The Online Railbird Report Vol. 25: Cole South and Ashton Griffin Bank Wins
The action at the Full Tilt Pot Limit Omaha tables has been fast and furious this week. We're not even a full week into August, and still, hundreds of thousands of dollars has changed hands. Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin is off to a blazing start to begin the month, up nearly $1 million in just a few days. Cole South has showed no signs of cooling off from his recent hot streak, banking nearly half a million in the last few days. Beginning August in the red are DIN_FRU, Gus Hansen, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies.
The $200/400 PLO tables have been home to furious action lately. Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin has been the biggest beneficiary recently, at the expense of Full Tilt Pro, Gus Hansen. Griffin scooped a large pot when the table was three-handed, luckexpress10 being the third player in addition to Hansen. Griffin had the button and raised it to $1,610. From the small blind, luckexpress10 called and Hansen popped it to $6,650 from the big blind. Griffin and luckexpress10 came along as the flop ran out . Action was checked to Griffin who bet the pot of $20,160, prompting a fold from luckexpress10. Hansen called and when the hit the turn, he shoved for $56,000. Griffin called all in for just over $42,000 and revealed , well ahead of Hansen's . The river was the and Griffin won the pot of about $146,000 with sixes full of deuces.
Griffin got the best of Hansen again with a nice turn card, when he had the button and raised to $1,610. Hansen bumped it to $5,440 from the small blind. Luckexpress10 folded and Griffin called; the virtual dealer delivered a flop. Hansen check-called a bet of $11,490 from Griffin and the turn brought the . Hansen led out for the pot of $34,470 and Griffin went all in for $52,448 total. Hansen called with for multiple draws and top pair, while Griffin tabled for two pair. The river was the and Griffin dodged a ton of outs to rake in the $139,365 pot.
South Staying Hot
Cole South ended July on a high note and has stayed on key thus far in August. Playing heads up $200/400 PLO with Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies, South won a few pots to book a winning session. One hand in particular saw South open to $800 and Sahamies make it $2,400. South called and the flop fell . Sahamies bet the pot of $4,800 and South raised to $13,200. Sahamies then re-popped it to $44,800 and South put in yet another raise, having his man covered. Ziigmund called all in for about $51,000 total with for top pair, a wrap, and a flush draw. South tabled for straight draws and a superior flush draw. He locked up the hand when the hit the turn, to give him the better flush, sending the $108,000 pot his way.
Another hand between the two went five bets pre-flop. Each committed $34,220 to see the flop. Ziigmund shipped it in for about $47,000 and South called all in for slightly less. The hands were for Ziigmund and for South. Fourth street was the and Ziigmund was still out in front, but South hit gin when the found fifth street giving South a straight and the $153,000 pot.
The $300/600 PLO tables were packed last night as several tables ran for hours. Big action seemed to follow Rafi "howisitfeellike" Amit. A big hand occurred at a four-handed table with Amit, Richard Ashby, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, and Phil Ivey. Ashby folded in the cutoff and Dwan called on the button. Ivey raised to $2,800 from the small blind and Amit called out of the big blind. Durrrr came along as well to see the flop run out . Ivey led out for $7,200 and Amit popped it to $30,400. Dwan folded and Ivey went into the tank. After a few moments, he went all in for just over $85,000 and Amit called all in for his stack of $83,535.50. Amit tabled for the nut flush draw, while Ivey had for top pair, a wheel draw, and an inferior flush draw. The turn card was no help to Amit and when the fell on the river, the $175,869 pot was shipped to Ivey.
Amit did made up for the loss later in the night on a four-way all-in, also at $300/600 PLO. Di "Urindanger" Dang opened under the gun to $1,800 and was called by David Benefield (hijack), Tom Dwan (button), and Richard Ashby (small blind). Rafi Amit raised to $11,400 from the big blind and Dang called. Benefield then shoved his $27,900 stack into the middle and Dwan got out of the way. Ashby called, but Amit immediately went all in for $114,000 having the rest of his opponents covered. Dang called, as did Ashby, and the four-way all-in for $210,000 was set to go. The hands were:
As it stood Benefield was the favorite to win, but was only at 38% to do so. The flop came and while Benefield's aces were still the best hand, Ashby became the favorite to win the pot. The appeared on the turn as Benefield maintained the lead, but the river was the and Rafi Amit made trip queens with an ace kicker to go from worst to first in the hand, winning the entire $210,000 pot.
Who’s Up, Who’s Down
So far this week’s biggest winners:
Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin (+$790,264)
Cole South (+$651,273)
This week’s biggest losers:
Gus Hansen (-$510,339)
Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (-$555,361)
Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$443,564)
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