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The Online Railbird Report: Cates Up, Antonius Down

Patrik Antonius

The Full Tilt Poker high-stakes tables were blazing hot last week as $500,000 pots returned after an absence since September. Over the last few days, however, the action has settled down with just two pots hitting the $300,000 mark. The big winner since Friday has been Daniel "jungleman12" Cates, while Patrik Antonius has been on the losing end of Cates' success.

Cates > Antonius

Playing heads-up $300/$600 pot-limit Omaha, Cates had the button and raised to $1,800. Antonius popped it to $5,400 from the big blind and Cates called, leading to an {A-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop. Antonius led out with a pot-sized bet of $10,800. Cates called, seeing the {10-Clubs} hit the turn. Antonius bet the pot again, $32,400. Cates raised to $129,600 and Antonius got the rest of his stack in, roughly $172,000. Cates called and showed {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Hearts} for the nut straight. Antonius tabled {A-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs} for two pair (three pair, actually), as well as a flush draw. They ran it twice, but to no avail for Antonius. Cates' straight held on both times and he scooped the $375,000 pot.

The only other $300k+ pot of the last few days also was played between these two and also went Cates' way. Antonius had the button this time and raised to $1,800. Cates three-bet to $5,400 and Antonius four-bet to $10,800. Cates must have loved his hand, five-betting to $32,400. Antonius called and finally a {J-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} flop was seen. Cates bet $64,800 and Antonius jammed his stack of $118,000 into the middle. A call from Cates revealed:

Cates: {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}
Antonius: {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}

Both had top pair, but Cates led with the bigger kicker. Antonius had outs to a straight and was looking to get there or hit a ten for two pair, but again it was not meant to be, even after two runs. The first run delivered the {9-Hearts} and {4-Diamonds} while the second run brought the {7-Diamonds} and {6-Clubs}. Cates' ace kicker was the deciding factor in both, earning him the $300,000 pot.

Cadillac1944 Taking it Easy

Last week cadillac1944 was at the center of every big pot, playing in four separate pots that exceeded a half-million dollars. Since then, it's been tough to find cadillac1944 in a six-figure pot at all. Since his rush last week, cadillac1944 has cooled off a bit, dropping about $300,000. Playing six-handed $300/$600 pot-limit Omaha, Patrik Antonius raised to $2,700 from the hijack and Scott "URnotINdanger2" Palmer called from the cutoff. On the button was cadillac1944 and he raised to $12,300. The blinds folded while Antonius and Palmer called, landing a {J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop. Antonius was first to act and he fired about a pot-sized bet, getting Palmer to fold. Cadillac1044 called all in for just under $38,000 with {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{J-Diamonds} (overpair, open-ended straight draw, top pair), while Antonius showed {K-Spades}{J-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for top two pair.

Antonius was ahead with his two pair but was an underdog to hold up. However, he did just that as the {3-Clubs} turn card and {4-Hearts} river card were no help to cadillac1944, watching the $113,000 pot head to Antonius.

Who’s up? Who’s down?

This week’s biggest winners (11/30-12/2): Daniel "jungleman12" Cates (+$369,000), Ben "Sauce1234" Sulsky (+$284,000), Rami “Arbianight” Boukai (+$190,000), Andreas “skjervøy” Torbergsen (+$168,000)

In the red: Patrik Antonius (-$618,000), cadillac1944 (-$283,000), LokoIsBack (-$170,000), DrugsOrMe (-$141,000)

Year to Date: Daniel "jungleman12" Cates (+$5.19 million), Andreas “skjervøy” Torbergsen (+3.47 million), Tom "durrrr" Dwan (+$2.9 million), Phil Ivey (+$2.86 million)

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