High-Stakes Report: Kostritsyn Gives Antonius 8-Game Beatdown

Alex Kostritsyn
Kostritsyn: No mercy for Antonius

Patrik Antonius‘s long upswing finally came to an end last week at the hands of Alex "PostFlopAction" Kostritsyn, who extended his lead in the yearly rankings.

Kostritsyn lined his pockets with almost $400k of Antonius' money - the first time Antonius has suffered that big of a loss in a very long time.

Mikael Thuritz, Ben Tollerene and Cort Kibler-Melby were also big winners last week in online poker while unknown bbvisbadforme got a similar beatdown to Antonius.

Kostritsyn Gives Antonius 8-Game Lesson 

Patrik Antonius is only 33 years old but in the world of high-stakes poker he's nothing short of a veteran, if not a legend.

Patrik Antonius
Even legends have bad weeks.

Even when he's suffered long downswings in the past he's always managed to come back and show he can adapt to both the game and the players.

This year he seemed on track for another great year with $1.8 million in earnings meaning a regular spot in the top five for the year. Last week he hit a major bump in the road, however - and it happened in his favorite poker variant, 8-Game.

At first it didn’t look so bad as he played Dan "Jungleman12" Cates heads-up and won. But then Antonius succumbed to the growing force that is Alexander "PostFlopAction" Kostritsyn.

The Muscovite is also an expert in mixed games and at the moment is pretty tough to beat. For several weeks straight the 26 year old has been a consistent winner and in the yearly rankings he's already established himself in a class of his own.

In a duel that lasted only 240 hands Kostritsyn made it clear that he's the boss right now and took $240k from the Finn.

Bbvisbadforme Gets Crushed

The only player who lost even more than Patrik Antonius last week was bbvisbadforme, a player who was a regular at the tables in 2013 when Paul "MalACEsia" Phua was giving a lot of action.

He disappeared for awhile but last week he came back – and managed to lose almost $400k.

German-American player Cort Kibler-Melby had a completely different experience. For the third week in a row he managed to generate a large profit and has now moved up to the top five earners of the year.

Playing 2-7 Triple Draw he only needed 83 hands – or half an hour – to win $220k, most of which came from bbvisbadforme.

Biggest Pot of the Week

Polk gets flushed.

Just like last week the largest pot was built by Denoking and Doug "WCGRider" Polk. The two NLHE specialists kept duelling each other until Tuesday before they finally ended their session.

In this hand blinds were $200/$400 and Denoking raised to $1,800. WCGRider 3-bet to $7,200. Denoking called and already the pot was more than $14k.

The flop fell


Polk checked and played it cautiously on this street. Denoking kept it relatively small, too, and bet $9k. Call. The turn was the


and the action was repeated. WCGRider checked and then called Denoking’s bet, this time of $25k. Then the river came:


It was the fourth club on the board. Polk set aside his reserve and pushed his remaining $80k into the middle. Denoking followed suit. Showdown:



Polk is hiding his strong hand very well here, but the six of clubs on the river kills him. Denoking has no problem calling with the nut flush, which is worth a whopping $240k in this hand.

Biggest Winners of the Week

  • Mikael punting-peddler Thuritz: $+321,623
  • Ben Ben86 Tollerene (PS): $+237,748
  • Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+215,034
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $+190,145
  • Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+179,477

Biggest Losers of the Week

  • bbvisbadforme: $-389,041
  • Patrik FinddaGrind Antonius: $-386,369
  • Ravenswood13: $-177,266
  • Dan jungleman12 Cates: $-156,237
  • bixiu: $-126,164

Biggest Winners of 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 of 2014

  • Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-6,659,033
  • Gus Hansen: $-5,522,853
  • Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $-2,431,674
  • Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-2,276,313
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,510,253

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