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High-Stakes Online Poker: Niklas Heinecker Up $6 Million As 2013 Winds Down

German In The Black Well Over $10 Million Between Live And Online


There are just a few weeks left remaining in 2013, and Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker keeps padding his profits in an effort to further distance himself from his colleagues.

The German poker pro is up around $6 million on Full Tilt Poker this year. When you add that to his $4.5 million in live tournament winnings in 2013, he is up a staggering amount.

He is the top performer in all of poker over the past 12 months, if you consider action that was in the public’s eye. Obviously, we don’t know who won big in private live cash games this year. For example, Dan Bilzerian recently Tweeted that he won $10.8 million in a private cash game, but obviously that figure cannot be confirmed — nor disputed.

Heinecker has about double the profits of the second-place Internet earner on the HighstakesDB list. That honor goes to Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene.

The list isn’t too useful anymore though, since many players have opted out of having their results tracked. It’s a shame if you are interested in following the high-stakes action.

At any rate, the good news is that tracking individual pots doesn’t seem to be affected. The largest pot of this month so far was a pretty crazy hand where one player was semi-bluffing all the way with just a gutshot and hit it on the river, and was lucky enough to stack his opponent. The following hand went down at $200-$400 no-limit hold’em, four-handed, on PokerStars.

Unknown “Wilhasha” raised to $1,600 with the 7Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit, and an account by the name of “26071985” made it $4,500. Wilhasha four-bet to $13,600. His opponent called.

The flop fell 6Heart Suit 3Club Suit 2Heart Suit, and wilhasha bet $13,600. His opponent made the call and the 9Club Suit landed on the turn, further adding to the draw heaviness.

Wilhasha fired $16,800, and his opponent called once again.

The 5Spade Suit landed on the river, giving wilhasha the lucky straight.

He went all in ($52,000 effective) and was called. 26071985 mucked without showing.

Wilhasha raked in the $191,893 pot.

As for a Viktor Blom-Gus Hansen update: Right now, the former is up $1 million on 2013 (he was up $5 million at one point this year), and the latter is in the hole nearly $8.6 million this year. Hansen’s losses have plummeted him to a $15 million lifetime deficit on the software.

Hansen hasn’t played since Sunday, so maybe he’s finally going to take a long break.