The $585,000 became the new record for the biggest pot ever played online. Previously, that honor had belonged to a $465,451 pot played between Fast_Freddie and bad_ip on the Ladbrokes network in June 2006.
When the dust eventually settled, Krantz found himself $370k-ish poorer.
Now let's go back to TonyBliar. TonyBliar is by no means a nosebleed player. A regular grinder on Full Tilt, he has not dabbled much in the nosebleed games. He is, however, a friend of FoxwoodsFiend.
The consensus among poker pundits and railbirds is that FoxwoodsFiend transferred the money into his friend's account so that his friend could play a similarly strange session versus Krantz at "Rail Heaven," the new $500/$1,000 table at Full Tilt, and dump it back to him.
That way Krantz could garner the biggest-pot-of-all-time honors and TonyBliar could earn biggest-fish-of-all-time status, thereby giving him all the action he could ever want.
Does this mean that this is a case of chip-dumping? No, not really, since nobody was adversely affected.
Is it then a case of the three of them playing a cruel joke on the rail and the poker forum world? Well, maybe. There are just too many coincidences and questions to believe that this is a legitimate pot.
Just like that we have to add an asterisk to the biggest-pot-of-all-time designation. Hopefully it doesn't piss Krantz off as much as it pissed Barry Bonds off.
To see more hand histories from their session, or more of the Top 100 biggest pots online over the last day, week, month and year, jump to the PokerListings.com MarketPulse section.
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