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  • Bluffing is a huge part of poker.

  • In fact, it's an essential weapon

  • in every player's arsenal.

  • Oh, my god.

  • [INAUDIBLE]

  • Um--

  • Here's the top five who've transformed the skill

  • of bluffing into an art form.

  • Is this real life?

  • At number five, it's Vanessa Selbst.

  • No one folds lightly to Vanessa, because everyone

  • knows the Vanessa is aggressor.

  • On the big game, she tangled with Antonio Esfandiari.

  • In this hand, she's bet the flop and the turn,

  • and Antonio isn't a believer.

  • Can Vanessa sell her story on the river?

  • Vanessa could have been semi-bluffing

  • a five on the turn just as easily as she semi-bluffed

  • her diamonds.

  • She's met adequate resistance from Antonio the whole way,

  • so I'm fairly certain she knows she

  • can't win this pot by checking.

  • So the question is, surrender, or fire one last bullet?

  • She's loading up.

  • And Vanessa fires $59,700 on a stone bluff.

  • There it is, the over-bet.

  • We've been here before.

  • This bet is supposed to polarize Vanessa's hand, nuts or air.

  • And Antonio can pretty much only beat air.

  • This will be an absolutely sick call.

  • Vanessa could very easily have played a huge hand

  • the same way.

  • $59,700.

  • $59,700.

  • By overbetting, she's given him really

  • tough odds to make the call, not even getting 2 to 1.

  • Is a pair of 6's going to win enough to justify those odds?

  • Not likely.

  • Antonio with $119,000 behind.

  • He's probably still thinking about that check

  • raise on the turn.

  • If she had a big hand, would she really

  • have given him the chance to check behind?

  • Finally-- and people discount this more than they should--

  • Vanessa has the stupidity factor in her favor.

  • If Antonio calls these wrong, he feels stupid.

  • I think--

  • What's happening?

  • I think Antonio turned a straight with a 5 or 7, suited.

  • Yeah?

  • What does she have?

  • And I think she has a flush.

  • I think she has it.

  • Worst read ever.

  • Well, that's what [INAUDIBLE] the couch cannon thinks,

  • but it's Antonio's read that counts here.

  • And Antonio folds.

  • What is going on?

  • Antonio folds.

  • Little bit dirty on the pump fake by Antonio, but Vanessa--

  • wow, what a sick bluff.

  • Bye, [INAUDIBLE].

  • Antonio may not have thought that one through,

  • but at number four, we find Johnny Lodden thinking

  • long and hard about a very difficult decision

  • at the final table of the EPT 11 grand final.

  • Unless he snaps off a 5, he's going to have to check.

  • Well, he went full way to the flop, heads up to the turn,

  • which is a 4.

  • That gives him extra outs.

  • Now he can catch a deuce for a straight.

  • The question is, he's got to say,

  • what is this guy calling with?

  • Did he really just have a 7 suited, and not 3 bet?

  • Well, now Mateos has to bet.

  • By betting now, now Johnny's got to say, OK, if I call this one,

  • I've got to call from the rest on the river.

  • So, it's not just like, hm, we'll see what he's got.

  • Now Johnny's got to think about, well, the bet is only $650,000.

  • There's $3 million in the pot.

  • I have 6 outs.

  • Sure, I'm not the favorite, but it's close.

  • He's not getting the right price,

  • but it's not that far off.

  • If Johnny's right-- that he's up against the bluff-- his fives

  • are good.

  • Johnny calls.

  • Great call.

  • Great call from Johnny.

  • He's getting slightly the worst price to draw,

  • but he's also got the possibility

  • of having the best hand.

  • So, the bet sizing for Mateos allowed him to play this hand.

  • OK, another ace on the river.

  • That's a good card for Johnny Lodden.

  • It wouldn't seem like it, but it's one less ace

  • that Mateos could have.

  • Actually, it's been checked to the Spaniard.

  • This is a really exciting hand.

  • This is going to get replayed over and over.

  • Oh, my goodness.

  • He does it.

  • He goes for it.

  • Wow.

  • This is gutsy.

  • Johnny wants to play so bad.

  • His read is right.

  • The question is, sometimes-- you can tell,

  • Johnny's first instinct-- call.

  • I got this guy beat.

  • He's messing with me.

  • A lot to learn about some high-level poker here,

  • where it's like, you just go with your gut,

  • and you trust your read.

  • And both of these guys have virtually nothing,

  • but are playing a massive pot here.

  • What he may end up doing is talking himself out

  • of his read.

  • Oh, man.

  • I hope Johnny makes this call.

  • It would be epic.

  • One of the greatest-- if he makes

  • this call, one of the best reads we've ever

  • seen in a final table.

  • One of the greatest played hands we've ever seen.

  • I mean, this instantly goes on many lists

  • as just one of the all-time greatest calls.

  • This is one of the greatest hands I've ever seen--

  • if he makes the call.

  • If he makes the fold, it still is a great hand,

  • but it's so much more epic if Johnny makes this call.

  • There goes the fold.

  • And he shows the bluff.

  • And Lodden's playing so good.

  • When she calls, he doesn't call.

  • Get showed the bluff.

  • [INAUDIBLE]

  • Put in so much money in that hand, with the right

  • read, and then changed his mind.

  • [NON-ENGLISH]

  • Vaya con Dios.

  • Back in the day, before Adrian Mateos was born,

  • a three bet mean business, a four bet was always aces,

  • and a five bet didn't exist.

  • Then along came the internet, and button clicking

  • became a thing.

  • At number three, a German [INAUDIBLE]

  • with an interesting haircut takes pre-flop leveling

  • to a new level.

  • Contrary to what Benny might think,

  • this isn't a mandatory three bet, or even a mandatory call

  • to an early position raiser.

  • Did you really think he'd fold?

  • Benny Spindler three bets.

  • Story checks out.

  • Now $20,000 to play, and hello, Paul Fulton

  • is going to fall back with A6 off.

  • OK, so I know I would be an advocate of re-raising Benny

  • Spindler if you have any sort of hand, but-- a--

  • Benny's not the only player in the hand, b--

  • cold four betting with A6 is not a winning play overall, and c--

  • no--

  • just no.

  • Action back on Benny, with Bergstrom giving up

  • his pair of fours.

  • Boy, Fulton doesn't look very comfortable, does he?

  • Oh wait, that could just be because he's British.

  • Now, now.

  • Those are not calling chips.

  • Benny Spindler is going to five bet to $90,000.

  • I guess either King Jack is too weak to call with

  • and Benny wants to turn into a bluff,

  • or we're just seeing a good old fashioned stack swinging

  • contest, which-- by the way-- doesn't necessarily

  • equate to good poker, though it is awesome to watch.

  • Fulton has an auto marked.

  • He does have the best hand, got to wonder if he knows it,

  • though.

  • Oh, my word.

  • It's a six bet.

  • There is some serious button clicking going on here.

  • I'm not even going to pretend like I

  • know what these guys should or are going to do anymore.

  • I'm out.

  • All right, now I know a lot of you kids

  • out there are spitting up your energy drinks and fist pumping

  • in your hoodies like mad, but to me, this is more

  • like a game of chicken than poker.

  • Who will blink first?

  • Not Benny Spindler.

  • It's a seven bet jam.

  • Fulton has now invested half his chips on this hand.

  • Got to wonder if he's regretting it now.

  • Oh, my word.

  • This is the sickest hand ever.

  • Benny Spindler shows the king jack at the end

  • as he rakes in that pot.

  • Benny Spindler went on to win the EPT 8 London title.

  • The year before that, Daniel Negreanu

  • stunned the table with one of his favorite party tricks.

  • Daniel is determined.

  • Angel small river bet is a value hand that kid poker can't beat.

  • Although it's hard for him to rep a hand, he's bumping it up.

  • Figure you got aces or kings.

  • Can I say that, or is that illegal?

  • [INAUDIBLE]

  • I can say what he has, but not what I have?

  • Yep.

  • OK.

  • I'm thinking aces or kings.

  • You think right.

  • Daniel really pulled the trigger correctly on that one.

  • And Shlome is now thinking, if you read me for aces or kings,

  • surely you can beat aces or kings.

  • I have to fold.

  • If I show one, do I have to show all?

  • No.

  • OK.

  • I can show one?

  • Yep.

  • I can show one if I want to?

  • I don't feel like it.

  • I don't have a good one the show.

  • Aces or kings are good, right?

  • Of course.

  • Just saying, that's what I thought he had.

  • Not that I can beat it.

  • Daniel knows how to entertain the table,

  • but for max entertainment, you have to show the bluff.

  • At number one, from [INAUDIBLE], Miss Finland, Sara Chafak,

  • pulls off the best block of all time--

  • on the very first hand.

  • Hi.

  • Hi.

  • Ronnie, if you bust her on the first hand--

  • He bets.

  • $30,000.

  • And Sara raises with a straight draw.

  • You have something?

  • Yes, I do.

  • I believe you.

  • I believe you. $30,000?

  • Yeah.

  • That's the way all my relationships start--

  • with lies.

  • So, Ronnie has called the raise and improves

  • to trips on the turn.

  • Oh, boy.

  • Why are you checking?

  • You raised me on the flop.

  • Um-- num, num.

  • She bets just over half the pot.

  • Ronnie, do not bust her before the swimsuit portion.

  • Ronnie's clock is running.

  • Remember, every player has 30 seconds per decision.

  • If he thinks she's bluffing, he'll call.

  • If not, he could raise.

  • The shot clock.

  • Oh, yeah. i forgot that.

  • Raise.

  • $155,000.

  • $155,000.

  • She really should not be calling this.

  • $255,000.

  • She re-raises.

  • What?

  • Just [INAUDIBLE].

  • Oh, OK.