7 of The Biggest Losses in Online Poker History

7 of The Biggest Losses in Online Poker History

Online poker tournaments are extremely popular with fans who want to learn from the professionals how to better their game.

The style of gameplay adopted by each player plays an important role in their eventual win or loss. Fans watching are attentive of when a player raises, folds or checks. As in any other game, the winners of online poker are often celebrated, but the losers are often forgotten. However, learning from the losers is probably the best way a player can truly improve. Here are 7 of the biggest losses in online poker.

John Juanda – $687,024

On October 26, 2008, John Juanda was feeling really strong. He had just won a pot of $678,069 against Tom “durrrr” Dwan, and he felt like nothing could stop him. That was, of course, until he came face to face with Phil Ivey. With a K and 8 of spades, and another two spade cards on the flop, Juanda was betting it all for a flush, but this did not materialize and Ivey won with a pair.

Tom “durrrr” Dwan – $678,069

Just before Juanda’s defeat at the hands of Ivey, he was playing Dwan and was holding a pair of K. Juanda felt comfortable enough, thinking he had the upper hand, when it was, in fact, Dwan with a pair of A, who was in a better starting position. As the community cards were shown, however, things changed for Dwan, who saw his A become worthless against Juanda’s three K.

Di “Urindanger” Dang – $657,070

On December 6, 2008, an exciting 5 handed game was taking place between Urindanger and durrrr. Both players were playing aggressively, raising often, in a bid to scare off the other side. The flop was quite varied and didn’t offer any obvious winning combination. Even the turn and the river didn’t give out a clear winner. In the end, it was durrrr’s pair of 4 which won him the game. The world will never know what hand Urindanger was holding.

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies – $637,353

Back in December 21, 2008, Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies and Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro were playing a 5 handed Omaha game. Both players were feeling pretty good about their chances, so they quickly raised the pot, going from $23,000 at the flop, to $637,353 after the river. Sahamies was clearly going for a straight, and almost succeeded, but the night belonged to Kelopuro.

Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro – $617,968

On the 28th of October, 2008, Kelopuro and Dwan were playing a game of no-limit Hold ‘Em. Kelopuro had no valuable hand, yet decided to start raising immediately. Dwan would not be bullied and spent the rest of the game raising, with Kelopuro calling. In the end, Kelopuro’s 4 and 6 were no match for Dwan’s two pair.

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies – $593,935

March 4, 2009, saw an exciting game between Ziigmund and durrrr. Both players were taking it in turn, first raising in one round, then calling in the next. However, in the end, Sahamies flopped, beaten by a stronger durrrr.

TonyBliar – $585,009

On June 25, 2008, TonyBliar and Jay “pr1nnyraid” Rosenkrantz were head to head, each counting on a full house to win. However, when the cards were revealed, TonyBliar’s pair of 3 were no match for Rosenkrantz’s pair of 7.


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