It may not be one of the biggest weeks in terms of high stakes action that we've seen this year but it has certainly been one of most anticipated as the all new Full Tilt Poker opened it's doors for business on Tuesday bringing back the familiar software, graphics, game selection and characters we've all missed so much.
Full Tilt also provided us with the weeks biggest winner as German limit specialist O Fortuna PLS topped the weeks leader board with a $406k win which he took from just two sessions of $1.5k/$3k Triple Draw, taking $272k from Gus Hansen on Wednesday and over $130k from Isildur1 yesterday
The week started however without Full Tilt and a relatively slow day on Monday was topped by Odd_Oddsen at PokerStars who won $86k at the PLO tables. Oddsen couldn't maintain his form however and by the end of the week he was over $130k down at PokerStars high stakes tables.
Tuesday saw the long awaited unveiling of Full Tilt and straight off the bat we saw two of the sites three "Professionals" Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Gus Hansen at the tables looking for action. The third pro, Tom "durrrr" Dwan is yet to return to the site, having been in the USA for the past week, presumably home from Macau to vote in last weeks presidential election among other things - he has promised a return to Full Tilt this week.
It was such a great opening couple of days for Hansen as he slumped to a $350k loss over the first two days, making him the sites biggest loser. He was involved in some of the biggest action at the site winning at the highest stakes of FLO8 (he won $200k from KPR16 at $2k/$4k) and losing half a million at the $1.5k/$3k 2-7 Triple Draw tables to Alex Luneau and O Fortuna PLS. Isildur1's fortunes over the first couple of days however were much better as he topped the list of winners over the first few days taking close to $300k in winnings, a lot of which he won heads up playing $100/$200 NLHE against Alex "IReadYrSoul" Millar. You can read all about the opening two days of action at Full Tilt here . In fact, quite a few big names have come back to the tables at Full Tilt, read about some of them here
Wednesday also saw a big win from Ilari FIN at PokerStars. Ilari has been on a real roller coaster of late, having won over $2.2 million dollars a couple of weeks ago and having lost around $1.5 million of that since. Wednesdays $274k win certainly helped him regain some of his momentum as he then went on to win another $175k the following day - topping the daily leader board for both Wednesday and Thursday. You can read all about his mid week high stakes PLO exploits here
In the meantime Isildur1 was busy losing the $300k he had won over the first couple of days dropping six figure sums to Ronny "ronny37617" Kaiser and in a long heads up PLO session against Rui Cao.
Despite this $232k win Cao was to lose all this and more the next day over at PokerStars, where he plays as PepperoniF. His $393k loss on Thursdays was mainly to Ilari FIN at the $100/$200 PLO tables but also in the PLO ring games to tr1cky7 and 1-ronnyr3. Again, you can read about this here. This loss put PepperoniF as the weeks biggest loser, however his $200k win at Full Tilt means that in reality Gus Hansen was the weeks biggest loser with the $387.7k losses he suffered at Full Tilt.
The weekend saw Isildur1 yet again take a big win before slipping up once again. He won $200k on Saturday, beating SetoKaiba1 for six figures at the CAP PLO tables and beating Kagome Kagome at the 2-7 TD tables. His stack grew even bigger as he took SallyWoo for over $180k at the FLO8 tables. He then went on to lose $200k out of his $300k weekend profits, losing to O Fortuna PLS at the 2-7 TD tables, $80k to Trueteller at NLHE and also five figure sums to IReadYrSoul at NLHE and at the $50/$100 PLO tables.
Read about Isildur's weekend in the articles here and here.