High-Stakes Pro SanIker Pockets $2 Million in Two Months


After a dismal first half of the year at the nosebleed tables on Full Tilt, German high-stakes pro SanIkerhas put together a huge comeback, winning just under $2 million in less than 60 days.

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In his latest string of wins, the young 2-7 Triple Draw specialist booked a $400,000 session on Tuesday to catapult himself into the black and now enjoys a $150,000 profit for the year, according to HighStakesDB, as of Wednesday. During the marathon 14-hour session, SanIker battled with high-stakes regulars Trueteller, PostflopAction, Gus Hansen, Follow the Hawk, and thecortster.

While a low six-figure profit is tenuous at tables where single pots can grow to over a quarter-of-a-million dollars, his overall profit for the year must provide some psychological benefit. At his lowest point, SanIker sunk down to $1.76 million in the red in July after a series of bad sessions beginning in April. In May, he took a half-million dollar hit, followed by a $700,000 loss in June.

There were a few bright spots during the young grinder’s downward slide; the biggest pot he dragged all year came in June, just before his huge upswing. Playing No Limit Hold’em at $300/$600 against Denoking, SanIker held 8c-2c, with his opponent holding K-Qo. SanIker flopped a flush draw and bet $5,400, which Denoking called. The turn came the 6s and the German fired another $16,200 into the pot, which Denoking raised.

After calling the raise on the turn, the pair saw the 7s hit the river, completing a one-card straight for SanIker and leaving Denoking with nothing but king-high. SanIker checked and Denoking took a $75,000 shot at the pot. SanIker called the bluff and raked in a $205,000 pile of chips.

Denoking soon took his revenge and more. Flopping a set with 4-4, the high-stakes pro bet the flop and turn and fired a $60,000 bet into a one-card straight board to collect a $275,000 pot.

In July, the German grinder saw his fortunes improve dramatically. In just one week near the end of the month, SanIker crossed the threshold into the black after banking just over $1 million in only a few sessions.

He didn’t stay above water for long, though, losing $600,000 in August and then dropping another $100,000 at the start of September. Since that recent low, SanIker has been riding the wave of an $800,000 upswing.

Of course with big winners come big losers. Gus Hansen (pictured) continues an epic losing streak that has now surpassed $20 million on Full Tilt. Some wonder if the Danish pro has the skills to beat today’s sophisticated high-stakes pros. Even so, Hansen continues to grind and has stated that he still has money, but at some point would have to quit.

Phil Ivey is recognized as the biggest winner in recorded online poker history. But this year, the poker legend has taken heavy losses at the table, losing almost $2 million. Under his new Polarizingscreen name, the 38-year-old dropped to a low of $5.3 million after a horrific three-month run in which he lost nearly $1 million a month.

But the title of biggest online loser of the year goes to Chun samrostanLei Zhou, who has lost around $6 million so far. Not much is known about Lei Zhou except that he frequents the ultra-high-stakes live games in Macau and enjoys playing the biggest stakes possible.

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