Mariano Grandoli experienced every poker player’s dream scenario on Friday night. He had not one, but two players all-in with kings against his pocket aces. Both players had huge stacks and he covered both.
After the dust settled, the popular YouTube vlogger with over 21 million views collected a pot worth $788,400.
The hand, which you can watch below, went down during a $100-$200-$400 No-Limit Streaming Poker session on Hustler Casino Live.
The action started with a raise of ‘Double M’ to $1,000 under-the-gun with Kings k. Two players called the raise in middle position before ‘Yang’ raised to $6,000 on the button with King k.
He bowed to Mariano on the saddle, who looked at A A. He four-bet to $16,000 and Double M decided to call. The other two players folded A Q and jrespectively, and Yang raised to $55,000.
Now it was Mariano’s turn to call, which caused Double M to move all-in behind him for $259,800.
“What is happening?” asked a bewildered Mariano, who only had to wait for one customer instead of two.
Yang then entered the tank and Mariano, apparently trying to ease ‘Double M’s impending suffering, revealed to him that he did indeed have aces. This didn’t sit well with Yang, who couldn’t hear the conversation and wondered what was said between the two players.
With the language barrier and some confusion, Yang went all-in by himself and Mariano quickly called to set up a three-way all-in for $788,400.
“We’re dead,” observed Double M, who realized Yang’s tank-call meant his outs were gone.
“Can we go twice?” Mariano asked.
Maybe he was friendly because of the huge cooling, or maybe he thought one of them had the other two aces and didn’t want to deal with the wrong side of the variance. In any case, according to the Card player Poker odds calculator, Mariano won with a whopping 97%.
Double M and Yang were looking for unlikely flushes or straights, which never landed on either board, and Mariano took down the monster pot.
According to TrackingPoker.com, Mariano is now the second biggest winner ever, behind Garrett Adelstein.
Adelstein has been absent from the game since September of last year after accusing Robbi Jade Lew of cheating him out of a pot worth $269,000. Although an independent investigation found numerous security holes in Hustler Casino Live, the live streamer decided not to welcome Adelstein back to the game. Adelstein has since responded, essentially saying that he didn’t want to play anyway.