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The Online Railbird Report: Kyle "KPR16" Ray Rebounds; Viktor Blom Wins Again

Kyle "KPR16" Ray

For the third week in a row, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom finished as online poker's biggest winner. After starting the year off dropping more than half a million, Blom has strung together three solid weeks and now sits atop the 2014 leader board with more than $1.6 million in profit.

This week, Blom managed to win $645,471 in 1,463 hands over 17 sessions, which was more than three times his nearest competitor. Meanwhile, other winners included Doug "WCGRider" Polk (+$179,714 in 6 sessions/540 hands) and Kyle "KPR16" Ray, who won $141,559 and $88,980 on Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars respectively. Even so, it was a far cry from the $753,937 Ray lost the week before.

This week, Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn finished as the week's biggest loser after dropping $290,153 in 887 hands over eight sessions. Others who finished as weekly losers were "SallyWoo" (-$257,047 in 8 sessions/1,380 hands) and "Tight-Man1" (-$186,455 in 13 sessions/1,201 hands) on Full Tilt, and "wilhasha" (-$114,989 in 15 sessions/1,073 hands) on PokerStars.

Ray Thursday's Biggest Winner on Full Tilt Poker; Loses on PokerStars

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Kyle "KPR16" Ray finished as the day's biggest winner on Full Tilt Poker with $170,000 in profit from the $200/$400 no-limit hold'em tables. Unfortunately, he was also a big loser over at PokerStars where he dropped $92,000 playing fixed limit hold'em.

On Full Tilt, Ray took on "Sanlker" at two tables over two different sessions. In the first, Ray walked away a $74,000 winner, which he followed up with an $80,000 win. It was during this time that Ray took down the day's biggest pot.

It began when Ray ($64,284) opened for $800 and then called a three-bet to $2,8000 from "Sanlker" ($46,790.50). Both players then checked the {10-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} flop, the {7-Clubs} turned, and "Sanlker" led out for $2,800. Ray popped it to $13,200, "Sanlker" called, and the {8-Spades} completed the board on the river. "Sanlker" checked and then called off his remaining $30,790.50 after Ray moved all in. Ray tabled the {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for a turned set, and it was good enough to win the $93,581 pot.

From there, Ray took on "Tight-Man1" at the $200/$400 NLHE tables and walked away a modest $16,500 winner. It was during that match that the two played the day's second-biggest pot.

Kyle "KPR16" Ray
Kyle "KPR16" Ray

In that hand, Ray ($46,564.75) opened for $800, "Tight-Man1" ($60,988) three-bet to $2,800, Ray called, and the flop came down {5-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{2-Spades}. "Tight-Man1" led out for $3,416, Ray called, and the {8-Clubs} peeled off on the turn. Again "Tight-Man1" led out, this time for $8,826.70, and again Ray called. When the {k-Diamonds} completed the board on the river, "Tight-Man1" wasted little time in moving all in and Ray called off his remaining $31,522.05. "Tight-Man1" tabled the {10-Clubs}{6-Clubs} for a missed flush, and Ray won the $93,129 with the {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} for a full house.

Ray would have booked an extremely profitable day had it not been for a $92,000 loss to "JesusLebtNOT" – known as "kagome kagome" on FTP – at the $1,000/$2,000 fixed-limit hold'em tables over at PokerStars.

Ray vs. "Tight-Man1" Round II

On Friday, Jan. 24, Kyle "KPR16" Ray and "Tight-Man1" were back at the $200/$400 NLHE tables, and over the course of three hours the former player managed to win $53,500. Here's a look at two pots from that match, which just so happened to be the two biggest of the day:

Hand #1: Ray ($67,018.90) raised to $800 and then called when "Tight-Man1" ($75,300.90) three-bet to $2,800, which brought about a flop of {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}. "Tight-Man1" proceeded to check-call a bet of $2,240, the {k-Clubs} turned, and "Tight-Man1" check-called a bet of $15,120. When the river blanked, "Tight-Man1" checked for a third time and Ray moved all in for $46,858.90. "Tight-Man1" made the call, but mucked when Ray revealed the {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} for the nuts. Ray won a pot worth $134,038.

Hand #2:

It's also worth noting that Viktor "Isildur1" Blom won $300,000 from Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn at the $1,000/$2,000 8-Game tables on Friday, enough to make him the day's biggest winner.

Ray vs. "Tight-Man1" Round III

It was fairly slow on the virtual felt last weekend; in fact, the only cash game action of note came on Sunday when Kyle "KPR16" Ray won $79,200 to finish as the day's biggest winner.

Dan “jungleman12” Cates
Dan “jungleman12” Cates

Ray, who won $79,600 on Saturday, got off to a bad start on Sunday after dropping $55,000 to Dan "jungleman12" Cates in a two-hour match at the $100/$200 NLHE table. Fortunately for him, "Tight-Man1" was looking for some action at the $200/$400 tables. The two played for nearly four hours, and during that time both players experienced some big swings. When the dust settled, Ray was up $220,000 in the match, which meant he was almost an $80,000 winner on the day.

Even though he lost, "Tight-Man1" did manage to win the day's biggest pot. It happened when "Tight-Man1" ($72,221.50) opened for $1,000 on the button and Ray ($54,767) called from the big blind. The {6-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{8-Clubs} flop saw Ray check-call a bet of $1,220, and that brought about the {9-Hearts} on the turn. Ray check-called another bet, this time $3,800, and the {J-Diamonds} appeared on the river. Ray checked, "Tight-Man1" bet $18,000, and Ray woke up with an all-in check-raise to $48,747. "Tight-Man1" called with the {10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for a straight, and it was good enough to win the $109,500 pot as Ray held an inferior straight with the {7-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}.

Blom Banks $300,400 in Tuesday Action

It's been a good month for Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, which was evidenced by a big win on Tuesday. The Swede managed to win $300,400 playing for two and a half hours of $2,000/$4,000 against "SallyWoo."

Here's a look at the biggest hand from that match:

Biggest Winners/Losers (Full Tilt Poker)

Week's Biggest Winners (1/24-1/30): Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (+$645,471), Doug "WCGRider" (+$179,714), Kyle "KPR16" Ray (+$141,559), "OtB_RedBaron"* (+$98,242), Kyle "KPR16" Ray* (+$88,980)

Week's Biggest Losers (1/24-1/30):) Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn (-$290,153), "SallyWoo" (-$257,047), "Tight-Man1" (-$186,455), "wilhasha" (-$114,989), "kagome kagome" (-$111,006)

Year's Biggest Winners: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (+$1,664,993), Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene (+$1,444,718), Doug "WCGRider" Polk (+$880,639), Isaac "luvtheWNBA" Haxton (+$397,369), "mikki696" (+$378,325), Dan "jungleman12" Cates (+$229,375)

Year's Biggest Losers: Gus Hansen (-$1,202,207), Alex "IReadYrSoul" Millar (-$659,520), "Sanlker" (-$316,646), Patrik "FinddaGrind" Antonius (-$303,590), Ben "Sauce1234" Sulsky (-$195,283)

*Denotes PokerStars

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