Man at His Best

This USD5 Million Poker Hand Is More Intense Than a Bond Movie

Initiate extreme anxiety.

BY Matt Miller | Oct 27, 2016 | Money & Career


The extent of my Texas Holdem knowledge comes from movies and occasionally playing with friends for USD5 buy ins. The highest pot I've ever played for is probably somewhere around USD10, making this USd27,800,000 pot a few thousand times more intense. So, I can only imagine a tiny fraction of the stress it takes to go all in with USd5.9 million before the flop is dealt, like this hand between William Kassouf and Griffin Benger during the World Series of Poker this week.

And then there's Kassouf's incessant heckling of Benger. Though Benger has the winning hand (a pair of aces unknown to Kassouf), his opponent keeps harassing him into calling his bet. Eventually Benger breaks under Kassouf's verbal assault and puts him all in. The two throw verbal jabs over the table as the rest of the hand is dealt. Kassouf, who has a pair of kings in his hand, needs only one to beat Benger's aces. Watch the scenario, which is way more stressful than that poker scene in Casino Royale, play out above.

 

From: Esquire US


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