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Online Poker: Sebastian Ruthenberg Drops $700,000

However, Many Other Big Name Pros Had Solid Weeks Online


German poker pro Sebastian “taktloss47” Ruthenberg was the largest loser of the past seven days on Full Tilt Poker. He managed to drop nearly $700,000 over just 4,250 hands, according to HighstakesDB.

Unknown player “Crazy Elior” (-$443,040) and Gus Hansen (-$442,058), who is on a perpetual downswing, came in second and third, respectively, on the list of losers to begin the month of September.

On the flip side, samrostan ($530,395), Alex “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn ($358,375), punting-peddler ($304,901), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond ($212,298), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey ($198,563), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius ($103,540) and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom ($99,213) were the week’s biggest winners. All figures are courtesy of HighstakesDB.

Back to Ruthenberg.

He’s a bracelet winner with more than $3.5 million in career tournament earnings, to go along with his online success. Ruthenberg has opted out of having his long-term results tracked on HighstakesDB, so we can’t tell you how much he’s up lifetime on the web.

He used to be a big-bet game specialist (no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha), but these days most of his action is in the high-stakes draw games.

In fact, the $2,000-$4,000 deuce-to-seven triple draw games on Full Tilt are where most of the high-flying action has taken place most recently on the software.

However, the biggest pots are still in the big-bet games.

The largest hand won outright over the past seven days went to Dan “jungleman12” Cates.

At $300-$600 pot-limit Omaha, Cates and Galfond got tangled up in a pot worth $168,000.

Their cards:

Cates: QDiamond Suit 7Club Suit 6Heart Suit 5Club Suit
Galfond: QSpade Suit 9Spade Suit 9Heart Suit 10Heart Suit

The action began with Cates raising on the button to $1,800. The small blind folded and Galfond elected to make it $5,700. Cates called.

The flop fell 9Club Suit 8Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit, and Galfond fired $6,600. Cates called and the 4Club Suit fell on the turn.

Galfond bet $14,800 and Cates put him all-in for his last $57,000.

The former quickly called and the cards were tabled.

According to the Poker Odds Calculator, it was exactly a coin flip. Galfond’s set of nines were still ahead, but Cates had a huge drawing hand—half of the deck were his outs.

The poker pros elected to run it twice. The first river was the 5Diamond Suit, giving Cates a straight. The second river was the AClub Suit, giving him a flush.