How the World's Best Poker Players Won $35million on Full Tilt Poker

If you were offered a 3 vs 3 match between the poker world’s OG online legends, and you get to keep the profit they made on Full Tilt under their main accounts, who would you choose for your team?

By: Andrew Burnett

Here are your choices… David Benyamine, Tom Dwan, Mike Matusow, Phil Ivey, Patrick Antonius, Gus Hansen
choose wisely!

From memory alone, all six of these legendary players were instrumental in so many others taking up the game, but in two cases at least it proved to be an expensive business for the player…

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Let’s start with Phil Ivey, and if you chose him for your team you made the right choice, Ivey taking top spot in the all-time online cash game profits list.

1.   Phil Ivey                 +$19,242,744

Profit: $19,242,744
Hands: 319,285
Win/hand: $60.26
Most played game: H.O.R.S.E

The biggest pot Ivey landed in that incredible 4-year beasting of the highest stakes was an $832,940 PLO showdown with Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom

Ivey’s No Limit Hold’em games weren’t exactly played for chump change either, a flopped set of tens holding up against the flush draws of both Tom 'durrrr' Dwan and John Juanda – good for a $687,024 pot!

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If you plumped for Gus Hansen to sit on your side then, unfortunately, you’ve just chucked more than $20million down the drain!

2.   Gus Hansen          -$20,737,007

Profit: -$20,737,007
Hands: 1,572,615
Win/hand: $-13.18
Most played: PLO

The Great Dane may be a firm fans’ favourite, but unfortunately his online prowess doesn’t remotely mirror his live poker skills - Gus having one of the biggest losing accounts in online poker history.

Playing Tom 'Durrrr' Dwan at PLO with $500/$1000 stakes saw Hansen lose one of the biggest pots of his life, the turn bringing Gus the 2nd nut flush but also…well, look and see for yourself!

With more than 1.5millions hands to his name before Gus gave up the ghost, he did of course win some huge pots himself, this 2008 effort against Brian Hastings not untypical for the time.

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With two of poker’s biggest names cancelling each other out, there’s one of our remaining quartet you’d definitely want on your team, the Flying Finn, Patrik Antonius!

3.   Patrick Antonius    +$11,315,549

Profit: $11,315,549
Hands: 500,017
Win/hand: $22.63
Most played game: H.O.R.S.E

Like the other players, Antonius also had other accounts before his real name FT days, some $5.6million profit as FindDaGrind making him the second-most successful online cash game player of all time behind Ivey.

The Finnish pro also has the distinction of winning the biggest-ever online pot, a $1,356,947 monster against, who else, Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom!

In fact, Antonius’ 5 biggest winning pots were all against the Swedish sensation, and at $500/$1000 PLO it’s not surprise that he easily topped the $10million winnings mark.

OK, down to three players, and one will lose you money…and that is our old friend Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow!

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4.   Mike Matusow               -$1,038,550

Profit: -$1,038,550
Hands: 110,354
Win/hand: $-9.41
Most played game: H.O.R.S.E

Mike The Mouth was one of those who claims to have been royally screwed by the Full Tilt debacle, and combined with the $1million lost at the cash game tables it was responsible for much of his later problems.

Mike didn’t put in the same volume as his peers, and not quite at the same nosebleed level, but 100k hands was enough to dig a huge hole.

Among his opponents at the $100/$200 and $200/$400 tables? No less a crew than Phil 'OMGClayAiken' Galfond, Guy 'noataima' Laliberte, Brian 'sbrugby' Townsend and Niki 'Kaibuxxe' Jedlicka.

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So, Tom 'Durrrr' Dwan or David Benyamine to fill out the squad? Well, both made big profits in the online nosebleeds, but little Tommy edges it by about $700k.

5.   Tom Dwan                       +$2,165,475

Profit: $2,165,475
Hands: 1,079,095
Win/hand: $2.00
Most played game: PLO

Tom Dwan, one of the most-feared and most-talented of the OGs, and of course famous for his Durrrr Challenge matches against Patrik Antonius and Dan 'Jungleman' Cates.

Dwan’s $2million profit is exactly what he won from the Finnish pro in the first challenge, although the unfinished and controversial second heads-up battle that gets all the attention.

We’ve already seen Dwan’s massive pot against Gus Hansen above, so here instead is how he took $657,070 against Di 'Urindanger' Dang

Last, but far from least, David Benyamine, the Frenchman who turned to poker full time after injury ended his professional tennis career.
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6.   David Benyamine   +$1,496,867

Profit: $1,496,867
Hands: 585,500
Win/hand: $2.55
Most played game: H.O.R.S.E

A successful live career was mirrored by his online results, Benyamine quickly and repeatedly proving that he belonged among the world’s elite.

Patrik Antonius, the star of so many massive online pots, provided Benyamine with his single biggest winning hand, the turn card delivering Antonius a brutal bad beat…

OK, so how did you all do at picking your winning OG team?

The big 4 together totalled a $34million profit, so any of those would be a bonus, but the unlucky duo of Hansen and Matusow would have pegged you back with close to a monstrous $22million hole!


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