The past couple of weeks of high-stakes online action have been wild. First, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom made $4,073,070 during the first week of 2013 on Full Tilt Poker, and then he lost $1,173,536 of it back to Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond the following week.
Things calmed down a bit this week as both Blom and Galfond failed to make the huge waves they did earlier this month, perhaps because they’re both attending the NBC National Heads-Up Championship. That did, however, open the door for some other players to jump into the spotlight. Foremost among them was Kyle “KPR16” Ray, who finish as the week’s biggest winner with $929,088 in 1,283 hands spread across seven sessions. The next closest winners were “SallyWoo” (+$259,088 in 1,681 hands) and Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (+$256,943 in 2,144 hands).
Of course, poker is a zero-sum game, so where there are winners there are always losers. This week, those losers included “Johnbest” (-$506,056 in 6,242 hands), Andrew “good2cu” Robl (-$357,396 in 5,831 hands), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$314,820 in 1,014 hands) and Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (-$241,318 in 3,645 hands).
The Professionals Get Busy on Thursday
On Thursday, Jan. 17, Gus Hansen, a member of Full Tilt Poker’s The Professionals, was busy playing $1,000/$2,000 fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo and 2-7 Triple Draw and won $560,000 against the likes of “patpatpanda”, Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver and Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn, just to name a few.
Another Professional in action on Thursday was Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, who played the same games as Hansen, as well as a little $250/$500 pot-limit Omaha against Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky. While he won $172,200 on the day playing Omaha Hi/Lo and 2-7 Triple Draw, he was a loser against Sulsky. As you might expect, the two high-stakes regulars played the day’s two biggest pots.
In the first, Blom ($75,000) opened for $1,700 on the button and Sulsky ($143,273.75) three-bet to $5,300 from the big blind. Blom called and then bet $5,500 after Sulsky checked the flop. Sulsky then sprung to life with a check-raise to $27,300, Blom moved all in for $69,700, and Sulsky called.
Sulsky had flopped the nuts, but Blom was drawing live to the nut flush. The two agreed to run it twice, but neither the and on the first run nor the and on the second helped Blom. Sulsky won a pot worth $150,000.
In the second biggest pot of the day, similar to the preflop action from the previous hand, Blom ($75,000) opened for $1,700 on the button, Sulsky ($123,772.25) three-bet to $5,300 from the big blind, and Blom called. Sulsky checked the flop. Blom took the opportunity to bet $5,500, Sulsky check-raised to $21,500, and Blom moved all in for $69,700. Sulsky called and the cards were turned up:
Blom had flopped the nuts, but Sulsky was drawing live, having flopped a set and a flush draw. Once again they ran it twice, and once again both came down in Sulsky’s favor as the / on the first run and / on the second both gave him a flush. Sulsky won another $150,000, and he ended up profiting $126,700 on Thursday.
Kyle “KPR16” Ray Wins $930,000 in Friday Action; Hansen Gives it Back
Gus Hansen had a nice win on Thursday but gave it all back and then some on Friday. He actually started off well, but his free-fall began late in the day against Kyle “KPR16” Ray and Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon playing FLO8. Over 7.5 hours, Hansen dropped a hefty $840,000, with $680,000 of that going to Ray. What’s more, Ray had won $320,000 earlier in the day from Viktor “Isildur1” Blom at the FLO8 tables, and after dropping a little, he finished the day as the biggest winner with $930,000 in profit.
Other winners on Friday were Hendon (+$233,900), “SallyWoo” (+$147,000), Andrew “good2cu” Robl (+$117,200) and Patrik Antonius (+$113,700), who had recently returned to the Full Tilt Poker tables.
Unfortunately, as we’ve said before, HighStakesDB doesn’t capture the FLO8 games, but they do a great job capturing the day’s biggest pots day in and day out. On Friday, that pot took place at the $150/$300 PLO tables:
Kostritsyn Gets the Best of “Johnbest” at $200/$400 PLO
Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn had a great day at the $200/$400 PLO tables on Saturday, winning $535,000 off “Johnbest” throughout the day. They first played a two-and-a-half hour session in the morning, and Kostritsyn walked away a $33,000 winner. Four hours later, “Johnbest” got the best of Kostritsyn when he won $87,000 in a 20-minute session. After another break, the two played for more than three hours and Kostritsyn walked away with $290,000. In the next two sessions against one another, Kostritsyn added $300,000 more to his bankroll and finished the day $535,000 in the black. Needless to say, the two played the biggest pots of the day:
Biggest Pot of the Day: “Johnbest” ($110,038.50) opened for $1,200 on the button, only to have Kostritsyn ($173,662.50) three-bet to $3,600 from the big blind. Not to be outdone, “Johnbest” four-bet $10,800, Kostritsyn called and the flop came down . Kostritsyn check-called a bet of $21,600, and then turned right around and led out for $64,800 on the turn. “Johnbest” responded by moving all in for $77,638.50, and Kostritsyn called the additional $12,838.50. The completed the board on the river, and Kostritsyn’s for two pair cracked “Johnbest’s” to win the $22,077 pot.
Second Biggest Pot of the Day: Kostritsyn ($286,810.50) raised to $1,200 on the button and was met by a three-bet to $3,600 from “Johnbest” ($86,276). Kostritsyn then made it $10,800 to go, “Johnbest” called, and the appeared on the flop. “Johnbest” checked, Kostritsyn bet $21,600, and “Johnbest” moved all in for $75,476. Kostritsyn called with for a pair of nines with straight and flush draws, while “Johnbest” had for a pair of eights with the same open-ended straight draw. The turn actually gave “Johnbest” the best hand with trips, and the river allowed him to take down the $172,552 pot.
Biggest Winners/Losers (Full Tilt Poker)
Week’s biggest winners (1/17-1/23): Kyle “KPR16” Ray (+$929,088), “SallyWoo” (+$259,088), Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (+$256,943), “patpatpanda” (+$240,950), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$229,490)
Week’s biggest losers: “Johnbest” (-$506,056), Andrew “good2cu” Robl (-$357,396), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$314,820), Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (-$241,318), “DealMeInFast” (-$231,541), “Poker_KaMI” (-$210,930)
Year’s biggest winners: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (+$2,692,119), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (+$1,358,345), “SallyWoo” (+$1,267,005), Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (+$1,113,925), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$370,550), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (+$346,210)
Year’s biggest losers: Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$1,426,426), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (-$699,378), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (-$531,348), “Poker_KaMI” (-$525,601), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$520,561), “Schoitl” (-$510,318)
Data, hands and replayer obtained from HighStakesDB.com