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The Online Railbird Report: Hansen Grinds Out a Win, Antonius Sheds a Quarter Million

The Online Railbird Report: Hansen Grinds Out a Win, Antonius Sheds a Quarter Million 0001

It was an exceptionally quiet weekend at the online tables, perhaps the lightest one we've seen this year. Some were glued to the Masters; others were taking their games live at the NAPT Mohegan Sun. Still, we saw Gus Hansen make some modest gains at the 7-Game tables, while Patrik Antonius’ April comeback was halted with a $250,000 loss.

Hansen crawling back into the black

It has been a wild year online for the man they call "The Great Dane." Gus Hansen leapt out of the gates in 2010, earning $1.74 million in January and $81,000 in February, only to lose nearly all of that coin back in March as he posted $1.62 million in losses. April has been kinder to Hansen; he's up $60,000 this month despite posting about half a million in losses earlier this week at the $500/$1,000 pot-limit Omaha tables. Hansen switched it up this weekend, heading over to Full Tilt's 7-Game tables where he posted a $114,000 win. Interestingly enough, most of those profits came from the PLO rounds.

One of the largest 7-Game pots Hansen was involved in this week was this PLO hand against Phil Ivey. Playing three-handed, Tom "durrrr" Dwan opened for $1,800 from the button. Hansen called from the small blind and Ivey came along from the big. Hansen put out a pot-sized bet of $5,400 on the {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{6-Hearts} flop and was met with a raise to $21,600 from Ivey. Dwan ducked out of the way and Hansen shoved for $46,149. Ivey called off the $40,342 he had behind, turning up {8-Hearts}{6-Spades}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts} for bottom set and a flush draw. Hansen was in the lead with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{2-Hearts} for middle set, but still needed to fade some hearts (and the case six) on the turn and river. The {4-Diamonds} fell, followed by the {8-Diamonds} and Hansen picked up the $86,082 pot.

Antonius' comeback temporarily derailed

Like Hansen, Patrik Antonius has also been feeling the pain at the online tables in 2010. Although he is still down more than $2.4 million this year, he earned $690,000 in the first week of April. Antonius hit a bit of a snag this week, however, dropping close to $250,000 at the PLO and 7-Game tables.

This no-limit hold'em hand against Gus Hansen was particularly brutal for the Finn. Playing heads-up with $300/$600 blinds, Hansen opened for $1,800 holding {K-Spades}{7-Spades} and Antonius three-bet to $5,400 holding pocket tens. Hansen decided to four-bet shove for his remaining $26,200 and Antonius didn't waste too much time making the call. The {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{7-Hearts} flop was safe for Antonius, but Hansen hit a piece, pairing his seven. The turn was the {3-Spades}, but the {K-Clubs} spiked on the river, giving the $48,799 pot to Hansen.

Griffin takes Kelopuro for $110K

Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin spent yesterday’s daylight hours playing in the NAPT’s $25,000 Bounty Shootout (he ended up busting to Greg Dyer), but still found time to play a $100/$200 heads-up HA match with Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro. The two played four tables of the half pot-limit hold’em, half pot-limit Omaha mix, Griffin ending the session with a $110,000 win.

Their largest pot took place during the hold’em round and came in at $84,000. Kelopuro opened for $600, Griffin three-bet to $1,800 and Kelopuro popped it to $5,400. Griffin called and they saw a {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{7-Clubs} flop. Griffin led out for $7,300 and Kelopuro called. The turn came the {6-Spades} and Griffin made it $25,400 to go. Kelopuro shoved for $29,312 and Griffin called the small balance. Kelopuro turned up {J-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for second pair, but it was no match for Griffin’s {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}. The {5-Hearts} hit the river and Griffin raked in the $84,023 pot.

Who's up? Who's down?

This week's biggest winners (4/6-4/12): Tom "durrrr" Dwan (+$916,000), Andrew "luckychewy" Lichtenberger (+$281,000), "UarePileous" (+$205,000)

In the red: Phil Ivey (-$344,000), Ashton "theASHMAN103" Griffin (-$308,000), Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo (-$258,000)

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