With many online poker sites scaling back their upper VIP rewards and high-limit tables, you’d think that high stakes poker was on the brink of extinction. Luckily, there are still some well-known grinders on the cyber tables, including Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, Dan ‘w000ki3z’ Cates, Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky and Alexander ‘joiso’ Kostritsyn. That said, let’s discuss what’s been going on in the high stakes online poker world in 2016.
Dan Cates recently won Big
Just this past week, Dan Cates proved why he’s still one of the world’s best internet poker players. He collected a $177k profit throughout the week at PokerStars. The only problem is that Cates is struggling on the year, down $274k since 2016 kicked off.
Blom, Kostritsyn square off
Isildur1 and joiso have been playing each other one on one lately on the 1k/$2k 8-Game tables. Blom did very well earlier in the week, securing a $400k profit. However, Kostritsyn battled back and won $400k to end up $200k in the black. Expect this matchup to continue off and on throughout this year.
Educa-p0ker leads all right now, Sulsky in Second
As for who’s reigning supreme right now, Andres ‘Educa-p0ker’ Artinano is off to a hot start with $629k in profits so far. Artinano was first picked up by the HighStakesDB database in 2011, earning over $420k up to last year. But 2016 has seen him really take off after pushing his career winnings to over $1 million.
Ben Suslky is also doing quite well, booking over $403k in winnings thus far. Sauce123 rose to prominence in 2011 and ’12, when he racked up over $3.5 million in profits. It doesn’t look like he’s fallen off his game either since he continues to do well.
Once again, the high stakes online poker tables are still going. Maybe they’ll thin out at some point in the future, but, rewards or no rewards, internet poker’s best are still competing against each other.