The World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022 Main Event (ME) is buzzing with exciting action and it seems like everyone is having a great time. One of the pros who were grinding at WSOP 2022 is Maria Ho. She is one of the top female poker professionals in the industry. Just today, Ho tweeted a crazy hand between players Alejandro Lococo and Karim Rebei on one of the Main Event tables. So, what is it?
Day 5 of the WSOP ME kicked off with a field of 380 survivors and in the midst of the day’s action, the hand between Lococo and Rebei became the most talked-about hand of the day.
To give you some context, PokerStars ambassador Alejandro Lococo aka ‘PapoMC’ raised from the hijack position and Karim Rebei called from the big blind position. After the flop showed 9s 8h 7h, both the players checked Ks which fell on the turn.
Rebei then led with a 140,000 bet which was soon raised by Lococo to 485,000. Rebei then three-bet to 1,135,000 and then here’s when the action got a little more interesting. Lococo announced a raise but then put in the wrong amount due to which he had to commit to a min-raise of 1,785,000. This opportunity was soon lapped up by Rebei who then five-bet 4,000,000 which caused Lococo to tank for at least six minutes!
After looking a little tense, Lococo eventually made the all-in call for 5,710,000. Rebei smugly slipped an “Oops” to the rail as shrugged his shoulders. He asked for a count and after thinking for a couple of minutes while getting his chips ready to call, but instead he opted out of the hand. This caused Lococo to flash his Ac Jd as he started celebrating and scooped up the massive pot. Crazy!
Here’s a clip of the hand:
Is this the hand of the tournament???
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) July 12, 2022
Like many who were keeping up with the action, Ho was nothing short of impressed by Lococo’s bold bluff. The female poker pro took to Twitter to share her thoughts and claimed that this was her “new favourite hand” from the event.
— Maria Ho (@MariaHo) July 12, 2022
We can certainly relate to Ho’s amazement because only Lococo could bluff his way to success. PokerNews in reporting the hand even noted that it might be one of the best WSOP 2022 Main Event bluffs since Chris Moneymaker.
The play itself reminded many about the “bluff of the century” when Moneymaker bluffed his way with King-high against Sammy Farha’s top pair. They both missed a flush draw on the river and while Farha checked Moneymaker went all-in prompting Farha to fold. This helped Moneymaker win a massive pot during the heads-up at the WSOP 2003 Main Event in which the former eventually was crowned the champion. If Moneymaker had not won that hand, he would have most likely finished as the runner-up without etching his name in history.
While the bluff by Lococo may not change the course of poker history like Moneymaker’s, it’s still a hand that many will remember.
The best part? Thanks to his massive five-bet bluff, Lococo finished Day 5 with one of the highest chip stacks and will be among the surviving 124 players on Day 6. All the remaining players are guaranteed a min-cash of $62,500 with pay jumps on Day 6 coming on the 98th position ($73,100) and the 89th position ($86,000). Lococo bagged and tagged a stack of over 10 million chips and is on his way to making it to the WSOP ME final table again.
He is an Argentinian freestyle rapper and was a final table contender in WSOP 2021 Main Event where he finished in seventh place for $1,225,000. Lococo is an active player and has total live earnings worth $1,946,892 according to Hendon Mob. In WSOP 2022, this PokerStars ambassador cashed in three events and is continuing his run on the live felts.
Donna Amo was a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.