The TV show The Big Game has been a notable success for PokerStars, and entertained the poker world thoroughly. If you’re not familiar with The Big Game, the set-up is both simple and compelling. For 150 hands, an amateur player called the ‘loose cannon’ is staked $100k to play against a table of five professionals, who have each staked their own cash to play.
To become a loose cannon, players compete through three qualifying rounds on PokerStars. If a loose cannon makes more than the $100k they were staked, they take it home. With blinds at a friendly $200/$400 and $100 ante, and frequented by flop junkies, the game sees a lot of action. It also plays host to big timers like Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, and others. The dynamic of a staked amateur taking on a set of world famous poker pros is always interesting. The best moments in the Big Game come when the loose cannon works up the nerve to aggressively challenge the pros. Here are the top 5 loose cannon moments from Seasons 1 and 2 of PokerStars’ The Big Game:
Loose Cannon vs. Hellmuth
$117,000 Pot with the Loose Cannon
Hellmuth Takes on Loose Cannon for $240,200
Loose Cannon Felts Pros
AA vs. KK