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  1. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Download and listen in to the latest episode of the Global Poker Award-nominated The FIVES Poker Podcast with Lance and Donnie as they break down all of the most important news from this week in the world of poker. This week, the guys discuss the recently revealed schedule of online events taking place during the 2020 World Series of Poker. Plus, ESPN and Poker Central have revealed comprehensive televised coverage of this year's Main Event. Also, with High Stakes Poker returning to the PokerGO platform, the guys discuss what they'd like to see from the show when it returns. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  2. FIVE THINGS is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. It appears periodically at PocketFives.com. When Poker Central announced two weeks ago that they had acquired the rights to the High Stakes Poker brand and archive from GSN, the poker world reacted with one unanimous emotion. Pure joy. High Stakes Poker, which ran for seven seasons from 2006 until it was cancelled in the wake of Black Friday in 2011, is probably the most beloved TV poker show in history, rivalled only by Late Night Poker. HSP, was different than anything that had come before because it was focused on cash game action, rather than tournaments and as the name suggests, the stakes got big. Real big. Adding HSP to the growing collection of poker content on PokerGO seems like a slam dunk and Sam Simmons, President of PokerGO/PokerCentral, is already teasing poker fans about what's to come. Knowing that the brain trust that now holds the keys to HSP is already thinking of what to do with the HSP brand, this edition of FIVE THINGS is dedicated to some ideas to help make the second coming of High Stakes Poker live up to the lofty expectations. Don’t Livestream It It might seem counterintuitive in 2020 to not livestream an hours-long cash game session. Most poker content, whether it's the Super High Roller Bowl, the World Series of Poker Main Event, or LIVE At The Bike is streamed live. High Stakes Poker holds a special place in the hearts of poker fans and the attachment that many have for HSP meant that it became appointment viewing. There’s no reason that can’t be repeated. The original HSP filmed 24 hours of action to get 13-17 40-minute episodes for GSN. Have players sign the appropriate non-disclosure agreements, film an entire session, and put together hour-long episodes. Release one or two episodes each week and build up the FOMO via social media. The poker world will be waiting with bated breath. Make New School Players a Priority It’s been just over eight years since the last new episode High Stakes Poker aired featuring the likes of Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, and Daniel Negreanu. Bringing some of those players back will give viewers the nostalgic tie-in to the original run but an impressive number of talented players have emerged as stars since then and getting them involved will be an important part of the evolution of the show. Producers will have a bevy of players to choose from. Nick Schulman, Dan Cates, and Prahlad Friedman somehow never appeared on the original run and would make great additions. There are also stars from the high roller tournament scene such as Kahle Burns, Jason Koon, Sam Soverel, Kristen Bicknell, and Danny Tang that viewers at home will recognize. Others who should be in the discussion include 2017 GPI Breakout Player of the Year winner Art Papazyan, Nick Petrangelo, Kym Lim, Chance Kornuth, Garrett Adelstein, Danielle Andersen, and Christian Soto. The magic, of course, comes from producers finding the right mix of the original cast and some of the newer stars who will help carry poker into the next decade or so. Allow yourself to dream of an eight-handed lineup that consists of Schulman, Koon, Cates, Brunson, Papazyan, Jason Mercier, Bill Perkins, and Haralabos Voulgaris. They've Got a Story to Tell Getting the new players into the game is only half of the battle. Giving viewers at home a reason to love - or hate - them is the other half. Mori Eskandani is a Poker Hall of Famer because he’s been able to take the magic of the game and the players playing it and make it feel accessible to those watching. The table talk in the original HSP was an important part of getting to know the players, but dedicating a few minutes of each episode to telling the backstory of the players in the game will also be an important piece of the broadcast. Every player has a story to tell and as more and more of them are told, viewers can become fans who become invested in the success and failure of players. They’re more likely to tune in if they feel like they are emotionally invested in one or two of the players. PokerGO’s other outlet, Poker Central, can also play a central role in giving all of the players - new and old - significant build-up in the lead up to each episode. Give the Great Game Some Run Every episode of High Stakes Poker has been No Limit Hold'em. It made sense. Most people who were watching poker at the time knew the game and it was easy to follow. Viewers who found it while channel surfing could quickly pick-up the basics and enjoy what they were watching. The PokerGO viewer is a much more advanced viewer than that. Sure, they still watch a lot of No Limit Hold'em, but they've also seen the growth in other games over the years and may have even dabbled in playing some of them. Changing things up a bit will be well received and PokerGO has done something like this before with PLOMG week on Poker After Dark in 2017. Having 3-4 episodes of Pot Limit Omaha with a lineup of PLO killers and you're going to get a different group of players to build buzz around. Phil Galfond, Jens Kyllönen, Ben Tollerene, Tom Dwan, and Ben Lamb would be an incredible lineup Who knows, maybe 'VeniVidi1993' comes out of anonymity to play? Maybe more importantly, as anybody who remembers the Rail Heaven days on Full Tilt Poker will tell you, PLO is a game that naturally leads to some big pots that will generate buzz on their own. New Blood in the Booth Over the seven seasons of the original run, the show had the likes of AJ Benza, Gabe Kaplan, and Norm MacDonald in the commentary booth. MacDonald’s hiring wasn’t exactly met with cheers from the loyal fan base but both Benza and Kaplan connected with the audience and did their best work by letting the table talk carry the show. There would certainly be some nostalgic reasons to get Kaplan or Benza - or both - back in the fold and have them steering the ship, but there's a better approach here. Give Jeff Platt the keys. Platt is a broadcast professional with a passion for poker and his work with some of PokerGO’s live-streamed events has shown he’s ready for and deserving of a bigger stage. HSP is that stage and poker fans would be richer for having him in the booth on this.
  3. This week, Poker Central announced a new sponsorship deal with the social online poker room, Global Poker. Global Poker, the online poker room that serves players from the United States and Canada, will have their branding included in some of Poker Central’s premier poker broadcasts including the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, U.S. Poker Open, Poker After Dark as well as a slate of additional, yet-to-be-named U.S. and international events. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] “Kicking off this partnership with Global Poker has been a dream come true for our team,” said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. “Our two companies share a common goal of making poker accessible to fans worldwide, and this partnership will allow both to advance that mission through live events and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” One of those experiences may be spending some time in the newly created “Global Poker Lounge” located inside the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. The lounge aims to give poker fans a “heightened poker viewing experience” as well as access to all of the perks of hanging out in the modern studio. “Given the prestige of Poker Central’s events, bringing our brands together feels like the next step in taking both partners to the next level,” said David Lyons, GM of Global Poker, “This partnership will not only promote the events but offer countless opportunities to bring poker players and enthusiasts from all over the world into the action.” Global Poker has plans on bringing its dedicated online players some new offline experiences. Players can look forward to meet-and-greets with popular players at the PokerGO Studio, one-of-a-kind giveaways, and exclusive qualifiers to special events. Global Poker has a history of giving its players a shot at live poker glory. In the past, they have provided leaderboard winners from their major online poker series a chance to represent the brand in a live tournament of their choice. Now, with a partnership with Poker Central in place, the opportunity to see a Global Poker player having a shot in a Sit & Go versus a table full of pros becomes a very real possibility. Global Poker's Sweepstakes model is what allows them to operate in the U.S. and cater to all types of players. They operate in two different currencies. For those who want to play socially, they can buy-in using their Gold Coin currency. Gold Coins are virtual chips with no cash value. For players who want to increase the stakes, there is Sweeps Cash. Players can acquire Sweeps Cash and play in that currency. Then that currency can be turned into “prizes” which is a cash equivalent. The Global Poker sponsored programming will all be available on the PokerGO streaming platform. If you don’t already have a subscription and want to watch all of the upcoming marquee events, including the previously announced new episodes of High Stakes Poker, you can sign up today using the promo code “POCKET5S” for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  4. Poker Central has acquired the brand and assets for High Stakes Poker, the company announced on Tuesday, and will begin streaming episodes of the show on the PokerGO platform in the coming months. Additionally, Poker Central is said to have future plans for the series, including new episodes. "High Stakes Poker was a remarkable poker program," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. "With star players, massive pots, and memorable moments, the show beautifully conveys the drama of cash game poker. Bringing the existing episodes of High Stakes Poker to our platform and producing more in the future will enable us to recapture the nostalgia and magic of the show for our PokerGO subscribers in the present-day poker climate." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] High Stakes Poker took place from 2006-2011 and included seven seasons of high-stakes, cash game action during the height of the poker boom. Over its many seasons, the show was hosted by Gabe Kaplan, AJ Benza, Kara Scott, and Norm Macdonald, with Kaplan and Benza hosting together through the show’s first five seasons. The show’s success was propelled by the astronomical stakes of poker that were being played by superstar poker players and celebrities, oftentimes sitting behind huge bricks of cash and mounds of large denomination chips that became staples of the show. Notable players to appear on High Stakes Poker were Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Sammy Farha, Phil Galfond, and Barry Greenstein. Brunson, Negreanu, Esfandiari, and Greenstein appeared in all seven seasons of the show. If you don't already have a subscription to PokerGO and are interested in watching High Stakes Poker, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan. Minimum buy-ins for High Stakes Poker ranged from $100,000 to $500,000, depending on the season, and plenty of episodes featured millions of dollars at stake. During Season 4 of High Stakes Poker, poker pro David Benyamine went at it with celebrity businessman Guy Laliberte to create the largest pot in the show’s history, only it came with a plot twist. Largest Pot in High Stakes Poker History In a game with $300-$600 blinds and a $1,200 straddle, Farha started the action with a raise to $4,200 from under the gun with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="3s"]. Benyamine made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8c"] and Laliberte called from the big blind with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5d"]. The flop was [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3d"]. Farha picked up bottom pair, but it was the top two pair for Laliberte and nut flush draw for Benyamine that really made this hand explode. On the flop, Laliberte checked, Farha bet $13,000, and Benyamine raised to $43,000. Laliberte reraised and made it $168,000 to go. Farha folded and Benyamine, behind bricks of cash, stood up, contemplated the decision, and then moved all in for $600,000. Laliberte turned his hand over and thought about the decision before making the call. Laliberte first said to run it once but then the two players went back and forth on what to do. Laliberte had said that the money doesn’t matter to him and would do what Benyamine wanted. Laliberte eventually offered to just take the pot before Benyamine’s all-in raise, which Benyamine agreed to. High Stakes Poker also helped young guns such as Tom Dwan get immense exposure. Of course, it also helps when you play $919,600 pots against one of the game’s greats on television. Although the hand between Laliberte and Benyamine created the largest pot in High Stakes Poker history, the hand ultimately finished with a much cheaper result. The hand Dwan played against Greenstein in Season 5 was played to the fullest for more than $900,000 and it had a single winner. Playing $500-$1,000 blinds, Peter Eastgate raised to $3,500 with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kh"] and Greenstein reraised to $15,000 with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"] on the button. Dwan was next and made the call from the small blind with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qs"]. Eastgate also called and the flop came down [poker card="Qh"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"]. Dwan fired $28,700, Eastgate folded, and Greenstein raised to $100,000. Dwan made it $244,600 to go and Greenstein moved all in for what was effectively $436,100 total. Dwan called and the pot ballooned to $919,600. Like the Laliberte and Benyamine hand, the question of how many times to run the board out came up. Greenstein said he wanted to run it once but asked if they wanted to take a couple hundred thousand back. Dwan declined and they were off to the races. The turn was the [poker card="Qc"] to vault Dwan into the lead with trip queens. The river completed the board with the [poker card="7d"] and Dwan was the winner of the biggest hand in High Stakes Poker history.
  5. It was a pretty blockbuster weekend for Viktor Isildur1Blom (pictured), who was up $1.6 million after a roller coaster of a year so far at the high-stakes tables. As outlined by HighStakesDB, "He went from being on top of the heap with $2.1 million in winnings halfway through February to down over $600,000 on the year come Saturday morning. However, in the last 36 hours, the Full TiltPro has steamed back to $1 million in profit for the year after a huge $1.6 million win across the PLO, Eight-Game, and 2-7 Triple Draw tables." HighStakesDB chronicled Blom's big weekend, which included a Triple Draw session against the likes of ragen70, Gus Hansen, Kagome Kagome, and Phil OMGClayAikenGalfond that saw him exit with $200,000 in profit. If you've read our high-stakes poker reports in the last few weeks, then you'll know that Full Tilt's Triple Draw tables have been the breeding ground for some of the liveliest games around. Blom then took $211,000 off FakeSkyat Eight-Game before setting his sights back on Galfond. In fact, Blom and Galfond dueled for 12 hours, with Blom ultimately ending up nearly $900,000. Galfond actually won the largest pot of the session, which was worth $240,000 and came after hitting top two and fading a flush draw. Galfond also took down a pot worth $208,000, according to HighStakesDB, giving him both pots of over $200,000 played during the 12-hour session. Blom is down $609,000 since HighStakesDB began tracking him in 2009, but is up a little over $1 million in 2014. You'll recall that when the nosebleed-stakes games were going full throttle on Full Tilt in late 2009, Blom was at one point up nearly $5.5 million. This year, Blom is in the black $1.4 million at the Eight-Game Tables and $870,000 at Omaha High-Low. He is nearly breakeven or in the red in every other game HighStakesDB tracks and is off $1.1 million in Draw Games in 2014 despite the weekend's strong showing. Blom won the second largest cash game pot in online poker history back in 2009 at a $500/$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha table, worth $1.1 million. The money went in on the river of a J-K-J-10-5, three-diamond board. Blom showed a full house with kings, while Phil Ivey (pictured) mucked. Incredibly, Blom has won three pots online that have passed $800,000. Stay tuned to PocketFives for more online poker news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. According to PokerNews' Chad Holloway, the futures of "High Stakes Poker" and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship are in doubt. As Holloway quoted the producers of both shows as saying, "From @Poker_Prod: 'No talks of HSP been initiated to us by GSN. And likewise, NBC has not confirmed the Heads-Up event for 2015.'" --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- Last month, GSN launched a survey about "High Stakes Poker," soliciting demographic information about respondents, opinions about the overall viewing experience, and thoughts on the show's hosts. The survey came in at 17 questions and ended with a request for a respondent's favorite player, which could help determine the cast. "High Stakes Poker" ran for seven seasons from 2006 to 2011, but has not been seen post-Black Friday. Given a survey from GSN, one could assume that Season 8 is in the works, but no communication has taken place between the network and the franchise's production company. The National Heads-Up Poker Championship did not run last year. The made-for-TV affair debuted in 2005 and ran every year until 2013 save 2012. Past champions include Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest, Huck Seed, Annie Duke, and the 2013 winner, Mike Matusow. There has largely been no talk about the National Heads-Up Poker Championship since 2013 other than a confirmation that it would not run in 2014. Poker Productions' Mori Eskandani told PocketFives in March about the series not taking place this year, "NHPC will not be on the calendar this year. But, I have good reason to believe that the future of the series will be bright." The National Heads-Up Poker Championship aired on NBC and featured a mix of celebrities and poker pros. In 2013, the top prize was $750,000. Do you want to see "High Stakes Poker" or the National Heads-Up Poker Championship return in 2015? Comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  7. According to HighStakesDB, Gus Hansen (pictured) had a solid Sunday on the virtual felts of Full Tilt Poker, winning $546,000 at the cash game tables. However, he is still down almost $18 million since the site began tracking his account in 2006. His damage on Sunday was done at the Eight-Game and Triple Draw tables, according to HighStakesDB: "Hansen played for a couple of hours post-midnight, winning at both the Triple Draw and Eight-Game tables, building a six-figure profit before taking 11 hours away from the tables, returning in the early afternoon, where he added another $87,000, putting his daily profit over $200,000." Hansen didn't sit on $200,000 in profit, however. Instead, he came back for a nighttime session that saw him take $193,000 off an Eight-Game table with the likes of Phil "Polarizing" Ivey, Macau's punting-peddler, Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn, Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau, Hac "trex313" Dang, samrostan, and Patrik "FinddaGrind" Antonius. When all was said and done, Hansen walked off with $546,000. As HighStakesDB noted, Hansen is down $17.8 million on Full Tilt since 2006. He is currently one of the lead faces of the site, dubbed the Professionals, and has dropped $7.2 million in Draw Games, $5.7 million in Pot Limit Omaha High-Low, $2.6 million in Mixed HA, $1.5 million in No Limit Texas Hold'em, and $1.3 million in Limit Omaha High-Low. He is up nearly $500,000 combined in Limit HORSE and Eight-Game. The tracking site has logged about 1.5 million hands for Hansen. Despite the bleeding online, Hansen has been a beast on the live tournament felts. The Hendon Mob has logged $11.2 million in career live MTT earnings for the Danish player, who has largely been among the top 100 worldwide on the tournament poker money list since 2002: 2002 Money List: 12th 2003 Money List: 13th 2004 Money List: 70th 2005 Money List: 24th 2006 Money List: n/a 2007 Money List: 20th 2008 Money List: 23rd 2009 Money List: 486th 2010 Money List: 24th 2011 Money List: 394th 2012 Money List: 30th 2013 Money List: 5,149th Hansen is tops on Denmark's all-time money list despite a recent World Series of Poker Main Event winner, Peter Eastgate, also being from that country. He tops the Nordic all-time money list and has one WSOP bracelet. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. In what has been one of the most interesting battles on the high-stakes tables at Full Tilt Poker, 2014 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Doug WCGRiderPolk (pictured) has been squaring off against Denoking, with both players pulling out sizeable victories. Special thanks to HighStakesDB for the data used in this article. Last week, Polk took the action to Denoking on the $300/$600 No Limit Hold'em tables at Full Tilt and, after a long session, walked off with a $736,000 win. Thus, when Denoking returned to the felt on Monday night, Polk was poised to add some more of Denoking's ducats to his virtual wallet. As the session played out, however, it was Denoking who had the last laugh. Deciding on a shorter session than their previous matchup, Denoking came out of the gate rapidly. Inside an hour of play, Denoking was able to ratchet up a $300,000 edge. In one hand, after Polk three bet pre-flop, Denoking decided to just call and see a monochrome Qc-7c-10c flop. Polk check-called a bet from Denoking and, with both players having more than $100,000 on the table, saw a 9h on the turn. Polk once again check-called a bet and, on the 6c river, pushed his chips all in for the nearly $200,000 pot. Denoking made the call and, after Polk showed a Qh-10h for a flopped two pair, Denoking showed Ac-Qs for the rivered four-flush to take down the $279,000 pot, the biggest of the match. Polk didn't back off, instead reloading his stake and going back for more. Polk's big strike of the day came after four-betting Denoking off the button to see an innocuous 2-5-8 flop. Denoking fired out on that flop and Polk three-bet, which Denoking simply called. The turn was an ace and Denoking slowed down with a check. Polk fired off $22,000 into the $160,000 pot and Denoking called to see an eight on the river. Both players pulled back with checks, at which point Polk showed pocket queens to win on the very dangerous board. Now it was Denoking's turn to make a bit of a comeback, as he won several smaller hands before taking down the last six-figure pot of the matchup. As Denoking's roll continued, Polk took a pause from the action to gather his thoughts. As he waited, Denoking reminded Polk that it was a "short session" and, without a reply, stood up from the table and booked a $308,000 win. Although losing on Monday to his rival was a bit of a hit, Polk seems to have rebounded nicely. During action Tuesday on Full Tilt Poker, Polk soothed his wounds by booking a win of his own, taking down nearly $137,000. Since the start of 2014, Polk has played 95 sessions according to HighStakesDB and almost 27,000 hands. As of Wednesday, Polk has racked up $971,711 in winnings, good enough for fifth place. For his part, Denoking has had a tough week. Although he was able to start the week with a small win, the battles with Polk have resulted in his bankroll taking a bit of a hit. After the clash with WCGRider, Denoking's overall loss for the past week sits at roughly $436,000. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  9. He might be down almost $20 million lifetime in high-stakes online poker games according to HighStakesDB, but Danish poker pro Gus Hansen (pictured) mounted a comeback of sorts on Thursday, recording $731,000 in profit according to the tracking site. He is now down a little over $19 million lifetime. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- As HighStakesDB noted, "The vast majority of Hansen's big score came at the $2K/$4K 2-7 Triple Draw tables, with action running for seven hours from 3:00am and featuring the likes of Hansen, taktloss47, Kagome Kagome, OMGClayAiken, samrostan, Follow The Hawk, SanIker, and Trueteller. Hansen made big scores at five tables, ranging between $107K and $183K." Hansen pocketed over $600,000 in the morning sessions to start the day off on the right foot and then increased his bankroll by over $100,000 at Eight-Game. All told, he was up about $731,000 in a single day, cutting his career losses by almost 4%. Hansen has been tracked by HighStakesDB since 2007 and is down $19 million lifetime. The last time he was breakeven, according to the same site, was in 2009. Hansen has bled $7.0 million in Draw Games, $5.6 million in Pot Limit Omaha, $2.6 million in Mixed HA, $1.8 million in Eight Game, and $1.3 million in Limit Omaha High-Low. The Dane is up $430,000 in HORSE, the lone variant HighStakesDB has recorded as being profitable for him. Now for the good news. Hansen is fifth on the all-time money list for the World Poker Tour at $4.0 million and tops Denmark's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob. He appeared in the top 30 worldwide on the tournament money list every year between 2002 and 2012 sans four. Hansen has three WPT titles and one World Series of Poker bracelet. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest poker news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. It has been a good week to be Germany's Kagome Kagome (pictured), who is up over $500,000 in the last three days at cash game tables, according to HighStakesDB. On Sunday, the site posted that Kagome Kagome had won almost $130,000 at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables on Saturday, increasing his three-day haul to north of half-a-million dollars. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. PocketFivers will love playing in the site's €1 million guaranteed iPOPS series, which runs through November 9. Visit William Hill today! --- HighStakesDB said of his latest effort, "Once again, Kagome Kagome took his profit from a heads-up session against French pro Alex AlexonmoonLunea after winning $150,000 in a 50-minute early evening session. Kagome Kagome had already won $15,000 from Luneau in an earlier 37-hand match. An earlier $36,000 loss to PostFlopActionat the lower $500/$1,000 limits accounts for Kagome Kagome's final profit for the day." Kagome Kagome is up $529,000 since October 29, according to HighStakesDB, with all of his winnings coming in Draw Games. Although the German has opted out of long-term tracking, the site began following him in 2011. His HighStakesDB profile outlines that he was formerly known as IHateJuice, but Full Tilt made him change the user name at the beginning of 2011 allegedly because of complaints from players. Given his affinity for high-stakes games, he has formerly battled regulars like Phil Ivey (pictured) and, according to HighStakesDB, "Kagome Kagome claims to have started playing poker when he was 16. He was mostly an unsuccessful grinder in the beginning and chose to stick to $3/$6 and $5/$10 Limit Hold'em. But, toward the end of 2009, he had worked his way up to $200/$400 Fixed Limit games and had amassed a $100,000 bankroll." His biggest pot played came in March 2014 in a Fixed Limit Draw game and was just shy of $100,000. It's one of two pots he has recorded of at least $90,000. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest high-stakes news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed. Image courtesy HighStakesDB
  11. About a week ago, PocketFives brought you an article about Dan "jungleman" Cates breaking $10 million in high-stakes winnings at Full Tilt Poker, a major milestone. Over the weekend, Cates (pictured) continued to roll, inching closer to $3 million in winnings on Full Tilt this year, according to HighStakesDB. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- As the tracking site published in an article on Sunday, "Cates continued his great 2014 with another big win in yesterday's high-stakes games. Cates brought home $300.7K in the Mixed Games. Most of Cates' profit came before breakfast, as he put in big winning sessions between 1:30am and 7.30am playing against Alexonmoon, PostflopAction, and Gus Hansen. In particular, he fared well at table Bushra, winning over $218.4K. He also made a six-figure sum at table Coventry, winning $117.2K." Cates took down the second largest pot awarded on Saturday, worth $197,800, at a $300/$600 Pot Limit Omaha table. After flopping a set and the nut flush draw, Cates shoved all-in for $61,000, or about two-thirds of the pot, on the river of a board of J-4-K-9-3 with four clubs. Gus Hansen (pictured) called and Cates flashed the nut flush, winning the hand. Cates is up $10.1 million lifetime on the high-stakes tables at Full Tilt, according to HighStakesDB, and has amassed almost $3 million in winnings this year alone. He has not turned in a lifetime loss on Full Tilt since 2010 and is a career winner in every game HighStakesDB tracks sans one (Limit HORSE). Cates was up $300,000 on Saturday alone. In case you're wondering, Hansen has largely trended in the opposite direction as Cates and is down $18.6 million lifetime since HighStakesDB began tracking him. Hansen has bled $3.7 million this year and has not been in the black since the first month of 2014. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  12. Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) probably doesn't want August to end. According to HighStakesDB, he is up $2.3 million this month and $2.5 million over the last 10 days. He won $600,000 on Saturday alone and continues to dominate the high-stakes online poker tables that HighStakesDB tracks. The question is, how long can he keep it up? --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The graph of Blom's profits this month on PokerStars is largely flat until a mammoth run-up that began 10 days ago on August 20. He won almost a quarter-of-a-million dollars in the span of 24 hours and then promptly won another $553,000. From August 22 to 23, Blom racked up $147,000 in profit and by the time the 24th rolled around, he had amassed another $322,000. August 24 to 25 saw Blom bank over $1 million at the high-stakes tables and he quickly added another $200,000 to that total by the 26th. As of Saturday, he has $2.3 million in profit for the month with 48 hours to add to his total. All-time on PokerStars, Blom has $1.4 million in profits(pictured). He is up $1.2 million in Omaha High-Low and $300,000 in PLO. He has lost $343,000 in Draw games and profited slightly at No Limit Hold'em. On Full Tilt, Blom is down almost $5 million over the course of his career. On Saturday, Blom battled with WithColor across several $200/$400 PLO tables. As HighStakesDB outlined, "Isildur1 was evidently the player on form for the majority of the match and, save for a $130k upswing around 1.5 hours into the 1 hour and 55 minute encounter, it was all downhill for WithColor, who ended up dropping $545k to Isildur1." HighStakesDB's Saturday report pointed out that Blom dropped almost $700,000 to WithColor over the course of six hours at $200/$400 and $100/$200 PLO tables. The tracking site summarized, "WithColor was playing a much stronger game and Isildur1 wasn't reacting well. The Swedish pro was being both outplayed and out-lucked, which only had the effect of sending Isildur1 into tilt-mode and his losses started to mount up." Blom has $1.7 million in career live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, the bulk of which came after winning the $100,000 PCA Super High Roller Eventthree years ago. He has not recorded a live cash since May 2014. Online, Blom won a SCOOP Main Event in 2013. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  13. The last seven days have been pretty lucrative for SanIker, according to HighStakesDB. He reeled in almost $400,000 at the $2,000/$4,000 Triple Draw tables on Full Tilt on Monday to push his seven-day winnings to $1 million. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! --- According to HighStakesDB, SanIker first made waves on Monday at Triple Draw against a gauntlet of talent that included Phil "Polarizing" Ivey, Cort "thecortster" Kibler-Melby, Kagome Kagome, and Trueteller. He ended up just over $50,000 when all was said and done despite the stiff competition. Then, as the tracking site explained, "The next session SanIker took part in was even longer. He played for 12 hours and 20 minutes at table Cable from just past 2:00pm to 2:27am this morning, making a handsome $346.7k profit." All told, SanIker banked about $400,000 on Tuesday alone to continue his hot streak. SanIker calls Germany home and HighStakesDB began tracking him on the last day of April three years ago. Since then, he is up almost a half-million dollars. Here are his results in each game HighStakesDB has tracked for him: Draw Games: +$1.23 million Eight-Game: +$11,000 No Limit Hold'em: -$757,000 According to HighStakesDB, "He started his poker career playing on Euro sites, where he has done extremely well, before transitioning to the high-stakes games. He is currently studying Economics at university and playing poker part-time along with that." His biggest pot played came in October 2013 at a $400/$800 No Limit Hold'em table and was worth $264,000. On PocketFives, Germany is #13 on PocketFives' Country Poker Rankingswith a combined PLB score of its top 20 ranked members of 79,539 points. Its biggest tracked tournament score was $341,000, which came in a $2,620 event on Full Tilt in August 2008 by PocketFiver triathlon4. There are almost 2,000 PocketFivers who call Germany home and, combined, they've amassed $162 million in career tournament winnings. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. Just prior to the shutdown of the high-stakes games on Full Tilt Poker, online wunderkind Viktor Isildur1Blom (pictured) had a July to remember, taking in six-figures for the month. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- According to statistics from HighStakesDB, Blom romped over the competition for pretty much the entirety of July. Over the span of 76 sessions during the month, the Swede played 6,432 hands against an array of competition. The bottom line, you might ask? Blom came out on the winning side, earning $251,572 during the month. July could have been even better for Blom if it weren't for that dastardly variance. On July 18, Blom was playing six-handed Pot Limit Omaha when he took down a pot of $228,952, almost as much as he made in the entire month of July. On that same day, he also was able to take down the fifth largest pot of the month ($144,476) and the seventh largest ($138,476). These numbers must feel like pocket change to Blom, whose largest ever pot was won in November 2009 and was worth $1,127,955. After exploding on the scene in the late 2000s and building up an online bankroll of over $5.5 million, Blom had a huge downswing, dropping as low as $2.2 million in the red as of December 2009. When Black Friday hit the online poker industry, Blom was $2.75 million in the hole and it looked like he would stay there. Isildur1 fought back, however, getting back into the black at roughly $2.5 million by the start of 2013. Blom fell back under the breakeven line in January 2014 and, despite booking a win for July, finds himself over $4.5 million in the hole for his career online. Blom's performance during the month of July was $50,000 higher than the second place of Ben Sauce123Sulsky, who manage to pull in $194,518 for the 31-day span. Sulsky showed a better win rate than Blom, however, as he only used 32 sessions and 3,666 hands to nearly reach the $200,000 mark. John dagunmanO'Shea ($161,598) also did well in July, but it was Phil RaiseOnceIvey who made a big noise at the virtual tables. Ivey only stepped to the PokerStars online games five times during the month and only played 722 hands, but he made the most of them. Taking down $150,993 for the month, his win rate of over $30,000 per session was by far the best of those ranked in the top 10 by HighStakesDB. It was enough to give Ivey the fourth place slot over lautie, who captured fifth by taking down $70,077 in July. The big question will be how the changes at Full Tilt Poker are going to affect the high-stakes poker world. Last week, Full Tilt removed all high-stakes games over $10/$20. While Blom preferred to frequent the tables at Full Tilt, the rest of the top 10 on HighStakesDB table were all playing at PokerStars. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  15. It's hard to believe we're almost to the halfway point of August. Ten days in and there has already been a $132,000 winner at the high-stakes online poker tables, according to HighStakesDB. His name: spaise411. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- HighStakesDB began tracking spaise411 in mid-May 2014 and, since then, he has logged over 40,000 hands. The results: so far not profitable, as over those 40,000 hands, spaise411 has dropped $170,000. He was up slightly in May 2014, but has largely been on a downswing since. We say "largely" because since the month of August began, spaise411 is up $132,000, basically cutting his tracked losses on PokerStars in half. For his career, he has profited in Pot Limit Omaha and Draw Games, while he has not been so fortunate at Omaha High-Low. His biggest pot played came in May 2014 in a hand against high-stakes pro Dan Cates (pictured) and was worth $38,000. In that hand, which occurred at a $50/$100 Pot Limit Omaha table, Cates was all-in on the river of a board showing 2-3-J-7-3. spaise411 turned over J-J-4-K for a full house and Cates mucked. So far in August, spaise411 has recorded seven sessions totaling 2,253 hands. He has booked an average profit of $18,893 per session and $58 per hand. Here are the top 10 players in terms of profit for the first 10 days of August according to HighStakesDB. All of these players are on PokerStars: 1. spaise411 - $132,254 2. supernova9 - $42,384 3. Sauce123 - $31,768 4. 1nvoker - $27,382 5. honeybee088 - $25,782 6. Nikiton123 - $23,721 7. Yoghii - $23,308 8. bambooeater - $19,281 9. gragik - $18,708 10. Online IDIOT - $16,077 Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  16. Viktor Isildur1Blom (pictured) has been on a tear as of late, according to HighStakesDB. Since April 27, the Swedish transplant is up almost a million dollars on Full Tilt and PokerStars combined. Let's start with the latter, where Blom banked almost $200,000 on April 28 and added another $80,000 to his coffers one day later. On the final day of April, he earned another $360,000 on PokerStars before going up $1 million overall since April 27 on May 1. He slipped a little bit on Saturday, shedding about $100,000 to end the seven-day stanza up $902,000. Not too shabby. Over on Full Tilt, Blom trended roughly the same, albeit with lower profit numbers given the recent elimination of high-stakes games. He won about $200,000 on May 1 before losing $60,000 back one day later. Most of Blom's damage has occurred in Omaha High-Low, where he has profited $667,000 since April 26. Over the same time period, he's up $144,000 in Draw Games and $52,000 in Pot Limit Omaha. All-time, Blom is down $628,000 at the high-stakes games tracked by HighStakesDB on PokerStars. On Full Tilt, he is almost $4 million in the red. For the 2015 calendar year, Blom is up $867,000 on PokerStars, according to the same site, across 444 sessions and almost 50,000 hands. That's good for the second highest total by anyone on a single site as we enter the fifth month of the year. Your winner in the clubhouse in that department is bbvisbadformeon Full Tilt, who has profited $960,000. We'll keep you posted on the latest. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  17. According to HighStakesDB, Phil Ivey (pictured) is the biggest loser at the high-stakes tables so far in 2015, and it's not even close. In 74 sessions and 12,642 hands, Ivey, who plays under the user name Polarizing on Full Tilt, is down $1.5 million, three-and-a-half times the next closest person. To put the number in perspective, Ivey has dropped an average of $20,000 per session and $120 per hand tracked by HighStakesDB thus far this year, although he still has plenty of time to climb out of the red. Ivey is down $1.26 million at the Eight-Game tables this year and has shed $226,000 at Draw Games. He's down about $43,000 in Omaha High-Low. All-time, Ivey is down almost $6.6 million on Full Tilt since HighStakesDB began tracking his Polarizing screen name at the end of 2012. Over that span, Ivey has played nearly 200,000 hands and has an average loss of $33 per hand. His most-played game is Draw. Here are the 10 biggest losers of 2015, according to HighStakesDB: 1. Polarizing: ($1,528,431) 2. OMGClayAiken: ($437,428) 3. Isildur1: ($417,880) 4. SanIker: ($396,882) 5. Patriktortonius: ($317,274) 6. w00ki3z.: ($316,541) 7. steamraise: ($259,329) 8. CoeJassidy: ($255,450) 9. terryhsu: ($253,962) 10. megabanny: ($247,585) As you can see, there are plenty of other big-name pros on this list besides Ivey, including Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, who is in second place, and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, who is in third. Ivey has 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, tied for the second most all-time with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, and is fourth on tournament poker's all-time money list, according to the Hendon Mob, at $22.4 million. Last Sunday, Ivey banked $186,000 at Full Tilt's 2-7 Triple Draw tables, so he has certainly showed signs of life. Stay tuned to PocketFives to see if he can right the ship in 2015. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  18. In the last 24 hours, Phil Ivey (pictured), who plays on Full Tiltunder the user name Polarizing, is up $700,000, according to HighStakesDB. Most of his damage was done at the 2-7 and Eight-Game tables in heads-up sessions against fellow high-stakes pro Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritrsyn. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by William Hill Poker, one of the largest skins on the iPoker Network. The poker room offers a generous welcome package including a 200% deposit bonus up to $2,000 and a superb VIP program. Visit William Hill today! -- According to HighStakesDB, "His first win of the day came from an hour-long heads-up match played late in the afternoon server time at the $1.5K/$3K Mixed Game tables with PostflopAction. Polarizing lead from the start, ending the session up $74.8K." After that, it was on to $2K/$4K 2-7 Triple Draw, where Ivey scooped another $44,300, according to the same tracking site. Then, Kostritrsyn and Ivey squared off at a $1K/$2K Mixed Game table, where HighStakesDB detailed that everything was coming up Ivey: "In a little under an hour, the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner had added another $188.4K to his bankroll. He also took down the day's biggest pot during the session," which was worth $80,000. Ivey ended up a little over $300,000 before coming back for more on Wednesday night, ending up $700,000 in the span of 24 hours. It wasn't like Ivey was going against creampuffs at the table, either. HighStakesDB said of his final session of the night, "Polarizing's next session netted him another $157K, as he took on November's biggest winner so far, Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby, again at the $2K/$4K 2-7 Triple Draw tables. The match lasted just under an hour-and-a-half and, for the first hour, the match was even. However, the last 20 minutes saw Ivey rush to a $156.9K win." The joys of high-stakes poker. HighStakesDB began following Ivey under his Polarizing screen name in the final month of 2012. Since then, he has bled $5 million total and enjoyed a profit just once over that span. He is down $1.7 million in Draw Games and $1.6 million at Eight-Game. The only variant HighStakesDB tracks that the 10-time bracelet winner has turned a profit in is Limit Omaha High-Low, where he's up $17,000. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  19. Phil Galfond (pictured), needless to say, is one of the biggest winners in online poker history, having profited over $7.8 million in cash games on PokerStarsand Full Tilt Poker, according to HighStakesDB. He's a stud, plain and simple. So, there would be no better person to hear from about where online cash games are headed. Accordingly, PokerListings sat down with him to get his thoughts on the matter recently and, perhaps surprisingly, even someone as incredible at poker as Galfond is finding it more and more difficult to thrive in the high-stakes world. "The games are getting worse online. Yeah, it keeps happening. It hasn't been great. The games have moved from No Limit Hold'em to PLO and now most of the nosebleed games are either Triple Draw or 8-Game," he told PokerListings. "I can play Triple Draw, but I'm not really strong enough to step into a lot of 8-Game lineups," he added. As for where the big online games are headed, Galfond predicted that it will be important for players to have a strong all-around game. "I think that Triple Draw, over the next two years, will kind of slowly die at high-stakes, so I think Mix is next," he said. In the interview, Galfond also talked about one of his biggest poker rivals, Tom Dwan (pictured), who also happens to be a good friend. Dwan, Galfond said, brings out the best in him. "Whenever I play pots against Tom online, I probably have my highest level of focus because he has, I call it intensity. He's always paying a lot of attention to a hand, so if you look weak, he's gonna pounce on it. So, I would always play against him with my highest level of focus." Dwan also ranks as one of the biggest online cash game winners, having amassed a $2.2 million in profit, according to HighStakesDB. Galfond isn't as well-known for his live tournament play – online cash games are still his bread and butter – but he has certainly seen his share of success. This year already, he has two sixth place finishes in World Series of Poker events. He has won one WSOP bracelet lifetime, earned in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event in 2008, and came extremely close to another last year, finishing as the runner-up in the $25,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event. All told, he has won about $2 million in live tournaments, according to the Hendon Mob. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  20. We're two-and-a-half months into 2015, but according to HighStakesDB, one person is nearly at $1 million in profit for the year. Ilari Sahamies (pictured), who plays as Ilari FIN on PokerStars, currently has $954,000 in profit for 2015 and is up to $2.78 million since HighStakesDB began tracking him in 2011. Sahamies already broke $1 million in profit for the year, having done so in mid-February before tapering off from a high of $1.08 million. He is up $1.04 million in 2015 in Pot Limit Omaha. The Fin has nearly always been surrounded by top talent, so perhaps his success comes as no surprise. According to HighStakesDB, "He began his poker career at the age of 15, playing in home games against Patrik Antonius and others. When he reached the legal age for gambling in Finland, he spent a lot of his time at the Grand Casino in Helsinki… Like several other high-stakes players, he advanced quickly in stakes, lost it all, moved down, and repeated the process over and over again." Second place on the 2015 money list belongs to JayP-AA, who has $820,000 in profit for the year. He was first tracked by HighStakesDB in 2011 and, in the tournament world, finished second in the Sunday Warm-Up that year for over $100,000. Here are the top 10 money-winners of 2015, as charted by HighStakesDB: 1. Ilari FIN - $954,773 2. JayP-AA - $820,163 3. Bbvisbadforme - $658,604 4. Sauce123 - $286,643 5. Crazy Elior - $262,194 6. HeadShotFyoV - $257,389 7. GVOZDIKA55 - $254,277 8. gunning4you - $244,368 9. MrSweets28 - $243,491 10. Faith#1Virtu - $208,715 In case you're wondering, the largest pot played so far this year came at a $300/$600 Mixed PLO table, with Isildur1taking it down for $257,000. It's one of six of more than $200,000 to be played this year. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  21. We're 11 days into October and, already, Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) is making the most of the month. According to HighStakesDB, Blom is up almost $400,000 this month, an average of $40,000 per day, at the high-stakes tables the site tracks. He has logged 123 sessions in October and almost 16,000 hands, meaning he's averaging $3,200 in profit per session and $24 in profit per hand. All-time, Blom is up $1.7 million on PokerStars, but is down over $4.7 million on Full Tilt. Overall, according to HighStakesDB, Blom is down $3 million lifetime across both sites, with an average loss of $1.44 per hand. Speaking of hands, Blom has logged 2.1 million of them at the high-stakes tables all-time, with his most commonly played game being Pot Limit Omaha. On Wednesday of last week, Blom profited $138,000 in high-stakes cash games. He was in the red for much of the day, but as HighStakesDB reported, "Isildur1's luck changed when he joined $1k/$2k 2-7 Triple Draw table Titius shortly before midnight, where he ended up playing German limit pro JesusLebtNOTfor over five hours, winning $245k along the way to put himself up over $500,000 since the start of play Wednesday." The day before, Blom won six-figures at PLO, over half of which came during an 80-minute session at the $200/$400 PLO tables against Ben Bttech86Tollerene. The tracking site added, "Almost all of the remainder of Blom's profit came from a seven-hour session at $100/$200 table Athanasia II where he won $197.6k playing against the likes of Tollerene, Ravenswood13, RaiseOnce, Jeans89, WRUUUUM, and fjutekk." Blom is the biggest high-stakes winner this year as well, pocketing $3.1 million across 1,426 sessions and 190,000 hands at PokerStars. He has triple the profit of the next closest player on the leaderboard, Jens Jeans89 Kyllonen. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  22. It has been a good year to be poker pro Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn (pictured). Despite 2015 being just three weeks old, Kostritsyn is up almost $1 million already at the high-stakes tables, according to HighStakesDB. In fact, he piled up almost $200,000 in profit on Wednesday alone and is the month's biggest winner thus far. We'll focus on Wednesday's session for Kostritsyn right now. According to HighStakesDB, a chunk of his damage came early in the day: "Most of joiso's winnings came from playing $1k/$2k 2-7 Triple Draw heads-up against EireAbufor a little over an hour. The pair switched tables after an hour, with joiso already up $143.6k. They played on for another ten minutes at a new table, with joiso adding a further $26.5k for a $170.1k win." The rest of Kostritsyn's winnings on the day came at the $400/$800 Mixed Game tables. All told, he was up $198,000 on Wednesday on PokerStars and $930,000 for the month of January. HighStakesDB began following Kostritsyn in 2011 and, since then, he has piled up $1.2 million in profit. He is up $844,000 lifetime in PLO and is up $348,000 in Draw Games. He is a breakeven No Limit Hold'em player and has dropped $383,000 in Omaha High-Low. On the live scene, the Russian may be best known for winning the 2008 Aussie Millions Poker Championship for $1.4 million. He won a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure side event in 2014 for $263,000 and has $2.9 million in career live winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, which is good for #8 all-time in Russia. He was #25 worldwide on the 2008 money list. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  23. High stakes Pot Limit Omaha specialist Rui ‘PepperoniF’ Cao earned $245,862 to top the list of cash game winners for the month of April, according to data provided by HighstakesDB.com. Rui put together winnings over 39 sessions and 4475 hands and split his online time between the beginning and the end of the April. Early in the month, the French pro booked a roughly $82K profit at the $100/$200 PLO tables against Sami ‘Lrslak’ Kelopuro. The sessions pushed him up over $200,000 in winnings which he sat on for a couple of weeks, taking a break from the online games. Then, as the month began to wind down, Rui was back in action and hauled in a massive $195,000 win, the majority of which he extracted from high stakes pro Ben Tollerene, to put him up over $380,000 for the month. But a number of losing sessions over the last few days of April mitigated his wins, pulling his profit back down to the near quarter million dollar mark. Rui currently sits in the top 5 most profitable cash games players for 2018. Only $1,000 in profit behind Rua is Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger who finished the month of April with $244,764 in winnings. Loeliger spend the majority of the month grinding the high stakes No Limit Hold’em tables, which accounted for roughly $140,000 of his profit. He also went on a filthy one-day heater right at the end of the month playing Pot Limit Omaha which added an extra $100,000 to his win total. Loeliger tacked on to his profit for the year, currently leading all players in 2018 with roughly $818,000 in winnings. It should be no surprise that online phenom Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky makes an appearance on April’s winner's list. Currently second, only being Loeliger, on pure profit for 2018 with nearly $430,000 in winnings, Sulsky seems to dominate whenever he logs on. This month he played 60 sessions and over 5800 hands to grind up $184,987 in winnings. It wasn’t always easy in April though. Early on Sulsky went on a $100,000 downswing at the Pot Limit Omaha tables. But after taking a small break in the middle of the month, he returned and earned it all back and then some, ending up over $80,000 in the black on just PLO. He added over $100,000 in winnings playing high stakes 8-Game Mix and ends the month third on the leaderboard. Fourth on the April high stakes leaderboard is Pot Limit Omaha player ‘EEE27’. Having spent the majority of the month dormant, ‘EEE27’ logged on in the middle of the month and charted a graph that basically shoots straight up. Taking to the $100/$200 and $200/$400 PLO games on PokerStars he booked wins over a five day period that put him up over $180,000 in profit. After taking a small loss, ‘EEE27’ ended the month with $162,450 in profit pushing his yearly profit to up over $383,000, good for third on the year so far. It took '€uroTr@sh1' only 2714 hands to add $115,996 in winnings to his bankroll, good for the fifth most profitable player of the month. Like many of those on the winner’s list, '€uroTr@sh1' found success on the PLO tables, especially when playing against ‘ImagineKing’, a player that seemed to bring out all the sharks. Though he played the fewest hands of any player in the top five he did average a win rate of over $57 per hand played. The month was a big boon for '€uroTr@sh1' as he has spent the majority of his high stakes career in the red and April has been, by far, his biggest winning month of 2018. While the winning month helps keep him in the positive for 2018, he is still digging out of a lifetime hole that has him as losing roughly $230,000 total. HighstakesDB Cash Game Results for April 2018 RANK PLAYER SESSIONS HANDS PROFIT 1 PepperoniF 39 4475 $245,862 2 LLinusLLove 159 7871 $244,764 3 Sauce123 60 5808 $184,987 4 EEE27 131 4459 $162,450 5 €uroTr@sh1 76 2714 $155,488 6 Jeans89 140 6350 $115,996 7 zerfer03 40 2874 $78,297 8 Drochba 24 1428 $64,332 9 probirs 102 5343 $63,387 10 MMAsherdog 86 3428 $53,274
  24. According to HighStakesDB, Rafi Amit (pictured), who is known as rafaelamitonline, made his return to PokerStarsin recent days after a two-year absence. As HighStakesDB put it on Thursday, "Amit, who is still one of the biggest all-time winners at PokerStars' high-stakes tables since we started tracking, has so far proven that he hasn't lost his touch, winning close to $180k, with $170.7k coming yesterday, making him the day's biggest winner." Amit hit up PLO and Eight-Game tables as part of his comeback and began at the $400/$800 version of the latter, facing off against the likes of Alex "joiso" Kostritsyn, Ola "Odd_Oddsen" Amundsgard, Ravenswood13, Trueteller, Alex "BiatchPeople" Luneau, EireAbu, and SamRostan, according to HighStakesDB. He then switched over to $100/$200 PLO, profiting another $45,000 after an initial $126,000 take at Mixed Games. HighStakesDB has tracked 206,000 hands in total for Amit, beginning in 2011. He has yet to drop into the red and was last seen at the high-stakes poker tables in the final month of 2012. He is the 27th biggest winner the tracking site has recorded and has profited $2.5 million. Amit isn't just an online prodigy. Instead, he has two World Series of Poker bracelets, the first of which came in 2005 in PLO. That win was good for $511,000 and, two years later, he claimed his second piece of hardware in a Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball Rebuy for $227,000. According to PokerListings, Amit's PLO win in 2005 was especially memorable: "The Israeli player was the first and so far the only player to incur a penalty while heads-up at a WSOP final table because of swearing. The semi-pro player dropped the f-bomb and was given an automatic 10-minute penalty." On Full Tilt, you can find Amit under the user name howisitfeellike. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  25. We're done with 2014, which means it's time to look back on the year that was and dole out a few awards. PokerNewshighlighted the biggest cash game winners of the year and taking home the largest payday at $2.8 million on Full Tiltwas Dan "jungleman12" Cates (pictured). According to the site, Cates put in 669 sessions on Full Tilt in 2014 totaling 90,052 hands and $2.8 million in profit, an average profit per hand of $31.15. He also managed to scoop an additional $631,000 from PokerStars to boost his total earnings in 2014 at the cash game tables to $3.4 million. According to HighStakesDB, Cates is up $10.2 million under his jungleman12screen name on Full Tilt since the site began tracking him in 2009. All told, he has logged 390,000 hands since then despite Full Tilt being shut down for a portion of that time and has turned a profit in every game HighStakesDB has tracked for him. In August, Cates, a former Durrrr Challenge competitor, reached $10 million in winnings at the high-stakes tables at Full Tilt, according to HighStakesDB. Second place on the cash game leaderboard for 2014 went to Mikael "punting-peddler" Thuritz, who bagged $2.5 million on Full Tilt. In 2014, he logged 353 sessions and 59,239 hands for an average profit of $43.43 per hand. Third place went to Patrik Antonius, a familiar face who plays on Full Tilt under the user name FinddaGrind. Last year, Antonius put in 373 sessions on Full Tilt totaling 41,850 hands and a profit of $1.6 million, or $40.23 per hand. Also according to PokerNews, the largest pot of 2014 weighed in at $382,000 and took place at a $200/$400 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em table between Doug "WCGRider" Polk and Denoking. The money went in pre-flop, with Polk's aces taking on Denoking's kings. Multiple boards were run, but Polk took down all of them and ended the year up a little over $1 million. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.

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