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High-Stakes Report: Ivey Goes God-Mode, Kostritsyn Falls
No doubt about it, Phil Ivey is back.
No one has been more active in the high-stakes games than Ivey over the last week and no one has won as much.
Ivey is leading a group of four Germans in the weekly profits table.
At the other end of the spectrum Alexander Kostritsyn took a beating for what seems like the first time this year.
Kostritsyn Finds His Master
Phil Ivey is now 38 years old.
In online poker, that’s positively ancient. However, with over $15 million in profits he's also still the biggest online winner of all time -- and that’s despite him losing money since Black Friday.
In other words Ivey is still the champion of the nosebleed limits.
In November he has been showing his skills as an all-around player and demonstrated that he's still a force to be reckoned with. Even for those who seem untouchable.
One of these untouchables is Alexander Kostritsyn. The man from Moscow has had such an amazing run this year there seemed to be no stopping him.
He was nearing the $4m profit mark for 2014 as PostFlopAction, and as joiso he made another $1m. Kostritsyn finally met his match this week.
He lost almost $500k, most of which was at mixed-game tables with $1,500/$3,000 limits.
Ivey said he came back “bored” from Macau and that he was now looking for some real action. He was getting plenty of it in the last couple of days.
Last week, he took some of the money he won from Kostritsyn and paid a visit to the nosebleed NLHE tables.
This immediately attracted the sharks like Alexander IReadYrSoul Millar, Denoking and HelicopterBen82. They were not going to feed on him, though.
Instead it was Ivey who made a profit. $300k last week meant that Ivey might still make the plus zone for 2014.
Thuritz and The Cortster Drop
Ivey could have ended the week with a significantly larger profit if it hadn’t been for nemesis Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer.
The German took a six-figure number from Phil Ivey at $2k/$4k Triple Draw and also finished the week with a nice profit.
Three players are chasing Ivey on the leaderboard ahead of Fleischer: SanIker, bbvisbadforme and Luke "lb121" Schwartz.
Cort Kibler-Melby was not able to follow this time. Missing a chance to overtake Kostritsyn and become the most profitable player of the year, he lost a little more than $100k.
Largest Pot of the Week
With an impressive 7,000 hands played, it is no surprise that Phil Ivey was also involved in the biggest online hand last week.
The biggest pot that wasn’t split, that is. Because that $160k pot was shared between Ivey and Mikael Thuritz. But in the following hand, Ivey straight up lost a massive pot.
Phil Polarizing Ivey and Mikael punting-peddler Thuritz were playing $300/$600 PLO, a little higher than usual. Thuritz raised to $1,800 and Ivey 3-bet to $5,400. Thuritz called and the flop fell
Ivey took the lead and bet out $6,600, butThuritz raised it up to $19k. Ivey moved all-in and Thuritz called. Turn and river were dealt
and we were going to showdown.
Thuritz found a set on the flop, but Ivey had plenty of outs to a straight and even more to a flush on the turn.
Eventually Thuritz faded all the outs and won the full $129k pot. Unfortunately for him, that wasn’t enough to turn his negative result for the week around.
Leaderboard and Loserboard
Biggest Winners of the Week
Phil Polarizing Ivey, $+314,189
Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $+123,720
Biggest Losers of the Week
Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $-470,027
Mikael punting-peddler Thuritz (FT): $-290,952
Mikael ChaoRen160 Thuritz (PS): $-115,750
Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $-102,823
Biggest Winners in 2014
Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+3,230,862
Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+2,804,779
Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+2,807,509
Mikael Punting-Peddler Thuritz: $+2,280,283
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: $-2,070,589
Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $-1,826,885
Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,395,340