The Online Railbird Report: Sahamies & Cao Return to the Virtual Felt
It was a fairly slow at the online high-stakes cash games this past week, though a couple of players formerly on sabbatical, Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies and Rui “PepperoniF” Cao, both returned to the virtual felt, albeit with varying results.
It had been awhile since Sahamies amused the high-stakes railbirds, and he probably wishes he had waited a bit longer before returning as he ended up the week’s biggest loser, dropping -$151,251 in 4,425 hands spread across 48 sessions. The only other player to lose even close to that amount, and the only other player to lose $100K+, was “longerpig,” who dropped -$141,258 in 24 sessions/1,936.
On the flip side of things, “EireAbu” continued to thrive in 2012 by extending his lead on the yearly leaderboard by an additional +$144,596, which he did in 36 sessions/3,766 hands. That was enough to make him the week’s biggest winner, though both “Phisherman36” (+$140,514 in 21 sessions/2,910 hands) and Cao (+$134,878 in 50 sessions/6,231 hands) were close behind. Likewise, Alex “Kanu7” Millar was another big winner, rounding out the top four after banking +$126,079 in 9 sessions/2,219 hands.
Here’s a look at some of the more interesting hands and storylines from the past week of online high-stakes action.
Sulsky vs. Millar in Friday Foray
On Friday, June 22, Alex “Kanu7” Millar and Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky played two matches. In the first, Millar won $34K, but in the latter, which was a two-hour session played at $100/$200 no-limit hold’em, Sulsky battled back and banked a much more impressive $220K.
In their largest hand, Sulsky ($63,838.59) raised to $400 on the button and was met with a three-bet to $1,600 by Millar ($22,396) in the big blind. Sulsky responded by four-betting $4,000, Millar moved all in for $22,496, and Sulsky made the call.
With $44,790 on the line, it was a cooler for Millar to run the second-best hand into the best. With that said, the flop reversed his fortune as he made trips and took a commanding lead. Neither the turn nor river brought an ace for Sulsky and Millar was pushed sizeable pot.
Despite losing that hand, Sulsky ended up finishing the day with +$100K in profit, which was second only to Rui “PepperoniF” Cao, who won $166K playing 9,825 hands of heads-up $25/$50 pot-limit Omaha against “rickv17.” Even though he one the aforementioned hand, Millar ended the day as biggest loser (-$195K).
Slow Saturday Sees Sahamies Top Leaderboard
Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies has been absent from the virtual felt in recent weeks, but that changed on Saturday, June 23, when he found success at the $50/$100 PLO tables; in fact, he ended as the day’s biggest winner with +$69K in profit, most of which came courtesy of “EireAbu,” who would be labeled the biggest loser after dropping -$64K.
In the biggest pot the two would play, Sahamies ($31,648) raised to $340 from the button and then called a three-bet to $1,060 by “EireAbu” ($35,674). The flop saw “EireAbu” lead out for $1,300 only to have Sahamies raise to $3,300. Not to be outdone, “EireAbu” three-bet $6,800, Sahamies just called, and the appeared on the turn.
Again “EireAbu” led out, this time for $4,000, Sahamies called, and the peeled off on the river. At that point, “EireAbu” simply moved all in and Sahamies called off for $19,788. The former rolled over for sevens and fours, which was no good against the of Sahamies. Ship the $63,294 pot to the Fin.
“EireAbu” Rebounds on Sunday, Adds to Yearly Lead
A day after dropping -$64,000 and finishing as the biggest loser, “EireAbu” rebounded to win +$103,500 and finish as Sunday’s biggest winner. Over the course of four hours, and 762 hands, “EireAbu” took on some online regulars and won two of the day’s top four pots.
In one of those hands, action was three-handed when Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies ($24,930) opened for $400 on the button, Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov folded the small blind, and “EireAbu” ($80,802.49) three-bet to $1,310 from the big. Sahamies responded by making it $4,440, “EireAbu” five-bet $12,230, Sahamies called, and the flop came down . “EireAbu” led out for $19,899.27 and Sahamies called off for $12,700.
Sahamies held two pair, but he’d need to pair one of them to overcome the flush of “EireAbu.” Unfortunately for him, the turn was no help, and neither was the river. With that, the Irishman was pushed the $49,890 pot.
In another hand, action was heads-up between “EireAbu” ($24,274) and Sahamies ($41,092) when the former opened for $300 on the button and was met with a three-bet to $940 from the latter. “EireAbu” made the call and then raised Sahamies’ $1,200 bet on the flop up to $3,200. Sahamies countered with a three-bet to $11,518, “EireAbu” moved all in for $23,334, and Sahamies made the call.
Sahamies had flopped a pair of eights with an open-ended straight draw and an ace-high flush draw, but he was behind “EireAbu’s” straight. The turn gave “EireAbu” an even better straight, but it’d be the on the river that would give him the $48,548 pot.
While he lost those two big pots, Sahamies did manage to snag the day’s biggest pot. It happened when action was five-handed and Ignat “0Human0” Liviu ($36,756) opened for $300 from the cutoff. “EireAbu” ($36,575) then three-bet to $1,100 from the small blind, Sahamies ($26,842) four-bet $3,700 from the big, two calls ensued, and the flop came out .
“EireAbu” checked, Sahamies bet $4,000, and Liviu made the call. After “EireAbu” got out of the way, the was put out on the turn and Sahamies shipped all in for $19,142, which Liviu called. The river completed the board and Sahamies rolled over for a Broadway straight. Liviu simply mucked and Sahamies was awarded the $57,439 pot. Even so, Sahamies would go on to finish -$71.7K down on the day, second only to “Katya_18,” who dropped -$85.7K playing $50/$100 NLHE.
Cao Tops Daily Leaderboard on a Slow Monday
Monday was a fairly slow day, but that didn’t stop Rui “PepperoniF” Cao from playing some $25/$50 and $50/$100 PLO. While he lost in the former to “EireAbu,” he managed to win over $50K from Sander “Berndsen12” Berndsen in the latter. What’s more, he did it in just 30 minutes during an evening session.
In their biggest pot, Berndsen ($15,076.75) opened for $300 on the button and then called a three-bet of $900 from Cao ($31,177.75). The flop saw Cao bet $1,000, Berndsen call, and the come out on the turn. This time Cao checked, Berndsen bet $2,400, and Cao check-raised to $10,998. Berndsen simply moved all in for $13,176.75 and Cao called the additional $2,178.75.
Berndsen was actually ahead with his pair of tens, though he was no doubt relying on his straight and flush outs. With that said, Cao held straight and flush draws of his own, so the river was likely to change things. That’s exactly what happened when the appeared, giving Cao the said straight and the $30,152 pot.
Cao would finish the day as the biggest winner with +$66K in profit, while Berndsen would end up losing -$59.8K, behind only Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (-$84.4K) and Theo “Theo J” Jorgensen (-$61.7K).
Biggest Weekly PokerStars Winners/Losers
Week’s biggest winners (6/21-6/27): “EireAbu” ($144,596), “Phisherman36” (+$140,514), Rui “PepperoniF” Cao (+$134,878), Alex “Kanu7” Millar (+$126,079))
Week’s biggest losers: Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (-$151,251), “longerpig” (-$141,258)
Year-to-date winners: “EireAbu” (+$2,657,088), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (+$2,265,790), “bernard-bb” (+$1,371,768), Alex “Kanu7” Millar (+$1,144,790), “Phisherman36” (+$1,113,887), Terje “Terken89” Augdal (+$1,050,535), Phil “MrSweets” Galfond (+$1,029,005), Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker (+$1,026,198), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$1,018,559)
Year-to-date losers: “Zypherin” (-$2,708,561), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$1,477,197), “1Il|1Il|1il|” (-$761,767), Benny “toweliestar” Spindler (-$739,951), Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane (-$720,623), Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (-$644,739), “VietRussian” (-$562,061)
Data and hands obtained from HighStakesDB.com