I am one person who will never make it to the higher stakes of poker. After all, I’m the type of player who gets sick if I lose more than $60 or $70 in a single hand. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to lose $600 or $700 in a single hand – much less thousands of dollars! But these are the things that high stakes players deal with every day and this was never more apparent than at Full Tilt Poker on October 26th.
On this night, the record for the largest online poker hand in history would fall several times with players like Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, Phil Ivey, and John Juanda being involved in some of the pots. Things kicked off when Durrrr went up against Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro for a pot of $618,000 and Durrrr got the better of LarsLuzak in the exchange; he also set the record for the largest online poker pot ever won.
Despite this huge win for Durrrr, things would only go downhill from here as he again got involved in a huge pot with John Juanda. With the pot sitting at $678,000 this time, longtime live pro Juanda caught a break when he rivered a king while holding pocket kings to beat Durrrr’s pocket aces. A new record was again set but the night had yet to begin.
Phil Ivey and Juanda later got involved in a huge $687,500 hand and John was looking to cash in yet again. However, it wasn’t to be as Ivey took all of the money (and then some) from Juanda’s previous Durrrr exchange after hitting a set of 10’s. If you think the record stayed here, think again because there was one big hand left on the night.
This time it was Ivey against Di “urindanger” Dang and Durrrr who both were willing to stay in with Ivey until the pot reached $724,000. And it was urindanger’s pocket aces that would win the day and the $724,000 hand. This is where the record stands today but – with the furious betting action on October 26th – I’m sure that this total will eventually be broken too.