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Poker Hands

WSOP 1999 Final Hand

Noel Furlong 5-Clubs 5-Diamonds versus Alan Goehring 6-Hearts 6-Diamonds

At the WSOP 1999 final table, Noel Furlong was dealt a pair of fives ({5-Clubs} {5-Diamonds}) and Alan Goehring was sitting with a pair of sixes ({6-Hearts} {6-Diamonds}). Furlong limped in from the small blind and Goehring checked.

The flop came with {Q-Spades} {Q-Clubs} {5-Spades} giving Furlong a flopped fullhouse - Fives full of Queens.

Furlong and Goehring both checked the flop.

The turn brought {2-Spades}, and Furlong bet $150.000. Goehring raised Furlong's bet $300.000. And Furlong moved all-in. Goehring called.

In order to win the hand, Alan needed one of four cards, either Queen or one of the two sixes left in the deck. The river brought the {8-Spades} and Furlong became the 1999 World Champion, winning $1.000.000 in prize money.

WSOP 1998 Final hand

Scotty Nguyen J-Diamonds 9-Clubs versus Kevin McBride Q-Hearts 10-Hearts

The pre-flop at the WSOP 1998 finals came with {J-Diamonds} {9-Clubs} to Scotty Nguyen and {Q-Hearts} {10-Hearts} to Kevin McBride. Kevin decided to raise $50.000 and Nguyen called.

The flop brought {8-Clubs} {9-Diamonds} {9-Hearts} giving a three-pair to Nguyen, but Scotty didn't raise – he check-called once again. Thus, McBride tried to bluff his hand in and bet $100.000. Nguyen called. The turn gave Nguyen a full house with an {8-Hearts}. Nguyen checked again, and McBride bet another $100.000.

McBride needed a Jack, but the river came with an {8-Spades}, giving Nguyen a higher full house. Scotty took the advantage and bet $310.000, which meant McBride had to move all-in if he wanted the pot. While McBride was thinking over his next action, Scotty said: “You call and it's over baby.” Kevin replied ”I call. I play the board.”

McBride thought it would be a split pot, but he was wrong – Scotty Nguyen took $1.000.000 prize money and left the table being the WSOP 1998 World Champion.

WSOP 1997 Final Hand

Stu Ungar A-Hearts 4-Clubs versus John Strzemp A-Spades 8-Clubs

At the WSOP 1997 main event, the two-time World Champion, Stu Ungar had {A-Hearts} {4-Clubs} and his opponent, John Strzemp, was holding a similar hand with {A-Spades} {8-Clubs}. Ungar raised pre-flop to $40.000, Strzemp called.

The flop came with {A-Clubs} {5-Diamonds} {3-Hearts}, giving both players a pair of Aces and Ungar, a straight draw. On the flop, Strzemp bet $120.000. Ungar moved all-in. John Strzemp called. The turn card brought the {3-Diamonds} and the river card brought the {2-Clubs} giving Ungar a straight and the World Championship titl, the gold bracelet, and all the cash.

WSOP 1996 Final Hand

Huck Seed 9-Diamonds 8-Diamonds versus Van Horn K-Clubs 8-Clubs

WSOP 1996 final table pre-flop gave Huck Seed {9-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds}, while Van Horn was sitting with {K-Clubs} {8-Clubs}. Van Horn decided to raise, and Seed called.

The flop came with {9-Hearts} {8-Hearts} {4-Clubs}, which gave seed a two-pair and a pair with an overcard to Van Horn. As soon as Seed saw the cards, he bet. Van Horn re-raised, and Seed decided to move all-in, and Horn was trapped into calling.

The turn came with {A-Clubs}, giving Horn 12 outs.  But the river delivered the {3-Spades}, which gave Seed the title and $1,000,000 in prize money.

WSOP 1995 Final Hand

Dan Harrington 9-Diamonds 8-Diamonds versus Howard Goldfarb A-Hearts 7-Clubs

The WSOP 1995 final table proved to be a bad place for high-stakes bluffing. The deal gave Dan Harrington {9-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds}, while Howard Goldfarb looked down to find {A-Hearts} {7-Clubs}. Goldfarb raised pre-flop to $100.000, and Harrington called.

The flop came {8-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {6-Diamonds}, giving top pair to Harrington and nothing to Goldfarb. However, Goldfarb decided to bluff and moved all-in.

Harrington called without hesitation.

The turn came the {Q-Spades} and the river brought {Q-Hearts} - Goldfarb's bluff left him out of action. The title, along with $1.000.000, went to Harrington.

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