Weekly Online Highstakes Review - Isildur1 Dominates With a $2.7 Million Week
Dont mess with Viktor Blom when he is on a run like this. Almost $3 million in winnings for the first week of 2013 and still going strong
Although a small loser for the week PostFlopAction provided us with some great matches with Isildur1 and actually ended the week with a near $700k upswing
With the first week (Jan 1st - Jan 7th) of the year in the bag we'll have a quick trawl through the highlights. They can be summed up in one word "Isildur1" but we'll dig a little deeper than that.
Over the course of just seven days the enigmatic young Swede has been on a destructive tear even more profitable than the crazy week Ilari "Ilari FIN" Sahamies enjoyed back in October last year as Mr Blom won just over $2.7 million in the opening week of 2013. What is even more impressive is that he did almost exclusively at the FLO8 and 2-7 Triple Draw tables - games which he has only been playing for the past six months or so. Many a puzzled head was shaken when he opted to "learn" the games by risking huge amounts of money playing against seasoned limit pros over at PokerStars in the latter stages of last year - but it would seem that his scholarship was worth the price as he has by now far exceeded in profit any losses bestowed upon him during his "learning phase"
He started the week/year off with his first half million dollar haul, winning $564k split almost evenly between the FLO8 and 2-7 TD tables, with most of his winnings coming from a player who has played as big a part as any in Blom's week, Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn. Kostritsyn lost $570k on New Years Day but was to come back strongly towards the end of the week when PostFlopAction stuck to his favoured triple draw game and stayed away from FLO8. We also saw a decent $177k score from Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau - another player who featured strongly in Blom's story this week. You can read all about the New Year's Day action here
Wednesday 2nd of January was a very quiet affair when compared to the rest of the week with no six figure winners at all - in fact it is only really noteworthy as it marked Isildur1's sole loss of the week, a $116.9k defeat at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables to Scott "mastrblastr" Seiver - a loss he was soon to avenge. Revenge took place the following day and comprised a 500 hand, $329k demolition of Seiver at the triple draw tables. On a roll Isildur1 moved onto the FLO8 tables where he took on SallyWoo - a player rather flush from huge recent success against Gus Hansen. He was not so lucky against Blom who took him for $275k. In total Isildur1 notched up $696.4k in winnings on the third of the month. He was joined in the six figure winners club by Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene who had a great day at the $200/$400 CAP PLO tables, wining over $277k. You can read about all the action from 3rd January here in more detail.
As if a $696k score wasn't good enough, Blom came back to the table on Friday to rack up his biggest win of the week, taking over $715k home for the day. Although he started the day badly against PostFlopAction (losing c.$150k at TD) he came back strongly, taking the young Russian for over $300k in a rematch before taking $180k from Seb86 (again at the draw tables) before finishing the day in style with a $342k demolition of cottonseed1 at the FLO8 tables. Read all about Isildur1's big day here
The 5th saw PostFlopAction really start to bring it to Isildur1 and took the motoring Full Tilt Pro for $300k during a sometimes swingy but generally one sided 4.5 hour session. However, all was certainly not lost for Blom as he had already racked up $300k in winnings during the day against the likes of Kagome Kagome, Alexonmoon and cottonseed1 prior to the PostFlopAction match. With another win later in the day against cottonseed1 Blom was able to end the day as the second biggest winner, taking a $240k win - second only to PostFlopAction's $317k effort. Read about the days events in more detail here
Sunday 6th saw Isildur1 back atop the leader board with a $344k win. While his duel's with cottonseed1 and PostFlopAction in particular raged throughout the day it was really a couple of sessions against Alexonmoon which gave Blom his big score for the day as he took the French limit pro for c.$300k over two sessions. In fact, Alexonmoon came back quite well in one of the sessions where he looked to be heading for a -$400k disaster but managed to peg Blom back to taking just over $200k. Isildur also enjoyed a quick $93k win from SallyWoo at the FLO8 tables. We also saw Gus Hansen post a six figure win for the first time since hie big downswing. Read more about Saturday's match ups here
The final day of the week saw a similar set up to Friday's events for Isildur1 as he started the day well (taking c.$150k at $300/$600 NLHE against Trueteller) before losing a big match against a rejuvenated PostFlopAction where he lost over $400k in around 2 hours of play. As with two days previous Isildur1 shrugged off his big loss, took some time out and came back as strong as ever winning against durrrr and Alexonmoon at triple draw, KPR16 and SallyWoo at FLO8 and eventually (after losing an initial $82k at PLO) against Sauce1234 at the triple draw tables. Once again Blom ended the day second to PostFlopAction (who ended up $367.5k up) with a $273.5k score to give him his $2.71m winning week total. The day also saw a great performance from Gus Hansen who ended the day a $257k winner, mainly down to a very late night duel with KPR16 at the FLO8 tables where Gus walked away a $237k winner. Gus had earlier beaten up Sauce1234 at the same tables for over $230k but then lost most of this back at the triple draw tables before taking on KPR16 - you can read more about the final day of the week here
Despite winning close to $700k in the final two days of the week PostFlopAction actually ended the week a small ($49k) loser. The second biggest winner of the week with an impressive (if somewhat small in comparison to Blom) $434.8k win was Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene who grabbed his winnings at the CAP PLO tables of Full Tilt, with Erik1223 in third spot with a $321.9k score for the week.
With the new week just underway and already with big names like Phil "Polarizing" Ivey, Gus Hansen, Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, Isildur1 and PostFlopAction at the tables it looks like the games at Full Tilt will only get bigger and better.
Week 1 2013's Biggest Winners
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To see the full list of winners and losers for the first week of January check out our results page or to see ongoing action as it plays out see our live results section