Top 3 Worst Poker Bluffs

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Top 3 Worst Poker Bluffs
23 Nov

There have been many ridiculous and ambitious bluffs been made in the game of NL Holdem. Some people losing hundreds and thousands of dollars in equity the process. But it’s what keeps the game alive and entertaining to watch.

Bluffing will always be a key component of the game and the adrenaline rush is like no other. We’ve captured some of the worst bluffs from over the years.

1 - Viktor Blom v Ian Munns - EPT Event

This bluff came as a surprise to many with one of the best players in NL Holdem wagering his stack with bare nothing. Viktor Blom, otherwise known as ‘Isildur1’, is an online NL Holdem and PLO high stakes professional who has had multi million dollar swings online in the past. Isildur, who quickly earned $5 million in profit in a short space of time, is praised for his high variance plays and ultra aggressive style and this is exactly what he has given us here. Ian Munns on the other hand, is an ameteur player from England with only $6,000 in earnings and not much experience on the felt. Unfortunately for him, he did not cash this event. Munns has only one significant cash for sixth place in EPT Monte Carlo back in 2006 with no other cashes since.

2 - Dzmitry Urbanovich V Gilles Bernies - EPT Dublin

One of the more controversial hands, this $5,300 EPT event highlight captures high stakes Polish pro Dzmitry Urbanovich and German amateur Gilles Bernies face off in a heads up match. Dzmitry, with near $6 million in earnings ,and in the top 250 players in the world, went on to seal the win after winning this massive equity pot. Urbanovich is a partypoker pro who plays both online and live. He is ranked number one for the all time money list Poland. Across the table, Gilles Bernies has very little experience at the high stakes but still managed to cash for 2nd place in this EPT for a score of $393,000. Other than this, he only has one other live cash for $4000 in a 2015 WSOP event. 

These are the final results for EPT 12 - Dublin:

1Dzmitry Urbanovich
2Gilles Bernies
3Kully Sidhu
4Patrick Clarke
5Iliodoros Kamatakis
6Rhys Jones
7Alexandre Meylan
8Ivan Banic
9Mikhail Petrov

3 - Vanessa Selbst v Prahlad Friedman PokerStars The Big Game

This bluff comes from the Big Game with all sorts of recognisable faces at the felt such as Barry Greenstein and Antonio Esfandiari. The action kicks off between Vanessa Selbst and Prahlad Friedman. Both players each have million dollar scores. Selbst, a Yale graduate and investment worker,  ranks 67th on the all time money list with over $11 million in live tournament earnings. Friedman, on the other hand, is an American rapper and poker player with one bracelet under his belt. Friedman has over $2.5 million in earnings and ranks 670th on the all time money list. This play is a good example of exploitative poker and show that there is more than one way to play a hand. Unfortunately for Selbst though, this one did not work out for her.

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James from Fife in the UK, is a semi-professional poker player who comes from an online cash and tournament background. He likes to express his passion for poker in his writing.Read more


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