Poker has provided moments of incredible tension, with mind-bending sums of money up for grabs on the turn of a card.
And, with the stakes so high, it can all get a bit much for some people. As well as showcasing top drawer poker skills and players will balls of steel, the TV cameras have caught the biggest bust-ups, the funniest moments and the most controversial calls the game has ever seen. YouTube is also a fantastic archive of poker’s history, with footage going all the way back to the early days of the World Series of Poker in the early 70s. Join us as we count down the best 52 moments caught on camera. From the biggest hands at the most prestigious tournaments on earth, to Phil Hellmuth blowing up, getting stacked and showing the world his more sensitive side.
Hellmuth v Dwan
When Dwan sucks out on Hellmuth at the NBC Heads Up Championship, the Poker Brat erupts and a challenge is issued.
Hellmuth v Dragomir
Fireworks were expected with Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth on the same table at the 2008 Main Event, but it’s Cristian Dragomir who incurs his wrath when he dares to bust a move and show it
Hellmuth v Negreanu
Detecting a pattern here? This one could have gone in the comedy section as well – just try and watch it with a straight face.
Matusow v Sheikhan
This classic confrontation from the 2005 WSOP Main Event doesn’t end well for either of these two combustible players
If you’re going to accuse someone of being a thief at the poker table–three times – you’d better make sure you’re right.
High Stakes Poker
Dwan v Greenstein v Eastgate
The genius of Tom Dwan was broadcast to the world on High Stakes Poker. This was an epic bluff
Hansen v Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu was pretty unlucky on HSP and ended the show’s biggest loser. Hands like this didn’t help.
Dwan v Greenstein
Barry Greenstein is used to playing high stakes but this monster $900k cooler visibly hurt him.
Farha v Greenstein
Aces weren’t good for Greenstein on HSP but this classic hand from Series 1 helped the show gain cult status.
Phil Hellmuth has provided us with a lotof fun so it’s only fair we give him something back. This hand against Mike Matusow works out perfectly for him and earns him a good pot and bragging rights. Which he duly takes up.
Ivey v Dwan
This three-handed pot, from the aptly named Million Dollar Cash Game, is the biggest in TV history. When two huge hands collide on the turn, all the money goes in, with $1.1m up for grabs. They don’t make TV cash games like this any more!
Isildur v Antonius
Viktor Blom and Patrik Antonius played a $1.3m pot online in late 2009 – it’s still the biggest of all time.
$1m Spin & Go
How can you win $1m in a few minutes from a $100 stake? The world watches live on Twitch.
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