High-Stakes Report: "TheCortster" Reaches $3 Million Mark

Alex Luneau ran into Cort "TheCortster" Kibler-Melby this week.

Alexandre Luneau and Cort Kibler-Melby have stepped in as players to watch in the high-stakes games on Full Tilt Poker after the departure of Gus Hansen and Vitor Blom.

Luneau proved to be the biggest “investor” last week and nobody profited more from that than Cort Kibler-Melby.

With almost $700k winnings last week the German-American player is now up to almost $3m in profit for this year.

Luneau Owns Kagome, thecortster Owns Luneau

Early last week we suspected something big was going to happen and large amounts of money would be won and lost. We were right.

It began with a duel between Alexandre alexonmoon Luneau vs Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer. The Frenchman living in London took everything the German had taken from him earlier within a six-hour session: $550k at $2k/$4k 2-7 Triple Draw.

Alex Kostritsyn
Alexander Kostritsyn still tops the profit charts.

Unfortunately, Luneau’s good run didn’t last long. Only 24 hours later, he met the current best player in 2-7 Triple Draw: German-American player Cort Kibler-Melby.

They played three sessions and at the end of them Kibler-Melby had $600k in his bankroll.

That was enough to make him by far the most profitable player of the week. Over 2014 he's now amassed almost $3m, making him the #2, right behind Alexander Kostritsyn.

Almost all of his winnings come from 2-7 Triple Draw, a game he is dominating like no other player this year.

His buddies and former roommates Sebastian Ruthenberg, Niklas Heinecker, Philipp Gruissem and Fabian Quoss should be pretty happy, too, as it is not too far-fetched to assume they not only analyze poker together but also swap shares.

Luneau, on the other hand, dropped out of the top 5 earners in 2014 for the first time. His swings over the last two weeks have been reminiscent of Viktor Blom.

He still has $1.2m of profit in the bank, though -- enough to keep fueling the online high-stakes fire.

Kostritsyn vs Ivey – the Kings of Mixed Games

Phil Ivey
Some vintage Phil Ivey.

Today the high-stakes world is divided between players who solely play draw games while others prefer mixed games, Omaha, and Hold’em.

One player who has recently become more active again is none other than Phil Ivey. And it is very likely that he hasn’t had an upswing like last week since Black Friday.

Carlooo13, whose identity still hasn’t been revealed, suffered the most from the recent success of Polarizing.

The American won almost $400k and it felt like this was the beginning of a wild battle. KagomeKagome took another bite out of Alexandre Luneau’s bankroll and then gave it all away to Trueteller and BigBadBoss, among others.

Ivey lost to Kyle KPR16 Ray in FL08 and to Kostritsyn in Mixed Games. His duel against the Russian was a particularly fiery game with several pots worth over $100,000.

At the end of the week the best live all-round player and the best online all-round player were pretty even with Kostritsyn at a small advantage.

Largest Pot of the Week

The 10 biggest hands of the week were all played between Kostritsyn and Ivey. They were playing 8-Game $200/$400 and the largest pot was generated in NLHE.

After a raise and a re-raise, there was $5,600 in the pot and the flop fell


Ivey took the lead with a bet of $4k and Kostritsyn raised it up to $12k. Ivey called. The turn was the


and now things became interesting. Ivey checked his turn, Kostritsyn bet $22k and then Ivey check-raised to $62k.

Kostritsyn made the call and now both players were left with a little more than $70k. The river was the


And then we saw what has become a rare move in high stakes poker. Ivey checked again. Kostritsyn then bet a tiny $4k, which Ivey just called.


Phil Ivey:    

Alexander Kostritsyn:    

Kostritsyn was betting his outs on flop and turn, while Ivey probably had a lot of respect for the river, putting out possible full houses and a potential flush. Still, he had top two pair and won the biggest pot of the week, worth $162k.

Biggest Winners of the Week

Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby, $+681.137

Trueteller: $+192.133

Sergej St1ckman Vasiliev: $+163.174

BigBadBoss: $+150.089

Kyle KPR16 Ray: $+134.894

Losers of the Week

Alexandre Alexonmoon Luneau: $-502.036

Carlooo13: $-381.140

sat1337en: $-108.771

flippie123: $-101.746

Alex IReadYrSoul Millar: $-98.052

Biggest Winners in 2014

Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+3.700.889

Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+2.907.602

Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+2.807.509

Mikael Punting-Peddler Thuritz: $+2.571.235

Niklas Ragen70 Heinecker: $+1.773.557

Biggest Losers in 2014

Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-6.659.033

Gus Hansen: $-5.522.853

Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-2.383.772

Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $-1.950.605

Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1.395.340


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