Viktor “Isildur1” Blom didn’t need too much time to figure out how to get back to his winning ways. He beat a New Year’s downswing the old-fashioned way, by grinding day and night at the highest stakes in online poker.
According to HighStakesDB, the Swede played an astounding 350 sessions and 41,590 hands between January 1 and 20, 2014. He went on a major heater, winning $1,821,884 in the last eight days after a losing start to the year. Blom is the only player to hit the million-dollar mark in 2014, showing a profit of $1,181,842 in January.
He had big six-figure winning sessions including an unbelievable Friday. “Isildur1” managed to win over $813k in just 24 hours on January 17. He started the day at the 2-7 Triple Draw and Pot-Limit Omaha tables, but his first major win came in a $1,500/$3,000 mixed-game session against Russian Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn. Blom took from the Russian’s bankroll almost $290k, including a $130k pot in a PLO round. “PostflopAction” started the action minraising from the small blind. The Swede three-bet, but the Russian wanted to have initiative so he four-bet. “Isildur1” called and check/raised pot on a dry T-4-8 board with top pair. Kostritsyn put all his chips in the middle with AKQ8 double-suited and 34% equity to win the pot either on the turn or the river. Although the Run-It-Twice option was activated, the Russian lost in both situations.
After that session, Blom took on “SallyWoo” at the $2,000/4,000 Fixed-Limit Omaha 8-or-Better tables, winning $410k in a six-hour span. He also had a losing session on that day while playing 2-7TD against Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker, but that didn’t stop him from hitting the million-dollar profit mark for the first time in the New Year.
Second in the 2014 winners’ leaderboard is American PLO specialist Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene. He slowly but surely raised through the ranks and managed to win $800k in the first 20 days of the year. Last week, Tollerene cashed in $444k in 2,496 hands on Full Tilt. However, on PokerStars, the American didn’t have a good run this year. He lost $232k while playing under the nickname “Ben86.”
The third biggest winner since January 1, 2014 is self-proclaimed best heads-up No-Limit Hold’em cash player Doug “WCGRider” Polk. He resumed his play last week starting the year in style with a $700k profit in only 5,027 hands. The American had a big weekend crushing red-hot Blom at the $500/$1,000 CAP NLHE tables. He won the heads-up battle against the Swede in style, taking from him almost $666k.
Gus Hansen continues to dominate the losers’ leaderboard like no one else before. The Dane cannot stop losing and is down $1,161,939 for the month. He played 2,281 hands in the last eight days, leaking over $400k in the process. His biggest leak is his PLO game, losing $783,007 in 8,771 hands played in January. Overall, since registering on Full Tilt in May 2007, Hansen has lost over $16 million.
Far behind the Dane sits Finish pro Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius. He didn’t play at all last week and is still down $303k. Ben “sauce1234” Sulsky is the third biggest loser of 2014 with -$206,647. He lost $90k while playing NLHE and $78k at the PLO tables in the last eight days. His position in the leaderboard shouldn’t come as a surprise since he was number six in the 2013 biggest online poker losers’ list with -$1.47 million. Can Sulsky weather the 2014 storm?