Top five bluffs from PokerStars.tv
They rank as the most exciting moments in poker. Those times when you sit watching, in open-mouthed astonishment and marvel at the sheer bravery (or recklessness, depending on how things turn out) of a player attempting an almighty bluff.
For the neutral, whose chips are not in the middle and whose tournament is not on the line, there's nothing like it. For the players involved however, well, it's a different story. There's also more to it than a speculative "hope for the best" Hail Mary play. It takes skill, timing, and courage. A poker face helps too.
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You can imagine how over the course of thousands of hours of PokerStars.tv footage we might have seen a good few bluffs play out. And you'd be right. But which would you consider to be among the best?
We spent a bit of time putting together what we think of the Top Five Bluffs ever shown on PokerStars.tv. Careful deliberation whittled down a list containing hands involving the likes of Vanessa Selbst, Antonio Esfandiari, Johnny Lodden, Benny Spindler, Daniel Negreanu and of course Sara Chafak. But which one would you put at number one?
Now you can find out.
Actually, poring through the archive highlighted quite a few great hands, and gems that worth another look. Next week we will have another Top Five video, looking at the worst bad beats of all time - ouch!
Not that you have to agree with our selections? If you think we've missed one then let us know by tweeting where we went wrong to us at: @PokerStarsBlog. We'll mention the best of the rest next week.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley.