Voting in the PokerStars Big 20 Players Awards is open, with PokerStars players and fans invited to nominate their favourite moments from 20 years of televised play. Feast your eyes on 50 memorable moments in 10 categories, then pick your best.
Today’s category: Best Actor
You might think that there are enough awards given out to actors, but in today’s Pokerstars Big 20 category we celebrate a very special kind of thespian: the poker actor.
There are all kinds of reasons why you might find a poker player auditioning for RADA, and we see some fine examples of all of them here. Prepare for some aiming to pull off a slow-roll, others lining up an angle shoot and some simply winding up Phil Hellmuth.
You job is just need to decide whose performance deserves your vote.
1. FAIL FISH: MIKEL HABB VS SAM ABERNATHY
It’s pretty hard to make a case in Mikel Habb’s defence, but we can certainly say this: he wasn’t acting like he had pocket kings and a short stack had shoved all-in ahead of him. It’s worth watching all the way, though. Sometimes that thing called karma is real.
2. BIG TORO: KRESTEN NIELSEN VS BENOIT GURY
“He deserves a Razzy for this performance,” said James Hartigan on commentary duties as Kresten Nielsen went through his range in this hand against Benoit Gury. What Nielsen actually got was a ton of chips, but did his acting deserve it?
3. THE MISCLICK: DANIEL NEGREANU VS STEVE SILVERMAN
Was this an act from Daniel Negreanu? Or did one of the most experienced players in world poker make a rookie’s mistake? Judge for yourself, and then judge Negreanu’s acting and give him your vote if you think it’s the best.
4. THE ANGLE: IVÁN FREITEZ VS EUGENE YANAYT
The Venezuelan player Iván Freitez entered the poker hall of shame after this infamous incident at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid. But what do you think of the acting job that went with this obvious angle shoot? Does he deserve the award as well as the ill-gotten chips?
5. WITHOUT LOOKING: TONY G VS PHIL HELLMUTH
“I wouldn’t lie,” said an innocent Tony G, as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. But almost everything else suggested Tony G was on the big wind-up, as Phil Hellmuth soon found out.