The high-stakes online action on Full Tilt Poker was going strong all week long. During that time, Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene, who recently signed with 3Bet Poker Clothing, managed to halt his recent slide down the yearly leader board with a hefty $1,416,399 win, which came from 8,977 hands spread across 63 sessions. Not too far behind was Hac “trex313” Dang, who recovered from last week’s $410,240 loss by banking $1,262,615 in 3,668 hands across 34 sessions.
Other big winners included “no_Ola” (+$531,885 in 14 sessions/2,316 hands), Jared “SetoKaiba1” Bleznick (-$226,863 in 10 sessions/544 hands), Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$225,722 in 24 sessions/2,328 hands) and Daniel “w00ki3x” Cates* (+$214,218 in 59 sessions/2,813 hands), who was the biggest winner of PokerStars.
On the other end of the spectrum, “samrostan” was the week’s biggest loser after dropping $851,760 in 5,828 hands over 61 sessions, while Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond — who lost a similar amount the week before — lost $772,262 in 12,841 hands over 72 sessions. Other losers included Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (-$416,659 in 12 sessions/4,286 hands), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (-$383,184 in 36 sessions/6,487 hands), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (-$366,464 in 18 sessions/1,021 hands) and Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (-$325,944 in 23 sessions/1,489 hands).
Galfond Wins Big in Friday Action; Some Rare $300/$600 NLHE
On Friday, May 17, the fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo tables were in full swing as players like Gus Hansen, Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn, Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond took to the virtual felt.
Galfond walked away as the game’s biggest winner, and the day’s for that matter, with $615,526 in profit (includes an $89,000 win later in the day), while Hansen dropped 371,500. As if things couldn’t get worse for the “Great Dane,” he went on to play a half-day heads-up FLO8 match against Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon, losing $110,000 more.
Another big winner was Tom “durrrr” Dwan, who banked $470,800 playing pot-limit Omaha against Blom and Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene, winning $260,000 from the former at the $100/$200 tables and more than $200,000 from the latter at $500/$1,000 PLO.
Finally, Friday featured some rare $300/$600 no-limit hold’em action between Blom and Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar. Granted, it only lasted 40 minutes, but in that time Millar managed to win $110,000. Speaking of hold’em, Tollerene and “MalACEsia” also played a session, and in just an hour Tollerene won $168,000. The two biggest pots of the day actually came from these two matches.
Hand #1: Millar ($95,510.25) opened for $1,200 and then called when Blom ($71,009.50) three-bet to $4,800, which brought about the flop. Blom bet $6,000, Millar called and the turned. Again Blom bet, this time $13,800, and again Millar just called. When the completed the board on the river, Blom shipped his stack of $46,499.50 and Tollerene called to create a $142,199 pot. Blom revealed the for a rivered straight, and it was good as Tollerene simply mucked.
Hand #2: Tollerene ($101,694) opened for $1,200 on the button and “MalACEsia” ($66,298) popped it to $3,600 from the big blind. Not to be outdone, Tollerene four-bet to $7,800, “MalACEsia” called and the flop came down . “MalACEsia” checked, Tollerene bet $7,800 and “MalACEsia” woke up with an all-in check-raise to $58,498. Tollerene called with the for a pair of aces, which h was ahead of “MalACEsia’s” flush draw. The turn gave “MalACEsia” even more outs with an open-ended straight draw, but the river was a brick. Tollerene improved to two pair and was awarded the $132,596 pot.
Hac “trex313” Dang Banks $843,000 in Sunday Filled with Heavy Action
“Getting on your Sunday grind” usually applies to tournaments, but this past week it was most definitely applicable to the high-stakes cash games on Full Tilt Poker. That is where some big PLO games occurred, including a $500/$1,000 CAP PLO match that saw Hac “trex313” Dang, who played for 11 hours, walk away a $843,000, making him the day’s biggest winner. On the flip side, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom balance things out by losing $835,000.
In one of Dang’s more notable hands, action was five-handed when he ($169,205.50) opened for $3,500 from the hijack and Tom “durrrr” Dwan ($242.706.50) called from the cutoff. Benny “psychobenny” Spindler ($40,000) then three-bet to $15,500 from the button, the blinds folded and both Dang and Dwan called. After the flop fell , Dang led out for $24,500, Dwan called and Spindler, who had that exact amount, committed the rest of his chips. At that point the pot was capped and the cards tabled.
Dang had flopped trip sevens and managed to improve to a full house when the appeared on the turn. After the harmless peeled off on the river, Dang was awarded the $121,497 pot.
As far as Blom was concerned, he dropped some money in a $100/$200 PLO game against Dwan. The dynamic duo happened to play a $268,800 monster, which was the largest pot of the day.
In the hand, Dwan ($149,963) opened for $600 on the button only to have Blom ($134,419.50) three-bet to $1,800. Dwan responded with a four-bet to $5,400, Blom five-bet to $16,200 and Dwan called, bringing about a flop. Blom led out for $32,400 and then called off his remaining $85,819.50 after Dwan raised to $129,600.
Dwan had flopped a set of fives and was way out in front of Blom’s kings. The turn was of no consequence, and neither was the river. Dwan’s set held up and he was pushed the $268,839 pot.
Here’s a look at the other $200K+ pot from Sunday:
Monday Features Plenty of FLO8 and PLO Action
Four full tables of $500/$1,000 CAP PLO tables spread on Monday night, and Norwegian pro “no_Ola” finish as the biggest winner after profiting $548,000 in just three hours. The game attracted a laundry list of notables, and among them Jared “SetoKaiba1” Bleznick won $217,000 while Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond and “samrostan” both lost big.
Here are a couple pots from that session:
Hand #1: Action was six-handed when Galfond ($64,797) opened for $2,800 under the gun and Gus Hansen ($208,493) called right behind. “No_Ola” ($69,053) then called from the button, Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene ($146,759) and Bleznick ($66,694) came along from the blinds and the flop came down . Two checks saw Galfond fire $4,500, Hansen raise to $27,500 and “no_Ola” three-bet cap it to $37,200. The blinds folded, both Galfond and Hansen called and the cards were turned up.
Hansen had flopped bottom set and “no_Ola” two pair, but both were behind Galfond’s set of aces. The turn didn’t change much, and the river gave Galfond the $125,597 pot.
Hand #2: In another six-handed game, “mikki696” ($113,407) opened for $1,000 under the gun only to have Tollerene ($88,285) three-bet to $3,000 on the button. Galfond ($52,494) called from the small blind, Hansen ($172,885.50) did the same from the big and then “mikki696” four-bet it to $16,000. Only Tollerene and Hansen called, which meant it was three-way action to the . After Hansen checked, “mikki696” capped it with a bet of $25,000, which both his opponents called.
Hansen had flopped a set of threes and that would win him the $122,997 pot after the appeared on the turn followed by the on the river.
Tollerene and Hansen Book $500K+ Scores in Tuesday Action
The $500/$1,000 CAP PLO and FLO8 tables were going strong on Thursday, which is when Gus Hansen and Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene won $597,400 and $590,300 respectively. Most of Tollerene’s profit came in the aforementioned PLO game courtesy of Tom “durrrr” Dwan, who ended up dropping $800,000 on the day.
As far as Hansen is concerned, he won his cash playing FLO8 against Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius, Victor “Isildur1” Blom, Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn and Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon. It’d be Blom and Hendon who would do most of the losing, dropping $500,000 and $200,000 respectively.
Biggest Winners/Losers (Full Tilt Poker)
Week’s biggest winners (5/16-5/22): Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (+$1,262,615), Hac “trex313” Dang (+$1,262,615), “no_Ola” (+$531,885), “Call_911” (-$334,812), Jared “SetoKaiba1” Bleznick (-$226,863), Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$225,722), Daniel “w00ki3x” Cates* (+$214,218)
Week’s biggest losers: “samrostan” (-$851,760), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (-$772,262), Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (-$416,659), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (-$383,184), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (-$366,464), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (-$325,944), Gus Hansen (-$317,727)
Year’s biggest winners: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (+$3,474,084), Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$2,704,680), Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (+$2,267,964), Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (+$2,238,306), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$1,715,762), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$1,484,451), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (+$1,400,346), “SallyWoo” (+$1,098,328), “Odd_Oddsen”* (+$1,049,817), “1Il|1Il|1il|”* (+$891,292)
Year’s biggest losers: Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$2,297,409), “samrostan” (-$2,048,212), Gus Hansen (-$1,739,669), “patpatpanda” (-$1,330,885), Kyle “KPR16” Fray (-$1,269,836), Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (-$1,220,399), “punting-peddler” (-$1,099,064), Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$969,887)
Data, hands and replayer obtained from HighStakesDB.com
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