In the world of poker, players can get some extra entertainment (and a lot of money as well) by means of winning at side/prop bets. It is the norm that poker pros will usually make side bets while they play in the tournaments, and the events in World Series of Poker (WSOP) are no exception. What makes such side bets truly interesting is that there are those that are bigger than others, and there are some that are downright extreme.
Take for example poker's top female player Vanessa Selbst, who recently bet that Russian poker player Dzmitry Urbanovich could not win a total of three bracelets at this year's WSOP. She also made the exact same bet with Jason Mercier, who's already claimed 2 bracelets this summer ($10k Deuce-to-Seven Lowball (No-Limit) tournament & $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship).
What's more interestingly outrageous in these two bets is that they were made when Selbst was intoxicated.
In almost 47 years of the WSOP, a player who successfully had a three-bracelet summer has only occurred five times. The last one who managed to pull it off was Jeff Lisandro in 2009.
In both bets which were settled in January, Urbanovich and Mercier each risked $10,000 of their own money. Both of the wagers she made with the two poker pros sum up to over $2 million! The exact amount of the wager she made with Mercier was not immediately made known to the public.
With his latest victory, Mercier is now two thirds of his way to taking a grand total of $1.8 million from Selbst.
According to Selbst, she and Mercier made the bet while drinking, and when she sobered up, tried to buy out of it for $1,000. However, Mercier refused. He also declined a $100,000 buyout that Selbst offered to him after he won his first bracelet of the summer, saying that the $100K offer is too low at that point. Also, he disagreed with Selbst's statement that she was overly drunk when the bet was struck.