Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov Crushing Online Nosebleed Cash Games; Daniel Cates Biggest Loser

The online nosebleed cash games, which nowadays are played exclusively on PokerStars, have dried up a bit, but that hasn’t stopped several notable pros profiting six figures through the early part of March. Right now, 17 players have won more than $100,000 playing in tracked ring games on PokerStars, but none more so than Russia’s Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov, who is up $353,687 in 19,377 hands across 293 sessions.

Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov is online poker’s biggest cash game winner of 2017 up $353,687 in 19,377 hands across 293 sessions. (Image: gipsyteam.ru)

Winning Streak

While Kuznetsov is currently the biggest winner of the year in online ring games, several others have profited nicely playing less volume. For instance, Germany’s “RaúlGonzalez,” who last fall won his first SCOOP title, is hot on his heels with $338,252 in winnings in 10,163 hands over 90 sessions. Likewise, fellow SCOOP winner “40and7” is up $286,210 in 5,096 hands across 87 sessions.

Here’s a look at the current top ten online cash game winners of 2017, as of March 5:

1 Timofey Kuznetsov $353,687 (293 sessions/19,377 hands)
2 “RaúlGonzalez” $338,252 (90 sessions/10,163 hands)
3 “40and7” $286,210 (87 sessions/5,096 hands)
4 “donthnrmepls” $223,634 (42 sessions/2,487 hands)
5 “Ravenswood13” $216,389 (151 sessions/10,940 hands)
6 Jordi “prot0” Urlings $213,590 (57 sessions/2,883 hands)
7 “Mongano” $202,156 (60 sessions/3,706 hands)
8 “1nvoker” $192,561 (107 sessions/5,788 hands)
9 “BERRI SWEET” $157,553 (62 sessions/3,758 hands)
10 Ben “Ben86” Tollerene $143,016 (25 sessions/708 hands)

Down, But Not Out

On the flip side, there have been 14 players who’ve lost six figures playing the online nosebleed games. Daniel “w00ki3z.” Cates, who once lost $5 million playing live in Manila, is down the most after dropping $444,368 in 9,575 hands over 81 sessions. Not far behind is Bill “GASTRADER” Perkins, who has lost $396,136 in 2,796 hands over 35 sessions. For Perkins, that’s an average loss of $141.67 per hand.

Other players currently down for the year include Dani “supernova9” Stern (-$328,590 in 87 sessions/6,637 hands), Dario “Secret_M0d3” Sammartino (-$252,450 in 54 sessions/4,906 hands), and Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn (-$199,218 in 169 sessions/10,450 hands).

What a Pair

According to HighStakesDB, the biggest online nosebleed hand of 2017 thus far took place on PokerStars, which recently added Russian Igor Kurganov to its Team Pro roster, in a $200/$400 no-limit hold’em hand on February 23. In the hand, which was heads-up between “wilhasha” ($82,272.78) and Phil “takechip” D’Auteuil ($91,817.18), the former raised the button to $1,000 and then called when the latter three-bet to $4,200.

When the flop came down 2♠9♥7♥, D’Auteuil led out for $3,358.80 and then called when “wilhasha” raised to $9,200. The 10♠ turn saw D’Auteuil check, but call “wilhasha’s” shove of $68,872.78. D’Auteuil tabled the 9♠8♠ for a pair and flush draw, which was behind the 10♦7♦ two pair of “wilhasha.”

The two agreed to run the river twice, and the 4♠ on the first gave D’Auteuil his flush and half of the $164,545 pot. However, the 2♥ on the second run was safe for “wilhasha” and he locked up the other half.

Chopped pots aren’t that exciting, so here’s a look at the biggest outright win of the year thus far, which was a $138,365 monster that went to Jacob “Lottenice” Rasmussen.

It took place at a six-handed $200/$400 NLHE table on February 16 and began when “lasagnaaammm” ($121,365) raised to $1,200 under the gun and Rasmussen ($66,203) called from the cutoff. “Bit2Easy” ($92,374) then three-bet to $5,358 from the button, both blinds folded, and the other two players called to see the 5♥9♠8♦ flop.

“lasagnaaammm” checked, Rasmussen bet $8,167.81, and only “Bit2Easy” called to see the 10♠ turn. Rasmussen moved all in for $52,677.89 with what turned out to be the J♣10♣, and “Bit2Easy” called with his J♥8♥.

The river was run twice, but neither the 4♠ on the first nor 2♥ on the second helped “Bit2Easy,” and he watched the pot pushed to his opponent.

The above are the two biggest of the 14 six-figure pots played at the online nosebleed cash games this year.

Chad Holloway
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Chad Holloway
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.


torres_iie4opa wrote...

Nice! every hand he win 18$ 😀

Poker Orifice wrote...

or… 4.5bb/100

or … 0.045625 bb per hand

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