The enigma that is Martonas – noone really knows his or her true identity yet – has been hitting the high stakes online poker tables at Full Tilt again, undeterred by some heavy multi-tabling losses against Tom Dwan and other top Internet players earlier in the week. Play Poker With Martonas Now.
This time it was CardRunners pro Brian ‘Stinger' Hastings who took on the mystery player, living up to his nickname by ending the session $690 000 up at Martonas's expense in some hair-raising and very aggressive $300/$600 heads-up No-Limit Hold'em.
The session involved no new table records, but plenty of $100 000 pots, two of them well over $200 000, which Hastings took.
Those who claim to be in-the-know on Martonas say that he (or she?) traditionally hits the scene with a bang, only to disappear for awhile after setting the high stakes tables alight.
Despite his/her recent reverses, Martonas remains in profit of over $1.5 million for the month of August and over $400 000 for the current week alone, which gives some idea of the level of activity this player has generated.
According to Poker News the big winners and losers this week (August 12-18) were: Aaron “aejones” Jones (up $898 000), Cole South (up $538 000 – he's also up $2.56 million this year to date) and Martonas (up $413 000).
At the losing end of the scale were Patrik Antonius ( down $1.33 million – but up $3.05 million this year to date), Phil Ivey ( down $839 000 on the week) and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies ( down $463 000).