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  1. February 2 to 16 was a pretty epic period of time for Denmark's x_zola25, who took down seven tournaments in two weeks for his first PocketFives Triple Crown. It was the 31st Triple Crown for Denmark, so we definitely wanted to catch up with x_zola25 and talk about his groundbreaking effort. Before we hop into the interview, we wanted to highlight the seven tournaments he impressively won in a span of 14 days: February 2: Betfair Sunday Late Night February 6: Betfair €8,000 Guaranteed Rebuy February 10: Betfair High Roller Monday February 14: PokerStars Big $22 February 14: Betfair €5,000 Guaranteed February 14: PartyPoker $10,000 Guaranteed Turbo Rebuy February 16: Betsafe Barracuda "It feels unreal," x_zola25 said about his first Triple Crown. "I'm really happy and really proud. I have always seen a Triple Crown as something for top pros that I have dreamed of doing, but never really believed I could do." On what he attributed his run to, he remarked, "I was on a hot streak, no doubt. But, I finally got a big result on PokerStars, which I have been trying to get for a very long time (1,000+ tournaments), so that gave me some extra confidence." His seven wins boosted him to 61 over the course of his career in tracked MTTs. Those five-dozen scores have helped boost his total online winnings to $376,000 and, accordingly, he is up to #18 in the Denmark poker community. Speaking of Denmark, he said of poker in his home country, "I don't think people in general know much about poker here and I believe the general view of poker is a bit negative. People probably think a lot of poker players are gambling addicts." There have been a host of well-known Danish players over the years, including Gus Hansen (pictured), Peter Eastgate, and Theo Jorgensen. x_zola25 said, "Simon Ravnsbaek is one the guys who wins it all here, so I believe he is one of the guys who people look up to the most. In addition, AlexKP is insane (in a good way). They are both amazing players and play extremely well." He is a student at Aarhus University in Denmark and said his poker schedule is fairly mercurial: "This semester, I probably won't play that many Sundays because I have lectures pretty early on Mondays. Until now, I have played a lot of Sundays. In the future, I probably will play on Mondays and try to take down the High Roller a few more times. On average, I would say I probably play 25 hours per week." One of his favorite tournaments is the $50 Rebuy on PartyPoker, which he has shipped four times in the last seven months, each for over $6,000. Helping x_zola25 go through the motions in poker is his Skype group, with whom he discusses strategy and reviews hands. The clan includes fellow Danes like madsmk, jonhdinno, J. Dinnowich, and Rune. He cautioned, "Look out for the last three players. Their breakthroughs will come within the year!" Meanwhile, madsmk is quickly nearing $1 million in tracked scores in his PocketFives profile. Also pushing him along is his girlfriend. He gleaned, "I'd like to thank my amazing girlfriend for letting me postpone the date we had on Sunday to let me go for the Triple Crown!" That's quite an awesome gesture. Visit the Triple Crown Wall of Champions to see who else has won this prestigious award. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. He may not be #1 in the world this week, but in the June PLB rankings, super Swede ‘C Darwin2’ found his familiar place in the top spot. And he had some unusual company in the top 10 - an American. ‘C Darwin2’ (3,732.08 June PLB points) put in plenty of volume and, as usual for him, it paid off. Early in the month, he cashed for what would be his largest score of the month by winning the Winamax Mini Las Vegas High Roller for $46,404.27 and 414.57 PLB points. That was just one of eight five-figure scores won during the course of June which, in total, earned ‘C Darwin2’ over $289,000. The former #1-ranked grinder is speeding to the elite plateau of $10 million in lifetime earnings, needing just $220,189 to get there. For most people and players this is the equivalent of many, many years of hard work. For the Swede, if he runs good and puts in his usual volume, he may hit this mark by the end of July. Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’ (2870.25) finished the month in the #2 spot in June. Currently ranked #45 in the world, ‘x_zola25’ topped his month with a runner-up finish in the June 19 edition of the PokerStars $1,050 Super Tuesday for $25,319 and 267.99 PLB points. The Dane, who regularly plays the biggest online buy-ins he can find, managed another five-figure finish when he placed second in the partypoker Sunday Major High Roller for another $20,778/255.52. In total Denmark’s #1-ranked player produced a massive 130 results in June for over $181,000. The June effort helped him climb over the $4 million lifetime earnings mark as he works his way back to the Worldwide Top 25. Speaking of a top 25 grinder, Ukraine’s Worldwide #23-ranked ‘Palyaaa’ (2842.02) landed in the #3 PLB ranking for June. He did it on the back of two large PLB scores. ‘Palyaaa’ first booked the win in the June 14 edition of the partypoker $1K Big Bounty Hunter High Roller for $38,066. Four days later, he repeated the finish in the partypoker Super Sunday 1K Deepstack High Roller for another $27,710. Between the two, the Ukrainian picked up over 761 PLB points. The massive month also helped him reach a career peak Worldwide ranking. The question for ‘Palyaaa’ is can he continue to rise the ranks into the Worldwide top 10? The second Swede in the top 5 of the June PLB leaders is ‘Pot4teUS’ (2,658.55). A former top 10-ranked grinder, currently #25 in the world, ‘Pot4teUS’ soared past the $6 million lifetime earnings mark in June. The bulk of this was thanks to two massive five-figure cashes. The first came on June 10, with his third-place finish in the partypoker KO Series Event #38 for $29,975 and 365.77 PLB points. Then he finished as the runner-up in the $1k Sunday Big Bounty for another $24,218/296.49. In total ‘Pot4teUS’ brought in just under $150,000 in winnings in June in roughly 110 results. Wrapping up the top 5 in June is Argentinian superstar Ramiro ‘Ramiro’ Petrone (2,571.20). Currently ranked #6 in the world, Petrone has been on a heater for the better of a year, continuing to crush both the tournament and online cash games. In June, Petone put in a lighter schedule than he has in recent months but still managed to book big-time scores. On June 3 Petrone kicked off the month with a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller for $37,249. The same day he had another second place finish in the partypoker Super Sunday 1K Deepstack for another score of just over $30,000. In total, Petrone booked five scores of five-figures en route to a month that brought him over $163,000 in earnings. He heads into July needing only $30,000 to hit $4 million in lifetime earnings. Also of note: It's been roughly seven years since a player located in the United States has been able to crack the top 10 of any given monthly PLB rankings. The restrictions of the UIGEA have made it virtually impossible for US players to put in enough volume in large enough fields to accumulate the necessary PLB points. Players from all over the rest of the world are at a huge advantage being able to play in the largest tournament series and sites that have millions at stake on a weekly basis. This is what makes the accomplishment of David 'bewater' Goodman, from the United States, all the more amazing. WSOP.com's recent shared tri-state liquidity and Goodman's domination in the month of June has not only made him the #1-ranked player in Nevada but also the first US player, still living in the US, to crack the monthly PLB in years. In total, Goodman was able to earn over $121,000 on 31 cashes in the month of June . PocketFives June PLB Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 C Darwin2 3,732.08 2 x_zola25 2,870.50 3 Palyaaa 2,842.02 4 Pot4teUS 2,658.55 5 Ramiro 2,571.20 6 proudflop 2,433.90 7 lena900 2,399.30 8 SixthSenSe19 2,379.30 9 papan9_p$ 2,377.28 10 bewater 2,298.14
  3. Movers & Shakers takes a look into those PocketFives members that have made big moves in the top 100 of the online poker rankings. In the aftermath of PokerStars' World Championship of Online Poker, partypoker’s POWERFEST and 888poker’s XL Eclipse, there were some seismic shifts with regards to the PocketFives top 100. These are just a few of the members that have posted incredible results and have made recent major strides in the rankings. Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang (#2) Although he didn’t end up grabbing the headlines, UK grinder Michael ‘mczhang’ Chi Zhang absolutely crushed over recent weeks. The end result was a career-high ranking of #2 in the world and a massive bump to his career total earnings, jumping to over $3.3 million. His September was almost inconceivable, seemingly setting a new career-high cash every other day. In total, Zhang hit four six-figure scores in a matter of 10 days. His first was during WCOOP-43-H ($2,100 NLHE High Roller) where he finished in fourth place for $265,996 - which set a new high for him. He followed that up four days later in WCOOP-58-H ($5,200 Main Event) finishing in fifth for another $382,253, again he set a new bar. Two days later ‘mczhang’ again made the final table of a major event, taking fourth in WCOOP-62-H ($25,000 NLHE Eight Max) for $336,741. Not a new high, but it propelled him to over $1 million in earnings for that week. Finally, less than a week later, he took third place in partypoker’s POWERFEST #122-SHR Championship Event for yet another new high of $468,000. With just those four results along, Zhang accumulated over 3,763 PLB points and helped him catapult over some of the games most prominent names, including Swedish superstar ‘C Darwin2’, to land as the #2 player in the world. His total earnings in September exceeded $1.7 million, more than doubling his career earnings. Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro (#16) Nosebleed cash game regular Sami ‘LarsLusak’ Kelopuro is now the #1-ranked player in Finland thanks to a superior performance this September. He rose to a new career-high ranking of #15 in the world and settled back a single spot this week, still benefitting from results like his first place finishing in partypoker’s POWERFEST #142-SHR for over $317,000. That score alone brought Kelopuro 1278.67 PLB points, but in the past month he racked up 21 PLB qualifying scores. His total PLB points for September was an astonishing 4,995.10 which is plenty to pull a player from the depths of the rankings into a top-25 grinder. His results helped push him north of $4 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Kelopuro may begin a descent down the rankings, as he’s a pro that history has shown normally shows up for the big events, but for now, he’s regarded as one of the world’s best. Bruno ’brunovolks’ Volkmann (#33) Brazil’s #2-ranked grinder Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann surged back up the top 100 rankings to land at #33 this week. He did this one the backs of capturing both a WCOOP and a POWERFEST title this fall. His first victory came in the middle of September in WCOOP-49-H ($2,100 NLHE Deep Stacks) where he defeated the 301 player field for over $113,000 and 775.89 PLB points. He did it again by taking down POWERFEST #102-HR Progressive KO for a total of $36,809 and another 453.90 PLB points. His 11 PLB qualifying cashes helped him jump into the top 50 and almost past his previous high ranking of #27. As a regular grinder, ‘brunovolks’ has the opportunity to continue his climb into the top-25. Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto (#47) Another Brazilian making waves is Geraldo ‘geraldocesar’ Cesar Neto who rocketed into the top 100 and is currently sitting at a career-high ranking of #47. Neto is a longtime PocketFiver with over $3.2 million in cash. Playing the part of a bounty hunter seems to be one of Neto’s strengths as in the past two weeks he’s accumulated six qualifying triple-digit PLB cashes all of which have come at the final tables of bounty tournaments. One of his recent highlights included taking down the partypoker Bounty Hunter High Roller for $33,631 and 327.26 PLB points. Those six tournaments alone pushed his PLB point total an extra 1000 points, good enough to land inside the top 50, making him Brazil’s #6-ranked player. ‘x_zola25’ (#74) A former top-10 ranked player, Denmark’s ‘x_zola25’ made one of the biggest moves of this week by leaping 17 spots to land at #74. It didn’t require him to land a big victory in a special tournament - he did it through grinding the regular PokerStars schedule and coming out on top. He picked up 201.87 PLB points in the September 30 edition of the Bigger $109 with a third-place finish for $12,018. Then on the same day, he took down the Bigger $55 for another $16,763 and 346.41 PLB points. To cap off the day, he made the final table of the Bigger $215 for over $3,000/113.70. A PocketFives Triple Crown winner, ‘x_zola25’ is currently grinding his way to $4.5 million in lifetime earnings.
  4. With the World Series of Poker kicking off in Las Vegas just a few days ago, players from all over the world made their way from the virtual tables to the live felt, but despite this, there was still plenty of action on a busy Sunday for online poker. For the first time since its reduced $109 buy-in began, the PokerStars Sunday Million fell short of its $1,000,000 guarantee. The 8,984 entries were the lowest the revamped tournament has achieved, but the event still came with a $108,784 top prize. The final table was dominated by a Brazilian presence with five of the last nine hailing from the South American nation, including 'KKing James', who hit the rail in fourth place for $41,575, and 'igoretH10' who collected the bronze medal for $57,290. When all was said and done, Brazil was rewarded with a champion after 'pimenta7' defeated Russia's 'evgeny0777' heads-up to net the top six-figure prize. 'WATnlos' topped a PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller final table full of online regulars to bank $47,008. The former Sunday Million winner saw world ranked #1 'Lena900' hit the rail in fourth place for $21,296, before Finland's Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk exited in third for $27,728. Malta's 'MoTTaGeNiaL' was then the unfortunate player to be denied at the last and exited as runner-up for $36,103, which left 'WATnlos' as the victor. 'serggorelyi7' won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for the second time and banked a cool $73,708. Sweden's 'eijseijs' was eliminated in third place for $19,933 + $1,953 in bounties before Argentina's 'rojorulez' saw their bounty lost at the last for a prize worth $27,194 + $5,359, and the victorious 'serggorelyi7' picked up their second title in this event just seven months after their first. 'deivid29' came through a 786 player-field to win the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $26,708. The tournament crept over the $150,000 guaranteed prize pool and when just three remained, 'dadowiec' saw their chances ended for $14,065. The final battle ultimately saw Brazil's former Sunday Million final tablist 'chicalltreta' miss out and collected $19,382 as runner-up. 'SpiritDNA' won the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator for over $46,000. partypoker Team Online pro Jeff Gross made a final table appearance but was first to go in ninth place when the action resumed, and the American was quickly followed to the virtual rail by world #1 'Drulitoo' in eighth. When the field had been cut from 90 players to the final three, 'ojanOmaha' collected the bronze medal for $12,717 + $2,362 in bounties, before 'x_zola25' was the last to lose their bounty and exited with the silver medal alongside $18,088 + $7,612. But 'ojanOmaha' and 'x_zola25' were not done for the day and soon after found themselves in another three-way title battle in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator, with the outcome also not so different. This time it was 'x_zola25' who exited with the bronze medal and added another $8,534 + $4,030 in bounties to their bankroll, before 'ojanOmaha' tasted defeat at the last for $11,942 + $10,855, as 'megustaestrecha' claimed their scalp and the gold medal for $11,955 + $19,656. There was also a Sunday to remember for 'chan593' after they turned $10,000 worth of GGPoker Sunday Blade buy-ins into over $82,000. 'chan593' claimed fourth place in the $100,000 guaranteed event which saw 'Joeri_van_heetan' awarded the $64,059 top-prize, but soon after it was 'chan593' celebrating victory after they navigated through a 34 player-field in the $50k guaranteed event. The tournament ultimately collected a $161,500 prize pool, and 'chan593' took the win for a $68,893 payday, after a heads-up battle against 'PyramidOfSkulls.' PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 8,984 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool pimenta7 - $108,784 evgeny0777 - $78,944 igoretH10 - $57,290 KKing James - $41,575 Coco de Coc - $30,171 Eerie123 - $21,895 Taitensens - $15,889 KaikeSilva - $11,530 LiroLa - $8,367 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $135k Gtd 102 entrants, $204,000 prize pool WATnlos - $47,008 MoTTaGeNiaL - $36,103 elmerixx - $27,728 Lena900 - $21,296 fishbones11 - $16,356 OLD TIME GIN - $12,561 raidalot - $9,647 Negriin - $7,409 caipsa - $5,690 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $325k Gtd 878 entrants, $439,000 prize pool serggorelyi7 - $37,100 + $36,608 (in bounties) rojorulez - $27,194 + $5,359 eijseijs - $19,933 + $1,953 Kot_Spartac - $14,610 + $6,093 Squa1l - $10,709 + $1,843 bk0705 - $7,850 + $1,726 mararthur1 - $5,754 + $4,968 theNERDguy - $4,217 + $562 MonkeyBausss - $3,091 + $9,764 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $150k Gtd 786 entrants, $157,200 prize pool deivid29 - $26,708 chicalltreta - $19,382 dadowiec - $14,065 VIP.Player - $10,207 Vlada2108 - $7,407 powerpokerBR - $5,375 Picasso 2 - $3,901 a Bull 67 - $2,830 xKoSSSx - $2,054 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller DeepStack $125k Gtd 120 entrants, $125,000 prize pool VictorVazquez - $30,625 iamrebuhlegov - $21,875 SandwichBacon - $15,625 Saiid92izi - $10,937 doremetal - $8,125 WWWpartyC0M - $6,250 chadi6969 - $5,000 fullntidht - $4,062 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $150k Gtd 625 entrants, $192,500 prize pool STORTjavlaGL - $13,544 + $19,782 (in bounties) boulton1994 - $13,525 + $2,839 vuks0n - $9,178 + $2,303 PaquesigasCerdo - $6,318 + $2,648 arczi999 - $4,418 + $3,008 king_of_tainha - $3,210 + $3,309 runningtheworld - $2,312 + $355 Blocs - $1,641 + $1,513 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $150k Gtd 90 entrants, $184,500 prize pool SpiritDNA - $18,106 + $28,284 (in bounties) x_zola25 - $18,088 + $7,612 ojanOmaha - $12,717 + $2,362 Quatroe3ehFLIP - $8,804 + $4,725 morant3 - $6,847 + $3,150 rdcrsnn - $5,135 + $7,284 Drulitoo - $4,157 + $3,937 JeffGross - $3,423 + $1,312 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator - $125k Gtd 127 entrants, $129,540 prize pool megustaestrecha - $11,955 + $19,656 (in bounties) ojanOmaha - $11,942 + $10,855 x_zola25 - $8,534 + $4,030 ifearpanic - $5,974 + $1,560 MAM0HT_T - $4,438 + $2,275 A23456789 - $3,413 + $5,265 SandwichBacon - $2,731 + $1,300 rdcrsnn - $2,219 + $260 888poker $100,000 $215 Sunday Mega Deep 480 entrants – $100,000 prize pool rmilheiro - $19,350 REFpussy - $14,500 WowAceDude - $11,000 xane7a - $8,250 WadoIchimonj - $5,700 DvaBe - $4,400 Madalina084 - $3,400 PokerJoe332 - $2,400 gregorypek34 - $1,750 GGPoker $5,000 $100k Gtd Sunday Blade 30 entrants, $142,500 prize pool Joeri_van_heetan - $64,059 SasukeUchiha - $39,371 PokerBluff1 - $24,197 chan593 - 14,871 GGPoker $5,000 $50k Gtd Sunday Blade 34 entrants, $161,500 prize pool chan593 - $68,893 PyramidOfSkulls - $40,705 HectorHermano - $25,621 godiswithme! - $16,127 olekonjole - $10,151  
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