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The Ups and Downs of the 25th Billionth Hand at PokerStars

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As me and 150,000 of my poker brethren realized we wouldn’t be dealt into the prize winning 25th Billion Hand at PokerStars a good majority went to the lucky table that did.  Despite being dead tired, I thought it would be a fun idea to at least chronicle the historical event.  What followed can only be described as a roller coaster for the table involved in the hand.

When it was announced that the record setting hand was being dealt at a Limit Hi-Lo Omaha $1-$2 at the table named “Susilva” the first thing I noticed is that one of the players at the 6-max table did not have cards down in front of him.  “Confedrate” thought he was in the hand, as he joined in the excitement with the other players, but after the issue was brought up by others at the table, he was told by a host he would be excluded from the hand for not posting a blind. 

As you can imagine, this caused for an immediate blow up in the online forum world, as in literally a matter of seconds dozens of threads pop up about how that quite possibly might be the biggest bad beat in the history of online poker.  “Confedrate” put up a small fight, saying things like it’s “crap,” but for the most part he seemed to accept his fate.  Some of the people in the forum communities showed hand histories from the table saying “Confedrate” was at the table for a total of two hands prior to that one, but had not yet hit his  “Auto-post blinds” option (most likely scenario).  

After about a 20 minute delay, it appeared PokerStars had a problem getting the hand dealt, the cards were out.  Almost immediately player “NeonFrost” had his hands folded due to disconnecting.  In just a matter of minutes “Confedrate’s” bad beat may have just moved to the second worse of all-time.  Neon Frost immediately started complaining after having his hand folding, saying he was having internet problems, most likely stemming from the amount of people viewing the hand, which is said to have caused the delay in the first place.  “NeonFrost” then exclaimed after the turn card that he would have a king high spade flush, and he held the Q Spade, most likely giving him the best hand.  After the river, in which “Tupapi777” won the hand with a flush, “NeonFrost” exclaimed once again he had the best hand.  

Once again the poker websites exploded into a frenzy.  I would have vouched for “NeonFrost” if I had to, but in typical fashion, Pokerstars responded to the issue in a great way, saying they will take the hands of all the players from before the flop, and issue it as if they had all went “all-in.”  This, of course, meant “NeonFrost” would win the high pot, and Tupapi777 would end up winning the low pot, each winning 50 thousand dollars, and a slew of tournament packages.  Tupapi777 appears to have lost 50k for having to split the pot, but if he was upset, he sure didn’t show it, as he was easily the most excited player at the table before and after the hand was over.

The other three players at the table, FrtSpknMn, n47j25, and chris12080 each won $33.333.33.  

PokerStars gave away $381,900 in the 25 Billion Bash that led up to the 25 Billionth Hand, as Milestone hands along the way paid cash to the table the Milestone hands were dealt at.  PokerStars is the biggest online poker site with the biggest and best promotions open to everyone, US players included.  If you don’t already have a PokerStars account, you can download PokerStars and play where the virtual world plays.  Be sure to use the Bonus Code ‘Stars50’ and Marketing Code POKERWORKS when you register to receive a special bonus of 100% up to $50 + the opportunity to play in $2,000 weekly freerolls.

*PokerWorks believes that Billy Monroe’s blog, Life Meets Poker, was among the first on the internet to provide blow-by-blow news of the 25 Billionth hand.*

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