World Series Of Poker player draws pocket aces, loses $1 million

Wednesday July 30th, 2014

If you value things like not losing $1 million in a high stakes poker game, then definitely don't watch what happened to Connor Drinen at the World Series of Poker.

Drinen was dealt pocket aces. Cary Katz was also dealt pocket aces. WSOP resident talking head Norman Chad noted at the time that pocket aces are favorited against every hand in the deck except, of course, pocket aces. Drinan went all-in with 4.97 million chips. The buy-in for the table was $1 million.

A spade or a heart flush would win Katz the hand. Two hearts came down on the flop. A third heart came down on the turn. Then the dealer turns over the river card and, well, you can guess what happened.

The video utilizes the time-tested expletive 'bleep', which overlaps with disbelieving cries of "nooo!" from those in the room.

Drinen's reaction from behind the veneer of his Ray-Bans is hard to discern. He's either no longer sentient and completely unconscious, or is beginning, a long, slow weep, decimated at the idea of losing $1 million when he started with the best possible cards you can start with. The chances of drawing pocket aces and losing is apparently .1357 percent

You, too, can commence weeping at the 3:11 mark.

- Will Green

Editor's Note: A previous version of this post mistakenly indicated that Drinen lost $4.97 million on the hand. Drinen lost 4.97 million chips on the hand and was eliminated from the table, which had a $1 million buy-in. 

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