Prop bets have long been part and parcel of the poker player’s existence. Often fun, sometimes crazy and occasionally downright bizarre or dangerous! Here’s our rundown of the Top 5 Craziest Prop Bets in poker history!
Mike Noori and the $1000 McDonalds food challenge
Some challenges just sound impossible from the very get go. When Mike Norri and Matt Savage publicized their ‘Eat $1000 of McDonald’s food in 36 hours’ proposition bet, that was the general opinion on poker forums the world over.
— Matt Savage (@SavagePoker) 4 May 2017
Noori was getting 5-1 on the wager, but even at those odds he’d have to consume about 14 times the recommended daily calories to be in with a chance, the pic below showing him mid-challenge.
There was about $200k on the line when all the side-bets were taken into account, but unfortunately for Noori he didn’t even get close to winning – giving up after managing to wolf down only $95 of food and already struggling at the halfway point…
Brian Zembic and his glorious 38C breast implants
38C breasts at the poker table can only mean one thing – Jennifer Tilly, right? Well, no actually. Because Brian Zembic sported a glorious pair himself as the result of the weirdest prop bet in the history of weird prop bets.
— Gold 104.3 Melbourne (@gold1043) May 26, 2016
Zembic, a Las Vegas gambler and magician known as ‘The Wiz’ took on a $100k prop bet that would see him go under the surgeon’s scalpel and emerge with as fine a set of boobs as the city of lights has ever seen…on a man at least.
Although the 1996 bet only stipulated that he had to keep them for 12 months, some 19 years later Zembic was still sporting his proud additions. As he told Maxim magazine: “I got lazy, I was busy gambling, and, honestly, they grew on me. Plus it hasn’t hurt my ability to get girls. They don’t give a shit.”
Antonio Esfandiari and the $50k table toilet disqualification
The side-effects of prop bets are usually unknown or soon forgotten, but for Antonio ‘The Magician’ Esfandiari there would be no such luck – disqualification from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure the unfortunate result.
A $50k challenge from billionaire Bill Perkins was starting to go awry for the popular pro. His 48 hours of ‘lunges’ caused him such severe pain that he decided a walk to the toilet wasn’t an option.
One ‘piss in a bottle under the poker table’ clever idea later and Esfandairi was booted from the Main Event for ‘breach of tournament etiquette’ – although he later apologized and donated his winnings to charity.
— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) 12 January 2016
Joe Sebok’s face tattoos
Getting someone’s name tattooed on your body is not something to be taken lightly. Getting two of your poker buddies faces tattooed on you is not something anyone in their right mind would consider! For Joe Sebok, Gavin Smith and Jeff Madsen, however, that was the forfeit for losing a last-longer bet at the LAPC Main Event in 2010…
Gavin Smith proved to be the lucky one, Sebok busting with pocket aces and due to sport both players faces on him, while Madsen’s busting out second was to cost him just the one tattoo, of Smith!
However, pics of the tattoos have never to our knowledge been seen! Perhaps the duo bought out their losses for the reputed $20k asking price?
$100k Pitch Black Bathroom Challenge
We’ll keep this one quick and link you to the detailed version as we reported this week, but spending 30 days in complete isolation with only a Rubik’s Cube for company is what Rich Alati is currently attempting. He’ll win $100k from fellow poker pro Rory Yong is he succeeds.
It has been tried before, but with much more salubrious surroundings. Jay Kwik having a Bellagio Casino bathroom to himself, but a dvd player, cellphone, lights and friends to visit him!
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