World Series of Poker match ends in astonishing loss

Posted Aug 14, 2014 by Natty Walker
Even when you know when to hold 'em and fold 'em, an excellent poker hand doesn't necessarily guarantee a win. One professional at a recent World Series of Poker tournament learned that lesson the hard way.
Screenshot of YouTube video of poker loss.
Screenshot of YouTube video of poker loss.
ESPN's broadcast of this WSOP match with a $1 million buy-in concluded in a rare hand, which resulted in a painful loss for one of the two players. Both happened to be holding pocket aces. A hand consisting of two aces is rare in itself, but two players holding all four aces almost never happens.
Two aces, known as pocket aces, is the strongest possible starting hand in Texas Hold 'em poker. But better than that is achieving a flush with one of your pocket aces, because your opponent is not likely to anticipate that.
Unfortunately for Connor Drinan, the cards aligned for his opponent. It wouldn't have been so bad if Drinan had an awful hand because he could have folded, but with two aces he decided to go all-in. He lost all of his chips, instead of the predicted draw. It was referred to as "the worst beat in the history of tournament poker" by ESPN commentator Lon McEachern. The shock and dismay was plain on Drinan's face as he realized what just occurred.
Drinan and his opponent, Cary Katz, were two of 18 players left in the Big One for One Drop tournament. All players were vying for the $15 million grand prize. Ahead on chips, Katz raised Drinan $2 million before the flop. He urged Drinan, "Save your money, kid. You can't win every pot." It turned out to be an ironic warning, considering a few minutes later Drinan left the tournament empty handed. He didn't make any mistakes during that hand, luck just wasn't on his side. It was a dream hand that became an improbable nightmare.
Katz departed the tournament in 8th place, earning $1.3 million.