With nine players who have (theoretically) played the best in this year’s WSOP remaining, it got us thinking of the WORST plays we’ve seen over the past week. Here’s our list (from least worst to most worstest):
9) Brit Barry Paskin wearing the same "Beckham" shirt two days in row…which, from the smell of it, he actually wore something like two years in a row. How does this qualify as a bad play? First,
8) Speaking of checking a straight flush on the river… that actually did happen. Some Internet clown didn’t realize they turned a straight flush and checked it down to the river. Nope, wasn’t trying to trap…just didn’t know. Gotta love Internet players. The fact that we don’t win every single online SNG is depressing. Spot #8 was almost occupied by James Woods though. Why? Woods checked quad 3‚Äôs on the river! Since Woods at least won SOME money for his hand though, we’re letting it slide. Worst part is, Woods set it up perfectly until then. With pocket 3‚Äôs, Woods limps and is in a three-way pot. Flop comes up A-A-K. Woods bets, one guy folds, the other calls. Turn is a 3, giving Woods a boat. He bets again and is quickly called. River is another 3. He acts flustered. Upset. What an actor!!! He checks. The guy quickly checks. Woods, hoping to set a trap (yet failing, so much for another Oscar nod), flips over his quads. The other guy just mucks. Pretty hard to think the guy was calling Woods down with J-10, so Woods missed an opportunity to get more chips out of someone (he called all the way down, so what‚Äôs one more call?). The lesson: never check the nuts on the river. There‚Äôs no guarantee the other guy will bet.
7) Chops using a men’s room stall just seconds after Elix Powers. Let’s just say the chicken sandwiches sold outside the Rio convention center didn’t sit well with Chops. And Chops didn’t sit well knowing that, as he rushed to the men’s room, the only open stall was just vacated by one Elix "Jack high!" Powers. You wanna talk about stench? Paskin ain’t got nothing on Powers.
6) Tiffany Williamson lives to tell about her bad play. Holding A-Q with a board of K-J-x, Tiffany Williamson takes about 10 minutes on Day 1 to decide about calling an all in. She called. Had a miracle ten not hit on the river, she would’ve been out of the tournament. But it hit. Hats off to her for some solid play after that, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good…
5) Just cause it works on Poker Stars against a bunch of donkeys… doesn’t mean it works at the WSOP. We saw a load of bad Internet players lose a boatload of money. Too many hands to even keep track of, or know where to start. But let’s go with this one: Mid-position guy raises 2x the blind, and the big blind calls with pocket Jacks (no re-raise, just calls). Flop comes up K-K-6. BB checks, MP bets, BB calls. Turn is an Ace. BB checks. MP bets. BB calls. River is a three. BB checks. MP bets. BB calls. You think the MP had a hand better than Jacks? Yep, he turns over K-Q. Never a re-raise (or lead out bet) from the BB to see where he stood. Just flat-called more than half his stack away with Jacks. Unbelievable. Came back about 10 minutes later and he was gone.
4) Elmo is for little kids…not adults trying to win $7.5M!!! This grown man was
Also, this is easily and by far our favorite picture of the entire WSOP…the moment Elmo was told to remove his Muppet head. You can just see the realization of shame he’s having right through those googily eyes.
3) Act like you’ve won a hand before…ever…in your life. As ubiquitious as the sound of shuffling chips was
2) Peter Parker was a geek and so are you. As an actor, we’re fans of Toby Maguire’s work. Hard not to be. And real poker players respect Maguire’s game. This is one actor who CAN play. But Toby Maguire ruined his Main Event chances by putting himself on tilt
1) For all of the great Action Dan plays, there is one equal and opposite terribly bad re-action Dan play. Dan Harrington is, without question, one of the greatest no limit tournament players of all-time (and one of our favorites). That’s why we’re still shocked at the play