Last month will be a month which will go down in poker history and never be forgotten. Poker sites PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UB and Absolute Poker all had their domains seized by the US Department of Justice and then withdrew from the US market (although existing US players still seem to be able to play, just not deposit or withdraw) meaning thousands of US players were without their favourite online poker sites, and many professionals were left searching for ‘real jobs’.
Despite this, after 15th April the high-stakes games continued to flourish particularly on Full Tilt Poker as European players such as Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies, and several other big names participated at the highest stake tables.
Of all the players who took a seat and did battle at the high-stakes tables in April Finnish Full Tilt Pro Patrik Antonius came out as the most successful. 2011 has been a slow year for Antonius and in Mrch he was down around $600k according to highstakesdb.com however that all turned around on 20th April when he managed to win $1 million. His success continued (mainly at the high stakes PLO tables) and he managed to finish the month with a total profit of $2.3 million to put his total profits for the year at $1.7 million.
Fellow Finnish player Jens “Ingenious89” Kyllönen also had an excellent month at the online tables. Prior to this month he was down around $300k, but after winning $1.2 million in April he is now sitting pretty with a profit of $900k for the year. Scott “URnotINdanger2” Palmer rounds out the top three winners of the month after he finished with a total profit of $956,793.
Norwegian Cardrunners instructor Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen found himself on top of the biggest losers list this month after a dreadful run at the tables. He ended up finishing April with a total loss of $1.5 million. Gus Hansen also suffered heavy losses, losing $1 million in April, however he is still the years biggest winner and will be hoping to bounce back in May.
April’s Biggest Winners: Patrik Antonius ($2,300,960), Jens “Ingenious89” Kyllönen ($1,278,475), Scott “URnotINdanger2” Palmer ($956,793)
April’s Biggest Losers: Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen (-$1,506,0850), Gus Hansen (-$1,027,190), Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan (-$513,714)
The coming months are going to be very interesting in regards to high stakes online poker action. Several pro’s in the US have quit and are seeking full-time job’s, others such as Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond are considering moving from the US so they can play on PokerStars and Full Tilt.