High-Stakes Report: Ivey Rises Like a Phoenix, Wins Everywhere

Phil Ivey
Ivey rises.

Has Phil Ivey proven to be the best player, live or online, yet again this week?

Action was abuzz at the nosebleed limits last week headed by accounts Atha Cliath and Eire Abu.

Good weeks were also in the cards for SanIker, Phil Ivey and Vladimir Shchemelev.

Alexander Kostritsyn, Sebastian Ruthenberg and Alexandre Luneau, meanwhile, didn't fare as well.

Eire Abu + Atha Cliath = ?

Alex Kostritsyn
Not a good week.

In 2012 a player called Eire Abu caught the attention of both high-stakes players and railbirds.

For several months someone who had chosen the Irish words for Ireland as his nickname sat down and played thousands of hands of $50/$100 PLO.

He went on to win several hundreds of thousands of dollars, then moved up to the “real” high stakes where things went terribly wrong. He eventually disappeared from high-stakes poker in late 2012.

Over the last seven days Eire Abu has played more hands than in 2013 altogether. And that was apparently a good idea.

He won $550k last week and he is at $800k profit for 2014. He’s also become very good at 2-7 Triple Draw and Mixed Games.

His success has revived speculation about who Eire Abu really is.

Again this week it was Alexander Kostritsyn who had to give up significant bits of his bankroll. Although he did make a small profit as PostFlopAction on Full Tilt as joiso on PokerStars he lost half a million -- most of which went into the pockets of Eire Abu.

SanIker and Phil Ivey March On

Luneau not over the moon about last week.

Eire Abu was almost there but German player SanIker caught up with him to be the biggest winner of last week.

SanIker had had a good week and on Saturday he turned it up another notch playing 2-7 Triple Draw. It was mostly Cort Kibler-Melby who had to pay -- the second week in a row thecortster has lost money.

SanIker, on the other hand, hauled in $620k of profit to bring him back to the plus side for 2014.

Phil Ivey is moving in the same direction. Rising like a phoenix he's right on track to reinstall himself as the dominant player at the nosebleeds.

No matter what game it is – Mixed Games, FL08, NLHE, or 2-7 TD – Ivey is everywhere and he’s winning everywhere. Last week it was to the tune of $500k.

French player Alexandre Luneau and German counterpart Sebastian Ruthenberg, on the other hand, kept on sliding. Both had a pretty good start to the year but then things started to slip. Over the last seven days both players lost about $300k.

Biggest Pot of the Week

Swedish-Bosnian pro Denis Denoking Bahonjic and Ben Bttech86 Tollerene were responsible for the biggest hand of the week and the game was No-Limit Hold’em.

They were playing heads-up and the stakes were $200/$400. The raising war started pre-flop - Denoking began with a raise to $1k and Tollerene responded with a 3-bet to $3,600.

Bahonjic called and the pot had already grown to over $7k before the first community cards were dealt.

On the flop came the      

Tollerene checked and Bahonjic, also known as wilhasha, bet $9k -- more than what was in the pot. Tollerene called.

On the turn came the  

Tollerene checked, Denoking bet – this time $28k – and Tollerene called.

The river was the  

This time Denoking pushed all-in after Tollerene’s check. At showdown Denoking showed the T Q for two pair and Tollerene mucked.

$171k moved across the table and into the bankroll of Denis Bahonjic.

Biggest Winners of the Week

Phil Ivey
Ivey: Never far from return to dominance

  • SanIker: $+619,956
  • EireAbu (PS), $+548,502
  • Phil Polarizing Ivey: $+463,294
  • Vladimir GVOZDIKA55 Shemelev: $+333,929
  • Denis Denoking Bahonjic: $+167,108

Biggest Losers of the Week

  • Alexander joiso Kostritsyn (PS): $-560,553
  • Atha Cliath (FT): $-304,852
  • Sebastian taktloss47 Ruthenberg: $-299,024
  • Alexandre Alexonmoon Luneau: $-259,111
  • Elior CrazyElior Sion: $-132,525

Biggest Winners in 2014

  • Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+3,277,925
  • Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+2,807,509
  • Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+2,684,603
  • Mikael Punting-Peddler Thuritz: $+2,333,556
  • Niklas Ragen70 Heinecker: $+1,773,557

Biggest Losers in 2014

  • Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-6,659,033
  • Gus Hansen: $-5,522,853
  • Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $-1,897,911
  • Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-1,607,295
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,395,340

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