Connor Drinan’s ‘Worst Bad Beat Ever’ From Big One for One Drop Goes Viral

Connor Drinan will go down in poker history as the victim of one of the most unlucky hands ever televised.

Connor Drinan will go down in poker history as the victim of one of the most unlucky hands ever televised.

When watching a major tournament that’s being filmed for television, there are certain things that you immediately know will make the broadcast. Late on Day 2 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop, a hand that played out between Connor Drinan and Cary Katz not only qualified to make it to the ESPN airwaves – it quickly became clear that it would go down as one of the most memorable hands in poker history.

Given the money on the line in this tournament in particular, and the stage in the tournament during which it took place (only 18 players remained), Katz and Drinan getting all in with pocket aces against pocket aces should have been a forgettable 90 second clip in the middle of one episode of the 2014 Big One for One Drop as they chuckled and chopped the pot. What happened instead won’t soon be forgotten.

While the $1 million buy in tournament was the biggest Drinan had ever played, the sting is taken out of it just a little bit with the knowledge that he satellited in for ‘just’ $25,400 the day before the tournament began. Drinan has, in fact, been masterful in the last two years in big satellites at the World Series of Poker, winning his way into the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2013 and both the $25,000 Mixed Max and $1 million Big One for One Drop this summer. For his part, Drinan seemed to take the astoundingly bad beat in stride, even stopping to talk to Kara Scott about it just minutes after the hand played out.

With the debut of the broadcast on ESPN Tuesday night, the viewing public got its first chance to see Drinan’s painful 18th place exit, and as soon as it hit the ESPN airwaves a clip of the hand absolutely exploded. Tens of thousands of tweets from around the world rolled in as the broadcast aired and didn’t slow down over the next 15 hours. The YouTube clip posted by ESPN already has over 350,000 views, and the same video posted on got a ton of plays as well.

The mainstream media picked it up as well, with many major outlets sharing their own takes on the hand, with USA Today presenting their interpretation of a blow-by-blow of the clip.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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