The Online Railbird Report: "RaiseOnce" Becomes Week’s Biggest Winner Banking $563,702

Online Railbird Report

The 2012 World Series of Poker Europe is in the books, and the PokerStars European Poker Tour Sanremo has just begun. All the while, the online high-stakes games over on PokerStars have been running around the clock.

“RaiseOnce” became the biggest winner this week after banking a healthy $563,702 in 4,097 hands across 48 sessions. Not too far behind was “patpatman” (+$415,183 in 78 sessions/13,579 hands), and rounding out the top three was Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$275,915 in 236 sessions/15,597 hands).

“Odd_Oddsen” followed up last week’s $317,778 win by giving it all back and then some; in fact, he ended on top of the losing column after dropping $389,217 in 7,393 hands over 147 sessions. Others with losing weeks were “The Liar” (-$258,641 in 109 sessions/9,087 hands) and Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (-$228,430 in 24 sessions/3,573 hands).

Tollerene Continues to Roll; Finishes as Saturday’s Biggest Winner

After a rough start to the year, Ben “Ben86” Tollerene has gotten back on track. He won $1.3 million in August, and he continued his winning ways in September. In fact, on Saturday, Sept. 29, he banked a $124,000 win playing mainly $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha.

In his biggest pot of the day, action was five-handed when Tollerene ($41,491) opened for $1,000 from the cutoff and received a call from last week’s second biggest winner, “Odd_Oddsen” ($85,888.33), from the button. Both blinds got out of the way and the flop fell 6Q8.

Tollerene proceeded to check-call a bet of $1,800 and then check-called a bet of $5,000 on the 4 turn. When the 10 peeled off on the river, Tollerene check-raised all in for $33,691 after “Odd_Oddsen” bet $13,755. “Odd_Oddsen” called the additional $19,936 and tabled 7987 for a ten-high straight, but it was no good against Tollerene’s 9JQ3 queen-high straight, sending $83,577 in Tollerene's direction.

The aforementioned pot was big, but it was almost $40,000 shy of that day’s biggest. Action was five-handed when “1Il|1Il|1il|” ($76,532) raised to $880 on the button, “M.O.P.” ($41,163) three-bet to $3,040 from the small blind, and “Odd_Oddsen” ($39,613) called from the big. “1Il|1Il|1il|” then four-bet $13,040, two calls were made, and the flop fell 1035. “M.O.P.” wasted little time in moving all in for $28,223, “Odd_Oddsen” called off for $26,573, and “1Il|1Il|1il|” called to put them both at risk.

“1Il|1Il|1il|”: 6KK5
“Odd_Oddsen”: A10Q9
“M.O.P.”: A546

The 5 turn gave both “M.O.P.” and “1Il|1Il|1il|” trip fives, but the former’s ace kicker made his best. The J river was of no consequence and “M.O.P.” was pushed the $122,134 pot.

“RaiseOnce” Wins $372,000 Playing FLO8 & 2-7 Triple Draw

We don’t talk about it much in the Online Railbird Report, but there have been some strong fixed-limit Omaha 8 or better (FLO8) and 2-7 Triple Draw games on PokerStars the last couple of months. “RaiseOnce” has been seen at these tables regularly, and on Sunday he won an impressive $372,000, which contributed to him becoming the week’s biggest winner and put him just $157,000 down through 2012.

Approximately $114,000 of “RaiseOnce's” profit came at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables against Vladimir “GVOZDIKA55” Shchemelev, and more than $200,000 of it came in FLO8. Regarding the latter, “RaiseOnce” took most of his winnings from “patpatman,” who dropped a staggering $330,000 over the course of the day and finished as the biggest loser.

Surprisingly, “patpatman” won the day’s biggest pot, which actually came in an early session of $100/$200 no-limit hold’em where he had profited $50,000. In that hand, action was heads-up between “patpatman” ($34,879.30) and Alex “Kanu7” Millar ($37,788.69) when the former opened for $400 and the latter three-bet to $1,400. A call was made, the flop came down 86A, and then “patpatman” called a bet of $2,200 from Millar. The 4 turn saw Millar lead out, this time for $5,800, and once again Millar called. Millar proceeded to move all in for $28,388.70 on the Q river, and “patpatman” quickly called off for $25,479.29. Millar rolled over 109 for a missed gut-shot straight draw, meaning "patpatman's" AQ was good enough to win the $69,758.60 pot.

In the second biggest pot of the day, which happened at the same game, “patpatman” ($54,761.51) opened for $400 on the button and was met with a three-bet to $1,400 from Millar ($30,990.31). From there, “patpatman” called, the flop fell 6410, and Millar bet $2,200. “Patpatman” responded with a raise to $5,400 and Millar called before check-calling a bet of $6,500 on the 3 turn. When the 8 appeared on the river, Millar checked, “patpatman” bet $22,600, and Millar called off for $17,690.31 with 107. Unfortunately for him, “patpatman” rolled over 64 to lay claim to the $61,980.63 pot.

“Patpatman” Finds Redemption Against Sulsky in Monday Action

After losing big on Sunday, “patpatman” rebounded on Monday after finishing as the day’s biggest winner with $219,400 in profit. Much of that came from Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, who sits atop the PokerStars 2012 Leaderboard at the $200/$400 no-limit hold’em tables. Needless to say, at stakes that high, there were quite a few big pots.

Hand #1: Action was three-handed with Alex “Kanu7” Millar ($62,483.25) when “patpatman” ($125,653.50) raised to $800 on the button and Sulsky ($112,022) three-bet to $3,200 from the small blind. Millar got out of the way, “patpatman” called, and the flop fell J95, which both players checked. When the J turned, Sulsky led out for $5,444 but was met with a raise to $23,333 by "patpatman." Sulsky called the raise and then moved all in for $85,489 on the 7 river, which “patpatman” called to create a pot worth $224,439. Sulsky turned over Q10 for a flush, but it was no good against “patpatman's” 99 full house.

Hand #2: The lineup and game were the same when Millar ($132,233) opened for $1,000 on the button, “patpatman” folded from the small blind, and Sulsky ($121,572.50) defended from the big. Sulsky then check-raised Millar’s bet of $1,400 on the 1093 flop up to $4,444, and Millar made the call. The K turn saw Sulsky take the initiative with a bet of $7,444, but Millar decided it wasn’t enough and raised to $22,500. Sulsky called and then check-called a bet of $42,000 on the 2 river, creating a $140,083 pot, and discovered his K3 was good against Millar’s J7.

Biggest Weekly PokerStars Winners/Losers

Week’s biggest winners (9/28-10/4): “RaiseOnce” (+$563,702), “patpatman” (+$415,183), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$275,915), Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (+$190,447), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (+$178,772), Ignat “0Human0” Liviu (+$178,645)

Week’s biggest losers: “Odd_Oddsen” (-$389,217), “The Liar” (-$258,641), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (-$228,430), Vladimir “GVOZDIKA55” Shchemelev (-$198,948)

Year-to-date winners: Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (+$2,861,043), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$2,403,554), “EireAbu” (+$2,335,897), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (+$1,920,888), Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond (+$1,898,550), “bernard-bb” (+$1,732,118), Alex “Kanu7” Millar (+$1,703,155)

Year-to-date losers: “Zypherin” (-$3,022,053), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$2,553,416), Benny “toweliestar” Spindler (-$1,014,004), Gus “broksi” Hansen (-$866,066), “patpatman” (-$779,133)

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