What is ‘Snow Job’?
A ‘Snow Job’ simply refers to a player who performs a successful bluff in the casino. A successful bluff means that a player has successfully outwitted their opponents simply calling or raising their way to the pot despite having a very weak hand. Successful poker players know when to bluff and when not to simply by analysing the community cards. If they believe there is a way they can convince their opponents that they have a big hand, then they may choose to attempt a snow job.
‘Snow Job’ Explained
Professional poker is littered with cases of successful bluffs or snow jobs which has seen players win big off very small hands. One of the most famous snow job cases came when professional players Phil Ivey and Paul Jackson faced off at the 2005 Monte Carlo Millions. The game saw Ivey perform a snow job that would go down in poker history as one of the greatest ever performed.
Up until the point of the snow job, the game had been fairly pedestrian, with Ivey and Jackson exchanging chips for a while. Before the flop, Jackson decided to raise with a Six of Spades and a Five of Diamonds. Ivey was holding the Queen of Hearts and the Eight of Hearts. Then came the flop:
Seven of Clubs
Jack of Clubs
Jack of Hearts
The hand then took a bizarre turn which can only be described as the two poker professionals playing a game of chicken. Ivey kicked things off with a pretty standard 80,000 continuation bet. Jackson, thinking that Ivey’s hand is weak, decided to re-raise to 170,000. Most players in this case would fold, particularly considering they were only holding a Queen high. Ivey, however, decided to bet again, this time 320,000. The 320,000 bet would have forced nearly every player to lay their hand down but Jackson still correctly believed Ivey was holding nothing, instead deciding to raise back with a huge bet of 470,000.
The televised game even had the commentators stating that they couldn’t see any way Ivey could possibly call. Ivey had different ideas, however, and decided to say he was ‘all in‘.
By saying ‘all in’, Ivey managed to capture the substantial pot which helped him to then go on and win the entire tournament. He also managed to complete one of the most successful snow jobs ever recorded.