After a spirited first round of voting, the winners have advanced to the Sweet 16. Did your favorite make it? Read below to find out who advanced and to vote for your favorite.
Candio Experiences Suckgasm vs. The King of Suckouts
Suckouts are among the most shocking and exciting moments in poker history. Today we bring a classic pair of suckouts to kick off the sweet 16.
First, we have Earnest Wiggins, the man we dubbed the “King of Suckouts.” Phil Hellmuth will remember him for the rest of his career for all the wrong reasons.
Back in a 2010 episode of the PokerStars Big Game, Hellmuth had Wiggins drawing to a mere two out after flopping trip nines. Wiggins got all his money into the middle and Hellmuth had beautifully trapped him for all his chips. Or so he thought.
The pair decided to run things out four times and Wiggins sucked out on Hellmuth in three out of four pots to win 3/4 of the pot and you can see the smoke coming out Hellmuth’s ears.
Filippo Candio helped us coin the term “suckgasm” last week during his first round match. If you’ve never had a suckgasm, imagine you’re playing for a shot at the November Nine and get your stack in bad against pocket aces.
Then imagine hitting runner-runner to win the hand and secure a spot in poker immortality. That’s a suckgasm.
We Feel Carter Gill’s Pain and Hellmuth Shatters a Myth
Phil Hellmuth shattered a myth on High Stakes Poker and advanced to the Sweet 16. Joining him was Carter Gill. His poker face was just too good to lose on the river a second time.
Sometime it isn’t funny to laugh at someone when they take a big bad beat on the river. Then there’s Carter Gill. We aren’t laughing at him because he lost but because his reaction is one that each and every one of us has experienced multiple times in the past. We feel your pain, and it is funny watching someone else going through it.
Phil Hellmuth sucks at cash games. At least that has been the knock on him for much of his career. During a hand on High Stakes Poker against Mike Matusow, Hellmuth takes advantage of his image to run a beautiful 7-2 bluff.
The best part of the bluff wasn’t that he got Matusow to fold pocket kings but rather that Matusow went on tilt because Hellmuth “doesn’t big bet bluff.” Put that myth in the books along side of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and a smiling Dan Colman.
Romanello Lays Down Monster and Dwan Outbluffs Two
Roberto Romanello made a big laydown during the 2008 WSOP and made the Sweet 16 in this contest. Also, Tom Dwan outbluffed two of the game’s biggest stars on High Stakes Poker
Imagine you picked up pocket jacks and you flopped a set. The turn and river give you jacks full. The only hand that can beat you is kings-full. You bet out and your opponent raises. Can you really put that player on kings-full?
During the 2008 WSOP Main Event, Ray Romanello did just that and found he was CORRECT to do so. Talk about a soul read.
During a classic hand of High Stakes Poker, a family pot eventually results in a big pot between Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein and Peter Eastgate. He ultimately forces Eastgate to fold a set and Greenstein to lay down aces-up against his tens-up.
Greatest Canadian Hero Call vs. Ivey Playing Super Chicken
Henry Van Tran advanced to the Sweet 16 for what we call the “Greatest Canadian Hero Call” against Ben Alcober. Also, Phil Ivey played a high stakes form of chicken with Paul Jackson and Jackson blinked.
Henry Van Tran and Ben Alcober were involved in a big hand during the 2012 WSOP Main Event. Alcober’s Kd-8d was the best against Van Tran’s 3c-2h all the way to the river. On the river, Van Tran spiked a pair of deuces and called a monster bluff from Alcober to win a half-million chip pot.
During the 2005 Monte Carlo Millions, Phil Ivey and Paul Jackson were heads-up and both players missed the flop. What resulted after was a classic game of chicken with both players bluffing but Ivey’s experience would prove too much for the clearly nervous Jackson. This pot would prove the turning point of the match, a match that ultimately went to Ivey.
Everybody Hates Quads
While it doesn’t happen often, there are few feelings worse than losing with quads. Unfortunately, both Andrew Robl and Motoyuki Mabuchi experienced that pain but did get the consolation prize of advancing to the Sweet 16 of this contest.
During the 2010 PartyPoker World Poker Open, Andrew Robl rivered quad nines. Normally, this would be a time where you’re looking to double-up. Unfortunately, Toby Lewis flopped quad queens and Robl went broke with his quad. The price of admission for this video is the reaction of Yevgeniy Timoshenko.
Motoyuki Mabuchi had a similar experience during the 2008 WSOP Main Event. He rivered quad aces against Justin Phillips. Time for a double-up right? Nope. That river ace also gave Phillips a Royal Flush. Mabuchi proceeded to “gamble” and royally flushed his chips down the drain. Ray Romano played the part of Timoshenko in this video.
Bellande is not the Ultimate Survivor vs. Ivey Survives Mucked Flush
Jean-Robert Bellande managed to be a survivor in the first round, but can he make the Elite Eight or will Phil Ivey suckout on the river?
Jean-Robert Bellande is perhaps best known for his ability to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, at least that’s the running gag on him. Unfortunately, events like those surrounding his bustout at the 2008 WSOP Main Event happen too frequently in his career.
Bellande was all-in on a flop of Ac-8h-2d with As-Qh. Sarkis Akopyan made the call with 10c-9s and needed running cards to win. As if psychic, Bellande didn’t believe he’d survive this confrontation.
Sure enough, the turn fell the 6s an river the 7s to give Akopyan a straight and end Bellande’s day with a min-cash in the Main Event.
Of course, sometimes players create their own bad luck as was the case with Phil Ivey in the 2009 WSOP Main Event. Fast forward to the river and there were four spades on board. Smith had river a pair of aces and Ivey held 8s-8d and rivered a flush.
Both players checked and Smith showed his aces. Ivey either remembered his cards wrong or misread the board because he proceeded to muck his flush. The cameras recorded it all and proved that Phil Ivey is human, at least sometimes.
River Grinds Jarvis vs. The Win That Changed Everything
Matthew Jarvis may have lost in a classic rollercoaster hand to Michael Mizrachi in the 2010 Main Event, but he made the Sweet 16 of this contest. Also, the win that changed the course of poker history looks to make the Elite Eight.
The all-in confrontation between Matt Jarvis and Michael Mizrachi in the 2010 WSOP November Nine is the reason the concept was created. With Jarvis ahead, Mizrachi outflopped him to take the lead. Then Jarvis spiked a miracle card to take the lead on the turn. Finally, Jarvis became the latest victim of “The Grinder” when Mizrachi sucked out for the second time in the hand to win the pot and eliminate Jarvis.
Our other video is Chris Moneymaker’s classic win during the 2003 WSOP Main Event. There’s nothing we can say about this win that hasn’t been said. Now you can decide whether it is the greatest televised poker moment in history.
Merson Wins it All – Hellmuth Upsets a Legend
Greg Merson won it all in 2008 and looks to do so in this contest. Also, Phil Hellmuth dethroned a legend to win the 1989 WSOP Main Event but can he win this contest?
In 2008, Greg Merson had a career year. He won his first career bracelet in a NL Six-Max event and then went on a blessed run to win the WSOP Main Event. His win ultimately resulted in his becoming the WSOP Player of the Year.
Phil Hellmuth is the greatest tournament player in WSOP history and his legend started at the 1989 WSOP Main Event. At the time, he became the youngest champion in the history of the WSOP. He also made history as he defeated back-to-back champion Johnny Chan.
Chan had won the 1987 and 1988 Main Event and was heads-up to win his third straight title. A young Hellmuth proved too much for the legend and Hellmuth began building his legacy.