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The Online Railbird Report: Alex Kostritsyn Wins $1.2 Million; Gus Hansen Drops $376K

Alexander Kostritsyn

The NBC National Heads-Up Championship and 2013 Aussie Millions dominated the poker headlines this week, but there still plenty of high-stakes action taking place on the virtual felts. There there were some pretty big winners and losers this, including Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn—who won a staggering $1,258,234 at Full Tilt Poker.

That win, which came in 9,904 hands over 52 sessions, made Kostritsyn the week’s biggest winner by a considerable margin. The next biggest was “kipu” (+$454,311 in 54 sessions/7,822 hands), while “andrewkirk” (+$376,947 in 106 sessions/23,153 hands), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$316,915 in 64 sessions/4,726 hands) and “Sallywoo” (+$215,972 in 4 sessions/306 hands) rounded out the top five.

On the other end of the spectrum, “patpatpanda” was the week’s biggest loser after dropping $554,292 in 12,944 hands spread across 62 sessions. He was followed closely by both “punting-peddler” (-$535,068 in 77 sessions/12,780 hands) and “CRAIN85” (-$481,786 in 27 sessions/3,738 hands). Other losers included Gus Hansen (-$376,064 in 51 sessions/7,639 hands), Davin “davin77” Georgi (-$338,245 in 148 sessions/29,530 hands) and Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$333,162 in 32 sessions/4,181 hands).

The Rise of Kostritsyn Begins

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn won $405,900 playing mixed games against the likes of “punting-peddler” and “Poker_KaMI” at Full Tilt Poker. However, it was against Andrew “good2cu” Robl, who would go on to win the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge over the weekend, that Kostritsyn did the most damage. Robl ended up losing $345,000 on the day, which included a six-figure loss to Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky.

Andrew RoblWell I had a lot of money in my online poker accounts yesterday. Today I am left with .04cents.

“Kipu” Relieves Kostritsyn of $272,000

On Thursday, Jan. 24, PLO regular “kipu” took a break from his bread-and-butter game to take a shot at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables against Kostritsyn. It proved a fruitful decision as he promptly relieved the Russian of $272,000. Toss in another $80,000 playing PLO later in the evening, and “kipu” ended as the day’s biggest winner with $352,200 in profit.

Kostritsyn, meanwhile, went on to lose the $405,900 he won on Wednesday, but he rebounded by day’s end to win it all back and then some. He did so by dismantling “punting-peddler”, who lost more than $500,000 to Kostritsyn, as well as “Erik1223” ($313,700) and “patpatpanda” ($280,600).

According to HighStakesDB, the day’s biggest hand came at the $200/$400 CAP PLO tables and involved “kipu”. It happened at a three-handed table when Davin “davin77” Georgi ($80,191) opened for $800 under the gun and Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky ($42,839) three-bet to $2,800 from the small blind. “Kipu” ($36,922.50) then four-bet to $27,722.50, Georgi capped it at $16,800, and both his opponents called.

Georgi: {5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Sulsky: {10-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{q-Spades}
“kipu”: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

The {7-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop gave Georgi a pair of sevens and a flush draw, but he was still behind “kipu’s” kings. The {8-Hearts} turn gave Georgi the lead with two pair, but “kipu” snatched it right back when the river brought the {K-Clubs}, the only card he could catch to win. Ship the $48,000 pot to “kipu”.

Some $200/$400 NLHE & Another Kostritsyn Win on Saturday

You already know from reading this far that it was a great week for Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn, and that was due in part to a $296,200 win on Saturday. Nearly $80,000 of that came from playing 2-7 Triple Draw against “CRAIN85," and an additional $123,000 at the $300/$600 mixed games table against the same opponent. Despite losing to Kostritsyn, “CRAIN85” managed to recoup his losses elsewhere and finished a small winner on the day.

Saturday also featured some juicy $200/$400 No-Limit Hold’em action between “punting-peddler” and “RookieNFL”. Here’s a look at the two biggest hands they played:

Hand #1: “punting-peddler” ($62,947.75) opened with a raise to $800 on the button only to have “RookieNFL” ($57,049.25) three-bet to $2,800 from the big blind. “Punting-peddler” responded with a four-bet to $6,000, “RookieNFL” called, and the flop came down {4-Spades}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts}. “RookieNFL” checked, “punting-peddler” bet $6,000, and “RookieNFL” responded with a check-raise to $15,000. “Punting-peddler” then moved all in and “RookieNFL” called off his remaining $36,049.25.

“RookieNFL”: {A-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
“punting-peddler”: {Q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

“Punting-peddler” flopped middle pair with a queen kicker, but he was well behind the top pair of “RookieNFL”. Neither the {K-Diamonds} turn nor {6-Hearts} river changed a thing, and “RookieNFL” was pushed the $114,098 pot.

Hand #2: “Punting-peddler” ($56,020.34) raised to $800 on the button and then made it $5,600 to go after “RookieNFL” ($43,534.09) three-bet to $2,800. “RookieNFL” called and both players checked the {4-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop, The{10-Hearts} appeared on the turn, and “RookieNFL” took the opportunity to bet $6,720. “Punting-peddler” raised to $16,200, and “RookieNFL” moved all in for $37,934.09. “Punting-peddler” called with {5-Diamonds}{3-Spades} for the nuts, but he needed to dodge a heart as “RookieNFL” had a flush draw with {K-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. That’s exactly what “punting-peddler” did as the harmless {J-Clubs} peeled off on the river, and the $87,068 was shipped to “punting-peddler”.

Kostritsyn Wins Another $517,500 & Some Rare PokerStars Action

Ilari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies was in action on PokerStars this past week.
Ilari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies was in action on PokerStars this past week.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn pushed himself over the $1 million mark in profit with a $517,500 win at the Full Tilt Poker mixed games tables, which is also where “patpatpanda” lost $636,600.

While Kostritsyn was continuing his winning ways on Full Tilt Poker, a $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha game sprung up on PokerStars. This wouldn’t have been too surprised three months ago, but ever since FTP relaunched it seems the high-stakes cash games at PokerStars have dried up a bit. The game included “1Il|1Il|1il|”, Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies and Ignat “0Human0” Liviu, and it also produced the biggest two pots of the day.

In the largest, “1Il|1Il|1il|” ($60,826.50) opened for $880 from the button, Sahamies ($41,476) three-bet to $3,040, and Liviu ($9,562.50) folded. “1Il|1Il|1il|” called and then bet $4,400 after Sahamies checked the {k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{4-Clubs} flop. The Finn then fired back with a check-raise to $19,675, “1Il|1Il|1il|” three-bet to $56,400, and Sahamies called off his remaining $18,761.

Sahamies: {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{3-Spades}
“1Il|1Il|1il|”: {k-Spades}{4-Spades}{7-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

“1Il|1Il|1il|” had flopped two pair, but Sahamies was drawing to the nut flush. The {10-Diamonds} turn gave Sahamies a Broadway wrap, but he missed when the {6-Diamonds} river, giving “1Il|1Il|1il|” a straight and the $83,347 pot.

Here’s a look at the second biggest pot of the day:

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“SennaBoris79” Takes TCOOP Tournament Winnings to the High-Stakes Cash Games

The PokerStars TCOOP concluded last weekend with their $665+$35 NL Hold’em Main Event. That event, which you can read all about in the Sunday Briefing, attracted 5,060 players and created a prize pool of $3,364,900. Eventually that tournament was won by “frma1103”, but not before a seven-handed deal saw “SennaBoris79”, who had qualified for the tournament through a $27 qualifier, walk away with $193,070.

Well, he didn’t exactly walk away.

Instead, after busting in seventh place, the Russian player headed straight for the $50/$100 NLHE tables and played against the likes of Diogo “phounderAA” Veiga, Cort “thecortster” Kibler-Melby and Tobias “KTOKP” Kuder, just to name a few. Usually that would be a recipe for disaster, but despite losing a buy-in quickly, “SennaBoris79” recouped his losses and eventually left a $27,000 winner.

The biggest hand from that session happened when action was six-handed. “SennaBoris79” ($28,130) opened for $200 from the hijack and “Trueteller” ($25,275) three-bet to $750 from the cutoff. The button and blinds folded, “SennaBoris79” called, and the flop came down {2-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs}. “SennaBoris79” led out for $500, “Trueteller” called, and the {5-Hearts} peeled off on the turn. “Trueteller” ended up calling a bet of $1,600 and then called a bet of $7,400 on the {9-Hearts} river. “SennaBoris79” then revealed {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for a full house, which was good enough to win the $20,765 pot as “Trueteller” sent his cards to the muck.

While that would have been a nice ending to the story, “SennaBoris79” returned in the early morning hours for some more action. He proceeded to lose three buy-ins in two hours, but in the next 40 minutes he won it all back plus $30,000.

In the biggest hand from that session, action was once again six-handed when “SennaBoris79” ($45,411) opened for $200 under the gun and “Trueteller” ($81,399.46) three-bet to $1,000 from the small blind. “SennaBoris79” called that bet and then raised to $3,200 after “Trueteller” led out for $1,240.40 on the {9-Clubs}{6-Spades}{j-Diamonds} flop. “Trueteller” called and then fired out $5,350 on the {9-Diamonds} turn, which “SennaBoris79” called. When the {10-Hearts} completed the board on the river, “Trueteller” bet $17,250 and “SennaBoris79” called with the {J-Clubs}{9-Spades} for a full house. “Trueteller” then showed the {8-Spades}{7-Spades} for a straight and watched the $53,815 pot pushed to his opponent.

“SennaBoris79” was up nearly $60,000 through Wednesday in the $50/$100 games, but we'll have more on the Russian player next week.

Biggest Winners/Losers (Full Tilt Poker)

Week’s biggest winners (1/24-1/31): Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$1,258,234), “kipu” (+$454,311), “andrewkirk” (+$376,947), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$316,915), “Sallywoo” (+$215,972), “1Il|1Il|1il|”* (+$211,681), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (+$208,689)

Week’s biggest losers: “patpatpanda” (-$554,292), “punting-peddler” (-$535,068), “CRAIN85” (-$481,786), Gus Hansen (-$376,064), Davin “davin77” Georgi (-$338,245), Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$333,162)

Year’s biggest winners: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (+$2,692,119), Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$1,499,766), “SallyWoo” (+$1,482,977), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (+$1,358,345), Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (+$976,508), Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser (+$687,465), Kyle “KPR16” Ray (+$554,899)

Year’s biggest losers: Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$1,759,588), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (-$699,378), Gus Hansen (-$695,877), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (-$531,348), “Schoitl” (-$525,289), “patpatpanda” (-$518,511)

*DenotesPokerStars

Data, hands and replayer obtained from HighStakesDB.com

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