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The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

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  • Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was back to his winning ways after banking $81,485 online this week.

  • Online Railbird Report: A rare bad week for Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn, who dropped $188,511.

This week at the high-stakes tables of PokerStars, no one did better than Daniel "w00ki3z." Cates, who won $158,326 in 3,948 hands over 32 sessions. Others who did well were Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton (+$109,358 in 7 sessions/386 hands) and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (+$81,485 in 38 sessions/9,214 hands).

On the flip side, last week's biggest winner, Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn, was this week's biggest loser after dropping $188,511 in 8,753 hands over 42 sessions. Meanwhile, it was also a bad week for the likes of Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky (-$128,503 in 21 sessions/1,191 hands), Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich (-$127,480 in 18 sessions/2,184 hands), and Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion (-$97,409 in 28 sessions/2,913 hands).

Stern Takes Kuznetsov for $238,700 in Thursday PLO Action

On Thursday, March 17, Dani "supernova9" Stern finished the biggest winner of the day after winning $238,700 at the $100/$200 and $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha tables. According to HighStakesDB, all of his profit came after two heads-up matches against Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov.

Here's a look at the two biggest pots from that match.

Hand #1: Kuznetsov ($71,006.08) raised to $1,360 from the button, Stern ($128,421.92) called, and the flop came down {q-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{7-Hearts}. Stern checked, Kuznetsov bet $2,158.50, and Stern check-raised to $7,554.75. Not to be outdone, Kuznetsov three-bet to $25,958.50 and then called off his remaining $43,846.08 after Stern had four-bet to $81,832.75.

Kuznetsov: {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}
Stern: {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts}

Kuznetsov had flopped middle pair with a gutshot, while Stern held a flush draw with a big wrap. The two agreed to run it twice, and the {9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} on the first gave Stern half the pot with a winning straight. The {10-Clubs} turn on the second run gave Kuznetsov Broadway, but his lead was short lived as the {8-Hearts} river gave Stern a flush and the entire $149,486.91 pot.

Hand #2: Stern ($94,669.40) opened for $1,360 and then called when Kuznetsov ($64,954.60) three-bet to $4,240. Both players then checked the {8-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} flop, the {2-Diamonds} appeared on the turn, and Kuznetsov checked to Stern, who bet $6,478.50.

Kuznetsov check-raised to $23,800, Stern called, and the {2-Clubs} paired the board on the river. Kuznetsov moved all in for $36,914.60 and Stern called. Kuznetsov showed the {7-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} for a flopped straight, but it was no good as Stern rivered a full house with the {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}. Ship the $130,229.20 pot to Stern.

"wilhasha" Saturday's Big Winner Thanks to NLHE Action

On Saturday, March 19, "wilhasha" was at the $50/$100 no-limit hold'em tables and managed to win $99,600 after 2,254 hands over 11 hours, which was enough to make him the day's big winner.

In his biggest pot of the day, action was four-handed when "1nvoker" ($28,438.54) opened for $232 under the gun with what turned out to be the {2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and "wilhasha" ($42,918.06) three-bet from the small blind with the {q-Spades}{6-Spades}. "1nvoker" made the call, the flop came down {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, and "wilhasha" led out for $719.25.

"1nvoker" made the call and then bet $3,005.07 after "wilhasha" checked his flush on the {J-Spades} turn. When the {2-Hearts} peeled off on the river, "wilhasha" coyly checked and "1nvoker," who had made a set, bet $7,711.66. "wilhasha" the check-raised all in and "1nvoker" called off his remaining $15,652.22 only to see the $57,137.08 pot pushed to "wilhasha."

Blom Takes on Both Haxton and Kostritsyn

On Tuesday, March 22, Blom was busy cleaning up at both the $100/$200 PLO and $1,000/$2,000 8-game tables. According to HighStakesDB, Blom kicked things off by winning $49,000 in just 76 hands of PLO over 40 minutes from Sami "LrSlzk" Kelopuro. Not long after, he took "BERRI SWEET" for $131,000 playing the same game.

Blom then jumped to the 8-game tables where he played for 10 hours against Kostritsyn. In their first session, Blom won $105,600, and then took $67,000 in the second, which is when the second-biggest pot of the day took place.

The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 101
Alex Kostritsyn

It happened when, in a round of $250/$500 PLO, Kostritsyn ($87,583.66) opened for $1,500 and then called when Blom ($152,114.34) three-bet to $4,500, which brought about a flop of {10-Spades}{a-Spades}{9-Hearts}. Blom bet $6,000, Kostritsyn called, and the {3-Diamonds} appeared on the turn.

Blom bet again, this time $16,500, and again Kostritsyn just called. The {6-Clubs} turn saw Blom bet a hefty $53,998 and Kostritsyn called only to muck when Blom tabled the {8-Spades}{7-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts} for a rivered nuts, which earned him the $161,996 pot.

The action ended up spilling over into Wednesday morning, and that's when things started to swing Kostritsyn's way. According to HighStakesDB, the Russian managed to win back $208,000 in the action.

Speaking of Wednesday, Blom did play a bit against Haxton at the $100/$200 PLO tables. The duo only played for an hour, during which time Haxton took Blom for $121,700.

In one of the more notable pots, Blom ($86,588.54) raised to $1,360 and then called when Haxton ($53,107.46) three-bet to $4,240, which brought about a flop of {3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}. Haxton led out for $8,638, Blom raised to $34,552, and Haxton moved all in for $48,867.46. Blom made the call and the cards were turned up.

Haxton: {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Blom: {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}

Blom was drawing to a flush, while Haxton held an overpair. It was run twice, but neither the {5-Hearts}{j-Hearts} on the first run nor {8-Spades}{9-Spades} on the second help Blom and he watched the entire $106,534.92 pot pushed to Haxton.

Biggest Winners/Losers from March 18-24

WinnersProfit LosersLoss
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 102

Daniel "w00ki3z." Cates

$158,326 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 103

Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn

$188,511
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 104

Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton

$109,358 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 105

Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky

$128,503
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 106

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

$81,485 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 107

Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich

$127,480
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 108

Mike "gordo16" Gorodinsky

$80,171 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 109

Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion

$97,409

Biggest Winners/Losers of 2016

WinnersProfit LosersLoss
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 110

Andres "Educa-p0ker" Artinano

$629,611 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 111

Alex "Kanu7" Millar

$567,739
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 112

Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky

$403,455 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 113

Daniel "w00ki3z." Cates

$274,051
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 114

"Cobus83"

$353,146 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 115

"candela2005"

$263,665
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 116

Dani "supernova9" Stern

$329,943 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 117

"40and7"

$175,332
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 118

Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz

$265,432 
The Online Railbird Report: Blom Back to Winning Ways, Kostritsyn Week's Biggest Loser 119

"Aron0621"

$174,722

*Lead photo courtesy of globalpokerindex.com.

Data and hands obtained from HighStakesDB.com

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