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  1. For weeks now, the worldwide Online Poker Rankings have been a tight-knit crew. Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon has held down the top spot for the past eight weeks and well-known names like Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic, Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, and Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens have occupied their own positions inside the Top 5. But this week, a new player broke through into the upper echelons of the rankings for the first time in his career. Portugal’s #1-ranked pro Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira soared past Brazil’s Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann and Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivieleski to capture the #5 spot, building on what has been, for him, an incredible start to 2021. Ferreira has long been considered a top-tier tournament player but his recent rise in the rankings can be traced back to the beginning of this year when he collected large amounts of PLB points on a daily basis. Many of Ferreira's spotlight scores have come on GGPoker, where he dedicates most of his volume. His first notable score of the year came back on January 4 when he made a deep run in the WSOP Circuit Event #15 ($800 FIFTY STACK), finishing in fifth place for $56,646 and 451.33 PLB points. That was just the start of an onslaught of impressive results that week. In a three-day span, he collected five PLB-qualifying scores including a fifth-place finish in the prestigious $10K Super MILLION$ tournament where he collected $158,690 and 567.28 PLB points. In total, he brought in 1,396.28 points during that span which set him up for a run to the worldwide Top 10. Less than a week later, Ferreira finished as the runner-up in the Winamax W Series High Roller KO for $131,199, his second six-figure score of the week. The 921.92 PLB points that came with it remains his largest PLB score of the year so far. He wasn’t finished with the W Series as a victory in Event 185 added another $11,194 to his bankroll and helped pad the bed of PLB points he’d need to push into the upper echelons of the rankings. On January 26, he made another deep run in the GGPoker Super MILLION$, finishing in 11th place for $33,604. Ferriera has proved to be one of the most consistent players in the weekly Super MILLION$ having cashed in 15 of his 31 appearances and earning $1,000,053 along the way. After that result, Ferriera had climbed into the #8 spot in the rankings and needed an extra jolt to hit a new career-high rank this week. He got that lift this week after outlasting the 111 runners, and besting Chris Koldnicki heads-up, in the $525 buy-in GGPoker Sunday High Rollers for $12,886 and 235.58 PLB points. On the same day, at a final table that included Ryan Riess, Bryan Paris, and Jack Salter, Ferreira took fifth place in the High Roller MILLION$ for $66,038 and the 473.78 PLB points he needed to break into the Top 5. While he still has a way to go to make a run at #1, as he’s over 3,400 points behind Botteon as of this week, another solid performance over the next week could put him in striking distance of Stevens who sits at #4, just 194 points away. Online Poker Rankings Notes This Week • Russia’s Andrey 'kot_spartac' Kotelnikov reached a career-high ranking of #13 in the world, up 12 spots from #25 last week, thanks in part to finishing in fourth place out of a massive 28,404-entry field in the PokerStars 50/50 Series $50 Main Event. He earned $47,045 and 494.56 PLB points to push him past former #1-ranked Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford who fell back to #14. • Popular Twitch poker streamer Patrick ‘Egption’ Tardif hit #34 in the world, a new career-high for him, after finishing as the runner-up in the Natural8 $1,050 High Rollers Main Event for $75,480 and 466.52 PLB points. The score helped propel Tardif to up over $3 million in career online earnings. • Brazil’s Gabriel ‘gtavares10’ Tavares made one of the biggest moves of the week, jumping up 27 spots to #58 after his victory in the February 7 PokerStars $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder for $40,301 and 541.76 PLB points. Brazil has taken over the worldwide top 100, currently holding down 29 of the top 100 spots. Worldwide Online Poker Rankings [table id=171 /]
  2. The top-ranked online poker player in Dorset, England is Ninemil, better known in the real world as Clayton Hamm (pictured). He stormed to the top of the leaderboard of the Winamax High Rollerlast month and bagged $19,000, helping push his career online cash total to over $1.2 million. We caught up with Hamm, who is known on Full Tilt Poker as ScrillaGorila. PocketFives: Awesome job in the Winamax High Roller. Tell us how you're feeling. Clayton Hamm: Thanks. It was a lot of fun. It feels great to win any MTT, let alone the Winamax High Roller on a Sunday since it pays quite a bit to first place. It had been a while since I won something, so it was definitely a confidence-booster; any momentum helps. PocketFives: Can you tell us about that tournament's structure and field? Clayton Hamm: The structure of basically every tournament on Winamax is really good. I believe every MTT except the Sunday Surprise starts with 20,000-chip stacks and very low blinds. The High Roller is my favorite because of the smaller field size and the big first prize. I like High Rollers in general because of their smaller fields, which I think cuts down on variance, even though it is a higher buy-in. I don't run into a lot of very good regs in the High Roller, which is always nice, although there are definitely a few very good grinders who play it every week. PocketFives: You've had a ton of success in general. How big was that PokerStars Sunday Millionfinal table you had in 2011 for $69,000? Clayton Hamm: It was a great feeling to get that far in the biggest weekly online MTT. I was having a sick year at that point and still playing on my own dime, so that was a life-changer for sure. I think first prize was around $240,000. There were some very talented players at the final table, so I was very happy with a fifth place finish, especially considering I came into the final table as the short stack. It would've been nice to win the flip at the end, but c'est la vie. PocketFives: How did that tournament change your career? Clayton Hamm: It gave me the confidence and bankroll to play basically every online MTT there was at the time, although I stayed away from the Super Tuesday and the $1K Monday. I just didn't want to take on that variance at that point since I wasn't staked or anything. I started playing $100 rebuys after that with real success, although I wasn't able to win one. Also, I used a lot of that money to play the WSOP that year. A big part of that was Black Friday, though. Since I couldn't play all of those MTTs online anymore, I decided to take a big chunk of that score to Vegas. I'm definitely an introvert, so I prefer online to live poker any day. I just didn't have a choice at that point. Vegas went okay. I won a Rio Daily for about $15,000, which was great, but wasn't able to break through the fields in any bracelet events. I really thought I was going to final table the large $1K bracelet event, but took a really bad beat with four tables left in a pot that would've given me the chip lead. But again, c'est la vie and onto the next one. PocketFives: What were you doing before playing poker full-time? Clayton Hamm: I mostly worked construction with my dad during high school, which was a great experience but mostly taught me that I didn't want to have to do something that physically demanding for the rest of my life. I joined the Marine Corps directly after high school, but unfortunately crashed my motorcycle while on leave after boot camp, which eventually led to my discharge a few months later. After that, I really didn't have any idea what I wanted to do, so I decided going to college was a good bet. It turns out it was. I think it was one of the best decisions I ever made. That's where I found poker, which changed my life for the better. We used to play $0.25/$0.50 cash games in the dorms and buy in for $5 or $10, which is hilarious to me now, but it was a great learning experience and I met some of my very good friends there. PocketFives: What do you do outside of poker now? Clayton Hamm: When I'm not playing poker, I spend a lot of time with my girlfriend and our crazy dog; they're both awesome. I try to enjoy life to the fullest. We're on this planet for such a short amount of time, so I think we really need to focus on getting the maximum out of the little time we have. For me, this means spending more time with family and friends, which I intend to do a lot more of this year since I've been primarily in the UK over the last year. PocketFives: Is there anyone you'd like to recognize? Clayton Hamm: I'd like to give a shout out to Pfizer Jordan (phyzer23). He was one of the guys I met playing short-stack cash games in college and is a good friend of mine to this day. Also, I'd like to thank mlagoo for coaching me and taking my game to the next level a few years ago. Finally, thanks to everyone in our Skype group; you know who you are. If you don't already have a Winamax account but have an EU bank account, you can sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives Training with no sign-up fee and be tracked for our exclusive March PLB competitionon Winamax that awards €1,100 in tickets! Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. Sweden continued its attack on the upper reaches of the PocketFives Online Poker Rankingsthis week, claiming three of the top four spots worldwide. Holding down the fort at #3 worldwide and #2 in Sweden is Sheater, who took down the Winamax Grand Tournament over the weekend, a $1,311 buy-in tournament, for a cool $45,000. "It feels great," Sheater told PocketFives in an exclusive interview following his Sunday Major victory. "Last Sunday was about to turn into a really bad day. I final table bubbled a couple of tournaments and lost some big stacks. At the same time, my internet went down and my backup internet didn't work. The connection was unstable, but I had this tournament left with a really good stack." Despite the tech issues, Sheater stayed connected and continued navigating the 123-man field, but not without a few setbacks. He narrated, "I lost K-K to K-T offsuit for the chip lead with around 12 left. At that point, I was pretty tilted and was one of the shortest stacks left. I managed to get back into it and ran really well after that, though. I won A-T to A-Q with four left versus fellow PocketFiver Ariados for a big pot. Then, I knocked out the aggressive chip leader with A-A versus A-Q on a board of 2-3-5-Q-X. After that, I was chip leader again and managed to hold it all the way." As a result of the score, Sheater has over $60,000 in tracked scores on Winamax, which accepts EU players, and $4.5 million overall. Nearly half of the latter total has come on PokerStars, where he plays under the user name gnetaren. "I probably don't celebrate scores enough," Sheater responded when asked if and how he enjoys big wins. "I just bought a new bed for myself, though. For this score, I haven't celebrated yet. I like to play on Monday and Tuesday, so I had to wait a few days to do anything." Sheater was ranked #1 in the world on PocketFives starting on Christmas and stretching for four weeks. His profile has over 25,000 views, one of the highest counts of anyone, and he told us what it means to have been the top-ranked player: "It felt great to be at the top for some time, especially for my confidence in my game. I think it depends a lot on how much volume you put in and whether you manage to get first or second in a tournament instead of fifth or sixth, which I was fortunate to do for some time there." He added, "Some top players don't play as much volume as I have been, but when they do they rise, they do so pretty fast in the Rankings." Sweden overtook Canadafor the top spot in the PocketFives Country Poker Rankingslast month and an incredible 11 Swedes are in the top 50 worldwide on PocketFives. Is there something in the water in the Sweden poker community? "It's tax-free on PokerStars for Swedish players now, so the best players play a lot more volume than before and more top Swedish players have created a PocketFives account," Sheater said. "It has also been winter in Sweden (pictured), which is a good time to be indoors playing poker." Today's high in Stockholm: 39 degrees Fahrenheit. One of Sheater's biggest claims to fame came last May, when he final tabled two PokerStars SCOOP events for a combined score of over $170,000 officially. Last November, he took down the Full Tilt Sunday Brawl for $52,000. If you're wondering, his $45,000 effort in the Winamax Grand Tournament represents his fifth largest score to date. If you don't already have a Winamax account but have an EU bank account, you can sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get one free month of PocketFives Training with no sign-up fee and be tracked for our exclusive March PLB competition on Winamaxthat awards €1,100 in tickets! Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. In April, PocketFives and Winamaxare teaming up for an exclusive PLB competitionthat's only open to players whose Winamax accounts were created through the links on PocketFives. The top prize this month is a €550 buy-in to Marrakech SISMIX Electro Poker Festival Main Event that takes place in May. The SISMIX festival runs from May 21 to 25 at the Es Saadi Casino. Electro music will permeate its halls and, according to Winamax, "The Main Event will be played short-handed, with a buy-in of 6,000 dirham (€550) and 3,000,000 dirham guaranteed. Other tournaments such as the 10,000 dirham (€910) High Roller will also take place as well as cash game tables running 24 hours a day." The top 18 places in our April PLB Competition will receive a prize, with the winner getting the SISMIX Main Event buy-in. How you cash in qualifying Winamax tournaments will determine your spot on the leaderboard. PocketFives only tracks scheduled MTTs with at least a $0.01 buy-in, at least a $100 prize pool, and at least 20 players. The month is only halfway done, so there's still plenty of time to play. Here are the 18 prizes up for grabs: 1st Place: €550 Buy-In to Marrakech SISMIX Electro Poker Festival Main Event 2nd Place: 1 x €100 + 1 x €50 Winamax tickets 3rd Place: 1 x €100 Winamax tickets 4th to 5th places: 1 x €50 + 1 x €20 Winamax tickets 6th to 9th places: 1 x €50 Winamax tickets 10th to 18th places: 1 x €20 Winamax tickets The only way to take part in the PLB Competition and have a shot at the Main Event buy-in is to create your Winamax account through PocketFives' links, which you can do by clicking here. You'll also get a 100% up to €500 bonus and one free month of PocketFives Training when you make a deposit. We've run an exclusive PLB Competition for several months in a row now and expect it to occur in May as well, albeit it with a different top prize. Once you sign up, e-mail support@pocketfives.com to claim your Training! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. In mid-2012, Davidi Kitai (pictured), a Belgium native who is known on PocketFives as legrouzin, won the European Poker Tour's Main Event in Berlin for nearly a million bucks. In 2008, it was more of the same. That year, he took third in the EPT Barcelona feature tournament for $649,000. Kitai is a sponsored pro of Winamax, which accepts EU players, and you can sign up for Winamax hereto be eligible for a special April PLB Competitionthe site is running in conjunction with PocketFives. We also track Winamax for our Online Poker Rankings. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- We caught up with Kitai while the pro was camped out in Cyprus. He told us, "I'm on vacation right now and am playing some poker. I will move to London in a few weeks and will be there for six months or a year. London seems to be the safest choice if you are a poker player. Many poker players live there and everything is easy, although it's expensive." We can vouch for London being one of the most expensive cities in the world. Kitai said he loves the food, pubs, and clubs of the English city and is soon gearing up to head west to Las Vegas for the annual World Series of Poker. Kitai won his second WSOP bracelet in 2013 in a $5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event. His first piece of hardware came six years ago in a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament. The two bracelet wins were worth about $500,000 combined. "I won my second WSOP bracelet last year, so it gives me confidence to do it again this year," Kitai said of his mindset entering the annual Nevada gathering of poker players. "The schedule looks awesome this year, with so many great tournaments. The beginning of this year has been nice, but could have been better. I have been playing more tournaments, so my ROI this year has not been that amazing. I expect to win a tournament and get a big score before the end of the year." How did his second bracelet compare to his first? What was different about the victory in 2013 compared to 2008? "It was a completely different feeling in 2013 than in 2008, which was my first big win," Kitai commented. "I had signed with Winamax a few weeks before, so it gave me confidence and credibility for the future. Five years later, I already have confidence and credibility, so the 2013 win was more like being able to join a small group of players who have won two bracelets." We've tracked nearly a half-million dollars in winnings for Kitai online. On the live scene, he has $3.6 million in cashes, according to the Hendon Mob, and leads the all-time money list for Belgium. Kitai is #176 on the money list worldwide for tournament poker. As we mentioned, he is a sponsored pro of Winamax. "It is amazing to have a team with so many talented players," Kitai said of the crew at Winamax. "It is always nice to be part of a group in an individual sport like poker. We help each other, share hands, and debate details to perfect our games. We have a great manager, Stephan Matheu, who helps us be on top of our game in every tournament. I also have a mental coach, Pier Gautier, who helps control my emotions." If you don't already have a Winamax account and have an EU bank account, you can sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get a 100% first-time deposit bonus up to €500 plus one free month of PocketFives Training. You'll also be able to play in our exclusive April PLB Competitionon Winamax. Click here for PocketFives' Winamax link. Remember, the site only accepts players with EU bank accounts. 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 PocketFives Openis back after a three-month hiatus. This week, we're headed to Winamax, which accepts players from the European Union. For the first time in a while, we're adding a live poker event package, a €950 trip to the SISMIX Main Event in Marrakech in May, which consists of the tournament's €550 buy-in and €400 to use for travel. So, mark your calendars: the PocketFives Open will take place this Wednesday, April 23, at 19:00 UK Time. SISMIX is a unique poker festival featuring a host of DJs as well as plenty of side events and runs from May 21 to 25. It takes place in Morocco to boot and cash games will occur around-the-clock. If you don't win your package in the PocketFives Open, you can still qualify on Winamax. In addition to the SISMIX package, there are plenty of Winamax tickets, PocketFives gear, and free PocketFives Training added to the prize pool. Plus, we'd expect plenty of side action from PocketFivers prop betting against each other. The regular prize pool will be distributed also, so there's plenty of value in the tournament, which is our main community-building event that allows you to battle against other P5ers. Here are the details: Site: Winamax Date: Wednesday, April 23 Time: 19:00 UK Time Tournament Name: PocketFives Open Tournament ID: 79538976 Buy-In: €10 Password: p5swinamax Late Registration: 1 hour Added Prizes: 1st Place: SISMIX package (€550 buy-in + €400 for travel) + P5s t-shirt 2nd Place: Two €100 Winamax tickets + P5s t-shirt 3rd Place: €100 Winamax ticket + P5s t-shirt 4th and 5th Places: €50 Winamax ticket + P5s t-shirt 6th to 9th Places: €20 Winamax ticket + P5s t-shirt 10th to 18th Places: €10 Winamax ticket + 1 month P5s Training 19th to 25th Places: 1 month P5s Training 55th Place: PocketFives t-shirt + 1 month P5s Training If you don't have a Winamax account, create one through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get a 100% up to €500 deposit bonus and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Plus, if you create your Winamax account through PocketFives' links and play in Wednesday's Open, you'll get a free PocketFives t-shirt delivered to your doorstep. Finally, anyone who signs up for Winamax through PocketFives will be able to play in our ongoing PLB competitionon Winamax. Get started here. We'll see everyone on Wednesday on Winamax. We'd like to thank the EU-facing site for hosting the PocketFives Open. Visit our thread in Poker Community to claim all prizes. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. Starting on April 6 is the ninth Winamax Series. This time around, 69 events will comprise the Winamax Series IX schedule, starting with a whopping eight events on April 6. Highlights of the first day include a €50 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Two-Day Event that will crown its champion on April 7 as well as a €300 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Two-Day Event that guarantees €175,000. The final day of the series is on April 16. Winamax accepts EU players and you can sign up here. The richest tournament on the schedule starts with the first of three Day 1s on April 13, a massive €150 buy-in Million Event that, as its name implies, comes with a €1 million guaranteed prize pool. The tournament has three starting days and is the lone entry on the Winamax Series IX schedule to have a seven-figure guarantee. You can qualify into the Million Event as well. During the eighth Winamax Series, the Million Event had a prize pool that nearly hit €1.3 millionand there were 1,658 registered players. A heads-up deal saw the winner walk away with €191,000, while second place banked €169,000. Seventeen of the 64 tournaments held during Winamax Series XIII, or 26%, boasted prize pools of at least €100,000. Full ring, six-max, four-max, three-max, and heads-up events will all be held in disciplines including Hold'em and Omaha. Multi-day and re-entry tournaments also abound and many of the events are priced between €10 and €50, ensuring there's a little something for everyone. If you don't already have a Winamax account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% first-time deposit bonus up to €500 plus one free month of PocketFives Trainingwhen you make a deposit. You'll also be eligible for PocketFives' exclusive April PLB competition on Winamaxwhere we're giving away a €550 buy-in to the Marrakech SISMIX Electro Poker FestivalMain Event. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. According to a variety of sources including PokerNews and Pokerfuse, the head of the French internet gambling regulator ARJEL, Charles Coppolani (pictured), called online poker a "fad" that's "over." The comments came in an interview with the French outlet Les Echos. According to Pokerfuse, Coppolani said in part, "The fad is over. Basically, the online poker market may be mature." PokerNews quoted him as saying, "ARJEL's objective was to turn the illegal offer into a legal, regulated, and safe one for players, and here I think we reached our main goal. However, on a global scale, the market did not meet the operator's expectations." The French market features Winamaxas its busiest cash game site, according to PokerScout, with a seven-day running average of 1,250 real money ring game players. Winamax has a 25% lead on PokerStars.fr, which sits in second place with 1,050 cash game players. According to PokerScout's numbers, the two sites comprise about two-thirds of the cash game market in France. Pokerfuse highlighted the declining market in France compared to the rest of the world: "Cash game traffic figures over the last two years show that the French market has fallen by around 15% more than the global dot-com market." In the last year, according to PokerNews, cash game traffic in the European nation is off 19%, while tournament poker traffic is actually up 9% to offset some of the bleed. PokerNews quoted Coppolani as saying, "The impact of the [financial] crisis is one of the reasons behind the decline of both the online poker and betting market. Both games find [it] hard to gain new players and, as for online poker, the game is also no longer as popular as it used to be. In the end, it could simply be the market is mature." Players from other countries can register for and play on sites like Winamax and PokerStars.fr. However, players from France can only register for regulated dot-fr poker rooms, thus limiting the choices for French customers. Winamax is #9 worldwide in terms of cash game traffic, while PokerStars.fr is #11. Dan Stewart, Founder of PokerScout, gave PocketFives his take on the French market: "Worldwide, cash game traffic is down about 10% from last year and that’s what we see with PokerStars and PartyPoker in France. But, the market leader, Winamax, is down 25% and that's partly due to the introduction of Expresso Poker. It's a popular jackpot sit-and-go format that is luring players away from the cash games. The high tax rate and high rake are also driving more players to tournaments. That's why tournament traffic is up, while cash games are down. Unfortunately, most of the revenue is in cash games, so this isn't a good trend for the operators." You'll recognize many of the Frenchman at the top of the Hendon Mob's all-time money list for France, including Bertrand ElkY Grospellier, David Benyamine, Antoine Saout, and Sylvain Loosli. Thirty-nine French players have over $1 million in live tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob. French players have won 11 World Series of Poker bracelets. The country itself has a population of 65.7 million, over three times the size of New York and nearly double the size of California. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed. Lead image courtesy DHSimon
  9. A longtime member of PocketFives, Ludovic CutsssLacay (pictured) is a sponsored pro of Winamax, which accepts players from across the European Union. Lacay has $3.2 million in live cashes under his belt, according to the Hendon Mob, including a win in the EPT San Remo Main Event in 2012 for nearly a million bucks. The acclaimed poker pro sat down with PocketFives to talk about his career and the upcoming World Series of Poker. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- By the way, if you don't already have a Winamax account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get a 100% first-time deposit bonus up to €500, one free month of PocketFives Training, and entry into our exclusive April PLB competition. Get started here. PocketFives: Talk about your plans for the upcoming WSOP. What events are you looking forward to the most and when are you playing? Ludovic Lacay: I will get there on June 3 and play my first event on June 5. As I only play No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha, I'm looking forward to the $10K PLO, the $10K Heads-Up, all of the Six-Max events, and the Main Event. Also, if anyone out there wants to back for the One Drop, I'm sure this is a really cool tournament to play. PocketFives: Do you have any advice for a first-timer to the WSOP? What do you think is most important for success? Ludovic Lacay: I think what is most important is to realize two things. First, you are there to play poker and not to party, which took me about four years to realize. Second, you will probably need to take small breaks in the middle of the series to avoid burnout. This is completely different than online poker, can be very frustrating, and is emotionally and physically very draining. PocketFives: Are you playing as much live poker now as you did in 2013 and 2012? Ludovic Lacay: I have had a slow start to 2014, but I've always been like that. I cannot play as many tournaments as some other players, either. I need to feel the passion and fun in poker to play 100% and I've learned that if I don't really feel like playing a tournament, forcing myself won't make me play well. That said, I have a huge spring coming up with San Remo, Monaco, the Winamax Poker Open in Marrakech, and the WSOP. PocketFives: What do you do away from poker nowadays? Ludovic Lacay: I try to make the most of my travels, something I've not been doing well in the past. I've found that if you link poker to discovering new places and new activities, it's much more fun. PocketFives: How did you first sign on with Winamax and what's it like representing the site? Ludovic Lacay: I signed on after meeting Michel Abecassis and Aurelien Guiglini in Las Vegas when I went there for the first time. The Winamax boss had a lot of ambition to create a team of talented young players and make them grow into great players. I loved that idea and also couldn't pass up such an opportunity, so I jumped onboard and I've been with them for about six years now. It has been a great ride and I don't think I could have picked a better sponsor. They are now the French leader, one of the world's biggest sites, and if you ask me, I think they have developed the best poker software in the world. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker originally? Why was the game interesting? Ludovic Lacay: I've always been a geek. I had my first computer at around 10 years old, was making websites when I was 12, and started playing video games competitively at 14. I didn't have as much success as ElkYor Flush_Entity, but I was on one of the five best teams in France and we were traveling a lot to competitions. But, then I was 19 and realized all that I earned from that were lots of useless motherboards, processors, hard drives, etc. I had failed my first year of mathematics studies and was under some pressure from my family, so I decided to stop the game, go to law school, and focus on that. During the summer, I heard about poker, had nothing better to do than try it, and when school started, I was already making a bit of money at it. I decided to do both and moved up in stakes. PocketFives: Where do allof the derivations of your poker name "Cutsss" come from? Ludovic Lacay: It's really a silly story. There was a French radio show in the 2000s called "Skyrock." My friends and I really liked it, so we all picked the name of someone from the show and called our first Counter-Strike team "Sky." I was "[Sky]Cutk!lleR" or something like that. With time, it evolved into different nicknames because "Cuts" is very often taken on busy online poker sites. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. A recent running of the Winamax High Roller, a €300 buy-in tournament, saw Austria's Josip Jozinho6 Simunic (pictured) come away with the win and earn $20,000. He blasted through the 200-player field and told us, "I feel great. I have been running well online and live the last few moths, so I feel very confident and happy." He was one of two PocketFivers to crack the final table of the Winamax tournament. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- We've interviewed a handful of PocketFives members who have won the Winamax High Roller before, so we wanted to ask Simunic what kind of field turns up for it. He profiled, "The field was very solid. There were a lot of good regulars and, at the last two tables, there were only one or two weak guys. So, it's a tough tournament." That Sunday marked the third time Simunic had ever played in the Winamax High Roller. "On my first try, I made the final table and finished in fifth," he relayed. "The second time, I finished out of the money, and I won it my third time." We guess the third time is indeed a charm, as the adage goes. Why has the tournament been so kind to him? Why has he been able to make two final tables in the High Roller in three attempts? "I think the most important factor is that it's six-max," he told us. "I was a cash gamer before and played a lot of six-max, so I think I have an advantage." His two largest tracked online scores have both come in the Full Tilt Sunday Brawlfor $66,000 combined. On his success in the Brawl, a tournament on Full Tilt with a bounty component, Simunic explained, "I don't know why, but I have had a lot of deep runs in the Sunday Brawl. I won it last year after a deal, took third in January after a three-way deal, and then finished 29th and 13th after that. So, I feel good every time the Sunday Brawl lobby opens." As far as the money goes, Simunic (pictured) said his newfound earnings would largely be "put back into the system," but said he hoped "much more comes back." He is nearing $500,000 in tracked online winnings to go along with almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars in live scores, according to the Hendon Mob. Simunic's poker journey began eight years ago. "I started like everyone else," he said. "I saw the game on TV and was immediately addicted. Then, I cashed in for €100 and started my new life." He is currently the 16th ranked player in Austria and #12 in the capital city of Wein. Worldwide, he can be found at #805 in the PocketFives Rankings. As Simunic said, when he first got turned onto poker, he was hooked. "I always was a kid who wanted to play with cards and so I loved it," Simunic recalled. "I am also a person who wants to beat every game I play. There is no better game in the world for me than poker where you have to work and work and work on your game to be able to beat others." Finally, the Austrian wanted to share a few parting words of wisdom: "It's good to be successful in poker and win or have a lot of money, but with just money, you cannot be happy in life. That's the most important thing I have learned." If you don't already have a Winamax account, sign up through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get a 100% first-time deposit bonus up to €500, one free month of PocketFives Training, and entry into our exclusive April PLB competition. Get started here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  11. Last month, the Winamax High Roller, a $375 No Limit Hold'em tournament, drew 162 entrants and paid out a first place prize of $16,000. Its recipient was Scotland PocketFiver squire1888 (pictured), who is up to almost a half-million dollars in career online tournament winnings. "It was my first outright win in a while," squire1888 told PocketFives. "It's always a good feeling to get the monkey off your back." The High Roller is a six-max tournament on Winamax and squire1888 said of it, "It was the first time I have ever played it. I don't usually include it in my schedule, as it's a bit baller for me, but I've been doing well recently, especially on Winamax, so I decided to flick it in. The structure was very good, the final table was deep, and it's a six-max tournament, so it was a fun MTT." In the middle of last year, squire1888 had a six-figure score in the PokerStars Sunday Million, which provided a learning experience of sorts. He commented, "It had a negative effect on my poker career, as I thought I was a high-stakes crusher after that and had a lot of money, so I traveled around the world flicking in EPTs and blowing through cash like a true farce, but it taught me the value of money. I learned the hard way what not to do with your wages." It's September, which means there are still three months left in the calendar year. As far as his goals for the remainder of 2014, squire1888 relayed, "I want a Triple Crown for sure and to get to Columbia were my mate is staying in a baller mansion for a month's grind and relaxation time. Aside from that, I will hopefully keep focused, make some cash, and try to be sensible about it." When he is not playing online poker, squire1888 is traveling and, as he said, "seeing other places as much as I can. Poker helps with that, especially when the UKIPT stops being in some nice places. Apart from that, I like to hit up north Scotland for some fishing and being a drunken farce on the weekend with the Scottish grinders." Speaking of Scottish grinders, there are 671 registered members from that European nation who have combined for $44.3 million in online tournament winnings, including $1.8 million in the last three months. squire1888 is the #8 ranked player in Glasgow (pictured). He closed by sending a shout out to the 651 Team and the FHRITP Scottish Group. Winamax accepts players from many EU countries. When you sign up for Winamax through PocketFives' links and deposit, you'll get one free month of PocketFives Training, a 100% up to €500 deposit bonus, and the ability to play in PocketFives' exclusive PLB Competitionon Winamax. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. Earlier this month, the Winamax Grand Tournamentplayed out on the EU-facing site. There were over 1,000 entrants and, after the final cards were dealt, Sweden's Eiffel– like the tower – came away with a $30,000 score and took second place. His hit came just a few weeks after a win in the site's High Roller. "It's all about binking Sundays," he boasted. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- Eiffel is up to $3.7 million in tracked online poker scores and is the #11 player in all of Sweden, a country that has wreaked havoc in the PocketFives Rankings as of late. If you're not familiar with the Winamax Grand Tournament and High Roller, EU players are welcome, so check them out. Eiffel said, "I like the tournaments on Winamax. You need a lot of focus on the French sites because there are so many random factors and you have to take more high-variance lines. You can't sit there and nit it up or you will get rolled over by some kamikaze bluff from a French guy." Eiffel said the value in tournaments like the Winamax Grand Tournament is higher than what you'll see on sites like PokerStars. He added, "It is one of my favorite tournaments and I have been fortunate to run good in it before, so I always have a good eye for it." He won the Winamax High Roller in April for $19,000 and plays on the poker site as Valpolicella. Speaking of cashes, his largest online one came in mid-2011 in a $1,575 No Limit Hold'em Turbo 2X Chance SCOOP event on PokerStars and was good for $137,000. "That was my first big score and my biggest so far," he commented, "but it was from a Turbo, so I can't really say I feel it was well deserved. That gave me room to try live tournaments and give those a shot. I was new to the tournament scene when I binked that one." Prior to that, he was a cash game player. The Sweden pokercommunity is #1 in PocketFives' Country Poker Rankings and has had a stranglehold on that position since February. "My friends understand how poker works and what it's like to play because a lot of my friends started at the same time I did and have the same mentality as I do," Eiffel said of his Swedish crew. However, his family has been harder to win over: "My family and elders have found it harder to understand what I am doing. I always have to state that I am a good player, not some degenerate gambler. I also say it's what I have been doing for a living since my studies, but I don't think we will ever get as much respect as other jobs because people have narrow minds about poker as a career." He has 105 tracked wins and 108 runner-up finishes out of 3,642 cashes total (6%), so he has certainly had plenty of success. Away from the game, he exercises and tries to eat upscale dinners out. He added, "I try to travel a lot and break the daily poker routine so I have the energy to sit and grind. I also like to do interior design and go to the flea market to find things to create a cozy feeling at home. I appreciate having an old feel at home and creating a unique environment that others do not have." If you don't have a Winamax account, create one through the links on PocketFives and make a deposit to get a 100% up to €500 deposit bonus and one free month of PocketFives Trainingwith no sign-up fee. Plus, you'll be able to play in our monthly exclusive PLB competitionon Winamax. Create your account here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. On the final weekend of July, Sweden's MangeJao, whose real name is Magnus Nordmark (pictured), won the Winamax High Roller for $14,000 following a two-way chop. The six-max tournament had 190 entrants and a buy-in of nearly $400, with the top 21 getting paid. Nordmark told us in an exclusive interview, "It felt good. It's always awesome to score a tournament win. I have been to too many second places lately." His chopping partner was fellow PocketFiver Ringelsdorf, who is ranked #285 worldwide and earned $15,000. On the rationale for a deal, Nordmark explained, "We were kind of short, so I wanted to decrease the variance." He followed up his July win in the High Roller with a runner-up finish in the same tournament over the weekend for another $17,000. Nordmark is approaching a half-million dollars in online tournament winnings in his PocketFives profile and said his next step is to move up in stakes. "Right now, I have a pretty low-variance schedule with some small tourneys," he said. "I'm not playing the biggest at the moment, but I'm taking it slow. By big tourneys, I mean like the Super Tuesday and some of the bigger events in some of the series coming up." Let's backtrack to the High Roller on Winamax now. He said he loves six-max games and noted, "Winamax is awesome. There are always fish and spewy French regs. With fewer players at the tables, you can play more hands against weak players as opposed to full ring." By the way, he plays on Winamax under the user name Penils. Nordmark got started in poker a half-dozen years ago by playing home games with friends. Ultimately, he began grinding online and has placated cash for about 80% of his career, mostly PLO. His tournament prowess has only come in the last eight months, and he called moving from cash games to MTTs "a challenge, but it's going forward at least." Away from the game, Nordmark has been "studying a little computer science, but I dropped out, and I'm almost finished with a bachelor in economics/business, but I'm taking a break right now to grind. I really like investing too. So, I'm always looking for things to invest in. Other hobbies I have include exercising and partying." Nordmark has almost 800 in the money finishes in online MTTs for an average of just over $600 a pop. He stands at #417 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings and #27 in Sweden. Winamax accepts players from many EU countries. When you sign up for Winamax through PocketFives' links and deposit, you'll get one free month of PocketFives Training, a 100% up to €500 deposit bonus, and the ability to play in PocketFives' exclusive PLB Competitionon Winamax. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. Late last month, about 100 players turned out for the latest running of the PocketFives Open, our main community-building event. We had an SISMIX live event package on the line for the winner courtesy of Winamax, which hosted the Open, and when the smoke cleared, Romania's zuzuada (pictured) was the champion, earning a permanent badge in her PocketFives profile. --- Follow professional sports tipsters, make your own betting tips, and compete for real cash prizes. Tipdayis the ultimate sports tipping resource. Check it out. --- "I saw your email about the tournament and was happy to try it out since it was going to have a huge overlay," the latest PocketFives Open winner told us. We had added prizes for 26 finishers in the event, or one-quarter of the field, including PocketFives Training, PocketFives gear, and plenty of Winamax tickets courtesy of the EU-facing site. zuzuada said, when she talked to us, that she wasn't sure if she'd accept the SISMIX trip to Marrakesh or instead try to parlay her victory into Winamax tickets, but either way has been playing for four years now. She added that the field wasn't terribly difficult to navigate through, although PocketFives stoked the fire with several high-profile bounties, including three players in the top 25 worldwide in our Poker Rankings. She has mainly focused on mastering No Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha and plays poker full-time. Prior to poker, she was in university and said, "My boyfriend is a good poker player and had lots of big wins, so I learned from him." We believe zuzuada is the second female to win a PocketFives Open, joining ECUgirl (pictured), who won it on Hogwild Poker in mid-2012. She said that while she's a woman in a sport that's predominantly male, "In general, other players are not very focused on me because of my user name, which is pretty generic in terms of gender." We have had 35 players win the PocketFives Open and will add more to that list later this year, as we run the Open quarterly. "I am happy because I won and hope you guys have many tournaments like that in the future," zuzuada closed by saying. Don't worry, we will. If you don't have a Winamax account, sign up through the links on PocketFives to get a 100% first-time deposit bonus up to €500 and one free month of PocketFives Training when you make a deposit. Click here to get started. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  15. The 2014 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and the Winamax W Series both started their second weeks, which meant plenty of action online. As of 12:00 Eastern Time Monday, several key WCOOP events were still in progress. We will update this article after the covered tournaments are concluded. Former #2 ranked 1banditpandashould see a rise in this week’s PocketFives Rankingsthanks to a second place finish in WinamaxW Series Event #58 for $16,194.22 and a third place finish in the 888 Poker $100K Mega Deep for $13,198. Bulgaria's Psykee86 finished in third place in a three-way chop of the Sunday 500 for $64,491.58, beating out several other PocketFivers at the final table. Congratulations to all PocketFivers who cashed in Sunday's online tournaments. Here are the final table results: PartyPoker "$200k Guaranteed" ($200 NLHE) *$200k Gtd. 1,016 entrants - $200,000 paid out to 234 spots Full Cash List 1. Nild0n $21,488.00 (Nild0n) 2. onlyGoodMusic $18,141.00 (Sbjstyle) 3. Never_Tilt $14,071.00 * 3-way chop 4. JWPRODIGY11 $7,400 5. BamBamPoGubam $5,300 (Ravic85) 6. aggr0vated $3,900 (nofair18) 7. Anomander_R $2,900 8. asdfaa288 $2,400 9. nilm4r $1,920 (Nilm4r) Winamax "W Series Event #58" ($116.65 NLHE) 1,036 entrants - $120,853.91 paid out to 117 spots Full Cash List 1. LeGrandJouer $25,333.44 2. COBRA_NASTY $16,194.22 (1banditpanda) 3. KOSOVO381 $11,782.09 4. vengaprinxet $8,987.57 5. –Salima- $6,344.70 6. Yatoumi59 $4,349.91 7. MrGoldenBoy $3,503.52 8. BigGibJoints $2,778.97 9. Marcel Diel $2,054.41 Winamax "W Series Event #51" ($116.69 NLHE) 1,704 entrants - $198,846.03 paid out to 189 spots Full Cash List 1. fox1j $38,923.82 2. JaimeLeJeu $25,750.41 3. Andoni11 $18,790.28 4. Labus77 $14,366.29 5. Cochouune $10,091.41 6. tarbAA $6,934.20 7. horyna $5,541.65 (horyna) 8. chichek1 $4,348.78 9. wetrustmich $3,180.55 iPoker"Sunday Prime" ($47.44 NLHE) 655 entrants - $32,403.99 paid out to 90 spots Full Cash List 1. suckmyfeet $6,043.34 2. ReyBoan $4,374.54 3. 13Vaughan $3,256.60 4. foldxxREALLY1 $2,440.02 (Scouse_AA) 5. PLSTAKEME2 $1,707.69 6. mikefromcz $1,377.17 7. StefanRaab77 $1,053.13 (4StefanRaab) 8. gamblor12 $729.09 9. IGrindTimbeys $456.90 (Larks Jr) 888 Poker "$100k Mega Deep" ($200+15 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 761 entrants - $152,200 paid out to 108 spots Full Cash List 1. ilgallino $35,767 2. smgdgd12 $21,445 3. 1banditpanda $13,698 (1banditpanda) 4. E.Schniedel $9,993 (oussale) 5. them3ntalist $7,610 6. Fabahaba $6,088 7. zigo_zig $4,566 (SuFF) 8. wywrotx $3,196 (wywrot) 9. CoinShipper $2,587 888 Poker "$100k Sunday Challenge" ($90 NLHE 1R) *$100k Guaranteed 851 entrants - $116,492 paid out to 140 spots Full Cash List 1. 1981wardy $24,532 2. LetsRocRoll$15,946 3. XulescuX $9,930 4. OMGEdMelly $7,009 (Madeyell) 5. robykenjobi $5,841 6. Travel99 $4,673 (Traveller99) 7. maxtere789 $3,505 8. dmg34 $2,366 9. konnhand $1,752 (konnhand) Full Tilt Poker "The Sunday Major" ($200+15 NLHE Re-Entry) *$150k Guaranteed 891 entrants - $228,400 paid out to 135 spots Full Cash List 1. paigowpro $45,680.00 2. s3c3 $30,422.88 (s3c3) 3. insanocut $21,698.00 4. f3nix35 $16,216.40 (f3nix35) 5. PrettyFlacko $12,105.20 6. Al Robbya $8,907.60 7. kirigiribot $6,623.60 (psyhoagromor) 8. scrubbyz $4,796.40 9. HoIy $3,426.00 Full Tilt Poker "The Sunday Brawl" ($240+15 NLHE Re-Entry KO) *$100k Guaranteed 811 entrants - $162,200 paid out to 90 spots Full Cash List 1. Jellyfish223 $33,251.00 (Jellyfish223) 2. dante-sp $22,708.00 3. LivesWithMommy (DoubleS00ted) $17,047.22 4. My Brim Low $12,976.00 5. pingueen $9,407.60 6. negroblanco $6,650.20 (blanconegro) 7. thereal_bandito $4,866.00 (seba29072) 8. antesvante $3,730.60 (AntesVante) 9. timorm1 $2,757.40 (timorm1) PokerStars "Sunday 500" ($500+30 NLHE) *$300k Guar. 1,023 entrants - $511,500 paid out to 144 spots Full Cash List 1. ömpsä $71,083.24 2. Turko_man $65,240.08 3. psykee86 $64,491.58 (Psykee86) * 3-way chop 4. joaoMathias $35,600.40 (joaomathias) 5. bossamtisch $ $25,319.25 6. WICKED617 $20,204.25 (Wicked617) 7. MonkeyBudg $15,089.25 (monkeybudgie) 8. m8675309a $9,974.25 (m8675309a) 9. Demonic16 $5,626.50 PokerStars "Sunday Storm" ($10+1 NLHE) *$300k Guaranteed 35,402 entrants - $354,020 paid out to 5,400 spots Full Cash List 1. AKQJT M-V $23,859.33 2. Bespont $19,554.21 3. Re3PTyLa $19,662.16 4. Re8uZ $16,000 (Re8uZ) *4-way deal 5. AfterBeatMSc $7,788.44 6. Postwaiter $4,779.27 7. trylobit $3,274.68 8. KirkoBangzz $2,301.13 9. maços13 $1,610.79 PokerStars "WCOOP Sunday Warm-up Event #22" ($200+15 NLHE) *$1m Guar. 8,139 entrants - $1,627,800 paid out to 1,080 spots ~ In progress PokerStars "WCOOP 8-Max Re-Entry High Roller Event #23" ($10,000+300 NLHE) *$2m Guar. 365 entrants - $3,650,000 paid out to 48 spots ~ In progress PokerStars "WCOOP Sunday Warm-up Event #24" ($665+35 NLHE) *$1.5m Guar. 3,417 entrants - $2,272,305 paid out to 432 spots ~ In progress
  16. The first of three Day 1s in the popular Winamax Million Event as part of the Winamax Series XI took place on Sunday. Two more Day 1s are scheduled if you missed out, as Day 1B will take place on Monday and Day 1C will take place on Tuesday. All three starting days begin at 20:00 CET. The tournament has a €150 buy-in, allows rebuys, and, as its name suggests, guarantees €1 million. Winamax accepts players from many EU countries and you can sign up through PocketFives by clicking here. Between now and Tuesday at the end of the day, when you sign up for Winamax through PocketFives, you'll get two free months of Tournament Poker Edge training along with a free PocketFives hoodie that will be shipped to your doorstep. Get started here. Here is the full schedule for the Winamax Million Event: Sunday, January 11 at 20:00 CET: Day 1A Monday, January 12 at 20:00 CET: Day 1B Tuesday, January 13 at 20:00 CET: Day 1C Wednesday, January 14 at 20:00 CET: Day 2 Thursday, January 15 at 20:00 CET: Day 3 The tournament doles out 20,000 in starting chips and blinds increase every 20 minutes. Starting on Day 2, the levels increase to 25 minutes in length, so there should be plenty of room to maneuver. The winner of the Million Event during the 10th Winamax Series was -Souilleuse-, who brought home a smidge more than €1 million. The last Winamax Series took place in September. Sign up for Winamax here. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  17. Earlier this year, Australia's sammejao(pictured) won the Winamax High Roller for the second time. His first taste of victory in it came in 2014 on a Sunday and was good for $20,000, while his latest go-around came during the week for almost $6,000. To win a high-dollar six-max tournament two times is quite a feat, so we thought an interview was appropriate. "It feels great," sammejao said of his dual victories. "Six-max is the most fun poker format and also my best game. It's fun to win a tournament with a higher buy-in because they normally have more challenging players. The first time I won was on a Sunday, so it was much bigger. The structure is a bit faster on a weekday too, so it gets shallower at the end." As far as the $26,000 goes, sammejao said it'll go "straight into the bankroll. It's hard to earmark the money for some specific purpose when playing MTTs because you have to make up for those tournaments you didn't cash in." He is up to almost $650,000 in online tournament scores, which is spread pretty evenly across the world's largest online poker sites. His largest cash took place over the weekend after a second place finish in the Sunday Second Chance for $34,000. He got into poker after spending most of his life being a competitive person. He was primarily into solo sports and hobbies like golf, Ping-Pong, and chess. He explained, "My friend Mangejao introduced me to poker and taught me the first steps. This introduction, in addition to some home games that our friends played regularly, got me into it." Outside of poker, his passions are traveling and food, which he pointed out "works really well together with being a poker player. After two years as a professional poker player, I stepped down from playing full-time to part-time in order to study engineering. Then, after four years of studies, I realized I didn't want to be someone's employee. I'm thinking about what business I want to develop and am playing poker full-time here in Australia. I moved here with my girlfriend to study business, improve my English, and meet new people." On Winamax, he plays under the handle der Einstein and said he randomly put two words together to create his screen name. You put the German word "der" in front of nouns and, as far as Einstein (pictured) goes, sammejao said, "Everybody knows he was a great scientist." We expect more big things out of sammejao going forward. He is up to 875 tracked in the money finishes and is averaging almost $750 a pop. He is the lone PocketFiver with a PLB score from the Aussie town of Maroochydore and is #575 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. If you live in France, sign up for Winamax! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  18. We have interviewed several players here on PocketFives who have won the Winamax High Roller. The most recent among them: Prague's pappadogg (pictured), who took it down for $13,000. He's primarily a cash game player, but has had a considerable amount of success in the tournament world as well, amassing $1.5 million in cashes in his PocketFives profile. We sat down with the sport fanatic to get the inside dish on his latest Sunday win. PocketFives: Nice job winning the Winamax High Roller. Tell us how you're feeling about it. pappadogg: This tournament has been pretty good to me. I have been doing really well in it and on Winamax in general. It is like the fifth time I have won the High Roller, so it definitely feels good, especially since I could not get much else going that Sunday and it was a nice day-saver. PocketFives: What about the site or tournament has led to you doing so well? pappadogg: I am definitely running pretty well, but the opposition is also quite a bit weaker on the dot-fr sites. Also, the tournaments on Winamax have really good structures with big starting stacks. Most of them are six-max, which favors me coming from a cash game background. PocketFives: Do you still play a lot of cash games? pappadogg: Cash games are still my main game. I recently transitioned from No Limit Six-Max to PLO as my main game. I usually play MTTs once or twice a week, usually on Sundays and Tuesdays. PocketFives: What stakes are you playing in cash games and why did you move to PLO? pappadogg: I play mid and high stakes from $2/$4 to $10/$20 on various sites. No Limit cash is drying up a little bit at $5/$10+, so I figured it would be good to have some more options for the future. I also think there is more money to be made in PLO with recreational players making bigger mistakes than in No Limit. Also, the win rates are higher for the good regs in general. PocketFives: How did you get started in poker? Why was it appealing? pappadogg: I got started pretty early when I was 14. I started out playing with friends in home games after seeing poker on TV and eventually started playing online. I am pretty competitive and was always into different forms of games and sports and I got hooked on it. I liked the competitive side of it, trying to get better than other people. PocketFives: Your PocketFives profile says you're from Prague (pictured), but you're in Germanynow? pappadogg: At the moment, I am in Hamburg, Germany where I'm staying with my girlfriend, but my main residence for the last couple of months has been Prague. I travel back and forth quite a bit, but spend most of my time in the Czech Republic. Prague is a really nice city that has a lot to offer and it's also pretty cheap. PocketFives: What else do you do besides poker? pappadogg: I am really into sports, especially football. My roommate and I recently started kickboxing in Prague, which we really like. I try to get in some form of sports almost every day. Otherwise, I enjoy traveling and seeing new places. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  19. It’s another week in the #1 spot for the Swedish destroyer ‘C Darwin2’. With a PLB point total of 10,674.85, the online legend continues to hold a massive lead of over 1100 points to whoever would challenge him in the #2 spot. His lead though, as wide as it is, is not insurmountable. Sure, it’s tough to pick up that many qualifying cashes in a week, but every week old scores decrease in value and this week ‘C Darwin2’ failed to add any new meaningful PLB points to his total. So if that continues, it may open the door for a guy like Andreas ‘probirs’ Nemeth. Last week ‘lena900’ had an amazing run to leap into the number two spot. This week it’s Nemeth’s turn as the Hungarian grinder went on an absolutely astounding heater, crushing event after event. He pillaged the prize pools of partypoker’s Powerfest this week, scoring three victories. The first, in Event #25-M brought him $82,010. Then one day later he won two events on the same day. Event #31-H saw him take home $47,101 and the very next event, Event #32-M had him winning $20,840. In total, Nemeth added 1679.46 PLB points to his total - a massive amount in a week. Now, he sits at a career-high ranking of #2 and is currently the player with the best chance to take a shot at ascending to #1. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff remains in the #3 spot, even though he's been keeping away from the online tables. He is, however, making an appearance "down under" at the Aussie Millions. He managed a runner-up in Event #15 of that series for $24,229 but that’s not going to help his online stats. Hopefully, we’ll see him back on the online grind soon. It’s an unusual sight to see ‘lena900’ outside of the top 3. He spent months in the top 3 at the end of 2017 and into 2018, even making a massive leap last week to return to #2. But after Nemeth’s amazing heater and some aging results, the Swedish superstar slips to #4. He may not remain at #4 long though, he has plenty of points to rejoin the top 3, lagging behind van Zadelhoff by only around 122 points. Russia’s ‘hellohellohello’ remains at #5 this week but added on heaps of PLB points by earning four qualifying scores. The most impressive of his cashes this week was his runner-up finish in Powerfest Event #26-H for $103,381. The six-figure score was nearly a career-high score for him (just shy by roughly $700), and 471.16 PLB points. The rest of the top 10 all have new rankings this week. Charging up the charts is Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao at #6. The partypoker ambassador is certainly enjoying the online site he represents scoring three victories on it this week. The Brazilian surged past $6.5 million in lifetime earnings this week after his victory in Powerfest Event #32-H for $50,470. One of the most significant jumps this week comes from Ukraine’s Roman ‘Romeopro’ Romanovsky who re-joins the top 10 at #7 after being ranked #15 last week. He did his damage on a number of online sites, earning qualifying cashes on 888poker (XL Blizzard), bwin.com (Powerfest) and Winamax. In total, he had seven qualifying cashes for over 1750 PLB points. Should he keep grinding like he did this week, Romanovsky has a shot at eclipsing his previous career-high ranking of #3. The dynamic Swedish duo of Andreas ‘r4ndomr4gs’ Berggren and ‘Sheater’ stayed in tandem again this week. The pair of players, as they seemingly have for weeks now, traded places in the rankings as well. Berggren, at #8, now has the PLB point edge on ‘Sheater’, at #9, when last week the roles were reversed. Finally, Russian ‘josef_shvejk’ slipped two spots to #10 this week. Despite his overall PLB score increasing, with help of three qualifying cashes, the fact that everyone in the top 10's points elevated by even more, due to heavy volume during Powerfest, contributed to his fall in the rankings. Other notable moves in the top 25 include Canada's Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk (#20) and the UK's Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot (#25) rejoining the top 25 while Gary 'quiditbear' Hasson and Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert slip just outside of it. RANK PLAYER POINTS PREVIOUS 1 C Darwin2 10,674.85 1 2 Andreas 'probirs' Nemeth 9,413.55 4 3 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff 9,068.21 3 4 lena900 8,945.95 2 5 hellohellohello 8,376.09 5 6 Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao 7,885.14 9 7 Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky 7,718.04 15 8 Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren 7,698.33 7 9 Sheater 7,597.60 6 10 josef_shvejk 7,588.75 8 11 Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford 7,394.47 10 12 Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez 7,263.81 11 13 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsarveeea 7,134.22 14 14 Ramiro 'rayastar' Petrone 7,050.50 16 15 Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard 6,928.48 18 16 veeea 6,877.91 13 17 Guntis 'lovefee' Aleksins 6,863.01 12 18 Jerry 'perrymejsen' Ödeen 6,729.91 19 19 nilsef 6,628.62 24 20 Chris 'Apotheosis' Kruk 6,604.07 27 21 sitpro2011 6,582.71 20 22 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan 6,543.56 17 23 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas 6,507.52 21 24 PaDiLhA SP 6,506.46 25 25 Jonathan 'proudflop' Proudfoot 6,499.59 26  
  20. Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff is the #3 player in the Worldwide Rankings and #1 overall in his adopted country of Malta. The island off the coast of Europe is home to other poker players who call the former European Poker Tour stop their home away from home. The mixed bag of cultures makes for an eclectic top 10. van Zadelhoff owns a gargantuan 9,068 PLB points. Ever since winning the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event in September, van Zadelhoff has remained a constant presence among the top of all rankings. Between December 22-29, van Zadelhoff was the #1 ranked player in the world for the first time in his career. There is a substantial drop off between van Zadelhoff and second place players ‘neverfoldQ5.’ This player reached their all-time high ranking of #64 in the world a few weeks ago and is the current #66. ‘neverfoldq5’ earned 200 PLB points on January 19 for capturing the $40,000 guaranteed Uppercut title on partypoker. Pim ‘joppiesaus’ de Goede starts the string of four consecutive players in the 4,000 point range. de Goede is a Dutchman like van Zadelhoff and claimed an all-time high ranking of #25 in 2016. At the start of 2018, de Goede climbed over $3 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Former worldwide #2 Bjorn ‘kleath’ Kleathersson is in at #4. An American poker refugee from the post-Black Friday world, Kleathersson is #19 all-time in winnings with $8.277 million. Kleathersson finished second in both a TCOOP and SCOOP event in 2017. Malta is home to a ‘ZeelandBoy.’ The PokerStars exclusive player finished January strong with a bronze medal in the Big $109 and Hot $109 on back-to-back days. ‘wisoooo’ rounds out the 4,000 point group. On January 28, ‘wisoooo’ placed ninth in the Sunday Bounty Builder and collected 133.79 PLB points. All nine of the highest achieving performances for ‘wisoooo’ have come in the time since September 2017. The next tier of players starts with ‘silenzio0.’ This micro and mid-stakes player won a tournament in both realms in January. ‘silenzio0’ shipped the $2,500 GTD Turbo Fiesta on 888poker and the $82 NLO8 on PokerStars. Not so sloppy ‘clods’ made a leap up the rankings in January. ‘clods’ took down two Winamax W Series events. The first being the 5,726 entrant Monster Stack event for $12,818 and 277.19 PLB points on January 10. The next was the Zone 30 Championship where $21,604 went for first place. Timothée ‘tictac04’ Marlin sits in ninth and ‘M4mbaNegrA’ completes the top-10. Marlin is a mid-stakes player who puts in a strong amount of volume and ‘M4mbaNegrA’ is paying the micro-stakes dues. Malta's Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 SvZff 9,068.21 2 neverfoldQ5 5,323.10 3 joppiesaus 4,504.18 4 kleath 4,312.07 5 ZeelandBoy 4,123.25 6 wisoooo 4,084.84 7 silenzio0 2,746.85 8 clods 2,692.95 9 tictac04 2,637.73 10 M4mbaNegrA 2,563.23

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