Welcome to the first Online Railbird Report of the New Year! The start of 2016 marks a new start to the yearly online race, but before we take a look at the first week of high-stakes cash game action on PokerStars', we should probably let you know the final results for 2015.
It comes as no surprise that Viktor "Isildur1" Blom finished as 2015's biggest online winner, which you can read about by clicking here. Blom held a massive lead most of the year, and unlike previous years, there wasn't much of a race in the latter half of the year.
Likewise, Phil "RaiseOnce" Ivey was far and away the year's biggest loser, something we wrote about in the last edition of the Online Railbird Report. Between PokerStars and Full Tilt, Ivey lost a staggering $3.7 million.
As for 2016, no one is off to a better start than "TILTMENOT," who was this week's biggest winner after winning $162,141 in 1,562 hands over nine sessions. Likewise, it was a good week for David "Deldar182" Eldar, who won $127,093 in 1,256 hands over 13 sessions.
On the flip side, Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn was the biggest loser of the week after dropping $138,624 in 588 hands over nine sessions, while Blom was the only other six-figure loser down $115,592 in 380 hands over six sessions.
Sion the 2015's Last Big Winner
On Thursday December 31, Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion became the first daily winner of 2016 when he finished atop the leaderboard with a $106,900 win. The UK pro played a mix of games, but his biggest win of $32,800 came in 105 hands of heads-up $300/$600 2-7 triple draw against "kkhoghy."
According to HighStakesDB, Sion also won $22,900 in two hours of $300/$600 fixed-limit Omaha hi/low against Alex "BiatchPeople" Luneau, and then notched five-figure scores playing both $400/$800 8-Game and $100/$200 no-limit hold'em.
Meanwhile, Ronny "1-ronnyr3" Kaiser finished as the day's second-biggest winner after profiting $91,500 off "TILTMENOT" at the $50/$100 pot-limit Omaha tables. Surprisingly, he did not win what ended up being the biggest pot of the day, Kaiser (433,925.80) opened for $300 from the button and was met by a three-bet to $900 by "TILTMENOT" ($29,709.39). Kaiser four-bet to $2,700, "TILTMENOT" called, and the flop came down .
"TILTMENOT" led out for $4,150, Kaiser raised to $17,848, and "TILTMENOT" moved all in for $27,009.39, which Kaiser called.
"TILTMENOT" got it in good with a set, but Kaiser was drawing to a flush and overpair. The turn gave Kaiser the flush, but it was a moot point as it also gave "TILTMENOT" a full house. Kaiser needed an ace on the river, but it wasn't in the cards as the bricked. Ship the $59,418.78 to "TILTMENOT."
"TILTMENOT" Gets Revenge in 2016
On the first day of the New Year, "TILTMENOT" returned for revenge and got it when he won $83,400 off Kaiser at the $50/$100 PLO table. According to HighStakesDB, the duo played two sessions and "TILTMENOT" won roughly $40,000 in each, which included winning the biggest pot of the day.
It happened when Kaiser ($28,376.15) opened for $300 from the button and "TILTMENOT" called from the big blind to see the flop. "TILTMENOT" check-called a bet of $598, and then checked for a second time on the turn. Kaiser bet $1,794, "TILTMENOT" check-raised to $6,650, and Kaiser called to see the river.
"TILTMENOT" fired out $13,600, and Kaiser made the call. "TILTMENOT" tabled the for the nuts, and Kaiser mucked before watching the $42,196 pot pushed to his opponent.
Eldar Cleans Up Playing PLO
On Thursday, January 7, Eldar, who has opted out of long term tracking, finished as the day's biggest winner after winning $103,000 playing "jumper17" heads up at three tables of $50/$100 PLO. Here's a look at three notable hands from that match.
Hand #1: Eldar ($45,112.88) limped and then called when "jumper17" ($18,788) raised to $300. The flop saw "jumper17" lead out for $1,700 and then call when Eldar raised to $1,700. "jumper17" then checked the river and min-raised when Eldar bet $3,500. Eldar called the additional $3,500 and then called when "jumper17" shoved all in for $9,788 on the river to create a $37,526 pot.
"jumper17" showed the for queens and fives, but it was no good as Eldar held a full house with the .
Hand #2: "jumper17" ($93,830.30) opened for $300 only to have Eldar ($15,273) three-bet to $900. Not to be outdone, "jumper17" made it $2,700, Eldar called, and the flop came down . "jumper17" check-called a bet of $5,398, and then moved all in for his last $7,175 on the turn. Eldar made the call and the cards were turned up.
"jumper17" held a pair with a wrap, but Eldar was technically ahead with tens. The river was run twice, but neither the turn nor river helped "jumper17." With that, Eldar scooped the $30,546 pot.
Hand #3: Eldar ($25,650.71) raised to $300, "jumper17" ($50,541.85) called, and the flop came down . "jumper17" checked, Eldar bet $450, and "jumper17" check-raised to $1,500. Eldar made the call and then called a bet of $2,800 on the turn.
When the completed the board on the river, "jumper17" checked but still called when Eldar bet $9,198. Eldar tabled the for two pair, and it was good enough to win the $27,496 pot as "jumper17" sent his cards to the muck.
Biggest Winners/Losers from Jan. 1-7
Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn
David "Deldar182" Eldar
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom
Brian "tsarrast" Rast
Alex "BiatchPeople" Luneau
Jean-Robert "Jaqueline" Bellande
Data and hands obtained from HighStakesDB.com