For railbirds, the return of Full Tilt Poker did not only mean they would be able to once again play on one of their favoured sites, they would also hopefully get the chance to witness huge high stakes battles like of old.
They were looking forward to names like Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Phil “Polarizing” Ivey and Tom “durrrr” Dwan recreating some of the epic battles from almost two years ago. Those three players basically took a break from online poker during this time, though “Isildur1” did start to play at PokerStars halfway through last year.
Whilst they were away, we saw a new breed of high stakes players emerge at PokerStars, with names like Ben “Ben86” Tollerene and the super consistent Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky. These railbirds were now wondering how the old would cope with the new and eagerly anticipated some huge battles.
He made his return to the tables late last year in December and certainly did not get off to the best start. He dropped just under $800k in just three days and a total of $1 million in the last couple of months in 2012.
2013 looked to be starting the same way as he dropped $500k during the first month; however February has seen him put together a fabulous run, particularly during the past week, with him earning around $2.3 million.
He achieved this by initially winning more than a million in one mammoth session against one of 2013’s highest high stakes earners, “Ben86”. This action was on the 2-7 Triple Draw tables and went on for a total of 18 hours.
The very next day, things carried on in that very same fashion, with him taking down another $807k. He was again at the 2-7 TD tables with the stakes being at $250/$500. This form was not going to continue for much longer though as he dropped just under a million throughout the next two days to bring him right back down to earth.
Never one to be a quieter, Dwan hit another fine run of form on the 13th of this month winning a massive $930k to bring his total profit between the 7th and 15th to $2.3 million. If he can carry on this form, it would be fair to say that the old Dwan is back, with him being a match for anybody in the world on his day.
With him and Viktor Blom back at the top of the yearly profits for 2013, it seems that the old guard have sent out a clear message to the pretenders of 2012.