How about a $2.3 million pot? How about a televised pot that ginormous? Did it make televised poker history? I dunno. It's too early in the morning for my brain to think about such difficult things and I'm too lazy to ask the Googles what's up. So, let's qualify it as "one of the largest pots in televised poker history" occurred at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju, South Korea. The Landing Casino in Jeju hosted the festivities, which also included a series of cash games.
Episode 6 of the Triton Super High Roller Cash Game included Malaysian businessman Paul Phua fending off a table of sharks including Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonous, Sam Greenwood, Mikita Badziakouski, Dom Nitsche, and Jason Koon.
In the first hand, Phua and Dwan battled in a smallish pot (all things considered). Phua whiffed on a Broadway draw and a flush draw, while Dwan only had Jacks up. That would be foreshadowing of things to come.
On the second hand, we saw fireworks thanks to a straddle.
Phua straddled from UTG for $12,000 and woke up with . Dom Nitsche raised to $30K from the cutoff. With $51,300 in the pot, Dwan raised approximately $100K with from the big blind. Phua reraised another $300K. Nitshce folded. With $431K in the pot, Dwan went into the tank. With a straddle, you never really know where you're at, but Dwan felt that he could get Phua off this pot if he shoved.
After a lengthy pause, Phua called a clock on an indecisive Dwan. Dwan only took a little more time to think before he announced, “All-in.” Phua snap-called. After Dwan moved all-in for approximately $1M, the pot swelled to $1.48M. The total pot was worth $2,353,500.
The board did not help Dwan, which ran out . Aces held up for Phua and he dragged the monsterpotten.
"Take care. I'm done. Gonna play short deck," deadpanned Dwan.
"I thought his hand was going to be much worse than that," said Koon. "To be fair, I thought your hand was full of shit too!"
Watch the entire hand here...