High Stakes Drama
Aug. 16, 2011, Posted by Pokerfarm
What a week it's been for the poker community.
We've seen one of the best heads up players in the world, Haseeb Qureshi aka Internetpokers, quit poker altogether due to the Girah scamming scandal, Pokerstars nosebleed tables warmly welcomed the return of the Finnish poker superhero known as Ziigmund and Phil Galfond is still crushing everyone. Let us take a step by step approach to last week's action.
Four players stood up among the many high stakes names prior to the weekend. Australian David 'Deldar182' Eldar was on top of his game and thickened his balance with almost $184,000. Alongside him was 'verve.oasis' who netted around $40,000 less than the Aussie. The two remaining players who joined the 'club $100k' were Team Pokerstars Pro Theo J and PLO specialist PepperoniF. Theo Jorgensen's winnings were reported at $144,000 while Rui 'PepperoniF' Cao hovered around the $120,000 mark.
The Pokerstars pro made a significant amount of his weekly profit playing short-handed $100/200 PLO. In a monster session against many familiar names including 'Terken89' and the before mentioned 'Deldar182', Jorgensen took down an impressive $94,000. What's even more impressive is the fact that he won his biggest pot playing in another 6max game of PLO, but this time with blinds set at $25/50. Jorgensen won a massive $62,000 pot after turning a straight and his opponent showing second pair.
As Omaha continues to be the favorite game of most nosebleed players, one guy stands out week after week. As we mentioned before, Rui Cao had another great day on Monday. Playing against Ben 'Sauce123' Sulsky and Alexey 'LuckyGump' Makarov, Cao managed to increase his net worth by more than $140,000. And here's where it gets even more interesting. Cao sat down at a $200/400 PLO table where Ilari 'Ziigmund' Sahamies was playing heads up the Chinese 'f2fish'.
Rui wanted to play with them but Ilari's refusal to do so lead to some fireworks exploding in table chat. Cao publicly challenged Sahamies to a heads up match claiming that he would 'destroy him' and that he 'hates that little goblin'. Considering the fact that both Cao and Sahamies are August's biggest winners (up around $400,000) we could be in for a really spectacular match and a lot of trash-talk if Ziigi accepts PepperoniF's challenge.
We've already reported on Phil 'MrSweets28' Galfond's return to the world of online poker. Phil also enjoyed a good run at the Pokerstars high stakes tables for the last three weeks, amassing a total profit of $375,000. Galfond was destroying the competition playing mostly $25/50 PLO ring games. He also took on 'f2fish' for a quick spin in a heads up match and won seven buy-ins in just half an hour. BlueFirePoker founder is finally in the black on his Stars account this year and there is no doubt he will maintain that trend after finally resolving his residential issues.
Considering the jam-packed summer action on Pokerstars, moving to Canada was perhaps the best decision he could've made.