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High-Stakes Online Poker: Alex Kostritsyn Jumps Out To $900K In Winnings In 2015

Russian Having Best Start To New Calendar Year


Russian poker pro Alex Kostritsyn won roughly $415,000 over the past week on PokerStars, bringing his profits on the year to more than $900,000.

Most of his profits have come at the deuce-to-seven triple draw games.

Kostritsyn is leading the way on the 2015 earnings list. Poker pro Ben Sulsky, who hails from New Hampshire, sits in the second spot with about $340,000 in winnings so far this year.

Swedish poker star Viktor Blom dropped $377,996 over the past seven days on Full Tilt, which brings his deficit for 2015 up to more than $480,000—worst in the web poker world.

Joining Blom in the loss column so far in 2015 is Phil Ivey, who has dumped $167,853.

In addition to Kostritsyn and Sulsky, Ilari Sahamies is also having a strong start to the new calendar year. The Finnish poker pro is up $300,000 on PokerStars.

The biggest pots of 2015 were played on Wednesday, as Ravenswood13 and EireAbu, both unknown online grinders, battled at the $200-$400 pot-limit Omaha tables on PokerStars. Seven of their pots were worth at least $100,000.

The largest hand was a $240,000 confrontation.

The board read JDiamond Suit 9Club Suit 5Club Suit 4Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit, and fireworks went down on the river. Ravenswood13 raked in half the pot with the ASpade Suit 6Club Suit 4Club Suit 3Spade Suit for a six-high straight, as his opponent held the 6Spade Suit 6Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit 3Club Suit for a six-high straight as well.

EireAbu came out of the match the winner, but a late comeback from Ravenswood13 helped reduce his losses to roughly $100,000. It could have been much worse. EireAbu lost in other games to end Wednesday up $15,000.

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