This hand right here — from the WSOP Big One for One Drop, which aired Tuesday night on ESPN — is without a doubt the worst bad beat in the history of poker.
Let's start with this crazy fact: These guys paid $1 million(!) to play in a poker tournament, the only tournament of its kind with $15,306,688 to the winner (let that sink in for a moment).
Both Connor Drinan and Cary Katz picked up pocket aces, and after some pre-flop raises and acting that included an ominous message from Katz, they naturally got their money all in, but only Drinan was at risk of being eliminated. But, c'mon, what's the worst that could happen when they're an identical 2% to win a pot they split 98% of the time?
Aces vs. aces. No big deal?
That look you get when you know you can't lose.
Flush draw. No, this isn't happening...
Flush! It happened! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
How? Why? What?
Longtime ESPN poker commentator Lon McEachern called Drinan losing to an improbable flush "the worst beat in the history of tournament poker." How can anybody disagree given the enormous stakes?
Oh, and that ominous message from Katz to Drinan before the flop? "Save your money, kid. You can't win every pot."
Drinan was knocked out in 18th place and out of the money.
To watch this horrific beat slowly unfold, just click below: