Ziigmund & Ivey go at it.

Sept. 4rd (8am) - Sept. 5th (12 pm)
Screen Name
Hands
Winnings
Ziigmund 356 $259 437,00
POKERBLUFFS 710 $158 328,00
FakeMonies 477 $114 435,00
Zugwat 459 $89 857,50
kingsofcards 489 $89 277,80
durrrr 504 $83 416,00
d_perignon 197 $55 785,00
Urindanger 506 $51 406,00
trex313 170 $49 714,00
Genius28 53 $29 527,00
sunra18 393 $27 996,50
howisitfeellike 65 $25 663,50
John Juanda 37 $23 057,00
skier_5 1271 $18 374,80
LokoIsBack 105 $13 010,00
Sirens 6 $11 599,50
superbaldas 93 $9 250,00
dwongz 158 $7 538,00
humpybfly 8 $4 806,00
Volker_Racho 17 $4 598,00
baDONKaD0NK88 52 $4 282,00
aejones 8 $3 700,00
Brian Hastings 25 $3 445,00
HarrisMP 12 $2 437,00
James Akenhead 94 $2 388,00
Cole South 30 $1 171,00
maxypaxy 26 -$1 358,00
pokerhontas2k6 276 -$1 468,00
Josh Arieh 62 -$2 220,00
edgehill 12 -$2 330,00
RealMonies 24 -$9 000,00
1zzz1 25 -$9 482,00
Jas11 493 -$11 071,80
theASHMAN103 736 -$11 780,00
OnTheRize 675 -$12 814,50
Justin Smith 96 -$15 108,50
Vivek Rajkumar 46 -$15 410,00
Underoath57 93 -$19 184,00
Roberto124 36 -$20 000,00
Matze_GZ 16 -$20 500,00
DjAdi 44 -$21 402,00
20 Buck Spin 143 -$29 521,50
IAmSoSo 222 -$31 238,00
pummelfee123 193 -$31 841,30
BROGSKi 1007 -$37 065,00
LarsLuzak 72 -$37 536,50
KObyTAPOUT 59 -$64 146,50
David Oppenheim 60 -$72 900,00
David Benyamine 81 -$79 602,50
AAAction 1638 -$117 768,00
rospodin 705 -$134 096,00
Phil Ivey 429 -$168 478,50
Patrik Antonius 333 -$169 632,00

The start of the weekend brought some nice action all around, but for most, I would assume that the most interesting encounter for most of us, was the one our heads up match between Ziigmund and Phil Ivey. The game was $500/$1000 PLO, and Ziigmund managed to win close to $270K over 187 hands before the dust had settled.

Unsurprisingly, considering the stakes these two played, they were also involved in all the largest pots of the day. In fact, these two players were involved in the four largest PLO pots of the period covered in this report, splitting them evenly.

Ziigmund and Ivey flops the same straight, but Ziigmund is free rolling and gets there on the river in a $288K pot.

When both players flopped the second nut straight, they were both very happy to get all of their chips in the middle. I know that a lot of poker books will tell you that the second nuts is very dangerous in this game, but playing heads-up on a flop like this, your opponents range is so large that you have no choice but to get your chips in and hope that it is your day. For Ziigmund, it was probably an easier decision, since he also flopped top two pairs that could improve to a full house. As it were, he was almost free rolling (Ivey had a 2% chance to win the pot outright), and though the turn brought no help, the jack on the river gave Ziigmund the higher straight and let him scoop the pot. In the end, it was his eight of diamonds that turned out to be the key card.

Ziigmund turns the nut straight when Ivey makes a semi-bluff with a flush draw and gets there on the river. $202K pot.

In a pot that was, like usual, 3-bet before the flop, the players put the breaks on at the flop, but the action certainly accelerated on the turn. Ziigmund elected to bet out with his nut straight, no doubt worried about all the draws that were there on the board. Ivey, on the other hand, turned the second nut flush draw and an inside straight draw, so he decided to take a stab at the pot by raising. From his perspective, Ziigmund didn’t necessarily need very much to make his bet. Since Ivey had shown restraint on the flop, Ziigmund could very well have been trying to steal the pot on the turn with a marginal holding. As it were, he held the nuts and moved in, and at this point Ivey waspot committed and made the call. Ivey was a little over a 4-1 underdog to won the pot after the turn, but this was one of those times when he made his hand on the river, and got rewarded with a $202K pot.

Ivey was also involved on the losing side in the second largest pot on the hold’em side of the action:

POKERBLUFFS and Ivey decides to have a $200K flip.

When the action is foldedaround to POKERBLUFFS he and Ivey agrees that both should move in blind before the flop. It is not unprecedented, and Ivey has been involved in most of these flips, but I must say I don’t really get the point. Of course, it must be quite exciting for the five seconds it lasts, but in my opinion, it mostly reveals the degenerate side of the players involved. Anyway, it is none of my business what people do with their money, and this time POKERBLUFFS was the lucky winner, when his Brunson-hand paired up on the river. Incidentally, this one hand accounted for practically all of POKERBLUFFS winnings on the day, though he played 709 other hands.

The largest hold’em pot went to the newcomer kingsofcards. Now I know he is not a rookie in the true sense of the word, but we are witnessing his first foray into these stakes we are covering here.

Durrrr flops a big draw, but kingsofcards’ Kings hold up, netting him a $207K pot.

Durr makes a marginal call to say the least, before the flop. I’d like to see th range of hands which he would fold in this spot, but that is another story. He obviously feels confident that he could outplay kingsofcards in position after the flop.

On this flop, none of the players can be criticized for wanting to stick their money in. Durrrr gets the last raise, but kingsofcards is not intimidated by his better known opponent, so he makes the call with his Kings. The players are basically flipping at this point, with kingsofcards having a slight edge, and this time it is the newcomer who gets the better of the established star.

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