Daily 3-Bet: The Best of Folds, The Worst of Folds

Mike Matusow
The Mouth: Gobsmacked, as usual.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a series of questionable-but-aggressive calls with the clock winding down at the afternoon poker news home game.

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Today in the 3-Bet we walk the fine line between a great fold and a horrible fold in honor of Mikhail Smirnov’s infamous quad-eights fold in the Big One for One Drop now airing on ESPN.

1) Smirnov Usurps Frankenberger as Forum Whipping Boy

It won’t make it to air, as Big One for One Drop coverage on ESPN stuck to the final table, but early on Day 1 Russian Mikhail Smirnov made a fold that STILL has people buzzing in the poker forums.

Long story short Smirnov, a semi-pro player from Russia, folded quad eights on the river to an all-in bet from businessman John Morgan.

Smirnov called it an easy fold as he suspected Morgan held a straight flush.

Others say easy fold ... not so much. Lots have called it the worst fold of all time. Phil Galfond said he’d never seen a fold like it.

Whatever the case, it must be music to Andy Frankenberger's ears as he was usurped as the "bad fold" whipping boy du jour based on this hand during last year’s Premier League:


2) Annette Obrestad Still Best Young Female Player from Norway

We love Elisabeth Hille, for sure.

And if she made the final nine at the 2012 WSOP Main Event, let alone gone on to win it, she may have had an impact on poker not seen since the Moneymaker days.

As far as poker talent goes though, the title for best young Norwegian female player still belongs to the OG, Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad, until proven otherwise.

Hille of course has cited Annette as an inspiration in her poker career, and with folds like this from the 2010 WSOP it’s easy to see why:


3) Romanello Fishes for Info, Gets What He Needs to Fold

Speaking of fantastic folds, Welshman Roberto Romanello gets a lot of credit for one of the best folds ever for laying down jacks full correctly against Greg Geller’s kings full at the 2008 WSOP.

As always, there’s a fine line between genius and humiliation and this time Romanello was on the right side of it.

If you believe in live tells, though, Geller was telegraphing a monster with his body language like he was in a community theater production of Our Town.

Amazingly, the fold itself might not even be the best part of this clip as Mike Matusow simply outdoes himself with his reaction.

This could in fact be the only documented case of Matusow being both clever and funny while whining at the poker table:



Have a great fold you think is better? Let us know in the comments.

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