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 Kinney

The “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth in his element in this clip, being unable to accept his defeat to someone who ranks far below him in terms of reputation.

At the start of this hand he is the leader with almost $30,000 in chips, and given how much he loses here it’s probably slightly more understandable that he reacts angrily.

Hellmuth begins with the Ace and Queen of Hearts, while his adversary Mike Kinney holds the King and Queen of Spades.

Unbelievably, the Ace and Jack of Spades are flopped to give Kinney a draw for a Royal Flush, and the 5 of Hearts is there to leave Hellmuth two off a Flush, though he does have a Pair.

Kinney bets $1,200 following Hellmuth’s check, but is then raised to $5,000.

The 4 of Spades is produced on the Turn to land Kinney a Flush, leaving his opponent in all kinds of trouble.

Instead of going for the kill, he matches Hellmuth’s check to make him think that he hasn’t got a very strong hand, and as the River adds an 8, he can take advantage of the situation.

That tactic works a treat as Hellmuth bets another $4,500, allowing Kinney to go all-in.

This really ought to be a red flag to fold, but Hellmuth matches it, and is absolutely furious when the cards are revealed.

He stands up, calls Kinney “cold-blooded”, starts swearing and aggressively talking to himself, demonstrating why his nickname is entirely accurate.


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. Mike Matusow vs Shahram Sheikhan

Mike Matusow is far from happy with Shahram Sheikhan during this tense poker hand.

Sheikhan folds prior to the Flop, leaving Matusow in play with one opponent.

After the Flop is dealt, Sheikhan thumps the table and starts giving out information about the cards he had.

This is poor conduct while there is an active hand, and Matusow swiftly tells him, rather impolitely, to "shut up".

Sheikhan confronts Matusow and asks him to repeat what he said, also asking the referee to give a penalty for the comment.

Matusow ends up winning the hand following an all-in call, and then has another pop at Sheikhan for what he did.

It gets quite heated, and both players are clearly irked, but the referee intervenes and gives both men a 10 minute penalty.


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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