WSOP 2018

The Online Railbird: Ashton Griffin Top Dog with $111,723 During Midweek Action

Ashton Griffin

The action at the high-stakes tables over at Full Tilt Poker was quite subdued during midweek. The “durrrr Challenge” between Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and Tom “durrrr” Dwan saw a couple of sessions take place with Dwan narrowing Cates’ lead to $500,783.50. Besides that, things were all quiet on the virtual front. Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin emerged as the midweek’s biggest winner with $111,723 over six sessions and 795 hands. Phil Ivey was also in action, playing three sessions and 236 hands for a modest profit of $73,456. On the other end of the spectrum, David Benefield dropped just over $100k to become the biggest loser between Tuesday and Thursday.

Griffin Downs Jedlicka’s Kings

In one hand over at the heads-up $50/$100 pot-limit Omaha tables, Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin ($43,091.50) was on the button and raised to $330. Niki Jedlicka ($24,599.50) then made it $1,020 from the big blind, Griffin reraised to $3,090, Jedlicka called, and the flop came down {8-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. Surprisingly, both players checked as the {3-Diamonds} appeared on the turn.

At this point, Jedlicka check-called a bet of $5,050 from Griffin and the {2-Diamonds} hit the river. Instead of checking, Jedlicka led out for $13,400 and Griffin called. Jedlicka flipped {K-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} for a pair of kings but discovered he was beaten when Griffin revealed {7-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{8-Spades} for the winning flush in a pot worth $43,110

Ivey Rivers Flush to Win $60k

On Wednesday, Phil Ivey ($179,989) was facing off against “IHateJuice” ($125,999.50) at the $1,500/$3,000 fixed limit hold’em tables. In one of the more influential hands, Ivey was on the button and raised to $6,000. IHateJuice called and the dynamic duo watched the flop run out {7-Spades}{9-Hearts}4h}. IHateJuice checked, Ivey bet $3,000, IHateJuice made it $6,000, Ivey called, and the {2-Diamonds} was put out on the turn.

Ivey called IHateJuice’s $6,000 bet as the river fell the {2-Hearts}. IHateJuice bet $6,000 only to have Ivey raise to $12,000. IHateJuice called but mucked after Ivey showed {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for a rivered flush, good enough to take down the $60,000 pot.

Déjà Vu for Ivey

Another big hand occurred between Phil Ivey and “IHateJuice” ($125,999.50) in the same $1,500/$3,000 fixed-limit hold’em match. In this particular hand, Ivey ($245,985.50) raised to $6,000 from the button and IHateJuice ($145,999) made the call. It went check, bet, raise, and call on the {7-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{2-Spades}, which was followed by the {Q-Diamonds} on the turn.

This time it went bet, raise, and call before the {3-Diamonds} fell on the river. After a check, bet, call, Ivey revealed {J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for a pair of jacks, which was good enough as IHateJuice simply mucked. Although Ivey took down yet another $60,000 pot, he would only finish the midweek $73,456 in the black.

Who’s up? Who’s down?

This week’s biggest winners (12/14-12/16): Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin (+$111,723), “IReadYrSoul” (+$75,304), “rumprammer” (+$74,330), Phil Ivey (+$73,456)

In the red: David Benefield (-$100,915), “DIN_FRU” (-$100,000), “IHateJuice” (-$99,054), Niki Jedlicka (-$86,403), Rui Cao (-$78,310)

Year to Date Winners: Daniel "jungleman12" Cates (+$5.07 million), Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen (+$3.77 million), Tom "durrrr" Dwan (+$3.59 million), Phil Ivey (+$2.91 million)

Year to Date Losers: Brian Townsend (-$2.53 million), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$1.9 million), “cadillac1944” (-$1.83 million), “Matatuk” (-1.53 million)

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