If I gave you a 99 percent chance to win at a hand of poker, you’d take it right? What if I threw in the fact that you’d be dealt pocket aces, even better right? A few days ago World Series of Poker mainstay Connor Drinan had this very situation. What I am referring to is the WSOP's Big One for One Drop, a straight up challenge tournament pitting players head to head in a showdown that boasts a $1 million buy-in. (For those like me who have never played poker, that’s a fancy way of saying it costs $1 million join the fun) That sounds insane until you realize the winner gets nearly $16 million in the pot to take home!
I caught the replay on ESPN via Sports Center and was blown away. Connor Drinan was head to head with Cary Katz when both got dealt pocket aces. Here’s where it gets interesting. In true drama and poker fashion, Drinan and Katz who are both known for their cool demeanor, begin to realize things were about to drastically change. Remember, pocket aces are the best possible hand you can begin in “Texas Hold 'Em” poker, and naturally each guy thought he had the other by the diamonds. They raised and re-raised, and once the flop came, it dawned on Katz that things were turning in his favor. Katz even shared a bit of wisdom to Drinan when he said, “Save your money, kid. You can’t win every pot.”
What Drinan thought was simple poker trash talk turned out to be a psychic warning. With just about all the cards hitting the table, Drinan and Katz were both looking at a 98 percent chance of splitting the pot, and each had a 1 percent chance of winning it all. How about those odds?
Katz won on a flush draw, leaving his opponent across the table stunned to say the least. Drinan ended the night in 18th place and walking away little to show except the worst bad-cards story in poker history. This got me to thinking about life and how much guts it really requires for us to go “All In” for our dreams, family and our businesses. Here are a few things to remember:
Commentators are saying this wasn’t such a “bad beat” as far as poker goes. Both players were well within their rights to go “All In” based on the hands they had. It was just one of those things that go to the luck of the draw. Win or lose, Katz and Drinan are incredible at their game. Sometimes it just doesn’t fall for you. Personally it would be hard for me to live with the reality that I left 16 million on the table. But for professional gamblers like the guys from best epilator, this is par for the course. The lesson to retain here is that we generally live a life within the confines of how much we are willing to wager. If you have the guts to go big, you can expect some loss, but you also can expect a life that’s pretty grand too!
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