Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Kane Kalas, and Joe Ingram create our list of worst and best poker video moments in 2018. You’ll have to continue reading to find out which ones made the positive and negative categories.
With so many great videos to choose from, it was not a simple decision. But we narrowed our worst and best of lists down to two.
Cringeworthy and ShameTwo Worst Video Moments in 2018
Let us get out the negativity of the way quickly. Our first worst poker video moment last year goes to Chris Ferguson for his”WTF” apology to the poker community.
Before the start of the WSOP, Chris finally apologized to poker fans for what went down at Full Tilt Poker through the Black Friday scandal in 2011. But few poker players felt he was contrite, especially considering he spent only 42 seconds apologizing…seven years later.
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To Ferguson’s credit, most FTP players eventually got paid back. Few still have outstanding accounts they never received. But many in the poker community still refuse to forgive the man they once loved.
Our next recipient of the Worst Poker Video Moment of 2018 goes to another poker boom era celebrity, Phil Hellmuth. The Poker Brat had a bratty moment in a hand at the WSOP Main Event.
In a three-way pot to the flop, Hellmuth had pocket sevens on a 4-3-10 flop set up. After it was checked around to him, he fired out a bet and then got check-raised all-in by James Campbell, who had the nut flush draw.
With Alex Kuzmin pondering his movement with a king-high flush draw, Phil vocally expressed anger towards Campbell for increasing. Acting out of turn is frowned upon by the majority of poker players as it can influence another participant’s decision.
In this case, it’s possible that Hellmuth did actually affect Kuzmin’s decision. Knowing that the Poker Brat was likely to fold given his verbal tells, Alex made the call from Campbell’s short-stack. He probably would have folded out of fear that Hellmuth would have come over the top to force him out of the pot.
Campbell was a favorite to win the pot but got unlucky on the river and has been removed. Had Hellmuth kept his mouth shut, he probably would have won the hand. To Phil’s credit, he apologized and made things right by sending his rival $10,000 to compensate for his buy-in.
Big Hand, Viral HitTwo Best Poker Video Moments of 2018
Now that we have the negativity out of the way, let’s move on to the fantastic stuff. First off, we’re going to tell you about the largest pot in televised poker history.
Kane Kalas, son of legendary baseball announcer Harry Kalas, won a $2 million pot against Jason Koon. The sports broadcasting icon’s offspring hit a set of 10’s on the turn and got paid off from A-Q once an ace landed on the river.
Koon was unable to find a fold as Kalas effectively disguised the strength of his hand.
Lastly, we have to give props to poker podcaster Joe Ingram for venturing out of the poker world to create a viral UFC video which has over 7 million views. The video in question researched what happened following the McGregor-Khabib MMA fight.
A brawl broke out at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas between Khabib and McGregor’s posses. Ingram, using various internet videos from different angles, broke down what occurred after the largest UFC fight in history.
Few poker-related videos on YouTube exceed 100,000 views. We have to give credit to Papi for expanding his horizons to be successful.
Congrats to all of our winners. Well, perhaps not to Hellmuth and Ferguson.