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Gus Hansen, Ilari Sahamies Top Performers in Full Tilt Cash Games So Far in October

Gus Hansen is on another heater on Full Tilt Judi Online.

“The Great Dane” is up almost $1.4 million dollars on the site since the start of October, making him far and away the biggest winner so far this month. Hansen has been putting in a great deal of time on the site so far this month, having played a total of 12,806 hands in October (according to HighStakesDB.com). All of Hansen’s gains in October have come from Omaha Hi/Lo and HORSE – Gus has banked an estimated $918k playing Omaha Hi/Lo, and an additional $500k+ playing HORSE this month. Thanks to his strong start in October, Gus has returned to profitability in 2008 on Full Tilt, and is currently up about $570k on the year.

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies has cooled off of a bit since his scorching start to October – however, “Ziigmund” is still up an estimated $550k after the first ten days of the month. “Ziigmund” has been a fixture in the high-stakes No Limit Hold’em games that have been running on Full Tilt in October, and he can thank some very big hands against friend and fellow Finn Patrik Antonius for his strong month. “Ziigmund” is up about $622k in 2008.

The top five biggest cash game winners on the site so far in October is rounded out by “notallthere11” (+$474k), “EazyPeazy” (+$413k) and Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$296k). Phil Ivey (+$231k), David Benefield (+$201k) and Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (+$160k) have all had strong starts to the month as well.

As mentioned, Patrik Antonius has not been faring too well in the high-stakes No Limit Hold’em games that have been running on Full Tilt this month. He has been involved in a number of very big pots with Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies, and has come out the loser in practically every hand. Antonius, considered by most to be one of the top five poker players in the world, has dropped an estimated $740k so far in October. No Limit Hold’em has been particularly rough to Antonius, as he has dropped an estimated $1.06 million dollars over just 869 tracked hands.

David Benyamine, who is seemingly always near the top of the cash game leaderboard, has dropped an estimated $560k so far in October. Jani “KObyTAPOUT” Vilmunen, another successful Finnish poker player, has dropped over $460k over just 1,160 hands.

HOW GOOD POKER PLAYERS DEAL WITH THESE 5 TRICKY POKER HANDS

Poker is not an easy game. It’s easy enough to learn, but it can be tough and to be truly successful requires guts and smarts.

You see that play out when you watch beginners lose pots with the top five trouble hands. But the fact of the matter is some hands are just simply harder for new Situs Poker Online players to play than others.

However, there are five poker hands that are difficult both for beginners and pros. The big difference however is that the pros know how to fold these hands much quicker.

5. ACE-JACK

To everyone who is just starting out or is in the intermediate stages of poker, here’s some advice. Ace-jack is not a premium hand. In fact, it’s not really even a good hand. Sure, it looks cool when you peel back your two off the felt but the fact is, it isn’t.

Unless you’re heads-up, you have to treat Ace-Jack the same as Ace-Ten rather than playing it as if it’s Ace-King.

4. KING-TEN

More than any other hand, the king-ten has been called the “sucker’s hand”. If you’re holding this hand, know that there are a lot more boards that will give you the second nuts or a bad beat than boards that will win you the pot. If you don’t flop broadway, you’re in a tight spot.

Flopping top pair of kings will almost certainly pit you against a king with a higher kicker. Flopping a pair of tens is rarely the top pair, and if it’s not, you have straights to look out for. Flopping two pair again puts you at risk against a straight, and you’re going to run into more two pair-versus-sets scenarios with this hand, because people are playing all the pocket tens and pocket kings they’re dealt.

3. KING-JACK

This one’s like the king-ten, but a little less ominous. Because it is not as risky, some players see this hand as being more powerful than it really is. If you flop two pair, you’re going to have to watch out for sets, and you still have to be concerned about kicker problems on one pair.

This hand is better left in the unwanted pile or discarded than played too often.

2. POCKET JACKS

This is the second-most-overplayed hand in poker. Pocket jacks is a top-five hand and is a killer hand when compared to almost any hand you can be dealt. But, if you raise it pre-flop, the only hands that ever call you are far ahead, or a coin flip (excluding the odd lower pair).

However, if played properly, this can be a very profitable hand. When you play it too much though, as beginners tend to, it will cost you a large portion of your roll. No matter how strong your hand was before the flop, after the flop (unless you hit your set) you only have one pair.

1. ACE-QUEEN

The dreaded Ace-queen is the biggest trouble hand for many people. Many pros will tell you they have given away a lot of their chps on a big click with big chick. The Ace-Queen is not a top 10 hand but does make it into the top 20.

For the sake of this discussion, we will consider Ace-Queen off suit and Ace-Queen suited together. Obviously, Ace-Queen suited is a stronger hand. Practically speaking, however, this shouldn’t have a tremendous impact your decision making. Think of it more as a tiebreaker in marginal situations. If you’re on the fence and it’s suited, lean toward playing; if it’s off suit, lean toward passing.

The Ace-Queen is a hand that plays well against short stacks and is useful for both raising short stacks and calling raises from short stacks. It also plays well when you’re on the short stack, as other players are likely to call your raises with a range that includes a lot of combinations that Ace-Queen dominates.