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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

We’ve always said that sometimes, no matter how good you think your hand is, you may still get beat. That’s what happened to Motoyuki Mabuchi  when he hit quad aces on the river and shoved all in. Mabuchi knew his hand was the nuts, but then Justin Phillips snap-called him and everyone in the room gasped as Phillips showed a royal flush that sent Mabuchi to the rails shaking his head.

Bad beats happen all the time but they are seldom as impressive as the beat that Phillips exercised over Mabuchi. This past year at the “Big One for One Drop” we witnessed another huge bad beat. This time it was for a million dollars. Cary Katz, under the gun, bets $225,000 with pocket aces. The table folded around to Connor Drinan who re-raised to $580,000, then Katz four-bet to $2,000,000. Katsz tries to give some friendly advice. He says “Save your money kid, you can’t win every pot.” Drinan smirks and shoves all in to $4, 970,000, Katz snap-calls and both players show pocket bullets. Drinan held the ace of diamonds and ace of clubs while Katz held the ace of hearts and the ace of spades. Everyone assumed they would split the pot; in fact, it was a 96 percent chance they would. But then a heart came up on the flop. And another on the turn and the kill was another heart on the river giving Katz the flush and the win. Possibly the worst beat in the history of poker at a $1 million buy-in World Series of Poker tournament.

With a name like “Pocket Bullets” Paris, I especially felt Drinan’s pain as he stepped back from the poker table. Damn! Watch the video below and you too could share in Drinan’s pain.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

I was kicking back with a few friends after getting knocked out of our friendly local tourney, enjoying a cold draft and laughing at the BS being bantered around. Someone asked, “What’s the craziest bad beat y’all have seen in a tourney?” One of the guys said he watched a video of this year’s  Big One for One Drop at the WSOP. This was when Connor Drinan and Cary Katz, both of whom had paid one million dollars to play, and both of whom picked up pocket aces. Drinan with ace of diamonds and ace of clubs vs Katz’s ace of spades and ace of hearts. After raising and re-raising each other a few times Drinan splashes his poker chips all in and Katz snap calls him.TPS Poker Chips

The flop came down with 2d – Kh – 5h, the turn and the river were both hearts giving Katz a flush and knocking Drinan out in 18th place and out of the money. That definitely qualifies as a bad beat, and certainly many will say it’s the worst ever because of the million dollar buy in.

However, in my mind, the worst beat ever is still the battle between Justin Phillips and Moriyuki Mabuchi at the 2009 WSOP. Mabuchi bet after the river  – Phillips raised  – Mabuchi splashed his chips all in and Phillips called. The board showed A of hearts, 9 of clubs, Queen-Ten-A of diamonds. Phillips turned over a J-K of diamonds for a Royal Flush and Mabushi turned over the Ace of spades and the Ace of clubs for Quad Aces. Insane beat … Quad Aces destroyed by a Royal Flush. The chance of a royal flush and quad aces happening in the same hand is 1 in 2.7 billion!  To me that qualifies it as the worst bad beat ever, despite the money.

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Your average non-poker player always reacts with a gasp of astonishment when you tell them the kind of dollars being awarded by the World Series of Poker on a daily basis prior to the Main Event Championship. They begin salivating when you tell them that last year, the final WSOP Champion, Greg Merson,  was only 24 years old and he took home $8.53 million dollars, not to mention the outstanding championship bracelet designed by Jason Arashebenm  that has been estimated to be worth more than 100k. It is then that, for many a non-poker player, the dream begins.

This year is no different; if anything it is already gearing up to become the biggest dream of all. The 44th Annual WSOP has already awarded more than $70 million dollars in cash prizes and it’s only up to event 19 with more than 40 events yet to come before the Final Event gets played in November. That’s more than enough reason to dream.

Athanasios PolychronopoulosAthanasios Polychronopoulos, 29-year-old professional poker player from Amagansett, NY, extended his dream by defeating Manuel Mutke of Germany and winning his second WSOP title and bracelet when his favorite card, the Queen of Clubs, was dropped on the river. He takes home $518,755 to add to his bankroll.

Taylor Paur24-year-old California poker pro, Taylor Paur, took home his first gold bracelet and $340,260. He began his domination of the final table by knocking out Kyle Cartwright and Ryan Austin with pocket bullets and finished heads-up with Roy Weiss from Smithtown, New York, and it became a heated battle between East and West Coast until the West prevailed and Paur’s dream came true with his first cash in his first-ever WSOP event.

Davidi KitaiDavidi Kitai, 33-year-old from Brussels, Belgium, must be a big dreamer too. He’s one of just a few players who has completed poker’s Triple Crown by winning WSOP, WPT and EPT titles. His dreams continued to come true today after overpowering Cary Katz in a lucky heads-up. Kitai took home his second WSOP title , $224,560 plus his second championship gold bracelet.

So whether you’re a non-poker player, an amateur player or a seasoned professional and your dreams include making it to the WSOP….don’t give up. One of these days you too may be raking in all the poker chips, making your dreams come true.

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