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The Online Railbird Report, Vol. 19: Choppy Waters for Dang, DIN_FRU

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As the start of the WSOP’s $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event approached and the live cash games continued to thrive, the online action dropped off a bit from last week’s frenzy. Nosebleed-stakes regulars Phil Ivey, David “MR B 2 U SON” Benyamine, and Gus Hansen all played the H.O.R.S.E. event, while some typically prolific players like Tom “durrrr” Dwan were hardly heard from at all this week. In their absence, DIN_FRU continued to take on all comers in heads-up matches, Niki Jedlicka booked some more solid wins, and Ted “profbackwards” Forrest made a rare appearance online and managed to clean up in the Omaha/8 games.

Where’s “durrrr”?

Typically one of the most high-volume high-stakes cash players online, Tom Dwan was all but absent this week, logging only a small handful of sessions and only a few hundred hands, but still finishing the week more than $500,000 to the good. In the few hours he did play, Dwan picked up a $179,000 win over Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro and Patrik Antonius over the course of 80 minutes at the $300/600/100 ante pot-limit Omaha on Sunday evening. While playing in that three-handed game, Dwan also played Kelopuro heads-up on a separate $300/600/100 table. Soon their battle expanded to two tables and two games as they sat down at a $300/600/100 no-limit hold’em table for even more action. Dwan took over $260,000 off Kelopuro that evening, including this huge NLHE pot:

Kelopuro opened for $2,000, Dwan three-bet to $6,200 and Kelopuro called. Dwan checked the {8-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop over to Kelopuro, who bet $7,800. Dwan called and they saw the {K-Spades} hit the turn. Dwan checked again, Kelopuro bet $17,400, and Dwan came back over the top for his entire stack, $147,396 in all. Kelopuro called all in for $46,968 and turned up {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}—dominated by Dwan’s {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. The river was the {9-Spades} and Dwan took down the nearly $157,000 pot.

Kelopuro would get some of those losses back later in the week when he booked a $189,000 win over Dwan inside an hour in a $300/600/100 PLO rematch in the wee hours of Friday morning, but would ultimately finish the week down $382,000.

A Bumpy Ride for DIN_FRU

The Finnish player known only as DIN_FRU suffered some heavy losses this week, notably in a six-hour heads-up match of $1,000/2,000 limit hold’em with Niki Jedlicka. After 1,300 hands, DIN_FRU left with a $406,000 loss and was down as much as half a million at one point before making a small comeback.

This being limit poker, the session’s largest hand topped out at only $38,000. The match was in its fifth hour and Jedlicka had already worked his stack up to $422,000 while DIN_FRU was sitting on $176,000. DIN_FRU raised from the button, Jedlicka three-bet, DIN_FRU capped and Jedlicka called. The flop was {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and Jedlicka check-called DIN_FRU’s bet. The turn came the {2-Clubs} and Jedlicka checked again. DIN_FRU bet, Jedlicka raised, and they capped the betting. The river fell the {4-Diamonds} and Jedlicka led out. DIN_FRU raised, Jedlicka three-bet, and DIN_FRU called. Jedlicka showed {4-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} for a wheel and took down the pot.

Though DIN_FRU lost big that night, he managed to win $33,000 back from Jedlicka in a 45-minute match the next afternoon. The following evening, however, he decided to take a shot at the $500/1,000 HA game, sitting down amidst a lineup that included Phil Ivey, Di “Urindanger” Dang, “luckexpress10,” Gus Hansen, “just_the_nuts,” David Benefield and Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin. DIN_FRU ended up down $112,000 after two and a half hours of play and ended up on this losing end of this hand against Griffin, one of the night’s largest at over $226,000:

Griffin opened for $3,500, DIN_FRU reraised to $10,000, Griffin four-bet to $31,500 and DIN_FRU called. Griffin potted for $64,500 on the {9-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop, DIN_FRU moved in for $80,994 and Griffin called, showing {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades} for top pair, top kicker to DIN_FRU’s {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{10-Clubs} for the king-high flush draw. DIN_FRU missed his outs, the {3-Hearts} landing on the turn and the {A-Spades} hitting the river to make Griffin aces up and earn him the $226,585 pot.

Ted “profbackwards” Forrest Dominates Omaha/8 Action

Ted Forrest decided to get in on the booming online action this week, booking several profitable sessions including a $187,000 win at Omaha/8 on Friday. In the morning hours, he took in $80,000 at the $1,000/2,000 level, raking in chips from “Sirens,” Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin, “Rekelme,” and Rafi “howisitfeellike” Amit. Later in the afternoon, Forrest took on Griffin in a heads-up match at the $2,000/4,000 level and after 500-plus hands, booked a $107,000 win. Forrest seemed to scoop every major pot of the session, including this $40,000 hand:

Forrest limped in from the button, Griffin raised from the big blind and Forrest called. Griffin led out on the {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop, Forrest raised and Griffin called. The turn came the {5-Spades} and Griffin fired again. Forrest again raised and Griffin called. The river was the {7-Diamonds} and Griffin slowed down and checked. Forrest bet and Griffin called. It was the {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{3-Spades} for Forrest, making the nut flush for high and a 7-5-4-3-A low to scoop the pot.

Rough Week for “Urindanger”

Di “Urindanger” Dang had a brutal session against Gus Hansen on Tuesday evening, dropping over $475,000 in the space of 165 hands. Dang and Hansen’s match played over two tables of $500/1,000 pot-limit Omaha, the aptly named “Hansen Knockout” and “Hansen Suckout.” Dang simply could not catch a break in this session, losing the vast majority of his all-ins, including this $194,985 pot where Hansen hit a perfect river card.

Hansen limped in on the button, Dang raised to $3,000, Hansen made it $5,000, Dang four-bet to $15,000 and Hansen called. The flop came down {J-Spades}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and Dang led out for $30,000. Hansen called and they went to the turn, which paired the board with the {J-Clubs}. Dang immediately moved all in and Hansen called. Dang had flopped two pair and turned a flush draw with {9-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs} while Hansen had a gutshot straight draw and a higher flush draw with {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. Hansen hit his straight on the river with the {Q-Diamonds} and he raked in the $194,985 pot.

Who’s Up? Who’s Down?

This week’s biggest winners: Gus Hansen (+$588,000), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$501,000), Phil Ivey (+$314,000)

This week’s biggest losers: “luckexpress10” (-$546,000), Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro (-$382,000), Di “Urindanger” Dang (-$207,000)

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