PokerStars Records Biggest Ever Play Money Pot

PokerStars, screenshot, biggest play money pot

The PokerStars play-money tables which have been going crazy this week, witnessing several multi-billion dollar play money pots. (Image:

The biggest ever pot in the history of online poker, standing at a world-beating $6.47 billion, has just been won on PokerStars, but before you spit that sip of coffee back out through your nose and all over the curtains, please be advised this was a play-money pot.

Yes, welcome to the curious, twilight world of the play-money “high stakes” tables, which have inexplicably exploded this week.

The PokerStars Blog reports that five new entries to the all-time Top Ten play-money pots have occurred within the last seven days alone, with the new record beating the previous one by more than one billion.

Strangely enough it involved former World Champion Chris Moneymaker, who, we hope, is merely fulfilling his contractual obligations to PokerStars and has not been permanently reduced to playing at the play money tables.

Explosive River  

The game was No Limit Hold’em; the place, the new 10M/20M tables on PokerStars; the stakes, “fun.” Here’s how the action went down: Italian player “viziato1991” min-raised on the button; “MoXpade” re-popped it to 140 million, and Moneymaker got out of the way (OK, so he was only indirectly involved in the hand.) Viziato1991 made the call and we saw a flop of 8sTdJs.

Next, the intrepid MoXpade led out for 193 million and viziato1991, again, made the call, while both players checked the 7d on the turn. The river brought an explosive 9s, putting a straight on the board and completing a possible spade flush. Sure enough, all hell broke loose. MoXpade lead out for 677 million, and viziato1991 wasted no time in jamming for 3 billion.

MoXpade had “only” 2.2 billion in chips and made a crying call, with AcQs for an improved straight, while viziato1991 showed the spade flush with 4-6.

Biggest Real-Money Pot

Viziato1991 was not done yet, though, and was clearly intent on relieving the unfortunate MoXpade of even more of his hard-earned billions. Viziato went onto win another mammoth hand from his opponent shortly after with a higher full house, this time for 4.9 billion.

This pot now ranks as the third all-time biggest pot in the history of play money. Perhaps it’s time to move up in stakes, Viziati1991…

The biggest real-money online poker pot of all time, incidentally, occurred on November 21st 2009, in the glory days of the Full Tilt nosebleeds, between Patrik Antonius and Viktor Blom, who was then in the dying phases of his anonymous Isildur1 rampage.

The pot was a whopping $1,356,947, and was won by Antonius during a game of $500-$1000 PLO. In fact, the top five biggest online pots ever all occurred within three weeks of each other, and featured just three players: Blom, Antonius and Phil Ivey, with Blom featuring in every single one.


Written by
Philip Conneller
As part of the team that launched Bluff Magazine back in 2004, and then as Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller has (probably) written thousands of articles about poker and has travelled the globe interviewing the greatest players in the world, not to mention some of the sexiest celebrities known to man in some of the world’s sexiest destinations. The highlight of his career, however, was asking Phil Ivey (as a joke) how to play jacks, and emerging none-the-wiser. Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 offsuit. He has been told off for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions, on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist. He lives in London where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal football club, yet in Wenger he trusts.


S3mper wrote...

Ugh.. They should warn you to not spit out your coffee… Before you spit out your coffee!!!

Now I got a mess and need more coffee..


Michael Paler wrote...

The world’s largest online play money pot cannot hold a candle to my own worlds largest at-home play money pot – I won 6.8 trillion with a miserable 2-9 off when my opponent……What is hilarious here, is that these players most likely had to buy, for real $$, those play money chips. Think about that.

This story is to “poker” what a “hunting” story is, about a deer (held captive in a fenced in yard) someone shot. How about a great racing story….”I was starting my car in Grand Theft Auto when I realized I did not have my lucky driving gloves with me…”

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