnout of 936 entries (including 262 re-entries) to smash the guarantee and create a $468K prize pool, the major beneficiary of which was Russian high stakes pro Dmitry 'Yurasov1990' Yurasov who battled for almost 13.5 hours to take top spot and $38,558 prize money. PocketFives member 'MAXDPLEY' earned his biggest ever cash in taking second place with a $28,263 score ahead of Sweden’s 'WhatIfGod' in third who cashed for $20,716. Still with PokerStars, the $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200K saw 1,235 entries create a $247K prize pool, with 'xoxixox' crowned champion after 10.5 hour’s play. 'xoxixox' was rewarded with a $39,040 payday, followed by 'koogle62' in second for $28,070 and 'tinchoarce' in third earning $20,182. Since the beginning of the month when partypoker increased their weekly tournament guarantees from $4M to $10M as part of their “We’re all in' initiative there are now an abundance of big-prize tournaments which could pass as Sunday Majors, but for the sake of (some) brevity we’ll stick to the biggest of the bunch from Sunday's action. The biggest partypoker winner was 'Mike_420' who took down their $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H $500K GTD for $82,010 and will no doubt see his current world ranking of 361 jump a few places once the figures are updated. The 2258 runners created almost a $50k overlay, meaning there was some great value to be had for those who made the money. Second placed 'niv2222' received $58,000 while 'kalfucii' won $37,350 in third. The other $500k GTD, the $1,050 Super Sunday Big Bounty Hunter-HR had a similar overlay after 451 players registered. The tourney was eventually won by 'mwhldwn' (the high stakes MTT crusher better known by his PokerStars moniker 'bencb789') for $51,743 after just over 10 hours play. 'PuntSonPunt' took second for $36,838 with world #10 Johannes Korsar taking third place. One partypoker Sunday Major which exceeded its $250K guarantee was the $2,600 Super Major Super High Roller $200K guaranteed which attracted the cream of the MTT crop with 106 entrants competing for bragging rights and the $64,925 first place prize money. After almost nine hours of battle the eventual winner was 'Chelsea72' who defeated 'WWWpartyCOM' heads-up, with the runner-up pocketing $46,375. Dreamlovewsop took third place, earning $33,125. Over at 888poker, the $1,050 buy-in $100,000 Whale saw two former PocketFives world no.1’s take first and second place as Patrick 'd1scloure' Leonard (currently world #18) topped the 75 player field to earn $34,100 with Fabrizio “DrMikee' Gonzalez (currently world #19) taking $22,940 for second. This was Leonard’s second big win of 2018, although his latest victory falls some way short of the $207,978 he won last month after topping the partypoker $5,200 PowerFest $1M GTD. PokerStars Sunday Million($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed – 5,971 entrants $1,194,200 prize pool OLD TIME GIN - $161,237.72 Imas.jr - $113,148.77 ManDrake1317 - $79,404.26 MCajiang - $55,723.52 Tuonizz - $39,105.15 Aapetrone91 - $27,442.83 Jani890311 - $19,258.62 Anaheimteam - $13,515.23 aJarov - $9,484.69 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd – 119 entrants $238,000 prize pool veeea - $52,166.30 blanconegro - $39,682.14 iamivar - $30,185.68 sk2ll_m0dR - $22,961.83 OverTheTop43 - $17,466.77 uwintakeit - $13,286.73 pads1161 - $10,107.02 kofi89 - $7,688.28 Sasuke234 - $5,848.37 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $300k Gtd – 936 entrants $468,000 prize pool Yurasov1990 - $38,558.52 MAXDPLEY - $28,263.03 WhatIfGod - $20,716.72 Slayerv1fan - $15,185.28 Zavor - $11,130.77 TONI-BG - $8,158.83 lbd.pkr - $5,980.40 BCbones - $4,383.61 Muralha001 - $3,213.17 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $200k Gtd – 1235 entrants $247,000 prize pool xoxixox - $39,040.67 koogle62 - $28,070.06 tinchoarce - $20,182.61 Ewokwat - $14,511.47 bebaimis777 - $10,433.84 NEWFlat - $7,502.03 NukeTheFish! - $5,394.01 NNNXX - $3,878.34 ivanvilchez8 - $2,788.55 Partypoker $215 Super Sunday Main Event-H $500k Gtd – 2258 entrants - $500,000 prize pool Mike_420 - $82,010 niv2222 - $58,000 kalfucii - $37,350 meatbulmeantula - $24,850 Turrasallday - $17,350 UkraineKid - $11,850 Mike0886 - $8,125 Really_Bad_Reg - $5,225 partypoker $2,600 Sunday Major – SHR $200k Super High Roller – 106 entrants $265,000 prize pool Chelsea72 - $64,925 WWWpartyCOM - $46,375 Dreamlivewsop - $33,125 Floppymcsets - $23,187.50 DrMikee - $17,225 LarsLuzak1 - $13,250 Ad_Finem - $10,600 SLARVBOGMAJS - $8,612.50 partypoker $1,050 Super Sunday Bounty Hunter-HR $500k Gtd – 451 entrants $500,000 prize pool mwhldwn - $51,743.25 PuntSonPunt - $36,837.90 SLARVBOGMAJS - $25,254 probirs - $17,568 ACNB24 - $12,642.30 BuyThaPot - $9,058.50 Algorhytm - $6,450.75 WeRize - $4,666.50 spowi007 - $3,760.65 888poker $1,050 The $100,000 Whale – 75 entrants - $124,000 prize pool d1sclosure - $34,100 DrMiKee - $22,940 Munnangur - $17,360 OINKOinkOink - $11,780 sk2ll_m0dR - $8,680 DavidGuetta0 - $6,510 LukeSeawalker - $5,270 billycadu14 - $4,340 Romeopro33 - $3,720
  15. It's Wednesday, which means we have a brand new update to the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. There was a fair amount of movement within the top ten this week, including two new entrants, but what hasn't changed is our #1 ranked player, p0cket00 (pictured). The Canadian leads the way with 7,812 PLB Points, about 10% more than our second ranked player. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- p0cket00 has dominated the Rankings as of late and has been #1 on PocketFives every week since July 2 sans one. He has $8.1 million in online tournament winnings, the second highest total of any PocketFiver, and took fifth in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic over the weekend for $18,000 to pad his stats even more. Russia's veeea moved up six spots to settle at #6 this week on the strength of a stellar Sunday in which he final tabled the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy and won the PokerStars.fr Big €100 for $54,000 total. He is only 157 PLB Points behind second place worldwide, and #6 is the highest veeea has ever been in the Rankings. Also entering the top ten this week was Chile's PokerKaiser (pictured), who rose one spot to #10. He won the PokerStars $55 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance over the weekend for $14,000, one of seven wins he's had in the last four days. PokerKaiser is the top-ranked poker player in Chile and owns $6.4 million in career winnings, the 14th highest total of anyone on PocketFives. UK's Aggro Santos entered the top 100 at #29 this week, one of the highest debuts we've ever seen. The reason: Aggro Santos has been on the run of a lifetime as of late after taking down two WCOOP events in three days: a $320 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Zoom tournament and the Sunday Warm-Up, for a combined haul of $350,000 officially. He is the top-ranked player in the town of Chesterfield. Moving up 34 spots was Sweden's eisenhower1, who now sits at #30. He finished third in the PokerStars.fr Sunday Million for $107,000 over the weekend, his second largest tracked cash to date. He is the #4 player in Sweden and was ranked as high as #2 worldwide last year. Hungary's blackDonii moved up 32 spots to #42 in the world, his highest ranking ever. Last Saturday, he won a PokerStars $215 No Limit Hold'em tournament and finished second in the site's $109 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance for almost $30,000 total. He is the top-ranked Hungarian and one of 135 PocketFivers with PLB scores from Budapest. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. p0cket00 - 7,812 points 2. huiiiiiiiiii - 7,160 points 3. European - 7,148 points 4. 1bigacehole - 7,116 points 5. MAMOHT_T - 7,087 points 6. veeea - 7,003 points 7. r4ndomr4gs - 6,927 points 8. pleno1 - 6,924 points 9. lena900 - 6,842 points 10. PokerKaiser - 6,813 points Congrats to all of our ranked players this week. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  16. It's Wednesday, which means the PocketFives Rankingshave been recalculated. And making waves this week in a big way was Russia's veeea (pictured), who climbed six spots to #2 in the world and is knocking on the door of the top spot in all the land. As you might have read earlier this week, veeea turned in a blockbuster Sunday, winning the Sunday Million and Bigger $109 outrightfor a combined $224,000. He amassed 1,600 PLB Points with just those two cashes and now has 7,733, which is about 500 off the #1 spot held by Sweden's eisenhower1. This is the highest veeea has ever been ranked on PocketFives. Can he make it to the top? You'll have to tune in next Wednesday to find out. We had one newcomer to the top 10 worldwide this week, Canada's cswami. He reentered the top 10 at #9 thanks to a pair of wins in recent days. cswami captured gold in the 888 Poker Sunday Crocodile for $15,000 and took down the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Cubed two days later, adding $6,700 to his bankroll. Over the weekend, he finished third in the Sunday 500 for $34,000. Russia's Ravic85 moved up 30 spots to #21 after winning the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic 10 days ago for $42,000. That was his third largest score ever and brought his career win total to 69. Ravic85 calls Moscow home, where he's the top-ranked player. This is the highest he has ever been in the PocketFives Rankings. Right behind the Russian on the leaderboard is Malta's SvZff, aka Steven van Zadelhoff, who moved up 68 spots from #90 to #22. He won the Sunday Warm-Up over the weekend and netted $80,000 along with over 700 PLB Points. Within 24 hours, van Zadelhoff also took down the Winamax High Roller and PokerStars Hot $55 for a combined $24,000. After signing up for PocketFives and entering his screen names, Sweden's Greenstone25 debuted at #35 in the Rankings. He has $7.3 million in career online tournament winnings, including an FCOOP All in for Africa win in 2013 for $158,000. Greenstone25 final tabled the PokerStars Super Tuesday a few weeks ago and has 436 top-three finishes. Finally this week, we wanted to talk about a familiar face in the PocketFives Rankings, Chris Moorman1Moorman (pictured). The Brit moved up from #100 to #65 after a victory over the weekend in the Sunday Supersonic. Moorman has almost $13 million in tracked online MTT winnings, the most of any PocketFiver, and 25 PocketFives Triple Crowns, which also paces our community. Moorman has another $4.1 million in live winnings to boot and is a WPT champion. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. eisenhower1- 8,217 points 2. veeea- 7,733 points 3. lena900 - 6,905 points 4. AnteSvante - 6,734 points 5. prebzzz - 6,648 points 6. C Darwin2 - 6,641 points 7. Yaya24 - 6,640 points 8. jbrown8777 - 6,633 points 9. cswami- 6,625 points 10. Tiny_molester - 6,470 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  17. Swedes continue to make waves atop the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings. They occupy the top two spots, three of the top seven spots, and seven of the top 19 spots. Making waves this week was Sweden's lena900, who moved up nine places to #7 in the world, four off his all-time high. He has had a blockbuster month of October so far and still has another 10 days to bank even more. On the fourth of the month, lena900 took down the 888 Poker Turbo Mega Deep for $11,000. One day later, he rolled to victory in the bwin Super High Roller and put back another $13,000. On October 11, lena900 won the PokerStars.fr Sunday High Roller for $10,000 and followed that up with a gold medal one week later in the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $28,000. He now has 70 tracked wins and $3.4 million in total cashes in online MTTs. lena900 has 2,353 in the money finishes at an average of $1,470 each. Uruguay's veeea (pictured) also reentered the top 10 this week. He was ranked as high as #2 on our site earlier this year and rose nine spots to #10 on Wednesday. He finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Six-Max over the weekend for $14,000 and final tabled the site's Sunday Supersonic the same day for another $18,000. He is nearing $3 million in online poker cashes on PokerStars alone. eisenhower1 remains the top dog on PocketFives this week. He just passed $7.7 million in online tournament winnings and added to his war chest over the weekend by winning the 888 Crocodile for $16,000. This is the fourth week that eisenhower1 has been the #1 ranked player on PocketFives. He leads the way by 1,300 points over the next closest person. Another Swedish player, AnteSvante, moved up from #42 to #15 this week on the strength of nine tournament wins in the last 11 days. Yes, nine. The largest of those came over the weekend in the PokerStars Sunday Supersonic, as he took it down for $46,000. He has 133 tracked wins all-time and is nearing $6 million in online tournament scores. Russia's NoPlanB (pictured) moved up 40 spots this week to settle at #43 in the world. His big splash came over the weekend in the Sunday Warm-Up, a tournament he took down for $79,000 and 710 PLB Points. He is the fourth-ranked player in Russia and reached an all-time high in the Rankings of #34 earlier this year. Finally, we wanted to talk about Finland's European, who moved up 49 spots to #46. He won the Sunday 500 on October 11 for $49,000 and proceeded to final table last weekend's Saturday Super Knockout for another $18,000. European was ranked #2 on PocketFives last year and has been part of our site since 2013. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: 1. eisenhower1- 8,108 points 2. C Darwin2 - 6,773 points 3. jbrown8777 - 6,753 points 4. Tiny_molester - 6,742 points 5. NigDawG - 6,740 points 6. cswami - 6,633 points 7. lena900- 6,618 points 8. bedias - 6,470 points 9. PokerKaiser - 6,463 points 10. veeea- 6,458 points Congrats to all of our ranked players. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  18. [caption width="300" align="alignleft"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is #1 for the second straight week[/caption] Every streak starts somewhere, whether it's two complete passes in a row or two consecutive days without an accident on the job. For Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov, Wednesday marked his second week in a row at #1 in the PocketFives Rankings. Vezhenkov has 7,124 PLB Points, the metric used to determine the rankings, almost 100 more than the next closest player, 'eisenhower1'. With so few points separating the top of the leaderboard, however, it remains to be seen whether Vezhenkov will be able to keep the streak alive next week. For now, the top spot is Vezhenkov's to lose. He is also just a few thousand dollars shy of hitting $5 million in career online tournament cashes and finished sixth in the PokerStars Super Tuesday this week for $27,000 and 274 PLB Points. He has racked up seven wins and 26 top-ten finishes this month. Meanwhile, 'eisenhower1' is approaching $8 million in career online MTT winnings and has 7,031 PLB Points, good for second in the world. He has two wins and 13 top-ten finishes so far in January and enjoyed a 16-week stint at #1 before Vezhenkov bucked him from the top spot last week. You can find him on PartyPoker under the user name 'FergieTime5' and he is the top-ranked player in Sweden. [caption width="450"] Sweden's 'eisenhower1' is #2 this week[/caption] Another Swede, 'lena900', made waves this week after moving up from #8 in the world to #5, three spots off his all-time high. He has seven wins in January, the largest of which was worth $13,000 and came via a victory in a W Series event on Winamax. The same day, he took second in the PartyPoker High Roller for another $6,900. He plays as 'whoozz' on Full Tilt and 'tutten7' on 888. Outside the top ten, England's 'woody1234321' moved up from #39 to #13, his highest ranking ever. He won a TCOOP $215 No Limit Hold'em Turbo over the weekend for $118,000 and almost 900 PLB Points, helping him catapult up the rankings. 'woody1234321' is the top-ranked player from the UK and is closing in on $3 million in lifetime winnings. Helio 'hneves182' Neveshad the largest rankings increase inside the top 100, moving from #98 to #23. The Brazilian won the PokerStars $22 No Limit Hold'em Cubed for $7,000 just a few days after taking down the opening TCOOP event for $111,000 and 1,224 PLB Points. This is the highest Neves has ever been ranked and he is the top dog in Brazil. Check out a recent interview with the 23rd-ranked player here. [caption width="450"] Helio 'hneves182' Neves[/caption] "It feels pretty cool," Neves said on Wednesday. "I was, for a long time, purely a heads-up sit and go player and always wanted to move up the Sharkscope leaderboards. Now, only eight months into playing MTTs seriously, I feel like it's far beyond what I thought I'd be realistically able to accomplish in such a short period of time." After reentering his screen names, Norway's 'prebzzz' reentered the top 100 at #37. This former #3 ranked player finished second in the PokerStars Big $162 a week ago for $15,000 and has 2,360 tracked in the money finishes for a total of $2.7 million. 'prebzzz' is the top-ranked PocketFiver from Norway. Finally, after joining PocketFives last week, Canada's 'roo_400' debuted at #42. He has $3.7 million in career online winnings and final tabled the PartyPoker High Roller last week for $14,000. He took second in the same tournament in late December under the user name 'ipuntstacks2'. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: veeea - 7,124 points eisenhower1 - 7,031 points Smeckten - 6,985 points mjw006 - 6,799 points lena900 - 6,658 points SvZff - 6,642 points Legenden - 6,626 points Ariados - 6,550 points C Darwin2 - 6,370 points IgorK - 6,324 points
  19. [caption width="650"] The top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings this week[/caption] The PocketFives Online Poker Rankingswere recalculated on Wednesday. eisenhower1, who calls Sweden home, closed out the 2015 calendar year as the #1 ranked player, having ascended to the throne on September 30. He has 7,313 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the Rankings, and leads second-ranked veeea by 27 points. Will we have a changing of the guard as we ring in 2016? We'll have to find out next week. Let's start with eisenhower1, who won the PartyPoker Heavyweight Uppercut on December 22 for $8,400 and 225 PLB Points, helping preserve his lead in the Rankings. All told, he has $7.8 million in tracked online MTT winnings and a healthy 4,328 in the money finishes. He has been a member of PocketFives since 2006. veeea, who is ranked #2, won the 24hPoker Sunday Drive 10 days ago for $4,300 and 111 PLB Points. His big splash came last month in the Sunday Million, a tournament he took down for a mammoth $183,000 payday and over 1,000 PLB Points. The same day, he won the PokerStars Bigger $109 for another $40,000 and 503 PLB Points. [caption width="300" align="alignright"] veeea is at #2 on PocketFives and within 30 points of the top spot[/caption] Legenden hit it big this week, moving up 16 spots in the PocketFives Rankings from #22 to #6. He is fresh off winning the PokerStars Super Tuesday for the second time and banked almost $100,000 in the process, helping propel him back into the top 10 worldwide. He was ranked #1 on our site as recently as two years ago. After reentering his screen names, former #1 ranked player StrungOut1resurfaced at #14 in the world. StrungOut1 final tabled the Full Tilt Sunday Major over the weekend for $7,000 and ruled the roost on our site earlier this year. He is approaching $5 million in career online tournament winnings. Shooting up 44 spots in the Rankings this week was Aggro Santos, whose real name is Scott Margereson. He's currently at #52 worldwide and won both the 888 Octopus and PokerStars Saturday Super Knockout on December 22 for over $30,000 total. He has notched five tracked wins in December, raising his career total to 102. [caption width="285" align="alignleft"] Aggro Santos moved up 44 spots[/caption] Brazil's heyalisson moved up 37 spots to settle at #60. This is the highest he has ever been in the Rankings and comes on the heels of three wins this month along with a $46,000 payday for finishing second in the Sunday Supersonic three days ago. heyalisson is the fifth-ranked player in Brazil and #1 in the plateau city of Curitiba. The Netherlands' Bunkervogel, who entered his screen names this week, entered the top 100 at #63 and just passed $1 million in winnings. He has four wins in the last 10 days, including $10,000 for taking down the PokerStars $2.22 Rebuy Saturday Splash. Bunkervogel is the top-ranked player from the Netherlands. Here are the top 10 players in the Rankings this week along with the PLB scores for each: 1. eisenhower1- 7,313 points 2. veeea- 7,286 points 3. Smeckten - 6,770 points 4. C Darwin2 - 6,733 points 5. SvZff - 6,714 points 6. Legenden- 6,468 points 7. AnteSvante - 6,443 points 8. lena900 - 6,418 points 9. IgorK - 6,258 points 10. jbrown8777 - 6,221 points
  20. [caption width="300" align="alignleft"] Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov is the top-ranked poker player in the world[/caption] By the slimmest of margins – 13 points to be exact – 'Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov' leads the PocketFives Rankings. He is starting his third week at the top, but with a small lead, there could be a brand new #1 seven days from now. Vezhenkov is quickly nearing $5 million in career online tournament cashes and is fresh off a sixth place finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday at the end of January for $27,000, which netted him 274 PLB Points. He is a three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner who earned two of them in March of last year. 'veeea' has $3.3 million in career winnings on PokerStars alone and has 7,198 PLB Points. Second place in the Rankings belongs to 'C Darwin2', who has 7,186 PLB Points and trails 'veeea' by a baker's dozen. 'C Darwin2' was up seven spots this week to #2 in the world and finished fourth in a TCOOP Wrap-Up event for $62,000 and 435 PLB Points to help his cause. The same day 'veeea' finished sixth in the Super Tuesday, 'C Darwin2' took second for $89,000 and over 500 PLB Points. Two days prior, he won the Full Tilt Sunday Major. Needless to say, the Swede has been on a tear. Amazingly, four of the top five players in the rankings this week are from Sweden, with 'veeea' being the only exception. 'C Darwin2' calls Stockholm home and sits at $3.5 million in career online MTT winnings across almost 2,000 in the money finishes. Now, can he overtake 'veeea' for the #1 spot? [caption width="460"] Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell[/caption] Moving up four spots in the rankings was Oscar 'MendaLerenda' Serradell from Bristol, who landed at #10. He was ranked as high as #6 on PocketFives last year and won a TCOOP $82 No Limit Draw event one week ago for $7,000. He also took 13th in the series' Main Event over the weekend and earned $12,000. Serradell has 327 top-three finishes and is the top-ranked poker player in the UK. The biggest jump inside the top 100 of the rankings went to Grayson 'gray31' Ramage, who moved up from #95 to #14. Ramage won a TCOOP High Roller for a commanding $291,000 over the weekend, which was good for over 1,200 PLB Points. Ten days before that, he took down the PokerStars $109 Rebuy for another $13,000. [caption width="450"] Grayson 'gray31' Ramage[/caption] Ramage is nearly at $6 million in career online tournament winnings and is the top-ranked player in Costa Rica. He plays as 'swish3113' on Full Tilt and is now seven spots off his all-time high in the rankings set in 2011. Greece's Damianos 'damourinio' Aslanidis entered the top 100 in the world at #31, his highest position ever. He won the Sunday Million over the weekend and raked in 1,100 PLB Points, one of four tournaments he took down in the last three days of January. Aslanidis is the top dog in Greece and has over 3,100 tracked in the money finishes. [caption width="300" align="alignright"] Alex 'tilt21sted' Papazian[/caption] Romania's Alex 'tilt21sted' Papazianmoved up from #79 to #33 on the strength of a runner-up finish in the TCOOP High Roller for $209,000. He is the top-ranked Romanian poker player and could be found as high as #15 on PocketFives last year. On PokerStars, where he has $1.5 million in career winnings, you can find him under the user name 'steakaddict.'. He cashed three times during EPT Prague last December to boot. Finally this week, Hungary's 'Ballage87' cracked the top 50 for the first time. He won his first PocketFives Triple Crown at the end of January and is up to 70 career victories. He's the #2 ranked player in Hungary and is about to pass $900,000 in online tournament scores. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: veeea - 7,198 points C Darwin2 - 7,186 points Smeckten - 6,895 points eisenhower1 - 6,793 points lena900 - 6,701 points SvZff - 6,679 points mjw006 - 6,624 points Legenden - 6,577 points Ariados - 6,566 points MendaLerenda - 6,482 points
  21. [caption width="661"] 'C Darwin2' is the #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] It has been a volatile last four weeks in the PocketFives Rankings. On January 20, Sweden's 'eisenhower1', who had been #1 for four months, was bucked from the top spot worldwide. Then, 'veeea' assumed the helm for three weeks. Now, there's a new sheriff in town. His name: 'C Darwin2'. He calls Sweden home and has amassed $3.6 million in online tournament winnings over the years. This is the first time he has made it to #1 in the world and was up one spot this week. 'C Darwin2' has 26 in the money finishes already in February, including a $15,000 haul for winning the PartyPoker High Roller, a score that earned him 236 PLB Points, the measure used to determine the rankings. He has 7,341 PLB Points overall and leads second-ranked 'veeea' by almost 200. Swedes appear in five of the top eight spots in the PocketFives Rankings. Grayson 'gray31' Ramagemade waves this week by moving up eight spots from #14 to #6, his highest slotting ever. He finished second in the PokerStars Sunday Million over the weekend for $156,000 after a three-way deal and earned over 700 PLB Points. [caption width="450"] Grayson 'gray31' Ramage[/caption] The Sunday Million score was Ramage's sixth largest all-time. Incredibly, at the end of January, he won a TCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em High Roller for almost $300,000 and 1,268 PLB Points. All-time, he's on the cusp of passing $6 million and is the top-ranked poker player in Costa Rica. "It's definitely nice to have moved up, especially since I've had two huge scores recently," Ramage said. "It's not something I focus on too much since I don't put in that much volume, but of course it would be cool to get to #1 at some point." Norway's 'prebzzz' moved up from #34 to #16 on the strength of a win in the Winamax High Roller on Tuesday for $9,200. On February 4, he took down the PokerStars Thursday Thrill and raked in $52,000, his third largest score ever. 'prebzzz' is the top-ranked Norwegian and was ranked as high as #3 in the world on PocketFives last year. Canada's 'roo_400' jumped up 22 spots to #18, his highest ranking ever. He has $2.6 million in career winnings on PokerStars alone and won the site's Sunday Second Chance over the weekend for $36,000 and 447 PLB Points. 'roo_400' is the top-ranked player in Canada and plays as 'ipuntstacks2' on PartyPoker, where he has $161,000 in lifetime winnings. He is 11 days away from celebrating his 10th anniversary of being a member of the PocketFives community. Jamie 'EzGame89' O'Connor, who hails from Leeds in the UK, entered the top 100 at #59, his best showing ever. The Brit was the fourth-place finisher in the Sunday Million over the weekend and holds 242 top-three finishes in tournaments that PocketFives tracks. In the brick-and-mortar world, O'Connor won a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event in Luton four years ago for $73,000, his largest live cash to date, according to the Hendon Mob. [caption width="400" align="alignleft"] Jamie 'EZGame89' O'Connor[/caption] Also entering the top 100 this week was Russia's Mikhail 'zinka' Galitskiy, who landed at #64, his best ranking ever. He has taken down four MTTs in February, including the PokerStars Sunday Kickoff for $28,000. Galitskiy is the fifth-ranked Russian and #1 in the riverside city of Perm. His largest cash was worth $74,000 and came after winning the Sunday Warm-Up two years ago. Mike 'MikeyG3' Gentili also set a personal best this week, entering the top 100 of the rankings at #83. He's the top-ranked player in the border town of Windsor, Canada and is just a few hours removed from a victory in the PokerStars Big $162 for $16,000. His January included a final table in a TCOOP event for $25,000, a win in the TCOOP Saturday Super Speedway for $24,000, and a gold medal in the PokerStars Big $55 for $14,000. Finally this week, Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Zamorano, who was once ranked #6 worldwide on PocketFives, reentered the top 100 at #93. This London resident has four wins since January 30, raising his career total to an even 40. He passed $2 million in career winnings on January 18 and will now look to mount a run at the top 10 once again. Here are the top 10 players in the rankings this week along with the PLB score for each: C Darwin2 - 7,341 points veeea - 7,153 points SvZff - 6,962 points eisenhower1 - 6,924 points Smeckten - 6,798 points gray31 - 6,797 points lena900 - 6,628 points Ariados - 6,566 points MendaLerenda - 6,539 points mjw006 - 6,501 points
  22. [caption width="640"] Sweden's 'Pot4teUS' moved up 10 spots to #5 in the world in the PocketFives Rankings[/caption] The recently-completed PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) brought plenty of chances for players to pocket six-figures in a variety of games. And with that came plenty of chances to make moves in the PocketFives Rankings. When the smoke cleared, two players punched their tickets into the top 10. One week ago, Sweden's 'Pot4teUS' was ranked #15 in the world. Then, he zoomed to a third place finish in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em tournament for $157,000 along with 649 PLB Points. It was the largest score of his online poker career and, as a result, he moved up 10 spots to #5. This is the highest ranking ever for 'Pot4teUS' and he's now the #3 ranked player in Sweden. 'Pot4teUS' owns $2.8 million in career online tournament winnings and is part of a ferocious Swedish contingent that holds four of the top seven spots worldwide in the rankings. Right behind the Swede on the leaderboard is Russia's 'NoPlanB', who finished ninth in the SCOOP Main Event for $104,000 and 756 PLB Points, his largest cash ever. Also in recent days, 'NoPlanB' took eighth in a SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Cubed and put back $15,000. 'NoPlanB' was up 22 spots on the week to a new all-time high. He's the top-ranked online poker player in Russia and just passed $3.6 million in career winnings. He's banked $2 million on PokerStars alone, where he plays under the user name 'EvnomiYa'. Sweden's 'C Darwin2' remains the top-ranked online poker player in the world, a title he has held since May 11. He won a partypoker Powerfest event four days ago for $4,100, the 58th tracked victory of his career, and sits at almost exactly $4.2 million in career online winnings. He leads the second place player on the leaderboard, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, by 38 points. [caption width="639"] Russia's 'veeea' moved up nine spots to #12[/caption] Outside the top 10, Russia's 'veeea' moved up nine spots to #12. This former #1 ranked player won the PokerStars $320 Saturday KO over the weekend for $28,000 and 432 PLB Points. Amazingly, it was his 234th career online tournament win and helped push his lifetime cash total to almost $5.3 million. He was ranked #1 in the world for a three-week stretch that ended in mid-February. Estonia's Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa was up 39 spots this week to #29, his best showing ever. Koplimaa took fifth in the SCOOP High-Stakes Main Event for $416,000 and over 1,000 PLB Points. It was the largest score of his career by a factor of 10 and boosted his lifetime cash total to almost $3 million. Koplimaa leads the 162 Estonian PocketFives members with PLB scores. Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura reentered the top 100 at #48, 20 spots off his all-time high. He won a $109 SCOOP No Limit Hold'em Progressive Super Knockout for $45,000 and 539 PLB Points last Thursday and then finished fourth in a $215 No Limit Hold'em Mix-Max tournament for another $20,000. "I am very happy with my results," Ventura said. "After a few years, I finally got my first SCOOP tittle. I am looking forward to joining the top 10 on PocketFives." Also reentering the top 100 and landing one spot behind Ventura is '3p3nipa'. He scored big in the France Poker Series on PokerStars, taking down its Main Event for $142,000 and 880 PLB Points. That score followed back-to-back days of SCOOP final tables for $66,000 combined. '3p3nipa' is at $2.8 million in career online tournament winnings, three-quarters of which has come on PokerStars. Finally this week, Finland's 'European' reentered the top 100 at #55. He was ranked as high as #3 in the world two years ago and rocketed up the leaderboard thanks to three five-figure SCOOP scores in a three-day span, including a third place finish in a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Three-Max Turbo Progressive Knockout and a 19th place run in the Main Event. He's about to hit $3 million in winnings for his online tournament career. This week's top 10: C Darwin2 - 8,265 points joaosimaobh - 8,217 points lena900 - 7,961 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,550 points Pot4teUS - 7,367 points NoPlanB - 7,354 points Ariados - 7,255 points RoccoGe - 7,070 points damourinio - 6,983 points Big Huni - 6,947 points
  23. [caption width="640"] Russian players continue to pile up impressive numbers with 'veeea' leading the way.[/caption] Even before Ivan Demidov made the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event final table, Russia was a burgeoning poker powerhouse. That has translated to the online game where a few of the nation’s finest have been in and currently reside inside the PocketFives worldwide top-10. Without further adieu, PocketFives is proud to introduce the first edition of the Russian rankings. Former worldwide #1 and current #5 ‘veeea’ leads the Russians with nearly 700 points standing between them and second place. ‘Veeea’ won WCOOP Event #6 ($1,050 Progressive KO $750K GTD) for $97,389 and 781.34 points and has gradually added to that total since. Among other cashes on the resume of ‘veeea’ include WCOOP payouts in the Main Event and a $5,200 side event. Following an October that saw them finish second in PLB points, ‘josef_shvejk’ is #2 in Russia. The largest win for ‘josef_shvejk’ so far in November is a victory in the Big 109. The first place came on November 4 and earned ‘josef_shvejk’ 205.18 points along with over $7,500. Poker is working out well for ‘NoPlanB’ who is third in Russia and #25 worldwide. ‘NoPlanB’ was up as high as third in the world in 2016 and recently moved over the $5 million mark in career earnings. One of those recent scores occurred on October 31 when ‘NoPlanB’ placed third in the PokerStars Bounty Builder High Roller for $10,432. Two players hovering below the 6,000 PLB point mark but holding strong at the fourth and fifth spot, respectively, are ‘hellohellohello’ and‘drupalucker.’ ‘hellohellohello’ gave warm greetings to two first place results last week, which earned them nearly $20,000 in the process. ‘drupalucker’ started their month off well with a win in the PokerStars Big $215, which came with 187.08 PLB points and $7,000. ‘papan9_p$’ stands less than 20 points ahead of ‘Flat’ for the sixth spot on the list. ‘Flat’ ended October with a bang by winning the partypoker High Roller Warm Up to pick up $16,767. ‘papan9_p$’ already has three wins less than two weeks into November. #8 ranked ‘Ti0’ started of November slow but is picking up the pace based on their win in the 888poker $10,000 Tornado on November 7. ‘MiracleQ’ is gradually accumulating points in the low and midstakes events on PokerStars and is currently ranked #56 in the world. Finally, in tenth place is ‘NikolasDLP’ who is holding onto the spot despite not having a cash yet in November. ‘NikolasDLP’ did close out partypoker Powerfest with a second place finish in the Championship event, which gave them over $122,000 and 659.75 points. Russia's Current Top 10 RANKPLAYERPOINTS 1veeea7,436.10 2josef_shvejk6,740.64 3NoPlanB6,496.84 4hellohellohello5,956.35 5drupalucker5,855.99 6papan9_p$5,780.28 7Flat5,560.94 8Ti05,539.06 9MiracleQ5,469.50 10NikolasDLP5,209.84
  24. There was another Sunday of big money wins across online poker's top tournaments with the crowning of a three-time PokerStars Sunday Million champion. Russia's 'veeea' took down the PokerStars Sunday Million for an outstanding third time in their career after they came through the 5,236 player-field to win $141,494. 'veeea' who previously won the event back in 2015 and 2017 is also a three-time Super Tuesday champion and a former PocketFives.com world number #1. The win for 'veeea' comes less than eight weeks after a near miss in the Sunday Million chasing a third title when they ended up with the bronze medal for $71,823, but this time around they achieved it. 'LEHMATLENTAA' departed in third place for $69,680 before 'WhatA298' fell at the final hurdle during heads-up and banked an impressive $99,292. Nick "fu_15" Maimone defeated Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom heads-up in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller after the pair had agreed to a money deal. Blom was awarded the slightly bigger share after negotiations had taken place after 'Roma_Tilt' had departed in third place for $19,787 + $5,885 in bounties. However, Maimone was able to turn it around and sent Blom to the rail as runner-up for $32,331 + $9,368 in bounties, with Maimome picking up $31,491 + $23,542 in bounties for the win. The PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up saw a 919 entrants field create a $183,800 prize pool with Malta's 'wisopekeño!' banking the largest share. 'KayCrusher' exited in third place for $15,867.25, which left 'wisopekeño!' in a battle against the Czech Republic's 'Vocaaas.' 'wisopekeño!' was able to come out on top to win the $30,693 top-prize and continued a great year having picked up a SCOOP title in May. 'Vocaaas' added another $22,068 to their already impressive $1.1m in online earnings as runner-up. 'M.nosbocaJ' topped an 82 player-field in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller to win $39,838. 'Pimmss' claimed the bronze medal for $24,511, before 'M.nosbocaJ' faced off with 'topdoll827' for the title, with the latter falling in second place for $31,248. 'SandwichBacon' banked over $41,000 for victory in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter after they defeated 'Skipper22' heads-up. One hundred and fifty entrants created a prize pool worth $153,000 and when Sweden's 'Algorhytm' hit the rail in third for $9,000 + $3,607 in bounties, 'Skipper22' was unable to get the better of 'SandwichBacon' and settled for $12,375 + $7,036 in bounties as the runner-up. Samuel 'JHelppi' Vousden went the distance in the partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller and added another impressive result to his poker c.v. The Finn won his 84th PocketFives.com gold medal after a heads-up victory over 'j2805667' who exited in second for $31,900. 'addhuSK' banked $21,025 in third place, with Vousden taking away $47,125 for the win. Bulgaria's #1 ranked player 'SUPERSCOUSER' was the last player standing in the partypoker $1,050 Deepstack after they held off the challenge of 97 other players to win $24,500. Sweden's former world ranked #1 'Doyle_B' came third for $12,500, with 'Gl4adiat0r' the final player to depart, and banked $17,500 as runner-up. 'Yattag0' turned $215 into $16,380 after they came through a 420 player-field in the 888poker $80,000 Sunday Mega Deep. On a final table of eight, 'ShipGold' had to settle for bronze in third place for $9,240, before 'DuckFace01' banked $12,180 in second, which meant 'Yattag0' was this week's hero. Below are this week’s Sunday final table results: PokerStars Sunday Million ($200 + $15 NLHE) $1M Guaranteed 5,236 entrants, $1,047,200 prize pool veeea - $141,494.47 WhatA298 - $99,292.15 LEHMATLENTAA - $69,680.16 sman9876 - $48,899.31 Joelauson7 - $34,316.11 SoCloseCall - $24,082.03 Ejdms - $16,900.02 shockpowerJr - $11,859.95 neto gol - $8,323.04 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $150k Gtd 82 entrants, $164,000 prize pool M.nosbocaJ - $39,838.65 topdoll827 - $31,248.82 Pimmss - $24,511.14 Sphinx87 - $19,226.19 sonmonedas - $15,080.75 blanconegro - $11,829.12 a Bull 67 - $9,278.59 Ssick_One - $7,277.99 Nolet20 - $5,708.75 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $400k Gtd 894 entrants, $447,000 prize pool FU_15 - $31,491.79* + $23,542.40 (in bounties) Isildur1 - $32,331.67* + $9,368.64 Roma_Tilt - $19,787.12 + $5,885.74 Tulkaz - $14,503.89 + $9,490.23 Sphinx87 - $10,631.31 + $437.50 C.Darwin2 - $7,792.72 + $890.93 Geokarak - $5,712.05 + $6,685.54 jayjayme - $4,186.91 + $2,953.13 pappadogg - $3,068.99 + $1,625.00 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $175k Gtd 919 entrants, $183,800 prize pool wisopekeño! - $30,693.25 Vocaaas - $22,068.24 KayCrusher - $15,867.25 $odomiz€r - $11,408.68 infiniti3330 - $8,202.93 engantil - $5,897.97 hopezACE - $4,240.68 paulitschMC - $3,049.09 Anjeyyy - $2,192.31 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR Bounty Hunter $150k Gtd 150 entrants, $153,000 prize pool SandwichBacon - $17,242.50 + $24,943.75 Skipper22 - $12,375 + $7,036.25 Algorhytm - $9,000 + $3,607.50 sergewiceq - $6,375 + $1,495 Partyyycular - $4,500 + $1,787.50 aagii101 - $3,562.50 + $1,820 0txark0agabr0 - $2,835 + $1,625 WhoDatt. - $2,250 + $2,015 partypoker $1,050 Sunday HR $100k 101 entrants, $101,000 prize pool whresmymind - $21,707.23* uNORTH0doX - $20,712.78 BelowAvgGreg - $12,625 HellmuthTheGr8 - $8,837.50 ACHSO8000 - $6,525 spinner2255 - $5,050 Patrick_Leonard - $4,040 Gl4diat0r - $3,282.50 partypoker $2,600 Super Sunday High Roller $100k Gtd 58 entrants, $145,000 prize pool JHelppi - $47,125 j2805667 - $31,900 addhuSK - $21,025 Specter_Litt - $13,050 madgenius87 - $10,150 Z0mbiegirl - $7,975 george15mcd - $6,887.50 Iluvia71 - $6,887.50 partypoker $1,050 Deepstack-HR $100k Gtd 98 entrants, $100,000 prize pool SUPERSCOUSER - $24,500 Gl4adiat0r - $17,500 Doyle_B - $12,500 madgenius87 - $8,750 andstar555 - $6,500 JHelppi - $4,000 chik12ha - $4,000 p3pp3rOnc1n1 - $3,250 888poker $80,000 Sunday Mega Deep 420 entrants – $84,000 prize pool Yattag0 - $16,380 DuckFace01 - $12,180 ShipGold - $9,240 GangstaGo - $6,720 1LevelAbove - $4,620 WadoIchimonj - $3,360 LifeOnMars - $2,520 bAdP0KeR87 - $2,100  
  25. [caption width="640"] After entering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, Ivan 'Hurrrrican3' Gabrieli joined the top 10 of the rankings this week at #8 (photo: PokerStars)[/caption] Board up your windows. Fill up those sandbags. Grab two of every animal. Hurricane Gabrieli is thrashing the top 10 of the PocketFives Rankings. After entering his screen names into his PocketFives profile, Ivan 'Hurrrrican3' Gabrieli joined the top 10 of the rankings this week at #8. He had the most successful month of his online poker career in May, piling up over $700,000 in online tournament winnings from 41 in the money finishes. Eight days into May, Gabrieli took third in the PokerStars Hot $162 and put back $12,000. One day later, he was back at it, taking fourth in a SCOOP $700 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy for another $56,000. But those were just a warm-up, a sample of the destruction to come. On May 14, the Slovenian took bronze in a Spring Championship of Online Poker $21,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em High Roller for a commanding $381,000 and almost 900 PLB Points. Four days after the largest score of his career, he took second in a SCOOP $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold'em for another $212,000. Instead of cats and dogs, it was raining cash and PLB Points. When the maelstrom had finally cleared out, Gabrieli became the top-ranked Slovenian and owns $2.1 million in career online tournament winnings. Brazil's Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao is #1 for the second consecutive week. Like Gabrieli, he has largely been silent in June, but is coming off a month of May in which he won the partypoker Online Grand Prix and Super High Roller and took second in the Super High Roller for over $130,000 total. He has a PLB score of 7,739 points, 70 more than second place in the rankings. [caption width="639"] Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov reentered the top 10 at #9[/caption] Russia's Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov reentered the top 10 at #9, up two spots on the week. He won the PokerStars.fr Hot €100 last week and took down the 888 Mega Deep on June 19 for $23,000. He was ranked #1 on PocketFives as recently as February and, with volume others aren't putting in right now, could make another run at the top spot in short order. He has a PLB score of 6,963 points. Jimmy 'JMolloy" Molloy also reentered the top 10, moving up from #13 to #10. He's two spots off his all-time high of #8 in the world, set two years ago, and is fresh off a Sunday in which he won the partypoker Heavyweight Creed and PokerStars $25,000 Guaranteed and finished second in the Sunday Kickoff. He's up to an even 320 career wins and almost 800 top-three finishes. Another player charging towards the top of the rankings is Brazil's Joao 'joaomathias' Mathias, who moved up from #25 to #12 after winning last week's Thursday Thrill for $37,000 and 431 PLB Points. Mathias was ranked #1 in January 2015 and is $108,000 shy of lapping $8 million in career online winnings. Lithuania's Mantas 'bagoch' Bagocius is up 36 spots this week, settling at #63. This is his highest ranking ever and comes on the heels of final tabling the Sunday Supersonic and $109 Sunday Cooldown on the same day for $20,000 combined. He's the #2 player in Lithuania and just passed 3,000 lifetime in the money finishes. One spot behind Bagocius is Sweden's Erik 'Kihlstrom' Olofsson, who is up 20 places to #64. He's coming off wins on June 26 in the Winamax Magnum and partypoker Heavyweight Drago, the 148th and 149th golds of his tournament life. He's the 15th-ranked player in the poker powerhouse known as Sweden and reached an all-time high in the rankings of #51 this year. The award for best top 100 debut went to 'greengrass67', who entered at #75, his best showing ever. The Hungarian had a productive weekend on partypoker, taking down the High Roller and finishing second in the Super High Roller for $40,000 total and over 400 PLB Points. He's the second-ranked Hungarian and is about to hit $500,000 in lifetime tournament scores. Canada's 'iamthedeck ftw' also broke back into the top 100, hitting #90. He took down the Big $215 on Tuesday for $10,000 and also has victories this month in the PokerStars $109 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Hyper-Turbo, partypoker High Roller, Hot $162, and Thursday Thrill. He's looking to improve upon his previous best showing in the rankings, #31 in 2013. This week's top 10: joaosimaobh - 7,739 points C Darwin2 - 7,662 points lena900 - 7,642 points Pot4teUS - 7,491 points 1_conor_b_1 - 7,417 points RoccoGe - 7,117 points damourinio - 6,991 points Hurrrrican3 - 6,989 points veeea - 6,963 points JMolloy - 6,870 points
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