All of these guys have adapted to the live game a little bit quicker than the live game has adapted to them. Right now, they're starting to shine and have an edge on the field.
San Jose, Costa Rica (PRWEB) September 26, 2008
This weekend, many members of PocketFives.com and poker players around the world will descend on London, England, the site of the second annual World Series of Poker Europe. In the middle of the action will be Court Harrington, Tournament Reporter for PocketFivesLive.com, which provides live WSOP Europe coverage of online poker players. To help kick off the event, Harrington joined this week's PocketFives.com Poker Podcast.
Recently, online poker players have dominated live events. PocketFiver Vivek "Psyduck" Rajkumar won the World Poker Tour's Borgata Poker Open. Amit "amak316" Makhija finished second in the Legends of Poker. Harrington comments on what he's seen from online players: "All of these guys have adapted to the live game a little bit quicker than the live game has adapted to them. Right now, they're starting to shine and have an edge on the field."
Meanwhile, this week's online tournament action was highlighted by the 2008 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event. Over 2,000 entrants paid the $5,200 entry fee, making for a prize pool of nearly $11,000,000. PocketFiver Carter "ckingusc" King came out on top of the two-day event and won $1,265,000 along with the championship bracelet. His victory came only four months after he final tabled the Full Tilt Online Poker Series $2,500 event for $101K. Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis took third in the WCOOP Main Event for $782,000 after negotiating a five-handed chop.
PocketFiver "sagat" won the WCOOP Sunday Second Chance tournament for $151,000, while "Snake8484" was awarded $81,600 for third place. Alexander "derdings" Jung of Germany won his second Absolute Poker Weekly $150K Guaranteed tournament over the weekend, earning $37,500 in the process. Other weekend scores included a $39,500 cash for third place in the PokerStars $200 Sunday rebuy by Bryan "Squirrely1" Sapp; he took down that tournament two weeks ago.
This week's rankings update shows "AJKHoosier1" in command of the top spot worldwide following his $782,000 third place cash in the WCOOP Main Event. He is poised to stay on top of the online poker rankings for at least a few more weeks thanks to his PocketFives Leader Board score of 8,939.05 points - the largest PLB points total in PocketFives history. Carter "ckingusc" King is new to the rankings this week at #55 and is expected to enter the top 20 in upcoming weeks thanks to his WCOOP Main Event victory. Kenny "Hixx" Hicks enters the Rankings this week at #92 and "Panamatony" is now ranked #93 worldwide after his deep run in the WCOOP Main Event. Danny "The__D__RY" Ryan re-enters at #95 this week.