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The Online Railbird Report Vol. 25: Cole South and Ashton Griffin Bank Wins

Cole South

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.

Ashton Ascends

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 {6-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds}. Action was checked to Griffin who bet the pot of $20,160, prompting a fold from luckexpress10. Hansen called and when the {6-Hearts} hit the turn, he shoved for $56,000. Griffin called all in for just over $42,000 and revealed {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, well ahead of Hansen's {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. The river was the {7-Hearts} 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 {10-Clubs} {a-Spades} {4-Spades} flop. Hansen check-called a bet of $11,490 from Griffin and the turn brought the {6-Clubs}. Hansen led out for the pot of $34,470 and Griffin went all in for $52,448 total. Hansen called with {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Spades} for multiple draws and top pair, while Griffin tabled {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for two pair. The river was the {3-Diamonds} 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 {j-Clubs} {7-Spades} {a-Clubs}. 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 {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Clubs} for top pair, a wrap, and a flush draw. South tabled {k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{10-Spades}{4-Clubs} for straight draws and a superior flush draw. He locked up the hand when the {5-Clubs} 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 {4-Spades} {9-Spades} {5-Clubs} flop. Ziigmund shipped it in for about $47,000 and South called all in for slightly less. The hands were {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for Ziigmund and {6-Spades}{3-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for South. Fourth street was the {8-Clubs} and Ziigmund was still out in front, but South hit gin when the {3-Hearts} found fifth street giving South a straight and the $153,000 pot.

Wild Wednesday

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 {9-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds}. 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 {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for the nut flush draw, while Ivey had {a-Spades}{q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for top pair, a wheel draw, and an inferior flush draw. The {j-Hearts} turn card was no help to Amit and when the {3-Spades} 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:

Benefield: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs} (38%)

Dang: {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}{q-Hearts}{10-Spades} (24%)

Ashby: {j-Spades}{7-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs} (22%)

Amit: {a-Spades}{q-Spades}{j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} (13%)

As it stood Benefield was the favorite to win, but was only at 38% to do so. The flop came {8-Hearts} {q-Clubs} {6-Diamonds} and while Benefield's aces were still the best hand, Ashby became the favorite to win the pot. The {3-Spades} appeared on the turn as Benefield maintained the lead, but the river was the{q-Diamonds} 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:
DIN_FRU (-$640,673)
Gus Hansen (-$510,339)
Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (-$555,361)
Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$443,564)

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