Andrew Robl never required his $500,000 add-on during the three-day No Bet No Future $1 million purchase in real money game as he traveled to triumph, benefitting $1,796,000 generally ($1,296,000 from the money game) in what was a predominant presentation.
Six players paid at least $600,000 to participate in the special live-streamed Poker GO show known as “Cash of the Titans,” which was hosted by Jeff Platt and Brent Hanks. The majority of the players won $1,100,000. The player who made the most money during the three sessions (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) received a side pot worth $600,000, of which $100,000 went to the winner.
Although some on social media raised the question of whether the game actually had the $1 million buy-in Poker GO advertised, the game was as big as any cash game ever streamed in the United States. Consequently, on Sunday, Patrik Antonius defeated Eric Persson, who lost his entire $1 million buy-in in addition to the $100,000 side bet, to claim the largest pot ever won in US live-stream history: $1,978,000.
The unique format of Coasting to Victory’s “Cash of the Titans” featured six players competing in a rising blinds cash game with $3 million up for grabs and the option for each player to add another $500,000. Because the players were concerned about protecting their stacks early on in the competition, there was less action on Day 1 (Friday) than on Sunday.
However, as they were also competing for that additional $600,000 side pot on Day 3, some players at the table entered desperation mode. It was all about keeping a huge lead on Day 3 for Robl, a legend in high-stakes poker who was playing in a smaller game than usual.
Because he didn’t need the chips, Robl never added the additional $500,000 to the pot
He sat on a profit of at least $1 million for the majority of the final session, and nobody really came close. However, he did occasionally act aggressively and exert some pressure on his opponents, who were frantically attempting to catch up to his stack.
However, Antonius gained some ground when Persson jammed all in on a queen-high flush draw against him, only for an ace-high flush draw with top pair to call. With nearly $2 million in the pot, Persson was drawing completely dead on the turn. Persson was out shortly after losing his final $67,000 because the game’s rules prohibited players from rebuying after they had busted the full $1 million.
Antonius thought he had found a golden chance late on Day 3 to at least get back within striking distance. With over $90,000 in the pot and a board of “k-Diamonds,” “k-Hearts,” “3-Diamonds,” “j-Hearts,” and “q-Diamonds,” he sized up a $100,000 bet on “3-Hearts,” “3-Clubs,” and “full house.” He was taken aback when Robl increased it to $250,000 for him. When Antonius called, he discovered that his opponent had rivered a better full house with “q-Spades” and “q-Hearts.”
That gave Robl a lead of more than $1 million over everyone else at the table, so that was basically the end of it. The remainder of the contest was merely a formality, even though the other players in the game did not simply give up.
Gonsalves Pounds it on Definite Day
That didn’t mean there was nothing worth watching the remainder of the way. In point of fact, the very next hand, Markus Gonsalves was all in preflop with pocket aces against Rob Yong’s pocket queens in a $1,298,000 pot, which was the second-largest in the history of live-streamed poker in the United States. Gonsalves, who had been down big for the majority of the three-day competition, was in the black by almost $300,000 when the best hand was dealt (aside from the $100,000 side bet, of course).
During the final level of play, Antonius would bluff Robl off jacks with eights to win a $426,000 pot. However, on the river, he would lose to a three-outer, doubling up Yong in a $493,000 pot shortly before Yong busted.
Antonius, like Gonsalves, had to fight back from a rough start on Day 1, when he was down more than $400,000 after Day 2. MJ Gonzales, then again, went backward, having wrapped the principal meeting up $286,000, best at the table. However, he would be out $30,000 (plus $100,000) for the three games.
In a $617,000 pot with “j-j-” all in preflop against the “a-j-” of Gonsalves in the final ten hands of the day, Yong was out of contention but had a chance to make up some of his losses. Yong was out of the game and down a total of $1,100,000 when an ace flopped. Gonsalves, who was participating in the biggest game of his life, was up more than $600,000 heading into the final session and won more than $1 million.
With a cash game profit of $1,296,000, Robl was the clear winner. Attach the $500,000 benefit from the side pot and he won a sum of $1,796,000.