Sometimes you watch a poker hand and you don’t know what to think. You’re not convinced it was good. You’re not sure if it was bad.
From the PokerStars’ vaults, here are our top 5 WTF moments. Is this real life?
At number five, we have this curious collision between Theo Jorgensen and Richard Toth in Copenhagen in 2007. Theo is deciding if he goes all-in, will he get called. He thinks he will. Not be ElkY. Not by ElkY. Theo, I think I have to trust in my instincts.
And it says you’ve got nothing on this. He’s making the call. And he’s going to see his instincts were wrong. Theo Jorgensen has the aces.
He has queen-nine. His instincts were very wrong. He’s a 4 to 1 underdog behind Theo. Listen to the crowd applaud.
The Danes want to see the homeboy win this pot. Theo– Wrong instincts this month, but it happens to me. Yep, sometimes you just can’t guess what your opponent’s got. And this is one of those occasions.
10, 4, 7. That’s just about all Theo at this point. Theo in great position to double up here. Oh my goodness.
That is the best card that Toth could have hoped for. The fourth card is the jack of hearts. Now, suddenly, it’s only a 2 to 1 race. He’s got a straight draw and a flush draw. Looking for a heart.
Or an eight or a king. It’s a 10 of hearts. And there’s the 10 of hearts. And that means on the river, Theo Jorgensen has been defeated.
Richard Toth has made a flush, and has actually knocked Theo Jorgensen out of the tournament. This is absolutely amazing. And in fact, Theo had said pair the board, and it did. But he didn’t think about pairing and making a heart simultaneously. What an awful, awful river card for him.
A bad read, but at least it worked out for him. The same cannot be said for the heavy breathing amateur Gilles Bernies, who went heads up against Dzmitry Urbanovich at the 2016 Dublin Main Event. Sorry.
Well, Joe, it’s time for you to step inside Urbanovich’s brain. We’re going to sweat with Dzmitry on this hand. Looking forward to it.
This kid can do anything, except have a legal drink in America. Well, he’s raised with eight-five of spades. Gilles is counting out a raise. He makes it 575,000. Urbanovich is not folding.
He’s polish. He’s no fish, and he’s in posish. He could make it work for suited.
That’s a call. So 1.17 million in the pot already. The flop is king, jack, eight, with two spades.
Bottom pair and a flush draw for a Urbanovich. I mean, you really can’t ask for a better flop than that. I think he almost smiled even. Bernies continues. 625,000.
How much? 625. I would probably just call here in case Bernies is just messing around. If you do anything more than that, you can get away from it. Well, that’s a raise 1.475 million.
Now, is this a raise with the intention of folding if Bernies shoves? I doubt it. I think if he does have it, we’re going to see it go in here. And if that happens, we are probably behind.
What do you think, Sven? All-in. There’s the shove.
All-in. And a call. Not much.
But– Well, yeah, I’ll say it’s better. We are not behind. Listen. Bernies has four-deuce.
Well, I was wrong, but this time it’s in a good way. You know, I don’t get it either guys. You better tell your boy to Gilles out. The turn is a seven. That means Bernies is drawing dead.
Nice hand. Thank you. Urbanovich doubles up and reclaims the chip lead.
I think Bernies’ lack of experience is starting to show. That’s my [INAUDIBLE]. Go on, four-deuce. Love the attitude there.
You’re going to be rich either way. At least everybody knows now that I’m fish, you know? Don’t worry, dude. Dzmitry’s a 20-year-old millionaire. He thinks everybody’s a fish. Well, that blew up in his face.
And talking of blow ups, at number three we have Vanessa Selbst showing no fear against Prahlad Friedman on The Big Game. Some of the greatest poker minds. I know. I like watching this stuff and not being in the hand. Spirit and Vanessa battles. Antonio may be driving the action a bit with his mouth.
Vanessa knows her own reputation, so she knows Prahlad could be three-betting her light, thinking she’s raising light, which she is. And if that’s the case, she could get into some real trouble here. Four-bet to 13,200 with a jack high.
So typically, a Vanessa Selbst four-bet is going to start to get some credibility, which means if Prahlad thinks she’s got some kind of hand, he’ll easily put in a fifth bet. Another thing to consider, if Prahlad wants to continue to have Vanessa think he’s bluffing, he’s more likely to raise again than he is to just call. It is five-bet to 35,000. It’s 30, 35. Pew-pew-pew.
All right. Well, this looks like a pretty easy fold for Vanessa. But she hasn’t dumped her cards yet. Joe, what in the world could she be thinking about here? Well, she might be a little steamy from that last hand still, and is probably leveling herself with thoughts that Prahlad is just messing with her.
Now it looks like she wants to see how many chips Prahlad has left. If she levels herself into thinking Prahlad is messing with her, this is going to be a disaster. She should be folding any second now. Pot. She puts in six bets with jack high. Oh, boy.
106,200. $106,200 is now the bet. This is an absolute punt. Let’s count the hang time. All right. I’m all-in.
I think I speak for Vanessa when I say ugh. Even worse, some of Vanessa’s outs have been folded, so she’s a bigger dog than she thinks. First the three runs coming up.
Winner will get a third of the pot. King, four, five. That’s not good. She’ll need runner, runner. Six of diamonds.
Six of diamonds. Don’t waste it. Six of diamonds would be– would that be the best card? Six of diamonds would give her straight and flush draws. God. To the turn, nine of hearts.
All right. Put a deuce of clubs. Oh, ace of clubs is good. I think Prahlad knows the time for speeches is over.
River, 10 of hearts, and Prahlad has locked up a third of the pot, worth over $113,000. I’m such a [BEEP]. Why do I do this to myself every time? Not every time.
I usually don’t do this to myself anymore. What are you laughing at? I’m not laughing. I’m just– you know– Pretty sure he was laughing.
Here comes the second of three runs. Eight, king, five, two diamonds, flush draw for Vanessa. There’s already a diamond over there. There it is. That’s the spirit. Show the other diamond how hard it is.
The six of diamonds would definitely be more useful here than it was in the last one. Vanessa only needs one more diamond. The turn, five of hearts. Wow, Prahlad is strong. How did he dodge it there?
Missing the flush draw would be devastating. She’s not likely to flop this good again. To the river. No diamond, three of clubs. Or a brick. Brick ball.
Super brick. Bricktactic. So Prahlad is 2/3 of the way to scooping the biggest pot ever won on The Big Game. What an absolute gift from Vanessa. No jacks and sevens.
Run number three. Four, six, king, three more bricks. This is getting hard to watch. Not even a sweat.
Vanessa’s down to two pair, trips, or a straight. All of them runner, runner. Or else Prahlad’s going to need a wheelbarrow to bring all his money home. To the turn, deuce of spades. Nice hand. And Prahlad’s going to win a pot worth over $340,000.
Wow. Prahlad did it. That’s sick. All right.
I’m out of here. Nice playing with you, Vanessa. Nice playing with you. Good playing with you, Vanessa. Ugh.
How’d I not win one of them? Vanessa is going to hit the rail, and with that, Prahlad Friedman has the biggest scoop in the history of The Big Game. Enjoy.
Good playing with you Vanessa. Why’d I do this? You understand what I did, why I did this? Honestly, I don’t know why you did that.
I mean– Of course, the reason Vanessa has been so successful at poker is because she isn’t afraid to get her chips in. But what would she have done at the final table of the 2014 Canada Cup? Oh, kings for Notkin under the gun. Cowboys. Hang on a second. There we go.
So Notkin raises. Miller moves all-in. What’s Miller’s hand? King-queen.
Jacques with a decision in the small blind. He’s got ace-10. Hi ya! And he reshoves. Oh, boy. What is happening?
What does Rivers have? How is he even thinking about this? He’s got two eights. OMG. Notkin’s got more chips than anyone else. Notkin’s got them all covered, and he’s got the best hand.
This would be absolutely [INAUDIBLE]. You’re waiting for one player to go broke. You might see three players go broke here. This would be the weirdest end of a tournament ever. It would somehow feel appropriate.
I’m pretty sure that Rivers is folding. It’s not a simple case of just Miller shoving. It’s the fact that Jacques has shoved over the top of him, and Notkin is sitting there knowing that he’s going to snap when the action comes back to him. Oh, boy. How do you even stay in your chair?
And you better, because they might kill your hand. He’s in! He’s all-in.
Holy– A four-way all-in. –schnikes. And Notkin calls, putting the other three players at risk. I have never seen a four-way all-in at a final table where the guy with the other three players has got them covered.
This is crazy town. If kings hold here, we go from four players to a champion. And Robert Notkin, the online qualifier who got his seat for just $30 has won the Canada Cup. Notkin could be knocking all three players out in one hand.
I guess I could say I’m all-in. What a ridiculous hand. So just to clarify, Notkin ahead with kings, Miller all-in with king-queen, Jacques all-in with ace-10, Rivers all-in with eights, five cards to come. I had to go all-in.
He’s got half the equity four ways. Good luck to the dealer trying to work out side pots. Did anyone fold an ace? Jack, seven, three. Kings holding. Kings way holding.
Notkin now a 75% favorite to eliminate the other three players and win the Canada Cup. Way bigger favorite now. 88% favorite. The river card. And the man once said, it’s a brick.
And Robert Notkin has won the Canada Cup! Notkin knocks out everyone. What a way to win the tournament. Can you hear me knocking?
His friends and family came all the way from Toronto to see this tournament, and what a hand for them to witness. As Rod King says, the strangest hand ever streamed online a four-way all-in, which sees Robert Notkin claim the title, the trophy, and $366,000. And we’re keeping it Canadian for the number one hand in our countdown as Team Canada find themselves on the receiving end of the biggest WTF moment of all time at the 2010 World Cup of Poker. Oh, dear. Suharto has got kings in the small blind.
It’s a beautifully timed move from Luca Pagano here. I’m all-in. Suharto shoves. Team Canada are all-in.
Action folded back around to Luca, who made a move with nothing and will fold his six-deuce. And Cornils will surely instacall. He will not instacall. I mean, he’s got to consider the possibility that, you know, what if he calls so quickly that it dislodges one of the TV lights, and it falls on the table and mucks the hand? Well, the Germans have decided to call a timeout, a poor old Suharto probably thinks, I must be way in front. We’ll probably still make the wrong decision against Canada, though.
Very difficult to make a wrong decision here. We’re feeling good. Our guy’s the man. We’re Feeling good. You shouldn’t be. We have this German very, very confused now.
They need five of them to beat just one guy from Canada. [SPEAKING GERMAN] They’re going to be very angry in a minute. [SPEAKING GERMAN] You’ve got to assume that this kid is just a bit inexperienced and is nervous about going all-in with five cards to come. [SPEAKING GERMAN] I mean, famously, there was a sportsman once in a TV show who folded aces before the flop because he thought it was just a pair of ones.
I call. Oh, funny that. We have kings for Canada. Suharto is not going to be happy. Wow.
No way. This is a really, really weird hand. I have no idea why you even called a timeout.
Such a slow roll. A slow roll. The ace of hearts.
Sorry, guy. You’ve got to flip around the aces. That’s embarrassing. Oh, that’s really embarrassing. Was it your call? I didn’t know I’m not going to lie.
Oh, dear. It’s all kicked off. Jan Heitmann trying to extend the international olive branch of peace. The flop is three, eight, nine. As it stands, Germany are the team at risk here, but are massively in front.
It’s kind of hard not to [INAUDIBLE] for a king, isn’t it? I can’t believe that the Canadian captain is still smiling. King on the river. King on the river. River card.
Give us one time. One time. Is there such a thing as poker karma? No, there isn’t. The aces hold up, and the Germans double up through the Canadians.
That’s really embarrassing. Were you the call? I didn’t know. He doesn’t snap, and he looks at me, and he goes like this. Of course, I’m going to take a timeout. I’m sorry for that.
You told me. Oh, it’s turned into a United Nations Security Council meeting. To be fair, the Germans later apologized with beer. You can catch more top fives and adopt them into your poker-watching repertoire at pokerstars.tv.