There was plenty of action on PokerStars this week, including an impressive performance by Australian, David "Deldar182" Eldar. He emerged as the week's biggest winner, banking $183,406 in 10,136 hands spread across 193 sessions. Aside from Eldar, the only other players to crack the $100,000 mark in profits were “verve.oasis” ($146,234), Theo “Theo J” Jorgensen ($143,721), and Rui “PepperoniF” Cao ($119,137).
On the opposite end of the spectrum, three big-names finished atop the biggest loser’s list, dropping over $100,000 each. Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov, who played 3,625 hands over 59 sessions, dropped $239,375 to make him the week's biggest loser. Not far behind were Terje “Terken89” Augdal, dropping $176,128 over 2,177 hands in 40 sessions, and Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, who ended the week down $122,528 from 66 sessions comprised of 6,786 hands.
Here’s a look at some of the week’s most compelling hands and story lines.
Jorgensen a Poker Star
Team PokerStars Pro Theo “Theo J” Jorgensen was busy at the PLO tables on Sunday night and Monday morning. After playing against some stiff competition, Jorgensen ended up winning a respectable $94,000, which contributed significantly to the $143,000 he won throughout the week.
In one of Jorgensen’s notable hands, he was playing six-handed $100/$200 PLO when action folded to Terje “Terken89” Augdal ($44,945) on the button. He promptly raised to $500, Jorgensen ($28,960) called from the small blind, and David “Deldar182” Eldar ($10,595) opted to raise to $2,000 from the big. Both his opponents made the call and then it was three-way action to the flop.
Jorgensen took the initiative and led out for $5,995, which was enough to get Eldar to fold; however, Augdal didn’t go away so easily and raised to $23,980. Jorgensen moved all-in for $26,960, Augdal called the additional $2,980, and the was put out on the turn, followed by the on the river. Jorgensen flipped over for a straight, and that was good enough to take down the $59,920 pot.
Ironically, Jorgensen’s biggest pot of the week came in the lower stakes of $25/$50 six-handed PLO. It began when “bling1516” ($26,831.90) raised to $235 under the gun, “Nussdorf” ($10,648.25) three-bet to $840, and Jorgensen ($37,087) called from the cutoff. “0Human0” ($19,717) came along from the big blind, and the original raiser decided to four-bet to $4,520. Surprisingly, everyone made the call, and then it was four-way action to the flop.
After 0Human0 checked, bling1516 fired out $17,222, Nussdorf folded, and Jorgensen made the call. 0Human0 got out of the way and the fell on the turn. Bling1516 checked, Jorgensen moved all-in, and bling1516 called off for $5,089.89. The river improved bling1516’s to two pair, but it was no good against Jorgensen's for a straight. Jorgensen raked in the $62,296 pot.
Rui "PepperoniF" Cao vs. Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky
On Monday, PokerStars was busy spreading various pot-limit Omaha games, including $50/$100 and $100/$200 heads-up and six-max tables. Needless to say, the online pros flocked to take advantage of the early-week action. When all was said and done, Rui "PepperoniF" Cao cashed out as the big winner with $137,580. That win came courtesy of Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky and Alexey "LuckyGump" Makarov.
Cao played four heads-up tables of $50/$100 PLO against Sulsky and won nearly $100,000. In one hand, Cao ($71,072.25) raised to $300 on the button only to have Sulsky ($73,788.75) exercise his option in the big blind by making it $900 to go. Cao made the call and then called Sulsky’s $1,400 bet on the flop.
When the appeared on the turn, Cao called another bet, this time $3,400, and the peeled off on the river. Sulsky then slowed down with a check, only to check-raise Cao’s $8,500 bet to $26,400. Not to be deterred, Cao made the call and rolled over for jacks and fours, besting Sulsky’s . Cao took the $64,200 pot.
In another hand between the two, Cao ($85,440.50) was on the button and raised to $300, which Sulsky ($59,437.50) called from the big blind. The flop saw Sulsky check-raise Cao’s $500 bet to $1,600, which Cao called. Sulsky proceeded to fire out $3,200 on the turn, Cao called, and the hit the river. This time Sulsky checked, Cao bet $8,100, and Sulsky check-raised to $23,900. Cao made a quick call and showed for kings full of fours, which easily defeated Sulsky’s . Another pot ($58,000) to Cao.
Who's Up? Who's Down?
Week’s biggest winners (8/5-8/11): David “Deldar182” Eldar (+$183,406), verve.oasis (+$146,234), Theo “Theo J” Jorgensen (+$143,721), Rui “PepperoniF” Cao (+$119,137)
Week’s biggest losers: Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov (-$239,375), Terje “Terken89” Augdal (-$176,128), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (-$122,528), f2fish (-$62,185)
Year-to-date winners: *Gus Hansen (+$3,941,000), *Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (+$1,952,000), *Alexey “NoPasaran” Makarov (+$1,875,348), Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane (+$1,69,000), Rui "PepperoniF" Cao (+$1,471,000), *Matt Hawrilenko (+$1,440,000), *bixiu (+$1,406,000), , *Phil Ivey (+$1,336,000)
Year-to-date losers: *Tom “durrrr” Dwan (-$2,474,000), *Eugene “fishosaurusREX” Yanayt (-$1,399,000), *kagome kagome (-$1,377,000), *cadillac1944 (-$1,336,000), *Esvedra (-$1,182,000), *UarePileous (-$837,000)
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*Reflects Full Tilt Poker profit/loss
*data obtained from HighStakesDB.com