Sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes you’re the windshield.
They’re the words of high stakes cash game player Alex Keating after scooping a massive $1.2 million pot on Hustler Casino Live last night.
The pot came days after an external investigation found “no evidence of wrongdoing” during the infamous Jack-Four hand, and barely a fortnight after the fake naked breasts scandal during an episode of ‘Max Pain Monday’
After rivering a flush, Keating called a shove from opponent Handz to scoop the eye-watering amount, in what may turn out to be the largest pot in poker live stream history.
In a $200/$400/$800/$1,600 No-Limit Hold’em cash game, Handz raised to $9,000 on the button with . He was called by Ben Lee in the small blind with , and by Eric Persson and Alex Keating in the straddles
The flop was checked to Handz who continued for $25,000 into a pot of $37,200. Keating was the only caller.
Keating then check-called $70,000 on the turn and the pair went heads-up to the river which was the .
With $227,000 in the pot, Keating chose to bet $155,000 and Handz then shoved, putting Keating all in.
Keating had $309,000 behind and spent over two minutes in the tank before calling with his flush, beating the rivered pair and nut-flush blocker of Handz to scoop the seven-figure pot.
Reaction to the Hand
Following the hand, many poker fans took to twitter to call Keating a “legend” or some similar sentiment.
Fellow cash game player Andy Stacks tweeted that “many poker players are now going to have second thoughts before making that naked ace bluff shove.”
Keating himself had similar words of warning to players, with the aforementioned bug and windshield analogy.
Twitter user @SteveLeoni said that he “couldn’t believe” what he was watching, calling LA streams “the BOMB!” while @ChrisSlickPoker called it an “easy call” for Keating, but conceded that Hands had heart for his shove.
@Mister_Keating legend. Record pot on @HCLPokerShow! Congrats! # https://t.co/bclmthm1qb
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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.