Monster Pot Report: Biggest play money pot in history

Boom! From nowhere the Play Money nosebleeds stakes came to life this week with five new entries into the all-time Top 10. That includes a record smashing biggest-ever pot worth over 6B chips!

The hand in question took place at the new 10M/20M stakes in a game of No Limit Hold'em. The hand played out three ways between Italy's 'viziato1991', Canada's 'MoXpade' and 2003 WSOP Champion Chris 'Money800' Moneymaker, and the winner took it all.

'viziato1991' had the button and opened the action with a minimum raise to 40M. 'MoXpade' in the small blind decided that wasn't rich enough and popped it to 140M. Moneymaker looked at his 5♥2♠ and wisely folded leaving 'viziato1991' to make the call.

The flop brought a potentially slippery trio of 8♠T♦J♠ and 'MoXpade' led out for 193M chips - again 'viziato1991' made the call. The turn was the 7♦ which led both players to check.

The river slammed down an incendiary 9♠ to complete a five card straight on the board. 'MoXpade' liked what he saw and led out for 677M chips. 'viziato1991' also appeared to be pleased with the community cards and moved all in for over 3B chips. 'MoXpade' only had 2.2B left behind and was holding A♣Q♠ for the improved straight - he made the call.

The Italian turned his cards to reveal 4♠6♠ for a heart-breaking baby flush. The speculative pre-flop play proved profitable as 'viziato1991' dragged a pot of 6.47B chips, more than a billion clear of the previous record!


The PM high rollers didn't stop there. 'viziato1991' went on to claim a 4.9B chip pot for third on the all-time list when he showed down a bigger full house than his opponent. It was the unlucky 'MoXpade' on the receiving end again. The Italian also secured 4.1B chips in the week's fifth biggest hand (eighth all time).

The third biggest hand for the week went to 'Kleppr' and weighed in at 4.6B chips (fourth all-time). This time it was 'viziato1991' on the receiving end as his kings were cracked by a flopped flush draw and middle pair combo. All the chips went in on the flop and the turn promptly completed the flush.

The fourth biggest for the week took the title of Biggest Ever Omaha Hand and was clocked at 4.1B chips (1.8B more than the previous record held by 'tripticon'). It was a clash between two little known names for the Monster Pot Report 'Detcidda' and 'chedi1'. Unusually for Omaha, the two players held almost the same hand, with only one of the lower cards differing. It should come as little surprise then that the hand finished with a split pot. Both caught top and bottom pair on the flop and neither player improved from there.

Taking a step down to 5M/10M, the action was also significant. Besides the usual suspects already listed above, there were 2B+ pots for 'Mike.Dot.Roy' (twice benefitting from big bluffs from 'viziato1991'), 'Spotter2002' (flopped top pair holding up against overcards) and 'glaedr8' (who extracted full value from a flopped set).

At 2.5M/5M it was 'zvjerka1' that finished top of the pile. Sitting in a six-handed game, the American took a shot with 7♣8♣ and ran into a flopped three-of-a-kind. 'micula213' was driving the action with pocket kings and unfortunately couldn't escape when the big raise came. The call was made, generating a pot of 1.92B chips, and no other kings came to the rescue.

At 1M/2M it was another Omaha hand from 'chedi1' that took the top spot. His pocket queens produced a set on the flop, and his opponents also caught enough to remain interested (bottom set and top pair with a flush draw). The running sevens on turn and river cranked him up to a full house and with it a 1.28B chip win.

Finally, at the relative sanity of the 500K/1M tables, it was a 450M pot from 'recolec' that took first place. In a nine-handed game the Mexican player flopped top pair with his Big Slick (AK), and was smart enough to bet out the drawing hands. He was ultimately paid off by an inferior pair and avoided allowing one of his opponents to make what would have been a winning straight.

Here are the top 10 hands of all time as recorded by the Monster Pot Report:

6,471,540,000 viziato1991
5,212,320,000 Sabz.wp
4,911,500,000 viziato1991
4,557,320,000 Kleppr
4,327,600,000 viziato1991
4,222,160,000 FunBrunette
4,145,580,000 Detcidda & chedi1
4,100,000,000 viziato1991
4,068,940,000 GQ Jay29
3,890,420,000 viziato1991

This week's biggest pots broken down by stakes were as follows:

10M/20M Stakes:
6,471,540,000 viziato1991
4,911,500,000 viziato1991
4,557,320,000 Kleppr
4,145,580,000 Detcidda & chedi1
4,100,000,000 viziato1991
3,468,640,000 viziato1991
3,160,000,000 MoXpade
2,714,720,000 viziato1991
2,485,000,000 viziato1991
2,480,000,000 viziato1991

5M/10M Stakes:
2,648,900,000 viziato1991
2,385,000,000 Money800
2,298,080,000 viziato1991
2,243,180,000 viziato1991
2,151,080,000 MoXpade
2,143,240,000 Mike.Dot.Roy
2,040,000,000 Mike.Dot.Roy
2,030,860,000 Money800
2,024,900,000 Spotter2002
2,017,600,000 MoXpade

2.5M/5M Stakes:
1,917,420,000 zvjerka1
1,914,860,000 viziato1991
1,840,740,000 Kleppr
1,806,960,000 38bandit
1,806,960,000 Sundayzero00
1,755,660,000 Mike.Dot.Roy
1,726,560,000 viziato1991
1,685,100,000 Kleppr
1,656,460,000 viziato1991
1,625,140,000 Kleppr

1M/2M Stakes:
1,279,560,000 chedi1
1,239,800,000 rockiesman77
1,239,800,000 Mike.Dot.Roy
1,131,500,000 viziato1991
1,101,200,000 Jayrod800
972,520,000 firinci2009
934,240,000 proton7789
902,520,000 biljonni
899,340,000 Wenb0
883,260,000 eebrew

500K/1M Stakes:
450,032,000 recolec
429,738,000 Wenb0
406,178,000 teanmi
394,384,000 Buzz2002
384,000,000 oilram
367,738,000 RDKLAIBER
366,000,000 Wenb0
355,310,000 Rose177
353,700,000 megaész2015
346,872,000 555stud

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