Nik Airball and Santhosh Suvarna clash in $974,000 High Stakes Poker pot

Mo Afdhal
Posted on: March 25, 2024 15:19 PDT

On the latest episode of High Stakes Poker, the stakes jumped up to $1,000/$2,000 and multiple pots neared the million dollar mark.

The first, and largest, came at the front end of the episode, seemingly out of the blue - blink, and you'll miss it. NikAirball and SanthoshSuvarna squared off in a 4-bet pot that saw over $200,000 find its way into the middle before the flop.

Airball, with K♦️️ K♣, made it $100,000 to go after Suvarna raised over the top of an open. Not one to shy away from a big spot, Suvarna made the call with his A♦️️ Q♣. The flop came 4❤️ Q❤️ 10♦️️, spelling potential disaster for Suvarna. Airball continued with a bet of $75,000 and with top pair, top kicker Suvarna put in the call.

High Stakes Poker Antonio Abrego

The turn came an innocuous 4♣ and Airball bet the remaining $308,000 in his stack, a little less than a pot-sized bet. It took him a moment, but Suvarna made the call and, in the span of less than four minutes, the pot ballooned to nearly one million dollars - $974,000 to be exact. The two players agreed to run the river twice and Airball's kings held across both run-outs.

The action between these two didn't stop there, however. Airball and Santhosh later took turns peddling the nut straight against each other for high six-figure pots. In both instances, each man held the highest possible straight against their opponent's inferior straight.

Gavri still can't catch a break

Later in the episode, BrandonAdams and JustinGavri clashed in a similarly-sized pot. Thus far, Gavri's run through Season 12 has been the worst of any player that's graced the tables - and it's not even close. If there was anyone due for a win, it was Gavri. Unfortunately, the poker gods care not for who is due and brutalize the just and the unjust alike.

High Stakes Poker Antonio Abrego

Gavri's raise to $5,000 with 2❤️ 2♦️️ saw the action fold around to Adams in the big blind. With Q♠ Q♣, Adams elected to slow play and opted to just call the raise. The flop, 3♠ 2♣ Q♦️️, provided both players with a set and plunged yet another nail into the coffin of Gavri's time on High Stakes Poker.

Adams decided to end his slow playing ways, raising Gavri's $4,000 continuation bet to $16,000. Gavri, perhaps thinking that his rebounding moment had come, made the call. The turn brought the 4♠, completing two straight draws, but both players still held very strong holdings. Adams continued with a meaty bet of $45,000 and, once again, Gavri made the call.

The river paired the board with the 4❤️, improving both players to a full house. Adams bet out for $125,000 and after disguising the strength of his hand for long enough, Gavri opted to move in over the top. Adams quickly confirmed with the dealer that Gavri's bet was for all of it and, having received said confirmation, promptly made the call, bringing the pot to a total of $933,000.

As Adams flipped over the winner, the life seemed to drain from Gavri's body and he threw his hands up in the air as if to say, 'Why me?'

Season 12 of High Stakes Poker continues next week, airing exclusively on PokerGO on Monday evening at 8:00pm ET.

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