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High-Stakes Online Poker: Niklas Heinecker Up $2 Million In Seven Days

Poker Pro Has Won Nearly $6.5M Between Live And Online For The Year


Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker just had one of the best weeks in the history of online poker.

The German won $2 million in the span of just seven days, playing $400-$800 no-limit hold’em, according to tracking data from HighstakesDB. Those games have been huge lately thanks to just one mark, who isn’t necessarily a poor player, but just not world-class, according to the high-stakes community.

Unknown MalACEsia, who logs on to Full Tilt Poker from Macau, has been the catalyst for these six-handed tables for about the past 12 weeks. The top no-limit hold’em pros in the world have come out to try and capitalize on MalACEsia’s gamble.

In that time span, MalACEsia has dropped more than $3.3 million after about 35,000 hands.

It was Heinecker who won big this week thanks to MalACEsia reckless play.

On Wednesday, the two players were tangled up in a massive $403,000 hand.

The action began with Heinecker ($500,000 in his stack) raising to $2,000. It was folded around to MalACEsia ($200,000 stack) in the big blind. S/he made it $7,200, and Heinecker elected to call with position and huge pot odds.

The flop fell 9Spade Suit 7Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit, and MalACEsia bet $9,600. Heinecker made it $25,600, and MalACEsia four-bet to $80,000. Heinecker five-bet shoved, and MalACEsia called.

Heinecker tabled the 8Heart Suit 6Heart Suit for the nuts, while MalACEsia was drawing for a flush with the ASpade Suit QSpade Suit. According to Card Player’s hold’em odds calculator, MalACEsia wins slightly more than a third of the time.

The plays ran it just once.

The turn brought the 7Club Suit, which wasn’t what MalACEsia needed.

A 2Heart Suit on the river completed the board and gave the German a massive pot. The hand was one of the largest of the entire year so far.

Other big winners in the game over the past week were proudlikeagoat ($436,000) and IReadYrSoul ($350,000). MalACEsia wasn’t the only player to lose at the $400-$800 tables during the aforementioned time span, but no one came close to that account’s $1 million in losses.

Going back to Heinecker: The German is having an incredible year in both live and online settings. In early June, he won $4,456,885 in the 2013 GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions.

Here’s a look at the leader board for the high-stakes online games this year:

Winners In 2013

cottonseed1: $3.8 million
Rhje: $2.9 million
Viktor “Isildur1” Blom: $2.8 million
Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn: $2.7 million
Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene: $2.7 million

Losers In 2013

samrostan: -$3.4 million
Gus Hansen: -$3.39 million
MalACEsia: -$3.3 million
Phil “Polarizing” Ivey: -$3 million
punting-peddler: -$1.6 million

Figures via HighstakesDB.