Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom and Timofey ‘Trueteller’ Kuznetsov, both legendary high-stakes grinders, along with ‘BERRI SWEET,’ top the 2017 online poker charts with more than $1.4 million in profits.
Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro, on the other hand, has lost over $1.2 million this year, the worst performance in the world. But these results could change before the end of the year.
Kuznetsov has won $1.7 million in high-stakes games this year, as of November 27. That’s more than any other online player in the world.
Trueteller’s performance isn’t a fluke. The Russian’s online poker results chart has been on a steady incline since 2011, and he’s also had success in live cash games and tournaments.
Kuznetsov has more than $3.5 million in profits lifetime on PokerStars, and another $2 million on the now defunct Full Tilt Poker, playing in a variety of high-stakes games, not just no-limit hold’em, although that was the game that got his career started.
The Russian grinder has been one of the most consistent online poker players in history. His losing streaks never last long and his graph mostly remains steady or on an upward slope. Since joining PokerStars in 2011, he has never dipped into the red.
One is Not Like the Other
If ever there was a polar opposite to Trueteller, it’s Isildur. Viktor Blom’s poker career has been a constant roller coaster since he burst onto the scene, winning and then losing millions, on Full Tilt Poker during the pre-Black Friday era.
Blom has $1.47 million in profits this year on PokerStars, good for third best in the world. But, as always with the Swedish gambler, there have been many ups and downs. At one point this past summer, he was up more than $3 million for the year, but he plays a loose-aggressive style that leads to many big losses and wins.
Isildur is one of the most entertaining online players to rail. He’s played in legendary high-stakes games, for millions of dollars, against players such as Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan and Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond.
The Biggest Loser
No one wants to be the biggest loser when it comes to online poker because that means you lost a ton of money. Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro, a 30-year-old Finnish pro, has exceed the $1.2 million in losses mark this year and is the only player in the world to have lost at least $1 million in 2017.
Known on internet forums as ‘LarsLuzak,’ Kelopuro hasn’t ever had much success playing poker online. He’s lost more than $1.9 million lifetime on PokerStars since 2011 over more than 295,000 hands. His game of choice, which doesn’t appear to be a smart choice, is pot-limit Omaha.