High-Stakes Report: Chun Lei Zhou Turns Up Post-WSOP Heat


With the 2014 November Nine now set, the action at the nosebleed tables online has taken off again

Chinese player Chun Lei Zhou, aka “samrostan,” in particualr got back into the action at the 8-Game and Triple Draw tables and actually had a very profitable week.

On the losing end of the table, Cort Kibler-Melby had a terrible time.

“Samrostan” wins on Full Tilt and PokerStars

Some of the Malaysian-Chinese high rollers, like Paul Phua (MalACEsia) and Richard Yong, are currently in some legal hot water over allegedly running illegal betting operations in Las Vegas during the football World Cup.

Chunlei Zhou
samrostan rolls on both PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Another well known Chinese high roller, Chun Lei Zhou - better known under his online nicknames samrostan, patpatman or patpatpanda - seems to have nothing to do with it, however.

He was also in Las Vegas for the summer, playing the $50k Players Championship among other tournaments, but was free to leave and as soon as he got back home he rampaged the high-stakes tables online like never before.

The highlight, from his point of view, was last Wednesday when he won on Full Tilt and on PokerStars. The first victim of the multi-millionaire in god mode was NLHE expert Trueteller, who lost $400k within five hours in 8-Game.

Then, one after another, Viktor Blom, Alexandre Luneau and KagomeKagome – now identified as Julius Fleischer from Germany – fell victim to the man from Macau. They lost $221k to him playing 2-7 Triple Draw.

If you add up his winnings on Full Tilt and PokerStars, Chun’s overall profit last week was more than $400k - significantly more than the official weekly leaderboard winner SanIker made (see below).

Cortster Crushed, SanIker saved

After weeks of suffering the NLHE heads-up specialist with the weakness for a certain Spanish goalkeeper finally managed to turn things around.

He did so at the cost of a fellow countryman, though. For two days samrostan, Trueteller, SanIker and theCortster battled each other on $2k/$4k Triple Draw.

At first it was Trueteller who took $250k from Kibler-Melby, but 24 hours later SanIker had taken the same amount from the German-American.

SanIker ended a successful week with a profit of $250k, good enough for the top spot in the leaderboard.

Kibler-Melby, on the other hand, experienced a disaster. He lost $600k, way more than anybody else, and he cut his winnings in 2014 in half in just a single week.

It goes almost without saying that he also lost his spot in the top five winners of the year.

Biggest Hand of the Week

Two of last week’s protagonists were involved in the largest pot of the last seven days.

It happened at an $300/$600 8-Game table and the game was NLHE. It came down to a battle between Trueteller and samrostan.

Pre-flop, Trueteller raised to $1,500 and samrostan flat-called. The flop was


Samrostan checked and then called another $1,500 bet from Trueteller so both players got to see a cheap turn.


Chun Lei Zhou now took the lead and bet $4k. Trueteller, however, wanted to play a little higher and raised it to $14k. Call. The river was a highly interesting


Now samrostan checked again. Trueteller took the initiative and bet $25k only to see his opponent raise all-in with $82k. Snap-call.

At showdown, the railbirds understood why both players were so willing to risk their stacks:



The $200k pot was spilt in half.

Another solid week for Alex Luneau.

Winners of the Week

SanIker: $+287,994
Chun samrostan Lei Zhou (FT): $+229,054
Chun SamRostan Lei Zhou (PS): $+176,103
Alexandre Alexonmoon Luneau: $+153,386
Trueteller (FT): $+114,566

Losers of the Week

Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $-617,026
Ola Odd_Oddsen Amundsgaard: $-147,012
Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-144,525
Ilari Ilari_FIN Sahamies: $-141,521
Trueteller (PS): $-137,759

Biggest Winners of 2014

Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+1,652,066
Niklas Ragen70 Heinecker: $+1,463,133
Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+1,355,295
Alexandre Alexonmoon Luneau: $+1,221,706
Denoking: $+1,199,312

Biggest Losers of 2014

Gus Hansen: $-3,545,491

Chun samrostan Lei Zhou (FT): $-2,661,192
Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-1,815,817
SanIker: $-1,438,865
Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,329,949

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