The 2019 World Series of Poker is currently underway at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This year marks the 50th Main Event which is a huge milestone for the WSOP but there are 89 events in total running from back on May 29th and culminating on July 15th with the final $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Event #89.
Here, we see what might be the actual worst bad beat in the history of the World Series of Poker. This took place in Event #58 which began on June 24th, the $50,000 entry ‘Poker Players Championship’. Unlike most events where only one card game is played, in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship the players must know (1) No Limit Hold’em, (2) Seven Card Stud, (3) Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, (4) Razz, (5) Pot-Limit Omaha, (6) Limit Hold’em, (7) Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, and (8) 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw 6-Handed.
EIGHT different poker games are played in this one tournament with the game rotating three times each level. In this hand, we see them playing ‘2-7 Triple Draw’ where the object of the game is to make the WORST possible hand without getting a straight or a flush.
The ‘worst’ possible hand and winningest hand in this game is 2-3-4-5-7 without hitting a flush, the second worst hand, aka the 2nd best hand you get have in this game, is a 2-3-4-6-7…See where this is going?
In this hand we see Yockey re-raise the bet to $450K into Arieh who is the table chip leader at the time with 10.7 million in chips. Behold one of the worst bad beats in WSOP history, possibly the worst bad beat ever because the hand with a 99% chance of winning got busted:
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Yockey. He finished the $50,000 entry Poker Players Championship in 4th place and took home a paycheck of $325,989 for his troubles and 515.5 points towards the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Josh Arieh went on to finish in second place which netted him a paycheck of $679,426. The winner was Phillip Hui who earned a million dollar paycheck, $1,099,311 and 1,288.9 POY points. After that win, Phillip Hui jumped into second place in the Player of the Year standings (2,830.68pts), just a few points behind current leader Daniel Zack who has 2,920.76 points.
Today, July 3rd, will see events WSOP #73 and #74 kick off at the Rio which means there are less than 20 events left this year. Flight A of the $10,000 Main Event begins today, the one that EVERYONE wants to win so keep your eyes peeled for news on that.