Nov 18 2010
There’s no doubt that while playing poker for such high stakes in nationally televised shows or well-known tournaments that tensions can be high and blowups may occur. Actually, you’d probably be surprised that it doesn’t happen more often.
We’ve done some looking back and wanted to bring you the top 5 best blowups. 2008 seemed to be a bad year for Phil Hellmuth’s patience and seeing as he is the “poker brat” it’s no surprise he is featured prominently in the top 5. He did not though, make our #1 pick. Who did?
#5: Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth: 2008 WSOP Tirade
Favorite line(s): “He called with a Q 10 Honey.” & “Idiot from Northern Europe!”
#4: Hellmuth vs. Bellande: Poker Etiquette, Poker After Dark
Favorite line(s): It’s generally hilarious that of all people to be arguing about etiquette it’s Phil Hellmuth and Jean Robert Bellande!
#3: Tom Dwan vs. Phil Hellmuth 2008 Nation Heads-Up Poker Championship
Favorite line(s): Dwan telling Hellmuth to “learn to play heads-up no limit” & Phil saying “we’ll see if you’re around in 5 years.”
#2: Hellmuth vs. Dragomir: 2008 WSOP
Favorite line(s): “Buddy you’re an idiot, is what you are. This is the state of poker.”
#1: Sheikhan vs. Matusow: 2005 WSOP
Favorite line(s): “You know we’re in a hand, you need to shut the f*ck up.”
YouTube Playlist: Best Poker Blowups: OnlinePoker.org