The Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) XXII has been going strong all week on Full Tilt Poker, and complimenting it has been a strong selection of high-stakes cash games. Last week, we told you about Viktor “Isildur1” Blom’s incredible $1,781,535 win, and he was back at it this week, adding $763,306 to his bankroll in 21,046 hands spread across 159 sessions. That win made him the year’s biggest winner thus far with over $4 million in profit.
While that win was nice, it was behind both Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon and Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius. The former finished as the week’s biggest winner by winning $1,089,696 (31 sessions/5,186 hands) while the latter banked $996,237 (29 sessions/3,192 hands).
On the flip side, it was a terrible week for “SallyWoo”, who dropped $1,079,216 in just 2,763 hands over 14 sessions — enough to make him the week’s biggest loser. Others who did not fare well were Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$456,104 in 6 sessions/1,061 hands), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (-$289,050 in 10 sessions/655 hands) and Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$228,928 in 8 sessions/982 hands).
Blom Takes on Hendon and Dwan
On Friday, March 15, Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom squared off at the fixed-limit Omaha hi/lo (FLO8) tables. The two played nearly 1,000 hands over four hours, and Hendon was up nearly $450,000 at one point. However, his Swedish opponent was able to pull even in the middle stages of the match. As is often the case, Blom’s up-and-down style of play saw the pendulum swing the other way, and Hendon ultimately walked away a $353,200 winner.
It was a big beat for Blom, but it wasn’t as bad as it seemed as he had won $464,000 earlier in the day at the pot-limit Omaha tables. It was there that he took Tom “durrrr” Dwan for $225,000 in just 30 minutes.
In the biggest hand of the match, which came at the $300/$600 tables, Dwan ($78,886.50) opened for $1,800 only to have Blom ($119,997.50) three-bet to $5,400. Dwan responded with a four-bet to $16,200, Blom called, and the flop fell . Blom checked, Dwan bet $32,400, and the Swede check-raised all in for $103,797.50. Dwan called off his remaining $30,286.50, and the cards were turned up.
Dwan had flopped a pair of fours with an open-ended straight draw, but it was behind the jacks and flush draw of Blom. The turn gave Dwan the lead with two pair, but it was short lived as the peeled off on the river to give Blom a bigger two pair and the $157,773 pot.
While that pot was juicy, there were a couple bigger ones at a $250/$500 PLO game that sprung up with Blom, Jens “Ingenious89” Kyllönen and “samrostan” (who is purportedly “patpatpanda”). Here’s a look at two other notable pots:
Hand #1: Kyllönen ($35,963.59) opened for $1,500 on the button, and “samrostan” ($222,597) called from the small blind. Blom ($115,845.44) then three-bet to $6,300 from the big, both his opponents called, and it was three-way action to the flop. After “samrostan” checked, Blom fired out $14,000, and Kyllönen folded. “Samrostan” then woke up with a check-raise to $61,200, Blom moved all in for $109,545.44 total, and “samrostan” called to create a pot of $238,090.
“Samrostan” had flopped two pair and the nut-flush draw, but Blom was drawing big to a massive wrap and a straight flush. The turn completed the said straight for Blom, and after the blanked on the river, he was pushed the pot.
Hand #2: “Samrostan” ($98,322.50) opened for $1,500 on the button and then called when Blom ($113,737) three-bet to $5,300. The latter then led out for $6,000 on the flop, “samrostan” raised to $15,360, and Blom made it $28,500 to go. Not to be outdone, “samrostan” four-bet to $57,360 and then called off his last $35,662.50 when Blom five-bet to $108,437.
“Samrostan” had flopped trip tens with an ace kicker, but it was no good as Blom flopped threes full of tens. Neither the turn nor river helped “samrostan,” and he watched the $197,244 pot pushed to his opponent.
Ray Wins Nearly a Million Over the Weekend; Hendon Banks $325,700 on Sunday
It was a robust weekend at the Full Tilt Poker FLO8 tables as both Kyle “KPR16” Ray and Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon took advantage of Viktor “Isildur1” Blom’s three-day bender. Ray was the biggest beneficiary, finishing as the biggest winner on both Saturday and Sunday for a combined $980,000, but Sunday was also kind to Hendon, who banked $345,700.
On Saturday, Ray profited $615,000 off Blom before the latter went on to face off against “SallyWoo”, who was the year’s biggest FLO8 winner up to that point. Blom managed to get back $400,000, but then lost it all back and then some to Ray in a five-hour match actually took place in the early Sunday morning hours. Blom continued to play and once again hit an upswing, taking $250,000 more from “SallyWoo” ad then winning nearly $400,000 at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables against the likes of “samrostan” and Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn. After losing some of that back, Blom eventually logged off a $109,000 loser on Sunday.
Millar vs. Blom in Tuesday Action
On Tuesday, March 19, a $300/$600 no-limit hold’em game broke out between Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar. If you recall, Blom took $700,000 off Millar back in January, but this week Millar got $170,400 of it back, some of which came from winning the day’s two biggest pots.
In the largest, Blom ($73,124.39) opened for $1,800 and then called when Millar ($146,192) three-bet to $6,000, bringing about a flop of . Millar led out for $7,200, Blom called, and the turned. This time Millar slowed down with a check, but ended up check-calling a bet of $13,800. Millar checked for a second time when the completed the board on the river, and Blom moved all in for his last $46,124.40 with the . Millar called with the flush and took down the $146,248.
In the second-largest pot of the day, Millar ($72,179) opened for $1,200 and then called when Blom ($147,139.89) made it $5,400 to go. The flop saw Millar call a bet of $7,200, and then Blom checked the turn. Millar took the opportunity to bet $12,000, and Blom responded with an all-in check-raise to $134,539.89. Millar called off his remaining $47,579 with the , which was far ahead of Blom’s straight draw. The river failed to help Blom, and he watched the $144,358 pot pushed to Millar.
Blom Continues to Roll with $515,200 Wednesday Win
It was a busy week for Viktor “Isildur1” Blom who was pretty much in nonstop action. That continued on Wednesday when the young Swede took to the FLO8 and $250/$500 PLO tables and won $515,200, which made him the year’s biggest winner thus far with over $4 million in profit. Approximately $250,000 of that came from a PLO game against Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky, which is where the ten biggest pots of the day occurred. Here’s a look at the top three:
Hand #1: Blom ($112,814.25) opened for $1,700, Sulsky ($87,136.25) called, and the flop fell . Sulsky checked, Blom bet $2,500, and Sulsky sprung to life with a check-raise to $8,500. A call was made, and then Sulsky resorted to checking on the turn. Blom kept the pressure on with a $14,500 bet, but Sulsky pushed back with another check-raise, this time to a hefty $64,100. Blom not only called the raise, he called when Sulsky moved all in for his last $12,836.25 on the river. Sulsky rolled over for a missed straight, and Blom revealed to claim the $174,272 pot.
Hand #2: Sulsky ($79,199) opened for $1,700 and then called when Blom ($195,749.50) three-bet to $5,300. Sulsky then called a bet of $7,000 on the flop, the turned, and Blom slowed down with a check. Sulsky fired out $11,500, Blom called, and the completed the board on the river. Blom opted to lead out for $47,800 and Sulsky made a quick call. Blom tabled the for a straight, and it was good enough to win the $143,400 pot as Sulsky simply mucked.
Biggest Winners/Losers (Full Tilt Poker)
Week’s biggest winners (3/4-3/20): Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (+$1,089,696), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$996,237), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (+$763,306), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (+$448,904), Sebastien “Seb86” Sabic (+$198,494)
Week’s biggest losers: “SallyWoo” (-$1,079,216), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$456,104), “PixKim” (-$420,702), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (-$289,050), “J B E Z 2 E Z” (-$247,924), Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$228,928)
Year’s biggest winners: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (+$4,063,347), Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$3,479,567), Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (+$1,841,245), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (+$1,797,335), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$1,257,234), Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (+$1,185,923), Hac “1Il|1Il|1il|” Dang* (+$980,031), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (+$919,752), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$873,763), “Odd_Oddsen” (+$758,907), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$717,506)
Year’s biggest losers: Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$1,904,302), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$1,851,903), Gus Hansen (-$1,640,949), “patpatpanda” (-$1,330,885), Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (-$1,220,393), “punting-peddler” (-$1,099,064), “CRAIN85” (-$925,500), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (-$839,342), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$821,040), “Johnbest” (-$793,503)
Data, hands and replayer obtained from HighStakesDB.com