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It’s Phil Ivey A Fish?

Phil Ivey is considered by many the best all-around poker player in the world, however, lately when he sits at an online high stakes table in Full Tilt Poker there is a growing number of players willing to play against him. And, perhaps counterintuitively, he will generally finish his session in the same fashion that your drunken neighbor’s night, at the weekly homegame, inevitably ends: with heavy loses.

In fact since poker’s own Black Friday Ivey has dropped a whopping 6.4 million dollars in 194,847 hands played over a span of less than three years, he is amazingly the big fish in this games only surpassed by “The Great Dane” Gus Hansen who is down a cool 17.5 million dollars since Black Friday. Maybe just “The Dane” will be more fitting?

So has Ivey suddenly become terrible at poker? of course not. He is just facing the same problem that many poker players suffer in casinos and poker sites all over the world: bad table election. Simply explained, if you sit the ninth best poker player in a game where the other eight best players happen to be seated, he is bound to lose his shirt.

Easily the biggest factor that comes in play at bad table selection is a poker player’s ego, and we’re not talking your regular nobody can beat me at “whatever silly sporty thing”, no, poker player’s ego is in a league by itself. It’s such a psychological conundrum that should need teams of doctors devoted to it, if not entire universities, just to get a shot at solving it.

So, next time you visit your local casino and find a hundred regular looking poker players, you can be quite sure you just found one hundred persons who feel sorry for the other ninety nine poor souls that are about to be torn apart by their superior poker skills. It’s easy to see then, why this poker masterminds can’t be bothered to take a minute to walk around the poker room looking for the most lucrative tables. But you should. Because in poker success is measured very easily: how much you win.

Of course there are benefits to sitting in a game with a bunch of players better than you. You’ll stand lo learn a lot of useful lessons on how to beat yourself, and all this for the mere prize of the contents of your wallet. Is it worth it? Phil Ivey thinks it is. Or is he just another fish?


Isildur1 & Gus Hansen Enjoy Six Figure Days at the Nosebleeds


It’s been a while since both Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Gus Hansen both enjoyed good days at Full Tilt’s high stakes tables, but yesterday they ended up as numbers 1 and 2 on the daily leaderboard. Blom was the day’s biggest winner with a $177.1k win at the mixed game tables.

Once again, Blom’s adversary was Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn, and this time the pair played for a little over four hours during two evening sessions, punctuated only by a change of table.

Although it was a swingy match, PostflopAction never managed anything other than breaking even throughout the match, as Isildur1 built a near $200k lead with just over an hour of the match gone. However, the lead was short lived, as PostflopAction responded well, wiping out Blom’s lead as the young Russian momentarily took the lead in the match at around the half way mark. The final two hours, though, saw the Full Tilt pro rebuild his big lead, and he eventually ended the match with a $177k win.

Gus Hansen made all his money from the limit games. His early games were all heads-up at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables. He won $26k from Kagome Kagome in a morning session, and ended up, after a back and forth battle with PostflopAction, with a total of $94.4k profit from the Triple Draw tables after three afternoon bouts with the young Russian.

After a couple of hours hiatus from the tables, Hansen was back, to take on KPR16 at the FLO8 tables. He started the match well, adding a further $60k to his daily haul, before KPR16 hit a good run, which totally wiped out Hansens’s daily profit, and plunged him into the red by around $30k for the day.

During the last 40 hands of their 215 hand battle, however, Hansen hit a huge run of cards which enabled him to end the session up $42k and up $136.4k

There were no other six figure winners yesterday.

Yesterday’s Biggest Winners

Isildur1 +$177.1k

Gus Hansen +$136.4k

yurasov1990 +$75.4k

DrugsOrMe +$70.6k