Top Five Angriest Poker Moments

Top Five Angriest Poker Moments

    With such high rewards on offer, playing poker at the top level can be both very stressful and tense for the competitors. 

    There are so many infuriating aspects to the game too, particularly when there’s a lot of money on the line; you can get a bad beat, you could make a bad read, or even be bluffed or trapped.

    As a result, it’s inevitable that emotions can sometimes spill over and affect their behaviour – this ranges from arguing among each other, or even just going off in a lone rage.

    Phil Hellmuth is notably famous for talking to himself angrily when things aren’t going his way, while other players like Mike Matusow get visibly upset.

    We’ve compiled a list of some of the angriest moments we’ve seen at the poker table for you to watch below.


    5. Patrik Antonius vs Daniel “Jungleman” Cates

    In fairness to Patrik Antonius, you can see why this mistake from the dealer would make him so livid.

    Having been dealt an Ace and a King, he immediately raises to $40,000 which causes the other players to fold, with the exception of Daniel “Jungleman” Cates.

    He holds Pocket 9s, and clearly makes the call to go all-in as he pushes his chips forward, which is then replicated by Antonius.

    At this point the dealer steps in and moves some of Jungleman’s chips away, allowing him to keep a hold of some of the ones he was originally planning to bet.

    Antonius demands a ruling on the situation, the fairest of which would’ve been for both players to go all-in blind before any more cards were dealt.

    However, the official allows Jungleman to bet just $315,000, keeping him in the game whether he loses this hand or not.

    When an Ace comes up on the Flop to give Antonius a pair, he goes all-in, and naturally Jungleman folds.

    This leaves the former stewing that he wasn’t able to take his opponent out of the game, and he then has a very heated discussion with the official about the ruling.


    4. Phil Hellmuth vs Mike Baxter

    The “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth in his element in this clip, as he completely loses his cool against Mike Baxter.

    After losing the hand, he ends up on a foul-mouthed tirade in which he not only lambasts his opponent, but also another player at the table.

    Hellmuth begins the 9 and 10 of Hearts, although this isn't as strong as Pocket Kings, which Mike Baxter possesses.

    An immediate raise of $1,600 is made by Baxter, which is called by the active players.

    The Flop brings in two 3s and a 9, which gives Baxter Two Pair, leaving him in the strongest position. He then bets $4,000, which Hellmuth again calls with his own Two Pair (9s and 3s).

    When an 8 comes up on the Turn, Hellmuth stands just a 5% chance of winning the hand. This time, Baxter doubles his raise to $8,000.

    A 7 is added on the River, so for all intents and purposes, Hellmuth has the strongest possible hand in his own mind - he can't account for his opponent having Pocket Kings.

    Hellmuth checks at this point, before Baxter once again doubles his raise to $16,000. This is instantly called by Hellmuth.

    When the cards are turned over, Baxter announces his Two Pair - which sends Hellmuth into rage mode very quickly.


    3. Daniel "Jungleman" Cates vs Scott Seiver

    A rather innocuous hand descends into a heated discussion between Jungleman and Scott Seiver.

    Jungleman is in the best position after the Flop, holding a Pair of Aces, giving him a 68% chance of victory in the hand.

    Seiver then starts muttering about something, and it becomes clear that something has irked him.

    He accuses Jungleman of cheating, which is a serious allegation, and calls for penalties to be given to his opponent.

    This provokes a fiery and foul-mouthed response, while the other players also leap to Jungleman's defence.

    Seiver ends up folding his hand, but continues to moan, and it turns out that he wasn't happy about Jungleman checking out of turn.

    The commentators reveal there is a bit of a rivalry between the pair, which makes this incident all the more interesting.

    Was Jungleman doing it deliberately? Or was it simply an honest mistake?


    2. Luke Schwartz vs David Benyamine

    Luke Schwartz directs an expletive-laden rant at David Benyamine in this incredibly heated hand, with the former far from happy with his opponent.

    Schwartz is dealt Pocket Jacks, while Benyamine has a 6 and 5, so he is immediately in with a solid chance of emerging victorious. 

    Vanessa Rousso is also active at this point, holding the 3 and 4 of Hearts.

    After the Flop produces a 5, 2 and 9, Schwartz bets $30k and begins to lose his rag after Benyamine takes his time to make the call.

    He begins to rant about how Benyamine was trying to get "every little angle of money", and is visibly worked up.

    While Rousso calls, Schwartz continues to vent his frustration about Benyamine, even claiming he'll "smash anyone" and "go all-in so quickly" if his opponent continues to bet.

    After a King comes up on the Turn, Schwartz instructs Benyamine to bet so he can go all-in, which is exactly what happens, to the amusement of the other players.

    Benyamine stakes $123k, which causes Rousso to fold, and true to his word Schwartz pushes all his chips to the middle.

    He then starts swearing repeatedly after he sees his opponent's cards, and he ends up winning a monster pot.

    Schwartz walks away from the table and continues to slate Benyamine in yet another rant.

    It's a good job Schwartz won the hand, or else his anger could have really got out of control.


    1. Tony G vs Ralph Perry

    One of the most bizarre hands of poker you are ever likely to see, as Tony G seems to lose it against Ralph Perry.

    Unlike the other videos we’ve talked about, Tony G actually wins the hand and still appears to be furious at his opponent Ralph Perry.

    With an Ace and a 2, he gets into Perry’s head by revealing he has a weak set of cards and encourages him to make money from him by calling his all-in bet.

    After much persuasion, Perry eventually caves in and calls with his King and Jack, making the pot worth an astonishing $1,530,000.

    At this point, Tony G tells Perry that he has “played very well”, which is definitely not the impression he gives when he gets a Pair of 2s on the Flop.

    He continues to talk aloud and taunt Perry, and wants the River to “teach him a good lesson” following a 7 on the Turn not doing the Russian any favours.

    The River doesn’t rescue him either as it produces a 6, to which Tony G lets out a huge cheer and starts on another tirade of insults.

    Tony G calls him “terrible” and that his decision to call the all-in bet was “disgraceful”, before asking for more Russians to play him so he can “get them all”.

    It’s almost excruciating to watch and totally uncalled for, and somehow Perry manages to keep his cool in the midst of everything Tony G is firing at him.

    When Perry eventually leaves the table and congratulates Tony G on winning the hand, the latter orders the audience to stop applauding because he “doesn’t deserve” any of it.

    The other players on the table are clearly shocked by Tony G’s behaviour, and it’s easy to see why. 

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