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The Online Railbird Report: Blom Drops $661,949 in Slow Week; $100K PLO Showdown?

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It was an uncharacteristically slow week at the high-stakes cash games on Full Tilt Poker this week, and that came as quite the surprise seeing as the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) XXII was in full swing. Both FTP and PokerStars produced some big winners and losers, but not on the scale railbirds have become accustomed to in 2013.

For instance, the week’s biggest winner was “Sanlker”, who won $469,770 in 1,949 hands over 12 sessions on FTP. While that’s a huge score to most people, it isn’t a million-dollar swing like we’ve seen from Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in the past. Speaking of Blom, the Swede actually finished as the week’s biggest loser after dropping $661,949 in 3,270 hands over 28 sessions — essentially wiping out the $763,306 he had won the week before.

Other big winners on FTP included Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (+$274,075 in 9 sessions/399 hands), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$259,062 in 3 sessions/286 hands) and Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$193,408 in 9 sessions/681 hands). Meanwhile, Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen was the biggest winner over on PokerStars, banking $290,518 in 6,164 hands over 78 sessions.

Kyllönen Wins $159,800 in Sunday Action

After an excruciatingly slow weekend, the $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha games ran for approximately four hours on Sunday night. Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen was the biggest winner in that game by profiting $159,800 against the likes of Niki “RealAndyBeal” Jedlicka and “1Il|1Il|1il|” (rumored to be Hac Dang), with the latter dropping $212,000 and finishing as the day’s biggest loser.

In the session’s largest pot, action was six handed when Kyllönen ($51,925.05) opened for $860 from the hijack, and “1Il|1Il|1il|” ($90,771.75) three-bet to 2,980 from the small blind. Kyllönen responded by making it $10,200 to go, “1Il|1Il|1il|” called, and the flop came down the {7-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}. “1Il|1Il|1il|” led out for $19,075 and then called when Kyllönen moved all in for $41,725.05.

Kyllönen: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
“1Il|1Il|1il|”: {10-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{9-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

“1Il|1Il|1il|” had flopped a wrap, but Kyllönen was ahead with aces and the nut-flush draw. The {3-Diamonds} turn gave “1Il|1Il|1il|” a flush draw of his own, but the {6-Spades} river failed to complete it. Ship the $104,245 pot to Kyllönen.

While that pot was nice, it wasn’t the day’s biggest, which took place at a $300/$600 no-limit hold’em table where Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and “KidPoker705” played less than 100 hands. In the hand, “KidPoker705” ($70,683.50) opened for $2,400 on the button and Cates ($118,688) called, leading to a {3-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop. Cates proceeded to check-call a bet of $3,000 and then checked the {2-Clubs} turn. “KidPoker705” fired out $4,800, Cates check-raised to $13,200, and “KidPoker705” three-bet to $28,800. Cates just called and the {K-Spades} completed the board on the river. Cates check-called “KidPoker705’s” all-in bet of $36,483.50 with the {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}, and it was good enough to win the $141,367 pot as “KidPoker705” was bluffing with the {10-Spades}{9-Spades}.

“KidPoker705” ended up losing a tad more than $100,000 in the match.

Blom Fuels Monday Action

On Monday, March 25, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom reappeared at the high-stakes tables on FTP and the sharks followed. The Swede ended up losing $209,000 to “SallyWoo” in a two-hour session of fixed-limit Omaha hi/lo (FLO8), and then opened up two $500/$1,000 no-limit hold’em tables ($30,000 cap per player) to take on “Sanlker” and two tables of $500/$1,000 PLO ($40,000 cap per player) to square off against Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene. Blom dropped $271,000 in approximately 1,200 hands in the former match and $95,000 in the latter.

“Sanlker” went on to finish as the day’s biggest winner with a $270,900 win, and “SallyWoo”, who dropped $1,079,216 and finished as the week’s biggest loser the week prior, went on to finish the week with $187,119 in profit. Meanwhile, Blom dropped $539,400 and took the infamous honor of the day’s biggest loser.

“duubadaaba” Prevails on PokerStars

There was no high-stakes action to be had on FTP on Tuesday, which meant PokerStars was the place to play. That said, it was still a relatively slow day as “duubadaaba” finished as the day’s biggest winner with $99,400 at the PLO tables. Other PokerStars winners included “guts=glury” (+$52,700), “Trueteller” (+$51,300) and Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$49,600).

Surprisingly, “duubadaaba” wasn’t involved in the day’s biggest pot, which took place at a $200/$400 no-limit hold’em table and went to “Trueteller”:

Is a $100,000 PLO All-Star Showdown Coming to PokerStars?

That's the rumor in the forums and one perpetuated by Ashton Griffin's recent Tweet:

Ashton GriffinPlaying in this 100k 1 vs 1 pot limit omaha tourney in April. Should get about 8-12 players. I'm a big favorite to be the rustiest player.

Rumor has it PokerStars has contacted their high-stakes PLO players via email to gauge their interest in a $100,000 buy-in All-Star Showdown. The following supposed email was posted on 2+2 by "RaineTech":

"Dear Players,

I am writing this mail to everyone who has played in our highest PLO games during 2012 because I would like to hear from you regarding a possible All-Star Showdown for PLO. For those of you who don’t know, the All-Star Showdown is a Cash-Game style tournament where the participants play Heads-Up matches over four simultaneous tables. It is rake free, and players have to reveal their real names.

We just recently finished the Hold’em version of this tournament ( and felt that we learned a lot from that experience. The PLO version will be very similar, but we will try to avoid having players at the tables for 17 hours stretches as we did last time around.

So, for now we have a couple of questions. Would you be interested in playing in such a tournament with $100K buyin, and secondly, would April 2013 be a good period for it?

Best Regards


Poker Room Management"

PokerNews will keep you update if and when details surrounding the $100,000 PLO All-Star Showdown are release.

Biggest Winners/Losers (Full Tilt Poker)

Week’s biggest winners (3/21-3/27): “Sanlker” (+$469,770), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen* (+$290,518), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (+$274,075), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$259,062), “Trueteller”* (+$195,403), Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$193,408), “SallyWoo” (+$187,119)

Week’s biggest losers: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$661,949), “samrostan” (-$387,635), “fish2013”* (-$293,642), “5tgb6yhn7”* (-$218,171), Randy “nanonoko” Lew* (-$205,205), “Odd_Oddsen”* (-$134,410)

Year’s biggest winners: Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$3,690,974), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (+$3,401,398), Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (+$1,936,332), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (+$1,797,335), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$1,516,297), Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (+$1,084,904), Hac “1Il|1Il|1il|” Dang* (+$887,588), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$873763), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (+$804,329), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$717,506)

Year’s biggest losers: Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$1,904,302), Gus Hansen (-$1,745,798), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$1,577,827), “patpatpanda” (-$1,330,885), Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (-$1,220,393), “punting-peddler” (-$1,099,064), “CRAIN85” (-$925,500), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (-$826,652), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$821,040), “Johnbest” (-$793,503)

*Denotes PokerStars

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