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The Online Railbird Report: Gus Hansen Suffers $1.4 Million Downswing to Close 2012

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It’s been a while since we’ve brought you an edition of The Online Railbird Report. In our last report of 2012, we captured the action through Dec. 19, so we thought it’d be prudent to get you caught up through the end of December, then next week we’ll start with the action from the New Year.

Back in October, we told you about the race to become 2012’s biggest online winner between Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky and Ben “Ben86” Tollerene. That race recently concluded with the turn of the new year, and — spoiler alert — you can read all about it in our recap titled Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky Online Poker’s Biggest Winner of 2012.

The biggest winners and losers from the last week and a half of 2012 came on Full Tilt Poker. “SallyWoo” was the biggest winner after banking nearly a million dollars in a weekend (+$980,291 in 23 sessions/4,785 hands). That was nearly twice as much the next biggest winner, Sebastien “Seb86” Sabic, who won $508,892 in 6,711 hands spread across 65 sessions. Other big winners included Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (+$489,988 in 12 sessions/1,923 hands), Alex “Alexonmoon” Luneau (+$475,569 in 59 sessions/8,508 hands), “PostflopAction” (+$392,308 in 32 sessions/2,917 hands) and Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$348,858 in 94 sessions/10,183 hands).

On the flip side, Gus Hansen’s terrible year continued as he dropped $770,576 in 19,714 hands over 135 sessions. Not far behind was another familiar name, Eugene “fishosaurusREX” Yanayt, who lost $751,431 in 9,847 hands over 80 sessions. Other big losers included “patpatpanda” (-$443,692 in 43 sessions/5,745 hands), “CRAIN85” (-$302,080 in 21 sessions/1,945 hands), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$234,923 in 49 sessions/3,274 hands) and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$164,490 in 4 sessions/185 hands).

Seiver and Ivey Win Big In 2-7 Triple Draw Just Before Christmas

On Saturday, Dec. 22, Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver played four hours of $1,000/$2,000 2-7 Triple Draw and won over $333,000 in just 356 hands. Most of that came from Eugene “fishosaurusREX” Yanayt, who lost $204,000 to Seiver and ended up dropping $401,000 on the day. What’s more, Seiver played $500/$1,000 Mixed Games the same day and won even more money, bringing his daily total to $474,500. About a fifth of that came from “O Fortuna PLS”, who dropped $90,000 to Seiver in an afternoon session.

The next day, Ivey was in action and played two heads-up sessions of 2-7 Triple Draw against Alex “Alexonmoon” Luneau and Sebastien “Seb86” Sabic. He won $150,000 from Luneau in a morning sessions, and then returned that night to relieve Sabic of nearly $300,000. Ivey lost a little back playing pot-limit Omaha, but still finished with $399,800 in profit on FTP. However, he didn’t stop there. Ivey paid a quick 10-minute visit to PokerStars, where he plays under “RaiseOnce,” and won $60,000 from “yiyi01” and “1Il|1Il|1il|” in just 18 hands.

Plenty of Christmas Cheer for Kaiser

Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser
Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser

It was a merry Christmas for Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser, who banked $437,000 between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day playing CAP $200/$400 PLO on Full Tilt Poker. It was on Christmas Eve that he won $251,600, and he followed that up with an additional $185,800 on the holiday.

In his biggest pot, action was five-handed when “Schoitl” ($17,596) opened for $900 under the gun, “POKERBLUFFS” ($10,398) and Gus Hansen ($111,800) called from the cutoff and button respectively, Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen ($24,854) did the same from the small blind, and then Kaiser ($35,160) three-bet to $5,400 from the big. “Schoitl” responded by four-betting to $16,900 to cap the pot, and only Torbergsen and Kaiser called.

Showdown
Torbergsen: {10-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Kaiser: {7-Clubs}{K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
“Schoitl”: {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}

“Schoitl” was ahead with aces, but the {8-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{5-Hearts} flop gave Kaiser the lead with a set of kings. The {7-Hearts} turn then gave Torbergsen the lead with a flush, but Kaiser took it back when the {7-Spades} spiked on the river to give him a full house and the $49,798 pot.

Although that pot was nice, it wasn’t Christmas Day's biggest pot. That one happened at a four-handed table when Hansen ($64,702.50) limped under the gun, “Schoitl” ($22,198) raised to $1,400 from the button, “POKERBLUFFS” ($46,698) three-bet to $5,000 from the small blind, and Kaiser ($105,901) capped it at $16,000 from the big. All three of the other players called and suddenly there was a $63,998 pot on the line.

Showdown
Hansen: {9-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{6-Hearts}
“POKERBLUFFS”:{A-Spades}{Q-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Kaiser: {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
“Schoitl”: {K-Spades}{J-Spades}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

The board ran out {9-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and Hansen, who made tens full of nines, was pushed the pot.

Hansen vs. “SallyWoo” in FLO8

Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen

In the last weekend of 2012, Gus Hansen and “SallyWoo” closed things out right with an epic heads-up fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo (FLO8) on Full Tilt Poker. Given that you already know Hansen finished as the week’s biggest loser, you probably guessed that “SallyWoo” emerged victorious, and you’d be right. After playing for nine hours on Friday and another seven on Saturday, “SallyWoo” walked away a huge winner, taking $281,000 on the first day and $533,000 on the second.

As if that wasn’t enough, the two returned to battle on Sunday, and once again things went “SallyWoo’s” way. He ended up taking $241,700 from the “Great Dane,” while Hansen went on to lose $551,000 on the day—putting him on a three-day $1.4 million downswing. Needless to say, it was a bad end to the year for Hansen, who finished 2012 as the biggest loser with his combined losses $4,297,985 between Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. Meanwhile, “SallyWoo” went from the red to the black and finished as FTP’s fifth-biggest winner in 2012 with $558,206 in profit.

“0Human0” Shows Why He’s one of the Best

Ignat “0Human0” Liviu played some $50/$100 no-limit hold’em on PokerStars at the end of the year and made a very nice call in one entertaining hand. Check it out:

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Biggest Winners/Losers (all on Full Tilt Poker)

Week’s biggest winners (12/20-12/31): “SallyWoo” (+$980,291), Sebastien “Seb86” Sabic (+$508,892), Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (+$489,988), Alex “Alexonmoon” Luneau (+$475,569), “PostflopAction” (+$392,308), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$348,858)

Week’s biggest losers: Gus Hansen (-$770,576), Eugene “fishosaurusREX” Yanayt (-$751,431), “patpatpanda” (-$443,692), “CRAIN85” (-$302,080), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$234,923), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$164,490)

End of 2012 Biggest Online Winners (All on PokerStars): Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (+$3,595,666), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$2,492,278), “EireAbu” (+$2,176,527), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (+$2,136,109), Alex “Kanu7” Millar (+$1,643,747), Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker (+$1,640,967), “bernard-bb” (+$1,488,484), Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond (+$1,417,998), “longerpig” (+$1,403,455), “Chung ho” (+$1,229,812)

End of 2012 Biggest Online Losers: “Zypherin” (-$3,552,742), Gus Hansen* (-$3,204,539), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$2,673,899), “patpatman” (-$1,791,987), Rui “PepperoniF” Cao (-$1,377,402), “patpatpanda”* (-$1,277,896), Gus “broksi” Hansen (-$1,093,446), Benny “toweliestar” Spindler (-$1,004,506), “Fake Love888” (-$991,295), Tom “durrrr” Dwan* (-$987,189)

*Denotes Full Tilt Poker.

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

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