Alex Kostritsyn Banks $1.3 Million In 4 Days

January 30, 2013 | by Beatrix | posted in News

More high stakes action coming out from Full Tilt Poker

Alex Kostritsyn Banks $1.3 Million In 4 DaysAlmost as soon as Full Tilt Poker went live later last year, some of the high stakes players came back to the popular online poker room and started hitting the tables. Before FTP got shut down in 2011, it was known as the best place to play for nose bleeding amounts and some of the biggest names in the industry were either dropping or making millions every month. As 2013 started, it became clear that Full Tilt Poker is back to its former glory and players such as Viktor “Isildur1” Blom were already counting their millions.

As we get close to the end of the first month, there have certainly been a lot of online poker players to watch on Full Tilt Poker. The above mentioned one banked about four million dollars in eight days to take the number one spot of the year’s biggest online winners. Last week, the player to make the biggest profit was Alex “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn. He made $1.3 million in 3 days while playing on Full Tilt Poker; that is more than the first place prize Andrew Robl won from the Aussie Millions Challenge earlier this week.

Kostritsyn didn’t have a very good start this year and before he got on this winning streak, he was nowhere near the top online poker winners of 2013. He was down $200,000 in the beginning of the year and after making this large amount, he is now up $1.1 million which places him amongst the top winners such as Isildur1 and Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond.

The best day for the Russian was on Sunday when he banked $517,000 while playing mixed games. He got a pretty big part of this amount from a player with the username patpatpanda who lost $636,600 in total last week.

Showing that PokerStars still has some high stakes action going on, although not that much, Barcode made $138,100 in profit in one day. While the amount is much smaller than the ones from Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars still has some pretty active high stakes tables but focuses more on tournaments.

Last year, Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky finished as the top online poker winner with a total of $3,595,666 up by the time the clock marked the end of 2012. Although this is a huge amount for most people, it only took one week for it to be beaten and while Isildur1 didn’t manage to keep on to all of it, there will certainly be sparks flying this year and it will be interesting to see what the results will be at the end of 2013.

Online Video Poker

As online poker remains a very popular choice, there is another poker game that has been gaining a lot of ground over the last couple of years, according to this video poker article. While the two may sound very similar and there are some common aspects, video poker is very different but it can be very easy for poker enthusiasts to pick this game up and enjoy it on the internet.

First off, video poker eliminates the competitive aspect of the game so users don’t play against other users but instead get to play against the odds and the game itself. Basically, you place a bet and then you get five cards. There is the option to hold or change any of the cards received the first time and the hand strength after the chosen cards have been changed is awarded according to the payout rates. The version is much simpler but it still relies in a big way on odds so it remains a very exciting game for poker players.

Video poker is also very different than other casino games. Slots for example, are not very interactive; the player only has the option to choose the bet and the number of lines while video poker allows players to be a big part of the game and make decisions that can influence the outcome. There is the option to go for something safe that has a low payout (a pair for example) or break the initial hand in order to get something bigger (like a flush) and win more money; the bigger the risk, the better the prize and this makes the game very popular on online casinos.


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