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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.
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.
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.