The Online Railbird Report: "longerpig" Wins $710K, Sahamies Drops $445K

  • Chad HollowayChad Holloway
Ilari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies

The online high-stakes cash games at PokerStars have certainly picked up lately. Last week, “Phisherman36” lost a staggering $775K, while Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies won a healthy $492K. Phisherman36 was nowhere to be found late in the week, and Sahamies likely wishes he’d stayed away because he lost almost all his hard-earned winnings.

It took Sahamies just 1,724 hands spread across 39 sessions to lose $445,365, enough to make him the week’s biggest loser. Close behind was “kaju85,” who played 6,061 hands across 57 sessions and dropped $428,034, most of which went to the week’s biggest winner, “longerpig.”

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen anyone win more than $700,000, but that’s exactly what “longerpig” did this week, banking $710,798 in 14,109 hands across 126 sessions. That was quite a bit more than next biggest winner, Terje “Terken89” Augdal, who won $280,097 in 8,192 hands.

Here’s a look at some of the more interesting hands and story lines from the past week of online action:

The $200/$400 PLO Games Roll Into New Week

The big $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha games we told you about in last week’s Online Railbird Report rolled right on into the new week with a big game on Wednesday, July 18. “Mickan1984” and Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen emerged as the two biggest winners on that day, banking $160.6K and $117K, respectively.

Also involved in the action was Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies, who had an up-and-down day but eventually finished just about even, and “Phisherman36,” who was the day’s biggest loser after dropping $337.5K.

In the biggest pot of the day, which happened at a six-handed table, action folded around to “Phisherman36” ($106,360.80) on the button and he raised to $1,200. “Mickan1984” ($46,151) made the call from the small blind, and Sahamies ($226,856.10) three-bet to $5,280 from the big blind. After the other two players called, the flop fell {10-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Action checked to “Phisherman36,” who bet $8,800. “Mickan1984” got out of the way, Sahamies made the call, and the {8-Diamonds} appeared on the turn.

Again Sahamies check-called a bet, this time $24,200, and the {3-Diamonds} was put out on the river. Sahamies checked for a third time, but quickly called when “Phisherman36” shoved his last $68,080.80. “Phisherman36” rolled over {3-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{10-Clubs} for tens full of threes, but it was no good against Sahamies' {10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{A-Spades} for a better full house. The $218,317 pot went to the Fin.

In the second biggest pot of the day, action was heads-up when “Phisherman36” ($188,068) raised to $1,160 on the button and then called when Sahamies ($79,984) made it $4,240 to go from the big blind. “Phisherman36” took the initiative and led out for $6,800 on the {2-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop, Sahamies called, and the {K-Hearts} came on the turn.

“Phisherman36” kept the pressure on with a $17,800 bet, Sahamies called, and the {Q-Clubs} peeled off on the river. “Phisherman36” pushed out a bet of $57,838, which inspired Sahamies to call off with {5-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{9-Spades} for the nuts. “Phisherman36” showed {5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and watched the $159,966 pushed to his opponent.

In “Mickan1984’s” biggest hand, action was once again six-handed when action folded around to him on the button. He promptly called $400, Sahamies ($284,266.71) raised to $2,080 from the small blind, and the big blind got out of the way. A call was made and it was heads-up action to the {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop, which saw Sahamies bet $4,000 and “mickan1984” raise to $12,000. Sahamies pushed back to the tune of $41,035, “mickan1984" called, and it was off to the {5-Diamonds} turn. This time Sahamies slowed down with a check and then ended up conceding the $87,105 in the pot when “mickan1984” shoved for $86,516.

Augdal Books a Win; Sahamies Slides in Thursday Action

On Thursday, July 19, Terje “Terken89” Augdal finished as the day’s biggest winner with $189K in profit, a welcomed win after having lost more than $500K the week before. The Norwegian pro’s win came in just 215 hands at $200/$400 PLO, while the day’s biggest loser, Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies, dropped $329K in 429 hands.

In the day’s biggest hand, action was three-handed when Augdal ($67,365) opened for $800 on the button and then called a three-bet to $2,600 from Sahamies ($46,665) in the big blind. When the flop came down {9-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, Sahamies led out for $4,000, Augdal raised to $17,395, and the Fin made the call, bringing about the {6-Clubs} turn. Sahamies proceeded to ship his last $26,670 and Augdal called.

Showdown

Sahamies{A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}
Augdal{Q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}

Sahamies held the nuts when the money went in, but the {Q-Hearts} spiked on the river to give Augdal a full house and the $93,525 pot.

In another notable hand, action was three-handed when Augdal ($51,394.40) opened for $800 on the button only to have Sahamies ($34,123) three-bet to $2,800 from the small blind. “GVOZDIKA55” ($12,000) made the call from the big, Augdal put in $2,000 more, and everyone saw the {7-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{10-Clubs} flop.

Sahamies was first to act and led out for $8,395, “GVOZDIKA55” moved all in for $9,200, and Augdal three-bet to $44,390. Sahamies called off his remaining $22,928 and the cards were turned up.

Showdown

Sahamies{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}
Augdal{Q-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}
“GVOZDIKA55”{K-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}

Everyone had flopped a pair and some sort of straight draw, but it’d be the {5-Diamonds} turn that gave Augdal the nuts. The {A-Spades} river didn’t change anything and Augdal was pushed the $80,241 pot.

“EireAbu” Back Up Over $3 Million for 2012

Sunday saw “EireAbu” continue his winnings ways with a $154K win, enough to make him the day’s biggest winner and lift him back up to $3.1 million in yearly winnings. What makes that number especially impressive is that the highest stakes he’s played all year has been $50/$100 PLO.

With that said, it was at the $25/$50 tables that he faced off against Rui “PepperoniF” Cao and Sander “Berndsen12” Berndsen in heads-up matches. In the first, “EireAbu” played 1,150 hands over 90 minutes and took $96K from Cao. Against the second match, “EireAbu” added another $50K to his profits in an hour.

In the biggest hand of the day, “EireAbu” ($52,961.75) raised to $300 on the button only to have Berndsen ($30,474) three-bet to $940. “EireAbu” responded with a four-bet to $2,860, Berndsen called, and the flop fell {6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. Berndsen checked, “EireAbu” bet $3,200, Berndsen check-raised to $15,358, and “EireAbu” three-bet $44,901.94. Berndsen called off his remaining $12,256, creating a $60,946 pot, and the cards were turned up:

Showdown

“EireAbu”{A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
Berndsen{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{6-Spades}{8-Spades}

“EireAbu” had flopped two pair but needed to dodge Berndsen’s various draws. The {J-Diamonds} turn was of no consequence, and neither was the {10-Clubs} river. Berndsen went on to lose $51.9K on the day, still behind Cao's $96.3K loss.

“longerpig” Dismantels “kaju85” to the Tune of $444K

After finishing as Monday’s biggest winner with a $144.3K win, “longerpig” was back at it on Wednesday when he took on “kaju85” at $50/$100 PLO. The two played nearly 4,000 hands and to say it went “longerpig’s” way would be an understatement because he maintained the lead throughout the eight-hour match.

When “kaju85” finally quit, he was down a monstrous $533K, a small portion of which went to a third party when the game briefly ran three- and four-handed. The win was “longerpig's” biggest ever on PokerStars. Here’s a look at his three biggest hands:

Hand #1: “Longerpig” ($51,390.19) raised to $250 on the button and then four-bet to $2,250 after “kaju85” ($63,290.26) had three-bet to $750. The action didn’t stop there as “kaju85” five-bet $6,750 and “longerpig” six-bet $20,250. After a call, the flop fell {6-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, and “kaju85” led out for $40,498. “Longerpig” called off his remaining $31,140.20, creating a $102,778 pot, and the cards were turned up:

Showdown

“longerpig”{A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
“kaju85”{K-Spades}{K-Clubs}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}

The aces of “longerpig” had him out in front, which is where he stayed as the {3-Hearts} appeared on the turn, followed by the {9-Spades} on the river.

Hand #2: Again “longerpig” ($82,170.53) was on the button and raised to $250, and again “kaju85” ($46,571.62) three-bet to $750. “Longerpig's” four-bet to $1,250 was met with a call, and the flop came down {4-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{2-Spades}. “Kaju85” checked, “longerpig” bet $1,249, and “kaju85” check-raised to $6,245. “Longerpig” called and the {K-Diamonds} fell on the turn. “Kaju85” checked to “longerpig,” who bet $14,988. “Kaju85” responded by moving all in for $39,076.62 and “longerpig” made the call.

Showdown

“longerpig”{K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{A-Spades}
“kaju85”{Q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}

“Kaju85” had flopped two pair, but “longerpig” turned a set of kings and had the $93,141 pot locked up. The meaningless {10-Spades} was put out on the river and “longerpig” was pushed another pot.

Hand #3: This time it was “kaju85” ($39,019.26) who was on the button and he raised to $300, which “longerpig” ($155,515.10) three-bet to $900 from the big blind. From there, “kaju85” made it $2,700 to go and he then called “longerpig's” five-bet worth $8,100. The {2-Spades}{8-Spades}{K-Hearts} appeared on the flop and “longerpig” led out for $16,198. He then called when “kaju85” moved all in for $30,969.27.

Showdown

“longerpig”{A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{9-Hearts}
“kaju85”{10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}

The {10-Diamonds} turn saw “kaju85” take the lead with two pair, but the {J-Hearts} river gave “longerpig” a bigger two pair and the $78,137 pot.

Biggest Weekly PokerStars Winners/Losers

Week’s biggest winners (7/19-7/26): “longerpig” (+$710,798), Terje “Terken89” Augdal (+$280,097), “sat1337en” (+$238,852), “EireAbu” (+$232,732)

Week’s biggest losers: Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (-$445,365), “kaju85” (-$428,034), “thecorster” (-$273,553)

Year-to-date winners: “EireAbu” (+$3,332,752), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (+$2,170,528), “bernard-bb” (+$1,441,943), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$1,367,726), Alex “Kanu7” Millar (+$1,256,698)

Year-to-date losers: “Zypherin” (-$2,708,561), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$1,541,010), Benny “toweliestar” Spindler (-$862,942), “1Il|1Il|1il|” (-$759,718), Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane (-$653,514), “VietRussian” (-$562,061)

Data and hands obtained from HighStakesDB.com

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