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  1. $643,986 – December 31, 2008. Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies and LokoIsBack vs. Tom “durrrr” Dwan, $500/1,000 PLO.

David “MR B 2 U SON” Benyamine, “LokoIsBack”, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies were engaged in a New Year’s Eve session of poker. Benyamine open-limped and Dwan raised it to $4,500. Antonius folded, LokoIsBack flat-called and Sahamies raised it to $19,000 prompting LokoIsBack to move all-in. Benyamine folded, Dwan and LokoIsBack both called. Sahamies and Dwan went head-to-head by Sahamies betting $58,000 and Dwan potting to $232,000. Sahamies went all-in with $350 993, and Dwan called it. The cards were turned up as all three players were all-in. Sahamies had a wrap and a flush draw, Dwan had a higher flush draw while LokoIsBack had a gutshot straight draw. Dwan had three of a kind and won the pot of $643,986.

  1. $657,070 – December 6, 2008. Tom “durrrr” Dwan vs. Di “Urindanger” Dang, $500/1,000 NLHE.

Guy “elmariachimacho” Laliberte, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Di “Urindanger” Dang, “LokoIsBack”, and Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond were the players. Dwan was the initial raiser, raising it to $3,000 and Dang re-raised to $10,500. LokoIsBack, Laliberte and Galfond all folded. Dwan called, and he took a stab at the pot after the flop with $17,600. Dang raised it to $44,200, and Dwan called. When the king of hearts came on the turn, Dwan bet $71,200 and Dang flat-called. Dwan moved all-in for $201,887 when he saw the six of diamonds and Dang called it. Dang mucked his hand and Dwan took the $657,070 pot with a three of a kind.

  1. $678,069 – October 26, 2008. John Juanda vs. Tom “durrrr” Dwan, $500/1,000 NLHE.

Phil Ivey, Di “Urindanger” Dang, Guy “elmariachimacho” Laliberte, John Juanda and Tom “durrrr” Dwan were the players. Ivey folded under the gun. Dang raised it to $3,000 which Laliberte called and Juanda three-bet to $14,500 only to have Dwan four-bet to $43,800. As Dang and Laliberte folded, Juanda came back with a bet of $137,400. Dwan moved all-in for $382,304 which Juanda called. Juanda had a triple of kings while Dwan had a pair of aces. Juanda won the $678,069 pot which set a record as the biggest pot in online poker history.


  1. $687,024 – October 26, 2008. Phil Ivey vs. John Juanda, $500/1,000 NLHE.

On the very next deal of the same session, Dang folded with Laliberte limping in. Juanda raised it to $4,500. Dwan moved all-in left only with $2,468 after the last pot with Juanda. Ivey went on to three-bet to $16,958 making Laliberte fold. Juanda’s response was to four-bet to $54,370. Ivey flat-called and checked after the flop. Juanda bet $112,208 and Ivey bet everything for $287,409 and Juanda called it. Juanda had a king-high flush draw and Ivey had a middle set. The flush never turned out for Juanda, so Ivey won the $687,024 pot with a pair of tens breaking Juanda’s record.

  1. $723,938 – October 26, 2008. Di “Urindanger” Dang vs. Tom “durrrr” Dwan, $500/1,000 NLHE.

Eight hours after the session that saw two record-setting pots, “La Key U”, Di “Urindanger” Dang, Guy “elmariachimacho” Laliberte, Gus Hansen, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, and John Juanda were the players for another game. La Key U folded under the gun. Dang came to open for $3,000 which was flat-called by Laliberte. Dwan raised it to $16,300 and Juanda and Hansen both folded. Dang, on the other hand, came back with $45,000. That was enough for Laliberte to fold, but Dwan called it. After the flop, Dwan check-raised Dang’s $52,700 bet to $139,500, only to have him bet all in for $367,671.Dwan called and turned up with a pair of kings, but Dang crushed him with a pair of aces. Dang earned a pot of $723,938 which held the record for the biggest pot in online poker history until November 2009.

  1. $919,600 – High Stakes Poker, Season 5. Tom Dwan vs. Barry Greenstein, $500/1,000 NLHE.

Peter Eastgate, Tom Dwan and Barry Greenstein were the players. Eastgate raised under the gun. Greenstein re-raised it to $15,000, and Dwan called it. Eastgate called, and after the flop, Dwan bet on his pair of queens after which Eastgate folded. Greenstein raised and then Dwan re-raised. This got Greenstein to move all-in which Dwan called. Dwan won the pot of $919, 600 with three queens.

record-setting pots

  1. $1.1 million – Million Dollar Cash Game 2010, London. Phil Ivey vs. Tom Dwan, $1,000/$2,000.

Dwan bet $538,500 under the gun. Ivey raised it to a bit over $1.1 million, and Dwan called. Ivey raised it to $23,000, and Dwan called again. After the flop, both players had straight draws, and Ivey bet $35,000, making the pot $49, 500. Dwan called, and when the five of hearts fell on the turn, he got a nut-straight superior to Ivey’s straight. Ivey bet $90,000, and Dwan raised it to $142,000 more, further increasing the size of the pot to $442,100. Ivey moved all-in, and Dwan called it. Dwan won the $1.1 million pot as he stayed in favour till the end.

  1. $1,356,946 – November 21, 2009. Patrik Antonius versus Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, $500/$1,000 PLO.

Blom bet $3,000 under the gun. Antonius three-bet to $9,000 and Blom took that amount to $27,000. Antonius took the stakes higher to $81,000, and Blom called. After the flop, Antonius bet $91,000. Blom raised it to $435,000, and when Antonius pushed, he moved all-in for $597,473.50. Blom had a straight and Antonius had a chance for a flush. The flush never turned out, but Antonius had a higher straight, bagging him $1,356,946.50, the biggest pot in online poker history till date.

  1. €2 Million -Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro 2018. Elton Tsang vs. Jason Koon. €2,000/€4,000.

Koon raised it to €13,000 and Phua, Dwan and Tsang all called. After the flop, Dwang bet €24,000. Tsang called and Koon checked-raised it, bringing the pot to €100,000. This had Dwan folding. Tsang re-raised it to €324,000, and Koon called. The queen of diamonds brought a chance for Tsang to hit a flush and he bet €390,000. Koon called it, further inflating the size of the pot to €1, 1516,000. With the four of spades, Koon hit his straight. Tsang checked, and Koon raised the pot to €2,090,000, getting Tsang to fold.

  1. $2.35 Million – Triton Poker Super High Roller 2018, Jeju, South Korea. Tom Dwan vs. Paul Phua. $1 million buy-in. 3 million/6 million.

Dominik Nitsche, Paul Phua and Tom Dwan were the players. Dominik opened the table with a raise to 30 million. Dwan re-raised it to 120 million. Phua made it 320 million, making the pot to a sum of $431,000 which got Dominik to fold. But Dwan moved all-in after tanking it for four minutes. He got an instant call from Phua. The pot was now valued at $2.35 million. Dwan lost to Phua’s pair of aces against his own pair of queens, and Phua bagged the pot.


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