The two video clips that have made it this far have had to battle through a field of 32 hands — accruing more votes in their respective categories and then facing off against other category champions in the Final Four.
Let’s take a look at the two hands that are competing heads-up for the title.
Ernest Wiggins Quarters Phil Hellmuth in NLHE Hand
This 2010 hand with was broadcast as part of the PokerStars Big Game features “loose cannon” Ernest Wiggins” taking his Pocket Kings into a Run It Four Times scenario versus WSOP all-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth.
The problem for Wiggins is that his Kings are drawing thin against Hellmuth’s Ace-Nine, because there are two more Nines on the Flop. Hellmuth (being the gentleman he is), offers Wiggins the chance to deal to Turn and River cards a total of four times, an offer that Wiggins gladly accepts.
The all star cast of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak, and Doyle Brunson look on as Hellmuth holds an 85% to 15% advantage over his opponent. The first “Run” plays out as expected, but the tides turn when Wiggins takes down the next three pots to win 75% of the entire pot, immortalizing Wiggins and the hand itself.
This hand won by a margin of 50 votes to 42 votes against High Stakes Poker action between Tom “Durrrr” Dwan and Barry Greenstein.
Quad Aces Defeated by Royal Flush
In somewhat of a surprise (at least for this writer), Justin Phillips’ Royal Flush during the 2008 WSOP Main Event was a clear winner against Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi’s eipc November Nine hand versus Matt Jarvis.
Phillips happened to river a Royal Flush against Motoyuki Mabuchi’s Quad Aces in the 2008 ME. With Everybody Loves Raymond actor Ray Romano looking on, Phillips busts Mabuchi and then gleefully promos the star’s TV show.
The odds of Quads and a Royal Flush happening in the same poker hand are 1-in-2.7 billion. This fact is brought up by ESPN announcer Lon McEarchern as Phillips somehow confuses Ray Romano with 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer at the table.
The landslide victory for Phillips’ hand in the Final Four round (123 votes to 32 votes) could have been caused by a fan-push of the hand, as the video clip received 93 of the final 95 votes cast.
Championship Round — Which Video Will Win?
Given the amount of interest in Justin Phillips’ Royal Flush hand, it appears that it will be voted as the “Most Memorable Televised Hand” of all time.
There is plenty of time for PokerUpdate readers to cast their vote to decide the eventual champion. Thank you to everyone who participated in the bracket matchups. We look forward to seeing a champion crowned!