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One of the most important things in poker is that you don’t need to have the best hand to win, sometimes all you need is a good…face. Bluffing is what could make you a great poker player and once you’ll master the art of the poker face, you’ll find having a 7-2 as exciting as a pocket pair of aces.
Don’t buy it? These players can prove it.
5. Brad Booth: the guy who beat Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey is quite a legend in poker, but sometimes even the best players can be defeated. This is what happened during the High Stakes Poker, when Brad Booth turned the table: Ivy greeted with a $23.000 bet, the hand seemed to be over….yes, it seemed because Booth had another plan.
$300.000 all in against one of the best pro in the world, with nothing in his hands. Fortune favours the bold: Booth scooped the pot.
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4. Lex Veldhuis: be proud of your bluffs
Lex Veldhuis is known to be an aggressive player. He is also known to keep complaining about the slow pace of the game when he plays live. At the WSOP 2009 he had been running over the tables showing a lot of bluffs, challenging all gambling superstitions.
And in this video, he beat Brian Pinkus with no hand at all. The cherry on the top: he showed his bluff too! And if you play poker, you know that it is considered totally mean.
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3. Chris Moneymaker: first bluff in the poker boom era
Back in 2003, when poker was revolutionized by Chris Moneymaker, who was the first champion at WSOP by qualifying at an online poker site. At the final table, Chris played against Sam Farha and the bluff was epic: all in with nothing in his hands.
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2. Phil Ivey vs Paul Jackson: the rest is history
Can 2 players bluff at the same time above all when both have nothing? Yes, if these players are Phil Ivey and Paul Jackson. Among the most impressive bluffs of all time, this one is legendary. Who won? Check it out.
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1. Tom Dawn: best poker face ever
One young guy against seven other players. Not a good hand at all, but the best poker face ever. One after the other, his opponents will fold until the end. See how a 10 and a queen can beat two pairs and a trips.
This is for us, the most impressive bluff of all time.
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