The 2009 World Series of Poker has finally ended and we have a new champion: Joe Cada. He becomes the WSOP's youngest winner ever at the age of 21.
Now, anytime someone that young wins something like this, people are going to complain that luck had a lot to do with it. That's not always the most fair assumption to make, but in this case it's true.
Cada was on the right end of bad beat after bad beat in the finals, but hey, it's better to be lucky than good, right?
I would venture a guess that everyone in this slideshow would agree with that sentiment. In honor of Mr. Cada's victory, here are the 10 worst beats in poker history.
I'm not exactly sure what kind of poker they're playing here, where they have two turns and two river cards, but I do know that when you get beat by runner, runner the first time and by the river the second time...that's tough to swallow right there.
This poor guy. He comes in with a pair of tens against 8-7 when not one, but two more sevens come on the flop. Then, just to add insult to injury, another seven comes out on the turn.
It sucks to have the best hand right off the bat and watch something incredibly fluky go down. As Phil Helmuth once said, "If luck wasn't involved, I would win every time."
Hey, speaking of Phil...
You have the best hand going into the flop, then you're horribly behind, then you catch a lucky straight, then you lose to a full house on the river card. This would be bad enough if the other guy had good cards, but when you lose to 9-2...then it just hurts your soul a little.
This would have been higher, but Phil didn't really have amazing cards with A-3.
Much like the previous hand, this bad beat dealt with a lot of emotions. Again, the guy had the best hand going into the flop, then caught a break on the turn. However, in this case, another ace or a two wouldn't help the guy, so things seemed pretty bleak until a diamond came up on the river.
I love watching the guy who lost basically collapse to the ground after seeing this. Can you imagine all that ran through his head during this one hand?
Stop me if you've heard this one—two guys walk into a full house...
Basically, both players flop a full house in the very first hand of the tournament. The guy with pocket tens has to believe his is the best, while the guy with A-10 knows his is the best.
There's nothing you can do if you're the first guy. Just bad luck.
This was definitely a hand for the ages. It seemed like everyone playing had pocket pairs, including AA, KK, and QQ. Eventually, the guy with KK makes the correct play in folding his cards, only to see a King come out on the flop.
The guy with aces thought he dodged a major bullet, but then a queen came out on the river. I've seen people lose with aces before, but that's just a bad beat on a wild hand.
When you're all in with two over cards, you have to feel pretty good, especially when you hit one of your cards and the other guy gets nothing. The guy ahead in the hand is prancing around and is preemptively getting upset about the possibility of losing to 10-9.
Unluckily for him, the cards come runner, runner for the other guy to catch his straight. Rubbing salt into the wound, the guy even said, "Bye, bye" before the final card came. He knew.
The guy flops trip fives to his opponent's pair of queens. When another queen comes out, the first guy still has a full house to trip queens. Then needing an ace, or impossibly enough another queen, that fourth queen does come out on the river.
I haven't seen running queens like that since I saw the cast of Queer Eye For the Straight Guy in a marathon.
Runner, runner. The most devastating words back to back for a poker player. When you have the best hand and two cards, and only two cards can beat you, then they come out back to back, is the worst feeling in the world.
If you look carefully, you see that the guy had a 99.5 percent chance of winning the hand. That's even better odds than you have with Sex Panther!
Four aces beat by a royal flush.
One in 2.7 billion. That's all I have to say.