Poker is not all about bluffing; on the contrary, it is also necessary to have a good strategy, enough mental balance and knowledge about the rules of the game to be successful in the game. On the other hand, denying the importance of bluffing within the games is also a serious mistake.
Within the nuances of a poker game, a lot can be involved besides money, of course. This is one of the things that makes the game so popular all over the world, not only in physical casinos, but also online cassino sites that offer the game entirely virtually.
It is true that over the past years, big tournaments have had many situations decided by the fact that some players put into practice fundamental emotional skills to win a round even without having anything in their hands, such as coolness and audacity, for example.
Therefore, we have separated here 3 bluffing situations that were simply epic. Check them out:
Tom Dwan vs Phil Ivey
This day was marked as the day the best cash game player in the world was bluffed in epic fashion.
In the hand, after a raise from player Laak to $3,900 and 3 calls from Elezra, Ivey and Negreanu (heavy opponents), Dwan decides to raise to $28,900 with a 9 and an 8 of spades and the table folds until the legendary Phil Ivey calls. The game goes on and on, until at the end of the turn, Ivey has an 87% chance to win
A three of spades appears on the next turn, which changes none of the hands, but raises Ivey’s chances to 91%. Dwan then decides to once again continue betting and puts another $123,200 into the pot. Ivey calls. Dwan then decides to bet an incredible $268,200, this caused Ivey to take almost 3 minutes to decide whether to call or not and he folds.
Krisztian Gyorgyi vs Jozonis
During the final table of the 2018 EPT Hungarian Krisztian Gyorgyi was too bold. The recreational player who at the time worked as a metalworker made his way into the tournament through a €5 satellite held on PokerStars and made history. A play by him holding 72 of different suits, perhaps the worst possible personal hand combination in Texas Hold’em, has gone down as one of the great bluffs of mankind.
With a terrible hand, Gyorgyi fought a memorable duel with the Lithuanian Jozonis, betting initially 125,000 euros and then 500,000 euros, the Hungarian was called by Jozonis both times. The turn was a 4 of clubs and the bluffer put all his chips in the center of the board to induce his opponent to fold the round. Even with a better hand and with the possibilities of making the flush nuts, since he had the A of diamonds, or even a bigger straight, the opponent gave up. Not content with having taken the pot, Gyorgyi even revealed his cards and had a big party.
João Simão vs Yiannis
An unforgettable moment that went viral on the internet was when one of the best poker players in Brazil, João Simão, applied his “Poker Face” on the Greek Yiannis.
After calling 12,700, the Greek began to fall completely into the Brazilian’s game, when a 10 appeared on the next turn, Simao applied his unreadable Poker Face and bet 14,000,000 into the pot, causing his opponent to fold.