Monster Pot Report: USA binks week's biggest play money pot

After several weeks of monstrous action at the high stakes Play Money tables, things cooled off a little to end the month of January. There were only two pots in excess of 2B chips and no action at all at the 5M/10M tables.

This week's top spot went to America, with 'GQ Jay29' earning 2.25B chips when his pocket aces held up against the pocket tens of 'viziato1991' at the 2.5M/5M tables. The board brought a range of unthreatening undercards and understandably all the chips went in the middle.

It was an almost exact reversal of fortunes in the second biggest hand of the week worth 2.07B chips. This time 'viziato1991' held the aces against a slightly improved pocket jacks for 'GQ Jay29'. They didn't wait until the second betting round this time around as all the chips went in after five pre-flop raises. The result was the same, with the aces holding up on a board of undercards.

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There was one notable hand at 2.5M/5M that didn't quite scrape into the biggest of the week - it marked the return of 2003 WSOP Champion Chris Moneymaker to the Play Money tables. Chris has held the top spot on the Billionaire Club World Rankings for many weeks, as his competitors have been unable to reel him in.

He got off to a fine start on his return, lodging a 1B chip pot when his pocket tens became a set against 'GQ Jay29's aggressively played top pair. Things turned later in the week though for Chris, as he finished 1B down for the period - making it tight at the top in the latest World Rankings.

It was a hand of Omaha that took the honours at the 1M/2M stakes for the week. 'StakAttack22' claimed 65% of a five-way 1.23M chip pot when his flopped set of queens held up against the range of draws held by his opponents. 'mplsT' and 'hamid.felted' claimed a side pot each after starting the hand with superior stack sizes.

Finally, at 500K/1M it was a split pot between 'chefandre254' & 'V3.STAFF.V3' that ranked #1. Both held AQ, and were happy to see an ace hit the board. They played it cool until the turn when they decided to play for it all. By then the flush possibility was already gone, so the chips went back where they came from with a small donation from the blinds.

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

26/11/2014 5,212,320,000 Sabz.wp
08/01/2015 4,222,160,000 FunBrunette
14/01/2015 4,068,940,000 GQ Jay29
21/01/2015 3,890,420,000 viziato1991
03/11/2014 3,681,980,000 Kleppr
25/10/2014 3,601,840,000 Kleppr
21/01/2015 3,586,620,000 cENTULICA
03/11/2014 3,563,120,000 Kleppr
22/10/2014 3,528,500,000 Kleppr
20/01/2015 3,459,200,000 MoXpade

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

2.5M/5M Stakes:
2,253,960,000 GQ Jay29
2,074,420,000 viziato1991
1,838,200,000 GQ Jay29
1,668,100,000 rosco2000239
1,489,200,000 GQ Jay29
1,444,160,000 noaceorking
1,438,400,000 viziato1991 & badsociety86
1,357,440,000 NickyCashOut
1,339,380,000 noaceorking
1,294,640,000 viziato1991

1M/2M Stakes:
1,234,560,000 StakAttack22
1,166,230,000 pickle 0059
1,098,720,000 hamid.felted
1,054,020,000 Cloud_Hsieh
947,420,000 Cloud_Hsieh
866,460,000 pickle 0059
835,860,000 badsociety86
829,880,000 parallelo66
823,960,000 karkeyra
810,670,000 sara800

500K/1M Stakes:
694,100,000 chefandre254 & V3.STAFF.V3
522,096,000 be2010
458,066,000 Rose177
450,636,000 keledobe
441,908,000 Rose177
413,262,000 duca.fp
413,002,000 Lucky_Bet888
409,588,000 zerohard1984
397,000,000 3rdWind
394,000,000 scotmil

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Bob Dix
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