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Nosebleeds Report: "samrostan" has Big Week

A Macau-based high-stakes poker player stole the show at the mixed-games tables last week; he outperformed big names such as Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn, Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius, and Rui Cao, earning almost $668k in 1,678 hands.

Online pro “samrostan,” also known as The Artist, came up big in two major 8-Game sessions that secured him the top spot in last week’s online winners’ leaderboard. He was involved in the biggest pot of the month so far, according to HighStakesDB.

While playing with Isildur1 and PostflopAction, samrostan won a $265k pot in a Pot-Limit Omaha hand on Tuesday. Both Blom and Kostritsyn moved all-in on an 8-3-10 rainbow flop after aggressive pre-flop plays, but it was the Asian player who had the edge. Holding bullets in the hole, samrostan eventually made a straight on the river that helped him take down the huge pot. He was back at the 8-Game tables on Friday, continuing where he left off three days ago and winning over $308k.

The Macau-based player also played 2-7 Triple Draw last week, but didn’t enjoy the same success as in the mixed games. He lost $123k at the 2-7 TD tables. Nevertheless, he still tops the winning leaderboard with a major $594,437 profit.

The second big winner in the last seven days is FinddaGrind. Antonius had a great start to the week, winning over $275k at the $2,000/4,000 2-7 TD tables mostly thanks to Russian Kostritsyn, who leaked around $226k in just 1 hour and 40 minutes and 212 hands.

Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker seems to be unstoppable at the Draw tables, managing every time to finish a session with a profit. Last week, he played just 741 hands, but still won over $238k.

The biggest winner on PokerStars is Russian No-Limit Hold’em specialist “forhayley.” He played 116 sessions and 10,213 hands in the second week of December, winning $156,124.

The losers’ leaderboard is dominated by Blom. The Swede was the biggest loser for the second straight week with -$423,887. Overall, in December, he played 16,411 poker hands from NLHE and PLO to Limit Omaha 8-or-Better and 2-7 TD, losing $847k. Swiss Ronny “ronnyr37617” Kaiser is next with -$215k in the last seven days playing mostly PLO and 2-7 TD.

Career-wise, however, Kaiser is still a winner on Full Tilt. Since 2010, he has won $839,922 in 133,291 hands at $25/$50NL and higher. After a terrific restart last year, reaching the $2 million mark, ronnyr37617 is on a major downswing in the last ten months. He has taken hit after hit, losing almost $1.3 million. How will his bankroll look at the end of 2013 if the downswing continues?

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