I have written here a couple of times recently about the paroxysm that has struck high-stake online poker. A player with the Tolkien-esque nickname Isildur1 has turned things upside-down, generating massive pots and taking on multiple top players simultaneously. While Isildur1 has been up as much as $6m, he is now closer to break-even on his epic run.
His run may be less torrid, but the effects are still there to be seen as the following figure shows. Check the proportion of the largest online poker pots of 2009 that were played in the last few weeks. Remarkable stuff.