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Phil Ivey loses monster pots at Full Tilt Poker
Ivey and Sahamies were playing heads-up Pot-Limit Omaha at the highest possible level at Full Tilt Poker, $500/$1,000.
The ultra high-stakes table is actually called "Ivey Thunderdome," but home soil was no advantage for Ivey on this occasion.
First, the American lost a 213k pot when Ziigmund hit a flush on the river, and a few minutes later the two got involved in the biggest pot so far in December at Full Tilt:
Sahamies raised to $3,000 from the button, and Ivey called.
The flop came 9h-9d-2h, and Ivey checked. Sahamies bet $6,000, Ivey raised to $21,000 and Sahamies called.
The 2c came on the turn, and now Ivey bet out $45,000. Sahamies moved all-in for $168,980, and Ivey made the call.
There was $321,983 in the pot when the cards were turned over, and Ivey probably thought his trip nines with an ace kicker (9c-5d-Ad-Kh) were good.
In reality, however, Ivey was practically drawing dead against Ziigmund's four-of-a-kind, deuces (2s-2d-As-5c).
Ivey only had one out, the last remaining nine in the deck, but instead the 4h fell on the river, and all the money went to Sahamies.
The High Stakes Poker Database, a Web site monitoring high-stakes poker games online, has this pot listed as the sixth-biggest of all time.
Hopefully, we'll get to see a rematch between the two high rollers in the near future.