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#1 – “ragen70” – Topping the list with a $714,575 score over 20 session and 3641 hands was poker’s 16th biggest all time winner. Bringing his total above $3.2 million again, ragen70 is trending up, and the biggest benefactors to the grinder’s success were Gus Hansen and “Kagome Kagome” (aka IHateJuice) in 2-7 Triple Draw. Action was driven by “Isildur1”, but it looks like he managed not to drop much of the $345k that “ragen70” picked up in that session, right off the back of a +$175k session the night before in the same game.
#2 – Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar – Millar’s autumn of success continued this week with a $612,619 pick up over 12 profitable sessions and 1266 hands. The $600k+ block was a huge spike in his win total and put Alex up $2.23 million lifetime and slid into 29th on the all time winners list. “punting-peddler,” Viktor Blom and “RealMonies” were his biggest competitors (read contributors) this week.
#3 – Viktor “Isildur1” Blom – Blom was very, very…very busy this week. 131 sessions over 15,454 hands netted $440,857, but that was not nearly the entire story. On the 25th, Isildur1 won over a million dollars…by the morning of the 26th, he had lost almost all of it. Thanks to Gus Hansen, “Kagome Kagome,” “RookieNFL,” (well, mostly Gus Hansen), Blom looked like he was going to lock up the day and week (even the month) at the top of the Elite Eight, then he jumped over to the NLHE tables to take on Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar. In 3.5 hours, Viktor was beat for $612.7k. Maybe looking to call it quits and still be way up for the day, Blom did shut it down, but an hour and a half later the bug bit again and Isildur was playing $500/1000 CAP NLHE with high flyer Doug “WCGRider” Polk, coughing up another $223k. While he was up $173.9k over the series of sessions, it was a far cry from a $1.1 million high point. But that’s OK, he’d sack him for $1.2 million at $400/800 NLHE on the 27th…and redistributed the better part of that to the rest of the high stakes poker world.
#4 – Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky is working on breaking into the Top 10 All Time List, currently pulling in at 13th. Probably would go better if he can avoid “WGCRider,” but despite a clash on the 24th with his new nemesis, Sulsky laid down 29 sessions and earned $159,128 in 4,856 hands. The number 4 spot this week is a big fall off from the top 3, but that shows you what rare-air the big players work in. Will Ben have to explore new heights to break into that top 10, or will he be able to plug along at a fine pace creeping his way up while others rise and plummet?
#5 – “RealMonies” – Digging out of a deep hole built taking high stakes shots over the years, “RealMonies” seems to have come up with a strategy to earn real money lately as 2013 has seen play (primarily) above the 0-line and in the black. “RealMonies” currently sits just under $400k lifetime and this week’s\ 1439 hands played in 24 sessions netted the grinder $123,107.
#6 – “Sanlker” – The mystery German was up just a hair under $100k this week, but his roller coaster ride in the high stakes world continues after being down as far as $800k in the fall. However, this week’s sixth place performance of $96,224 came over 4980 hands in 31 sessions, showing that “Sanlker” is putting in the work. That work put him in a place to finally make a come back against “Denoking” (who had been crushing him) and salvage the week with a $900k winning session, bailing him out of a downfall, and putting him on the Elite Eight list.
#7 – Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau – The French high stakes grinder (in the mid-fifties on the all time earnings list) continued to churn along on the upward trend that started a year ago. It was some solid play in a short workweek that landed Luneau at number 7 with a mere 5 sessions and 1029 hands netting him $73,682.
#8 – “WCGRider” – it wasn’t the “World Cyber Games” for “WCGRider” this week, but it was certainly one hell of a ride. After going up against “Isildur1” and losing $1.2 MILLION on the 27th, ‘Rider still went to work and not only pulled out a winning week, but the number 8 spot on the Elite List. 46 sessions over 6,422 hands netted $72,127, but more importantly, a winning session after a massive loss.
Honorable Mentions: For being next in line for the Elite Eight, and for taking a recovery step up from previous big losses: “bbvisbadfore” ($68,624) and “punting-peddler” ($63,137.)
#1 -- Gus Hansen – Three weeks in a row on top of the losers list…more than that over the year. Victim of the “Isildur1” rampage, feeder of all top 3 scores, “he who shall not break even,” whatever you want to call him – Hansen is our biggest loser this week. 37 sessions and 7,573 hands (most in 2-7TD) led to a loss of an amazing $1,397,462. Oh, you can also hang the moniker of “He who has always LOST more than the biggest winner WON for 5 weeks.”
#2 – “RookieNFL” – Also a victim of the “Isildur1” rampage, but able to shut it down at nearly a third of the loss Hansen took, “RookieNFL” had $493,948 say bye-bye during 16 sessions over 908 hands. He just did not put in the work Gus did, I guess.
#3 -- Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius – Antonius got in front of the Blom’s winning streak as well. The $465,683 lost over 20 sessions and 1642 hands (again, mainly at the nosebleed Triple Draw tables) put him at #3 on the biggest losers list and slid him back to #10 on the All Time Winners list. Although they both make the Biggest Losers list regularly, the difference between The Dane and The Finn is really centered around lifetime totals. Antonius: +$4,090,982 Hansen: -$13.2 million. A $17.18 million dollar difference.
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.