Then there's the tale of the $80,000 misclick, which happened a few nights ago on Full Tilt. I've seen notes on this in two or three spots, such as this one by the blogger behind High Stakes Reports.
The scene: a $200/400 NL Hold'em table at Full Tilt just a few nights ago. The participants: Full Tilt endorser Phil Ivey and young California pro Brian Townsend, seen making deep runs in several tourneys recently under his 'sbrugby' handle. (Photo at right: Phil Ivey at the 2006 WSOP)
By all accounts, Townsend, who started the bizarre hand with over $80,000, mistyped his opening bit, meaning that instead of betting $3,000 or $3,800 or something, he clicked in and entered $30,800. Ivey, figuring it to be a misclick, decided to make a move and pick up a huge pot; he pushed all-in, leaving Townsend the choice of calling another $50,000-plus or abandoning his mis-clicked bet.
Townsend cussed a bit, then made the call for the rest of his stack, and turned over... A-8. And Ivey? He held only K-9, and after the flop came 8-7-8, giving Townsend trip eights that would stand up with ease.
Another report indicates that Ivey departed the table immediately thereafter. If so, it's pretty easy to see why.