BERRI SWEET Is 2017’s Biggest Online Poker Cash Game Winner on PokerStars: Up $1.7M

The New Year brought with it the end of the annual race to become online poker’s biggest cash game winner of 2017. Two players finished with seven-figure profits, with BERRI SWEET ($1,769,395) edging out Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov ($1,454,838) for the honor.

BERRI SWEET online poker

BERRI SWEET was prone to win six-figure pots playing pot-limit Omaha on PokerStars, like this $124,786 monster against Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky. (Image: PokerStars)

Winners and Losers

According to HighStakesDB, which tracks the high-stakes cash games on PokerStars, BERRI SWEET, who was November’s biggest online winner, played 55,120 hands spread across 869 sessions in 2017. That averages out to winning $32.10 per hand, whereas Kuznetsov, who played 59,505 hands over 701 sessions, averaged $24.45 per hand.

To put that in perspective, it’s in the ballpark of hourly wages for orthotists and prosthetists ($31.55), court reporters ($24.68), and private detectives and investigators ($23.17).

BERRI SWEET, who began playing pot-limit Omaha on PokerStars on July 7, 2012, has played 176,973 hands on the site with $2,330,314 in winnings. That makes him the 26th biggest online winner as tracked by HighStakesDB.

He joins the likes of Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn ($1,466,568 in 2016), Viktor“Isildur1” Blom ($3,497,527 in 2015), and “thecortster” ($3,387,548 in 2014) as online poker’s biggest yearly winners.

Others who did well in 2017 were Carlo “Ravenswood13” van Ravenwoud ($814,543), Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger ($650,965), and Blom ($645,327).

On the flip side, no one did worse in 2017 than Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro, who was the only seven-figure loser. He lost $1,277,737 in 55,654 hands over 898 sessions for an average loss of $22.96 per hand.

Others who struggled in 2017 were “8superpoker” (-$826,554), the recently-retired Dani “supernova9” Stern (-$777,373), “ImagineKing” (-$525,044), and Bill “GASTRADER” Perkins (-$517,020).

Biggest BERRI SWEET Pots of 2017

$200/$400 PLO is BERRI SWEET’s bread and butter, and also where he’s won his biggest pots. In 2017, he played four pots that crossed the $200k mark, all of which took place on July 26 in a heads-up match against Blom.

In what would be BERRI SWEET’s biggest pot of the year, the only one bigger than $300K, began when BERRI SWEET ($252,420) opened for $1,360 holding the A♣A♠3♠8♣ and Blom ($171,698.50) reraised to $4,240 with the A♦A♥6♦K♠. Four more back-and-forth raises saw the chips get in, and the two opted to run it twice.

On the first run, the board came out 3♣5♠6♣3♥Q♦ and BERRI SWEET locked up half the pot with trip threes. On the second run, which came 7♣6♥9♠J♠10♣, which meant both their aces played. Blom got $85,888.50 back for his quarter of the pot, while BERRI SWEET pulled in $343,557.

In another big pot, Blom ($106,550.55) raised to $1,360 with the J♦8♦Q♠7♠ and BERRI SWEET ($317,174.95) reraised to $4,240 with the A♠10♠Q♦6♥. Not to be outdone, Blom made it$12,880 to go and BERRI SWEET just called to see the K♠8♥6♠ flop.

BERRI SWEET checked, Blom bet $25,917, and BERRI SWEET check-raised to $103,668. Blom called off his remaining $67,753.55 and just like that a $213,421.10 pot was on the live. The two agreed to run it twice, and BERRI SWEET locked up half the pot when the J♣ turn and 3♠ river on the first run gave him the best flush.

Neither the 6♣ turn nor 9♣ river on the second helped Blom, and he watched the other half of the pot get pushed to BERRI SWEET, who had made trip sixes.

Chad Holloway
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Splitting his time between his native Wisconsin and Las Vegas, Chad Holloway gave up a potential law career to follow his passion and play and write about poker. His background includes a long stint as a senior writer for a major poker news site. Long well-known throughout the poker community for his incisive and in-depth commentary and reporting, we are proud to have Chad on board as part of our CardsChat writing team, where he will be covering everything from the World Series of Poker to interviews, features, and more.


skaterick wrote...

They enjoy gambling for big money !

CRStals wrote...

First off, congrats to all of the big winners online in 2017. For me, it’s staggering to think that the top player online this year made $1.769M while the second highest netted $1.45M.

Consider this fact though – this is less than half of what the top winner made in 2014 and 2015. Why is that? Is there that much money leaving online sites and going elsewhere? Is it that people are playing more live tournaments within online sites, diverting money away from online cash tables, or are people’s poker budgets shrinking that much that they are playing not as high stakes, and/or playing less?

Also worth noting that only one player recorded a seven figure loss in 2017 – without knowing how many others did that in 2014 and 2015 it’s tough to know how big the poker market was to what it is now, but it’s significant that there were more seven figure winners than losers. Interesting to see Bill Perkins on that list – for a man that lost $500k this past year, you’d never know it listening to him!

Back to Berri…for me, 55k hands isn’t huge. To make essentially $24.45 per hand, not hour, is staggering. Even if they only got 30 hands in an hour, to make $733 / hour is mind blowing. It takes a different kind of courage to play pots worth in excess of $300k I will never fathom. But I’m very curious to know who this guy or girl is, and are they playing MTT or live poker in addition to online.

On a side note, interesting to read about Daniel Negreanu and his loss this year, winning $2.7M in 71 events, but buying in for roughly $2.8M. Shows you that the big stake poker tournaments are here to stay, because for him to play 71 events and win over $2.7M means he played an average buy-in of $40k which a few years ago would be unheard of.

Regardless, interested to see how 2018 goes and who the big winners and losers will be.

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