The Online Railbird: Jared “Harrington10” Bleznick Wins Big on PokerStars
The Online Railbird Report usually takes a look at the high-stakes action on Full Tilt Poker, but the highest midweek action actually occurred over at the PokerStars tables. While Full Tilt had some action on Monday night and early Tuesday morning in the form of Patrik Antonius taking $411k off “Kagome Kagome,” the online player formerly known as “IHateJuice,” PokerStars was the home of the largest pots during the midweek, which we classify as between Tuesday and Thursday. It was there that Jared “Harrington10” Bleznick played 2,790 hands over 25 sessions to become the midweek’s biggest winner with $330,310 in profit. On the other end of the spectrum, David Benefield was the biggest loser, dropping $329,546 in 656 hands over 11 sessions on Full Tilt.
Biggest Pot of the Week is a Flip
Early Wednesday morning, “BRAZZMONKEY” was squaring off against “urubu111” at the heads-up $50/$100 No-Limit Hold’em tables on PokerStars. The pair agreed to do a $100,000 flip, and in the hand, BRAZZMONKEY ($99,997) was on the button and open-shoved all-in. Urubu111 ($99,998.50) insta-called, per the agreement, and the cards were turned up:
BRAZZMONKEY had the best hand preflop as the flop came down , pairing both players but keeping BRAZZMONKEY in the lead with his pair of eights. The on the turn added some chop-outs for urubu111, but the on the river gave BRAZZMONKEY the win and the $199,994 pot, which accounted for most of his midweek profit. Talk about some gambling!
“Refaelamit” Rivers Higher Flush to Steal $112k Pot from Bleznick
The second-largest pot of the midweek occurred at the $100/$200 PLO tables on PokerStars. Action was five-handed when “urnotindangr” ($23,144) raised to $900 under the gun and “refaelamit” ($136,121) called on the button. After the small blind folded, Jared “Harrington10” Bleznick ($53,960) exercised his big-blind option and made it $3,900 to go. Both his opponents made the call and the three players watch the flop fall .
Action checked to refaelamit, who promptly bet $11,995. Bleznick then check-raised to $47,980, urnotindangr folded, refaelamit raised, and Bleznick called off his last $2,040.
Both players had flopped flush draws, but as things stood, Bleznick was ahead with his pair of sevens. The hit the turn and changed nothing; however, when the peeled off on the river, refaelamit made a nine-high flush and barely defeated Bleznick’s eight-high flush. Even though Bleznick went on to have a great midweek, he missed out on this $112,035 pot.
Nutsinho Flops Top Two
The only other pot over $100k played during the midweek happened early Tuesday morning. It was played five-handed at the PokerStars $200/$400 PLO tables and developed when Jared “Harrington10” Bleznick ($50,176) raised to $1,200 from the cutoff only to have “nutsinho” ($108,599) reraise to $4,000 from the small blind. Bleznick made the call and the duo watched as the flop came down , inspiring nutsinho to bet $6,200. Bleznick responded by raising to $26,995, nutsinho popped it to $89,380, and Bleznick called off his last $19,181.
The cards weren’t immediately turned over; instead, the was put out on the turn followed by the on the river. Nutsinho was first to show and flipped for a flopped two pair. It was obviously good, as Bleznick simply mucked. Nutsinho took down the $100,747 pot while Bleznick once again missed out on a monster pot; just as well, considering he would go on to win much more than that.
Who's Up? Who's Down?
This week’s biggest winners (1/11-1/13): Jared “Harrington10” Bleznick (+$330,310), Gus Hansen (+$279,266), “ilvdnfl” (+$168,004), “BRAZZMONKEY” (+$124,994), “im2tight” (+$100,675)
Week’s biggest losers: David Benefield (-$329,546), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (-$187,574), “LooneyGerbil” (-$140,086)
Year-to-date winners: Di “Urindanger” Dang (+$1,099,819), Scott "URnotINdanger2" Palmer (+$890,168), Jared “harrington25” Bleznick (+$488,665), Patrik Antonius (+$356,556)
Year-to-date losers: “Kagome Kagome” (-$619,198), "Kpederson" (-$545,705), "cadillac1944" (-$478,669), “DrugsOrMe” (-$406,472), “Sauce123” (-$388,458)
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