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Poker Celebrations: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Poker can be a rollercoaster of emotions. From jovial celebrations to tilted temper tantrums, anything can happen at the turn of a card.

Fortunately, some of these weird and wonderful moments have been captured on camera for our viewing pleasure! Try and keep a poker face as you watch some of the most memorable…


Horak vs Keeline at WSOP Colossus 2 Event

With a whopping 21,613 entries, Colossus II made for interesting viewing. But the mood took a bizarre turn for the worst when Horak called Keeline’s all-in (pocket jacks) with A9 off-suit. What happened next can only be described as very, very strange.


Cheong vs Candio at WSOP 2010 Main Event

It’s the WSOP Main Event, you have suited 75 and someone raises all in with aces. What do you do? Well, in Candio’s case, you call. We’re not going to give away too much, but let’s just say that six years on, Candio is still probably running around hysterically.


One outer at GUKPT in London

When your tournament life is on the line and your opponent has a monster hand, there’s only one thing to do: pray for a one outer…


Luke Schwartz vs David Benyamine

Forget Rubix cubes and Sudoku, if you want a real puzzle, try to figure out whether Luke Schwartz is happy or sad. In this clip from the Poker Premier League, Schwartz calls David Benyamine’s bluff, only to strut around the studio in aggressive fashion. A riddle wrapped inside an enigma comes to mind.


Hevad Khan at WSOP 2007 Main Event

No one does celebrations quite like Hevad Khan. This outburst from the WSOP 2007 Main Event is one of his most bizarre – and that’s saying something! Love or hate him, he’s certainly entertaining. #thatshowwedoit


Tony G vs Ralph Perry at the Intercontinental Poker Championship

Antanas Guogaor (more commonly known as Tony G), is known throughout the poker world for butting heads with his opponents. One of these moments came at the Intercontinental Poker Championship, where he wasn’t best pleased with how Ralph Perry played his hand. You might want to turn your volume down before watching this one.


Will Kassouf at the WSOP 2016 Main Event

We couldn’t talk about poker celebrations without mentioning the man of the moment, Will Kassouf. The London-based lawyer caused controversy at this year’s WSOP Main Event when he used “speech play” to rile his opponents. He definitely rubbed Stacey Matuson up the wrong way. #ninehighlikeaboss


Balkin vs Baumann at WSOP 2012 Main Event

Get ready to cower behind the sofa, because this is perhaps one of the most embarrassing poker celebrations ever recorded. The incident, which took place at the WSOP 2012 Main Event, is proof of why players shouldn’t wear sunglasses in dark rooms.


Dwyte vs Ofer – WPT final table

A piece of advice: do NOT celebrate before seeing the river. At the WPT final table, Dwyte sets about prematurely fist bumping his friends when he lands two pair on the flop. When will they learn?


Mike Matusow at 2005 Main Event

Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve. But at the 2005 Main Event, he gets way too emotional when he makes a set of kings against Lazar’s pocket aces. You know what’s coming…


How do you celebrate when you win a big hand? Have you been on the receiving end of an unusual celebration? Leave us a comment below.

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