Poker theory says that the best hands are a Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of A Kind and Full House.
But, as with all things reality is so much different, and in poker there have been some interesting, unusual and downright baffling hands played across the poker tables in the US throughout the years.
If you want to become a legend of the game, you can start thinking about your potential favourite hand and practice it by playing online poker.
Casinos in New Jersey, Vegas, Tennessee and more, and those online casino tables, have seen hands played out that deserve mentions in their very own Hall of Fame! Here’s our rundown of those mythical poker hands that have gone down in history.
Doyle Brunson 10-2
Doyle Brunson is a true poker legend.
The man has won ten WSOP bracelets throughout his career, winning the main event in 1976 and 1977.
Brunson was the first professional player to earn $1 million on the tournament circuit, and was one of the first players to win both a World Poker Tour title and the WSOP Main Event.
Brunson has two poker hands in Texas Hold ‘Em named after him, but it’s that classic 10-2 that is most legendary and will forever be associated with him. Typically seen as a bad beat throughout casinos in the U.S, when played by Brunson this hand was anything but.
With a ten deuce (which has since become his favourite hand) Doyle was the winner of the No Limit Hold ‘Em event at the aforementioned World Series of Poker, two years in a row. Brunson’s ability to turn an unlucky draw into a main event winning hand has inspired hundred of Poker players across the world to play the combination in casinos and online poker rooms.
Phil Hellmuth’s T.V Bluff
Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matsow are two poker pros who are known having one of the most tempestuous rivalries on the U.S poker circuit, and when pitted against each other at the same table you can be sure of an explosive riot! This was certainly the case when the two players faced off in the televised 2005 Tournament of Champions Final table. Before the days of online casinos, televised poker was a way for the everyman to enjoy the action, and on this occasion Hellmuth and Matsow provided plenty! Hellmuth was in possession of a 7-2, another bad beat, against Matsow’s pocket kings. Hellmuth then pulled of the most audacious bluff, betting big with total air convincing Matsow to fold and consequently explode in the process!
Johnny Chan makes History
Back in 1988 Johnny Chan made U.S gambling history when he won back to back titles at the WSOP Main Event.
How he got there is the stuff of legend, and comes at the expensive of Erik Seidel. Chan held a Jack and Nine of Clubs against Seidel’s Queen of Clubs and 7 of Hearts. Chan holding an unbeatable straight, and Seidel a top pair. Testing his rival, Chan made a bet of $40,000, which Seidel responded to with a $50,000 raise. Hoping that Seidel would overcommit after a 2 of Spades fell, Chan turned out to be right and Seidel shoved leaving Chan to make the easy call and the record books! Interestingly, the pair were immortalized in the 1998 thriller Rounders, with Chan victorious in the encounter, even though ironically Seidel has generated over $9 million more in winnings.
Whether it’s a favorite hand or a special gift for bluffing, Great players are often associated with a special hand or style of play that made them famous.