2011 Retrospective – Part 1

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2011. December 22. |
In the first part of our end-of-the-year retrospective, we revise what happened in January, 2011.
January

The first major live tournament of the year was the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). Gallen ‘GasparLeMarc’ Hall took down the event for $2,300,000; the runner-up was Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver for $1,800,000. In third place finished Anton Ionel ($1,350,000), the fourth was Sam Stein ($1,000,000) and the fifth was Mike Sowers ($700,000) in the strong field.

Galen Hall
Galen Hall

Want to read more on the 2011 PCA Main Event? Click here.

On Day 1A of the PCA Main Event, PokerStars has officially revealed the identity of their new pro member, ‘Isildur1.’ There has been little surprise, though; what everybody had since long suspected turned out to be true: the screen name belongs to the young Swedish player, Viktor Blom.

Want to read more on “revealing” Isildur1? Click here.

Federated Sports & Gaming and the Palms Casino Resort have announced that they were going to start a new poker league for the world’s top 200 players. Five events, including a grand final was included in the first season of the Epic Poker League, the chairman of which becaming Jeffrey Pollack, and the commissioner being ex-UB pro Annie Duke.

Want to read more on the Epic Poker League? Click here.

On 30 January, one of the most interesting sessions of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown promotions took place. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom played heads-up against 2010 high stakes king Daniel ‘jungleman12’ Cates. Blom eventually won the 2,500 hands clash with +$51,196.

Want to read more on the session with Isildur1 and jungleman12? Click here.


Dane pro Gus Hansen was the biggest high stakes winner of January, finishing the month with $879,992 in profit at Full Tilt Poker. The biggest fish of the month was ‘NEKOTYAN’ with -$837,111.

Want to read more on Gus’ run in early 2011? Click here.

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