The first five days of the new year saw online poker's nosebleed ring-game action take place on PokerStars, which was a departure from 2014 when the 50 biggest hands of the year played out on Full Tilt Poker.
It's still early, but Russia's "Trueteller" began as the biggest winner thus far in 2015 with $231,762 in profit from 2,112 hands over 22 sessions, according to the HighStakesDB. Most of his action was at the $1,000/$2,000 2-7 triple draw tables against Phil "RaiseOnce" Ivey, Cort "thecortster" Kibler-Melby, and "arabianights".
Meanwhile, Ivey finds himself as the year's biggest loser both by site and overall. Ivey, under the screen name "RaiseOnce," lost $227,706 on PokerStars, and then lost $63,219 on Full Tilt under the screen name "Polarizing" for combined online losses of $290,925.
Canada's "AckmaJin" also started the year on fire amassing $140,345 in profit from 1,054 hands spread across 18 sessions. His biggest hand came at the $100/$200 pot-limit Omaha tables where he won $46,223.30 after tripling up against "EireAbu" and "ImagineKing". Have a look:
Colombia's Daniel "d2themfi" Isaacson rounds out the top three winners with $128,437 in profit in 18 sessions and 805 hands on PokerStars. Isaacson's biggest hand of the year came on Jan. 5 against Ilari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies.
It happened at a five-handed table when Isaacson ($58,432.50) opened for $1,800 from the cutoff and Sahamies ($35,886.04) called from the button. Both blinds folded, the flop came down , and Isaacson continued for $4,595. Sahamies called and then called a bet of $13,785 on the turn. When the completed the board on the river, Isaacson checked and Sahamies did the same. Isaacson tabled the for aces with a missed flush draw, and it proved good enough to win the $41,355 pot as Sahamies simply mucked his cards.
Kibler-Melby is the year's second biggest winner overall if you combine his play on both Full Tilt and PokerStars, where he is ahead $121,608 and $96,200 respectfully — or $217,808 combined.
Here is a look at the top five winners so far this year by site:
Biggest Winners of 2015
Norway's Ola "Odd_Oddsen" Amundsgard is the year's second-biggest loser down $214,547 on PokerStars. However, Amundsgard did mitigate it a bit with $21,368 win on Full Tilt where he plays under the moniker "no_Ola". That means he's down $193,179 on the year.
Even though Amundsgard is a loser in 2015, he did win the biggest hand of the year when he won a $69,053.10 pot heads up against Isaacson in an action-packed $100/$200 pot-limit Omaha hand. Check it out:
Here's a look at the top five losers so far this year by site.
Biggest Losers of 2015
Data, hands and replayer obtained from HighStakesDB.com