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High Stakes - Online: The largest pots ever

Tags: full tilt poker, high stakes, isildur1, Isildur1, Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan.
Posted on 04 December 2009 by "T".

The action at the high stakes just keeps on getting more and more crazy ever year. In 2006, games were a lot smaller than today as the highest games back then were played with $200/$400 blinds, and only a few poker sites dared to offer these high stakes. The most talked about hand, and also the biggest pot back in 2006, was when Johnny "bad_ip" Lodden lost a $465,451 pot to Kowssarie. Many people were amazed over how one could lose/win so much in just a single hand.

These days we can see pots of this size every week and we are getting used to seeing Patrik Antonius, Isildur1, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and other pros winning and losing millions of dollars in just days, or even hours. Losing and winning these kind amounts is just something as normal as eating and sleeping for many of these guys. The question is: How big can the pots become? We'll, let's take Isildur1 as an example. This guy came from nowhere and won $6 millions in a few weeks, and then he lost it all plus another million+ in no-time. Isildur1 has thanks to his crazy style of playing poker already set a few records as he has been involved in the 8 biggest pots ever. However, the biggest pot Isildur1 has played was when he lost $1,356,947 to Patrik Antonius at the stakes $500/$1000 in Pot Limit Omaha. 

A short conclusion
The future looks very bright for people who loves watching the action at the highest stakes and the adrenaline it brings with it. The average pot will keep on growing and we will see more players like Isildur1 and Martonas who wins big, then lose it all and disappears from the high stakes scene. 

 


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16 comments on "High Stakes - Online: The largest pots ever"


 Davoodoo04/12/2009 16:14:56 GMT
Hmm ... i couldnt come up of a better idea for money laundering than online poker. I mean you dont want to lose it all to another guy in two hands (chipdump) , but for a one hour session you could have given your opponent thousands and thousands of dollars totally legal and 100 % safe. You could be talking over the phone revealing your hands and then find a good spot to push all-in on river. On your bank records it only says "poker money"
 shokaku04/12/2009 16:38:37 GMT
I am not sure if we will see higher stakes than 1000/500 in the nearer future. The amount won or lost at this stake is more than the bankroll of most pros can take. Just look at Dwan. Winnings of a few years of online poker are gone in a few days.
 Yuki55504/12/2009 16:54:45 GMT
Isildur isnt broke, get a brain, Dwan isnt broke neither, they still got a lot (at least 2M$), and even if they lose 3/4 of it, they still can play lower limits and go upper again, they got huge skills, its really easy for them to go back to what they had, so please stfu with those stupids "Isildur is broke" or "just look at dwan" THANK YOU
 dermaster04/12/2009 17:10:36 GMT
Posted by Davoodoo:
Hmm ... i couldnt come up of a better idea for money laundering than online poker. I mean you dont want to lose it all to another guy in two hands (chipdump) , but for a one hour session you could have given your opponent thousands and thousands of dollars totally legal and 100 % safe. You could be talking over the phone revealing your hands and then find a good spot to push all-in on river. On your bank records it only says "poker money"
I think people who break the law and have the need to launder money will be too greedy to pay the rake on an hours play.
 B1gfoot04/12/2009 18:59:20 GMT
I love the HS action but it seams to just go around in circles, somtimes wounder if it real!
 teteban04/12/2009 19:13:23 GMT

I think people who break the law and have the need to launder money will be too greedy to pay the rake on an hours play.

Hmmm...options for laundering:
a) hire a book doctor to launder millions of bucks. Don't know how much that would charge, but let's say he takes a 0.1% share on the money. that would be 1K per million
or b) dump while playing heads up big bet poker: 1$ rake per hand, ~120 hands/hour for 1 or 2hrs ~120$ per hour. A shrink costs more than that Tongue
 LaBaiz04/12/2009 20:12:53 GMT
insane pot sizes online, it would be ok in a big live cash game, but on the internet, well I guess after 2 years there could be pots over 10M.
 ZmxPowah04/12/2009 20:19:26 GMT
Not quite for me...
You're saying it's much more excitment now... but not for me.
When seeing rlly impresive pot was a rare thing I was saying "wow" , "omg" but now it's starting to be common things and we know what it is a common thing...
After a while it starts beeing boring.
 Cara7905/12/2009 05:02:23 GMT
well that is just crazy
why play against pro's for so much money, if they lose, they just play again cause they have sponsors and have more money then us combine
 BhStaljin05/12/2009 20:54:42 GMT
Only people that profit from this enormous pots are poker rooms,because they get money for nothing,eventually every one who win that is going to lose it at other tables,and again poker rooms profit
 Ronsaki06/12/2009 14:12:14 GMT
Bottom line is they are quite smarter ways to spend those amounts rather then on poker.
And lets face it everyone of them who wins 2M of one day doesnt stop playin poker until the end of his life. He continues and in most cases loses they money
 AA-Daelt-AA06/12/2009 14:13:38 GMT
not really, they only get profit because we talk about them, but there is no rake at these stakes on FTP.
 ih8usukouts06/12/2009 14:31:41 GMT
Actually there are some articles on the web about the amounts that were played several years ago vs the amounts that are being played today. These articles were stating how they think the large amounts peple are playing for online is starting to ruin online poker and it's future outlook. I haven't given that much thought yet but thought the point would come up sooner or later.
 xxxbchxxx07/12/2009 04:15:50 GMT
Wow pots just keep getting bigger and bigger...by the time i reach that level (hahaha) they will be in $1bn pots..
Can you just imagine that $1bn pots i dont think its that far away?...do you?
 SuperNoob09/12/2009 20:15:06 GMT
maybe its due to young aggressive players like isildur1 winning big and then playing like a crazy with no bankroll management at nosebleed levels.

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