What could have driven this poker player to show his card at a crucial time to his opponent - arrogance, recklessness, or just plain stupidity? Read on to find out what happened and tell us what you think.
In the world of poker, it is considered absolutely very risky to show your opponent one of your hole cards, most especially if it's during a live hand and the stakes are high. On Monday this week at the Bicycle Casino located just outside of Los Angeles, a poker player was reminded this dire consequence after he revealed one of his cards in an ultra-deepstacked NLHE cash game.
According to Live at the Bike!, the stakes in the game were remarkably just $5-$5 with a $5 ante, but thanks to the Mississippi straddle, the game plays much bigger.
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A player who goes by the nickname "Bitcoin Yoda" bet $10,000 into a pot of $15,000. It was Eric Hicks turn on the button to make a decision.
While Hicks (who made a deep run in this year's WSOP Main Event, taking home $33,305) was figuring out what's his next move, Bitcoin Yoda then offered that he will show him a card. Hicks picked one, and then Bitcoin Yoda showed him the 3. At that point, Hicks now knew he was facing at least the wheel, and the best possible scenario for his opponent is going to be a six-high straight.
It didn't take long for Hicks to make it to $25,000. Bitcoin Yoda quickly called with 43 for a flopped straight. However, his hand was practically blown away by Hicks' flush when he revealed 76. Hicks then claimed the pot worth 13,000 big blinds.
Bitcoin Yoda kept his cool and showed sportsmanship, saying to Hicks "nice hand."