High-Stakes Report: Thuritz Thrives While Blom On Sabbatical

Mikael Thuritz
punting-peddler fills the void.

The main event has begun and the World Series of Poker is finally entering its stretch run after a long, hot summer

In the online high-stakes games it seems even Viktor Blom - the man of 10,000 hands in the blink of an eye - need a vacation sometimes.

Fellow Swedish player Mikael “punting-peddler” Thuritz used Blom’s break to take a couple of steps up online, though, and “Denoking” and “SanIker” kept on battling..

Thuritz Makes Biggest Profit

A “punting peddler” is something like a successful travelling merchant. Mikael Thuritz, now in his thirties, deserves his online nickname, because that’s exactly what he is.

Mikael Thuritz
A winner everywhere he's played.

Thuritz has been in the game since the early 2000s and he’s generally been just as busy as he is successful.

He made it as a live player in Las Vegas, he prevailed in the high-stakes games in Macau and for the last three or four months he’s been running hot at the online tables.

In 2013, Thuritz was paying more than he was earning in the online games – almost a million dollars – but now it seems he’s found his stride.

Within the last seven days he made a profit of $160k. Over the current year Thuritz has already made $700k+ which puts the Swede close to the top 5 earners of 2014.

Ding, Ding! New round for Denoking vs SanIker

When Blom is away, other experts come out to play.

The still unknown Denoking and SanIker have entered another round of their ongoing NLHE heads-up duel and made sure that there was some action for the railbirds.

Again, these two generated the biggest pots of the week and it was again Denoking who emerged victorious. SanIker had to settle for the bottom of the leaderboard.

Biggest Pot of the Week

At the moment it seems like SanIker und Denoking seem to have subscribed to playing the largest hand of the week.

This week’s hand will show you that their duel is really heating up -- or is it just the heat outside?

The game was NLHE heads-up $200/$400 and the hand started with SanIker raising to $800. Quite a normal thing to happen, but from there things went crazy.

Denoking in particular was playing a little jauntily here, as you will see. He 3-bet to $3k and then re-raised the 4-bet of his opponent again, this time to $18k.

The call was made by SanIker and finally the flop was dealt:


Denoking wasn’t going to stop here. He bet out another $12k and Saniker made the call. On the turn


Denoking took the lead again and bet $15k. SanIker  called again. The river was the


and Denoking fired the last barrel. $67k all-in was the bet, and Saniker didn’t hold back. He pushed his virtual money into the middle, too.

At showdown, Denoking showed 8 6 – a little surprising – and SanIker’s hand went into the muck.

Gus Hansen
No action for Hansen at least means he hasn't lost anymore.

Biggest Winners of the Week

Mikael punting-peddler Thuritz: $+157,713

Denoking: $+131,774

Trueteller: $+100,101

krzeyeskila: $+94,572

Carlooo13: $+81,805

Biggest Losers of the Week

SanIker: $-135,541

Doorbread: $-99,768

Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-79,573

tyme2gamb0l111: $-69,926

alexo18: $-33,428

Biggest Winners in 2014

Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+1,652,066

Niklas Ragen70 Heinecker: $+1,463,133

Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+1,355,295

Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+1,203,128

Denoking: $+1,199,312

Biggest Losers in 2014

Gus Hansen: $-3,545,491

Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-2,890,245

Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-1,815,817

SanIker: $-1,716,568

Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,313,539

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