In poker, being under the gun is one of the worst positions to find yourself in. You’re first to act preflop and are likely to be the first player to act once the first three community cards land on the felt, which puts you under some serious pressure and at a massive disadvantage. But for the first two weeks of September, being under the gun at partypoker gives you the chance to win a share of $14,000, and that can never be a bad thing!
With the launch of the new promotion, we thought it would be fun to add four famous poker scenes or situations where the players had to compete under extreme pressure – and a couple that were literally under the gun.
Let us know if we missed your favourite.
The final scene from Rounders
It’s amazing to think that Rounders came out a full seven years before the so-called Moneymaker Boom and I can only imagine the reach it would have had if it was released after the former accountant’s famous victory.
We love Rounders here at partypoker, but our favourite hand in it has to be the final one where Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) has everything and more on the line in a hand against the psychotic Russian mobster Teddy “KGB” (John Malkovich).
If you haven’t seen Rounders, don’t watch this video below because it contains the final hand of the movie!
The Cincinnati Kid finale
Released in 1965, The Cincinnati Kid follows a player nicknamed The Cincinnati Kid (played by Steve McQueen) who travels around 1930s New Orleans playing stud for high stakes. Towards the end of the film, “The Kid,” gets a little out of his depth and finds himself heads-up against the legendary card-sharp Lancey Howard (Edward G. Robinson) and playing for massive stakes, talk about being in a pressure cooker!
James Bond Casino Royale
If being James Bond wasn’t high enough pressure for any man to take, in the 2006 edition of Casino Royale, Bond (Daniel Craig) has to defeat the arms dealer Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in a ultra-high stakes cash game, putting him truly under the gun.
First, this hand happens:
With this being the final hand:
Wild Bill Hickok
The name James Butler Hickok, or Wild Bill Hickok, may not mean much to you, but he is one of the few poker players to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame – he’s been there since 1979.
Hickok was a lawman, gunfighter and gambler born in 1837 and who died 39-years later in 1876. It is how he died that made one poker hand famous and gave it a name that is still used today.
On August 2, 1876, Hickok was playing a game of stud at the Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. The only seat available in the game was one that saw Hickok have his back facing the door, something that made Hickok uncomfortable, but when two other players refused to swap seat, he got on with the task in a hand.
During the game, unknown to Hickok, Jack “Crooked Nose Jack” McCall entered the saloon and approached Hickok. Standing a few feet away, McCall shot Hickok at point blank range, hitting Hickok in the back of the head and killing him instantly.
Hickok held [Xx] in his hand at the time of his untimely death and aces-and-eights has forever been known as “Dead man’s hand.”
So what is the Under The Gun: Reloaded all about? Keep reading to find out!
Under The Gun: Reloaded is an exciting promotion that sees you rewarded with a ticket to a daily freeroll that has a prize pool of $1,000 just for completing a simple daily challenge. There are 14 tasks for you to complete, giving you the chance to play in 14 freerolls and $14,000 in total.
|Day||Under The Gun Challenge|
|Day 1||Make a deposit|
|Day 2||Play a WPT Step One qualifier|
|Day 3||Play 10 cash game hands|
|Day 4||Play in a $500K qualifier MTT|
|Day 5||Earn 1 point playing fastforward|
|Day 6||Play a SnG on your mobile|
|Day 7||Play 10 hands of Omaha|
|Day 8||Make a deposit|
|Day 9||Play a WPT Step one qualifier|
|Day 10||Play 10 cash game hands|
|Day 11||Play in a $500K qualifier MTT|
|Day 12||Earn 1 point playing fastforward|
|Day 13||Play a SnG on your mobile|
|Day 14||Play 10 hands of Omaha|
When you complete the challenge you are awarded a ticket to a $1,000 freeroll and get to choose between entering the one that starts at 13:00EST or 18:00EST. Complete all 14 challenges and you get to play in $14,000 worth of freerolls. See, playing under the gun isn’t that bad at all is it? Well not during this promotion anyway!
Hopefully, our Under The Gun promotion will be far less stressful and deadly! Good luck and be sure to keep us up-to-date with your progress via Facebook and Twitter!
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