High Stakes Poker Results, Variance and Swings, Superuser?

August 15, 2008

To try something a little different, and hopefully provide value to all you aspiring high stakes gamblers I decided to take a look at the high stakes poker results of the biggest games around to see if there were any trends we could learn something from.

First I took the results published by highstakesdb.com – which provides the top 50 and bottom 50 winners and losers for each month. The results are from 1/1/07 thru 7/31/08, including Omaha and Holdem on Ladbrokes/Prima/Fulltilt networks. High stakes horse is also included in the 7/08 monthly results.

I compiled all these monthly reports into a single spreadsheet workbook in Excel, and then combined the months to provide a data set of 19 months of the high stakes poker world. My initial theory was that the biggest high stakes players have the biggest swings but I wanted to visually see the difference between, if they are constantly playing the biggest games, or game selecting and ‘taking shots’…

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High Stakes Swings

December 10, 2007

From the highstakesdb.com:

We’ve had alot of action in November and  the player who gave us most action was Gus Hansen. He started the month down about $500k but he managed to come back, he won almost $2 million in just a week and his totalt results for the month was +$1,3 million

We didn’t have so much Texas NL action this month, we had some insane sessions with the player Tie53, he had some sick swings, was down about a million but then he won a couple of sessions so his total loss was “only” -$340k on the sessions we monitored. The winners on Texas NL on FTP was Genius38 (+$354k) and Trex313 (+$299)

Still pretty calm on the prima network in November, but it’s always some good action on the $50/100 tables and copi_rules (+$234) and kriga (+$173k) was the winner on the sessions we monitored.

We had alot of action on $25/50 and $50/100 on Ladbrokes this month and we had another danish player in the top. Pokergirl1 won $247k and most of this money was on $25/50.

Bellagio Update – Will cashes again, Dapo just missed.

December 2, 2007

Congrats to Will for placing 17th out of 231 in Friday’s Event #4 $3000 buy-in NL tourney at the Bellagio 5 Diamond Poker Classic.  He cashed for the second time this series, for a $6495 payday. 

Dapo had the unfortunate luck to bubble in this tournament, but is really starting to build his confidence going into the bigger buy-in tournaments next week and the $15k in about two weeks.

Friend of the PROP team, Francois Safieddine had a nice result in this tournament finishing 6th.  GG guys, keep up the good work.

High Stakes Poker

October 30, 2007

Many of you know of High Stakes Poker, airing on the Game Show Network (GSN)…well it sucks if you don’t have that channel, and don’t want to subscribe to the network because that is the only show worth watching…well an online site has conveniently catalogued the shows for us, enjoy:


Sbrugby on a $3 million downswing

July 26, 2007

This guy has taken the online poker world by storm for the past two years or so, and is certainly a feared opponent at the tables…however, Brian Townsend, aka Sbrugby, is currently in a bit of a slump.

After losing $1.8mil @ the Bellagio playing mostly 1k/2k Plo during the WSOP, he has since lost another $1.2m or so online at Fulltilt.  That’s gotta sting.

You can read more about it here.