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High-Stakes in 2010: A Slow Start
2010 has been here for almost a week now, but the online high-stakes action has yet to be kicked into gear.
After making over $8.9 million to earn the title as the year’s top earner, Patrik Antonius has been taking a break from the online high-stakes world. How long of a break he plans to take is unknown, but chances are you’ll see him back at the tables sooner rather than later.
As of this morning, Richard Ashby sits as the largest online earner of the year so far with just over $221k.
But in a virtual tie for first sits Brian Hastings with $220k. Hastings, who made an astounding $4.2 million in a single session against Isildur1 near the end of last year, could very well become one of the most prolific online players in 2010 considering the roll he's starting with.
Just like in 2009, Gus Hansen started off his year in the black, having earned almost $160k since New Year's Eve.
It won’t be surprising to see Hansen attempt to add to his profits while splashing around at the nose-bleed 7-Game tables over the next couple of months.
The two more players to have earned over $100k on the year are Di “Urindanger” Dang and geoff7878.
Topping the list as the year’s largest loser is Andrew “Browndog19” Brown with almost $300k in losses. In second place sits a relatively unknown player named bixiu, down $262k.
Other notable players to make the top 10 list for losses include Rafi “howisitfeellike” Amit (-$157k), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$107k), DIN_FRU; rumored to be Erik Sagstrom (-$94k), Eli Elezra (-$82k) and Cole South (-$78k).
With both Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan down in the Caribbean for the PCA, it might be a few more days before we see any real baller action online.
Below you can find three of the largest hands of the year, to see more hands from this year and last, head to MarketPulse.