Huge Games at the High Stakes
Sept. 10, 2011, Posted by Pokerfarm
Railbirds couldn't have wished for a better September. Only ten days into the month and we have already witnessed half million dollars pots, massive deep stack ring game action and marathon-long sessions.
As if the crazy August action wasn't enough, the Pokerstars high stakes tables were operating almost 24/7. Many recognized names were involved in the action this week as they battled it through a ten hour session. Two familiar names came on top; Phil Galfond and Ilari Sahamies continued their great form and won a lot of mint. Galfond shipped almost $400,000 while the flying Finn netted more than $500,000. Surely it didn't take him long to forget his million dollar loss to Isildur1 two weeks ago.
The main game this week was $200/400 PLO and most of the fifteen players involved bought in 250bb deep. The most notable names included in these games were 'Skjervoy', 'RealAndyBeal' and 'refaelamit' among many others. On the other hand, two really big names missed out on the action – Viktor Blom and Brian Hastings – authors of the biggest PLO game in history were off duty. Hasting recently followed in Galfond's footsteps and relocated to Canada so we are sure to see a big clash between him and the infamous Swede sometime in the near future.
The biggest casualty of this week's games was Skjervoy – the consistent Scandinavian tops the Pokerstars leaderboard for this year but had a poor start to the month. Andreas dropped $650,000 in just one day and suffered a big defeat after a really long period of time. It will be interesting to see how the Norwegian pro will pick himself up from this big downswing as he is known as 'Mr. Consistency' among the railbirds. The downswing didn't affect his #1 status on the table ratings as he is still in the lead in front of another PLO specialist – Rui 'PepperoniF' Cao.
The weekend has started and as always we can expect the biggest pots on Saturday and Sunday nights. More and more American players are finding their way back into the game and we could see some big comebacks in the next few days or weeks, especially now that the WCOOP has started on Pokerstars.
We will continue to report on high stakes action as always so make sure you check back with us!