Phil Ivey was once again the biggest loser in the high-stakes games online last week with a total of $695k in damage.
At this rate Ivey may even overtake Gus Hansen as the year's biggest loser before the WSOP.
Cates, Jedlicka Among Big SCOOP Winners
The Spring Championship of Online Poker has been running on PokerStars for a week now and the list of winners shows an amazing array of well-known players.
Will bad habits catch up to Kostritsyn?
Anette Obrestad, Sorel Mizzi and Phil Galfond made final-table appearances and both Dan "Jungleman12" Cates and Niki "Kaibuxxe" Jedlicka won titles.
Meanwhile the nosebleed cash tables online were dominated by cash-game specialists like Alexander Kostritsyn, who crushed the 8-Game and Triple Draw tables and won about $628k.
Hansen, Hac "trex313" Dang and Ivey were on the paying end of the line and all three made the top 5 of the biggest losers of the week.
Since he won the Aussie Millions in 2008 Kostritsyn counts as one of the biggest talents in Russian poker, although he's been known to make some of the same mistakes as high-stakes lightning rod Viktor "Isildur1" Blom.
He plays sessions that are far too long, goes on tilt easily, plays too aggressively and makes less than optimal table selections. Can he win in the long run? Only time will tell.
Biggest Pot of the Week
The biggest tracked hand of the week played out in No-Limit Hold’em.
The blinds were $300/$600 and at the table were Christoph "tight-man1" Vogelsang (SB), Call_911 (BB), Paul "MalACEsia" Phua, JohnRTurk, proudlikeagoat and trueteller.
Trueteller, by the way, won the second-, third- and fourth-biggest pots of the week and rumor has it that German Johannes Strassmann could be the man behind the name.
The action developed pre-flop. At first Phua wanted to get involved in this hand but when Call_911 and proudlikeagoat started a raising war, he thought better of it.
All in all Call_911 and proudlikeagoat moved $170k into the middle, and the board was dealt twice.
And these were the hands the two players showed:
Obviously Call_911 was already a major favorite before the board but then he also hit his set twice and made very sure to win the whole $170k.
Biggest Winners of the Week:
Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+628,606
Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+428,820
Alexandre Alexonmoon Luneau: $+323,903
Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+299,024
Sebastian taktloss47 Ruthenberg: $+284,516
Biggest Losers of the Week:
Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-695,039
Kyle KPR16 Ray: $-551,860
Hac trex313 Dang: $-389,228
Gus Hansen: $-261,422
Paul MalACEsia Phua: $-243,201
Biggest winner online and a SCOOP title? 2014 could be year of the Jungleman.
Biggest Winners in 2014:
Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+1,389,845
Niklas Ragen70 Heinecker: $+1,367,218
Niki Jedlicka: $+1,219,628
Patrik FinddaGrind Antonius: $+987,671
Alexandre Alexonmoon Luneau: $+813,327
Biggest Losers in 2014:
Gus Hansen: $-3,019,253
Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-2,770,305
Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-2,367,039
Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-884.215