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The Online Railbird Report: Hansen Profits During Quiet Weekend

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The action was relatively light at Full Tilt Poker's high-stakes tables this weekend, but a few players still managed to have a profitable go at it. Gus Hansen, still down plenty since the beginning of October, has recovered somewhat from his early struggles. Meanwhile, "DrugsOrMe" is headed in the opposite direction following a blazing start to October. Also duking it out were Patrik Antonius and Daniel "jungleman12" Cates.

Hansen Gets the Better of DrugsOrMe

"DrugsOrMe" enjoyed a nice week earlier in the month, but the cards have taken a turn for the worse lately. The biggest loser of the last few days, DrugsOrMe faced off with Gus Hansen and came out in the red at their $500/$1,000 capped pot-limit Omaha battles.

DrugsOrMe opened with a raise to $2,000. Hansen popped it to $6,000 from the big blind, and DrugsOrMe promptly made it $18,000 to play. Hansen called and the flop came down {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}{3-Hearts}. A check-call for $22,000 to reach the cap from Hansen revealed {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{5-Spades} for top two, while DrugsOrMe tabled {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} for just a pair of aces. Running it twice did not bring any miracles for DrugsOrMe, losing $40,000 to Hansen.

The same result occurred on another hand between the two. Hansen called on the button and DrugsOrMe raised to $3,000 out of the big blind. Hansen repotted and DrugsOrMe called, bringing out a flop of {10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. DrugsOrMe put in a check-raise to the $40,000 cap and Hansen called with {Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades} for top pair and a flush draw. DrugsOrMe showed {Q-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} for an overpair and a straight draw, but was on the losing end of both turns when the hand was run twice. The {9-Hearts} and {J-Hearts} swiftly ended any suspense on the runs and Hansen collected another $40,000 from his opponent.

Dwan's Challengers Battle

Even though the "durrrr" Challenge has not seen action in a few weeks, that did not stop Tom Dwan's opponents from mixing it up with each other recently. Patrik Antonius and Daniel "jungleman12" Cates played a short session over the weekend with Antonius netting a profit. Winning a $198,000 pot at $500/$1,000 no-limit hold'em certainly helped.

Antonius raised to $3,000 on the button and Cates reraised to $10,000 from the big blind. A four-bet to $24,000 followed from Antonius and Cates called, leading to a {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{8-Spades} flop. Cates checked and Antonius kept up the pressure, firing $19,000. The response from Cates? A shove for roughly $110,000. Antonius called all-in for just over $56,000 and revealed {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, holding a significant lead against Cates' {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. They ran it twice and no help came for Cates, sending the pot to Antonius.

Who’s up? Who’s down?

This week’s biggest winners (10/15-10/18): MagicNinja (+$130,000), Gus Hansen (+$123,000), Rafi "howisitfeellike" Amit (+$117,000)

In the red: DrugsOrMe (-$316,000), harrington25 (-$156,000), DIN_FRU (-$103,000)

Year to Date: Daniel "jungleman12" Cates (+$4.13 million), Tom "durrrr" Dwan (+$4.01 million), Phil Ivey (+$3.08 million)

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