Is Moneymaker’s Huge Bluff The All-Time Great WSOP Hand?

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Is Moneymaker’s Huge Bluff The All-Time Great WSOP Hand?
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28 Jun

Was Chris Moneymaker’s legendary bluff versus Sammy Farha the best hand in World Series of Poker history? That’s what we’ll find out when it comes up against five others to find ‘the most memorable WSOP TV hand’ of all time…


The 50th Anniversary edition of the WSOP will feature a ‘First Fifty Honors’ gala held at the end of June, with a number of awards being voted on and handed out, including the title of ‘WSOP’s favorite bad boy’ – sure to be a hard-fought affair!

Back to Moneymaker, though, and ‘the bluff of the century’ as commentator Norman Chad termed it.

Moneymaker shoved his entire stack in the middle as the poker world watched on in awe – an all-in bluff heads-up that could have cost the hitherto unknown accountant his place in history.


The soon to be famous Tennessean, however, wasn’t quite so worried – telling The Las Vegas Review Journal:

“I never really thought he was going to call. I just thought he had, at best, one pair, and I didn’t think he would call with one pair”.

Despite Farha’s suspicion that his soon-to-be illustrious opponent had bricked the river - “You must have missed your flush draw, huh?” was Farha’s guess – he folded the best hand and would go on to lose out on the most-coveted gold bracelet of all.

The former accountant whose name became synonymous with the global rise of poker – both live and online given that he had satellited his way into the Main Event – won’t be a shoo-in for the new title.

With five other hands up for the honour – as well as a public vote which could boost that number of options for the online vote – it could be a close-run affair, but big Chris has a double shout at winning.


Have a look yourself and see which of the six would be the ultimate WSOP hand of poker!

Sammy Farha vs. Chris Moneymaker, 2003 WSOP Main Event


Chris Moneymaker vs. Phil Ivey, 2003 WSOP Main Event


Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel, 1988 WSOP Main Event final hand


Connor Drinan vs. Cary Katz, 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop


Matt Affleck vs. Jonathan Duhamel, 2010 WSOP Main Event


Scotty Nguyen vs. Kevin McBride, 1998 WSOP Main Event final hand


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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