Patrik Antonius, one of the most iconic high-stakes cash game players in poker, made history on Sunday when he won the largest pot ever broadcast on a U.S. poker live stream. On the third and final day of No Gamble, No Future's "Cash of the Titans" game that was live-streamed on PokerGO, Antonius topped Eric Persson in a pot worth $1,978,000.
The record-setting hand took place from inside the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. At the time the hand aired on the PokerGO live stream of the game, it set a new record for the biggest live-streamed cash-game hand in the United States. The previous record was a $1,158,000 pot from Hustler Casino Live.
On Day 3 of No Gamble, No Future's "Cash of the Titans," the game was being played with limits of $1,000/$2,000 with a $2,000 big blind ante to start. If you missed the epic hand, check out the highlight clip from the PokerGO YouTube channel.
Eric Persson started the action with a raise to $7,000 with the queen-nine of hearts. Rob Yong flat-called on the button with ace-two of clubs, then Patrik Antonius reraised to $30,000 from the small blind holding the ace-king of hearts. Both Persson and Yong made the call.
The flop was eight-three-three with two hearts. Antonius was first and bet $40,000 into the pot of $94,000. Persson snap raised to $140,000, Yong moved out of the way, and Antonius reraised to $250,000. Persson quickly made the call.
The turn was the ace of spades. Antonius bet $150,000, and Persson raised all in for what was effectively $692,000. Antonius called and saw that he had Persson drawing stone dead going to the river. The river completed the board with the jack of spades and the $1,978,000 was pushed Antonius' way.
Later in the show, Patrik Antonius was involved in another monster pot. This time his opponent was longtime high-stakes pro Andrew Robl.
Eric Persson had limped under the gun with jack-two of hearts. Antonius was on the button with pocket nines and raised to $10,000. Robl reraised from the big blind to $52,000 with jack-ten of clubs. Persson folded, and Antonius called.
The flop was queen-nine-eight with two spades, giving Robl a flopped straight and Antonius middle set of nines. Robl led with a bet of $65,000, and Antonius called.
The turn was the three of spades to put a third spade on board. With $239,000 in the middle, Robl fired a bet of $140,000. Antonius called.
The river was the four of hearts. Robl launched $375,000 into the pot of $519,000. Antonius went into the tank for a little bit, then called and saw the bad news. Robl's straight was good and he collected the $1,269,000 pot.
With about one hour left in the game, Andrew Robl and Rob Yong clashed in a pot worth $1,657,000. The exciting part of it becoming the second-largest pot ever broadcast on a U.S. poker live stream was quickly dampened.
Both players had an offsuit ace-king. Yong had straddled for $4,000, and Robl limped in from the big blind. Yong made it $39,000 to go, then Robl fired all in for a huge shove worth $826,000. Yong snap-called.
The board was an anticlimactic one, with no flush draws coming for either player and they chopped up the pot.
With a $4,000 straddle on from Andrew Robl, Rob Yong raised to $15,000 from the next seat with pocket queens. Markus Gonsalves was in the small blind and looked down at pocket aces. He made it $61,000 to go. Play folded back to Yong, and he put in a reraise to $250,000. Gonsalves moved all in for $644,000, and Yong called.
The players agreed before the start of Day 3 to only run it once, so Yong had just one runout to try and crack Gonsalves' aces. The board came jack-nine-three-nine-seven to keep Gonsalves in front with aces and ship him the $1,298,000 pot.
The format for No Gamble, No Future's "Cash of the Titans" saw six players - Patrik Antonius, Eric Persson, Rob Yong, Andrew Robl, Markus Gonsalves, and Matthew "MJ" Gonzales - buy-in for $1,000,000 and post $100,000 on the side.
The million-dollar buy-in cash game element allowed players two $500,000 bullets and the blinds began at $500/$500. Players could start with $500,000 and add the second $500,000 bullet later, or start with the full $1,000,000.
The game ran over three days, with two three-hour levels played on each day. Every new level brought an increase in the blind structure, which brought them to playing limits of $1,000/$2,000 with a $2,000 big blind ante to start Day 3.
The $100,000 on the side was a side wager that would award the $600,000 pot to the game's biggest winner.
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