Black Friday meant Americans could no longer play online at Full Tilt and PokerStars, but that didn’t stop Patrik Antonius from winning more than a million dollars. Find out who won and who lost in online cash games in our weekly high-stakes report.
Black Friday likely changed the landscape of the online high-stakes world forever, as U.S. players were blocked from playing at Full Tilt and PokerStars last week. However, it’s hard to believe U.S. players like Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Phil Ivey won’t be back online from another country at some point in the future.
For now, though, the nosebleed action was the playground for Euros. And despite a smaller player pool, a lot of money was still changing hands. Patrik Antonius was the big winner after a slow start to 2011. He was up more than $1.2 million, despite playing just over 2,000 hands. He and Hansen mixed it up on a couple of occasions in the past week, with Antonius obviously coming out the winner.
Jens “Ingenious89” Kyllönen, another Finn, also had a huge week, booking profits of nearly $1.1 million this week, playing just over 2,300 hands. Kyllönen is only 21, and the departure of the Americans apparently gave him an opportunity to fill the void left behind.
NoPasaran was the only other player to book profits of more than a quarter of a million this week, while Sauce123 was the top player at PokerStars this week, up $131K.
The top 10 (this week)
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Patrik Antonius $1,237,318
Jp kelly $120,898
Wreed Platzak $114,219
Where did Antonius get a lot of his winnings from? At least a few players in the bottom 10 for the week, including Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen and Hansen. Skjervoy was a huge loser for the week, down more than $1.1 million. Hansen also took a pretty good hit, down $157K.
Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies was also down (-$136K), but we might have seen his last appearance at PokerStars and Full Tilt. He said he would no longer play at those sites after the charges levied against them last week.
The bottom 10 (this week)
O Fortuna PLS -$251,622
Gus Hansen -$157,492
Peter Jetten -$134,524
Hansen’s losses cut into his 2011 profit, but he is still up $3.5 million for the year. Daniel “jungleman12” Cates, an American, is still at No. 2, up $1.9 million.
Both Antonius and Ingenious89 launched themselves into the top 10 with their big weeks.
Gus Hansen $3,554,858
Matt Hawrilenko $1,440,095
Phil Ivey $1,336,313
Patrik Antonius $1,130,159
For now, it appears Dwan is locked into the top spot in the top losers for 2011, down $2.4 million. Although No. 2 behind him is a German player, kagome kagome.
By virtue of his poor week, skjervoy went from profit in 2011 to the top 10 losers, coming in at No. 8
2011 top losers
kagome kagome -$1,927,246
David Benefield -$742,419
Cole South -$710,207
Niki Jedlicka -$512,316