While America has no choice but to watch from the sidelines, Finland has certainly taken the ball and run with it the last few days at the high-stakes online cash games on Full Tilt Poker. Patrik Antonius and Jens "Ingenious89" Kyllönen dominated the tables late last week and over the last few days to the tune of more than $2 million.
Kyllönen Makes a Splash
At a three-handed $300/$600 pot-limit Omaha table, the action was kicked off when Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen opened to $2,400 on the button. Kyllönen reraised to $8,100 from the small blind, leading "Esvedra" to fold the big blind. Torbergsen called and the flop came down . A $12,600 bet came from Kyllönen which was called, landing the turn. Kyllönen fired a pot-sized bet of $42,000, Torbergsen reraised all in for roughly $107,000, and Kyllönen called to create a massive $255,000 pot. The hands?
Kyllönen: - overpair of aces, nut-diamond-flush draw
Torbergsen: - top two pair
Kyllönen trailed, but managed to win both rivers after it was run twice to scoop the entire pot. First, the fell to make the ace-high flush for him. Second, the hit the river to make a better two pair for the Finn, locking up the entire pot.
Another key hand for Kyllönen began with his raise to $1,800 on the button. Esvedra folded from the small blind, but Torbergsen made it $6,000 to go from the big blind. A call from Kyllönen delivered a flop. Torbergsen checked it to Kyllönen, who bet $9,000, but a check-raise is what Torbergsen had on his mind as he made it $39,600. That appeared to be fine with Kyllönen, reraising with the bigger stack. With about $48,000 behind, Torbergsen called all-in and tabled for middle pair and a flush draw, while Kyllönen revealed for a top set of queens. They ran it twice, but no help whatsoever came for Torbergsen. The only improvement for either came for Kyllönen when he made quads on the first run on the way to a $186,000 pot win.
Antonius Has A Nice Weekend, Too
At a six-handed $300/$600 pot-limit Omaha table, Patrik Antonius (CO), "NoPasaran" (B), and Esvedra (SB), attempted to see a cheap flop. "FinnishNightmre" in the big blind, wasn't a fan of that idea, and popped it to $3,600. Antonius called, but NoPararan liked this spot and put in a raise to $16,200. After Esvedra folded, both FinnishNightmre and Antonius called to see the flop. FinnishNightmre went all in for about $14,000, quickly seeing Antonius put in a raise to $90,000. NoPararan called all-in for about $64,000 to create a $190,000 pot.
Antonius: - straight, overpair of queens
FinnishNightmre: - flush draw, gutshot straight draw, overpar of jacks
NoPararan: - overpair of kings
Antonius found himself in a nice spot and he dodged FinnishNightmre's flush and straight outs when the turn and river kept his straight as the best hand.
Who's Up? Who's Down?
Week’s biggest winners (4/21-4/25): Patrik Antonius (+$1,308,000), Jens "Ingenious89" Kyllönen (+$1,089,000), XWINK (+$172,000), le kork (+$171,000)
Week’s biggest losers: Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen (-$1,113,000), Gus Hansen (-$640,000), FinnishNightmre (-$293,000), NoPasaran (-$199,000)
Year-to-date winners: Gus Hansen (+$3,808,000), Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (+$1,952,000), *Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane (+$1,878,000), Matt Hawrilenko (+$1,440,000), bixiu (+$1,406,000), Phil Ivey (+$1,336,000), Patrik Antonius (+$1,130,000)
Year-to-date losers: Tom “durrrr” Dwan (-$2,474,000), kagome kagome (-$1,927,000), fishosaurusREX (-$1,399,000), cadillac1944 (-$1,336,000), UarePileous (-$940,000), David Benefield (-$742,000)
*data obtained from HighStakesDB.com