| Microgaming Poker Network deals up
June 27, 2006 – Microgaming’s Poker Network served up records galore when a heads up game delivered the largest pot in online poker history. Two ultra competitive players, who at one stage had $800,000 on the table between them, played a $465,461 hand during an eight hour marathon, eclipsing the previous $357,256 record by over $100,000.
This slice of poker history was watched by 600 people and the chat box on the site was almost overwhelmed by the volume of excited posts. Comments were being entered so rapidly there was hardly even time to read them let alone respond, according to users and viewers worldwide.
After over 8 hours of play on the $200/400 No Limit Heads Up table at the Microgaming Poker Network, one player had accumulated over $700,000 while the other had around $80,000.
The game started out with $80,000 on the table and never flagged. Over eight hours, it took just over 20 rebuys at $40,000 to reach the total figure just short of $1 million in play on the table. It was a seesaw night as one player took charge in early play, leaving the other down a couple of hundred thousand. It was towards the end of the night that the largest hand in the history of online poker was recorded. The $465,461 was played when the second player made an enthralling comeback by spiking 3 aces on the flop.
After all the drama it is unclear how much both players had won, although the second ‘comeback’ player did leave with the bulk of the money.
Roger Raatgever, CEO, Microgaming, comments, “This really was a milestone for poker both in terms of stakes and spectator participation and demonstrates the dedicated following the game now attracts. I am delighted that this took place on Microgaming’s Poker Network and have no doubt it will not be long before all of these totals are again surpassed as online poker continues its rapid ascent in popularity. ”
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Source: Press Release
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