The Online Railbird Report: Sam Trickett Dominates on the Virtual Felt Winning $382,000

Sam “tr1cky7” Trickett

The online high-stakes cash games at PokerStars tend to feature the same cast of characters over and over, but that wasn’t the case this week. In fact, many of those regulars graced the loser’s list, and a slate of new names dominated the winner’s column including a man who was more accustomed to dominating the live realm rather than online — Sam “tr1cky7” Trickett.

Trickett finished as the week's biggest winner with a healthy $382,723 win that came from 4,101 hands spread across 40 sessions. A little further down the list were “ocropTi” (+$295,168 in 186 sessions/10,716 hands), Doug “WGCRider” Polk (+$270,501 in 39 sessions/8,141 hands), “M.O.P.” (+$209,657 in 171 sessions/12,688 hands) and Vladimir “GVOZDIKA55” Shchemelev (+$192,323 in 14 sessions/1,970 hands).

There were also some notables on the losers list, including “wilhasha” who had the biggest losing week — $265,377 in 10,094 hands spread over 64 session. Others in the losing column included “1Il|1Il|1il|” (-$201,475 in 201 sessions/15,622 hands), “sat1337en” (-$199,955 in 66 sessions/4,345 hands) and Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (-$193,546 in 113 sessions/5,723 hands).

Trickett Cleans Up in Friday PLO Action

On Friday, Sam “tr1cky7” Trickett played seven hours of pot-limit Omaha at both the $25/$50 and $100/$200 stakes. After 2,119 hands against some stiff competition, Trickett logged with a $296,700 win, by far enough to make him the day’s biggest winner. He also took down Friday’s three biggest pots.

Hand #1: Action was six-handed at a $100/$200 PLO table when Ben “Ben86” Tollerene ($57,009.50) opened for $600 from the cutoff, a bet that Trickett ($62,053) called from the small blind. “Odd_Oddsen” ($49,861.91) also made the call and there was three-way action to the {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{J-Spades} flop. Action checked to Tollerene, who put out a bet of $1,500. Trickett responded with a check-raise to $4,400, both his opponents called, and the {7-Hearts} turned. Again, action checked to Tollerene and he put out a bet of $15,235, which only Trickett called. Trickett then moved all in on the {3-Hearts} river, and Tollerene called off for $36,774.50 with his flopped {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} straight. Unfortunately for him, Trickett rolled over {Q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for a rivered flush and the $119,174 pot.

Hand #2: Action was five-handed at the aforementioned stakes when “Odd_Oddsen” ($98,261.78) opened for $800 under the gun and cleared the field all the way around to Trickett ($120,448.75) in the big blind. Trickett opted to three-bet to $2,700, “Odd_Oddsen” called, and the flop fell {10-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{7-Spades}. “Odd_Oddsen” proceeded to call a bet of $4,000 and then bet $8,400 when Trickett checked the {9-Clubs} turn. A call was made, the {Q-Spades} hit the turn, and Trickett fired out $23,600. “Odd_Oddsen” made the call but mucked when Trickett revealed {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} for the nuts taking down the $77,695 pot.

Hand #3: At a three-handed $100/$200 table, Rui “PepperoniF” Cao ($45,441.98) opened for $400 on the button, Trickett ($32,840) three-bet to $1,520 from the small blind, and the big blind got out of the way. Cao responded with a four-bet to $5,280 and Trickett called before leading out for $10,075 on the {3-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades} flop. Cao opted to make it $40,300, Trickett called off his remaining $17,485 and the cards were turned up.

Trickett: {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}{3-Spades}{J-Hearts}
Cao: {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs}

Cao was ahead with aces when the money went in, but Trickett held a king-high flush draw. The {10-Clubs} turn didn’t complete it, but the {4-Hearts} river did and Trickett was pushed the $65,915 pot.

Interestingly, “Odd_Oddsen,” Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen and “EireAbu,” who are all more accustomed to the winner’s list, each dropped six figures on Friday.

“WCGRider” Rides High in Saturday NLHE Action

Doug “WGCRider” Polk squared off against “wilhasha” in two different sessions of $100/$200 no-limit hold’em on Saturday, one in the early morning hours and the other in the afternoon. In the morning session, Polk took $80,000 from “wilhasha,” and then took another $56,000 in the latter. Throw in a $25,000 win against “donthnrmepls” at $50/$100 NLHE and Polk won $164,000 on the day — enough to make him the day’s biggest winner.

In Saturday’s largest pot, “wilhasha” ($88,209.39) opened for $500 from the small blind and then called when Polk ($45,795) three-bet to $2,000 from the big blind. The {3-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} flop saw Polk bet $2,600, “wilhasha” call, and the {8-Diamonds} turn. Again Polk bet, this time $5,978.69, but “wilhasha” opted for a raise to $14,600. Polk responded by moving all in for $41,195, “wilhasha” called, and the cards were turned up.

“wilhasha”: {J-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Polk: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}

Polk was ahead with top pair and top kicker, but “wilhasha” held a pair of eights and a flush draw. Much to Polk’s delight, the {4-Spades} blanked on the river and he took down the $91,588 pot.

In another notable hand, Polk ($44,769.91) opened for $400 only to have “wilhasha” ($57,305.06) three-bet to $1,400. Polk pushed back with a four-bet to $4,000 and “wilhasha” called before checking the {3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{8-Spades} flop. Polk took the opportunity to bet $4,800, “wilhasha” woke up with a check-raise to $10,800, a call was made, and then both players checked the {3-Hearts} turn. When the {3-Clubs} peeled off on the river, “wilhasha” moved all in and Polk wasted little time in calling off his remaining $29,969.91, creating a pot worth $89,538. “Wilhasha” tabled {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for threes full of eights, but it was no good against Polk’s {K-}{K-} for threes full of kings.

In another hand, which happened to be the third biggest of the meeting, “wilhasha” ($54,979.51) opened for $500 that was three-bet to $2,000 from Polk ($43,204.25). “Wilhasha” four-bet $4,800, Polk five-bet $9,400 and “wilhasha” six-bet shoved for $54,979.51. Polk called off and was in a dominating spot.

“wilhasha”: {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}
Polk: {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}

The board ran out an uneventful {2-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{K-Diamonds}, and Polk was pushed the $86,407 pot.

Sahamies Banks $166,000 in Monday PLO Madness

The PLO games were going strong on Monday from the $50/$100 stakes all the way up to $200/$400, and Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies was playing it all. Sahamies had an up-and-down day, but thanks to a seven-hour session and 682 hands at the bigger stakes, he walked away a $166,000 winner.

Part of that was thanks to the day’s largest pot. It happened at a five-handed table when Sahamies ($135,395.95) opened for $1,400 under the gun and then called when Ben "Ben86" Tollerene ($151,702.31) three-bet to $4,800 from the button. Action was heads-up to the {6-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{K-Spades} flop, which saw Sahamies check-call a bet of $7,200. Again, Sahamies check-called a bet on the {2-Spades} turn, this time $19,676, and the {5-Diamonds} river completed the board. Sahamies checked for a third time, and once again called when Tollerene bet $51,157.59. The latter rolled over {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} for a pair of nines and a missed flush draw, but Sahamies won the $166,262 pot with his {A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts} for two pair.

In the next largest pot, action was heads-up between Sahamies ($221,866.50) and Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen ($76,769) when the former opened for $1,200 and then called when the latter three-bet to $3,600. The {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{6-Hearts} flop saw Kyllönen lead out for $4,000 and then call when Sahamies raised to $19,198. Kyllönen slowed down with a check on the {3-Diamonds} turn, and then check-called Sahamies’ pot-sized bet. Both players checked the {9-Hearts} river, and Sahamies mucked when Kyllönen turned over {6-Clubs}{K-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} for flopped quads! Kyllönen was pushed the $136,782 pot.

Here’s a look at another notable $100,000 pot, another that didn’t go Sahamies’ way:


Biggest Weekly PokerStars Winners/Losers

Week’s biggest winners (9/14-9/20): Sam “tr1cky7” Trickett (+$382,723), “ocropTi” (+$295,168), Doug “WGCRider” Polk (+$270,501), “M.O.P.” (+$209,657), Vladimir “GVOZDIKA55” Shchemelev (+$192,323)

Week’s biggest losers: “wilhasha” (-$265,377), “1Il|1Il|1il|” (-$201,475), “sat1337en” (-$199,955), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (-$193,546), Terje “Terken89” Augdal (-$181,428)

Year-to-date winners: Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (+$2,917,441), “EireAbu” (+$2,536,659), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$2,257,853), Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond (+$1,898,550), “bernard-bb” (+$1,743,714), Alex “Kanu7” Millar (+$1,662,007), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (+$1,509,818), Terje “Terken89” Augdal (+$1,205,242)

Year-to-date losers: “Zypherin” (-$2,935,729), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$2,385,914), “patpatman” (-$1,250,996), “1Il|1Il|1il|” (-$1,195,824), Benny “toweliestar” Spindler (-$1,150,063), Gus “broksi” Hansen (-$882,420), Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (-$869,001)

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