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April 17th Poker news ... The Poker Adventure at thepokeradventure.com
HIGH STAKES POKER PLAYER DOWN $1.3 MILLION
High stakes online poker ace Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom hit a bad patch last week, finishing as the biggest loser on Full Tilt Poker's nosebleed virtual tables after a series of disastrous defeats.
Over the week, Blom dropped $1,366,606 in 12,031 hands over 210 sessions, far outstripping the next biggest loser, Gus 'The Great Dane' Hansen, who lost $666,808 in 4,212 hands over 53 sessions.
The chief beneficiary of Blom's involuntary generosity was Alex 'IReadYrSoul' Millar, to whom Blom 'donated' over $771,500, which helped Millar finish the week as the biggest winner.
Other big winners were Isaac Haxton and Phil Galfond, who $655,730 in 2,435 hands over 18 sessions, and $525,128 in 1,966 hands over 13 sessions respectively.
Never-say-die Blom was back at the nosebleeds as the new week started over the weekend, but fared little better, although he made a good start of it by relieving Kyl 'kpr16' Fray of $205,000 on the fixed-limit Omaha
Hi/Lo tables, according to reports on the High Stakes Data Base website.
But then he lost almost $55,000 of that playing the $400/$800 NLHE tables against the misleadingly named 'RookieNFL' before confronting 'Saniker' and dropping another $150,000 in less than ten minutes. The duo
tangled again later in the day, again in a NLHE clash on the $500/$1,000 tables, where Blom was again hammered, this time to the tune of $239,000.
ONLINE POKER TRAFFIC CONTINUES TO SLIDE (Update)
The independent online poker monitoring website Pokerscout reports that poker traffic declined further last week, impacting almost all operators.
Traffic decreased by 4.4 percent, with decliners outnumbering gainers 9 to 1 among the top websites, and little change in the popularity rankings.
"Overall, the market is down 10 percent from this time last year, despite the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker and the opening of the Spanish market," Pokerscout reports.
Interestingly, among the few operators offering US poker action, Bodog/Bovada took over the top spot, with an 8 percent lead on closest rival, Revolution. The latter has seen its traffic grow by 46 percent since last year.