Imagine winning a $5 satellite into a major poker tournament, the first one you’ve ever played, and making the final table playing for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Your opponents include the legendary Patrik Antonius and German star Ole Schemion. You are in a position where if the cards break your way, you could win $860,000.
That is exactly the position Krisztian Gyorgyi, a Hungarian amateur, found himself in at last week’s EPT Monte Carlo Main Event final table. He was already guaranteed a six-figure payday and could have easily played ABC poker up the pay ladder. Most inexperienced players in this spot wouldn’t have the gumption to get out of line and risk their entire stack on a bluff. Not this guy. No, this Gyorgyi cat has a brass set of balls we haven’t seen in poker since Chris Moneymaker pulled off his memorable bluff heads-up against Sam Farha moments before winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event.
Just take a look at the moxie in this guy.
This was as stone-cold of a bluff as they come. He had seven-high with no draw on a wet board. Jozonis realistically, given the board texture, could have held a monster. Or, at the very least, a huge draw with so much equity that he couldn’t fold.
In this case, Jozonis did have a monster draw with a chance to hit a gutshot or an ace-high flush. So, Gyorgyi had to be concerned with his opponent already have a strong made hand or being unable to lay down a huge drawing hand.
But he still had the stones to give it a shot. He knew his image. He’s an inexperienced tournament player who won a $5 satellite into the Main Event. How often would someone in his shoes attempt such a sick bluff? That was likely going through Jozonis’ head when pondering his move.
The best part about that bluff was Gyorgyi showing the 7-2 to his opponent. Epic.
“That’s good for TV.” – Patrik Antonius
I read some comments on Twitter from some peanut gallery commentators claiming the bluff wasn’t anything special because, as they say, it was obvious Jozonis had just a drawing hand.
It’s easy to say that from the rail after the fact, especially when you’ve seen the hole cards. It’s a lot more difficult when the cameras are rolling and you’re forced to make a decision that could possibly cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Make no mistake, this was an incredible bluff. One of the best I’ve seen this year so far given how inexperienced Gyorgyi is and the magnitude of the bluff. I tip my cap to him. Well played, sir.