Phil Galfond finally got his answer. After losing $1.4 million in just five days last month, the online poker legend was in search of answers and tweeted out a very interesting question: “What’s the best way to make a quick $1.4M back? Asking for a friend.”
He managed to solve the puzzle one month later by winning big between April 6-9. No, it was not a flight to Macau that did the trick, nor playing bacarrat, as his friend Tom Dwan suggested. The solution was much more standard and involved grinding the highest stakes in online poker.
‘OMGClayAiken’ had a fantastic week by concentrating mainly on mixed games. According to HighStakesDB, he won $1.1 million in four days, crushing the likes of Phil ‘Polarizing’ Ivey, Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, Alexander ‘PostflopAction’ Kostritsyn, and Patrik ‘FinddaGrind’ Antonius at the 8-Game tables. He played 4,780 8-Game hands on Full Tilt last week, cashing in over $864k. Overall, between April 6-13, 2014, ‘OMGClayAiken’ won $956,491. The additional $134k won on PokerStars made him the biggest nosebleeds winner of last week and the only player with a seven-figure profit.
Austrian Nikolaus Jedlicka came in second place, dominating the mixed-games action alongside Galfond. He won $932,155 in almost 11k hands, most of them played on FTP at the 8-Game tables. However, he still has a long way to go to break even in the online world. He started his poker adventure by hitting a major slump and losing one big session after another while playing Pot Limit Omaha. At one time, the Austrian was down almost $4.5 million, but turned things around in April by winning $1.4 million.
Russian high stakes player ‘Trueteller’ is third in the winners’ leaderboard, cashing in over $643k in the last seven days. He had a big Sunday, taking $700k from Macau-based samrostan’s bankroll. The pair played four sessions at the 2-7 Triple Draw and CAP PLO tables with ‘Trueteller’ winning three of them. He also played 2k hands on PS, experimenting at the No Limit Hold’Em high-stakes table and open-limping in several spots with hands like #kd#10c or #qc#7c.
The biggest losers’ leaderboard is dominated by two high stakes players. One of them is ‘samrostan,’ who played over 13k hands at high stakes between April 6-13, losing $990k “thanks” mostly to the four-session Sunday played against ‘Trueteller.’ Still, he is not the biggest loser of last week. Viktor Blom is!
The Swede is on a big downswing after starting the year hot. He played 108 sessions and 12,703 hands on FTP, leaking $1,090,632. Most of the money was lost at the 8-Game tables where he grinded 7,548 hands. Lifetime, he is once again in the red and is down over $2.5 million.
Other players like Phil Ivey and Daniel ‘jungleman12’ Cates complete the biggest losers’ leaderboard with six-figure downswings. No sign of Gus Hansen though. He took the week off and didn’t play a single hand at the nosebleeds stakes. When will he come back?