We were drawn to yells of "YES," a lot of fist pumping, and maybe some even air guitar. What we saw was the carnage that was the biggest pot of the tournament won by Anton Ionel. Ionel came second at this year's $2,500 No-Limit Six-Handed and 3rd at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, so he is no stranger to having a big stack in the meat of a tournament.
The hand was recounted to us by the table who said there was a raise, a re-raise, another re-raise, and a call preflop between Ionel and his opponent. The flop came down and as we were told, the bets went in until Ionel was all in.
Ionel showed for a flopped set and he had the of his opponent in bad shape. The turn and river came and and Ionel took down the ridiculously huge pot. It took the dealer about four or five minutes to square up all the counts and when all was said and done, Ionel had around 680,000. His opponent had him covered and could only shake his head as he was given back around 18,000. At this point, Ionel is our likely chip leader with close to 700,000