Sometimes in life, stories seem to perfect even for Hollywood. That holds true in the poker world as well. The crazy action, all the bad beats and royal flushes we’ve witnessed over the years, don’t even seem real sometimes.
Well, PokerStars went through their extensive video archive and tracked down the five craziest hands for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
5. Three in One
In the Prague Main Event in 2015, Chris Walker open-shoved for 985,000 under the gun. The extremely short-stacked Marc Macdonnell opted to call off his last 165,000.
Ilkin Amirov called from the cutoff and then Javier Gomez moved all in over the top for 2.58 million in the big blind.
For those who aren’t paying attention, that’s a four-way all in with three players at risk.
And then, boom. A triple elimination just as quick from Amirov. The dealer burned one last time and put out a six. Amirov’s kings held.
“My telephone was bursting after that pot,” Amirov said. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget that pot.”
4. Quads are Good
On Poker After Dark, Phil Ivey and Huck Seed were heads up playing for a winner-take-all prize of $600,000. Seed held a pair of eights on the button. He raised to 20,000. Ivey held a pocket pair of sixes and re-raised. Seed went all in and Ivey called.
It was over just as quickly as it started. Seed flopped two eights to secure the win.
At the PCA, Paul Tedeschi was all in with a set of queens on a flop against Fabian Chauriye Rabah and Phillip McAllister, with the latter two involved in a side pot. The betting continued on the turn, and then the completed the board. Rabah bet 300,000 on the river and McAllister went all in.
“I know that you’re sick but I don’t know if you’re that sick,” Rabah said.
McAllister told him to flip a coin. Rabah made a wise decision.
2. Fortunes Turned
In 2012 in Barcelona, five players saw a flop of and fireworks ensued. Aleksandrs Poplavskis bet 6,500. Rune Nikolaisen called. Vladimir Troyanovskiy went all in. Poplavskis reshoved, and Troyanovskiy called to create a massive pot. Poplavskis had the best of it with a flopped full house, but a ten on the turn improved Nikolaisen to a better full house. Then a jack on the river gave the pot to Troyanovskiy, who improved to queens full of jacks. You can’t even make that up.
1. No Subtitles Needed
At the Brazilian Series of Poker, Ricardo Santana went all in on a board of , putting Ciro Gomes at risk for all of his chips. Gomes called and discovered that his set of kings was behind Santana’s set of aces. Then the river revealed a king, giving Gomes the one-outer for quads.
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