High-Stakes Report: Heinecker and Alaei Make Dominant Returns

Daniel Alaei
No form of poker Alaei can't beat.

First the WCOOP, now the APAC.

High-stakes regulars have had reason to be a little distracted from the nosebleed online tables lately.

Still the action carried on without them with major battles last week between SanIker and Niklas Heinecker and between Daniel steamraise Alaei and PimpyLimpy.

Heinecker Crushes SanIker in All-German Duel

"Where are they?" the railbirds asked last week, talking about players like Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn, Alexandre alexonmoon Luneau and Chun samrostan Lei Zhou.

More familiar, on the other hand, were the absences of Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey and Phil Galfond.

With so many regulars elsewhere Niklas ragen70 Heinecker seemingly decided to pick up his winning streak from last year.

Heinecker: Now up $8m.

Heinecker was the most dominant online poker player of 2013. He carried that on into the first couple months of 2014 when he won another $1.5 million before almost stopping playing completely.

But when his former roommate Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby lost badly to SanIker recently Heinecker thought his time had come.

For two days he and SanIker battled it out on the 2-7 Triple draw tables and, at the end of it, Heinecker was $300k richer.

Consequently Heinecker took first place on the weekly leaderboard while SanIker came in last. Ragen70 has now made almost $8m within the last 18 months.

This makes him one of the most successful online cash game players of all time.

Daniel Alaei Returns as Steamraise

The second best player of the week was a rare visitor at the nosebleed tables. Daniel steamraise Alaei had been seen only once this year, when he played as FakeSky on Full Tilt Poker. At the time he won $130k and then disappeared for good.

Now PimpyLimpy from Croatia became the victim of the American’s biggest upswing so far. They were playing $50/$100 PLO heads-up and Alaei, who is only 30 years old but a true veteran in the poker world, added some extra money into his already sizeable bankroll.

The American has won $6.3 million in tournaments but he is actually considered a cash-game specialist.

For a change he moved to PLO but he still didn’t leave his opponent any chance. $200k profit meant second place in the weekly results whereas PimpyLimpy found himself on the lower end

Biggest Pot of the Week

In a week devoid of much action the largest hand wasn’t as large as it usually is. The opponents were the Bosnian Swede Denis Denoking Bahonjic and German player SanIker.

The game was $50/$100 No-Limit Hold’em. After a raise from Denoking and a call from SanIker the pot was a mere $500. The flop came


After Saniker checked Denoking bet $450, which the German raised to $1,400. Denoking called. The turn was the


Another unusual round of betting ensued. Now SanIker took the lead with a bet of $2,500 which Denoking raised to $6,000. SanIker called. On the river


all the money went into the middle. SanIker pushed with his last $16k and Denoking called it off. It must have been a rude awakening for him as the German showed


for a flush. Denoking mucked his hand without showing.

The pot was worth $50k, which makes it the smallest "biggest pot" we’ve had this year.

Viktor Blom
Still somehow managed to lose $100k.

Biggest Winners of the Week

  • Niklas ragen70 Heinecker: $+303,816
  • Daniel steamraise Alaei: $+209,557
  • WithColor: $+77,685
  • Faith#1Virtu: $+75,205
  • Dennis Denoking Bahonjic: $+69,546

Biggest Losers of the Week

  • SanIker: $-238,588
  • PimpyLimpy: $-193,603
  • ImagineKing: $-125,016
  • Ravenswood13: $-104,724
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-94,695

Biggest Winners in 2014

  • Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+3,624,876
  • Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+2,809,789
  • Alexandre alexonmoon Luneau: $+2,542,194
  • Mikael Punting-Peddler Thuritz: $+2,282,330
  • Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+2,108,549

Biggest Losers in 2014

  • Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-6,659,033
  • Gus Hansen: $-5,522,853
  • Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $-2,382,005
  • Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-2,275,318
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,604,948

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