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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One of the few things I remember from grade school biology is the concept of tropism. In plain language, tropism is the reaction of a living thing, like a plant, towards a stimulus like sunlight or heat. You've likely seen this before but just didn't recognize it for what it was. If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action. The plant is bending towards the sunlight.
If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action.
In our everyday lives, we are all inundated with stimuli throughout the day. The driver in front of us that stalls at the yellow light and zooms through the red light, leaving us behind to wait. Or the customer service rep that leaves us on hold for an ungodly amount of time, only for the call to prematurely drop. There are so many examples both common and unique to our individual lives. The trouble begins when we form the habit of responding to everything — particularly negative stimuli. By doing this, our mental peace is disrupted and diverted making us slaves to whatever happens to happen. Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us. Now take that concept and multiply it by the number of things that can happen in a day, week, or month. What happens to you mentally with so many emotional pivots?
For me, the result is: Restlessness. Anxiety. Sleepness. Mindless Eating. Everything besides peace of mind.
Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us.
Earlier this year, something pretty trivial happened to me. I'm sure this has happened to you at some point in your life also. I was walking through a door and, as I always do, glanced back and held the door longer and wider than normal for the person coming behind me. My gracious gesture was met with silence — no thank you, no smile, not even a nod. I remember being so annoyed at this travesty of justice. How dare they not acknowledge me and thank me for holding the door? After all, I didn't have to do it. I know I spent the next few hours thinking about it and probably even texted a few friends so that they could join in on my rant and tell me how right I was to be upset. In hindsight, I should not have allowed this pretty petty thing to occupy my mind and heart, but I did. I let it shake my peace.
I've since taken some classes on mindfulness and what I've learned (and I'm still learning) is the art of being aware — being aware of the present and my feelings. Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy. We're all human and having emotions is part of the deal but as mindful adults, it's critically important to choose what you're going to care about and let everything else pass along. There are several tools on the market to help with this but the Headspace app has really helped me in my mindfulness journey. The lessons are guided and coupled with some pretty cute animations.
Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy.
Over the course of the next week, I'd like to challenge you to pay more attention to your reactions. How aware are you of how you allow your environment to affect you? Are you highly reactive? Do you ruminate for hours or even days on events that are insignificant in your life? If so, practicing a bit of mindfulness may be the way to go.