Tom Dwan, best known as "durrrr" at Full Tilt's high-stakes tables before Black Friday, made a rare appearance in a live poker tournament last weekend when he entered the HK$500,000 (approx. US $64,000) Super High Roller of the 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker (MBP) Spring Challenge.
Doug "WCG|Rider" Polk has recently uploaded to his Youtube channel a remarkable video in which he reviews the top 5 largest pots that high-stakes poker pro Isildur1 ever played, and describes each one in detail.
Poker legends Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Patrik Antonius, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey (left to right in picture) all headed to Bellagio last week for some high-stakes action. With ‘high-stakes action' we are not only referring to high stakes cash games but also proposition bets!
If you've followed the high stakes games on PokerStars lately, you probably know that the action has been great and that Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has won some serious cash. The fact is that the Swede has won over $3 million since the end of August and is currently up $3.7 million this year (Hands: 194,493 hands; most played game: Draw).
Last week we reported about EPT Barcelona's biggest and most important events. Aside from all record-breaking tournaments, there were several interesting high stakes cash games running at Casino Barcelona during the poker festival. This might be the most intersting pot, though. On Wednesday, 27th September, Dani "Ansky" Stern wrote on 2+2 about how he was cheated out of €18k in a €100/€200 Pot Limit Omaha cash game.
Things can change quickly in the game of poker. A great example on that is Viktor "isildur1" Blom's incredible winning streak in the past 2 weeks or so. In the beginning of August the 24-year-old Swede's overall result on PokerStars was about -$1 million --- today it is almost +$1.8 million! In total, he's up 2.7 million dollars playing on the world's largest poker site in the month of August!
Viktor "isildur1" Blom has been doing great in the past few days on PokerStars nosebleed tables. According to HighStakesDB, the 24-year-old Swede's winning streak began on Friday and he's currently up $2.3 million in the past 7 days.
Poker King Club President Winfred Yu revealed to PokerNews about a week ago that Phil Ivey and Daniel "jungleman12" Cates were in Manila for some high stakes cash games. Believe it or not but, according to Yu, some games had blinds of HK$20,000/$40,000/$80,000 (approx. $2,500/$5,000/$10,000).
In 2009, Tom "durrrr" Dwan was at the top of his career playing high-stakes heads-up cash games online. The fact is that he was so confident in his game that he offered anyone 3-1 odds on $500k who could beat him in heads up after 50,000 hands. He posted the below message on a poker forum.
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has not created any headlines for quite some time now. The main reasons are that he's not been running that good nor lost any major sums (well, compared to what many of us are used to hear about).
There will be no $1 million buy-in tournament (Big One for One Drop) at the World Series of Poker this summer, but that doesn't mean that there won't be any other tournaments this year with massive buy-ins. On February 19th, Tom Hall, who participated in the 2014 Big One for One Drop and is a regular in Macau's biggest cash games, posted the following message on twitter.
On Saturday, poker pro Kyle Loman tweeted about a massive game taking place in Bobby's Room at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Todd Brunson, son of poker legend Doyle Brunson, and Andy Beal, a Texas billionaire who made his fortune through real estate and banking, played heads-up limit hold'em with $50,000/$100,000 blinds. The two bought in for $5 million each and Brunson had all the chips in play at the end of the game.
A former Danish high-stakes poker player has been reported to the department of economical fraud in Denmark. The reason is that several players of the Danish poker community have found trojan horses on their computers that they believe were installed by the suspect in question. The accused could allegedly see the other players hole cards on different poker sites.
In case you missed it, a French poker documentary (produced and directed by Victor Samont) called Nosebleed was recently released on YouTube.
The documentary is about two young French poker players who have been playing the biggest online cash games since 2009 and their dreams of winning a gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Gus Hansen has surpassed $20 million in all-time career losses after yet another disastrous week at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables. Hansen has lost approximately $920k this month alone, bringing his losses this year to $5.5 million!
There have some incredible games running at Full Tilt Poker in the last few weeks. Last week was no different, including Saturday's games where big names such as Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Gus Hansen, Alex "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn, Niki Jedlicka and Daniel "jungleman12" Cates battled each other at the nosebleed tables. The latter, Daniel Cates, ended up winning an incredible $677.4k on Saturday!
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom got the best possible start to 2014 as he was up over $2.2 million already in February. However, as many of you already know, he has been bleeding money since the amazing winning streak and been down over $2 million at one points. Now it looks like the Swede is having a decent comeback given that he has booked some nice wins in the past week, including a $237k profit on Saturday and a $424.1k win the following day.
On Thursday, PokerStars released a short documentary about its Team Online member Alex "Kanu7" Millar - who has earned over 3.3 million dollars on PokerStars since May 2011. The documentary covers his journey from playing freerolls to playing the world's biggest online cash games. If you like to learn more about Alex Millar and the filming of the short documentary, then make sure to read his blog below the video. Enjoy!
Iraj Parvizi, a 48-year-old wealthy Iranian-Born financier, is currently taking legal action against Les Ambassadeurs Casino. Parvizi is requesting the London casino to pay him back the £10,000,000 he has lost over the past 4 years in high-stakes poker games in which he claims to have been cheated out of money by poker pros.
After dropping approximately $1.4 million in 3 weeks at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables, Phil "OMGClayAiken"Galfond seems to have turned things around for the better. According to an news article on Highstakesdb yesterday, the 29-year-old American Pro had won $1.1 million in the past 4 days.
It's been a while since we made some news on the high-stakes poker games online. The most notable winner at Full Tilt's nosebleed tables in the past few days is Niklas "ragen70" Heinecker (picture), who was the biggest winner last year with $6,190,599 (65,577 hands over 506 sessions).
World Poker Tour Alpha8, a series of high-stakes tournaments (with buy-ins starting at $100,000 per event!) played at some of the most exclusive resorts in the world, will premier on Sunday on Fox Sports 1! In total, four Alpha8 tournament have been played to date, including the first stop in Florida in August last year that saw 18 players (3 rebuys were made) battle it out for a $2 million prize pool!
There has been a lot of talk about the high-stakes cash games in Macau in the past few years, but, unfortunately, the information on these cash games have mostly been speculations and rumours as many of the players taking part usually aren't willing to share their stories.
Everyone's favourite Swede Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has had a massive upswing in the last couple of weeks. According to online-tracking site highstakesdb, over a $1 from his winnings come from heads-up matches (between January 14-17) against PokstflopAction. Blom is the biggest winner online this year with a total profit of $2,154,113 (48,517 hands)!
In 2013, he was up over 5 million dollars during 3 incredible winning streaks. It will be interesting to see if he can beat that "record" this year - without losing most of it (he "only" bagged up a $542k profit in 2013 after a massive downswing that started in October).
The Swedish Full Tilt Poker Professional Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is on an incredible winning streak at the moment! After a pretty bad start to the new year, suffering approximately $600k in losses during the first 2 weeks, Blom has turned things around and is now up an incredible $1.7 million (43,879 hands)!
Forget about Las Vegas and Antlantic City. Macau is the place where the big bucks are spent gambling. According to a recent article by CNN NewSource, Macau (a territory in China which lies on the Western side of the Pearl River Delta and was the first and last European colony in the country) had a gambling revenue of 360 billion patacas ($45 billion) in 2013 - an increase of almost 20% over the previous year! To put that amount into perspective, Las Vegas is lucky to have made a $6.5 billion in 2013 (15% of Macau's total). This means that Macua's gambling industry currently is 7 times greater than Vegas!
Since January 1, 2014, all $50/$100 NLH and PLO cash games on PokerStars are played via Zoom - the site's fast-paced way to play poker (if you fold a hand, you will be moved to another table with different players). According to PokerStars, the change was requested by its players and it's not a permanent change for now.
"PokerStars developed a special High Stakes Zoom product with an eye toward replacing all High Stakes games with Zoom, and it's now time to put it to a test," said Nick Williamson, Ring Game Manager for PokerStars, in an interview in December, 2013.
"Our players have told us that they want to focus on playing poker, rather than worrying about seating, lobby and software settings to get them the best seat at the table. This is in an effort to allow players to concentrate on actually playing poker while encouraging a healthy, competitive, non-predatory environment in our highest stakes games," said Williamson.
It's seems like there was a very interesting high-stakes game running in Las Vegas in the past weekend. Los Angeles-based multimillionaire and poker player Dan Bilzerian, who's best known for his wild lifestyle and parties, recently claimed on twitter to have won $10.8 million in just one night playing heads-up poker.
Viktor "isildur1" Blom has been on a terrible downswing in the past few days at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables. The fact is that the young Swede has lost over 1.5 million dollars over the past five days and he's now ranked 8th with a $1.5 million profit on the list of 2013's biggest winners online.
According to highstakesdb, "Sanlker" and Ike "luvtheWNBA" Haxton are two players who have enjoyed Blom's adversity. Sanlker, who's identity is unknown, defeated Blom in an 8-hour-long session on Saturday for $239.3k and Haxton took Blom for $287k in a two-hour session on Sunday. The latter consisted of several coin-flips (most won by Haxton) and some terrible bad beats for Blom.
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is doing extremely well at the moment. According to highstakesdb, the young Swede has won $1,5 million in the past three days against SallyWoo, Kyle "PKR16" Ray, OMGClayAiker, Isaak Haxton, and other regulars at Full Tilt's nosebleed tables! The biggest chunk of the profit comes from SallWoo, who lost $716k to Blom in a few sessions of $500/$1000 CAP PLO yesterday.
The winnings will come in handy for Blom who had lost over 2 million dollars in just one week before his incredible winning streak started. He's now up $3,095,932 (289,208) this year - about 200k less than the biggest winner online, "cottonseed1".
According to highstakesdb, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was up a six figure amount yesterday before he took on Alex "IreadYrSoul" Millar at Full Tilt Poker's $400/$800 NLH tables. The two played two tables for just about 45 minutes (approx. 200 hands) and Blom ended up losing $425k to Millar.
Just about three years ago, Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Daniel "jungleman12" Cates agreed to play 50,000 hands as a part of a heads-up challenge at Full Tilt Poker. The rules were that Dwan would get $500,000 from Cates if he won the challenge, and Cates would get $1,500,000 from Dwan if he won. Now, as you probably already know, the two pros have only played about 19,000 hands and it seems like a lifetime ago when they played last.
Now the good news... according to a forum post by Daniel Cates, the challenge is set to resume in August. Cates wrote that he and Dwan have agreed to play a minimum of 4,000 hands in August and a minimum of 8,000 hands the followings months until the challenge is completed.
Cates is currently holding the lead with a $1,251,059 profit after 19,335 played hands. Besides that, he's been running very good at Full Tilt Poker as of late, so you can't blame him for wanting to complete the challenge and, most probably, get $1.5 million from Tom Dwan.
After a couple of not-so-successful sessions in the past 1,5 week or so, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was back on track yesterday and booked a massive profit at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables. He started the day by taking $150k from Isaac Haxton at the $500/$1000 CAP NLHE tables, then he won about $500,000 (in about 4 hours) playing Triple Draw and FLO8 against Kyle "KPR16" Ray, Phil "Polarazing" Ivey, Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius.
After a few days break from poker, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was back at Full Tilt Poker's tables on Tuesday. Blom, who had won over $2 million dollars in the first one and a half week of July and was the biggest winner of 2013, must have been full of confidence and energy when he took on Bttech86, Doug "WCGRider" Polk, Alex "IreadYrSoul" Millar and other regulars at the nosebleed tables.
Sunday was an action-packed day at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables with Daniel "jungleman12" Cates and "proudlikeagoat" ending up as the biggest winners with a profit of $200k+ each! proudlikeagoat, whose identity is unknown, made all his profits from a morning session at a $400/$800 No Limit Hold'em table. In total, he took down 2 of the 3 $200k+ pots of the day (both from a player called "MalACEsia") and called it a day when he had won $246.8k!
World Poker Tour Alpha8 is a brand new series of high-stakes, televised poker tournaments held at the most exclusive resorts around the globe, including stops in North America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. The minimum buy-in starts at an insane $100,000 and the first tournament is scheduled for August 26-27, 2013 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. All WPT Alpha8 tournaments will feature an eight-player final table that will be broadcasted on the new FS1 network starting 10pm EST on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
"I am honoured to announce Alpha8, WPT's newest and most ambitious offering in conjunction with its primetime home on FS1," said WPT President, Adam Pliska. "Showcasing the world's poker elite and featuring multimillion dollar prize pools, Alpha8 represents the highest televised treatment of super high-roller tournament poker to date. Playing out over a global stage, this series will give audiences insight into the intensity and skill demanded at the sport's highest levels."
It's been quiet from Viktor "Isildur1" Blom since he took down the SCOOP 2013 Main Event in the end of May. The main reason for that is that he hasn't won nor lost any significant amounts at Full Tilt's nosebleed tables. Well, that was until yesterday when he took on Gus Hansen at the 2-7 Triple Draw and the FLO8 tables. They started the session at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables and "The Great Dane" took the young Swede for about $100k until things took a big turn...
It's not only in Vegas that big sums of money are at stake at the moment, because today a HKD 1 million buy-in (approx. USD$130k) tournament kicks off in Macau, China. Guangdong Ltd Asia Millions (2 re-buys maximum) is hosted by PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams (PokerStars LIVE Macau) and will run until June 7, 2013, with live streams. Chinese businessman and several well known poker pros (Gus Hansen, Isaac Haxton, ElkY, Jonathan Duhamel, Erik Seidel and a few others) are due to attend the event, which is expected to become one of the biggest high roller events in history!
THE WEBCAST BROADCAST DATES: DATE: WEDNESDAY 05/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 1 START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 1 END TIME: APPROX. 00:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to end of level 8
DATE: THURSDAY 06/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 2 START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 9 approx. END TIME: APPROX. 00:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to 8 players
DATE: FRIDAY 07/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 3 FINAL TABLE START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 1 approx. END TIME: APPROX. 21:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to winner
On May 16th we wrote about Gus "The Great Dane" Hansen's incredible $1.57 million win in less than 24 hours. Hansen has been very active at Full Tilt's nosebleed tables since then but not managed to book a nice win until last Monday. He started the day by playing heads-up against Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau at the $1k/$2k 2-7 Triple Draw Tables. The match lasted for four hours and Hansen dominated from start to finish and added $374k to his bankroll.
It's nothing new that Gus Hansen, of Denmark, has lost millions of dollars at Full Tilt Poker. Many of his fans hoped and prayed that things would change once the site reopened for business last year and signed him to its The Professionals, but the bitter truth is that he has continued to lose huge amounts month after month.
Yesterday, after 2 days of play, the final table of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo European poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller saw 7 finalists battling it out for a prize pool of a whopping €4,851,000! Mike Watson and Scott Seiver, the two short stacks, hit the rail in 6th and 7th place although they managed two double up during the first hour of play.
Russian poker pro Vladimir Troyanovsky busted in 5th place after losing an all in with KQ vs AJ of Sorel Mizzi. Next to hit the rail was Timothy Adams. He shoved his remaining chips with 99 pre-flop and was called by Max Altergott holding A8. The flop brought an ace and the rest was history.
It has been an action-packed, thrilling and simply amazing weekend at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables, and, as many times before, we can thank Viktor "Isildur1" Blom for that! Blom had won $700k in the early hours of Saturday when he and Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene played some heads up at the $500/$1000 CAP PLO tables! The two pros were later joined by Tom "durrrr" Dwan.
Lots of well known poker players are in Monaco at the moment for the 2013 EPT Montle Carlo Grand Final, which begins in a few hours. However, what everyone's talking about is a €1,000,000 buy-in cash game! Rumors about the massive cash game have circulated on the web in the past 1-2 weeks or so and several people have already said they would play if the game goes (Sam Trickett, Isaac Haxton, Philipp Gruissem, Paul Newey and Niklas Heinecker). Apparenlty the game would be eight-handed, with €1,000/€2,000 blinds and optional straddle. The game would be played on May 11 (Saturday) at 16:00 local time.
"It's not often you get an opportunity to play in a game this big, so obviously that's pretty exciting," Isaac Haxton (picture) told PokerStars last week.
On Monday, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene once again played some epic heads-up matches at Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed tables. The two high stakes pros began with three $200/$400 PLO tables and Blom was ahead with $290k after 1,5 hour of play. Tollerene then suggested that they should move on to the $500/$1000 tables instead and Blom accepted.
18 players entered the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila Millions with a massive HK$1,000,000 buy-in (approx.$129,000) and four rebuys were made during Day 1 (last Thursday). 7 players returned to play last Friday and Joseph Cheong had the lead with 738,000. After a few hours of play, Cheong, Richard Yong, Paul Phua and Peter Chan were all in the money and, believe or not, Cheong eliminated all of them to claim the first place prize of $10,428,000 (approx. $1.3 million)
This was Joseph Cheong's biggest live tournament cash to date and he now has $7,000,000+ in live tournament winnings.
Final table results: 1 Joseph Cheong $10,428,000 2 Richard Yong $6,548,000 3 Peter Chan $4,123,000 4 Paul Phua $3,151,000
On Thursday, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Manila Millions with a massive HK$1,000,000 buy-in (about $129,000) kicked off at Resorts World Manila. 18 players (Joseph Hachem, Sam Trickett and a few other big names) signed up for the tournament and 4 of them even made a rebuy. After several hours of play, the first day came to an end with 7 men still "standing".
Last week we reported that Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was up over $4 million (the biggest winner of 2013) after taking Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene for $1.7 million in a 5 hours and 40 minutes heads up session at Full Tilt Poker. Things have changed a lot since then and he's now up "only" $2 million! The main reason to this huge drop is that Tollerene got his revenge on Blom. That's right! The two resumed their heads up battles on Friday and Saturday and it all ended with Blom losing about $1.5 million to the American poker pro.
Russian poker pro Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn is now the biggest winner online of 2013 with $3,842,936 (735 sessions and 54,243 hands), Tollerene is the second biggest winner with $2,265,144 (386 sessions and 34,289 hands) and Blom is ranked third with $2,149,144 (1109 sessions and 112,671 hands).
On thursday, Viktor "isildur1" Blom took on Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene at Full Tilt's $500/$1000 CAP PLO tables. After about 1 hour of play Blom had won $60k from Tollerene and they agreed to open 2 new tables. Blom's lead had increased to around $200,000 after 2 hours of play and, once again, the two decided to split and open up new tables.
Blom went on a insane winning streak after this and it almost seemed like the poker gods sided with him in every single pot. After 5 hours and 40 minutes of heads up action, the two high stakes pros called it a day. Blom had won $1.7 million from Tollerene and, believe it or not, he had almost $1.1 million on one table alone. Blom is now (once again) the biggest winner online of 2013. He has won $4,065,079 according to highstakesdb - about $200,000 more than the second biggest winner: "PostflopAction".