Viktor Blom learned the hard way how costly it can be to leave your comfort zone when you are a professional poker player, competing at nosebleed limits. A couple of years ago, he took the world of poker by surprise and crushed Texas hold ’em no limit tables, but he is no longer one of the best players at this game. The same goes for Phil Galfond who won $2 million in 2013 alone, but only a fraction of these profits were secured at 8-Game tables.
Instead of sticking to the 2-7 Triple Draw poker that he is so familiar with, Phil took a leap of faith with the other type of game and the results were catastrophic. Samrostan was the one to teach him the painful lesson, as he managed to win $833,000 in two sessions, separated by a 13 hours break. Most of the damage was done in the first session that lasted an entire night and saw Galfond slipping ever further with each big pot that went Samrostan’s way.
No matter what he did and what he tried to reverse the trend, Phil found it impossible to stop his opponent in his tracks and only amplified his own losses. http://www.highstakesdb.com/4380-samrostan-crushes-phil-omgclayaiken-galfond-for-over-800k-in-huge-8-game-battle.aspx explains how it was possible for the poker professional to lose so much money in such a short time. Fatigue can be factored in as well, but both these players have played marathon sessions before and without losing so much money.
Samrostan is well-versed in the art of playing 8-Game poker and is not afraid of competing at nosebleed limits, given the fact that he resides in Macau. This doesn’t mean that his opponent is shy to invest a lot of money in his lucrative career, but on this particular occasion he let a huge amount going down the drain. The second session was also lost by him, yet this time he didn’t lose more than $140,000.
Galfond’s complete meltdown explains why the performance of other poker pros who won significant amounts on the same day went unnoticed. Viktor Blom for example won more than $100,000, at the expense of Rui Cao and Harry Cassagrande while Tim0thee also increased his bankroll by $120k. The player who goes by the name of “Lottenice” had to settle for $75,000, significantly less than what the other poker pros scooped, still not an amount to frown upon.