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[caption width="640"] Jonas 'Jownz' Lauck wins the September Points Leaderboard (PokerStars photo/Neil Stoddart[/caption] Germany's Jonas 'Jownz' Lauck squeeked out a win on the September Points Leaderboard over former PocketFives #1-ranked player in the world Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro and current top dog in the rankings Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez. Lauck amassed a huge 4,099.12 leaderboard points with over three-quarters of this total coming with a win in the 2016 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, which earned him $1,101,278.90 and 3,170.63 leaderboard points. To put this into perspective, Bulgaria's Alex 'alexd2' Dimitrov dominated the August Points Leaderboard with 3,016.82 points, or over 100 points less than Lauck notched with one big victory. Outside of the WCOOP Main Event, Lauck's ascension to the top spot on the monthly leaderboard mostly came through a number of small cashes that added up to 927.49 points. His next biggest scores came on September 4 when he took eighth place in the PokerStars Big $109, $125K Guaranteed for $3,206.53 and 138.08 points, followed by a runner-up performance in the PokerStars.fr Night on Stars - €100, €20,000 Guaranteed on September 14 for $4,699.36 and 122.46 points. Lauck now resides in 46th place in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings, slightly down from his high point of 39th place which came the Wednesday after he won the WCOOP Main Event. His big win also propelled him in a huge way in the rankings as he began the month in 1,019th place and the week before his win was in 734th place. Meanwhile, Chile's Fierro came very close in winning his sixth monthly leaderboard title with 3,989.42 leaderboard points. He previously won the leaderboard in April 2010, September 2014, April 2015, June 2015, and August 2015. Fierro didn't walk away empty handed as his bankroll grew in a big way with a win in the Winning Poker Network OSS #72 - Million Dollar Sunday to haul in $211,060 and 1,028.59 points. Uruguay's Gonzalez finished just behind Fierro in third place on the leaderboard with an impressive 3,948.84 points thanks to a strong month which propelled him to the number one spot in the PocketFives Worldwide Rankings. Gonzalez's huge month was highlighted by six tournament victories including shipping his fourth WCOOP title which came when he took down WCOOP Event #43 - $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship for $30,981.06 and 379.47 points on Sept. 16. He earned even more points when he shipped the PokerStars Hot $215, $75K Guaranteed on Sept. 11 for $25,620.98 and 388.33 points. Rounding out the top five were a pair of former top ranking online tournament players in the world with Brazil's Joao Mathias 'joaomathias' Baumgarten taking fourth place with 3,838.12 points and United Kingdom's Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard finishing in fifth place with 3,728.90 points. The top 10 in September: Jownz - 4,099.12 PokerKaiser - 3,989.42 SixthSenSe19 - 3,948.84 joaomathias - 3,838.12 pleno1 - 3,728.90 jbrown8777 - 3,514.00 European - 3,485.22 lena900 - 3,223.73 r4ndomr4gs - 3,080.18 C Darwin2 - 3,064.28
The 2018 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker was won by unknown player 'wann2play,' or so we thought. After a lengthy investigation by PokerStars, 'wann2play' was disqualified, the winner's $1.35 million share was redistributed to the rest of the prize pool, and 'eze88888' was bumped up to first place. The 'wann2play' account was frozen shortly after the $1.35 million victory and an investigation was launched by PokerStars. After roughly a year and a half had passed since the completion of the event in September 2018, the determination was made that 'wann2play' violated PokerStars’ terms of service. "Our players deserve a safe place to play online poker," Rebecca McAdam, Associate Director, Group Public Relations for PokerStars, said. "That's why we invest millions of dollars every year and have a large Game Integrity team working round the clock. A large part of the Game Integrity team's responsibility is to thoroughly investigate players who appear to disrupt that safe, fun, and enjoyable environment. If the case arises where we believe that a player is acting inappropriately, we use cutting-edge technology and practices to keep the game safe and distribute funds back to affected players as fairly and quickly as possible. Please check out our Game Integrity page and videos for more information at pokerstars.com/poker/room/gameintegrity/. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 'Eze88888,' who is from Bahía Blanca in the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina, and has been playing poker since 2009, told PocketFives that it "feels super good" to get the win and added prize money that comes with the ruling. 'Eze88888' said that he suspected something might be up during the later stages of the tournament. After the event was over, 'eze88888' spent time to review the event and also had conversations with some well-known players. That's when 'eze88888' became even more suspicious that something foul was at play. 'Eze88888' said he spent months of exchanging emails with PokerStars as the matter was looked into further. With being bumped up to first place, 'eze88888' was credited with the event's original first-place prize of $1.529 million. At the end of the 2018 WCOOP Main Event, 'wann2play' and 'eze88888' agreed to a heads-up deal, with 'wann2play' taking $1.352 million and 'eze88888' taking $1.257 million. The event's original first-place prize was $1.529 million, so 'eze88888' earned an additional $272,000 in prize money as a result of the disqualification. The 2018 WCOOP $5,200 Main Event attracted 2,044 entries and generated a prize pool north of $10 million. The final table including Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger, Robby 'PlayaPlz' Lipkin, Michael 'mczhang' Zhang, and Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken. The last time a WCOOP champion was disqualified was in 2007. 'TheV0id' had originally been credited as winning the event's $1.22 million top prize, but it was ruled that 'TheV0id' violated the PokerStars terms of service. The account was registered to Natalie Teltscher, the sister of Mark Teltscher. PokerStars had determined that it was not Natalie Teltscher who had played on the account. After the DQ, Natalie Teltscher filed a lawsuit against PokerStars in an attempt to regain the winnings. The lawsuit was eventually dropped after Natalie Teltscher admitted she had not played in the 2007 WCOOP event, but rather someone else played on her account.