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  1. The global Coronavirus pandemic meant poker looked very different in 2020 than it has in any other year. That didn't stop some of the most talented players in the world from putting on a show every time they took to the felt in 2020. It Was Connor Drinan's World, We Were All Just Living In It Connor Drinan had a year any poker player would dream of - and he did it while playing a somewhat limited schedule. In May, Drinan, who calls Las Vegas home, traveled outside of the United States to play the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker more than a week after it began. He quickly made up for lost time and put on a show for the ages. Drinan started things off by winning Event #34 High ($530 PLO) for $34,421 on his first day back in action. Two days later he outlasted 149 other entries to ship Event #40 High ($5,200 PLO Six Max) for $152,011. He didn't even wait another 24 hours before completing the hat trick. Drinan won Event #45 ($215 NLO8 Six Max PKO) for a $105,200 payday. Three days after that, Drinan won Event #56 High ($1,050 HORSE) and added $30,223 to his ever-growing bankroll. That win tied him with former #1-ranked Shaun Deeb for most SCOOP titles in a single year with four, but Drinan, wasn't quite finished yet. Just three days later, Drinan beat 158 other runners to win Event #75 High ($10,300 PLO) for what was then a career-best $322,264 score and a record-setting fifth SCOOP title of the year. That final table included the likes of Ben Tollerene, Linus Linus Loeliger, Talal Shakerchi, Gavin Cochrane, Joao Vieira, and eventual runner-up Jens Kyllonen.   Drinan set the record over a nine day span (May 9 - 17) and won a total of $553,504 for those five wins. He had 25 other SCOOP cashes, including one other final table. That was Drinan's spring adventure. When the summer came, Drinan turned his attention the online World Series of Poker events, first in Las Vegas for the WSOP.com schedule, and then back to Mexico to get it on the GGPoker events. In Las Vegas, Drinan cashed six times, highlighted by a sixth place finish in Event #13 ($1,500 High Roller Freezeout) before heading down to Mexico with former PocketFives #1 Chris Moorman to battle the worldwide market in a quest for a bracelet against much larger fields. He started off hot with a seventh place finish in Event #50 ($2,100 NLHE Bounty Championship) and then rattled off 13 more cashes before taking his seat in the biggest buy-in event on the schedule, Event #83 ($10,000 WSOP Super MILLION$). Drinan worked his way through 890 other entries to make the final table alongside former #1 PocketFiver Chris Oliver, Christopher Kruk, and 2013 November Niner Sylvain Loosli. Despite starting the final table sixth in chips, Drinan worked his way through that group and found himself with a better than 4-1 lead heads-up against Daniyar Aubakirov. Drinan didn't need long to put Aubakirov to rest to claim his first career WSOP bracelet and the $1,423,049 first place prize. Drinan also picked up a few extra dollars thanks to a bracelet bet with Daniel Negreanu. Another Conor Crushed 2020, Too Midway through 2020, Conor Beresford did what seemed nearly impossible at one point: he unseeded Sweden's 'lena900' from the #1 spot on PocketFives and then held onto it for more than seven months. Beresford officially took over the highly coveted #1 spot on May 16 after winning SCOOP Event #18 Medium ($215 NLHE Sunday Cooldown SE) on May 3 and Event #32 High on 7. Those wins gave Beresford a combined $124,538 in winnings and 645.25 PLB points, but he had set himself up to move into the #1 spot wish a series of career-defining scores beginning at the end of January. On January 30, Beresford finished runner-up in the GGPoker Phased: 2020 Series Championship event for $611,134 and 399.91 points. The Brit then picked up $617,857 and 1,236.19 points for winning a pair of PokerStars High Rollers events just four days apart in March. In September, Beresford crossed a career accolade off of his to-do list by winning PokerStars WCOOP Event #33 High ($5,200 NLHE High Roller) for $162,674.33. Despite his heavy list of accomplishments, this was the first time in his career that Beresford topped a WCOOP event. Attesting to his dominance this year, the four biggest scores in Beresford's online career, five of his top six, and six of his top ten, all came in 2020. The Arena Seemed Not to Matter To Timothy Adams When live poker basically shut down around the world in March, there might not have been a hotter player than Timothy Adams. The Canadian cashed both the $100K and $50K Challenge at the 2020 Aussie Millions in January and then won an Australian Poker Open $25,000 event before winning Super High Roller Bowl Australia. All told, Adams added $2.1 million to his bankroll before Valentine's Day. In March, he found himself in Russia. He posted a fifth place finish in a $25,000 event at the partypoker MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series before beating 39 other entries to win Super High Roller Bowl Russia. Those two scores put another $3,716,000 into his bank account. Adams didn't slow down once the action was forced online. Adams won one Poker Masters Online event and cashed in another ten PMO events to finish fourth in the race for the Purple Jacket in April. He closed out the year by finishing runner-up in the European Poker Tour Online event for $728,632.82, finished eighth in the EPT Online $10,000 High Roller, and then won a GGPoker Super MILLION$ for $315,158. Success at Nearly Every Turn: Yuri Dzivielevski While Bruno Botteon rose the #1 spot on the PocketFives Rankings this year, fellow Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski went about his work. Dzivielevski, who was #1 in 2014 and 2015, won partypoker POWERFEST titles on March 19 and April 3, before earning his second career WSOP bracelet after coming out on top of the 4,356-entry field in Event #42 ($400 PLOssus) for $221,557 in August. He cashed in 14 other WSOP events to wrap up the summer. That was just an appetizer for what Dzivielevski pulled off in the fall. Against the toughest competitors that the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker has to offer, Dzivielevski emerged victorious not once, not twice, but three times in the first two weeks of the 25-day festival. He won Event #9 High ($1,050 NL 2-7), Event #20 ($1,050 HORSE), and Event #48 ($5,200 NLHE PKO) for more than $180,000 in winnings. Viktor Blom Had Himself a Work Week To Remember While the other players mentioned here all put together a string of results spread out over the course of the entire year, Swedish superstar Viktor Blom condensed all of his crushing into a single week - and still had time for a weekend of rest at the end. In May, Blom won three Super High Roller Bowl Online events in a span of just five days. He won Event #9 ($10,300 High Roller) for $213,750 on May 26, Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $407,500 on May 28, and then capped it off by taking down Event #21 ($10,300 High Roller) to earn $195,250 on May 30. He also picked up a runner-up finish in Event #8 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $365,500 to bring his SHRB Online earnings to $1,182,000.
  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. The rumors swirling over the last day or two were true: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Gus Hansen (pictured) are no longer sponsored pros of Full Tilt Poker. There had been reports of their likenesses being removed from the Full Tilt website, so the rumors were strong, but no public statement had been made as to whether it was just a site redesign or if, in fact, the two players were really not part of Full Tilt anymore. PocketFives reached out to Full Tilt and the online poker room confirmed that Blom and Hansen are no longer serving as the site's pros. The brief statement is as follows: "We can confirm that Full Tilt's sponsorship of Viktor Blom and Gus Hansen has expired. This follows a year-long review of the Full Tilt brand and a decision to move away from Pro-centric advertising to focus on the experiences and stories of the vast majority of our players. Full Tilt will celebrate the excitement, fun, and intrinsic enjoyment of playing our poker, blackjack, roulette, and slots games. A new TV campaign will launch imminently, representing this new approach. There will be more news on this later in the week. We would like to wish Viktor and Gus all the best in their future endeavors." The reaction to the initial rumors was slightly mixed in the poker community. People were generally disappointed that the two big names would possibly be leaving the nosebleed-stakes tables at Full Tilt, but at the same time, the move by Full Tilt made sense. As poster "Karcsi" on Two Plus Two put it, "Let's be honest,Viktor has practically no marketing value at all since he is not doing any interviews or promoting the site or even the game itself more to the public." When Full Tilt Poker re-launched in late 2012, it did so with three men as the face of the site: Hansen, Blom (pictured), and Tom "durrrr" Dwan. Called "The Professionals," they were three of the biggest high-stakes draws in the game, players who fans regularly logged in to watch. Dwan left Full Tilt in December 2013 after his contract was up. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  4. A curious Tweet from Viktor Isildur1Blom (pictured) has ignited a swarm of controversy across the poker industry on Monday, as the former Full Tiltsponsored pro may have signed with Unibet, at least in some capacity. Here's the text of the Tweet in question: "In Macau right now, but planning to play the @unibet cash game before @unibetopen at Aspers in London end of November. Looks fun!" --- 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! --- It's conceivable that there's no connection between Blom and Unibet, as there have been no official comments from either party. In response to Blom's Tweet was one from Global Poker Index's Alex Dreyfus, who said, "Is @ViktorBlom (Isildur) sponsored by @Unibet now? Interesting development." Late last month, it was revealed that Blom and fellow Full Tilt Professional Gus Hansen had left the site as part of an overall shift in marketing strategy. A Full Tilt rep said at the time, "We can confirm that Full Tilt's sponsorship of Viktor Blom and Gus Hansen has expired. This follows a year-long review of the Full Tilt brand and a decision to move away from Pro-centric advertising to focus on the experiences and stories of the vast majority of our players." Prior to Blom's Tweet about Unibet, he hadn't posted anything on Twitter since mid-July and hadn't re-Tweeted anything in two months: Unibet rolled out new poker software in February largely focusing on recreational players. How Blom would fit into the site, if at all, remains to be seen. His involvement could also be restricted to the aforementioned Unibet live event. According to PokerTube, Blom's link to a company with Swedish roots makes sense: "Given that Unibet was originally a Swedish company, the idea of this partnership makes even more sense. The Swede would certainly profit in different ways from this deal as well." Blom signed on to be a member of Full Tilt's Professionals in October 2012. Hansen and Tom Dwan also comprised the team before the former left the site last month and the latter departed in late 2013. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  5. In October, Viktor Isildur1 Blom and Gus Hansen parted ways with Full Tilt Poker, ending the re-launched site's experiment with sponsored pros. Full Tilt officials announced at the time, "We can confirm that Full Tilt's sponsorship of Viktor Blom (pictured) and Gus Hansen has expired. This follows a year-long review of the Full Tilt brand and a decision to move away from Pro-centric advertising to focus on the experiences and stories of the vast majority of our players… We would like to wish Viktor and Gus all the best in their future endeavors." Two months later, Blom returned to Full Tilt, according to HighStakesDB, where he recorded a profit of $204,000 at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables on Monday. His first session, according to the tracking site, was against Cort "thecortster" Kibler-Melby, who donated almost $20,000 to the Swede. Then, Blom took another $24,000 off bbvisbadforme. Most of Blom's damage on Monday was done to SanIker. As HighStakesDB narrated, "Isildur1 took on SanIker starting at the $500/$1,000 limit, winning $22.7k in two hours before moving to the $1k/$2k tables, where he won $111.5k in a little under two hours, and finally graduating to the $1,500/$3,000 tables, where he added a further $57k in just ten minutes." The first time Blom was seen at Full Tilt following his departure in October was December 5, when he recorded a profit of almost $100,000. Blom shed Monday's winnings, and then some, on Tuesday before turning in a slightly profitable session on Wednesday. All told, it seems safe to say that Blom is back at Full Tilt and we can look forward to more exciting sessions down the road. In total, HighStakesDB has logged 1.1 million hands for Blom since October 2009. Over that five-year period, he has bled $3.2 million. Blom is down almost $4 million in PLO, but is up $3.5 million in Draw Games. There were rumors last month that Blom was signing with Unibet, but those have yet to pan out. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Talk about a solid weekend. According to HighStakesDB, Viktor Isildur1 Blom (pictured) is up almost $1 million since Friday. Yes, in about 72 hours, Blom has racked up $950,000 in winnings at the high-stakes tables. --- 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. --- Blom won $241,000 on Friday, another $554,000 on Saturday, and even more on Sunday in one of the most impressive performances of the year thus far. As HighStakesDB reported on Sunday, "The majority of Blom's winnings post-yesterday's report came from a hugely entertaining deep heads-up $200/$400 PLO match against Dutch pro Ravenswood13." The battle against Ravenswood13 on Saturday was anything but stable. In fact, Ravenswood13 started by winning almost $400,000 in a span of 30 minutes, but Blom took in $45,000 over the next 50 minutes. The tracking site summarized, "The swing-fest continued as Ravenswood13 won back close to $200k over the next half-an-hour before Isildur1 hit a decisive $330k upswing over the next 90 minutes to end the three-hour battle up over $200k." After playing against the Dutchman, Blom tangoed with WIthColorand won a $252,000 pot, the largest HighStakesDB recorded on the day. In that hand, which was dealt at a $200/$400 PLO table, WIthColor bet with trips on the river after Blom checked, only to see Blom call instantly and roll over a full house. Blom also won a $167,000 pot with a boat, but lost a $150,000 pot after WIthColor drew out as a 19:1 underdog. The match against WIthColor was equally volatile, as WIthColor was up $212,000 after an hour before Blom zoomed to a $417,000 lead. WIthColor didn't lay down and die, however, cutting into Blom's lead by almost $300,000. The two were still playing when HighStakesDB published its report on Sunday afternoon. On Blom's PokerStarsaccount, he is down $326,000 all-time since HighStakesDB began tracking him at the end of 2010, although he has certainly trimmed his losses this weekend. On Full Tilt, he has fared far worse, dropping $4.74 million since the end of 2009. In the live tournament arena, he has won $1.7 million lifetime, according to the HendonMob. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. The last seven days have featured some wild swings at the high-stakes online poker tables involving the likes of Cort thecortsterKibler-Melby (pictured) and Viktor Isildur1Blom. Just to give you an idea, Blom crushed fellow high-stakes player DoorBreadfor $500,000 in a single session, while Kibler-Melby ended the week up $619,000, according to HighStakesDB. Ho hum. The week began, according to the tracking site, with Kibler-Melby taking over $100,000 from Blom in a mere 40 minutes. As the site narrated, the encounter was mostly one-sided: "It was all one-way traffic, and after he'd dropped his relatively freshly minted bankroll, Isildur1 was out of there." Blom went on to face JesusLebtNOTand won over $200,000 to stop the bleeding a bit. And when we say "a bit," we mean Blom won $700,000 in a span of eight hours on Friday and Saturday. During that stretch, Blom took $202,000 from pro Seb talktloss47Ruthenberg and another half-million from DoorBread. As HighStakesDB heralded, "In total, (including the earlier $41k loss), Isildur1 took Doorbread for $490k and is up $690.6k at Full Tilt from the eight-hour session." In the ensuing days, Kibler-Melby won almost $500,000 from Blom (pictured) at Triple Draw, including $98,000 in a span of 50 minutes and 99 hands. It was a profitable week for Kibler-Melby overall, as HighStakesDB explained, "At the week's end, thecortster boasted a $479,805 profit at Full Tilt, the week's biggest win, and a $139,411 profit at PokerStars. Isildur1 ended up with a $230,360 win at Full Tilt, the week's second biggest win, and exactly even at PokerStars, with his $272k midweek win bookended with some sizable losses." Kibler-Melby has opted out of long-term tracking at HighStakesDB, but we do know that the site first started tracking him on Full Tilt four years ago and he's logged 134,000 No Limit Hold'em hands. Since July 14, he's up $479,000 in Draw Games, the only poker discipline he's played. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. Image courtesy HighStakesDB
  13. In a recent article, HighStakesDB presented the five biggest online cash game pots of 2015. Let's take a look, starting with number five. #5 -- Isildur1 over WithColor, August 24 - $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha on PokerStars - $274,858 - Watch it These are two names we will see again later: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Sean "WithColor" Rafael. From the small blind in a $200/$400 PLO game, WithColor raised to $1,360 pre-flop and was re-raised by Isildur1 to $4,240. Rafael made the call and then called again on the 4h-Qc-3h flop when Islidur1 led out with a $5,200 bet. With the 3c on the turn, Isildur1 bet $12,800, WithColor raised to $38,600, and Isildur1 called. Isildur1 checked the Ts on the turn, prompting WithColor to move all-in for $89,229, a sum which Isildur1 called. WithColor turned over Ah-6s-3s-4c for a full house, while Isildur1 revealed Qh-Td-5s-Qs for a better full house, allowing him to take the $274,858 pot, the fifth largest of 2015 so far. #4 -- RaiseOnce over Otb_RedBaron, May 31 - $200/$400 No Limit Hold'em on PokerStars - $296,092 - Watch it RaiseOnce is none other than next year's Poker Hall of Fame shoo-in, Phil Ivey. They were in a hand with another player, who quickly got out of the way pre-flop. Otb_RedBaron was fortunate enough to flop a set of Queens and was probably loving life when Ivey called his $2,300 flop bet and $10,300 turn bet, but unfortunately for Otb, Ivey had a straight draw on the flop that came through on the turn. When Ivey moved all-in on the river, Otb_RedBaron couldn't help but call and lose his stack. #3 -- RaiseOnce over Ben86, October 10 - $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha on PokerStars - $298,606 - Watch it It's Phil Ivey again, this time against Ben "Ben86" Tollerene in Pot Limit Omaha. Isildur1 was also at the table, but he and another player folded pre-flop when Ivey and Tollerene started raising. It was an action flop, as both players had heart flush draws. All the money got into the pot at that point, but since the flush never came to fruition, Ivey's pocket Kings won the day. Tollerene was unable to do anything but pair a Queen on the river. #2 -- JayP-AA over Isildur1, September 13 - $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha on PokerStars - $346,433 - Watch it These high-rollers like PLO, huh? With Jd-7d-6c-Kd, Isildur1 allowed JayP to be the aggressor through the turn. Blom had flopped two pair on a Tc-Js-6d board, while JayP had Ad-9c-As-Qd for an overpair and a straight draw. The 5d on the turn gave them both diamond draws, but when the 5h was dealt on the river, Isildur1 played back at JayP until they each only had about $20,000 left behind. The river card, though, counterfeited Blom's two pair, as it gave JayP a better two pair. It was a tough call by JayP, but a smart one. #1 - Isildur1 versus WithColor, August 25 - $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha on PokerStars - $365,896 - Watch it The day after the fifth largest pot we saw earlier, Blom took down Rafael again in PLO. The latter flopped middle set on an 8s-3c-7c flop, while Blom flopped top set. To make matters worse, Rafael had to be feeling even more confident because he had the fourth 8 in his hand, making it much less likely that Blom was hiding the other two. All the chips got in the middle and that was that. For the 2015 calendar year, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is the biggest cash game winner according to HighStakesDB's records with $3,584,137 in cash game earnings. That significantly outdistances the second place player, "bbvisbadforme," who has won $965,770. Jens "Jeans89" Kyllonen is third with $880,059, followed by Ben Sulsky… twice. Sulsky has won $743,015 on Full Tilt under the screen name "Sauce1234" and $388,272 on PokerStars under the name "Sauce123." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  14. When professional poker players are asked how the game affects their life, they usually say it gives them money and freedom. In the meantime, the poker lifestyle is considered to be unhealthy: a bad regimen, burned nerves, poor nutrition, and social skills that leave a lot to be desired. However, people forget that poker is not just a specific way to earn money, but also serious training for the brain and a chance to develop entrepreneurial skills. Poker improves your self-discipline There are players with natural talent, no argument there. But strategy alone won't bring you success in poker if you don't maintain an adequate level of self-discipline. The best illustration of this is Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom. He showed excellent results in 2015, and it wasn't the first time. He already had amazing highs and lows. Only a player with stable results deserves the right to be called a professional poker player. Poker improves your patience Former WSOP Main Event champ Tom McEvoy probably said it best: "Hold'em: hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror." Even when playing several tables at a time, your main move is almost always "fold, fold, fold", let alone the live game, where you sometimes have to fold for hours and hours. All this, for sure, can be very frustrating, but choosing a good situation and waiting for the perfect chance is an extremely important skill of a good player. Choosing to play when the time is right is a golden rule, but who can do this flawlessly? Very few, and their names are very well known to us. Ironclad self-control and Nordic tranquility: that's what you ought to have when you sit down at the table. And if you're not born with these skills, you'll have to develop them. Poker improves your concentration and logical thinking We must not use our emotions when making decisions at the table. Yes, poker is about playing cards for money, after all, which is gambling in its nature. That's why many of those who make money by playing cards are often inclined to trust their intuition. Recreational players are more likely to make spontaneous decisions, while pros rely on their experience and notes. Poker teaches players to memorize thousands of situations and their consequences and make optimal decisions accordingly. The game, as such, makes our brain work like a computer; we have to process an enormous amount of data to find the best result. To do so, you have to pay close attention to what's going on with you and your opponents during the game. Poker improves your competence Poker means constant investments of money into situations you consider profitable. You can use the skills gained in the game in your future ventures and it's not just about becoming a trader on the stock exchange, but any other field. You'll start examining the majority of important decisions in your life from the point of view of implied profit and possible negative consequences. Whether it's a fresh business idea, thoughts on emigration, or even starting a new relationship, you will habitually approach every move assuming how profitable it will be in the long-run. It also would be a good thing to look at your bank account like you look at your bankroll and manage it accordingly. This kind of approach will surely keep you from excessive expenses. Poker teaches how to overcome stress and losses Many world-renowned businessmen have said that one of the most important components of their success is the ability to perceive bad buys as experience and losses as a kind of investment. Poker players learn early on that variance means not every correct decision leads to good results. That's why poker is often hard for people who fly high, as they can't accept this injustice. Professionals learn to resign themselves philosophically to bad luck. The saying "you'll get it back in the long-run" has become extremely popular among professional players. It's almost impossible to demotivate or depress a poker player with several fails, even serious ones. The approach to life outside poker changes accordingly. On average, players who are very emotionally stable are inclined to treat their life difficulties with humor. And that's one of the most important skills in our life, isn't it? Poker can teach valuable lessons for you to use in your day-to-day life and 2CardsCollege, one of the leading online poker training sites, can teach you how to be a better poker player. Enroll today and take your game - and life skills - to the next level.
  15. [caption width="640"] The biggest online cash game winner in November was 'BERRI SWEET'[/caption] After a rocky start to the month, high stakes Pot Limit Omaha specialist ‘BERRI SWEET’ went on an end-of-the-month heater to storm back and take the top spot in the overall winners in online cash for the month of November, according to the data tracked by Highstakesdb.com. After putting in far and away the most volume of anyone in this month’s Top 10, 161 sessions, ‘BERRI SWEET’ managed to end the month with a monster profit of $418,361 over the course of 10,389 hands. The largest portion of the winnings came in the final days of the month as ‘BERRI SWEET’ collected nearly $200K playing PLO against the likes of Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom. The uptick was enough to put ‘BERRI SWEET’ out front as the year’s most profitable online grinder to date, up over $1,850,000 with only December left. Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky took the #2 spot in November with a monster month of his own. Profitable to the tune of $339,755, Sulsky essentially took the majority of the month off from the online tables showing next to no activity until the final days of November. When he did log on his profit shot straight up, due to large wins at the PokerStars Eight Game Mix tables, mostly at the expense of, once again, Blom. Sulsky also managed to put in a couple of sessions at the PLO tables helping pad his Eight Game wins and pulling him out of negative territory for 2017 and place him as the ninth largest winner of 2017 to date with over $313,000 in earnings. November was also crucial for high stakes PLO grinder Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas, who comes in at #3. After languishing the majority of the year in the red, Bujtas strung together a few winning sessions, including a serious spike of roughly $100,000 on November 27, to dig himself out of the hole and book a profit of $150,598 in November making his earn roughly $28,770 for the year to date. Bujtas put in about half the volume of ‘BERRI SWEET’, with roughly 4250 hands played over 82 tracked sessions, good for the second most active of the month’s Top 10. ‘€uroTr@sh1’ booked the fourth biggest win of the month posting a $122,041 profit over 2856 hands, averaging out to a win of over $42 a hand. ‘€uroTr@sh1’ did all of his damage early in the month when he crushed the $25/$50 and $50/$100 high stakes PLO tables for a few days straight bringing in the bulk of his winnings. The heater has him at a peak for this year putting him on pace, based on his pattern of volume, to end the year with a profit. It’s been a rough go for ‘€uroTr@sh1’, in general, in the biggest games as he’s looking to rebound from a nearly $600,000 lifetime deficit. His big November bounce has him up off the floor he touched earlier this year and back on the path to possible profitability, currently down approximately $400,000 since 2012. Get in, get out was ‘OhHeyCindy’s approach this month as after the number five winner accumulated roughly $110,000 in the first two days of the month, ‘OhHeyCindy’ essentially called it a day for the month, putting in minimal volume past those sessions. In total, the No Limit Hold’em specialist banked $2 shy of $118,000. After being up for the majority of 2017, a sharp freefall in August and September found ’OhHeyCindy’ suddenly looking up at the break-even line. The 3159 tracked hands helped out immensely and ‘OhHeyCindy’ currently sits on over $81,000 of profit for the year. Blom was mentioned as a victim of a pair of the largest winners in November, and this month was a swingy one for him to say the least. Down as low as -$180,000 he ran it up to a peak of $155,000 profit only to see it crash back down to end the month as one of the biggest losers, having dropped roughly $225,000. But lest the giver-of-action’s fans be worried, Blom is still in the midst of a fantastic year, still up $1.1 million for 2017, even with the downturn. HighstakesDB Cash Game Results for November RANKPLAYERSESSIONSHANDSPROFIT 1BERRI SWEET16110,389$418,381 2Sauce123263,553$339,755 3omaha4rollz824,249$150,598 4€uroTr@sh1632,856$122,041 5OhHeyCindy363,159$117,998 6LuckyGump101238$105,555 7jobetzu25993$91,061 8candela2005N951,904$89,790 9fish2013461,067$81,662 10Trueteller383,138$72,313
  16. [caption width="640"] Viktor Blom finally got himself a WCOOP title on Wednesday (PokerStars photo)[/caption] Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom has had all kinds of success in online poker. He's won (and lost) in the nosebleed cash games online and he's also found success in the tournament arena. He won the 2013 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event for $1,096,200 as well as two other SCOOP titles. But he'd never won a World Championship of Online Poker title. Until Wednesday that is. Blom beat out 123 other entries in Event #58 High ($2,100 HORSE) to win $60,760 and his first WCOOP title. The final table included Dario 'Secret_M0d3' Sammartino, Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas, Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna and eventual runner-up 'GlassOfBeer'. Blom's previous best finish in a WCOOP came in last year's HORSE event where he finished second to Daniel Negreanu. The biggest winner on Thursday was Austria's 'Tankanza', the winner of Event #47 High ($2,1000 Super Tuesday Special Edition). After outlasting all 726 players over three days of play, 'Tankanza' earned $230,740.32 thanks to a deal made with 'Pimmss' during heads-up play. 'Pimmss' pocketed $206,776.72 after falling just short of a WCOOP title. Dutch grinder 'etxnl01', who won a SCOOP title in 2016, added a WCOOP title to his collection on Wednesday after winning Event #55 High ($215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em (Win the Button)) for $45,190.02. He's currently the #2-ranked Dutch player in the world, but should vault to top spot when the rankings are updated Saturday morning. Phil 'PhilRoyal888' Mighall finished second for $32,232.00. Finland's 'miikka84' took home $26,798.93 for winning Event #56 High ($530 Six Max Courchevel Hi-Lo) after coming to a deal with Morocco's 'yohanteuber' who ended up with $22,723.03 as runner-up. Event #55 (High): $215 Eight Max No Limit Hold'em (Win the Button) Entries: 1,466 Prize pool: $293,200 etxnl01 - $45,190.02 Phil 'PhilRoyal888' Mighall - $32,232.00 Turko_man - $22,990.16 bernar.serra - $16,398.20 Luiz Antonio 'Giant_Santos' Silva Constantino de Melo - $11,696.46 Pedro 'PaDiLhA SP' Padilha - $8,342.68 OhRaisy_Daisy - $5,950.61 vinnarin777 - $4,244.39 Sngwonder - $3,412.14 Event #56 (High): $530 Six Max Courchevel Hi-Lo Entries: 298 (178 entries, 120 re-entries) Prize pool: $149,000 miikka84 - $26,798.93* yohanteuber - $22,723.03* onmybicycle - $15,626.18 Vovan7778 - $11,582.70 krokotopus - $8,585.51 Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice - $6,363.90 * Heads-up deal Event #57 (High): $2,100 Super Tuesday Special Edition Entries: 726 Prize pool: $1,452,000 Tankanza - $230,740.32* Pimmss - $206,776.72* malinga - $137,416.84 GotURead - $101,559.26 molda79 - $75,058.38 Ivan 'hurrrrican3' Gabrieli - $55,472.64 Sanderssi - $40,997.65 Picasso 2 - $30,299.75 anteen - $22,393.32 * Heads-up deal Event #58 (High): $2,100 HORSE Entries: 124 (94 entries, 30 re-entries) Prize pool: $248,000 Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom - $60,760 GlassOfBeer - $42,160 7PRS - $32,240 aDrENalin710 - $22,320 aramesko - $16,120 Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna - $12,400 Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas - $9,920 Dario 'Secret_M0d3' Sammartino - $7,440
  17. [caption width="611"] Jonathan 'apestyles' Van Fleet recorded a carrer-best victory in the partypoker MILLIONS for over ,000,000[/caption] Long-time, well-known online grinder Jonathan ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet outlasted the field of 1,047 runners in the partypoker MILLIONS Online $5,000,000 guaranteed to become the first ever MILLIONS champion and, more importantly, collect a career-high seven-figure score of $1,027,000. Four starting flights helped the tournament generate a prize pool of $5,135,000 and at the end of all of all the Day 1's, 272 runners took their spots for Day 2. With 104 players making the money, a number of top-tier pros bowed out before reaching payday including partypoker Team Pros Sam ‘SamTrickett’ Trickett (132nd) and the Worldwide #4-ranked online player Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao (142nd), according to the partypoker blog. When Day 2 ended only 25 players were still in the hunt for the million dollar first-place payday, but Van Fleet, Playing under the screen name ‘sordykrd’ on partypoker, was short on chips, outside of the final table bubble but looking to make moves. It took roughly two hours into Day 3 for the official final table to be reached. Along the way, a number of superstar online players fell by the way side including Finland's #1 All-Time Money Leader Juha ‘JHelppi’ Helppi who busted in 13th for $48,782 and one of the most popular high-stakes online regs Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom who finished in tenth, for $59,052. Just outside of the final table would be James ‘ballcupper’ Lee who ended his run in ninth place for $59,052 making way for the final eight to battle it out. Van Fleet started the final table near the bottom of the chips counts but after ‘IN INFINITY’ busted in eighth. Van Fleet found a double though Ludovic ‘FilthyTrousers’ Geilich. That was a crucial blow to Geilich who finished in seventh place for the first of the six-figure paydays of $104,754. ‘BOOMALOOM_’ was the next to fall collecting $148,915, followed by ‘karamazovbros’ who pulled in $207,968 for his fifth place finish. ‘LendaMerienda’ busted in fourth after running into the pocket queens of ’N0-IPTRI4I2I’ who had busted the past three players and held a massive chip advantage. Van Fleet, one of the most experienced online players with a career spanning well over a decade and a lifetime earnings of over $8 million prior to this tournament, was able to spin up his stack so that when he took out ‘SandwichBacon’ in third place for $435,448, he held the chip lead headed into heads-up play. Finally, Van Fleet sealed the victory and finished off ’N0-IPTRI4I2I’, who will no doubt be comforted by his $651,118 runner-up prize. The victory gives Van Fleet yet another marquee title to go along with his previous WCOOP and FTOPS titles. With the over $1 million payday, Van Fleet will by just shy of $9.5 million in lifetime earnings. partypoker MILLIONS Final Table Payouts Jonathan ‘sordykrd’ Van Fleet - $1,027,000 ’N0-|PTRI4|21’ - $651,118 ’SandwichBacon’ - $435,448 ’LendaMerienda’ - $294,749 ’karmazovbros’ - $207,967 ’BOOMALOOM_’ - $148,915 Ludovic ‘FilthyTrousers’ Teilich’ - $104,754 ’IN INFINITY’ - $75,484
  18. [caption width="640"] Viktor Blom won the PLO version of the PokerStars Sunday Grand this week (Unibet photo)[/caption] Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom is one of the most mercurial figures in online poker history. He's won and lost millions in the nosebleed cash games and won the 2013 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event. On Sunday he added to his own legend, beating out 148 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Grand Pot Limit Omaha for $30,200. Former #1-ranked Brian 'brianm15' England took down the $1,050 buy-in Sunday Grand No Limit Hold'em for a cash prize of $43,234. He also finished seventh in the PLO version of the event. 'Kesjan' outlasted more than 5,800 opponents to capture an outright victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million for $157,486 over the weekend. He was followed by runner-up finisher 'enigma2018' who collected $110,515 and Brazilian Andre Busato (ranked #387 worldwide) who placed third for $77,556. 'SENSIMIL1' of the Russian Federation won the Stars Sunday Warm-up and walked away with $43,358 following a heads-up final table chop. The Sunday Supersonic tournament was won by 'soufian-070' who was awarded $34,597. There was a heads-up deal in the Sunday Supersonic, with '100CACIFE' taking home the largest score of $22,565. Brazilian Dimitri Gringenkov won the partypoker Heavyweight - The Title Fight event over the weekend and claimed the $83,500 championship prize. There was a heads-up deal in the $530 buy-in High Roller tournament as 'RingelStink' and Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen each took home over $34,100. In the 888poker Baby Whale event, 'callylally' was the victor for a cash payout of $26,819. The Mega Deep tournament saw 'Streusalz' atop the final leaderboard for $19,732. PokerStars Sunday Million($200 + $15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed - 5,832 entrants - $1,166,400 paid out to 1,052 spots Kesjan - $157,485.71 enigma2018 - $110,514.76 Andre Busato - $77,555.80 Also11 - $54,426.32 ante_geia_AA - $38,194.81 Melo jr - $26,803.98 Javier 'Ofbravetight' Swett - $18,810.29 FshnIsMyPrfn - $13,200.61 Jollymakky - $9,263.89 PokerStars Warm-Up($200 + $15 NLHE) *$250K Guaranteed - 1,609 entrants - $321,800 paid out to 269 spots SENSIMIL1 - $43,357.78 BuddyAces2 - $40,699.98 *2-way deal STELARI198 - $25,279.03 donovantripp - $18,175.84 spaarky777 - $13,068.58 munchenHB - $9,396.43 (Mike 'telks' Telker) bartowskiFR - $6,756.12 Sick Pastorr - $4,857.69 dresserWbn - $3,492.72 PokerStars Sunday Grand($1,000 + $50 NLHE) *$150K Guaranteed - 222 entrants - $222,000 paid out to 31 spots Brian 'brianm15' England - $43,234.35 voytech75 - $32,300.40 1_conor_b_1 - $24,131.73 Y.Strah0vski - $18,028.88 Sasuke234 - $13,469.45 (Ariados) ZeelandBoy - $10,063.06 33juggernaut - $7,518.14 Biocid - $5,616.84 BillLewinsky - $4,196.35 PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO($1,000 + $50 PLO Six-Max) *$75K Guaranteed - 149 entrants - $149,000 paid out to 19 spots Isildur1 - $30,199.64 YOUYOU777 - $22,542.18 Martin 'nizmo jiz' Kozlov - $16,826.39 vovtroy - $12,559.91 ruthless848 - $9,375.22 theNERDguy - $6,998.05 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic($200 + $15 NLHE 6-Max Hyper Turbo) *$150K Guaranteed - 1,034 entrants - $211,722 paid out to 143 spots soufian-070 - $34,597.24 toril274 - $22,614.83 TonyYayo5 - $14,782.69 unclemo1989 - $9,663.04 teckidtq - $6,316.46 (Troy 'iamthedeck ftw' Quenneville) diphazz - $4,128.89 PokerStars Sunday Storm($10 + $1 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed - 25,580 entrants - $255,800 paid out to 5,084 spots 100CACIFE - $22,564.88 superdietyp - $16,884.43 *2-way deal Elochka1818 - $11,043.11 MCKovin - $7,593.88 gugu2ta - $5,222.00 sirtenzoe - $3,590.94 JokeRs55ru - $2,469.36 boroo0515 - $1,698.07 PlumbersMate - $1,167.67 partypoker $530 High Roller$150K Guaranteed- 430 entrants - $215,000 paid out to 63 spots RingelStink - $34,190 thebattler33 - $34,145 *2-way deal (Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen) Swunhiire - $20,688 veniVidi_Vici - $15,013 Heisenburg69 - $10,896 ILOVEBOOBISS - $7,906 Graftekkel - $5,738 rafaelmoraesgm - $4,164 partypoker Heavyweight "The Title Fight"($200 + $15 NLHE) *$500k Guaranteed - 2,228 entrants - $500,000 paid out to 280 spots Dimitri Gringenkov - $83,500 Alien_Army - $58,850 barrm111 - $38,000 josef_shvejk - $25,250 Rez-P12 - $17,725 P0L4R1C3 - $12,200 Stuey987 - $8,380 k23Temujin - $5,375 888poker THE Baby WHALE ($300 + $20 NLHE) *$150k Guaranteed - 293 entrants - $138,600 paid out to 45 spots callylally - $26,819 M9yM9so - $20,097 (kot_apartac) grandma1954 - $15,246 (1_conor_b_1) HinduKrush - $11,435 888Dominik - $7,900 KTBFFH89 - $6,098 (seahawk89) SeRG3nT - $4,712 (bebaimis777) rubenrtv - $3,326 888poker MEGA DEEP ($200 + $15 NLHE) *$200K Guaranteed - 522 entrants - $104,400 paid out to 72 spots Streusalz - $19,732 dmg34 - $14,459 TR0P_F4CIL3 - $10,649 CoCoMic - $7,830 Roulette69 - $5,220 RThorsten - $3,654 Imyurfriend - $2,610 ballinbenny - $1,827
  19. [caption width="640"] Carlo van Ravenswoud took the high stakes top spot in October. Photo credit: PokerListings[/caption] High-stakes online cash game grinder out of The Netherlands, Carlo ‘Ravenswood13’ van Ravenswoud ran hot in the PokerStars 8-Game Mix and Pot Limit Omaha games to lead the list of overall winners in online cash for the month of October, according to data tracked by Highstakesdb.com. Over the course of 7888 hands ‘Ravenswood13’ would churn out a $322,147 profit, by far the most for the month. The uptick helped push him into the top five overall profiteers for 2017 thus far as well as help him eclipse the $1 million mark in earnings. Sitting in the number two spot for the month, is the man who occupied the number one spot last month, online nosebleed beast Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov. While Kuznetsov didn’t quite pull in the mountain of cash he did in September, his $201,858 in pure profit was largely due to his early month Pot Limit Omaha heater which had him up nearly a quarter-of-a-million. A downswing in NLHE towards the end of the month mitigated his profit though, as he endured a one-day, nearly $75,000 downswing in the game. Still, despite giving some back, he still ended up and remains the current number one 2017 cash game winner to date. The as-of-yet identified high stakes mainstay‘JayP-AA’ topped 10,000 hands en route to his $186,354 October earnings. For the better part of the year, ‘JayP-AA’ had been treading water in shallow negative territory - then came early October. With a graph spike that basically goes straight up in the first few days of the month, the PLO specialist dug himself out of his -$60,000 hole and into celebration territory. The heater sent him on a $500,000 upswing, and despite some late October give-back ‘JayP-AA’ still earned his third-place spot and currently sits in the Top 10 of 2017 overall winners. While ‘JayP-AA’ may be anonymous, October’s fourth-ranked winner is far from it. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, generally considered to be one of the sickest, take-all-comers in the high stakes world added to his already profitable year with a $157,434 pickup. Rebounding off an early October slide, Blom fought the majority of his battles in the 8-Game mix, oftentimes warring while high stakes pro ‘RaulGonzales’. In September, ‘RaulGonzalez’ bested Blom for a hefty sum but October saw the tables turn. Blom books the monthly win while ‘RaulGonzalez’ ended up over $300,000 in the hole for the month. Blom currently sits in third on the 2017 overall winners, having played over an astounding 164,000 hands to date. Tom ’tjbentham’ Bentham completes the top five for the month, having played nearly 200 sessions in a busy October for the Englishman. Spending all his time on the Pot Limit Omaha tables, Bentham hovered in light positive territory for the majority of the month. Then, right at the end of the month Bentham went on a one-day $50,000 run helping him book just over $125,000 in profit. His run helped him pull his year out of negative territory.
  20. [caption width="640"] Viktor Blom won two big events on Sunday (Unibet photo)[/caption] Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom had an impressive outing in PokerStars major tournaments this Sunday -- taking down both the No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha High Roller events for $46,722 and $14,492 respectively. Russia's 'veeea' (ranked #10 worldwide) was the runner-up in the Sunday High Roller for $35,180. The Stars Sunday Warm-Up was taken down by 'tizzle26' for a cash prize of $39,407 and 'LrdofDonkTwn' came out on top in the Sunday 500 for $32,664. The PokerStars Sunday Million featured a heads-up final table deal over the weekend, as 'pokerjeff370'was awarded $142,466 for his official first place finish and 'tobtheking1' cashed for $112,466 in second. Third place went to 'matyguillon' who collected $73,774 while 'nuenen1'finished fourth for $51,772 and Mark 'scrubbyz' Zajdner of Canada earned $36,332 in fifth place. 'oi-oi-oi' received $19,878 for winning the High Roller Warm Up event. The other $530 buy-in NLHE High Roller on Party was won by 'MantulaMagna' for $19,636. Both tournaments boasted guaranteed prize pools of $100,000 USD. 'MalakiasCF' had an outstanding Sunday on 888poker, winning the $1,050 buy-in WHALE, the $215 buy-in MEGA DEEP and the Crocodile events for $33,000, $19,250 and $3,327.50 respectively. PokerStars Sunday Million $200 + $15 NLHE 5,546 entrants $1,109,200 paid out to 5,546 spots pokerjeff370 - $142,465.78 tobtheking1 - $112,465.78 *2-way deal matyguillon - $73,773.89 nuenen1 - $51,772.35 Mark 'scrubbyz' Zajdner - $36,332.28 Noobladonk - $25,496.84 dimiangelako - $17,892.94 justsoluck - $12,556.80 ilicin - $8,812.03 PokerStars Sunday High Roller$2,000 + $100 NLHE 102 entrants $204,000 paid out to 15 spots Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom - $46,721.89 veeea - $35,180.14 gray31 - $26,489.60 European - $19,945.87 roo_400 - $15,018.64 lena900 - $11,308.57 girafganger7 - $8,515.02 Pascal 'Pass_72' Lefrancois - $6,411.55 ale6ka - $5,655.34 PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up $200 + $15 NLHE 1,264 entrants $252,800 paid out to 215 spots tizzle26 - $39,406.55 Respect_Lt - $28,596.48 Galva1388 - $20,752.45 Gerritss - $15,060.05 (Maestro27) FireFaux - $10,929.07 cabeca123 - $7,931.22 ziototo94 - $5,755.67 n3xD - $4,176.88 LoneHixx - $3,031.17 PokerStars Sunday 500$500 + $30 NLHE 357 entrants $178,500 paid out to 53 spots LrdofDonkTwn - $32,664.23 markovitsus- $23,984.95 C. Darwin2 - $17,611.97 Zluka2010 - $12,932.36 Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom - $9,496.14 quiditbear - $6,972.95 Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez - $5,120.18 Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff - $3,759.72 jricardosc - $2,760.73 PokerStars Omania High Roller $500 + $30 PLO Six Max 159 entrants $79,500 paid out to 17 spots Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom - $14,492.32 Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar - $11,623.77 Sasuke234 - $9,323.06 (Ariados) EyYoSuliman - $7,477.73 dunphi - $5,997.64 IAmSoSo - $4,810.52 PokerStars Sunday Supersonic $200 + $15 NLHE Six Max Hyper Turbo 793 entrants $162,375 paid out to 89 spots martinnp - $27,381.46 Mortan23 - $19,418.19 danvaldas - $13,771.07 Sw33ney - $9,766.23 bule222 - $6,926.07 gavz101 - $4,911.85 partypoker High Roller Warm-Up $500 + $30 180 entrants $100,000 paid out to 31 spots oi-oi-oi - $19,878 HellmuthTheGr8 - $14,592 (C Darwin2) Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen - $10,712 SUPERSCOUSER - $7,863 (cskar4e1) Derek Dumpster - $5,772 Dork Pork - $4,237 SLARVBOGMAJS - $3,110 (Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar) CTPAHA88 - $2,283 partypoker High Roller$500 + $30 197 entrants $100,000 paid out to 34 spots MantulaMagna - $19,636 Chelsea72 - $14,393 TDurdenWAR - $10,550 (joaomathias) stcath1 - $7,733 RichardRabbit - $5,669 (Rodrigo 'sonmonedas' Perez) Guntis 'luffynated' Aleskins - $4,155 rosyrosy22 - $3,045 DamianLillard - $2,232 888poker WHALE$1,000 + $50 NLHE 83 entrants $120,000 paid out to 12 spots MalakiasCF - $33,000 whymebe - $22,200 REALTTWIST - $16,800 (Tim Kelly) floatmasta - $11,400 TrollKonst8 - $8,400 (Johannes 'Greenstone25' Korsar) kiskutya23 - $6,300 NigDawG - $5,100 pullztrigger - $4,200 888poker MEGA DEEP$200 + $15 NLHE 347 entrants $100,000 paid out to 48 spots MalakiasCF - $19,250 patrickhenry - $14,250 whymebe - $10,750 Kannwas - $7,750 Alexandre 'Cavalito_' Mantovani - $5,250 inferno_amg - $3,750 windiswild - $2,750 floatmasta - $2,250
  21. The online world is harder than ever to beat and those who play for a living on the virtual streets earn every dime of their annual haul. The games have shrunk in stakes but there is still more than enough money to go around the ecosystem. According to Highstakesdb.com, two players won over $1 million playing online cash games in 2017. Leading the best of the best if ‘BERRI SWEET.’ In 869 logged sessions, ‘BERRI SWEET’ notched $1,769,395 in cash game winnings. Over 55,120 hands, ‘BERRI SWEET’ won an average of $32 per hand and over $2,000 per session in the swingy world of Pot Limit Omaha. On July 26, ‘BERRI SWEET’ won the biggest pot of the year in $200/$400 PLO against Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom. That pot was worth $213,261 and accompanied the third-largest pot of the year which was also won by ‘BERRI SWEET’ versus Blom. Finishing in second place for 2017 and the only other player over $1 million is Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov. The beautiful upswing on Kuznetsov’s graph is something to behold. Kuznetsov raked in $1,454,838 in 701 sessions and 59,505 hands. Following in the footsteps of ‘BERRI SWEET,’ Kuznetsov won the second largest pot of the year with Blom as his opponent. One of the worst beats in poker took place for Kuznetsov to drag in the $200,514 monster as Blom flopped a full house but got outdrawn on the river. All the money went in then and Kuznetsov took in the spoils. The third spot on the list belongs to Carlo van ‘Ravenswood13’ Ravenswoud. The Dutch player collected $814,543 at the online cash tables this year. The preferred game for Ravenswoud is Pot Limit Omaha and Ravenswoud also won a PLO SCOOP title in May for $61,080 more. Ravenswoud peaked over $1 million in October but hit a minor downswing late to finish under the seven-figure mark. ‘ActionFreak’ was a career high stakes loser when the year started but reversed that trend and pocketed $790,920, primarily playing PLO. It took over 75,000 hands for ‘ActionFreak’ to reach this total and they finished the year on an upward trend. The player who put in the most volume among the top-10 is Linus ‘LLinusLove’ Loeliger. Of those in the elite group of online players, Loeliger is the only one who put in over 2,000 sessions. Loeliger played 104,092 hands in that time and won $650,965. In all of his perpetually swinging glory, Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom stumbles in a #5. Blom played in the five biggest pots of the year, losing four of them, but still managed to hang on to $645,327. 'Isildur1' played all the games with PLO, No Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Triple Draw, and 8-Game all on his resume for this year. Blom lapped the field in terms of hands played with 198,340 in 1,338 sessions. Jordi ‘prot0’ Urlings found himself up $624,265 with less than 50,000 hands players. Another Dutch member of online’s best started the year down almost $100,000 but crawled out of that hole by mid-February and never looked back from there. December’s #1 is ranked eighth here. ‘RaúlGonzalez’ wraps up a season that saw quite a few swings. By June, ‘RaúlGonzalez’ was an $800,000 loser and went on a crusade from that point forward of over $1 million to finish 2017 up $574,768. ‘Mongano’ played the fewest sessions and hands of the top-10. It took only 195 log-ins and 13,232 hands for ‘Mongano’ to reach $438,932. ‘Mongano’ put in most of their volume on the 8-Game and Triple Draw tables. Heads up specialist ‘donthnrmepls’ takes their place at #10. Similar to ‘Mongano,’ ‘donthnrmepls’ played a lower number of sessions to finish with 210 played. In total, ‘donthnrmepls’ has $389,426 to build on for 2018. HighstakesDB Cash Game Results for 2017 RANK PLAYER SESSIONS HANDS PROFIT 1 BERRI SWEET 869 55,120 $1,769,395 2 Trueteller 701 59,505 $1,454,838 3 Ravenswood13 715 57,502 $814,543 4 ActionFreak 1,255 75,218 $790,920 5 LLinusLLove 2,201 104,092 $650,962 6 Isildur1 1,338 198,340 $645,327 7 prot0 1,036 48,062 $624,265 8 RaúlGonzalez 572 96,439 $574,768 9 Mongano 195 13,232 $438,392 10 donthnrmepls 210 14,212 $389,426
  22. The high stakes cash game world takes no time off for the holidays. This December featured more six-figure pots and huge swings. Finishing on top of the leaderboard for the month is ‘RaúlGonzalez.’ The total haul of ‘RaúlGonzalez’ topped out at $521,189 in winnings over the course of 32 sessions. This is according to the data on Highstakesdb.com. It took ‘RaúlGonzalez’ 5,892 hands to reach this total with Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom playing a role in him achieving this number. On December 18, the pair battled in $1,000/$2,000 2-7 Triple Draw and 8-Game mix. ‘RaúlGonzalez’ came out on top in both games and finished the day up almost $220,000. Earlier in the month, ‘RaúlGonzalez’ beat Blom for a comparable amount in the same two games. Of the top-10 winners in D ecember, ‘RaúlGonzalez’ put in the fourth fewest sessions, making the most of his limited volume. ‘RaúlGonzalez’ finished the month with over twice as many winnings as second-place Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas. In November, Bujtas placed third in the rankings with $150,598 in winnings. This time around, Bujtas has upped that total to $246,988 in 79 sessions and 4,094 hands. Bujtas was on a downward trend heading into the last two months of the year but is now entering 2018 with a profit of almost $400,000 from 2017. Sitting in third place is ‘Grazvis1,’ who put in the most sessions of anyone in the top-10. ‘Grazvis1’ logged on for 166 sessions in December and made $162,163 over their 5,358 hands. December saw ‘Grazvis’ build his graph off a consistent upswing line with Pot Limit Omaha the most played game. Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger jumps in at #4. Loeliger won $148,753 in the previous month despite playing only 1,398 hands in his 37 sessions. If you’re looking for efficiency, Ben ‘Ben86’ Tollerene is the model. In only four sessions, Tollerene racked up $132,460 in 573 hands played. Tollerene dueled against Timofey 'Trueteller' Kuznetsov in $100/$200 PLO on December 31 and earned $109,968. Those winnings came in the span of 374 hands for Tollerene. ‘BlackFortuna’ and ‘Azrarn’ inputted 101 and 94 sessions, respectively and both ended December with over six-figures in winnings. ‘Azrarn’ put in most of their volume in Fixed Limit Hold’em while ‘BlackFortuna’ stuck with Pot Limit Omaha. Following Tollerene’s methodology to play less and profit more is Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro. The Finnish high stakes pro only played 12 sessions and 578 hands but came out on the other side with a $87,297 profit. Kelopuro won most of his buck in $100/$200 PLO, taking over $48,000 of the table on December 28. In 10th place is ‘Truelove13.’ Similar to ‘Azrarn,’ ‘Truelove13’ beasted the FLHE tables to the tune of $83,037 won in 99 sessions. In those 99 sessions, ‘Truelove13’ played 6,661 hands. Bujtas wound up being the only repeat top-10 finished from November. January is a fresh start for all players and it will be interesting to see how the high stakes world shakes out in the next couple of weeks. HighstakesDB Cash Game Results for December RANK PLAYER SESSIONS HANDS PROFIT 1 RaúlGonzalez 32 5,892 $521,189 2 omaha4rollz 79 4,094 $246,988 3 Grazvis1 166 5,358 $162,163 4 LLinusLLove 37 1,398 $148,753 5 Ben86 4 573 $132,460 6 BlackFortuna 101 4,913 $115,531 7 Azrarn 94 6,392 $104,760 8 prot0 54 2,005 $93,042 9 Lrzlzk 12 578 $87,297 10 Truelove13 99 6,661 $83,037
  23. To say the Viktor Blom has long been the darling of the online poker world would be a bit of understatement. Whether it was playing the nosebleed stakes games on Full Tilt Poker back in the day or winning the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker in 2013, Blom has always found a way to capture the attention. On Sunday night in Rozvadov, the Swedish powerhouse added a second live win to his resume, coming back from a nearly 9-1 heads-up chip deficit to win the partypoker MILLIONS Germany Main Event for €1,000,000 ($1,048,153 US). Blom started the final table third in chips, but went right to work at changing that. On just the eighth hand of the night, Niko Wieland moved all in for 49,400,000 and Blom reshoved from the small blind. Rickie Silcock folded his big blind and Wieland got the bad news after tabling [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"] and seeing Blom show [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="kh"] to send Wieland out in eighth place. It took nearly 90 minutes before another player was sent home. Aristeidis Moschonas raised to 7,000,000 from the button and then called after Ondrej Drozd raised to 20,000,000. Drozd then beat 16,000,000 after the [poker card="9h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"] flop before Moschonas moved all in fro 83,600,000. Drozd called and turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"] while Moschonas was behind with just [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="ah"] turn was enough to eliminate Moschanas in seventh. The meaningless river was the [poker card="8d"]. It was yet another 90-minute wait for another elimination and this one again involved Drozd, but he was on the other end of the outcome. From UTG, Drozd moved all in for 106,500,00. Pavel Plesuv was the next player to act and he re-shoved for 362,000,000, forcing the rest of the table to fold. Drozd showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"] but saw Plesuv table[poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"] flop offered very little help for Drozd and the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="4d"] river made his sixth place elimination official. Radoslaw Wesierski started the final table with the shortest stack but managed to ladder his way up to the final five players before meeting his demise. Action folded to Rickie Silcock in the small blind and he moved all in for 91,000,000. Wesierski called all in from the big blind and showed [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] while Silcock held [poker card="jd"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Silcock a flush draw. The [poker card="6c"] turn was no help but the [poker card="2d"] river filled that flish and sent Wesierski out in fifth. Four-handed play lasted 90 minutes before Blom picked up another elimination. From the button, Blom made it 21,000,000 and Brazilian Joao Simao, a former #1-ranked online player in the world, defended his big blind. After the [poker card="kh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] flop, Simao moved all in for 31,500,000 and Blom called. Simao turned over [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] while Blom showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="2d"] turn was no help for Simao and neither was the [poker card="as"] river, to send him out in fourth place. Plesuv and Silcock clashed just 30 minutes later to get the tournament to heads-up. Plesuv called from the button, Blom folded the small blind and Silcock checked his option. After the [poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3s"] flop Silcock checked, Plesuv bet 10,000,000 and Silcock called. Both players checked the [poker card="4h"] turn. Action heated up after the [poker card="2d"] river. Silcock bet 35,000,000 and Plesuv moved all in, forcing Silcock to a decision for his tournament life. He called and showed [poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] for trip fours but Plesuv showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] for the wheel to take down the pot. When heads-up play began, Plesuv had just over 55% of the chips in play. Over the first 10 hands of play between the two, Plesuv extended that lead to 86%. From that point on though, Blom navigated his way to even the chip counts before finally taking the lead for good. After 79 hands of battling, Blom raised to 35,000,000 and Plesuv called. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"] flop got Plesuv to check-call Blom's 45,000,000 bet. The turn was the [poker card="ad"] and Plesuv check-called Blom's bet of 105,000,000. The river was the [poker card="5h"] and Plesuv moved all in and after taking some time to consider his options, Blom called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="6d"] for second pair. Plesuv couldn't beat it though, turning over [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"] for third pair to give Blom his first live tournament win since 2012. The €5,300 buy-in event, held at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, drew 1,022 entries for a total prize pool of €5,110,000, just squeaking past the €5,000,000 guarantee. Final Table Payouts Viktor Blom - €1,000,000 Pavel Plesuv - €600,000 Rickie Silcock - €400,000 Joao Simao - €280,000 Radoslaw Wesierski - €200,000 Ondrej Drozd - €140,000 Aristeidis Moschonas - €100,000 Niko Wieland - €70,000
  24. The final day of partypoker POWERFEST was jam-packed with 15 events, including two Championship events. Viktor Blom and Sami Kelopuro might have been the two biggest names to find the winner's circle on Sunday, but they didn't take home the biggest score. 'HaHaHakim' beat out 236 other players in Event #69 Super High Roller ($5,200 Championship Event) to take home the title and $210,183.20. That score came after a deal with 'AndreshhParty94' that allowed the runner-up to pocket $206,818.31. Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland took home $124,017.50 for his third place finish. Latvian 'SNGoenka' beat 'GuyFromTiltBook' heads-up in Event #67 High Roller ($530 Slow, Eight Max) to earn $58,944. 'GuyFromTiltBook' settled for $41,952 as runner-up while 'RosenheimCops' won $28,448 for a third place result. Kelopuro beat 593 other players in Event #68 High Roller ($1,050 Deep, Eight Max) for a $109,414.80 score. Runner-up 'tikidiii16' banked $77,873.40 and 'GlitchSystem' picked up $52,806.60 for finishing third. 'PotatoLottery' picked up $159,455.20 between prize pool and bounties for winning Event #70 High Roller ($2,100 Championship Event, PKO, Eight Max). Runner-up 'EggsBenedict' pocketed $81,540.66 while 'WhoIsICM' banked $62,538 for finishing in third spot. Westmorland wasn't done after his six-figure score. The American pro who is now the #1-ranked player in Thailand beat out 223 other players to win Event #71 High Roller ($520 Deep, Turbo, Eight Max) and earn $20,313.87. 'SirStanleyRoyce' took home $19,984.26 as part of a deal with Westmorland. Third place finisher 'Dark_Poker' ended up with $12,111.40. Viktor 'isildur1' Blom beat 'GuyFromTiltBook' for the Event #72 High Roller ($1,050 PKO, Fast, Eight Max) title and $26,811.22. He also picked up an additional $39,170.64. Event #67 High Roller ($530 Slow, Eight Max) 640 entries, $320,000 prize pool SNGoenka - $58,944 GuyFromTiltBook - $41,952 RosenheimCops - $28,448 ilushan - $19,584 VolZoK_ - $13,696 DIDIER_TAPIS - $9,952 marjanko89 - $7,168 AlSaherr - $5,088 Event #68 High Roller ($1,050 Deep, Eight Max) 594 entries, $594,000 prize pool LarsLuzak1 - $109,414.80 tikidiii16 - $77,873.40 GlitchSystem - $52,806.60 ChanceSeeYou - $36,352.80 murderlicious - $25,423.20 slayerv1fan - $18,473.40 bigbluffzinc - $13,305.60 skitzo793 - $9,444.60 Event #69 Super High Roller ($5,200 Championship Event) 237 entries, $1,185,000 prize pool HaHaHakim - $210,183.20 AndreshhParty94 - $206,818.31 JWPRODIGY - $124,017.50 FrioPequeno - $92,430 reallygamble - $65,175 JonasLuck_ $49,770 FMylife - $36,735 renatonomura - $27,255 Event #70 High Roller ($2,100 Championship Event, PKO, Eight Max) 479 entries, $981,950 prize pool PotatoLottery - $73,420.78 + $86,034.42 in bounties EggsBenedict - $73,321.13 + $8,219.53 in bounties WhoIsICM - $50,298.93 + $12,239.07 in bounties galochina10 - $34,990.56 + $22,353.52 in bounties Iveybluffallin - $24,821.42 +16,972.26 $ in bounties seijstar - $18,042.01 + $4,593.75 in bounties BITMEXREKT - $12,848.09 + $20,163.28 in bounties justkot - $9,294.36 + $14,992.31 in bounties Event #71 High Roller ($520 Deep, Turbo, Eight Max) 224 entries, $114,800 prize pool JWPRODIGY - $20,313.87 SirStanleyRoyce - $19,984.26 Dark_Poker - $12,111.40 spinner2255 - $8,954.40 ComeToMyParty - $6,314 MelonsAreYum - $4,821.60 ojanOmaha - $3,558.80 ADRIEN_BRODY - $2,640.40 Event #72 High Roller ($1,050 PKO, Fast, Eight Max) 350 entries, $357,000 prize pool isildur1 - $26,811.22 + $39,170.64 in bounties GuyFromTiltBook - $26,776.19 + $9,193.43 in bounties AlexandrBelov - $18,564.19 + $10,493.44 in bounties Iafocafabla - $13,301.15 + $2,860 in bounties Iqq1974 - $9,473.48 + $7,125.62 in bounties GiGioDoNNa99 - $7,023.77 + $7,897.50 in bounties BigPescado69 - $4,880.27 + $3,006.25 in bounties sluuvtanuuv - $3,559.79 + $910 in bounties Event #73 High Roller ($530 PKO, Turbo, Eight Max) 281 entries, $144,012.50 prize pool PassTiltNoir_72 - $11,048.94 + $18,282.87 in bounties BlueEyedArab - $11,034.73 + $4,772.18 in bounties Vinnyecarol - $7,744.56 + $1,665.23 in bounties not.cat - $5,635.89 + $1,222.27 in bounties smilethanclick - $3,987.30 + $3,670.90 in bounties matheusdad - $2,990.47 + $2,419.93 in bounties RedDwarf9 - $2,108.66 + $1,230.45 in bounties toadstoadstoads - $1,533.57 + $1,460.16 in bounties
  25. Another major online poker series kicked off this weekend as the preliminary events in Poker Central’s first-ever Super High Roller Bowl Online series brought out some of the biggest names in the game. The complete series, which takes place on partypoker, will run from May 23 through June 1 and guarantees $20 million in total prize money across 28 High Roller tournaments. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Chris Hunichen took home the largest score of the three opening day events, earning $479,250 for his victory in Event #2 ($25,500 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller ). The two-day event saw a total of 54 entries which pushed the prize pool to $1,350,000. Hunichen’s score ranks as the second-largest online cash of his career, right behind his third-place finish in the 2018 PokerStars SCOOP $10K Main Event for which he took home over $618,000. ‘Big Huni’ defeated another online superstar for the title by besting Viktor Blom in heads-up play. Blom’s runner-up finish was good for $32,625 and comes just a day after finishing third in the WPT Online series PLO High Roller for which he earned $121,200. Mark Davis fell in third place and picked up $205,875. Jans Arends outlasted the 76-entry field of Event #1 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) to take home the $216,600 first-place prize. Finishing right behind him was the UK’s Ben Heath who secured $148,200 as the runner-up. Picking up the bronze was two-time Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen who added another $102,600 to his bankroll. Also of note, former worldwide #1-ranked online pro Niklas Astedt finished in sixth place for $41,800 and Daniel Dvoress secured a min-cash of $22,800, his second cash in the first two events. Another player who cashed in two of the three events was Sergi Reixach, who took down Event #3 ($10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller) for $191,750. Combined with his fifth-place finish in Event #1, Reixach’s two-score, one day total was just shy of $245,000. Just a week after picking up his fourth career SCOOP title, Mike Watson finished in second place, taking home $129,800 for his efforts. And another former #1-ranked PocketFiver found his way to the podium as Andras Nemeth finished up in third place for $87,025. Event #1: $10,300 High Roller 76 entries $760,000 prize pool Jans Arends - $216,600 Benjamin Heath - $148,200 Alex Foxen - $102,600 Jake Schindler - $68,400 Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $53,200 Niklas Astedt - $41,800 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $34,200 Christopher Fraser - $26,600 Event #2: $25,500 Super High Roller 8-Max 54 entries $1,350,000 prize pool Christopher Hunichen - $479.250 Viktor Blom - $320,625 Mark Davis - $205,875 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $131,625 Rob Lipkin - $87,750 Daniel Dvoress - $67,500 Timothy Adams - $57,375 Event #3: $10,300 High Roller 59 entries $590,000 prize pool Sergi Lloveras Reixach - $191,750 Michael Watson - $129,800 Andras Nemeth - $87,025 Vicent Bosca Ramon - $54,575 Juan Pardo Dominguez - $42,775 John O’ Shea - $33,925 Michael Addamo - $28,025 Jonathan VanFleet - $22,125

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