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High-Stakes Report: Alexander Kostritsyn Can't Stop, Won't Stop
Several big poker events affected online high-stakes action in October but the real bombshell was the end of Gus Hansen and Viktor Blom as Full Tilt Professionals.
With WSOP APAC, EPT London and the WCOOP all cutting into the action the numbers were smaller than they were in September.
The most profitable player – by a mile – was Alexander Kostritsyn, playing as joiso on PokerStars and as PostFlopAction on Full Tilt.
The unidentified player SanIker from Germany had the worst month of all players online.
Action Drops Off, Then Comes Back
About $1m moved from player to player every day on the nosebleed limits in September but that number dropped by almost 50% in October.
At first, the big online and live events kept the regulars off the tables. And when the cats were away, the mice came out to play.
Relatively unknown players like HolfemJill9 and donthmlrepls dominated the tables, even if the stakes were a little lower than usual. Rare guests like Niklas ragen70 Heinecker, Daniel steamraise Alaei and Kyle KPR16 Ray also made appearances.
There were neither extremely big pots nor dramatic swings over the month. The most “reliable” players were Kostritsyn, who kept winning all the time, and heads-up specialist SanIker, who kept losing.
Kostritsyn dominated the mixed games while Saniker paid a lot on the 2-7 tables. Action dropped again when Blom and Hansen left Full Tilt but then it came back some to end the month -- contrary to what many pundits expected.
Temporarily players moved over to slightly lower limits on PokerStars but for the last few days of October big battles ensued again on Full Tilt.
Thecortster and KagomeKagome Pound on Luneau
There were two German players with a lot of success last month. Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer suffered several bad months earlier in the year, predominantly in 2-7 Triple Draw.
In October he then showed that he had improved in this very fashionable game. The majority of the money he won last month came from French Draw Poker expert Alexandre alexonmoon Luneau.
He was mostly responsible for Fleischer making the second spot in the leaderboard. Cort Kibler-Melby was also able to take money from Luneau to turn a profit in October.
But, as before, this was nothing compared to the amazing success of Kostritsyn. Even though he didn’t run that well as PostFlopAction on FullTilt he made plenty of money as joiso on PokerStars.
By the end of October almost $750k had been added to the bankroll of the 26-year-old Muscovite.
Over 2014 he has now amassed profits of almost $5m and is stepping into the footsteps of online legends like Niki Jedlicka (2007), Phil Ivey (2008), Patrik Antonius (2009), Dan Cates (2010), Gus Hansen (2011), Ben Sulsky (2012), and Niklas Heinecker (2013), who were the most successful players.
Biggest Pot of the Month
Two veritable giants of online poker were involved in the biggest hand of the month. The limits were $300/$600 PLO and Alexander Kostritsyn took on Viktor Blom.
After several raises there was already $16k in chips in the middle. The flop fell:
Surprisingly for the railbirds, both players checked the flop. The turn was the
Kostritsyn bet $32k which Blom quickly called. After the river
both players pressed the button. Kostritsyn checked first then snap-called Blom's $80k all-in bet. Blom showed
for trip tens and Kostritsyn had to muck his hand. A significant pot of over $261k was moved to Blom’s side of the table.
Biggest Winners in October
- Alexander joiso (PS) Kostritsyn, $+740,976
- Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer, $+497,539
- Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby, $+416,307
- Rui PepperoniIF Cao, $+384,486
- Kyle KPR16 Ray, $+306,437
Biggest Losers in October
- SanIker, $-990,930
- Alexandre alexonmoon Luneau, $-454,887
- Dani supernova9 Stern, $-337,687
- Phil Polarizing Ivey, $-231,440
- Elior CrazyElior Sion, $-213,566
Biggest Winners in 2014
- Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+3,741,654
- Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+2,807,509
- Mikael punting-peddler Thuritz: $+2,562,379
- Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+2,226,465
- Alexandre alexonmoon Luneau: $+1,887,223
Biggest Losers in 2014
- Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-6,659,033
- Gus Hansen: $-5,522.853
- Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-2,501,002
- Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $-1,989,146
- Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,395,340