One of the more famous hands in poker history, billionaire Cary Katz vs poker pro Connor Drinan, who satellited into the $1 million "Big One For One Drop" poker tournament for $25,000. It was the amateur Katz, who made his billions in the student loan business, vs the 25 year old grinder Drinan, who was playing for life changing money.
All the chips went in preflop, and then Connor began sweating on the 2 heart board:
It got worse for him on the turn, where all he could do was laugh:
And the river…..
Cary went on to mincash in 8th place for a smooth $1.3 million, pennies, really.
Connor is no slouch himself, as he has over $11 million in live earnings. But today he won his first WSOP bracelet, by winning the $10,000 "Super Millions" online event for $1.4 million…and an additional $100,000 from Daniel Negreanu in side bets.
Prettayyyyy, prettay good. A casual $1.5 million day.
Not for nothing, he also got redemption in 2015 when he finished 3rd in the $500,000 buy-in (yes, poker tournaments are ginormous now) Super High Roller Bowl for $3.2 million. So hey, in case you were wondering "what ever happened to the guy on the losing side of that aces vs aces hand", he didn't wind up sleeping under a bridge. Just got right back up on that horse and shipped a bracelet today.
And we will have a new Cracking Aces tomorrow, as we do every week. Last week we talked a good amount about what you need to do in order to become a pro poker player. It goes beyond just learning the game and having bank roll management, so we dive into that. We also talk about the biggest pot Jake ever lost, which was at an underground game with Paul Pierce. We have a lot of fun on this podcast, just a casual hour or so of poker and life talk, hope you check it out.
And RIP Mike Sexton. A legend gone from us too soon.