Curious about the best of the 2003 World Series of Poker and the best bluffs involved? Two of the best known bluffs in poker history were such memorable hands that even casual poker enthusiasts are still talking about them today. The 2003 World Series of Poker was the event that captured the imagination of millions of poker players and led to a revolution in the game of Texas Hold'em both inside casino poker rooms and on online poker services. People who had never considered playing the game on a regular basis watched amateur players like Chris Moneymaker dominate the game with classic World Series of Poker bluffs, and they realized that they might have what it takes to become a winning player just like him. Here are the two best bluffs of the 2003 World Series of Poker that veteran poker fans are unlikely to forget any time soon: Moneymaker vs. Ivey and Moneymaker vs. Farha.
- In the years building up to the 2003 World Series of Poker, professional poker player Phil Ivey had his share of World Series of Poker frustrations and had never managed to make it to the final table. However, it was a bluff from poker amateur Chris Moneymaker that was no doubt the most painful WSOP defeat that Ivey had encountered so far in his poker career. At this point in the game, there were ten players remaining, and nine of those players would go on to the final table of the 2003 World Series of Poker main event. Moneymaker was dealt an AQ off suit before the flop attempted to steal the blinds with a large bluff. Ivey was dealt a pair of nines and seemed to have a hunch that Moneymaker was representing better cards than he actually had, so he pushed in a considerable portion of his remaining chips to look Moneymaker up. A huge flop of Q-Q-6 turned Moneymaker's bluff into a great hand and bad news for Ivey. When another nine appeared on the turn, he appeared to have the hand locked up with a full house, and Moneymaker called his all-in bet. Moneymaker's luck was just plain unstoppable, however, and he hit an ace on the river to win the hand with a superior hand, sending Ivey home just one seat away from the final 2003 World Series of Poker table.
- Of all of the bluffs in the 2003 World Series of Poker, the one that is certain to go down in history occurred during the heads-up showdown at the final table between amateur player Chris Moneymaker and professional player Sam Farha. Moneymaker had made it to the 2003 World Series of Poker on an online satellite game with a buy-in of $40, and he had managed to knock out one experienced player after another until it was only him and Farha dueling out for the main event WSOP bracelet. It is one thing to make a calculated bluff based on pot odds and remaining outs, but sometimes a stone-cold bluff is necessary to gain the upper hand in a game of heads-up, no-limit Texas Hold'em. The most famous bluff of the 2003 World Series of Poker began with Moneymaker being dealt a Ks-7h and Farha holding a Qs-9h. Farha called a bet from Moneymaker, and the flop came up 9s-6s-2d. This gave Farha the best hand with top pair, and both players checked through to the turn, which was a 8s. Recognizing that he was drawing to both a straight or a flush, Moneymaker tried to take the hand down with a calculated bluff that was immediately called by Farha. The river was a 3h, giving Moneymaker nothing more than a King high. Moneymaker then performed one of the best known bluffs in the history of poker by going all-in. Farha tried unsuccessfully to get a read on Moneymaker and finally folded, giving Moneymaker the chip superiority that he needed to eventually win the 2003 World Series of Poker.