PokerGO promised some fireworks for their ‘Cash of the Titans’ series on No Gamble, No Future, and the show delivered with the largest pot ever broadcast in the U.S.
The hand featured casino owner Eric Persson and high-stakes legend Patrik Antonius, who is no stranger to seven-figure pots. In fact, Antonius told Card Player on the Poker Stories Podcast that over the course of his career there were probably 40 days where he “won or lost more than a million.”
He added another to the list on Sunday night, dragging a pot that was ultimately worth $1,978,000. And it didn’t even take a cooler to get it.
The blinds were $1,000-$2,000 with a $2,000 big blind ante, and Persson raised to $7,000 from the hijack with Q 9. Fellow casino owner Rob Yong called on the button with A 2 and Antonius reraised to $30,000 from the small blind with A K.
Both Persson and Yong called and the three players saw a flop of 3 3 8. Antonius continued for $40,000, and Persson immediately raised to $140,000 with his worse flush draw.
Yong folded, and Antonius decided to raise back to $250,000. Persson quickly called and the turn was the A.
“You don’t want to do that,” Persson warned as Antonius bet $150,000. Persson then moved all in over the top for $692,000.
“What do you have?” Antonius asked out loud, however it didn’t take him too long to call off the rest of his stack.
Persson was drawing dead, but didn’t seem to realize it. The inconsequential river was the J and Antonius doubled up. Persson was felted not too long after, losing a total of $1.1 million over the course of the three-day series.
Watch the full hand below, with announcers Brent Hanks and Jeff Platt on the call.
While this was the record for the biggest televised pot in U.S. history, the worldwide record belongs to Kane Kalas, who won a hand worth $2.18 million against Jason Koon at the Triton Cash Game series in Montenegro.
This wasn’t the first time that Persson has misstepped on the show. Back in September, he exposed one of his cards in the middle of a hand and misread the board, costing him extra in a pot of $459,600. Antonius was at that table as well.
Back in 2009, Antonius set the record for largest ever online pot, scooping $1,375,999 in a hand of pot-limit Omaha against Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom. Antonius also holds the record for largest pots played on shows such as High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark.
The online record has since been beaten by poker player and politician Tony G who played a pot worth $7.75 million, although that hand was played on a site that uses cryptocurrency.
The PokerGO No Gamble, No Future cash game also featured pros Markus Gonsalves, M.J. Gonzales, and Andrew Robl.
There were three other seven-figure pots played during the session. Robl and Yong ended up chopping a pot worth $1,657,000, and Robl won another for $1,269,000. Gonsalves scooped a slightly bigger pot of $1,298,000.
Yong ended up going broke as well, leaving the table four-handed.
Despite his big double up, Antonius ended the show with a profit of just $149,000, which was third best. Gonzales essentially broke even, losing only $30,000, and Gonzalves finished with a profit of $585,000 after a nice late comeback.
Robl finished $1,296,000 in the black, making him the big winner. He also scooped an extra $500,000 in side bets, as each player put up an extra $100,000.
You can watch the entire show replay on PokerGO.