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The Online Railbird Report: Antonius Drops $192,000

Patrik Antonius

The high-stakes online action has been pretty uneventful over the past week. The biggest winner of the midweek was “FinnishNightmre,” who played 1,857 hands spread across 25 sessions and pocketed $106,997. Right on his heels was a familiar name, Gus Hansen, who won $97,080 in eight sessions consisting of 954 hands.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Patrik Antonius had a terrible midweek and was far the biggest loser. He dropped $192,586 in only three sessions spanning 250 hands. He lost nearly four times as much as the next guy on the list, which happened to be “insyder19.”, who lost a modest $59,268 over on PokerStars. Here is a look at a few of the more notable hands from the midweek.

Antonius vs. Hansen

On Tuesday, Antonius and Hansen played heads-up $500/$1,000 pot-limit Omaha on Full Tilt Poker. In one of the larger hands, Antonius ($124,501.50) raised to $3,000 on the button, Hansen ($85,462.50) made it $9,000 to go from the big blind, and Antonius made the call. When the flop fell {5-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}, Hansen led out for $8,000, Antonius called, and the {2-Clubs} hit the turn.

Both players ended up checking and watched the {4-Spades} peel off on the river. Again, Hansen checked, but this time Antonius fired out $34,000. Hansen made the call but could only muck when Antonius rolled over {10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for a flush. While Antonius did not fare well overall in the match, he did manage to take down this $102,000 pot.

Hansen Flops a Set

In another hand between the two, Antonius ($117,993.50) was on the button and made it $3,000 to go. Hansen ($91,984.50) opted to exercise his option in the big blind with a re-raise to $9,000, which Antonius called. After the flop came down {A-Clubs}{9-Spades}{8-Diamonds}, Hansen bet $8,000, Antonius raised to $42,000, and Hansen moved all-in for $82,984.50. Antonius called and the cards were turned up.

Antonius: {Q-Hearts}{A-Spades}{8-Clubs}{J-Clubs}
Hansen: {8-Spades}{J-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}

Antonius had flopped two pair with a straight redraw but was well behind the bottom set and same straight redraw of Hansen. The turn and river were run twice, but neither the {3-Hearts}/{Q-Spades} on the first run nor the {7-Hearts}/{K-Clubs} on the second changed a thing. Hansen’s set held and he took down a pot worth $183,969.

Monster $347K Pot

The size of this pot was remarkable, especially considering that it was played at the $300/$600 PLO tables. It was played on Tuesday between Hansen ($197,012.50) and “DrugsOrMe” ($173,765.50) and began with the former on the button. He raised to $2,000, DrugsOrMe called, and the {6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} ran out on the flop. DrugsOrMe check-called a bet of $4,200 and then checked the {9-Spades} turn. Hansen fired out $12,600, DrugsOrMe called, and the {3-Spades} appeared on the river.

The pot was modest up until this point, but that all changed when DrugsOrMe checked, Hansen bet $37,800, DrugsOrMe check-raised to $111,000, and Hansen moved all-in for $178,112.50. DrugsOrMe called off his remaining $43,965.50 and flipped over {8-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{5-Clubs} for the nut straight. Wouldn’t you know it, Hansen revealed {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{A-Hearts} for the same straight. We know it’s mean to build up all this suspense only to have it be a split pot, but it was so big we thought we’d write about it anyway.

Who's Up? Who's Down?

Week’s biggest winners (5/3-5/5): FinnishNightmre (+$106,997), Gus Hansen (+$97,080), O Fortuna PLS (+$62,204)

Week’s biggest losers: Patrik Antonius (-$192,586), *insyder19 (-$59,268), Himan33 (-$58,486)

Year-to-date winners: Gus Hansen (+$2,829,000), Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (+$1,952,000), *Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane (+$1,885,000), Patrik Antonius (+$1,583,000), Matt Hawrilenko (+$1,440,000), bixiu (+$1,406,000), Phil Ivey (+$1,336,000)

Year-to-date losers: Tom “durrrr” Dwan (-$2,474,000), kagome kagome (-$1,922,000), Eugene “fishosaurusREX” Yanayt (-$1,399,000), cadillac1944 (-$1,336,000), UarePileous (-$940,000)

*on PokerStars

*data obtained from

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