Blom falls to the dark side, Ben Tollerene breaks $3 million and climbs, no_Ola makes the Elite Eight in one session and Gus Hansen ALMOST makes it into the black with 3 of 4 winning days.
There is a reason I track TWiHISOP by the week. Because one or two big days can make headlines, but people can lose it back almost as fast. Well, this week, the Elite Eight list is full of players that know something about consistency – even if they haven’t seen the top of the charts in a while. Steady climbs, with a few dips along the way, (hey, that’s poker) have pushed many of them into the top of the all-time earnings charts.
There is no fast road to the top – there might be an Isildur1-like rollercoaster – but there is no fast road. If you want to last long enough to make the Elite Eight more than once, if you want to top the all time earnings list, if you want to be a poker legend…it takes consistency.
Thankfully, we also have that lesson from Gus Hansen, who has consistently turned in losing weeks to show that, also, can be a legendary happy. Hansen relinquished his spot in the top 3 biggest losers with a few winning days, but he still finished fifth on the loser-list, dropping almost $80 grand. But hey, enough kicking The Dane, let’s see who made the Elite Eight this week.
1 – Rui Cao – The Chinese-born, Parisian-raised PLO specialist made it back to the high stakes tables this week and blasted out of a hole that formed in the middle of this year, thanks primarily to a win over “WCGRider” to the tune of $292,000. He’s now pushed his lifetime winnings back up to the $600k range, mainly thanks to a $498,446 take this week earned in a hefty 6820 hands and 28 sessions on Full Tilt Poker.
2 – Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene – I started off talking about consistency and productivity. Tollerene has both. While there are occasional big dips in his otherwise upward facing trend line, his lifetime earnings are pretty smooth for a PLO specialist. This week, he jumped into the $500/$1000 Capped PLO tables with none other than “Isildur1,” letting him close the week with a $167k win in that session. Ben played just 12 sessions and 1359 hands all told this week, raking in $312,649.
3. – no_Ola – the Super Swede helped keep his place in the top 30 online HSP earners of all time this week – and he did it in one go. Playing just 223 hands this week, all in the same session, no_Ola raked in $261,029 and called it quits. Too long to be a hit and run, barely long enough to be considered a session, you’d lave to think our super-secret Swede quickly figured out a hell of a vacation to take with his $250k+ score.
4 – Dan “w00ki3z” Cates –No FTP time for “jungleman12” this week. Nope, one of our favorite-al-time high stakes grinders put in a little work on ‘Stars notching a $186,423 win over 17 sessions and 2630 hands. That brings his PS winnings total over $600k lifetime.
5 – YurNas -- $133,874 was the magic number for YurNas to say “enough” this week and log off with a profit. Still, this 19 session, 3462 hands, was just the ticked to get him out of the red and raise lifetime earnings to just a hair under $130k. Let’s see if it holds.
6. – chiba_29 – A newcomer on the list and to the high stakes scene in general. “chiba_29” spent this week digging himself out of the hole he dug in the last two months (maybe just the price for learning the ropes), but the $77,940 score on FTP was his biggest week lifetime and pulled him just over $12k for total earnings.
“chiba” put in work too – 55 sessions and 2707 hands.
7. – BLUFFLLO – The wonderfully named, but IRL unknown grinder known as “BLUFFLLO” racked up a substantial (but not stunning) $63,141 to come in 7th on this week’s Elite Eight. Another consistent grinder, BLUFFLLO’s scale looks like a rising set of plateaus and this week’s 22 sessions and 2964 hands added another level to the scale.
8. Odd_Oddsen – The 22nd biggest earner all time in High Stakes online poker squeaked into this week’s Elite Eight on a meager 14 sessions and 1124 hands. The net earnings were only $61,000 (on the nose,) but it was enough to do the trick this week. Let’s see how high he climbs.
Honorable Mentions – For staying right on these pages every week – “ragen70” $43,836 (10th), and “Sauce1234” $35,478 (13th.)
1 – Viktor “Isildur1” Blom – The magic wore off a bit for Blom this week. While not Gun Hansen style numbers, blowing up $712,886 dollars in 46 sessions over 6336 might be the beginning of the next free fall for Viktor. Ben Tollerene was the biggest beneficiary of Blom’s winnings, who picked up $167k in Hi Cap PLO.
2 -- “WCGRider” – the heads-up specialist ran into a buzz saw shaped like Rui Cao at the high stakes PLO tables this week. The loss knocks him down, but he remains in the black even after flopping $332,118 in 8 sessions over 3997 hands.
3 – “bbvisbadforme” – The Full Tilt high stakes prowler slid a little further down the rabbit hold, but not nearly as far as number 1 & 2 on this week’s loser list. “bbv” lost just $85,976 in just 8 sessions and 1765 hands.
About Matt Waldron: Matt Waldron is an international journalist, writer, home brewer, poker player, and (when he’s not busy with all that) a professional in the product and brand development world. “Waldo” has covered the WPT, WSOP, EPT/NAPT and online poker since 2006 in some form or another and well – he hasn’t gotten tired of it yet.