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  1. When Brent Hanks took on the role as PokerGO’s Director of Programming, a good friend texted him with a congratulatory note - and a warning. “You are going to make and lose a lot of friends because of this,” the text read. The job meant having some say in who was - or wasn’t - invited to play on some of poker’s most popular shows, including Poker After Dark and the recently relaunched High Stakes Poker. Putting a lineup together for Poker After Dark, Hanks is often working with two variables: the first is a theme for the show while the second is, well, who’s available. For High Stakes Poker, Hanks has the extremely enviable position of taking a backseat to Poker Hall of Famer, Mori Eskandani. “High Stakes Poker was a little different because that was pretty much going back to the man, the myth, the legend Mori and his connections to so many of the great players,” Hanks said. “Obviously Mori being able to network with Jean-Robert Bellande, and Tom Dwan especially, who has some connections to some fun players as well. So it's like herding cats a lot of the time.” One of the key sponsors of the return of High Stakes Poker has been Poker King, an Asian-facing online poker site that has relationships with Dwan, Bellande, Nick Petrangelo, and Phil Ivey. That helped ensure that all of those players were part of the HSP cast this season. The nostalgic appeal of Dwan and Ivey, combined with the likes of Petrangelo, Jason Koon and a few new faces have helped forge a table dynamic that reminded many poker fans of the original incarnation of the show. Finding on-air chemistry amongst six to eight randomly chosen poker players isn’t easy, but Hanks has figured out that ensuring producers don’t end up with those players buried in their hooded sweatshirts, too dialed in to the game to be talkative or entertaining once the TV lights go on. “A lot of the times you want to bring what you know is sort of maybe a game that's happening elsewhere, or these guys have a ton of history playing with each other and you bring that chemistry and you bring those lineups together,” Hanks said, pointing to the times Phil Hellmuth has been the center of a show featuring a number of his friends from Silicon Valley. “This game is amazing because they just rip on Phil. Like they'll pay him not to talk. Jason (Calcanis) and Chamath (Palihapitiya) are just so brutal with Phil Hellmuth. You don't really see that but you realize that that's what it's like in their home game. He's kind of the whipping boy.” The cast for the first episode of High Stakes Poker included Bellande, Dawn, Petrangelo, alongside HSP newcomers Bryn Kenney, Brandon Steven, Rick Salomon, and former major league baseball player Michael Schwimer. While poker fans will recognize Kenney, Steven, and even Salomon, it was the addition of Schwimer to the roster that got Hanks’ blood pumping. “I believe he's friends with Tom Dwan and that was the connection to the show, but he is special. That guy played so many hands. His comments, you couldn't tell if he was being genuine and he would say something like, ‘Oh, that's a bad card’ and he'd bet anyway,” Hanks said. “And everyone would just die laughing. He'd be up a million, he'd be down a million. Yeah, wait till you see the next episode. It's crazy.” If poker fans who watched the first episode of the new season liked Schwimer, Hanks thinks they’re gonna love what’s to come when some more new blood grabs an open seat. “Another guy that stood out for me, who you haven't seen yet, that's going to be in the show is Jake Daniels. He is a recreational-slash-businessman-slash semi-pro. Hails out of Texas. He is electric when it comes to his play,” Hanks said. With the entire season already in the can and being voiced over by Gabe Kaplan and AJ Benza in Los Angeles, Hanks already has some ideas in mind for new players to add next season that might have been overlooked. “I think Garrett Adelstein was the biggest snub, and if I had my control of it, he would have played in the games, but obviously there's the politics involved,” Hanks said. “The reality is we had a huge list. When we film again, hopefully in March, which is the plan … I'm just going to fight for him. When I think of high stakes poker, I think of Garrett Adelstein, he's one of these modern players and I think that most people that are fans of the game would agree.” Another one of the challenges that Hanks and Eskandani face with every casting decision is making sure that not only is the PokerGo core audience going to be happy and want to tune in, but they also try to attract viewers who might not quite be poker diehards. “The key is getting outside. So it's, can we target the hardcores? Yeah, we're doing that. We're giving them the content that they love, Poker After Dark, High Stakes Poker, all the tournaments, obviously the World Series of Poker,” Hanks said. “But what else can we do to make sure that we get outside of that? And that's the difficulty, that's the trick that, unfortunately, we're still trying to learn and solve every single day from the industry side.” That text message about making and losing friends comes in full view for Hanks when new shows air. Whether it’s a group of familiar faces or a new face or two, he always ends up hearing from one or two players, either privately or via social media, who are disappointed or even upset that they weren’t included. Hanks always has to ask them what including them in the show would have done for the metric that matters most, total viewers. “You're the best player in the world. That's how you make a living. That's how you print money. No problem. But if you really care about your brand and if you really bitch about not being on shows, well then let's build, right?,” Hanks said. “I don't care if you want to be an introvert and you just want to print money and do your thing in poker. I'm all about it. Have at it. You are the man. Awesome stuff. I just don't want to hear it when you say, ‘Well, why can't I get on that show?’" When Black Friday shut down the three busiest online poker sites in the United States, the first defence that poker industry advocates turned to was that poker was a game of skill. Hanks understood the thinking at the time, but as daily fantasy sports and most recently sports betting, have become accepted forms of gambling, Hanks thinks poker needs to lean into that side of the game to help build a more mainstream audience. “I don't see why poker should be any different. It's time to embrace gambling for what it is. Poker is gambling. And we should be allowed to say that without hushing and not saying the G word. And to me, I think we're there. I think the industry is there,” Hanks said. “We're going to turn a corner and we should be sort of seen in the same light as daily fantasy or fantasy football or just sports betting in general. Is there an element of skill? Sure. But for the most part, this is gambling and you should have fun.” That belief is also something reflected in how Hanks puts lineups together for Poker After Dark and when he looks at the cast for this season of High Stakes Poker, he knows they’ve got a hit on their hands thanks in large part to just how much gamble there is amongst the players. “Do I like it when you've got guys that are willing to mix it up, maybe gamble, do prop bets on the side, talk about that? Yeah, I think there's a culture there that is appealing,” Hanks said .”And I think the mainstream, the masses, really sort of resonate towards that as opposed to just so much of the solver study.”
  2. 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.
  3. According to HighStakesDB, Finland's Patrik Antonius (pictured) has been on fire lately. In fact, Antonius, who plays as "FinddaGrind" on Full Tilt, is up $1.3 million in the last two weeks and a total of $773,000 in 2014. We'll let HighStakesDB describe Antonius' $466,000 win on Sunday, which has helped fuel his recent run: "All of Antonius' winnings came from a 2.25-hour session at FLO8 played against KPR16, Isildur1, and (briefly) Polarizing. The session was already 2.5 hours old when FinddaGrind joined, with Isildur1 sitting on top of a nice $400K stack after winning close to $300K from KPR16. That entire stack was soon to be with FinddaGrind, however, as the Finnish pro won a total of $466.5K from the session. KPR16 ended up down $173.2K, with Blom losing $272.5K." Antonius followed up his $466,000 win on Sunday with another $106,000 in profit on Monday, the third highest total of anyone. According to HighStakesDB, Antonius' "FinddaGrind" account is up nearly $5 million at the cash game tables on Full Tilt since the tracking site began following it seven years ago. Over that time span, Antonius is up $2.8 million at Fixed Limit Omaha High-Low, $1.6 million at Texas Hold'em, $564,000 at Eight-Game, and $549,000 at Pot Limit Omaha. He is in the red, albeit slightly, in Limit Hold'em and Draw Games. Antonius' largest pot played under his "FinddaGrind" user name came in 2013 at a $250/$500 Pot Limit Omaha table on Full Tilt and was worth $236,000. Antonius has also lit it up on the live scene. Impressively, his last seven in the money finishes in live events have all been for at least $100,000, dating back to 2011, according to the Hendon Mob. In February, he finished fifth in the Aussie Millions AUD $100,000 Challenge for USD $626,000. He finished second in the series' AUD $250,000 Challenge in 2012 for USD $1.2 million. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest high-stakes 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.
  4. April has been mighty kind to ragen70, whose real name is Niklas Heinecker (pictured). He earned $514,000 at the Full Tilt PokerTriple Draw tables on Wednesday to bring his three-day haul to an impressive $1.4 million, according to HighStakesDB. And it's not like Heinecker is facing off against the peons of the poker world either. In fact, he has been battling some of the game's top minds. According to HighStakesDB, "Heinecker did all of his damage [on Wednesday]during a six-hour morning session, where he put together two big table scores. In his first match of the morning, he beat Phil 'Polarizing' Ivey heads-up in a 78-minute session, winning $115k. His second big score was a $332.9k three-hour win at table Upper. Once again, Ivey was the big loser, dropping a further $194k, with other players including PostflopAction, samrostan, Gus Hansen, thecortster, and Isildur1." Heinecker calls Germany home and HighStakesDB began tracking him in late 2010. He has opted out of the site's long-term tracking, but we know he is up nearly $1 million in the last seven days, all of which has come in Draw Games. On Tuesday, Heinecker booked $310,000 in winnings playing $2,000-$4,000 2-7 Triple Draw. The site narrated, "All of ragen70's success came from his early morning sessions, which started just after 2am. His biggest win was a $299.9k win at table Pikedale from a four-hour session where his opponents included Gus Hansen, FinddaGrind, OMGClayAiken, Kagome Kagome, and Crazy Elior. The biggest donator was OMGClayAiken, who dropped $195k at the table." The site added, "OMGClayAiken also provided ragen70 with another big win, as the pair played a nine-minute heads-up session half-an-hour into the Pikedale session, with ragen70 winning $109k in just 18 hands." That's an average of $6,000 per hand in the mini-session against Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond (pictured). Heinecker was the biggest winner HighStakesDB tracked on Tuesday and Wednesday. Last June, Heinecker hit it big on the live scene, winning the GuangDong Asia Millions Main Event for a healthy $4.4 million. That tournament had 71 entries and 54 rebuys for a total prize pool of $15.3 million and Heinecker beat Australia's Jeffrey Rossiter heads-up. He has $4.7 million in live tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob, which is good for fifth on the all-time money list for Germany. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. Dan Bilzerian, the high-stakes poker player recently dubbed the playboy "King of Instagram," is sure to gain even more followers after throwing a naked porn starlet off of a roof and into a pool last week, breaking her foot (incident pictured courtesy of TMZ). Bilzerian and 19-year-old porn actress Janice Griffith were shooting a photo spread for "Hustler" magazine at Bilzerian's home in the Hollywood Hills when the pair got the idea for the stunt, according to TMZ. But, unfortunately for her, Griffith didn't quite make it all the way into the pool, catching her foot on the edge and causing the injury. The photo shoot was likely just one of the opportunities that has presented itself to Bilzerian since his Instagram feed was discovered by media outlets around the world. In it, his followers are treated to pictures of the high-stakes gambler's surreal and unapologetically macho lifestyle. The 33-year-old regularly posts pictures of himself surrounded by scantily clad women, high-tech weaponry, sports cars, and multimillion-dollar stacks of poker chips. But even many of his adoring Instagram fans have no idea who Bilzerian is or why he's famous. The high-stakes gambler was born to Paul Bilzerian, a corporate raider who was worth over $40 million by the age of 36 and later spent time in jail for tax and security fraud. The younger Bilzerian later enlisted in the Navy and even tried out to become a SEAL, but was rejected due to a confrontation with a superior. After running up $750 into $187,000 during a gambling spree, Bilzerian decided to quit college and start betting full-time. He has since made a handsome living playing against the rich and famous in private poker games. His name first hit the mainstream media when the victims of Brad Ruderman, CEO of Ruderman Capital Partners (who was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and was a regular in high-stakes Hollywood private games), sued him. They alleged that the millions he lost playing poker were not his to lose and home game opponents like Bilzerian and actor Tobey Maguire (pictured) should pay them back. Bilzerian was later interviewed by several high-traffic websites and his following has exploded. In November, with 44,000 people viewing his Twitter feed, the high-stakes gambler posted, "Played poker tonight with 13 million in front of me, heads up 5K/10K, damn what a rush." He later claimed to have won $10.8 millionin that session, but refused to give more details other than telling CardPlayer that the blinds were $5,000/$10,000. His Twitter account now boasts over 240,000 followers and his Instagram is over 1.6 million. Read a recent interview with Bilzerian on PocketFives. After the incident at Bilzerian's Hollywood home, Griffith seems to take the accident in stride, simply Tweeting, "I broke my foot today" from the hospital. But, in a later interview with TMZ, the young porn starlet hinted that she could sue Bilzerian (pictured), as she missed several scenes that she was scheduled to film in the next few days. Griffith also denied there was any alcohol or drug consumption involved. In the interview, she said that she was still "sorting everything out" and that her main concern was "getting back to work." For his part, Bilzerian doesn't seem to be putting too much thought into the accident and continued giving fans snapshots of his high-octane lifestyle. On April 26, he posted that he was "going to Vegas" and posted a picture of his Jason Bourne-esque luggage filled with thousands of dollars in cash, handguns, and a cat peeking through his travel bag. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. After taking an 18-month hiatus from the nosebleed stakes at Full Tilt Poker, Niki "Jedlicka" Jedlicka (pictured) made a big splash. One of the first sightings of Jedlicka was on Monday when he stepped up for action at the Eight-Game Mixed tables. Playing a 12-hour session over two tables, the Austrian was able to take down $120,000. On the side of that marathon session, Jedlicka dabbled at another table where he scored $143,000. While he was able to make these big scores, some early morning losses brought his overall profit for the day down to $162,000, according to HighStakesDB. After some rest, Jedlicka headed back to the virtual baize on Full Tilt on Tuesday morning, getting back into his wheelhouse: the Eight-Game Mixed tables. Powering up 11 of those tables, Jedlicka lost at six of them, but his wins at the other five tables would offset any losses he took. After playing for six hours in what is arguably considered one of the toughest formats of poker, Jedlicka took down a $206,400 profit. In the past few days, Jedlicka has been able to virtually print money on the tables. For the year, Jedlicka has played nearly 10,500 hands, winning $745,792 over that span according to HighStakesDB, all of which has taken place in the last seven days. If you want to look at poker in the long-term, however, Jedlicka has been on the downside of the experience; over his entire online career, dating back to 2007 when HighStakesDB began following him, he is $3.8 million in the red. Jedlicka had been absent from the tables at Full Tilt for quite some time prior to his reemergence earlier this week. During the middle of 2011, Jedlicka's presence at the virtual tables became pretty much nonexistent. From June 2011 to February 2014, there was only marginal movement in Jedlicka's overall results on the high-stakes tables. Beginning in February, Jedlicka made a small return at PokerStars, but his performance on the tables at Full Tilt have vastly outpaced what he has done at PokerStars in 2014. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest high-stakes 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.
  7. We've written quite a bit about the results of high-stakes online poker games here on PocketFives in recent weeks. On Saturday, the news continued, as HighStakesDB revealed that Phil Galfond (pictured), better known as OMGClayAiken online, was up $400,000 in a two-day span. HighStakesDB detailed Galfond's antics at the Triple Draw tables on Full Tilt Pokeron Friday, where we have seen plenty of action as of late: "Galfond's real purple patch came in the very early hours, where he looked on course to go up $400K before breakfast. However, a $200K slump toward the end of the morning sessions left him up a little over $160K. Galfond added a little over $30K from the evening $200/$400 CAP PLO games to end the day with a $193.2K win, putting him up over $400K since Thursday." We haven't talked as much about Galfond as we have about guys like Viktor Blom and Gus Hansen, so we wanted to toss out a few stats about his play. According to the same site, Galfond is up $8.4 million since HighStakesDB began tracking him in 2006. He is up $2.7 million in Draw games, helped in part by his recent surge, and $3.4 million in Pot Limit Omaha High-Low. His worst results have come in Limit HORSE, where Galfond has bled $2.1 million. He has played three pots of at least $450,000 over the course of his career that HighStakesDB has tracked, including a massive $541,000 hand at a $500/$1,000 No Limit Hold'em table in 2009. In that hand, the money went in on the river of a 9-K-9-6-6 board, with Finland's Sami LarsLuzak Kelopuro mucking after Galfond showed K-K. Galfond recently took time off to play live poker in the US and had his first day back online on March 9. According to his Twitter feed, his return last Sunday didn't go so well: "Not a great first day back at the tables. Oh well. On the bright side, at least I lost a lot of money." Galfond has been relatively quiet on the live tournament front, recording just three in the money finishes in major live events in the last two years, according to the Hendon Mob. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2008. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Phil Ivey (pictured), who plays as "Polarizing" on Full Tilt Poker, is up $712,000 since Tuesday, according to HighStakesDB. After taking a brief hit on Thursday morning courtesy of Alex "IReadYrSoul" Millar at the $400/$800 No Limit Hold'em tables on what was once the second largest site in the world, "Ivey was back at the tables a few hours later at the $1,500/$3,000 Eight-Game tables, where he played for a little over an hour against samrostanand Isildur1, winning $49,300 in the process." In the afternoon, according to HighStakesDB, Ivey was back at it, dropping $8,000 in 14 minutes in a terse session against Kyle "KPR16" Ray. However, Ivey went up $119,000 after the two battled for another 100 minutes. HighStakesDB reported that on Tuesday, Ivey made $441,000, saying, "The majority of Ivey's winnings came from a morning and an evening session at the $1,500/$3,000 Eight-Game tables. His two-hour late morning win was the biggest, as he made $253,500 from 188 hands playing against FinddaGrind, PostflopAction, Isildur1, and samrostanat table Vegan. Ivey's other big session was an early evening $152,000 heads-up win… against Isildur1." According to data posted on HighStakesDB, Ivey is down $2 million since March and $4.8 million since the site began tracking his Polarizing account in late 2012. He is down about $1.4 million lifetime both in Draw Games and Eight-Game and has lost a little less than $1 million in Pot Limit Omaha. There is no game that HighStakesDB tracks that Ivey has profited in since the site began following his Polarizing account. Ivey (pictured) has played four pots that have topped out at over $100,000, three of which took place on the final day of January 2013 at a $300/$600 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em table against Millar. Ivey won all three. On the live felts, Ivey is a nine-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, tied for the fourth most all-time, and has WSOP earnings in excess of $5.9 million, the 21st most in history. He is in the midst of combating a lawsuit from Borgata in Atlantic City after the casino accused him of edge-sorting in Baccarat. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  13. Earlier today, PocketFives brought you word that Dan Cates had passed $10 million in winnings on Full Tilt Pokerduring his career. Now, with a little help from HighStakesDB, we'll turn our attention to Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau (pictured), who according to the tracking site is up $1.2 million in August. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Last Thursday, Luneau added a half-million dollars to his bankroll, as according to HighStakesDB, he "won over 60% of his money during the morning sessions, where he enjoyed two six-figure table wins playing against the likes of Gus Hansen, samrostan, jungleman12, PostflopAction, and punting-peddler. After a two-and-a-half hour lunch break, Alexonmoon continued to win consistently over the afternoon and evening to end the day with his monster win." According to HighStakesDB, Luneau calls the UK home now and the site began following him in 2009. Although he has opted out of long-term tracking on HighStakesDB, the site has published his August results, which included $350,000 in profit as of the 3rd, $458,000 as of the 4th, $756,000 as of the 5th, and $1.27 million as of the 7th. HighStakesDB has not provided an update on Luneau's progress since August 7. The only game Luneau has logged this month is Eight-Game. He "also plays as BiatchPeopleon PokerStars[and] used to play as Alex Luneau on Full Tilt," according to HighStakesDB. On the decision to move from France to London, Luneau told the site in a 2012 interview, "I had to leave France if I wanted to keep playing high-stakes and Mixed Games, as .com poker sites do not run in France. I love traveling, so I was really happy about moving to London. I have hardly played any live games in London, as the Mixed Games are small and often run as full ring, so it is too boring for me." On the live poker felts, Luneau has $161,000 in total winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, $100,000 of which has come this year. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. On Monday, PocketFives published a story about Kagome Kagome being up a half-million dollars in three daysat the online poker tables. To show how quickly fortunes can turn when you're playing for gobs of cash for hours on end, Kagome Kagome is quickly back to even on the week thanks to a $474,000 loss to Alexonmoon (pictured). --- 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! --- According to HighStakesDB, Alexonmoon and Kagome Kagome played three sessions on Monday, with the former coming out on top in each one: "The pair battled for over six hours yesterday, with Alexonmoon winning big at each of the three sessions they played. He won $250,000 from an hour-and-a-half morning session, $124,000 from an hour-long lunchtime session, and another $100,000 from a 3hr 45 min afternoon/evening match." By the time the day ended, Kagome Kagome had shipped almost $500,000 to Alexonmoon. In the final session, according to the same site, the pendulum swung back and forth for the first two hours before Alexonmoon caught fire in the final 90 minutes. As it turns out, the win could not have come at a more opportune time for Alexonmoon: "Until [Monday], he was down over $600,000 for the week, so a big win was just what the doctor ordered for Alexonmoon." In the last seven days, Alexonmoon is still down about $200,000 on the high-stakes tables, according to HighStakesDB. The vast majority of his losses have come in Draw Games, while he has also bled about $5,000 at the Eight-Game tables. Alexonmoon is no stranger to the high-stakes tables. His largest tracked pot came in August at a $300/$600 PLO table stacked with the likes of Isildur1, Gus Hansen (pictured), and PostflopAction. In that hand, most of the drama occurred pre-flop to build a pot of over $300,000. After a flop of 8-3-5 with two clubs, the remaining money went in and the pair agreed to run the turn and river twice. 10h-Qc came on the first run, while 9-5 of hearts came on the second go-around. Hansen showed Ks-9d-10s-7d, while Alexonmoon flashed the nut flush to scoop both pots, officially banking $336,000. Alexonmoon is originally from France, but left the country due to the market's ring-fenced limitations, according to HighStakesDB. He lives in London now and, as the same site outlined, "Alex started his poker career with a $5 deposit in 2007 and has never had to look back since. He quickly turned that into $15,000 through NLHE cash games within a few months and, by the end of 2008, he was playing $25/$50 NLHE. He started playing PLO in August 2009 and Mixed/Limit games in December 2009." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  23. 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. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- 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. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  24. Although he's still down big overall, Gus Hansen (pictured) rebounded slightly over the weekend, banking over a half-million dollars on Sunday at the high-stakes poker tables, according to HighStakesDB. Hansen profited $528,000 on Sunday and is up $636,000 since Saturday night. Fixed Limit Omaha Eight or Better was Hansen's playground on Sunday, as he faced off against Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau. According to HighStakesDB, FLO8 played to Hansen's strengths, not Luneau's: "Luneau has made no secret of his desire to play Hansen whenever possible, even setting up an alert system to notify him whenever his favorite 'whale' was at the tables. However, the FLO8 tables are an entirely different proposition to Triple Draw, and if nothing else, Hansen has way more experience at them than his French opponent." In fact, Hansen took $81,000 from Luneau in a span of just 50 minutes at the FLO8 tables. Then, in a session later on Sunday, Hansen piled up another $446,000 in profit to end the day up $528,000. Despite his recent winnings at FLO8, Hansen has taken a beating at the high-stakes tables. According to the tracking site, he is down over $20 million since HighStakesDB began tracking him in 2006. In 2014 alone, the Dane is down $5.2 million, but has profited $257,000 in the last seven days. Here's how Hansen has performed over the last eight years in each game HighStakesDB tracks: Fixed Limit HORSE: +$430,000 Fixed Limit Hold'em: Even Fixed Limit Omaha High-Low: -$678,000 No Limit Hold'em: -$1.5 million Eight-Game: -$2.1 million Mixed HA: -$2.6 million Pot Limit Omaha: -$5.9 million Draw Games: -$8.0 million Hansen was the founding member of The Professionals, Full Tilt's former stable of sponsored pros, before parting ways with the site this year as Full Tilt ditched the concept. Hansen has $11.2 million in career live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, and owns one World Series of Poker bracelet. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  25. On Saturday, Isaac Haxton (pictured) and Viktor Blom, better known as luvtheWNBAand Isildur1 online, respectively, took to the $200/$400 CAP PLO tables on Full Tilt, according to HighStakesDB. As the tracking site outlined, when all was said and done, Haxton ended the match up $180,000, not a bad haul for one day. During an 80-minute session in the afternoon on Saturday, Blom shipped $141,000 to Haxton. And, according to HighStakesDB, a lack of experience in PLO could have been to blame: "Haxton has been working hard on his PLO game of late, whereas Isildur1 has rarely been seen at the big bet games in recent months, instead choosing to play in the Limit or Mixed Games." Blom's loss rate was $1,700 per minute during the hour-plus session. Several hours later, Haxton and Blom reconvened and the former raked in another $30,000. HighStakesDB added that Blom's "final throw of the dice versus Haxton was a 26-hand session at the $100/$200 tables, but once again he came up short, losing a final $8k. Haxton ended the day up $180.3k." HighStakesDB started tracking Haxton in mid-2007 and he is up $1.8 million since then in high-stakes games. This year alone, Haxton has profited $1.4 million. He has made over a quarter-of-a-million dollars in PLO. HighStakesDB began tracking Blom (pictured) in 2009 and he is down $3.3 million lifetime, including almost $1.7 million this year. He has bled over $4.1 million in PLO over the course of his career and was the fixture of the high-stakes community in 2009. Blom had been absent from Full Tilt for two months after parting ways with the site, which essentially dissolved its Professionals sponsored pro team in October. Blom officially returned on December 5. 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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