Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro Crushes September, Wins Monthly PLB Title
The current #1-ranked online poker player in the world Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro also took the top spot in the PocketFives Monthly Leaderboard for the month of September.
Kelopuro’s reputation as a tournament beast is catching up to his status as a legendary nosebleed online cash game grinder as he continues to pile up massive tournament scores and soar up the All-Time Online Money List.
September was a huge month for online poker with multiple big-time online series taking place. But it was simply an astounding month for Finland’s Kelopuro. He spent the majority of his time putting in volume on GGPoker for their GGS online poker series while also crushing during PokerStars’ recently wrapped up WCOOP. And the results for Kelopuro are staggering. During the month of September, he picked up 121 cashes for a total of $4.275 million.
That’s over $4.275 million in earnings in a single month.
He had 14 six-figure scores and another 45 five-figure scores in September. Out of his 38 podium finishes, Kelopuro won eight of those tournaments outright. His spotlight victory came early in the month when on September 9, on the same day that he took down GGPoker’s GGS Event #11 for over $157,000, he went back-to-back and finished off the bigger GGS Event #7 for $458,770.
Just days later he did the same thing, again on GGPoker, except this time he added a third consecutive victory. On September 14 he won GGS Event #128 for $121,638 and then picked up the victory in the $25K Blade for $275,344. Not content with two wins, Kelopuro wrapped up the day with his third gold medal, winning GGS Event #129 for $61,924.
Kelopuro racked up 14 qualifying PLB cashes for 4,250 points. In addition to sending him to the worldwide #1 rankings for the first time in his career, his September performance also catapulted him over $10 million in career online cashes.
With all of the damage Kelopuro did, it’s amazing that ‘Wildace_hun’ (4,044) was just 206 points behind him. The Hungarian grinder took second in the September PLB race by also packing in the volume, having just played a handful of tournaments since May before the start of the month.
Once he got going, ‘Wildace_hun’ showed no signs of rust, collecting plenty of PLB points in bunches. He earned PLB points in 19 different tournaments, with his highlight of the month coming on September 21 when he took home a PokerStars WCOOP title in Event #65-H: $1,050 NLHE Eight Max PKO for $83,855 and 716.59 PLB points. That wasn’t the only major title he took down in the month as earlier, on September 9, he topped a field of 575 runners to take down GGPoker’s GGS Event #5 $250K GTD for $41,428.56.
Dzmitry ‘DU12’ Urbanovich (3,978) ranked #3 in September but he is also enjoying a career-high worldwide ranking of #32 in the world. Poland’s top-ranked online pro, Urbanovich put in a heavy grind in the month notching 184 total cashes.
The partypoker Sponsored Pro picked up a massive score on his home turf by winning the partypoker KO Series #34-SHR for over $192,000 and 966.06 PLB points. He picked up his second KO Series title on September 18 by taking down KO Series #48-HR for another $33,976. In total Urbanovich picked up over $432,000 in total cashes for the month.
Sweden’s Johannes ‘Greenstone25’ Korsar (3,972) took the fourth place spot in September, earning just 6 PLB points fewer than Urbanovich. Korsar made a massive leap in the worldwide rankings, vaulting into the #5 spot, a career-high ranking for a player that has accumulated over $13 million in career lifetimes earnings.
Korsar’s largest PLB point pickup came in by finishing as the runner-up in partypoker’s KO Series #02-SHR for $72,933 and 584.69 PLB points. In total, the Swede had 13 PLB-qualifying cashes in his 100 total cashes in the month.
The top five wraps up with Denmark’s #1-ranked player, Simon ‘IgorK’ Pedersen (3959). Compared to the rest of the top five, Pedersen was pretty light when it comes to volume. cashing only 23 tournaments in the month. But of those 23, he earned PLB points in 15 tournaments.
One of those scores was his PokerStars WCOOP victory when he won Event #40-J: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-up for $156,670.
PocketFives September Monthly PLB