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Hansen, Dwan, Blom Down $3.3 Million Collectively Since Full Tilt Poker Relaunch

Losses Have Propelled Ben Sulsky To A Bigger Winner During Time Frame


Despite being a few of the best players in the poker world and representatives of the new Full Tilt, Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom have bled money since November’s relaunch.

The three poker pros have lost $3.3 million collectively on the poker site over the past month, according to data collected from the HighstakesDB.

Hansen’s down about $2.2 million, Dwan’s in the hole about $780,000 and the rest is Blom’s.

Nearly all of Dwan’s losses have come over the past week, thanks to poor sessions of 2-7 triple draw against Ben “Sauce1234” Sulksy, who is a big winner since Full Tilt came back. He also currently sits as the top earner this year across all sites with about $4 million in profits.

Sulsky, a 25-year-old originally from New Hampshire, has been one of the most prolific and deepest-thinking online players in recent memory. One of his most memorable hands includes calling all-in with 10-high on the river in no-limit hold’em, only to be beat by jack-high.

On Thursday, Blom’s Twitter account announced that he and Dwan will square off in a no-limit hold’em challenge, with $200,000 devoted to the contest. Dwan, who now lives in Macau, responded by Tweeting: “Hoping it goes better than the last time we played.”

Blom, a 22-year-old Swede, rose to fame after dominating the no-limit hold’em tables, including Dwan, on the site during fall 2009. However, he gave it all back soon thereafter and is down about $3 million lifetime on the site, according to HighstakesDB.

While most of the action on Full Tilt has been in draw games, PokerStars has been home to some intense action at pot-limit Omaha. The biggest pot of the past month, according to HighstakesDB, was a $457,945 monster which pitted Ilari Sahamies against Sulsky.

After some heavy preflop betting, both players say a flop of 9Spade Suit 8Heart Suit 7Heart Suit. All the money quickly went into the middle. Sulsky had flopped the nuts with the AHeart Suit KSpade Suit JSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit, but was in a brutal spot against Sahamies’ JHeart Suit 10Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit. Sahamies was freerolling his opponent.

According to Card Player’s pot-limit Omaha odds calculator, Sahamies wins about 50 percent of the time, while the two chop it about half the time as well.

The turn brought the 3Diamond Suit and the river the 6Spade Suit, giving Sulsky a fortunate fade.

Sahamies, a Finnish cash game grinder, has been one of the most bankroll-aggressive players in the history of web poker. He has gone on some wild swings, but still sits with more than $3 million lifetime in winnings across PokerStars and Full Tilt.

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