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The Online Railbird Report: Antonius Annihilating

Patrik Antonius

This weekend's action at the Full Tilt Poker high-stakes tables had a different feel to it than usual. The massive pots took a back seat to the slow and steady pots as this weekend's big winner, Patrik Antonius, did his damage playing limit. Also enjoying a profitable few days was Jared “harrington25” Bleznick. On the flip side, "IHateJuice" and Marcello "luckexpress10" Marigliano found themselves well in the red.

Antonius Smashes "IHateJuice"

Up nearly $1,000,000 since Friday, Patrik Antonius has found a majority of that success playing limit hold'em against "IHateJuice." The two have played quite a bit against each other over the last few days and to this point, the match has been one sided. Much of their battle has been at the $2,000/$4,000 level, and Antonius has had the upper hand.

Antonius raised on the button and IHateJuice defended from the big blind, leading to a {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs} flop. A quick check to Antonius led to a continuation bet of $2,000, but IHateJuice followed with a raise to $4,000. Antonius called, and the {10-Clubs} hit the turn. A raising war ensued after IHateJuice bet $4,000. Antonius popped it to $8,000, IHateJuice three-bet to $12,000, and Antonius went four bets to $16,000. IHateJuice called and then check-called another $4,000 after the {4-Diamonds} river card popped off. Antonius tabled {10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} for a full house and IHateJuice mucked, surrendering the $56,000 pot to the Finn.

With the button again, Antonius raised to $4,000. IHateJuice re-raised to $6,000 and Antonius was quick to four-bet to $8,000. Following IHateJuice's call, the flop came down {6-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts}. A check-call of $2,000 from IHateJuice brought the {Q-Clubs} on the turn and IHateJuice checked again. Antonius bet $4,000, IHateJuice raised to $8,000, and Antonius appeared worried, opting to call. The {J-Diamonds} fell on the river and IHateJuice fired $4,000. Antonius, however, popped it to $8,000 and after IHateJuice called, Antonius revealed {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}. IHateJuice couldn't beat the cowboys, losing the $52,000 pot to Antonius.

Seems like Antonius did his most damage while in position. Antonius was on the button and raised with IHateJuice three-betting from the big blind once again. A call from Antonius delivered a {6-Spades}{5-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop. IHateJuice made the $2,000 continuation bet, and Antonius had none of it, raising to $4,000. After a call and seeing the {A-Hearts} fall, IHateJuice checked to Antonius who fired the $4,000 bet. IHateJuice raised to $8,000 and Antonius quickly went three bets to $12,000. It didn't look promising for IHateJuice after electing to just call. The {Q-Clubs} landed on the river and IHateJuice check-called another $4,000, seeing Antonius turn over {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for a flopped set. The $52,000 pot went in Antonius' direction.

"harrington25" Bests "luckexpress10"

Jared “harrington25” Bleznick and Marcello "luckexpress10" Marigliano both put in the most time on the virtual felt cash-game scene since Friday and battled each other in a mix of $200/$400 and $300/$600 pot-limit Omaha. While no massive six-figure swing pots came, Bleznick did win several solid-sized pots to get the better of their matchup.

At $200/$400, Bleznick opened with a raise to $800 on the button. Fast forward a few small raises and Marigliano five-bet to $7,200. A call from Bleznick brought a flop of {J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. Marigliano checked and Bleznick fired a pot-sized bet of $14,400. For about $37,000, Marigliano re-raised all-in and Bleznick quickly called. The hands were:

Marigliano: {K-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Spades} (bottom two pair and an overpair)
Bleznick: {Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades} (top pair and multiple straight draws)

They ran it twice and Marigliano was in trouble pretty quickly, seeing the {8-Spades} turn card on the first run give Bleznick a straight. The {Q-Hearts} river card was no help to Marigliano, hoping the second run would bring a better result. It did not, though, as the {Q-Spades} hit the turn to give Bleznick a better two pair. The {7-Clubs} fell on the river and Bleznick took down the second run with queens and jacks, scooping the $88,000 pot.

The two also battled at $300/$600 stakes and the result was more of the same. Marigliano raised to $1,800 on the button and Bleznick popped it $5,400. Marigliano called and the flop fell {Q-Spades}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Bleznick bet half the pot, $10,800, and Marigliano responded with an all-in shove for just greater than $36,000. Bleznick called and tabled {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for aces and an open-ended straight draw, while Marigliano showed {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts}, an overpair of kings with bottom pair. They ran it twice and the first run brought the {2-Diamonds} and {4-Clubs}, making an eight-high straight for Bleznick. Any chance Marigliano had to salvage the second run quickly ended with the {4-Diamonds} turn card, again making a winning straight for Bleznick and giving the $82,000 pot.

Who’s up? Who’s down?

This week’s biggest winners (11/19-11/22): Patrik Antonius (+$975,000), Jared “harrington25” Bleznick (+$241,000), Observer84 (+$163,000)

In the red: IHateJuice (-$937,000), andrewkirk (-$342,000), Marcello "luckexpress10" Marigliano (-$262,000)

Year to Date: Daniel "jungleman12" Cates (+$4.67 million), Tom "durrrr" Dwan (+$4 million), Phil Ivey (+$3.12 million)

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