Out with the Old in with the New Grinders

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2011. April 26.
While the <strong>Dang </strong>brothers are contemplating their retirement from online poker, a few new names appeared at the high stakes tables and won big in the last few days.
The nosebleed cash game tables are filled with players who are willing to play $500/1,000 blinds. This hasn't really changed since the Black Friday, but with the new regulations, U.S. players like  Tom 'durrrr' Dwan, Phil 'OMGClayAiken' Galfondo, Phil Ivey, Di 'Urindanger' Dang and his brother Hac 'trex313' Dang are banned.

Di Danghac dang
Di és Hac Dang (Urindanger és trex313)

In a recent Interview, Di Dang explained that they are not worried about their future at all, as he put it:

"I think we're okay. We've saved up our money, but a lot of our friends haven't. They're struggling. I actually wanted to retire from poker eventually, so the news didn't hurt me as much as it hurt my friends.

Poker is stressful. I could lose or win a million dollars or more every month. Sometimes I felt on top of the world, and then sometimes I felt on the bottom of the world. It's not healthy. Poker was always a means to an end for us. It was never what we wanted to do forever.

We were planning to use the money to do something bigger and better."

Apparently Dang meant opening a Cajun-style crawfish restaurant in Virginia, which he is organizing at the moment. The Dang brothers have been amongst the most successful online cash game players, they earned more than $13 million only on Full Tilt Poker.

As Gus Hansen stated not long after the ban on U.S. online poker, life goes on, even at the high stakes tables. This proved to be correct, he himself battled a lot with Patrik Antonius recently,  but there are some newcomers as well, who have drawn some attention with a very good run.

The Finnish player, who could very easily be Ziigmund's brother based on their very similar looks, Jens 'Ingenious89' Kyllönen appeared at the $300/600 tables, where he made $1 million in just a few days.

Jens
Jens "Ingenious89" Kyllönen

A Swiss player, 'ronnyr37617' also raised some eyebrows, when he played $300/600 PLO against the not-so-well-performing Hansen, who lost $427,000 in that session. 'ronnyr37617' had a huge rush, but soon dropped to $186,000. An impressive introduction to the high stakes world, nevertheless.

As we can see, Black Friday affected almost all players, some are thinking about retiring and doing something bigger and better (Dang brothers), others are planning to use European sites (Ziigmund) and some are still waiting (durrrr). Even though, with some newer faces, but the show must go on.

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