Weekly High Stakes Report: Ivey Keeps Crushing, ‘EireAbu’ is Back3 years ago
It was an action-packed week at the nosebleeds tables, and both Full Tilt and PokerStars had their fair share of big pots exchanging hands. Continuing from last week’s report, Sunday was the first day to see some major action.
The day was marked by the return of ‘EireAbu’ to the tables. One of the biggest winners on PokerStars in the year 2012 had been very quiet for a while, but yesterday he played more than half of his volume from 2013, according to HighStakesDB.
The PLO specialist playing from Ireland (but rumored to be a Dutchman) seems to have invested his time away from the tables into studying new games, as a lot of his $362k Sunday profit came from the 2-7 Triple Draw matches. The young Russian pro Alexander ‘joiso’ Kostritsyn was the player sitting across from ‘EireAbu’ and taking blows for the most part. Cort ‘thecortster’ Kibler-Melby was the second biggest winner of the day, with a profit of $123k, more than half of it coming from the 2-7 TD matches against Phil ‘Polarizing’ Ivey.
What he lost the previous day, Ivey made up for and then some on Monday. Putting in big volume online lately, the man who many consider to be the synonym for poker succeeded by walking away with a profit of $195k.
The day did not start so well for ‘Polarizing,’ however, as his two early sessions saw him stuck for nearly $400,000. Shaken, but not deterred, Ivey took a break and returned to the tables several hours later. After recovering some of his earlier losses to ‘Carlooo13,’ the ten-time bracelet winner joined the $2k/$4k 2-7 TD table. A session that would last for 7.5 hours saw the likes of Alex ‘Alexonmoon’ Luneau,Patrik ‘FinddaGrind’ Antonius, ‘SanIker’ and Luke ‘__FullFlush1__’ Schwartz take seats at various times.
Going up and down for a while, Ivey finally found his ‘zone’ and not only recuperated his earlier losses, but added another $195k to his bankroll. The second biggest winner of the day was ‘HoldemJill9,’ who ended with a profit of $182.2k, mostly courtesy of Ivey.
German pro ‘SanIker’ was the man of the day on Tuesday. After all was said and done, he made a profit of nearly $235k, and all of it came in less than two hours against ‘thecortster.’ Ivey, who ended the day $88,000 to the good, found ‘HoldemJill9’ and sat him down for a rematch. This time, things went better for ‘Polarizing’ as he walked away victorious.
The high stakes community probably have mixed feelings about the return of ‘EireAbu.’ Not that they don’t like him - or the competition, but they probably prefer easy money – and that’s one thing the Irish-Dutch pro will not provide them with. He was topping the winners’ list once again on Wednesday when HighStakesDB recorded his profit at $242,600. Most of those earnings came from the $400/$800 mixed game tables on PokerStars.
Phil Ivey had a big day on Full Tilt as well. Going down from his peak of $500k, Ivey still booked a profit of $210k. His opponents were all the usual suspects including ‘Carlooo13,’ ‘HoldemJill9,’ and Ike Haxton. With this win in the books, Ivey eclipsed the one-million mark over the past eight days.
However, it’s never easy, and on the next day, ‘Polarizing’ gave a lot of his winnings back to ‘Carlooo13’ at the $2k/$4k FLO8 tables. The two played for nearly four hours with Ivey making a small profit of $14k, but results changed when they started a new table. ‘Carlooo13’ started pulling in some pots and after many hours of play, they parted ways with the Dutchman $269.5k richer. ‘SanIker’ made a nice six-figure profit on 2-7 TD tables, taking his lunch money from ‘Polarizing’ and ‘thecortster.’
Friday was marked by a big confrontation between ‘Denoking’ and Ben ‘Bttech86’ Tollerene. The two played for nearly seven hours at the $200/$400 NLHE tables and ‘Denoking’ brought Tollerene to his knees by winning $571,000 by the time they parted ways.
Finally, on Saturday, ‘SanIker’ topped the winners’ list, as he made a profit of $397k. Most of his winnings came from ‘thecortster,’ although he took some off of Ivey as well. However, ‘Polarizing’ had an overall big upswing merging Friday and Saturday, winning slightly over $291k and recovering a majority of his losses to ‘Carlooo13’ earlier in the week.
The Week of Big Winners
… and big losers, of course. For quite a few high stakes regulars, the past seven days were really good. ‘SanIker’ sits on top of that list with a profit of $620,000.
He is followed by ‘Denoking,’ who booked a profit of $565k, and the return to the nosebleeds tables of ‘EireAbu,’ who ended up $548,000 to the good. Phil ‘Polarizing’ Ivey also continued his dominating presence with another profitable week to the tune of $427k.
Where there are big winners, there are almost bound to be big losers. Alex ‘joiso’ Kostritsyn had been winning week after week for a long time, but the tables have turned on the young Russian lately. He was one of the biggest contributors to the above cited profits of others, dropping $555,000 on the virtual felt.
Cort ‘thecortster’ Kibler-Melby did not have a much better time either, as this week saw him leave $451k behind on the green felt. Ben Tollerene made up a little of what he had lost to 'Denoking,' but still ended the week with $435k in the red. Finally, another Alex, ‘Alexonmoon’ Luneau, lost $260,000 to wrap things up.
The most important part: railbirds had a lot to enjoy over the past week and we hope this trend continues. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom was not around to play, as he was reportedly first in Macau and is now involved in the Unibet Golden Cash Game, exchanging play on the virtual felt for the more old-fashioned one made of cozy plush.
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