Poker players have to have a lot of skills and be able to carry out different strategies, from poker mathematics to hand selection, which has shown us some of the most spectacular bluffs and victories in the history of the game. These are three of the greatest moments in poker that showcase the players' incredible ability to comprehend the subtle nuances of the game. If you would like a chance in going down in history with these legends, there are tonnes of casino offers online for you to look through.
The Best Bluff in History
Jack Strauss is well-known in the poker industry as being someone who loved action, particularly when playing poker. He was posthumously added to the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988 and had a reputation for playing aggressively. But the 1982 Poker World Series was one of Strauss' finest moments. He was dealt the "hammer" – a 7-2 suit – at the start of a game of No-Limit Hold'em but instead of folding immediately, he decided to make the best of the situation. After a player called, the flop produced a 7-3-3 to give Strauss a 2 pair.
As he waited for his opponent to make the next move, he leaned over and said "give me one of the $25 chips and you can see any one of my cards". After a pause, the opponent took Strauss up on his offer and flipped a card to reveal a two, leading him to think that Strauss had a Full House. He put down the hand, fooled into thinking that Strauss had a pair of twos, leading Strauss to achieve the greatest bluff of all time.
Pius Heinz – An Unlikely Champion
From the beginning, the odds were stacked against 22-year-old Pius Heinz in the World Series of Poker in 2011. Heinz outlasted 6,846 other players to reach the November Nine and returned to Las Vegas four months later to compete in the championship. Out of the players, Heinz had the seventh-lowest chip stack and eventually faced two players for the win – Marti Staszko and Ben Lamb. Heinz used his chips to achieve one of the most shocking comeback victories of all time, winning an astonishing $8,715,638 in prize money – the third-highest pay out in poker champion history.
Staszko and Heinz were left to battle it out, with Staszko beginning with a small chip lead. Over a six hour and 28-minute period, Heinz regained a chip lead on the ninth and final swap, building his chips to a 5 to 1 margin. Holding an A-K, Heinz called and since neither player made a pair – Staszko had a T-7 – the ace-high hand meant Heinz won the championship.
Moneymaker Makes Poker Mainstream
Chris Moneymaker's WSOP Main Event win is widely considered to be the moment when poker became a mainstream event. Moneymaker went against Sammy Farha in 2003 with $5.5 million chips to Farha's $2.9 million, with Ks-7h and Farha with Qs-9h for a top pair. Farha three $300,000 into the pot which Moneymaker raised to $800,000. Once Farha checked, Moneymaker shocked everyone by saying "I'm all in". Despite trying to get him to make a slip, Farha eventually folded, leaving Moneymaker with one of the most amazing bluffs of all time and a win of $1.8 million.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist