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Online Railbird: Disaster for Benefield, Hansen Continues to Rise, & Urindanger Wins Big

David Benefield

The action at the Full Tilt Poker high-stakes tables was in full swing this weekend, beginning with the continuation of the “durrrr Challenge” between Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and Tom “durrrr” Dwan.

In other action, Di “Urindanger” Dang emerged as the weekend’s big winner with $655,122 in the black over the course of 27 sessions and 2,993 hands. "IHateJuice" also had a good weekend playing only three sessions and 641 hands but taking down $345,850 in profit. At the other end of the spectrum, David Benefield took a beating and became the weekend’s biggest loser, dropping $716,970.

Bad Saturday for Benefield

David Benefield had a terrible day on Saturday; he just couldn’t gain traction and lost $386,000 playing $500/$1000 pot-limit Omaha against Patrik Antonius. To make matters worse, he went on to lose almost $240,000 in the $200/$400 PLO cap game against numerous other players.

In one of Benefield’s worst hands, he was sitting with $158,393 when Antonius ($241,525) raised to $3,000 on the button. Benefield reraised to $9,000 and Antonius made the call as the flop came down {8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. Benefield, first to act, led out for $12,000, which Antonius called.

The turn was the {5-Diamonds} and once again Benefield led out, this time to the tune of $32,000. Antonius called and the {3-Clubs} appeared on the river. Benefield moved all-in for a little over $105,000, and Antonius quickly called. Benefield turned over {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for two pair while Antonius showed {6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{K-Spades}{A-Diamonds} for a full house. With that, Antonius took down the $317k pot and added to Benefield’s weekend woes.

Hansen Headed for the Black

Gus Hansen has been back to his winning ways in recent months and is looking to rectify his disastrous start to 2010. On Sunday, he made some progress by winning $281,000 in the $200/$400 and $500/$1,000 PLO cap games. It was in the $500/$1,000 game that Hansen played 231 hands against "DrugsOrMe," winning $183,000 in the process.

In one particular hand against Di “Urindanger” Dang ($96,097.50), Hansen ($43,897.50) was on the button and raised to $3,000. Dang pushed back with a reraise to $9,000, and Hansen opted to make it $27,000 to go. Dang called and the pair created a pot worth $54,000 before the flop, which came down {Q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. Dang led out for a bet of $16,000 and Hansen called, capping the pot in the process.

Hansen: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{5-Spades}{K-Spades}
Dang: {6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{A-Clubs}

Both players agreed to run it twice and the {7-Spades} on the first run gave Dang two pair and the lead; however, the {Q-Spades} on the river counterfeited his two pair and gave Hansen the first half of the pot. On the second run, the turn was the {2-Spades} and the river the {Q-Hearts}, giving Hansen the same two pair. He managed to win both runs and scoop the $80,000 pot.

Urindanger Gets His Revenge

Although he lost the aforementioned hand to Gus Hansen, not everything went wrong for Di “Urindanger” Dang; he did end up the biggest winner over the weekend. In the following hand he not only managed to notch a win, but he also got some revenge against Hansen.

Hansen ($40,867) was on the button and raised to $3,000. Dang ($209,112.50) then reraised to $9,000, Hansen called, and the flop fell {4-Hearts}{J-Spades}{9-Spades}. Dang led out for $18,000, Hansen raised to $31,000, and Dang called to cap the pot.

Dang: {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{7-Hearts}
Hansen: {K-Spades}{7-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Spades}

Dang was ahead with his pair of jacks, but Hansen had picked up a flush draw. The pair agreed to run it twice and the first run came {J-Hearts}, {J-Diamonds} to give Dang the first half of the pot with quads. On the second run, the turn was the {6-Diamonds}, giving both players straight draws, but the {Q-Diamonds} helped neither and Dang won again to scoop the $80,000 pot.

Who’s up? Who’s down?

This week’s biggest winners (11/26-11/29): Di “Urindanger” Dang (+$655,112), “IHateJuice” (+$345,850), Rami “Arbianight” Boukai (+$277,764), “DrugsOrMe” (+$231,035), “rumprammer” (+$216,326)

In the red: David Benefield (-$716,970), “davin77” (-$274,106), “GooGie MonA” (-$174,544), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$170,612)

Year to Date Winners: Daniel "jungleman12" Cates (+$4.63 million), Tom "durrrr" Dwan (+$4.02 million), Phil Ivey (+$3.02 million)

Year to Date Losers: Brian Townsend (-$2.53 million), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-1.91 million), “Matatuk” (-1.53 million)

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