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The Online Railbird: Cates and Bleznick Slide During the Midweek

Daniel "jungleman12" Cates

Once again, the online high-stakes cash games were going strong from Tuesday to Thursday on both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. While Gus Hansen continued to roll and was the midweek’s biggest winner, taking down $570,434 in eight sessions totaling 651 hands, we decided to focus on those who weren’t quite so lucky.

Surprisingly, those players included Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and Jared “Harrington25” Bleznick, two of online poker’s most notorious players. The former dropped $111,884 in 1,627 hands while the latter lost $121,910 and $98,349 on Full Tilt and PokerStars respectively. While those were some big losses, they paled in comparison to the $458,978 loss of "UarePileous," which occurred in just four sessions totaling 381 hands.

Harrington25 Freerolls in Largest Pot of the Week

On Tuesday, Jared “Harrington25” Bleznick and Daniel “jungleman12” Cates were having themselves a little fun over at the $300/$600 pot-limit Omaha tables on Full Tilt. In one hand, which would turn out to be the biggest pot of the midweek, Bleznick ($112,097) raised to $1,200 on the button and Cates ($64,799.50) called from the big blind. The flop came {K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} and Cates checked to Bleznick, who bet $1,500. Cates responded with a check-raise to $5,400, Bleznick called, and the {9-Clubs} was turned.

Cates bet $10,800, Bleznick raised to $45,600, Cates moved all-in for a total of $58,199.50, and Bleznick called:

Cates: {J-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Bleznick: {10-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{A-Spades}

Not surprisingly, both players held the king-high straight; however, Bleznick’s hand contained two diamonds that gave him a freeroll to the diamond flush. He also held a freeroll to a higher straight. As usual, the river was run twice. The {K-Hearts} on the first run kept both players with the same hand, but the {10-Spades} on the second gave Bleznick a straight to the ace. That higher straight gave three-quarters of the $129,599 pot to Bleznick and a quarter to Cates.

Bleznick Can’t Satisfy His Sweet Tooth

On Wednesday, Jared “Harrington10” Bleznick was back in action over at the PokerStars $200/$400 PLO tables against "MrSweets28." In their biggest hand, MrSweets28 ($75,392) was on the button and raised to $1,200. Bleznick ($57,392) responded with a reraise to $3,600, MrSweets28 called, and the flop fell {7-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}. MrSweets28 led out for $4,000, Bleznick raised to $19,198, MrSweets28 moved all-in for $53,190, and Bleznick called off.

MrSweets28: {6-Spades}{K-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Bleznick: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Clubs}

MrSweets28 was ahead with his two pair but Bleznick had plenty of outs with his overpair and flush draw. The {8-Hearts} turn and {3-Hearts} river did not change anything and MrSweets28 won himself the $114,782 pot, a nice treat indeed.

Cates Drops $300K to Lindqvro

On Thursday, Daniel “jungleman12” Cates squared off against "Lindqvro" over at the $25/$50 PLO heads-up tables on Full Tilt. It was there that Cates dropped around $300,000 to the mystery Swede. In one hand, Cates ($44,035.75) raised to $150, Lindqvro ($54,253.75) reraised to $450, Cates made it $1,350 to go, and Lindqvro made the call. When the flop came down {5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, it went check, Cates bet $1,350, Lindqvro check-raise to $6,750, and a call to see the {A-Diamonds} hit the turn.

Lindqvro immediately led out for $16,200 only to have Cates move all-in for $35,935.75. Lindqvro made the call and the cards were turned on their backs:

Cates: {J-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{A-Clubs}
Lindqvro: {7-Hearts}{7-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Hearts}

Lindqvro was ahead with a set of sevens but Cates held both straight and flush draws; in fact, he even had a straight-flush draw. The river was run twice, coming {A-Hearts} and {3-Spades}, and Lindqvro scooped the entire $88,071.50 pot.

Lindqvro did not stop there. In another hand, Cates raised to $150 on the button, Lindqvro reraised to $450, Cates responded by making it $1,350, Lindqvro raised to $4,050, and Cates called. The flop fell {8-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Hearts} and Lindqvro check-called a bet of $4,050 to see the {Q-Diamonds} put out on the turn. Lindqvro checked, Cates bet $8,100, and Lindqvro check-raised to $40,500. Cates called off his remaining $24,907 and the cards were turned up:

Cates: {J-Spades}{10-Hearts}{A-Spades}{2-Hearts}
Lindqvro: {3-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{q-Spades}{A-Diamonds}

Lindqvro was ahead with two pair but had to dodge Cates’ numerous outs. He did just that as the {10-Spades} hit the first river, followed by the {10-Diamonds} on the second. Lindqvro’s hand held up and he scooped the $82,214 pot.

Who's Up? Who's Down?

Week’s biggest winners (2/8-2/10): Gus Hansen (+$570,434), “rumprammer” (+$209,705), Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen (+$175,470 on PokerStars), “compris” (+$135,008), Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen (+$114,407 on Full Tilt), “MrSweets28” (+$111,133)

Week’s biggest losers: “UarePileous” (-$458,978), “Omlphalotus” (-$203,853), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (-$124,675), Jared “Harrington25” Bleznick (-$121,910), Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (-$111,884), Jared “Harrington10” Bleznick (-$98,349)

Year-to-date winners: Gus Hansen (+$2,165,004), Patrik Antonius (+$1,017,678), Di “ilvdnfl” Dang (+$793,165 on PokerStars), Di “Urindanger” Dang (+$719,237 on Full Tilt), Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov (+$713,614)

Year-to-date losers: “Nekotyan” (-$837,111), Phil Ivey (-$682,546), "Kpederson" (-$543,009), "cadillac1944" (-$478,669)

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