Poker fans certainly got some entertainment value out of ESPN's Big One for One Drop coverage this year. Two weeks after the "worst beat in the history of tournament poker" hit TV screens and mainstream media websites everywhere, ESPN wrapped up its coverage of the $1 million tournament last week in an episode that featured one of the most memorable moments we've seen take place on the felt. Scott Seiver pulled off an incredible bluff — and acting performance — against his friend and fellow high roller Tobias Reinkemeier that left poker pros everywhere retrieving their jaw from the floor.
It was so good that even Phil Ivey tweeted about it.
If you missed the hand on ESPN, you can view it here on YouTube. But we'll also let our live reporting team recap the action as it happened inside the jam-packed Amazon Room:
Hand #13: Scott Seiver raised to 1.2 million from the hijack, Tobias Reinkemeier defended his big blind, and the flop fell . Reinkemeier checked, Seiver bet 1.5 million, and Reinkemeier called. The turn was the . Reinkemeier checked, and Seiver moved all in for 6.825 million.
The German tanked for the better part of three minutes before standing up out of his chair, then sitting down once again. Reinkemeier hung his head over the back of the chair — he's sitting in it backwards — and cocked his head as he stared down Seiver. The two exchanged light words, then both chuckled. The tank continued for a few more minutes. Reinkemeier did his best to get anything he could out of Seiver, but he didn't budge.
Finally, the clock was called, and 55 seconds later Reinkemeier folded, saying he had aces.
"There's NO way you had aces!" Seiver objected.
Reinkemeier pulled his cards back and indeed revealed two aces — we believe they were the — and mucked them once again.
Seiver showed the bluff with the .
Seiver is currently in Barcelona for the European Poker Tour Super High Roller and was kind enough to explain his thoughts on the hand with our very own Remko Rinkema on Monday. Check out the interview below:
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