It’s the most exciting part of playing poker: cashing out. Of course, we all incur frequent ups and downs and hope that, over a large enough sample size, the wins outweigh the losses. Every now and then, though, you get one of those sessions where you head to the cashier, cradling trays of chips stacked up to your chin, grinning like a Cheshire cat.
We asked some of our favourite partypoker players what they remember about their biggest pot or tournament score.
Here were their responses:
Alex Goulder, High-Stakes Cash Game Grinder, says:
“I've never really splashed out after a big tournament score. I usually use the money to cover the next year’s worth of buy-ins! However, I won £45,000 in a cash game once, and bought a car with the money. I almost got a personalised number plate with the initials of the person I won all the money off, but thought better of it. A good decision that was, too, as he won it all back from me soon after!”
Natalia Breviglieri, partypoker Sponsored Pro, says:
“There isn’t one specific pot that stands out as overly significant to me, but the ones that come to mind are all the big pots I’ve played deep in tournaments where I won big flips. Flipping for your tournament life is always a nerve-wracking feeling; when you know you need to hit or hold. That’s especially true for me when I’m in the final stages of a tournament; my heart still races.”
Jamie Sykes, Live Cash Game Pro, says:
Obviously "big" is relative, so when I think about my "biggest" win, it was around £400 when I was 17 years old. I bought a snake. And all the necessary stuff to keep it alive.
Kristen Bicknell, partypoker Sponsored Pro, says:
“Oh, there are so many! (Thin brag – Ed) One that will always stick out in my mind is from the 2013 WSOP Ladies event. We were on the final table bubble. I had pocket jacks and got it all-in pre-flop versus kings and jack-ten, meaning I had one jack left in the deck to save me. I had a big group of friends on the rail at the time, and I don't think we ever cheered so hard for a card before. Luckily enough, it came! It was an amazing feeling and, after I won that hand and got on the final table, it felt like I was destined to win that tournament, which I did!”
Jack Sinclair, High Stakes Tournament Pro, says:
“My biggest win was $1,200,000. I flew my dad and some friends out to Vegas and did some partying. Nothing too extravagant.”
James Ablott, BRS Sponsored Pro, says:
“I had a big winning session near Christmas, once, and I really splashed out on my family that year, as well as buying myself a new watch. I think the year before that, I’d sat in a special £1/£2 game that we never usually had at the local casino. I played really well and ran absolutely golden. I was in for £500, and cashed out for around £4,000! I still have the photo on my phone of the towers I had in front of me.”
Maria Demetriou, Former Live Tournament Pro, says:
“My biggest score was when I came fifth in a major tournament for £26,500. I sold half of my action so, after giving away my percentages, I used the rest to pay off a chunk of my mortgage. The most extravagant thing I ever bought was a juicer, which I paid £400 for. Oh, and a massage chair.”
There’s a little glimpse into the minds of a handful of successful poker players. How did your biggest winning session go, and what went into your shopping basket after you cashed out? Let us know in the comments section!
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