Galfond Crushing...Railbirds Happy
Aug. 4, 2011, Posted by Pokerfarm
Phil Galfond's decision to move to Canada to further pursue his lucrative online poker career looks like an absolute a no-brainer. Bluefire Poker founder has now crushed the Pokerstars high stakes tables for more than $250k.
Better known for his FTP screen name "OMGClayAiken", the American pro put in a respective volume of 5,799 hands throughout last weekend and netted $256k, mainly playing $25/50 PLO tables. And he was mainly draining Isildur's bankroll. He also took bits and pieces in smaller sessions against Ben Sulsky and Alexey Makarov.
The Swede dropped $120k in their PLO sessions which is almost half of Galfond's weekend winnings. This continues to demonstrate Isildur's massive swings as he proves time and time again to be the most aggressive heads up player in the world. Blom's motivation also appears to be as high as his confidence as the fearless Swede has put in some really huge volume sessions considering the stakes. Isildur has played almost 65,000 in the last two weeks alone, which is more than what many high stakes pros play online per year. His motivation has been vindicated this time because he finished the month of July as 2nd best to Norwegian pro Skjervoy.
Skjervoy also made a nice profit of little over six figures ($107k). The before mentioned Makarov also finished the weekend with about $111k despite his losing session with Phil Galfond.
The biggest losers of the weekend were 'gavz101' and 'le kork'. Both Gavz, who is up almost $2 million on his Stars account this year, and June's biggest surprise – le kork – were left with $150k shorter bankrolls.
This summer's high stakes action on Pokerstars has been quite a rollercoaster ride, although missing some big names regulars that we are used to seeing on Full Tilt. Phil Galfond, known as 'MrSweets28' on Pokerstars, could in fact be a trailblazer for many currently missing American professionals. With the likes of Brian Hastings and Daniel Cates reportedly looking to move from their home country, it is just a question a time before many of their high stakes colleagues do the same?
Although stakes currently favored on Stars are not as high as they were on Full Tilt, there is little doubt that many soon to be relocated American pros will step things up a notch or two. Considering Isildur's constant degenerate willingness to play the biggest pots and match up against anyone, the nosebleed railbirds are in for a series of treats. We can expect the stakes to be raised even further and the games to become even juicier. With more competition emerging every day, we should be in for a treat with some epic pots and intriguing poker. Online poker is looking good for the railbirds.....