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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. On Monday, Phil Galfond (pictured), known in the online poker world as OMGClayAiken, won his second World Series of Poker bracelet. Galfond took down the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for $224,000. He recorded his 15th career WSOP cash and passed $2 million in career WSOP winnings. --- 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. --- Galfond told WSOP officials after winning bracelet #2, "It means a lot, especially in a field this tough and at a table this tough. I have a ton of respect for all my opponents… It's been seven years since I won [a bracelet]. I'm very happy." His first bracelet came in 2008 in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy. Nick Schulman was the talk of the town for much of the event. WSOP's coverage explained, "Schulman, who finished second, earning $138,665, is a two-time champion of this event and was poised for his third title holding a chip lead of better than 3-to-1 over Galfond during heads-up play. An early double up for Galfond leveled the playing field and from there he simply chipped away at Schulman until he held all of the 2,310,000 chips in play." Schulman (pictured) has $2.1 million in career WSOP winnings and won his first bracelet in 2009. Prior to poker, he concentrated on playing pool and made his living in Manhattan's bars and pool halls. Galfond, from Maryland, said of his heads-up strategy, "When I was heads-up with [Schulman], I'm going to take every spot that presents itself. There's no huge edge later. Just try to play every hand as best you can." The 30-year-old closed by joking about the top prize in the event, pointing out, "I've played for cash game pots the size of first place. This feels a lot bigger and I think it's because of this stage and the bracelet. It's more meaningful than cash games." Galfond has been a fixture of online and live high-stakes cash games throughout his career. There was a ton of talent in this event down the stretch. Of the 14 players who finished in the money, eight were bracelet winners. Six of those eight had won more than one bracelet. Fourth place went to eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel, who cashed in a $10,000 WSOP event for the third time this year. Seidel just passed $5 million in career WSOP winnings from 91 in the money finishes. Here's how the final table cashed out: 1st Place: Phil Galfond - $224,383 2nd Place: Nick Schulman - $138,665 3rd Place: Dan KingDan Smith - $87,898 4th Place: Erik Seidel - $59,532 5th Place: Jon PearlJammer Turner - $42,298 6th Place: Eli Elezra - $31,463 7th Place: Adam Owen - $24,457 8th Place: Bernard Lee - $19,824 Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, brought to you by Tournament Poker Edge. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.

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