Poker is an unpredictable game which is determined
by the luck of the cards and the power of
the poker face. These next five unlucky players,
all experienced the chaotic side of poker.
These are the 5 most ridiculous bad beats
ever seen in a major poker tournament.
Balkin Celebrates Too Early
When Balkin went head to head with Baumann
for a pot of over $7 million, his three of
a kind hand looked set to wipe the floor with
the competition. He was so confident of this
that he stood up to celebrate with his spectating
friends before even checking what the final
card was. Turns out, he should have hung on
in there for a few more seconds.
Busquet Wins With Less Than a 1% Chance
This next example really sums up how unpredictable
poker can be. In an incredible turn of events,
Busquet goes all in with around $1.5 million
and then watches in horror as the dealer reveals
cards that force his chances of winning to
less than one percent. But poker doesn’t
always play out the way it seems and in an
astonishing result, Busquet ends up winning
the hand and taking away an additional $1.75
million from his opponent Reichardt.
Helmuth Splits Pot 4 Ways, And Loses
Pride always comes before the fall and in
this instance, that fall is a long and painful
one. When the two pro players, Helmuth and
Wiggins go head to head and Wiggins’ hand
is notably weaker than Helmuth’s, Helmuth
does the gentlemanly, and rather smarmy move,
of offering to split the pot into 4, so Wiggins
won’t lose all his money.
In a shocking twist, Wiggins’ hand with
its’ 10% chance of winning, compared to
Helmuth’s strong 90% hand, ends up sweeping
the entire board and winning 3 out of the
4 pots, putting Wiggins back in the game and
screwing over Helmuth.
Matusow Breaks Down In Tears
Poker can be a hard game to lose. It doesn’t
just take your victory away when you fail
a hand, but you lose a lot of money with it.
After a shockingly unlucky hand, Matusow goes
from certain victory, to down for the count.
We follow him after the match as he breaks
down into tears and shows us all, just how
crushing a bad beat can be.
Crazy Italian Winner
We’ve done some extra digging on this one
and it appears it is real. Just turns out
that Pokerstars in Italy has a very different
approach to player conduct. But here, see
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