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The Online Railbird Report: Hansen Gets Back on Track, XWINK Action, and More

Gus Hansen

The midweek saw plenty of high-stakes action take place on Full Tilt Poker. Gus Hansen got back on track after a horrendous Monday by building some momentum on the pot-limit Omaha tables. Meanwhile, the “XWINK” saga briefly continued on Thursday when he battled Andreas "skjervoy" Torbergsen on the $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha tables. Check out the highlights.

Hansen Hits His Stride

On Monday, Hansen played a session of $1500/$3000 2-7 triple draw heads-up on Full Tilt Poker against "O Fortuna PLS". Hansen, who has been on fire in 2011, didn’t fare so well, dropping around $560,000 in 1,100 hands. Luckily, Hansen was able to recoup some of those losses on Tuesday at the $500/$1000 PLO tables where he won $260,000, 88 percent of which came from Cole South.

Hansen took that momentum into Wednesday when he faced off against some PLO regulars. Over 36 hours, Hansen was up $520,000 while others were left in his dust. In fact, some heavy hitters, including Scott "URnotINdanger2" Palmer (-$150,000), Rami "Arbianight" Boukai (-$240,000), and Torbergsen (-$140,000) all wound up losers in the same period.

Small Flush for Hansen Gets It Done

In one of Hansen’s biggest hands, Torbergsen ($210,980) raised to $2,000 on the button and Hansen reraised to $6,000 from the big blind. Torbergsen made the call and the two watched the flop fall {2-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, which inspired Hansen to check-call a bet of $7,000. When the {8-Diamonds} hit the turn, Hansen checked-called Torbergsen’s $15,000 bet and the {K-Hearts} peeled off on the river.

Once again Hansen opted for a check, which opened the door for another Torbergsen bet, which he made to the tune of $44,500. Hansen made the call and Torbergsen rolled over {q-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for just a pair of deuces. Hansen revealed his {7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flush and took down the pot worth $145,000.

Torbergsen’s Aces Hold

Not all things went Hansen’s way in his match with Torbergsen. In another hand, Hansen ($62,496) was on the button and raised to $3,000 only to have Torbergsen ($237,493) reraise to $9,000. The raising war didn’t stop there as Hansen made it $27,000, Torbergsen popped it to $81,000, and Hansen called off his remaining $35,496.

Hansen: {7-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}
Torbergsen: {A-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{K-Clubs}

The entire board was run twice with the first coming {8-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{10-Clubs} followed by the {Q-Spades}{2-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Hearts} on the second. Torbergsen’s aces held on both runs to scoop the entire $124,991 pot.

Hansen Gets the Last Laugh

Hansen ($53,877.50) wasn’t done there. Not long after, he raised to $3,000 on the button and then called Torbergsen’s ($146,112) reraise to $9,000. When the flop came down {4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, Torbergsen checked, Hansen bet $8,000, and Torbergsen check-raised to $16,000. Hansen went ahead and made it $24,000, Torbergsen fired out $106,000, and Hansen called off his remaining $21,377.50.

Torbergsen: {A-Spades}{6-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{2-Spades}
Hansen: {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}

Both players had flopped a straight, but Hansen’s was bigger with a flush draw to boot. The turn and river were both run twice, but neither the {8-Spades} and {10-Spades} on the first run nor the {3-Clubs} and {7-Spades} on the second, changed a thing, giving Hansen the $123,755 pot.

Torbergsen’s Bad Run Continues Against XWINK

On Thursday, XWINK was back in action against Torbergsen. In one of their more notable hands, XWINK ($46,395) raised to $800 on the button and Torbergsen ($104,703) called from the big blind. When the {3-Hearts}{A-Spades}{J-Spades} was put out on the flop, Torbergsen checked, XWINK bet $1,200, Torbergsen check-raised to $4,000, XWINK reraised to $13,600, Torbergsen four-bet to $46,400, and XWINK called off for a total of $45,595.

Torbergsen: {J-Hearts}{9-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}
XWINK: {J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{J-Clubs}

There was $92,790 in the pot, and XWINK was ahead with his set, but Torbergsen had flush-draw hopes. As usual, the turn and river were run twice with the first bringing the {10-Diamonds} and {K-Hearts}. XWINK’s set held up to ensure half the pot, which was followed by the other half being pushed his way when the {5-Clubs} and {3-Diamonds} appeared on the second run.

Who's Up? Who's Down?

Week’s biggest winners (3/15-3/17): “NoPasaran” (+$211,215), “EazyPeazy” (+$185,332), “bixiu” (+$156,901), Justin “Boosted J” Smith (+$79,429), *“LuckyGump” (+$78,894)

Week’s biggest losers: “O Fortuna PLS” (-$298,010), “zivziv isr” (-$167,600), *Rafael “refaelamit” Amit (-$97,258), *“genua_st” (-$93,636)

Year-to-date winners: Gus Hansen (+$2,927,997), Matt Hawrilenko (+$1,821,917), Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (+$1,729,858), *Gavin "gavz101" Cochrane ($1,603,173), NoPasaran (+$1,302,743), Phil Ivey (+$1,083,483)

Year-to-date losers: “kagome kagome” (-$1,802,182), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (-$1,295,635), “fishosaurusREX (-$1,089,317), UarePileous (-$977,926), cadillac1944 (-$939,626)

*on PokerStars

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