Top 3 Angry Poker Players Of All Time

Top 3 Angry Poker Players Of All Time

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As unlikely as it may sound, when it comes to poker, the most watched videos are generally of angry poker players who could not take a skilled bluff or bad beat casually and publicly displayed their anger or frustration. But honestly, can we truly blame them? Poker is a high-pressure game where players often end up getting invested not just mentally but emotionally as well. Vital to this, the public outbursts of anger are actually so common in the poker world that the term “tilt” is now used to refer to angry poker players. Now, in this post, we have covered the basic concept of a “tilt” along with 3 angry poker player moments that actually created history.

What does the term “tilt” mean in poker?

“Tilt” is a poker term that is often used to refer to the emotional and negative mental state of a poker player. Generally, when a player invests a significant amount of time and money in playing a game of poker, he expects the game to go in his favour but when the same does not happen, he starts experiencing a tilt. This thereafter affects his play and often manifests in the form of anger or frustration. Now, a poker player might become angry upon losing a number of rounds in poker due to bad beats. Additionally, poker players generally start showing tilted behaviour when they start losing huge amounts of money and more so when it happens against “weaker” players. On the contrary, sometimes it so happens that players become angry when their opponents trash talks to them in an attempt to disrupt their game.

Top 3 angry poker player moments in poker history

Now that you have got a fair idea about the concept of tilt relative to angry poker players, let us move forward and talk about some of the worst angry poker player moments in the history of poker. Even though there are dozens of moments where we saw the player losing his/her mind, we have listed the top 3 angry poker player moments in this list. So, here we go.

Daniel Negreanu throws off his chips

Daniel Negreanu, a name that perhaps needs no introduction in the world of poker actually, suffered one of the worst bad beats of his career at the hands of Antonio Esfandiari. The bad beat was particularly worse because Negreanu made all the right moves but yet the odds went against him that particular day.

So, the setting of this angry poker player moment was the Premier League of Poker where Daniel Negreanu was playing against Daniel Cates, Antonio Esfandiari, Scott Seiver and Jonathan Duhamel. The blinds in the game were $3000-$6000 and as soon as the game started Negreanu was dealt an Ace of spades and a Queen of diamonds. Cates meanwhile decided to raise the number of blinds and as soon as he raised, Negreanu called his bet. Esfandiari also followed suit and called Cates’ bet with a 99 and if that was not enough, Seiver too called Cates’ bet. The last to act in the round was Duhamel who by the way was holding 7 of clubs and 4 of clubs. After some serious pondering, Duhamel too decided to make a move but instead of calling, he decided to re-raise all-in. This essentially threw most of the players off the track who thereafter started folding one after another. Vital to this, while Cates folded his cards, Negreanu decided to gamble. He worked out the odds of him winning and as Seiver and Esfandiari folded their cards, he came to the conclusion that he actually held a 61% probability of winning the current hand.

But unfortunately, the community cards were – Aces of hearts, 6 of hearts, 4 of spades, King of diamonds and 4 of hearts, which gave Duhamel a three-of-a-kind and essentially pushed Negreanu out of the game. In frustration, the otherwise calm and composed Negreanu threw his chips across the table presumably shocking the viewers.

Phil Hellmuth goes irate

Huck Seed, a college dropout was actually no stranger to the poker world. Having already registered a win at the 1996 WSOP main event, Seed was a pretty revered name. But then Phil Hellmuth was a professional poker pro and someone who over the years had consistently registered one win after another.

So, the context of this angry poker player moment was a poker tournament where both Hellmuth and Seed were playing the first of two hands. The tension was in the air right from the moment they took their seats, as just a few minutes into the game, both Hellmuth and Seed engaged in a series of bets. They both called and raised each other at every opportunity after which Seed pushed a bet worth a whopping $16000 which Hellmuth forcibly called. That was it, Hellmuth suddenly transitioned into an angry poker player and soon after started trash talking Seed into giving away some information about his cards. But Seed maintained his composure and the game progressed. Soon, after the flop round, Seed pushed a bet worth $7000. Visibly upset, Hellmuth further displayed his angry poker player behaviour and thereafter started talking to himself, clearly demonstrating he is mad at Seed. Towards the end of the game, as soon as Seed was declared the winner, Hellmuth immediately got up and walked away from the tableOne thing to note here is that Phil Hellmuth is often referred to as one of the worst angry poker players ever to exist in the world of poker. From verbally attacking his opponents to walking away from poker tables and swearing, Hellmuth has done it all and this has effectively earned him the nickname “The Poker Brat”.

Tony G berates Ralph Perry

Angry poker players generally display a range of irate behaviours, by far the most common amongst them is verbal warfare. This is exactly what Tony G did against Ralph Perry.

So, the context of this angry poker player moment was the 2006 Intercontinental Poker Championship. During this tournament Tony G became so angry at Ralph Perry that he started berating him right in the middle of the tournament. Not only did Tony G repeatedly say Perry that he was a terrible player but after defeating Perry, Tony G essentially asked the crowd not to applaud Perry as he was a ba
d player.

However, Perry was not the first victim of Tony G’s irate behaviour. Tony G was actually rather infamous in the poker world for being an angry poker player who often berated and trash talked to his opponents in an attempt to disturb their game. Fortunately, though, after receiving quite a number of warnings in a variety of different tournaments, Tony G essentially toned down his titled behaviour and started acting much calmer down the line.

But, when it came to Ralph Perry, Tony G actually went over-the-top and till date his behaviour is regarded as one of the worst angry poker player moments ever.


When it comes to poker, angry poker players generally lose much more than their money and reputation. Precisely because, when a player becomes angry it essentially affects his ability to think properly and this in turn propels him to take bad decisions. Vital to this, every poker player needs to understand that stress, pressure, bad beats and bad days are all an integral part of the poker world. To reach the top, you need to maintain your calm at all times and act as rationally and positively as possible. Having said that, consider the 3 angry poker player moments detailed above as a reassurance that sometimes when the tide turns against the players even the best of the lot end up losing their calm and composure. Yes, one can get angry in a game but it is important that you do not lose your call repeatedly.

Playing regularly is one way to learn to maintain calm, and for that, you need to download the GetMega Poker app and get ready to experience a diverse and exclusive range of poker games and tournaments.

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Kanchan Sharma
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Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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