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As the month of January came to a close it was Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius who emerged as the big winners so far this year. Hansen was at the top in Omaha with slightly more than $3.8 million in winnings, while Antonius sat at the top in Hold’em, winning over $1.75 million. To win this much over the month, these two players were involved in some of the biggest pots to take place on the tables.

Hansen played a hand worth over $350k during a rare eight-person $500/1000 Omaha game. LarsLuzak began the action in the hand, raising it to $3k. Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan called, but Hansen reraised to $13.5k from the button after the action folded around to him. LarsLuzak called after the blinds folded, but Dwan then popped it up to $55.5k. Hansen would raise it up again and have both players call for a three-way all in pot. Dwan turned over 5c Jh As Kh, while Hansen showed 8c 8d Qd Jc. However, LarsLuzak would be ahead with 3h Kd Ks 3s. The flop came Jd Tc Js though which gave both Hansen and Dwan three jacks, but Dwan’s ace kicker still had him in the lead. The 4d fell on the turn which wouldn’t make a better hand for anybody but would give Hansen a flush draw. The Td came on the river and made Hansen’s flush which would allow him to scoop the entire $357,056 from the pot.

FullTiltPoker Game #10288441086: Table Ivey Mix – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 19:30:30 ET – 2009/01/27
Seat 1: trex313 ($40,200)
Seat 2: OMGClayAiken ($64,997)
Seat 3: tsarrast ($83,781)
Seat 4: howisitfeellike ($37,262)
Seat 6: LarsLuzak ($141,531)
Seat 7: durrrr ($72,494)
Seat 8: David Oppenheim ($87,997)
Seat 9: Gus Hansen ($207,916)
trex313 posts the small blind of $500
OMGClayAiken posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
tsarrast folds
howisitfeellike folds
LarsLuzak raises to $3,000
durrrr calls $3,000
David Oppenheim folds
Gus Hansen raises to $13,500
trex313 folds
OMGClayAiken folds
LarsLuzak has 15 seconds left to act
LarsLuzak calls $10,500
durrrr raises to $55,500
Gus Hansen has 15 seconds left to act
Gus Hansen raises to $181,500
LarsLuzak calls $128,031, and is all in
durrrr calls $16,994, and is all in
Gus Hansen shows [8c 8d Qd Jc]
LarsLuzak shows [3h Kd Ks 3s]
durrrr shows [5c Jh As Kh]
Uncalled bet of $39,969 returned to Gus Hansen
*** FLOP *** [Jd Tc Js]
*** TURN *** [Jd Tc Js] [4d]
*** RIVER *** [Jd Tc Js 4d] [Td]
Gus Hansen shows a flush, Queen high
LarsLuzak shows two pair, Kings and Jacks
Gus Hansen wins the side pot ($138,074) with a flush, Queen high
durrrr shows three of a kind, Jacks
Gus Hansen wins the main pot ($218,979) with a flush, Queen high
LarsLuzak adds $20,000
durrrr adds $20,000
The game is now Pot Limit Hold’em with $500/$1,000 blinds
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $357,056 Main pot $218,982. Side pot $138,074. | Rake $3
Board: [Jd Tc Js 4d Td]
Seat 1: trex313 (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 2: OMGClayAiken (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 3: tsarrast didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: howisitfeellike didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 6: LarsLuzak showed [3h Kd Ks 3s] and lost with two pair, Kings and Jacks
Seat 7: durrrr showed [5c Jh As Kh] and lost with three of a kind, Jacks
Seat 8: David Oppenheim didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 9: Gus Hansen (button) showed [8c 8d Qd Jc] and won ($357,053) with a flush, Queen high

The previous pot could not compare with the next one though, which totaled up over half a million dollars. Trex313 would open up the hand with a raise to $3k from early position. Patrik Antonius called. Tom Dwan then reraised to $13k. Acting right behind Dwan, Hansen then popped it up once again to $32k. This folded the action around to trex313 who called and after Antonius folded, Dwan pushed all in. Hansen then reraised again, pushing it up to over $190k, which trex313 would just call. The flop came 6s Th 6d and Hansen pushed the rest of his chips in. Trex313 would call and show 8d 5d Tc 7c for a pair of tens and a straight wrap. Hansen turned over Ac 4d 6c Ah for three sixes, while Dwan only had Kc Kd 9h 8c for a pair of kings and a gutshot straight draw. The turn brought the Jc which didn’t help anybody out, and the river brought another jack which once again left things as they were. Hansen’s three of a kind would be good enough to take the main pot and side pot which combined for $537,750 total.

FullTiltPoker Game #10221217665: Table Ivey (6 max) – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 8:30:30 ET – 2009/01/24
Seat 1: durrrr ($51,798)
Seat 2: Gus Hansen ($241,476)
Seat 4: tsarrast ($64,212)
Seat 5: trex313 ($285,713)
Seat 6: Patrik Antonius ($104,092)
durrrr posts the small blind of $500
Gus Hansen posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
tsarrast folds
trex313 raises to $3,000
Patrik Antonius calls $3,000
durrrr raises to $13,000
Gus Hansen has 15 seconds left to act
Gus Hansen has requested TIME
Gus Hansen raises to $32,000
trex313 has 15 seconds left to act
trex313 calls $29,000
Patrik Antonius folds
durrrr raises to $51,798, and is all in
Gus Hansen has 15 seconds left to act
Gus Hansen raises to $190,394
trex313 has 15 seconds left to act
trex313 has requested TIME
trex313 calls $158,394
*** FLOP *** [6s Th 6d]
Gus Hansen bets $51,082, and is all in
trex313 calls $51,082
Gus Hansen shows [Ac 4d 6c Ah]
trex313 shows [8d 5d Tc 7c]
durrrr shows [Kc Kd 9h 8c]
*** TURN *** [6s Th 6d] [Jc]
*** RIVER *** [6s Th 6d Jc] [Js]
Gus Hansen shows three of a kind, Sixes
trex313 shows two pair, Jacks and Tens
Gus Hansen wins the side pot ($379,356) with three of a kind, Sixes
durrrr shows two pair, Kings and Jacks
Gus Hansen wins the main pot ($158,391) with three of a kind, Sixes
durrrr adds $40,000
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $537,750 Main pot $158,394. Side pot $379,356. | Rake $3
Board: [6s Th 6d Jc Js]
Seat 1: durrrr (small blind) showed [Kc Kd 9h 8c] and lost with two pair, Kings and Jacks
Seat 2: Gus Hansen (big blind) showed [Ac 4d 6c Ah] and won ($537,747) with three of a kind, Sixes
Seat 4: tsarrast didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 5: trex313 showed [8d 5d Tc 7c] and lost with two pair, Jacks and Tens
Seat 6: Patrik Antonius (button) folded before the Flop

The next big pot was worth less. Coming in at just over $300k, it involved much more post flop play than the previous hands. Hansen raised to $2k from under the gun and Dwan reraised directly behind him to $5,500. This would fold everybody else out of the hand and Hansen would call when it came around to him. The flop came 9d Ah Th and both players checked to see the Qd fall on the turn. Hansen checked to Dwan again who bet out $13.2k this time. Hansen called and the river came the 6s. Hansen again checked to Dwan who put out a $35,700 bet. This time however Hansen reraised, pushing it up to $131k which Dwan would call. Hansen showed Kc Jh 4s Qc for an ace high straight which couldn’t lose and Dwan mucked his hand leaving Hansen to pick up the $304,900 pot.

FullTiltPoker Game #10115795566: Table Ivey Mix – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 15:43:16 ET – 2009/01/18
Seat 1: world1969 ($20,000)
Seat 3: OMGClayAiken ($102,892)
Seat 4: trex313 ($73,789)
Seat 6: Gus Hansen ($258,698)
Seat 9: durrrr ($482,667.80)
OMGClayAiken posts the small blind of $500
trex313 posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Gus Hansen raises to $2,000
durrrr raises to $7,500
OMGClayAiken folds
trex313 has 15 seconds left to act
trex313 folds
Gus Hansen calls $5,500
*** FLOP *** [9d Ah Th]
Gus Hansen checks
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr checks
*** TURN *** [9d Ah Th] [Qd]
Gus Hansen checks
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr bets $13,200
Gus Hansen has 15 seconds left to act
Gus Hansen calls $13,200
*** RIVER *** [9d Ah Th Qd] [6s]
Gus Hansen checks
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr bets $35,700
Gus Hansen has 15 seconds left to act
Gus Hansen has requested TIME
Gus Hansen raises to $131,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr has requested TIME
durrrr calls $95,300
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Gus Hansen shows [Kc Jh 4s Qc] a straight, Ace high
durrrr mucks
Gus Hansen wins the pot ($304,898) with a straight, Ace high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $304,900 | Rake $2
Board: [9d Ah Th Qd 6s]
Seat 1: world1969 is sitting out
Seat 3: OMGClayAiken (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 4: trex313 (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Gus Hansen collected ($304,898)
Seat 9: durrrr (button) mucked

Hansen and Dwan would also battle it out heads up for a few pots worth $300k+. Dwan opened up this specific hand with a raise to $3k from the button. Hansen reraised to $9k from the big blind. Dwan called and the flop came 2c 5c Ks. Hansen put out a $12k continuation bet which Dwan called. The turn came the 9h and Hansen bet out $42k this time. Dwan called once again and the river came the 8h. This time Hansen bet $108k and Dwan would once again call. Hansen turned over 9d Qs Qc 9s for three nines and Dwan mucked his hand, leaving the $342,000 on the table for Hansen to stack up.

FullTiltPoker Game #10113229496: Table Hansen Knockout – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 13:20:51 ET
– 2009/01/18
Seat 1: Gus Hansen ($226,883)
Seat 2: durrrr ($299,180.50)
durrrr posts the small blind of $500
Gus Hansen posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr raises to $3,000
Gus Hansen raises to $9,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr calls $6,000
*** FLOP *** [2c 5c Ks]
Gus Hansen has 15 seconds left to act
Gus Hansen bets $12,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr calls $12,000
*** TURN *** [2c 5c Ks] [9h]
Gus Hansen has 15 seconds left to act
Gus Hansen has requested TIME
Gus Hansen bets $42,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr calls $42,000
*** RIVER *** [2c 5c Ks 9h] [8h]
Gus Hansen has 15 seconds left to act
Gus Hansen has requested TIME
Gus Hansen bets $108,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr has requested TIME
durrrr calls $108,000
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Gus Hansen shows [9d Qs Qc 9s] three of a kind, Nines
durrrr mucks
Gus Hansen wins the pot ($341,999.50) with three of a kind, Nines
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $342,000 | Rake $0.50
Board: [2c 5c Ks 9h 8h]
Seat 1: Gus Hansen (big blind) collected ($341,999.50)
Seat 2: durrrr (small blind) mucked

Antonius would play his fair share of huge pots on the Hold’em tables throughout the month as well. In one hand both Antonius and Dwan put their entire stacks in the middle preflop, resulting in a pot worth over $300k. When all the raising was done, Antonius turned over Jd Jh and would be racing against Dwan’s Kh Ah. The flop came 4s 9d Qc and Antonius would remain ahead. The turn brought the Td which gave Dwan some gutshot straight draw outs to go with his kings and aces. The 4h fell on the river which wouldn’t improve Dwan and Antonius would scoop up the $320,067 from the table.

FullTiltPoker Game #10288655612: Table trex313 (6 max) – $500/$1000 – No Limit Hold’em – 19:43:00 ET –
2009/01/27
Seat 1: Patrik Antonius ($158,283.50)
Seat 2: LarsLuzak ($122,494)
Seat 3: trex313 ($44,500)
Seat 4: durrrr ($271,689)
Seat 5: OMGClayAiken ($48,500)
durrrr posts the small blind of $500
OMGClayAiken has 5 seconds left to act
OMGClayAiken is sitting out
OMGClayAiken has timed out
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
LarsLuzak raises to $3,500
trex313 has 15 seconds left to act
trex313 folds
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr raises to $12,800
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius raises to $33,000
LarsLuzak has 15 seconds left to act
LarsLuzak folds
OMGClayAiken stands up
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr raises to $271,689, and is all in
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius has requested TIME
Patrik Antonius calls $125,283.50, and is all in
durrrr shows [Kh Ah]
Patrik Antonius shows [Jd Jh]
Uncalled bet of $113,405.50 returned to durrrr
*** FLOP *** [4s 9d Qc]
*** TURN *** [4s 9d Qc] [Td]
*** RIVER *** [4s 9d Qc Td] [4h]
durrrr shows a pair of Fours
Patrik Antonius shows two pair, Jacks and Fours
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($320,065) with two pair, Jacks and Fours
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $320,067 | Rake $2
Board: [4s 9d Qc Td 4h]
Seat 1: Patrik Antonius (big blind) showed [Jd Jh] and won ($320,065) with two pair, Jacks and Fours
Seat 2: LarsLuzak folded before the Flop
Seat 3: trex313 (button) didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: durrrr (small blind) showed [Kh Ah] and lost with a pair of Fours
Seat 5: OMGClayAiken is sitting out

The next big pot involving Antonius pushed up over $400k. Mafews opened the action with a raise to $3k from under the gun. The action folded around to Antonius who called from the big blind to see Td 9s 5d come on the flop. Antonius checked to Mafews who put out a $5k continuation bet. Antonius then reraised it to $21k, but Mafews popped it up to $48k. Antonius called and the turn brought the Jd, which prompted Antonius to push his nearly $164k stack into the pot. Mafews called and showed 9c 5c for two pair. However Antonius turned over Ts 9h for a higher two pair. The river brought the Qd which left things as they were and Antonius picked up $429,997 from the middle.

FullTiltPoker Game #10273706233: Table trex313 (6 max) – $500/$1000 – No Limit Hold’em – 23:17:06 ET –
2009/01/26
Seat 1: Patrik Antonius ($214,998.50)
Seat 3: trex313 ($48,500)
Seat 4: Ziigmund ($200,000), is sitting out
Seat 5: Jas11 ($51,234), is sitting out
Seat 6: Mafews ($277,270)
Mafews posts the small blind of $500
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Mafews raises to $3,000
Jas11 stands up
Patrik Antonius calls $2,000
*** FLOP *** [Td 9s 5d]
Patrik Antonius checks
Mafews bets $5,000
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius raises to $21,000
Mafews has 15 seconds left to act
Mafews raises to $48,000
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius calls $27,000
*** TURN *** [Td 9s 5d] [Jd]
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius bets $163,998.50, and is all in
Mafews has 15 seconds left to act
Mafews has requested TIME
Mafews calls $163,998.50
Patrik Antonius shows [Ts 9h]
Mafews shows [9c 5c]
*** RIVER *** [Td 9s 5d Jd] [Qd]
Patrik Antonius shows two pair, Tens and Nines
Mafews shows two pair, Nines and Fives
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($429,996.50) with two pair, Tens and Nines
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $429,997 | Rake $0.50
Board: [Td 9s 5d Jd Qd]
Seat 1: Patrik Antonius (big blind) showed [Ts 9h] and won ($429,996.50) with two pair, Tens and Nines
Seat 3: trex313 is sitting out
Seat 4: Ziigmund is sitting out
Seat 5: Jas11 is sitting out
Seat 6: Mafews (small blind) showed [9c 5c] and lost with two pair, Nines and Fives

With Antonius, Dwan, and Hansen all sitting at the same table, there is sure to be some action, and the next hand was filled with it as the pot nearly reached half a million dollars. Dwan put in a raise from under the gun and Antonius reraised to $10k from the small blind. Hansen folded his hand and Dwan called to see Qh 4s 6s come on the flop. Antonius put out a $16k continuation bet which Dwan called. The turn came the Jh and Antonius put out a $42k bet. Dwan however reraised this time, pushing it up to $179k. Antonius then put the rest of his money in the middle and Dwan called slightly less than $44k to see a showdown. Dwan turned over Ad Qd for top pair top kicker. Antonius flipped over Ah Ac and had Dwan just about crushed. The river came the 5s which didn’t help Dwan out and Antonius took down the $498,871 pot.

FullTiltPoker Game #10006391020: Table Hansen Blender – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Hold’em – 19:11:38 ET –
2009/01/12
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($248,935.75)
Seat 5: Gus Hansen ($61,997)
Seat 7: durrrr ($259,194.75)
Patrik Antonius posts the small blind of $500
Gus Hansen posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
durrrr raises to $3,000
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius raises to $10,000
Gus Hansen folds
durrrr calls $7,000
*** FLOP *** [Qh 4s 6s]
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius bets $16,000
durrrr calls $16,000
*** TURN *** [Qh 4s 6s] [Jh]
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius has requested TIME
Patrik Antonius bets $42,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr raises to $179,000
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius raises to $222,935.75, and is all in
durrrr calls $43,935.75
Patrik Antonius shows [Ah Ac]
durrrr shows [Ad Qd]
*** RIVER *** [Qh 4s 6s Jh] [5s]
Patrik Antonius shows a pair of Aces
durrrr shows a pair of Queens
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($498,870.50) with a pair of Aces
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $498,871.50 | Rake $1
Board: [Qh 4s 6s Jh 5s]
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius (small blind) showed [Ah Ac] and won ($498,870.50) with a pair of Aces
Seat 5: Gus Hansen (big blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 7: durrrr (button) showed [Ad Qd] and lost with a pair of Queens

The next hand topped all of the previous ones, as it pushed over the $550k mark. Antonius raised to $3.5k from under the gun. Dwan pushed it up to $11,500. This folded out Hansen, but Antonius called the $8k and the flop came Qh 5c Kc. Dwan put out a $17,200 continuation bet and Antonius called behind to see the 6s come on the turn. Dwan slowed down and checked the action to Antonius who bet out $39k. Dwan however turned the aggression way back up as he went for a checkraise, pushing it up to $156,500. Antonius smooth called and the river brought the 5h. Dwan then pushed all in and Antonius called the nearly $100k he had left in his stack off. Dwan showed 9c 8c for missed straight and flush draws, while Antonius turned over 7h Kh for kings and fives, which was good enough to take down the $562,720 pot.

FullTiltPoker Game #10009251553: Table Ivey Mix – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Hold’em – 21:58:21 ET –
2009/01/12
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($280,860.05)
Seat 4: durrrr ($438,236.15)
Seat 6: Gus Hansen ($78,095)
durrrr posts the small blind of $500
Gus Hansen posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius raises to $3,500
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr raises to $11,500
Gus Hansen folds
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius calls $8,000
*** FLOP *** [Qh 5c Kc]
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr bets $17,200
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius calls $17,200
*** TURN *** [Qh 5c Kc] [6s]
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr checks
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius bets $39,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr raises to $156,500
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius has requested TIME
Patrik Antonius calls $117,500
*** RIVER *** [Qh 5c Kc 6s] [5h]
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr bets $253,036.15, and is all in
Patrik Antonius calls $95,660.05, and is all in
Uncalled bet of $157,376.10 returned to durrrr
*** SHOW DOWN ***
durrrr shows [9c 8c] a pair of Fives
Patrik Antonius shows [7h Kh] two pair, Kings and Fives
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($562,719.10) with two pair, Kings and Fives
The game is now Pot Limit Omaha Hi with $500/$1,000 blinds
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $562,720.10 | Rake $1
Board: [Qh 5c Kc 6s 5h]
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius (button) showed [7h Kh] and won ($562,719.10) with two pair, Kings and Fives
Seat 4: durrrr (small blind) showed [9c 8c] and lost with a pair of Fives
Seat 6: Gus Hansen (big blind) folded before the Flop

Both players had the perfect combination of luck and skill this month and showed that they may just be the best there are in the games they play. With over $5,000,000 in winnings between the two in just a month, it would be hard to argue it any other way.