The Online Railbird Report: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom No Longer the Year's Biggest Winner

Posted at 16:30 2013-07-29 by Chad Holloway

It’s been a wild ride for Viktor “Isildur1” Blom playing online poker this summer. Back in May, Blom won the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event #43-H for $1,096,200 and then skipped the World Series of Poker in favor of the lucrative online cash games.

It seemed to be a wise decision as he quickly pushed his yearly profits up to $5.2 million, a solid $2 million ahead of his next closest competitor. In last week’s Online Railbird Report, we told you how Blom gave $1,404,756 of that back to become the week’s biggest loser, and while he wasn’t this week’s biggest, Blom did lose another $711,186 in 7,034 hands spread across 57 sessions — enough to drop him below Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon on the yearly leader board (which you can view at the bottom of this article).

The only player who lost more than Blom this week was Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton, who dropped $792,597 in 1,522 hands across 16 sessions — which averages out to losing $520.76 per hand. Other big losers included “HelicopterBen82” (-$470,186 in 26 sessions/2,532 hands), “kagome kagome” (-$371,166 in 12 sessions/1,411 hands) and “Denoking” (-$356,799 in 6 hands/565 hands).

Those who profited off the loses from the aforementioned were “Rhje” (+$982,680 in 32 sessions/2,852 hands), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (+$531,784 in 13 sessions/1,160 hands), “Trueteller” (+$490,296 in 22 sessions/2,882 hands), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (+$418,792 in 14 sessions/1,860 hands) and Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (+$381,122 in 28 sessions/3,377 hands).

Dang, Polk and “MalACEsia” Fuel Wednesday Action

On Wednesday, July 17, the $400/$800 no-limit hold’em games were going strong on Full Tilt Poker and resulted in two big winners, “MalACEsia” (+$254,300) and Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (+$232,100). The former made his money playing for five hours at the six-max tables, and the latter playing heads-up against Viktor “Isildur1” Blom for three hours.

Speaking of Blom, he went on to drop $210,800 in 131 hands of $2,000/$4,000 fixed-limit Omaha hi/lo to Kyle “KPR16” Ray. Combined, Blom lost $409,000 on the day, which was enough to make him the biggest loser.

Another six-figure winner on the day was “punting-peddler,” who won $160,800 in a 90-minute session of $400/$800 NLHE against Doug “WCGRider” Polk. It was in that game, which involved some other players, where the day’s biggest pots occurred. Interestingly, both of those pots went to Polk.

In the largest pot, action was six-handed when Polk ($161,253.50) opened for $3,520 from the cutoff only to have “Denoking” ($184,150) three-bet to $9,200 from the cutoff. The button folded, as did the blinds, and Polk four-bet to $29,920. Not to be outdone, “Denoking” five-bet to $184,150 and Polk called off his remaining $131,333.50.

“Denoking”: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Polk: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

It was a cooler for “Denoking,” but he had two shots at cracking Polk’s pocket rockets as the two players agreed to run it twice. Much to “Denoking’s” dismay, neither the {j-Clubs}{8-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{4-Diamonds} on the first run nor the {9-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{4-Spades}{3-Spades} on the second delivered him a king and Polk was pushed the $324,304 pot.

In the day’s second biggest pot, action was five-handed when Polk ($121,009) opened for $2,800 under the gun, “MalACEsia” ($102,075) called on the button and Hac “trex313” Dang ($121,100) three-bet to $12,750 from the small blind. Polk responded by making it $29,200, “MalACEsia” folded and Dang five-bet all in for $121,100. Polk made the call and Dang was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Dang: {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
Polk: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}

According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Polk was the 65.80% favourite while Dang would come from behind 29.70% of the time. The {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{j-Hearts} flop wasn’t particularly interesting and it dropped Dang’s chances of winning down to 13.94%. The {4-Hearts} turn knocked it down even further to 6.82%, meaning Dang needed either a five on the river to win or a jack or four to chop. Unfortunately for him, the {7-Spades} wasn’t what he needed and the $246,065 pot was pushed to Polk.

“Rhje” Wins $424,500 in Thursday $400/$800 NLHE

The $400/$800 NLHE games continued into Thursday, which is when “Rhje,” who if you recall finished as the week’s biggest winner, banked $424,500 in just an hour of play. Also winning in the game was “proudlikeagoat,” whose $300,000 score brought him up over $1 million on the year. Not surprisingly, these two players won the two biggest pots of the day.

In the first, action was six-handed when “HelicopterBen82” ($130,312) opened for $2,400 from the cutoff and was met by a three-bet to $8,000 by “Rhje” ($134,765.50) in the small blind. “HelicopterBen82” made the call and then bet $12,000 after “Rhje” checked the {k-Clubs}{j-Spades}{8-Clubs} flop. A call was made and then “Rhje” check-called a bet of $23,200 when the {2-Clubs} turned. After the {6-Hearts} completed the board on the river, “Rhje” checked for a third time and then called when “HelicopterBen82” shoved all in for $87,112 to create a pot of $262,021. “HelicopterBen82” rolled over the {10-Spades}{9-Spades} for a missed straight draw, which was no good against “Rhje’s” {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}.

In the other notable hand, action was five-handed when “MalACEsia” ($180,797.50) opened for $2,000 from the cutoff and “proudlikeagoat” ($120,839) three-bet to $7,200 from the small blind. The big blind got out of the way, “MalACEsia” called, and the flop came down {k-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. “Proudlikeagoat” bet $8,094, “MalACEsia” called, and the {2-Clubs} turned. There was a bet of $82,084.30 and a call before the {J-Clubs} completed the board on the river, which saw “proudlikeagoat” fire out $57,713.34. “MalACEsia” proceeded to move all in and “proudlikeagoat” called off his remaining $24,370.95. “MalACEsia” flipped over the {2-Spades}{2-Diamonds} for a turned set, but it was no good as “proudlikeagoat” tabled the {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for a rivered flush. Ship the $242,925 pot to “proudlikeagoat.”

The big losers in the game were “Denoking” (-$337,000), “Tight-Man1” (-$295,000) and “MalACEsia” (-$126,000).

Big Pots Characterize Monday Melee

Once again, the $400/$800 NLHE games were running on Monday, which is when “Trueteller” won $547,800. What’s more, “Trueteller” won seven six-figure pots including one worth $257,500.

In that hand, action was six-handed when Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker ($146,975.50) opened for $2,000 from the cutoff and Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton ($127,447) called from the small blind. “Trueteller” ($159,692.50) then three-bet to $12,000 from the big, Heinecker folded and Haxton made the call, bringing about a flop of {3-Clubs}{6-Spades}{10-Clubs}. Haxton checked, “Trueteller” bet $17,754 and then Haxton woke up with a check-raise to $39,600. “Trueteller” responded by moving all in and Haxton quickly called off his remaining $75,697.

“Trueteller”: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Haxton: {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}

The two agreed to run it twice, but Haxton came up short both times and the {q-Spades} and {2-Diamonds} on the first run failed to deliver a nine, as did the {6-Diamonds} and {Q-Diamonds} on the second.

Other winners in the game included “Rhje” and “MalACEsia,” who won $365,300 and $233,200, respectively, while Haxton was the overwhelming loser after dropping $855,000.

While the above pot was nice, the day’s biggest — a $351,900 monster — actually went to “proudlikeagoat.” Have a look:

Biggest Winners/Losers (Full Tilt Poker)

Biggest Winners (7/18-7/25): “Rhje” (+$982,680), Kyle “KPR16” Frey (+$531,784), “Trueteller” (+$490,296), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (+$418,792), Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (+$381,122), “Sanlker” (+$274,747), “Call_911” (+$222,185)

Biggest Losers (7/18-7/25): Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton (-$792,597), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$711,186), “HelicopterBen82” (-$470,186), “kagome kagome” (-$371,166), “Denoking” (-$356,799), Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker (-$302,607)

Year’s biggest winners: Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (+$3,515,118), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (+$3,007,710), Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$2,714,965), Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (+$1,924,546), “Rhje” (+$1,716,086), “Odd_Oddsen”* (+$1,658,211), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$1,556,140), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$1,484,451), Hac “trex313” Dang (+$1,266,097), “no_Ola” (+$1,266,097), “Tight-Man1” (+$1,203,285), “SallyWoo” (+$1,112,248)

Year’s biggest losers: “samrostan” (-$3,518,002), Gus Hansen (-$3,428,777), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$2,173,726), “MalACEsia” (-$1,561,643), “patpatpanda” (-$1,330,885), Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (-$1,220,399), Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$1,210,658), “punting-peddler” (-$1,125,429), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (-$985,575)

*Denotes PokerStars

Data, hands and replayer obtained from HighStakesDB.com

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