Can you believe that 2014 is almost halfway over? The first half of the year has brought some exciting and memorable hands at Full Tilt Poker, the home to some of the biggest nosebleed online poker games.
The Full Tilt Poker blog recently presented a two-part series on the top 10 hands of the year so far. Not surprisingly these also represent the top ten biggest pots anywhere online so far in 2014 according to HighStakesDB. Here is a look at the top five.
5. Denoking vs SanIker – $265,196
The fifth biggest hand in the first half of 2014 at Full Tilt Poker took place on June 3, 2014, in a $300/$600 no-limit hold'em heads-up match on table "Bethel" between high-stake poker pros "Denoking" and "SanIker". Unfortunately for SanIker he also is the victim of the biggest cooler of the year so far as well.
The action started simply enough with SanIker defending his blinds with after Denoking opened to $1,800 with . SanIker was attempting to disguise his hand by check calling a Denoking's pot-sized bet after hitting two pairs on a flop.
The on the turn made this hand difficult for either player to get away from with SanIker hitting second nuts with a full house (jacks over eights) and Denoking with trip jacks. SanIker checked again, but this time when faced with a bet from Denoking he raised the action, building the pot for the climatic river.
Denoking hit his three-outer on the river when the magically appeared and SanIker pushed all-in for the $91,198 he had left, awarding Denoking a huge $265,196 pot, the fifth biggest of the year.
4. luvtheWNBA vs Isildur1 – $269,063
The fourth biggest pot of the year takes us back to the beginning of the year when two of the biggest names in the game, Isaac "luvtheWNBA" Haxton and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, faced off in a $400/$800 heads-up no limit hold'em match on Jan. 22.
The action was fast right away with Haxton raising to $2,700 on the button with and Blom three-betting to $9,600 with . The flop came , giving Haxton top pair. Despite missing the flop, Blom made a continuation of $12,800 which Haxton called.
The appeared on the turn to give Haxton an unbeatable two pair against Blom's Ace high. Blom fired out $38,200 and instead of raising, Haxton called.
Blom tried to take advantage of a potential flush draw when the appeared on the river by betting his remaining $79,331. Haxton called and hauled in the massive $269,063 pot.
3. Denoking vs SanIker – $275,400
This year's third biggest pot once again involved Denoking and SanIker in the same session that brought the year's fifth biggest pot. Denoking opens the action preflop to $1,800 with and called when SanIker three-bet to $5,400.
Denoking drilled the flop and raised SanIker's continuation bet on a draw heavy board. Denoking continued to play big when he fired out a pot-sized bet on the turn of , which SanIker calls.
The appeared on the river, adding multiple potential straights to the board. Denoking was not scared away and fired out a bet of 1/3 of the pot which SanIker called, awarding Denoking a massive $275,400 pot.
2. Bttech86 vs Isildur1 – $283,696
The second biggest pot of the year was between Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in $400/$800 pot-limit Omaha action on Jan. 22, the same day Blom was on the losing end of the fourth biggest pot of the year.
Tollerene five-bet the pot preflop against Blom to $76,800 with against Blom's , making it almost certain Blom would be all-in at some point in the hand.
The flop of gave Blom top pair and a nut flush draw to give him some hope. However, fate was not on his side when his hand did not improve despite both players opting to run it twice. After dodging Blom's draw-heavy hand twice, Tollerene padded his bankroll with a $283,696 pot.
1. luvtheWNBA vs Isildur1 – $322,094
Jan. 22 wasn't the best day in Blom's career. Not only was he on the losing end of the second and fourth biggest pots of the year, but once again he found himself coming up short against Isaac Haxton in the biggest pot of the year in $400/$800 no-limit hold'em.
Blom raised to $2,400 preflop and called Haxton's three-bet to $8,000. Haxton continuation-bet the flop of , which had both straight and flush possibilities. Blom called the flop and also called a $34,000 bet by Haxton on the turn.
Haxton was all-in when the came on the river. Blom called and rewarded Haxton with $322,094, the biggest pot of the year, when Haxton turned over giving him a queen-high flush.
Data, hands and replayer obtained from HighStakesDB.com