The Biggest Pot in WSOP history

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Posted on Nov 8th 2010  -  Subject: The Biggest Pot in WSOP history

The biggest hand in World Series of Poker history occurred three handed Sunday morning at the Rio in Las Vegas.  The eventual pot would top 180 million chips, as Joseph Cheong was the chip leader and Jonathan Duhamel was only a few million behind.  The background leading up to the massive hand was that Cheong and Duhamel had tangled often during the night. Cheong had been the aggressor and benefactor much of the time successfully 3 betting the other players regularly all night. As play had gotten shorter Jonathan Duhamel had stepped up his aggression, often 4 betting light with their deep stacks.

In the pivotal hand #213, 25 hands into the three-way play, a battle of the big-stacked blinds broke out.  Cheong opened the pot, Duhamel raised, Cheong 4 bet and Duhamel 5 bet small.  Cheong then 6 bet big going all in with {a-Spades}{7-Hearts}. Duhamel wasted no time in calling with {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}, putting himself at risk in the process.  No ace or miracle cards came on the board.

In an exit interview, Cheong felt that Duhamel was being aggressive and could five bet light and then fold a quarter of his stack to his shove for his tournament life. Cheong said he made a read and went with it.  He would do it again in that spot.

The size of the pot was unprecedented as there was a shorter stacked John Racener at 30 million and usually the players would prefer to eliminate him before tangling for such a big pot. Both players were at least 75 blinds deep.

Cheong went out in third collecting $4,129,979 a few minutes later, after shoving his small stack a few times. 

The title will be determined Monday at 8 pm PST, with Duhamel with a massive 188,950,000 chips versus John Racener's 30,750,000.  John Racener was loose in exit interviews indicating that there was no pressure on him to do well and that he was happy to reach heads up play.  One double will change the dynamic, and two double ups and he would become the chip leader.

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Posted on Dec 3rd 2010
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Posted on Jun 5th 2011
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YEAH!! baby AA
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Posted on Jun 7th 2011
Wow I can't believe he put that much at stake with A7 when he had that much of a lead. If I were Racener I'd be the happiest man on earth.
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Posted on Jun 9th 2011
Yeah that was a ballsy move to risk that much with a short stack at the table. I like that play though, going for the win instead of just trying to place second.
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Posted on Jun 16th 2011
Yeah that was a ballsy move to risk that much with a short stack at the table. I like that play though, going for the win instead of just trying to place second.Yeah I guess, but still that's so much money!!!  
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