The verdict is in! As we close out the 2010 calendar year, several players have claimed awards from major online poker outlets. Among them was Jordan Young, who goes by the moniker “Jymaster0011” online and took down the coveted PocketFives.com Yearly PLB title. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Young owns the top spot in the PocketFives.com Online Poker Rankings entering 2011.
Young racked up 19,507 PLB points during the 2010 calendar year and edged out the second place tally of 18,979 belonging to 2010 CardPlayer Online Player of the Year Taylor “taypaur” Paur. In 2009, DoylesRoom Brunson 10 member and top British pro Chris “moorman1” Moorman was the recipient of the PocketFives.com Player of the Year honors and, this time around, the torch passes across the Atlantic Ocean to the Michigan native.
Young turned in what’s considered to be one of the top single days in the history of online poker in 2010. On August 1st, he won not one, but two Sunday Majors to the tune of $237,000. He took down both the $750,000 Guaranteed and Sunday Brawl on Full Tilt Poker on that fateful day and solidified himself as one of the top names in the game. Moreover, Young earned the respect of his peers and quickly shot up the PocketFives.com Rankings after debuting in July.
He wasn’t done there, however. Young took down the Full Tilt Poker $150 Rebuy four weeks after his momentous August day for another $79,000. In December, he followed it up by winning the $150 Rebuy one more time for $76,000. Needless to say, he’s had an extremely impressive year. Young told MacPoker.com, “It has been an amazing year to say the least. I couldn’t have dreamed it would go this well.” He has passed the $1 million mark in earnings from tournaments tracked by PocketFives.com.
In addition, Young took down the PocketFives.com Monthly PLB title in December, an accolade he also won in August. In December, Young fielded questions in a forum thread dubbed “The Well.” In one post, a PocketFives.com member asked Young what it takes to be a successful online poker player. Young casually responded, “I think it takes a lot of hard work and, more importantly, a lot of creativity. You have to be able to think unconventionally if you really want to excel in the higher-stakes tournaments.” There you have it – be creative in poker.
Here’s how the top 10 in the 2010 PocketFives.com Yearly PLB standings shook out:
1. Jordan “Jymaster0011” Young – 19,507.77 PLB Points
2. Taylor “taypaur” Paur – 18,979.23 PLB Points
3. Mickey “mementmori” Petersen – 18,922.16 PLB Points
4. Paul “paulgees81” Volpe – 18,378.20 PLB Points
5. Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzabek – 18,350.73 PLB Points
6. Adam “Squee451” Sherman – 17,970.93 PLB Points
7. Zachary “HustlerGrune” Gruneberg – 17,689.70 PLB Points
8. Chad “evechad” Eveslage – 17,651.23 PLB Points
9. Jeremy “daisyxoxo” Fitzpatrick – 17,636.64 PLB Points
10. Steve “gboro780” Gross – 17,613.39 PLB Points
Who will excel in 2011? At the time of writing, Bill “Crazyhorse76” Slaght was off to a quick lead in the 2011 Yearly PLB race. Slaght owns the 76th spot in the PocketFives.com Rankings and is a two-time Triple Crown winner from Iowa. Hot on his heels is California’s “nugman,” who has already taken second in the Full Tilt $50 Rebuy this year for nearly $7,000.
Check out PocketFives.com for more details on the Yearly PLB.