Connor Drinan and Cary Katz made headlines back in the day for a very awkward reason. Katz, one of the most well-known names in the poker industry, served a painful bad beat to Drinan. This was one of the most talked-about hands in the history of the game.
Drinan and Katz had also grabbed mainstream media attention too, citing their $1 Million buy-in at the $1,000,000 WSOP Big One for One Drop event in 2014. Drinan held As Ah when he ran into Cary Katz, who held Ac Ad.
The hand started off with Katz raising to 225,000, which resulted in three players instantly throwing their cards away. Connor Drinan took some time to think before re-raising 580,000; the pot value was 915,000. Katz doesn’t shy away from pushing in more money and ends up making a 4-bet worth 2,000,000 and passes a comment stating, ‘Save your money, kid, you can’t win every pot.’
Unbothered by the comments, Drinan shouts all-in as Katz makes a snap call to everyone’s amazement. While both the players boasted of pocket aces, the statistics displayed that both the players had a 2% chance of winning with a 96 % chance for a tie. A chop looked like where things were headed, but the ace of hearts came to the rescue against a chop pot.
Fellow poker players on the table called the hand ‘sick’ as both Drinan and Katz showed their cards following the all-in call. With Pocket Rockets on the line, things got intense to see how the hand ended. The flop displayed as 2d Kh 5h, which propelled Katz to winning probably up to 5%. The 4h popped up on the turn, which sent fear down Drinan’s spine, with his opponent now sitting at a 20% probability of winning with a flush.
All Katz had to do was hope for one of the nine outs to come up on the board in order to walk away with the pot as everyone sat in anticipation for the river card. Poker gods shined on the businessman as the river card came as 2h. Katz made a flush on the river and Connor Drinan was flushed out of the heavy-duty tournament ($1 Million buy-in gone for a toss with aces).
Many claim Connor Drinan’s knockout hand to be the worst beat ever in the history of $1 Million buy-in at the WSOP. While we hope no player has to go through something like this ever again, it would be interesting to see how a poker pro reacts with a colossal sum on the line.
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Smit is a sports writer at Gutshot Magazine. After completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Media, and a Master’s degree in Sports Management, this sports fanatic uses articles as a tool to express his opinions. Bring up cricket or football and you will find this usually quiet guy speak for hours! He also co-heads the official supporters club of Chelsea FC in Mumbai, wherein he hosts screenings, football meets and other such events.
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