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The Rio Running its Biggest Cash Games Ever

$500-$1,000-$2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Sees Ashton Griffin Come out Big


Ashton GriffinThe Rio Hotel and Casino has been spreading the biggest cash games in its poker room’s history, according to the floor supervisors in the Pavilion Room.

The games have been as large as $1,000-$2,000-$4,000 pot-limit Omaha, and several pots have been been in excess of half-a-million dollars. Ashton Griffin has been running “extremely hot,” winning the second largest pot of his career this week.

According his Twitter, Griffin made it $25,000 with 5-6-7-8. After a fold, a unknown Texas “contractor,” who had allegedly been up for 72 straight hours playing in the game, makes the call. The flop comes 4-3-2, and Griffin’s opponent checks. Griffin bets $38,000 into a $53,000 pot and is check raised. Griffin shoves, and is up against A-3-2-X. Surprisingly the players elected to run it once, and Griffin’s hand holds up for $550,000.

A huge pot-limit Omaha game with $1.5 million on the table was also running on Saturday night, this time with Kido Pham, David Benefield, Andrew Robl, Pat Madden, and Rick Solomn. The unknown Texan who has allegedly been up for more than three days straight, was also in the game.

One of the massive hands for the aforementioned crew was Benefield vs. Solomon. On his first hand after buying in for $50,000, Solomon got all his money in with the QDiamond Suit QClub Suit 9Diamond Suit 9Club Suit on a flop of 8Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit, against the ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit JClub Suit 2Club Suit of Benefield. Solomon asked Benefield how many times he wanted to run it, and Benefield replied “as many times as possible.” After quickly deciding to run it four times, the dealer burned and turned for the first run through. Remarkably when it was all over, Benefield was the winner after each board.

One of the big losers so far in the massive Rio games has been Tom Dwan, according to one of the room’s high stakes players, Randy Dorfman.

While World Series of Poker tournaments are running in other parts of the Rio Convention Center, the nosebleed cash games are sure to keep on going — not only because online poker has been eradicated in the United States, but also because the casino is charging the players just $18 per hour each to play in one of the biggest games running in Las Vegas.