Ilari Sahamies Wins Record $421,826 Pot At PokerStarsSeptember 13, 2011 7:58 am
Full Tilt Poker used to be the home of high-stakes cash games, but since the site has been out of operations for the past few months PokerStars has been steadily growing as the new battle ground for the nose bleed stakes.
This has been reflected in the recent frenetic action and ever increasing pot sizes involving such players as Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies, Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen, Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond, Rafi “refaelamit” Amit, Brian “$tinger 88” Hastings and Niki “RealAndyBeal” Jedlicka.
Now, PokerStars has seen its record for the highest pot ever played on the site reach $421,826 during a six players game of $200/$400 PLO involving the winner Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies, Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen and “bernard-bb.”
In the record setting hand, Sahamies had been dealt Ah-Kh-6h-4c, “bernard-bb” was holding Ad-2d-As-7s, while Torbergsen’s hand was never revealed.
Pre-flop the action folded to Sahamies ($247,909) on the cutoff who raised to $1,400, with both Andreas “Skjervøy” Torbergsen ($30,208) on the button and “bernard-bb” ($195,609) in the small blind calling.
The flop of Ks-2h-3s then had “bernard-bb” checking to Sahamies, who fired out $4,595 only to have Torbergsen raise to $18,380, with both men making the call.
A 9h on the turn had the action check to Torbergsen, who moved all-in for his remaining $10,428, which “bernard-bb” then check-raised to $91,019. Sahamies then made the call on the turn, as well as his $84,810 bet on the river when the 3h fell.
Bernard-bb’s two pair of aces and threes was then no match for Ilari Sahamies’ ace-high flush, who then scooped the monster $421,826 pot.
Although a sizable pot, the amount was a lot less than the record online poker pot played on Full Tilt at $500/$1000PLO HU between Patrik Antonius and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom worth $1,356,947. However, the way the action is hotting up on PokerStars these days it won’t be long before we see the pot sizes creeping higher and new records consistently being reset.