With all of the TV coverage of poker, we have witnessed poker blow ups by top Poker Pros who don't like losing or being picked on. Well, actually, they usually center on one pro by the name of Phil Hellmuth.
While you can argue whether or not Phil is the best tournament poker player in the world today, you can't disagree that he is the biggest baby in poker. Everyone hates losing in poker. Phil just takes it to another level.
In fact, he may blow up when he discovers that he is not center stage on all of The 10 Best Poker Blow Ups of the Decade. Enjoy the show. It is a good for a quite a few laughs.
In 2004, there was a winner take all poker event called the Tournament of Champions. It was a one table, invitation only tournament.
The winner would take home $2 million. The second place finisher got zip.
It came down to Annie Duke versus Phil Hellmuth. You could see the pressure on their faces as these two foes played heads-up. But Annie took over and won thanks to strong starting hands and excellent poker play.
Phil's immediate reaction to his loss was a classic. It is especially good TV as we watched the joy of Duke's victory contrasted to the angry tirade from Hellmuth.
In the 2007 WSOP $5,000 with rebuys Omaha event, the final table involved a crucial hand between Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott and Burt Boutin. Devilfish had a slight lead with his two pair against Burt's straight draw (60/40) on the flop.
But the turn card gave Burt the winning straight that crippled Devilfish's chip stack. Devilfish was able to survive the next hand, but was later eliminated from the competition.
Phil Hellmuth loses the pot after trying to bluff his opponent off a hand on the turn. After he checks the river, he realizes that his opponent called his raise with 7-5.
Phil blows up...again.
On Poker After Dark, top pros play hold'em for thousands of dollars in cash. In this hand, Phil Hellmuth has A-4 and is re-raised pre-flop by Daniel Negreanu's A-10.
Hellmuth calls the raise and tells Negreanu that he puts him on pocket Jacks. Before the flop hits the board, Daniel announces a $10,000 bet into the $15,700 pot.
The flop is revealed: A-10-6.
Daniel hits two pair and sizes his bets to get the most money out of Phil. Phil's reaction is beep, beep, beep.
The 2008 WSOP.
Hellmuth leads on the flop with his pocket eights. He bets and gets called by Adam Levy, an online poker pro, who has a straight draw.
The turn gives Phil a set of eights but it also makes Adam's straight.
The fun begins when Phil gets raised on the river and realizes he is beat.
On Poker After Dark, the table is four handed. Sheikhan raises Phil Hellmuth with J-9 suited. Hellmuth calls with A-2.
The flop is 6-5-2. Phil bets his hand, but gets raised by Sheikhan.
The turn is a J. Sheikhan moves all-in.
Of course that leads to Phil's blow up.
Phil doesn't like the way he is being treated by his opponents after he gets re-raised by Annie Duke. Phil wants silence as he contemplates whether he should call.
It doesn't happen. The players keep talking.
Phil pleads for help from Mori, the executive producer!
This is funny stuff.
Oh, yeah, notice, how Annie Duke never says a word with her pocket Kings.
On Poker After Dark, Freddy Deeb blows up when his opponents jokingly accuse him of taking $100,000 off the table.
Two top poker pros, Prahlad Friedman and Jeffrey Lisandro get into a major confrontation at the 2006 WSOP.
Prahlad accuses Jeffrey of not putting in his ante. While no one else at the table has any issue with Lisandro, Friedman keeps badgering him about the ante.
As the rhetoric increases, so does Lisandro's temper.
It ends up being the nastiest confrontation at the WSOP.
It's the 2008 WSOP and Hellmuth loses with A-K against Dragomir's 10-4.
After watching this clip, ask yourself "who is the real idiot?"