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PokerGo’s “No Gamble, No Future” Breaks Record With $1.9 Million Pot Won By Patrik Antonius

Last night, Patrik Antonius broke a record for the largest cash game pot ever won by a single player when he won over $2 million.

The Finnish acrobat is no rookie when it comes to scoring touchdowns. Even more so, Antonius has been a part of several seven-figure pots throughout the years. While he had previously held the record for the largest pot won on a US live broadcast, on the most recent episode of PokerGo’s No Gamble, No Future, he broke his own record.

Is there any record for the largest pot won in a private cash game? True, but we can’t watch those matches. It was only because PokerGo revitalized high-stakes streaming that we saw Antonius beat casino owner Eric Persson for $1,978,000 in a single poker hand.

An exhibition of risk-taking by Patrik Antonius
No Gamble, No Future is a special poker game on PokerGo in which the blinds increase as the game progresses. Newest episode, “Cash of the Titans,” had opening blinds of $2,000/$4,000. Antonius and Persson were two of the six players that sat down with $500,000 and the possibility of adding another $500,000.

Everyone who lost their full $1,000,000 buy-in was removed every three hours. There was a $600,000 bonus up for grabs for the player who finished the tournament with the most money, and the motivation to play through all three sessions was the opportunity to play for progressively bigger stakes.

Patrik Antonius and Eric Persson’s eagerness to engage in combat from the get-go was quite predictable. The former increased his chip count on Day 1 by two million dollars by placing his second bullet on the table. As usual, Persson was belligerent.

Antonius had some bad luck, and Persson played his normal kamikaze style, so their sums went up and down. The three days of play saw several encounters between them, and when the blinds were increased to $1,000/$2,000 with a $2,000 ante on Day 3, a monumental showdown seemed all but certain.

Using a flamethrower, Erik Persson scorches about $1 million.
When Persson took a risk with Q 9, all of that possibility became a reality (see video below). While the blinds were at $3,000, Persson made a pre-flop raise to $7,000. Rob Yong, owner of Dusk Until Dawn, called Antonius’s two-bet from the small blind when he had A 2.

Everyone else folded when Persson and Yong called the extra $23,000. With that, there was $94,000 in play before the flip of 3 3 8. Antonius kept up his aggressive play before the flip, leading out for $40,000. The pot was increased by Persson to $140,000, and Yong stepped down.

More over $850,000 was in the stacks of both Persson and Antonius. Persson called Antonius’s four-bet of $250,000 in this pot. The A on the turn gave Antonius a winning hand, barring a fold. Luck was on the side of the Finn since he didn’t give up.

After Antonius put $150,000 into the pot, Persson called his stake almost immediately with $759,000. Antonius paused for a while to consider his options before giving a call. When the J appeared on the river and Persson failed to strike a winning card, the game was over and Patrik Antonius collected the record-breaking sum.

By doing so, PokerGo’s No Gamble, No Future won the highest cash game pot ever televised in the United States, surpassing the previous record holder, Hustler Casino Live, by $1,158,000. During the last session, Hustler’s record was really beaten many times.

With PokerGo’s livestream, the stakes have been raised significantly.
On Day 3, Andrew Robl beat out both Antonius and Persson to win $1,269,000. Later in the day, Robl was at it again, this time splitting a $1,657,000 pot with Yong. Yet that wasn’t all: Markus Gonsalves won $1,298,000 with pocket aces.

It’s a tribute to PokerGo’s innovative concept that they broke the record not once, but four times in a single broadcast. As the blinds are raised and players are incentivized to stay in the game as long as possible, a very unusual dynamic occurs in which pots in the seven-figure range are commonplace. Patrik Antonius was the lucky recipient of a record-breaking victory of over $2 million on this occasion.


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