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Online Poker: Alex Luneau Up $1.2M So Far In August

Over Just About A Week, Luneau And Dan Cates Win Huge Sums


Frenchman Alex “Alexonmoon” Luneau has returned to the online poker tables in a huge way. So far in August, he is up roughly $1.2 million, according to tracking site HighstakesDB.

Luneau, who has opted out of having his long-term online results tracked, is coming off a 2014 World Series of Poker in which he recorded three cashes—two of them top-10 finishes.

According to HighstakesDB, Luneau started with a $5 deposit online back in 2007, and by 2009 was playing high-stakes cash games.

Over the past week, Luneau has been battling the likes of Gus Hansen, Alex “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn and Daniel “jungleman12” Cates.

Other big winners so far this month include the aforementioned Cates ($929,000), Trueteller ($777,000) and Mikael “punting-peddler” Thuritz ($523,000).

The losers over the stretch were Viktor “Isildur1” Blom ($976,000), samrostan ($811,000), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond ($476,000), Denoking ($461,000) and Gus Hansen ($344,000).

Blom, who is one of the handful of nosebleed regulars who hasn’t opted out of HighstakeDB long-term tracking, is now down $1.8 million this year. He was up more than $2 million in February.

Hansen’s losses brings his lifetime deficit on the Full Tilt Poker software to more than $18.7 million. He’s down nearly $3.9 million just this year. Though, Hansen recently Tweeted that he had a profitable trip to Las Vegas this summer playing cash games.

(Apparently Doyle Brunson thinks Hansen is Norwegian. He’s actually Danish.)

The biggest pots from the online poker world so far this August were all in pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold’em, though there was big action in the eight-game mix as well.

Luneau took the largest pot of the time frame, scooping a $336,916 behemoth versus Hansen.

With five players playing $300-$600 PLO, samrostan opened to $1,500. Action was next on Hansen in the small blind and he made it $5,100. Luneau three-bet to $16,800 from the big blind, and samrostan folded. Hansen four-bet to $51,900. Luneau five bet to $157,000, and Hansen called, leaving himself with around $10,000. Luneau had him covered by about $5,000.

The rest of the money was going to go in on the flop no matter what.

Both players saw the 8Club Suit 5Spade Suit 3Club Suit hit the virtual felt. The money went in, and the players elected to run it twice—meaning that there would be two separate turn and rivers.

Hansen: KSpade Suit 10Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit
Luneau: AClub Suit ADiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 6Club Suit

Hansen was in bad shape against his opponent’s aces and flush draw.

The first run-out was the 10Heart Suit and the QClub Suit, which was no help for Hansen. The second board completed 9Heart Suit and 5Heart Suit, giving Luneau the entire pot and felting Hansen.