Top 5 Hero Calls | PokerStars

To call or not to call. That is the question. If you’re wrong, you’ll look like a chump.

Oh, I’ll bet a jack there any day. But if you’re right, you’ll look like a champ. Nice call. Your call. All right then.

Let’s count down our top five hero calls. Number five comes from the EPT4 Barcelona Final Table. Sander Lylloff’s spidey sense must have been tingling during this hand against Greg Dyer. Greg Dyer here deciding to raise it up with eight, six. Maybe he’s learned a trick or two from his favorite player being Adam Junglen, who we just saw knocked out of the table. Raises to $72,000.

All cards. Sander Lylloff is the chip leader. Call.

And he will call [INTERPOSING VOICES] And Dyer is checking back to see, what did I have again? I knew it was crap. Eight, six? Oh, OK. That was it. It is nine of spades, jack of diamonds, four of spades.

And the question is, who’s going to bet at this pot first? Sander checks. The answer is Greg Dyer. You would think that that was enough to just take down this pot then. $11,000. Or, sorry, $110,000.

He could very easily– 110. Have a jack, a nine, or a pair higher than fives. You said $11,000. I said 11. It’s not a– So therefore you should have to make the minimum bet.

Oh. That’s the correct rules. OK. So he is playing the role of tournament director. OK. Great.

Well, what that, in essence, means is that Sander Lylloff gets a free card right now. 24 is the minimum, right? Yeah. That’s the bet. 24.

24. Unfortunately, Greg got caught up in his words, and he’s been punished for it. Turn card is a seven of diamonds. Well, now, Greg Dyer has picked up a straight draw. And a five is sure to have caused a lot of action on this river. That might be enough to get Sander Lylloff to lay down the fives.

He might put Greg on the draw. A couple of spades, a couple of diamonds, the straight draw out there as well. And that’s probably why he has called here. River card. Four of clubs.

Greg Dyer misses on the river. This is an interesting pot right now. I would not expect Lylloff to make that call in the turn, but he has. And having made that call the turn, he has to make the call in the river as well. Well Greg Dyer can only win this hand by betting. Can he make a big enough bet to get Lylloff to lay down his hand?

Well, right now, Dyer is hoping, in a sense, that Lylloff was on a draw. Because if he wasn’t on a draw, he’s already made up his mind. He called on turn. He’s going to call on river. And that’s what we see people do so often here, getting called in these situations.

But has Lylloff experienced enough here? $330,000. That’s a big bet from Greg Dyer. And I’m not sure if I was sitting there with a pair of fives, staring at the board and playing the hand back in my head I could make the call. But that’s what he does.

That is an amazing call. But it’s not a good play by Dyer because he knows that Lylloff made his choice on the turn. Which is eight high and with a pair of fives. That’s a pot of $1.1 million. And that is a confidence pot.

Sander’s instincts were correct. And instincts just get better over time. Take Erik Seidel, for example. He’s played more poker than you’ve had hot meals. And Erik ate Dzmitry Urbanovich’s lunch in the EPT 11 Grand Finals Super High Roller.

We’re going to sweat with Erik Seidel here, which means we’re only going to see his hold cards. Sweating with one of the best in the world. I love it. Urbanovich completes.

Check. Seidel’s hand is jack, four of diamonds. He’s checked his option. I like a free flop with this hand.

Sure. Only one diamond on the flop. Seidel has checked and Urbanovich checks behind. Oh, there’s another diamond. Hello, flush draw.

Finally. Here comes a bet from Urbanovich. $300,000. Totally fine with a call here. There is the call.

The river card is a heart. Seidel with just jack high. So now we just want a free showdown. I don’t think Seidel is going to get it. Urbanovich bet’s 525k.

Well, for me personally, this is an instant fold. I just don’t see how we’re ever winning here. Yes, we know he tries to win every single pot. But we’re losing to some of his bluffs even.

But Erik Seidel, not me. He’s a really good poker player, and it looks like he’s thinking about a heroing. Heroing with jack high? I still can’t quite believe he is thinking about calling this.

He’s called with jack high! Makes a call I wouldn’t make. And he’s right! And wins a pot I wouldn’t win. In a tournament I would never be in. Wow!

Behold the master at work! That is 5 and 0 for the old timer. Urbanovich is getting his lunch eaten, and he knows it.

Well, that heads up battle against Seidel made Urbanovich rethink his approach to the game. At number three, more Super High Roller supremeness at the 2015 PCA. With the title on the line, Steve O’Dwyer found himself facing an audacious bluff from amateur Roger Sippl. Ace, 10 for Steve O’Dwyer. Uh-oh.

Steve’s doing the dominance dance. He calls. Plays it kind of slow. A flop. It’s queen, eight, eight.

It’s gutshot for Sippl. O’Dwyer still ahead with ace high. O’Dwyer is playing in-flow. He’s checked the action to Sippl.

And Steve can now call a lot of c-bets because it’s a smaller pot. It’s a chunky c-bet from Roger. $750k. And I don’t think Roger is going to have much here very often. O’Dwyer calls. A pot of $2.4 million.

The turn card is a deuce. It changes nothing. Can Roger– nope? Check, check on the turn. The river card?

A three. It’s a brick. Sippl misses his draw.

Ace high is the best hand. O’Dwyer checks for a third time. Oh my. And Sippl bluff shoves the river! Roger.

Roger, what are you doing to me? This is really tricky. Last time Roger did this, he was stronger than the drinks at the player’s party. This is not how most players are going to play their bluffs. And that is certainly the kind of thing a player of Steve O’Dwyer’s caliber is going to notice. We can see he has the best hand.

A lot of players are going to fold in this spot. And if Steve does fold, he’ll still have a two to one chip lead over Roger. But considering he has the best hand, if he heroes with ace high, he will win the tournament.

Father time is going to need some time. Your call. He calls! It’s over. Good call. Incredible call.

Ace high. With that hand, Steve O’Dwyer wins! Wow. I didn’t have you on a pair, and you didn’t have one. I didn’t think you were going to make that call.

I was worried I had a 10, and you blocked me your gutshot, so. At number two we revisit the EPT8 Berlin Main Event and Davidi Kitai’s quest for the third jewel of the Triple Crown. Jack, 7, 5 flop.

Ace high still good. Kitai checks. Checking to the pre-flop aggressor. Chen should continue.

He does. $330,000. Ace high will often be the best hand. Just like it is on this hand. Kitai calls. Nine of spades on the turn.

Changes nothing. Kitai checks a second time. Let’s see if Chen slows down as well.

He does. He checks behind. Ten of clubs on the river. You would expect it to go check, check, maybe check, bluff here. But it looks like we’re going to see a bet from Davidi Kitai.

Is this a value bet or a bluff? Pretty sure he doesn’t want to call, so I’m guessing this is a bluff to try to fold out a seven or a five. Chen should be ditching this right about now.

But he’s not. I know he’s not calling. Well, this is certainly a bluff. A raise to more than $1.5 million. To be perfectly honest, there are tons of hands Andrew could have here that have ace, three beat.

Tons. Kitai is not taking his gaze off Chen at all. It’s like me with a chubby redhead. This would be some kind of absolute sick soul read. Awesome call alert!

Agreed. I don’t know how often ace, three is going to be good in that spot. But it’s infrequently enough that I’m confident saying that is a losing play in the long run. But Davidi Kitai just made a soul read on par with Mystic Meg. Kitai went on to win the title and earn that coveted Triple Crown.

While talking to players who have won a lot of tournaments, Jason Mercier is it number one. Before anyone knew his name, he came to Italy in 2008 to play EPT4 Sanremo. And he made the call that launched a career. OK. Five, nine there for Jason Mercier.

Wow. Now, he’s suddenly– This is not something we’ve seen before, is it? No. Well, four-handed. You see, he’s going to start opening up now that four-handed. The right thing to do.

Good for him. He set up a table image. Yeah. Going to capitalize on that. $80,000.

I can’t see him getting called unless– Anthony pass, small pass. Eric calls. Eric is making a mistake here. He really is.

He’s calling just to try to outplay him. So if you’ve got aces– Two pairs. Eric check in the dark. Let’s see what happens here.

I hate that. He is checked in the dark again. Yeah.

Five, jack, six. Jason checks. Jason checks as well.

It’s an eight. What is Koskas going to do now? 220. $220,000 from Eric. Betting $220,000 into a pot of $187,000.

$220,000. Did he say, call? Oh, he has picked up a middle pin straight with his pair of fives. So he needs a seven or a nine. Actually, as it is. He doesn’t actually need anything.

But if he thinks he’s behind, that’s what he thinks he needs. Exactly. Yeah. That’s what I’m thinking in my head, too. Board is five, jack, six, eight. Koskas didn’t like that call.

An eight. OK. I’m all in.

Eric all in. Wow. Very great. Great, strong player there. If Mercier can pick this up, this will be an incredible call.

If he can. How much is he going to call here? $700,000. And his stack is $2,244,000. So he’ll still be left $1.3 million if he calls and gets it wrong. Has he got a jack in his hand?

He got an eight. Think it through. He’s thinking it through. Checking out his body language.

He’s looking at Eric out of the corner of his eye. From what we’ve seen of Jason, do we think he can make this call? I have no idea. Can he get a read on Eric Koskas? I think he thinks his two pair are good here. I think, instinctively, he thinks his two pair are good.

Remember that these guys play hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of hands online. They have a feel for when they might be ahead. What’s he got? Ace, king?

If he’s got no pair, then I’m good. Could he be in betting a flush draw? If his instinct is that his two pairs are good, he’s just got to decide whether trust his instincts and that’s what he does. What a great call. He’s made the call, and Koskas will show he had absolutely nothing.

That is an absolutely excellent call. He went with his instincts, he made the call, and he has eliminated Eric Koskas. He has. It’s a brilliant call.

It’s a brilliant, brilliant call. Congratulations. Thank you. It’s wonderful. Jason now has more than $17 million in life winnings.

And crucially, we now know how to pronounce his last name. Well, those are our top five hero calls. Keep watching pokerstars.tv for more countdowns.