25 Billion Bash: Big hand ends with split pot, more prizes

In all the excitement leading up to PokerStars' 25 billionth hand, no one could've predicted how interesting the big hand would be.

It happened in the early morning hours of Monday February 16th. PokerStars had given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in milestone hand money. All that remained was giving away the big prizes. No one could've predicted how hard it would be to determine exactly who would get the money.

It happened at Susilva, a $1/$2 limit Omaha Hi-Lo table.

Here's what it looked like to start.

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At first, the players let the reality sink in. tupapi777 called it "a dream come true." NeonFrost could only say, "This is unreal." n47j25s joked "I'm just working on points for an iPod."

But then, tupapi77 brought up a pretty relevant question.

"What happens if it is a split pot?"

In Omaha Hi-Lo, it seemed a pretty good possibility.

PokerStars was quick with an answer. In the event of a split pot, the big $100,000 prize would be split among the winners of the main pot. That said, anybody who won the main pot would get the big tourney package. That package alone was worth $50,000 itself.

  • European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Grand Final package
  • PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package
  • World Series package
  • World Championship of Online Poker Main Event ticket
  • That was just fine with everybody.

    Then, we saw the most horrible of beats.

    Player Confedrate had just sat down and was waiting to post his blinds. Not dealt into the hand, he was not eligible for the prize. All he could do was sit there and watch it play out.

    With so many people watching the table (and the wait list growing to more than 1,600) the PokerStars server hiccuped a little bit upon the re-start. Suddenly, NeonFrost was apoplectic.

    "What happened to my hand?" he said.

    No one was really sure. All we knew was, it looked like he folded.

    "Why would I ever fold?" NeonFrost said.

    Looking at the $7 in his chip stack, we agreed that was a pretty good question.

    Regardless, the hand played out as you see below (we added in NeonFrost's cards for posterity).

    PokerStars was quick on the case. The people behind the scenes reviewed the hand and awarded the prizes as if NeonFrost had been dealt into the hand. That was a good thing for him. He had the queen-high flush, good enough for the high pot and half the big prize. To his credit, tupapi777 was completely cool with giving up half the $100,000 first prize.

    When it was all sorted out, here's what the prizes looked like.

    NeonFrost: Won high pot -- $50,000 and tourney package
    tupapi777: Won low pot -- $50,000 and tourney package
    FrtSpkndMn: $33,333.33
    n47j25s: $33,333.33
    chris12080: $33,333.33

    We'll be trying to chat with NeonFrost and tupapi777 in the coming days. In the meantime, congratulations to everyone who won big money during the 25 Billion Bash.

    You can also see previous milestone hand winners on our previous 25 Billion Bash coverage.

    Simon Young
    @MrSimonYoung in PokerStars news