The Online Railbird Report: "RaiseOnce" Becomes Week’s Biggest Winner Banking $563,702

Online Railbird Report

The 2012 World Series of Poker Europe is in the books, and the PokerStars European Poker Tour Sanremo is underway. All the while, the online high-stakes games over on PokerStars have been running around the clock.

“RaiseOnce” became the biggest winner this week after banking a healthy $563,702 in 4,097 hands across 48 sessions. Not too far behind was “patpatman” (+$415,183 in 78 sessions/13,579 hands), and rounding out the top three was Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$275,915 in 236 sessions/15,597 hands).

“Odd_Oddsen” followed up last week’s $317,778 win by giving it all back and then some; in fact, he ended on top of the losing column after dropping $389,217 in 7,393 hands over 147 sessions. Others with losing weeks were “The Liar” (-$258,641 in 109 sessions/9,087 hands) and Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (-$228,430 in 24 sessions/3,573 hands).

Tollerene Continues to Roll; Finishes as Saturday’s Biggest Winner

After a rough start to the year, Ben “Ben86” Tollerene has gotten back on track. He won $1.3 million in August, and he continued his winning ways in September. In fact, on Saturday, Sept. 29, he banked a $124,000 win playing mainly $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha.

In his biggest pot of the day, action was five-handed when Tollerene ($41,491) opened for $1,000 from the cutoff and received a call from last week’s second biggest winner, “Odd_Oddsen” ($85,888.33), from the button. Both blinds got out of the way and the flop fell {6-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{8-Hearts}.

Tollerene proceeded to check-call a bet of $1,800 and then check-called a bet of $5,000 on the {4-Diamonds} turn. When the {10-Hearts} peeled off on the river, Tollerene check-raised all in for $33,691 after “Odd_Oddsen” bet $13,755. “Odd_Oddsen” called the additional $19,936 and tabled {7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for a ten-high straight, but it was no good against Tollerene’s {9-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{3-Spades} queen-high straight, sending $83,577 in Tollerene's direction.

The aforementioned pot was big, but it was almost $40,000 shy of that day’s biggest. Action was five-handed when “1Il|1Il|1il|” ($76,532) raised to $880 on the button, “M.O.P.” ($41,163) three-bet to $3,040 from the small blind, and “Odd_Oddsen” ($39,613) called from the big. “1Il|1Il|1il|” then four-bet $13,040, two calls were made, and the flop fell {10-Hearts}{3-Spades}{5-Hearts}. “M.O.P.” wasted little time in moving all in for $28,223, “Odd_Oddsen” called off for $26,573, and “1Il|1Il|1il|” called to put them both at risk.

“1Il|1Il|1il|”: {6-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
“Odd_Oddsen”: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
“M.O.P.”: {a-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Spades}{6-Clubs}

The {5-Diamonds} turn gave both “M.O.P.” and “1Il|1Il|1il|” trip fives, but the former’s ace kicker made his best. The {j-Spades} river was of no consequence and “M.O.P.” was pushed the $122,134 pot.

“RaiseOnce” Wins $372,000 Playing FLO8 & 2-7 Triple Draw

We don’t talk about it much in the Online Railbird Report, but there have been some strong fixed-limit Omaha 8 or better (FLO8) and 2-7 Triple Draw games on PokerStars the last couple of months. “RaiseOnce” has been seen at these tables regularly, and on Sunday he won an impressive $372,000, which contributed to him becoming the week’s biggest winner and put him just $157,000 down through 2012.

Approximately $114,000 of “RaiseOnce's” profit came at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables against Vladimir “GVOZDIKA55” Shchemelev, and more than $200,000 of it came in FLO8. Regarding the latter, “RaiseOnce” took most of his winnings from “patpatman,” who dropped a staggering $330,000 over the course of the day and finished as the biggest loser.

Surprisingly, “patpatman” won the day’s biggest pot, which actually came in an early session of $100/$200 no-limit hold’em where he had profited $50,000. In that hand, action was heads-up between “patpatman” ($34,879.30) and Alex “Kanu7” Millar ($37,788.69) when the former opened for $400 and the latter three-bet to $1,400. A call was made, the flop came down {8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{a-Spades}, and then “patpatman” called a bet of $2,200 from Millar. The {4-Diamonds} turn saw Millar lead out, this time for $5,800, and once again Millar called. Millar proceeded to move all in for $28,388.70 on the {q-Hearts} river, and “patpatman” quickly called off for $25,479.29. Millar rolled over {10-Spades}{9-Spades} for a missed gut-shot straight draw, meaning "patpatman's" {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} was good enough to win the $69,758.60 pot.

In the second biggest pot of the day, which happened at the same game, “patpatman” ($54,761.51) opened for $400 on the button and was met with a three-bet to $1,400 from Millar ($30,990.31). From there, “patpatman” called, the flop fell {6-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Spades}, and Millar bet $2,200. “Patpatman” responded with a raise to $5,400 and Millar called before check-calling a bet of $6,500 on the {3-Diamonds} turn. When the {8-Hearts} appeared on the river, Millar checked, “patpatman” bet $22,600, and Millar called off for $17,690.31 with {10-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. Unfortunately for him, “patpatman” rolled over {6-Spades}{4-Spades} to lay claim to the $61,980.63 pot.

“Patpatman” Finds Redemption Against Sulsky in Monday Action

After losing big on Sunday, “patpatman” rebounded on Monday after finishing as the day’s biggest winner with $219,400 in profit. Much of that came from Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, who sits atop the PokerStars 2012 Leaderboard at the $200/$400 no-limit hold’em tables. Needless to say, at stakes that high, there were quite a few big pots.

Hand #1: Action was three-handed with Alex “Kanu7” Millar ($62,483.25) when “patpatman” ($125,653.50) raised to $800 on the button and Sulsky ($112,022) three-bet to $3,200 from the small blind. Millar got out of the way, “patpatman” called, and the flop fell {j-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{5-Diamonds}, which both players checked. When the {j-Hearts} turned, Sulsky led out for $5,444 but was met with a raise to $23,333 by "patpatman." Sulsky called the raise and then moved all in for $85,489 on the {7-Diamonds} river, which “patpatman” called to create a pot worth $224,439. Sulsky turned over {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for a flush, but it was no good against “patpatman's” {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} full house.

Hand #2: The lineup and game were the same when Millar ($132,233) opened for $1,000 on the button, “patpatman” folded from the small blind, and Sulsky ($121,572.50) defended from the big. Sulsky then check-raised Millar’s bet of $1,400 on the {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop up to $4,444, and Millar made the call. The {k-Spades} turn saw Sulsky take the initiative with a bet of $7,444, but Millar decided it wasn’t enough and raised to $22,500. Sulsky called and then check-called a bet of $42,000 on the {2-Hearts} river, creating a $140,083 pot, and discovered his {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} was good against Millar’s {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs}.

Hand #3:


Biggest Weekly PokerStars Winners/Losers

Week’s biggest winners (9/28-10/4): “RaiseOnce” (+$563,702), “patpatman” (+$415,183), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$275,915), Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies (+$190,447), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (+$178,772), Ignat “0Human0” Liviu (+$178,645)

Week’s biggest losers: “Odd_Oddsen” (-$389,217), “The Liar” (-$258,641), Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (-$228,430), Vladimir “GVOZDIKA55” Shchemelev (-$198,948)

Year-to-date winners: Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (+$2,861,043), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$2,403,554), “EireAbu” (+$2,335,897), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (+$1,920,888), Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond (+$1,898,550), “bernard-bb” (+$1,732,118), Alex “Kanu7” Millar (+$1,703,155)

Year-to-date losers: “Zypherin” (-$3,022,053), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$2,553,416), Benny “toweliestar” Spindler (-$1,014,004), Gus “broksi” Hansen (-$866,066), “patpatman” (-$779,133)

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