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2010 Online High-Stakes at a Glance
After two-and-a-half months of action the results on the high-stakes scene are surprising to say the least.
While it's no shock seeing Tom "durrrr" Dwan on the top of the leader board with over $3.4 million as we near the end of the first quarter of 2010, it is that Phil Ivey has barely played.
In total, Ivey has logged just 4,351 hands this year. And while he 's showing a $194,074 profit, every big name in the biggest games have played more hands.
In the meantime, Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn, winner of the 2008 Aussie Millions, has had tremendous success on Full Tilt in 2010 so far, earning over $2.2 million to put him into second place.
Kostritsyn has proved himself to be a master of mixed games, with more than $1.6 million of his profits coming from the high-stakes 7-Game tables.
But perhaps the biggest story of the year has been Cole South.
He held the profit lead with as much as $3.6 million to start the year, but a recent month-long downswing has left him with only $1.2 million of it.
The most volatile players ever to hit the digital felt made his first splash late in 2009, making over $5 million in just three days from Dwan.
Identity unknown, Isildur1 went on to play the biggest pots in online history, the largest worth over $1.3 million against Patrik Antonius, before losing that and another $2 million in just two weeks.
The majority of the losses came at the hands of Brian Hastings, including more than $4.2 million in a single session, and with the unknown Swede returning to the tables again this year, we've already seen more than one epic rematch.
Despite playing slightly more conservatively, Isildur1 has managed to go on a $3.6 million dollar swing. And even though Hastings still appears to still be getting the best of him, he's currently sitting with $422,400 in profit.
Antonius has been another shocking story.
He absolutely crushed the leader board last year, but has been unable to find his stride in 2010, down almost $3.8 million since the first of January.
In addition to his massive losses, Antonius has also been getting dismantled in the durrrr Challenge, Dwan's lead extending to almost $2 million.
Finally, since the 30-day suspension of his Full Tilt pro status, Brian Townsend has struggled to turn a profit in almost every session he has played, losing over $1.9 million so far this year.
It's anybody's guess as to what will happen over the next nine months, but the two questions most online rail birds are still hoping to have answered appear to be: When will Ivey decide to put up some numbers and just who is Isildur1?
Below are the three largest pots of the year so far. To see more hands from last night, head to MarketPulse.