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When you hear the words "televised poker," you probably think back to the early 2000s and recall either the WSOP broadcasts on ESPN or the World Poker Tour shows on the Travel Channel.

What many poker fans might not realize is that televised poker actually goes back over 40 years to 1973! That year, CBS did a special on the World Series of Poker. Little did anyone realize the extent to which televised poker would evolve over the decades. Now, televised poker is about to begin a new adventure with Poker Central, the first cable network dedicated to poker.

Looking back over four decades of televised poker, we've seen many memorable moments, some historic, some shocking, and some that left you scratching your head. Everyone has their own favorite poker moment and it's time to determine which is the most memorable hand in televised poker history.

Many US poker sites publish great content for you to enjoy, but only one – PokerUpdate.com – gives you a way to participate in making headlines! Have a look to see which televised poker hand was crowned the most memorable of all time!

WINNER
Justin Phillips WSOP
Royal Flush over Quad Aces
King of Suckouts
Quad Aces No Good
Winner
Funny
King of Suckouts
King of Suckouts
King of Suckouts
King of Suckouts
King of Slowrolls
Filippo Candio SuckGasm
Filippo Candio SuckGasm
Fabrizio Fontana's Bella Fiches
Hellmuth's 7-2
Bad Beat Face
Bad Beat Face
Phua Fails
Hellmuth's 7-2
Colman's Interesting Fact
Hellmuth's 7-2
Shocking
Quad Aces No Good
Quad Aces No Good
Robl's Quads Crushed
Robl's Quads Crushed
Affleck Gets Duhameled
Quad Aces No Good
Quad Aces No Good
Aces Flush Away $1 Million
Bellande Not A Survivor
Bellande Not A Survivor
Bellande Not A Survivor
Moneymaker Sucks Out
Ivey Makes a Flush
Nguyen Sucks Out
Ivey Makes a Flush
Impressive
High Stakes Multi-Way Bluff
High Stakes Multi-Way Bluff
Monster Laydown
Monster Laydown
Historic Bluff
High Stakes Multi-Way Bluff
High Stakes Multi-Way Bluff
High Roller Lookup
Super Aggression
Hero Call
Hero Call
Set Up Betting
Super Aggression
Super Aggression
Air Bluff
Exciting
The Rollercoaster
The Rollercoaster
The Rollercoaster
The Rollercoaster
Inaugural One Drop
Moneymaker WSOP Win
Hachem WSOP Win
Moneymaker WSOP Win
Hellmuth 1989
Player of the Year
Player of the Year
Clown Show
Hellmuth 1989
First November Nine
Hellmuth 1989

Like March Madness, Only Better

Most of us are familiar with the March Madness bracket concept—a single elimination tournament for the right to be called the national champion of college basketball.

We've borrowed from that idea and have compiled 32 of the best televised poker hands, presented in a bracket format. Unlike the NCAA, we haven't seeded these hands, as ranking is simply too subjective for this contest.

Instead, we’ve assigned four pairs of random matchups spread out over four categories, as follows:

  • Funny (Humorous situations that occurred during or even after a hand)
  • Shocking (WTF just happened?! or soul crushing beats that have stood the test of time)
  • Impressive (Hands that have earned players mad respect from the poker world)
  • Exciting (Hands that have become legendary)

YOU Determine the Most Memorable Hand in TV Poker History

Here is where you come in. Starting October 1st and continuing for the next five weeks, fan voting will determine which videos will advance in our tournament.

Each week will represent a round of play. During the first week, fans will vote to determine the Sweet 16. The following week, the Elite 8 will be determined, followed by the Final 4, and, finally, the Championship Match.

This page will be updated weekly with the winners, so be sure to come back each week to vote in each subsequent round. The final voting round will conclude on November 4, with the winning hand being crowned just prior to the commencement of the 2015 WSOP November Nine final table.

Vote Now for the Most Memorable Televised Poker Hand

When CBS first televised the World Series of Poker in the 1973, they had no idea of what the future would hold for TV poker. Nobody could envision the advent of the hole card camera and how that would change the poker landscape forever. Nobody could’ve imagined a Tennessee accountant named “Moneymaker” helping to usher a new era of poker by turning an online poker satellite into $2.5 million.

Over the decades, cameras have documented thousands of hours of poker history and many of us poker fans have been influenced in some way by TV poker. Now it’s your turn to have some influence on the poker world.

Will the most memorable TV poker hand be a moment that made history or do you believe that poker is about more than just big events and monster scores?

Vote NOW and check back each week to see which moments made the cut.

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