Could this be the worst ‘beat’ in poker history?
This guy must be the unluckiest poker player in the long and sorry history of millions of unlucky poker players.
Connor Drinan was sitting pretty.
Playing a $1 million buy-in tournament, the World Series of Poker’s Big One for One Drop, the dealer handed him pocket aces, the best hand you can get to start a Texas Hold ‘em hand.
Feeling confident, Drinan bet big, and the ‘mug’ across the table, Cary Katz, was foolish enough to match those bets. After a bit of trash talk both players went ‘all in’, creating a pot of about $10 million in chips, and flipped their cards over to await the five-card draw from the dealer that would decide their fate.
What do you know, Katz had pocket aces too!
Now normally this wouldn’t be a disaster for either player as each only had a minuscule chance (around one per cent) of winning, while the odds favoured them at 98 per cent to finish even and split the pot to fight another day.
Today was no normal day.