High-Stakes Report: Trueteller, Zugwat Take Reins of Nosebleed 2-7

Steven Silverman
Silverman: Understated but dominant.

The story of the last week of online poker was all about Russian wonder kid “Trueteller” and American Steven "Zugwat" Silverman, who owned the 2-7 TD games.

The man considered to be one of Russia's newest and foremost poker geniuses rang up a $750k week, mostly at the expense of Cort "TheCortster" Kibler-Melby in 2-7 Triple Draw.

Meanwhile Viktor "Isildur1" Blom hit another wall while Silverman had a positively impressive showing at 2-7 himself.

Trueteller Dominates; Up $1.2 Million in 2015

A lot of Russian players have extoled the skills of Trueteller. They say he’s extremely attentive, quick to grasp things and good at analyzing.

Alexander Kostritsyn
Is Trueteller heir apparent to Kostritsyn?

He hasn’t been officially identified, and his real name seems to be known only in some small parts of the Russian poker community.

One thing is for sure: Trueteller is becoming a new force behind Alexander Kostritsyn at the nosebleeds. In 2-7 Triple Draw in particular, Trueteller seems to have some form of magical weapon in his arsenal.

He proved its power last week in a few sessions against Cort Kibler-Melby, the player with the best results in 2-7 up to that point.

For four days straight the two players battled it out at $2k/$4k 2-7 TD. When the dust settled, $750k had moved from thecortster’s to Trueteller’s bankroll.

With this result, Kibler-Melby dropped to the bottom of the table for 2015. His Russian nemesis, on the other hand, now has profits of $1.2m for the year and he’s way ahead of everybody else.

Steven Silverman’s Double Bankroll Boost

American player Steven Silverman also drew a lot of attention last week. Silverman has been playing online high stakes since 2010, but he’s never really been in the spotlight.

His career was impressive enough to make the Washington Post publish an exceptionally long article about the now 26-year-old player, though. 

No end in sight for Blom's troubles.

2013 was a golden year in live poker for Silverman. First, he won the €25k High Roller Event at the EPT Grand Final in Monaco for €775k, then he moved on to win the WPT Alpha8 at the Seminole Hard Rock for another $900k.

That makes for a bankroll fit to have a go at the highest levels of online poker.

Last week, Silverman – who plays as Zugwat on both PokerStars and Full Tilt – challenged Viktor Blom, among others, playing 2-7 and making the Swede look like a beginner.

$300k profit catapulted Silverman to second place in the weekly rankings.

Biggest Pot of the Week

Once more the largest hand of the week was played in Pot Limit Omaha ($100/$200), which shows that PLO is back and guaranteeing some action.

Ilari Sahamies
Sahamies there, of course.

Ilari Sahamies was there, of course, and with him at the table were Ola Odd_Oddsen Amundsgaard from Norway and the former high-stakes regular JayP-AA, who was most active in 2011.

Ilari_FIN raised it up to $700 and got calls from both players in the blinds. The flop came      

After a check from Norway JayP-AA bet $1,600, Sahamies called and Amundsgaard folded. The turn was the


Now JayP-AA took the lead and bet $4,200. Sahamies called again. The river was the  

Now all the chips were going in. JayP-AA checked from first position but when Sahamies bet $13k he moved his remaining $37k over the line.

The Finn didn’t have to think for long and called. At showdown, you got to see pretty much what you’d expect.



Both players hit the nuts on the river and so the pot was split.

Winners of the Week

  • Trueteller (FT): $+755,470
  • Steven zugwat Silverman(FT), $+231,526
  • Ilari Ilari_FIN Sahamies (PS): $+217,253
  • Rami arbianight Boukai (PS): $+148,697
  • mrw8419 (PS): $+101,153

Losers of the Week

Ben Sulsky
Ben Sulsky also creeping up winner's list.

  • Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby (FT): $-749,691
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom (FT): $-290,157
  • AckmaJin (PS): $-240,978
  • Mikael ChaoRen160 Thuritz (PS): $-154,103
  • Benny toweliestar Spindler (PS): $-129,596

Biggest Winners in 2015

  • Trueteller (FT): $+1,240,828
  • Alexander joiso Kostritsyn (PS): $+856,953
  • Ilari Ilari_FIN Sahamies (PS): $+598,118
  • Ben Sauce123 Sulsky(PS): $+362,529
  • Faith#1Virtu (PS): $+319,693

Biggest Losers in 2015

  • Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby(FT): $-799,404
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom (FT): $-773,821
  • AckmaJin (PS): $-488,147
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom (PS): $-472,258
  • Mikael ChaoRen160 Thuritz (PS): $-334,504

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