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The Online Railbird Report: Sahamies Drops a Million; Blom is FTP's Biggest Winner

Ilari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies

For the past year and a half, PokerStars has played host to the online high-stakes cash games; however, now that Full Tilt Poker is back in the picture, there may be a shift back to the former home of the biggest cash games online. Granted, FTP has only been back online for a few days, but already, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Gus Hansen are driving the action.

Blom is already up $290,867 on FTP, but Hansen hasn’t been so fortunate — down $348,409 thus far. Those are big numbers, but they pale in comparison to the week’s biggest winner and loser, which are still being determined on PokerStars — for now.

Last week we told you of Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies’ incredible run when he won $1.1 million. Well, it didn’t last as he lost $1,016,557 this week in just 2,006 hands over 23 sessions. That was quite a bit more than the next biggest loser, Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen, who lost $390,905 through 9,486 hands.

“Patpatman” benefited greatly from Sahamies’ slide and finished as the week’s biggest winner with $687,855 in 2,382 hands over 31 sessions. The mystery man was down $2,461,718 on the year prior to this week, but inched closer to even with the robust win.

Sahamies Drops Nearly a Million in a Day; “1Il|1Il|1il|” Wins $387K

On Friday, Nov. 2, the $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha games were in full swing on PokerStars and both Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies and “1Il|1Il|1il|” were looking to take advantage. As previously mentioned, the former was coming off a $1.1 million win last week, but proceeded to lose nearly $900,000 of it back. “1Il|1Il|1il|” managed to take $387,000 from Sahamies, which made him the day’s biggest winner.

In one of the biggest pots between the two, Sahamies ($158,636) opened for $1,360, “1Il|1Il|1il|” ($231,234) three-bet to $4,240, and Sahamies four-bet to $12,880. “1Il|1Il|1il|” proceeded to five-bet to $38,800, Sahamies called, and the flop came down {4-Spades}{3-Spades}{6-Hearts}. “1Il|1Il|1il|” checked, Sahamies bet $23,000, and “1Il|1Il|1il|” check-raised to $146,758. Sahamies called off his remaining $97,036, creating a pot of $317,670, and the cards were turned up.

Showdown
“1Il|1Il|1il|”: {A-Spades}{Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Sahamies: {7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}

Sahamies was ahead when the money went in with the flopped nuts, but “1Il|1Il|1il|” was drawing live to the nut-flush draw. The {J-Spades} on the turn completed the flush and left Sahamies drawing dead. The {9-Spades} was run out on the river for good measure and the pot was pushed to “1Il|1Il|1il|.”

In another notable hand, “1Il|1Il|1il|” ($412,534) opened for $1,360 only to have Sahamies ($127,690) three-bet to $4,240. Not to be outdone, “1Il|1Il|1il|” four-bet to $9,200 and then called when Sahamies five-bet to $27,760. Sahamies checked the {2-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{J-Diamonds} flop, and then opted to check-raise all in for $99,930 when “1Il|1Il|1il|” bet $19,200. A call was made and the cards were flipped up.

Showdown
“1Il|1Il|1il|”: {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Sahamies: {J-Clubs}{J-Spades}{A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}

Sahamies got it in good with the flopped nuts, but once again, “1Il|1Il|1il|” was drawing to a flush. The {3-Clubs} turn didn’t complete it, but the {6-Diamonds} river did and “1Il|1Il|1il|” took the $255,378 pot.

In the third biggest hand between the two, “1Il|1Il|1il|” ($119,723) opened for $880 and was met with a three-bet to $2,640 by Sahamies ($147,968). “1Il|1Il|1il|” bumped it to $7,920 and then called when Sahamies five-bet $23,760, bringing about a flop of {8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades}. Sahamies led for $47,518, and then he called when “1Il|1Il|1il|” moved all in for $95,963.

Showdown
“1Il|1Il|1il|”: {3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}
Sahamies: {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}

Again Sahamies got it in with the best hand and was primed to take the $239,444 pot, but “1Il|1Il|1il|” made a straight when the {9-Clubs} turn and {5-Diamonds} river completed the board.

“1Il|1Il|1il|” wasn’t the only one who got some of Sahamies’ money. “Patpatman,” who finished as the day’s second biggest winner with $247,300, also took some, albeit in a cooler. In the hand, “patpatman” ($109,313) opened for $900 on the button and was met with a three-bet to $2,700 from Sahamies ($191,866) in the big blind. “Patpatman” four-bet to $8,100, Sahamies called, and then both players checked the {9-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} turn. When the {2-Spades} turned, Sahamies led out for $16,198, “patpatman” raised to $64,792, and Sahamies moved all in. “Patpatman” called off his remaining $36,421 and the {6-Spades} completed the board on the river. Sahamies tabled {2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{A-Hearts} for a set of deuces, but “patpatman” revealed {K-Spades}{3-Spades}{K-Clubs}{10-Clubs} for a runner-runner flush and the $218,624 pot.

“Odd_Oddsen” Books a Small Win on a Slow Monday

Action was uncharacteristically slow on Monday, the day before the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker. In fact, the day’s biggest winner, “Odd_Oddsen”, won a mediocre $86,000 to top the charts. He did so playing 1,077 hands of PLO, most of which came at the $25/$50 tables; however, his biggest pot of the day came at a three-handed $100/$200 table.

It happened when “Odd_Oddsen” ($12,770) opened for $414 on the button, Neil “N Channing” Channing ($5,600) folded the small blind, and “danita332789” ($18,060) three-bet to $1,342 from the big. “Odd_Oddsen” made the call, and then called a bet of $2,779 on the {3-Spades}{2-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop. The {A-Diamonds} turn saw “danita332789” lead out for $8,337, and then called $312 more when “Odd_Oddsen” moved all in for $8,649.

Showdown
“Odd_Oddsen”: {4-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
“danita332789”: {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{5-Spades}

“Danita332789” held top two, but it was no good against “Odd_Oddsen’s” turned wheel. The {3-Hearts} river changed nothing and “Odd_Oddsen” took down the $25,640 pot.

Full Tilt Poker’s Back and so is Viktor Blom

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Full Tilt Poker relaunched and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, who is a member of FTP’s “The Professionals”, wasted little time jumping in the action. He started at the $0.50/$1.00 tables, but before long he was playing $50/$100 PLO against Gus Hansen, Rob “Vaga_Lion” Akery, Alexey “NoPasaran” Makarov and Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser.

Blom won about $33,000 in that game and then took another $30,000 from Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar, who plays on PokerStars under “Kanu7”, playing $100/$200 no-limit hold’em. Blom continued the action throughout Wednesday and eventually wound up winning $290,867, making him the site's biggest winner since relaunch. Meanwhile, Hansen, who is also a member of “The Professionals”, is off to a bad start on FTP, down $348,409 playing a plethora of games including PLO and 2-7 triple draw.

In Blom’s biggest pot, which happened in a $100/$200 NLHE game, Millar ($79,651.25) opened for $400 and Blom ($53,826.50) defended from the big blind. The latter then checked the {2-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop and Millar bet $480. Blom woke up with a check-raise to $1,800, Millar three-bet to $4,600, and the Swede called. Blom then check-called a bet of $6,800 on the {Q-Diamonds} turn before check-calling all in for $42,026.50 when the {2-Hearts} peeled off on the river. Millar turned over {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} for deuces full of kings, but it was no good as Blom had rivered quads with {A-Hearts}{2-Spades} and was sent the $107,653 pot.

Here’s a look at another of Blom’s pots, this one from a $200/$400 PLO table:

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Biggest Weekly Winners/Losers

Week’s biggest winners (11/1-11/7): “patpatman” (+$687,855), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$504,829), Daniel “w00ki3z” Cates (+$350,000), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom* (+$290,867), “O Fortuna PLS”* (+$272,233), “1Il|1Il|1il|” (+$224,109), Alex Luneau* (+$197,862)

Week’s biggest losers: Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (-$1,016,557), Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen (-$390,905), Gus Hansen* (-$348,409), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (-$273,398), “KPR16”* (-$201,230)

Biggest Year-to-date winners: Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (+$3,146,287), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$2,758,777), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (+$2,190,023), “EireAbu” (+$2,176,527), “bernard-bb” (+$1,762,134)

Biggest Year-to-date losers: “Zypherin” (-$3,552,742), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$2,673,899), “patpatman” (-$1,773,863), Gus “broksi” Hansen (-$1,093,446), Benny “toweliestar” Spindler (-$1,022,323), “Fake Love888” (-$991,295)

*Indicates Full Tilt Poker

Data, hands and re-player obtained from HighStakesDB.com

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