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Did Jason Koon Make a Million Dollar Mistake vs Kane Kalas? (Analysis)

Did this super high roller make a million dollar mistake?

We are about to analyze one of the biggest televised No Limit Hold’em cash game hands of all time, which took place on the Triton Poker Million Euro Cash Game in Montenegro.

There were 8 poker players at the table with €2,000/€4,000 blinds and a €4,000 big blind ante. The minimum buy-in for the game was a whopping €1,000,000.

The two American players that did battle in this hand are Jason Koon, a successful regular on the super high roller series circuit, and Kane Kalas, a veteran poker pro who specializes in NL Hold’em and Short Deck Hold’em.

They were playing for insanely high stakes and the action was hot, so let’s jump into the hand!

Note: If you’ve seen the video of this hand, keep in mind the graphics are not accurate. Kane is actually in the small blind (not the big blind) and there was no straddle.

Dan B. and Tim Jenkins contributed to this article.


Jason Koon opens to €11,000 in the hijack with A Q♣, Mikita Badziakouski calls on the button with 9♣ 8♣, and Kane Kalas squeezes to €55,000 from the small blind with T♠ T. Jason then 4-bets to €120,000, which only Kane calls and the high rollers go heads-up to the flop.

The effective stack size is ~€900,000 or 225 big blinds.


With €263,000 in the pot, the two seasoned poker players see a flop of 6♠ 5 3.

Kane Kalas checks and Jason Koon fires a €128,000 continuation bet. The action is back to Kane who calls.


The pot is now €519,000 Euros and the board is 6♠ 5 3 T♣.

Kane Kalas hits the money-maker and checks over to Jason Koon who fires a €160,000 bet. Kane thinks for a bit and calls.


The pot is €839,000 and the board is 6♠ 5 3 T♣ A.

An action killer card in general but not in this case. Kane Kalas checks and Jason Koon goes all-in for €504,000. Kane snap-calls and Jason immediately sighs as he knows Kane wouldn’t have called so quickly with a hand worse than AQ.

Final Thoughts from Montenegro

This hand sent shock waves around the poker world when it happened, and its definitely one of the highlights from the Triton Poker Super High Roller series of cash games and tournaments in the past year.

How would you have played the hand in Jason Koon’s shoes? Would you have just called the 3-bet preflop or checked back on the river? Let us know in the comments below.

If you’re ready for more hand analysis, read this article about a record-breaking $438k pot on Live at the Bike.

Till’ next time, good luck, grinders!

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