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Poker Player Loses Hand On The Unluckiest Flop Of All Time (Video)
This insane poker highlight comes from 2016. I know everybody agreed never to talk about 2016 ever again once the clock struck midnight back on January 1, but this highlight, which was recently re-discovered by the folks at FTW? It’s so good we can’t not show it to you now.
It comes to us from the Prague stop on the European Poker Tour. Those of you who play or watch Texas Hold’em on a regular basis can just skip right down to the video because it’ll be self-explanatory. For the rest of you, I’ll give a quick rundown on the rules so you understand how crazy this is.
In Texas Hold’em, the idea is to get the best possible five card hand, just like any other kind of poker. However, the cards are dealt in a very unique fashion.
To start, each player is dealt two cards that are entirely their own. Then the dealer deals five community cards everybody can use. However, the community cards are not revealed all at once. After the individual cards are dealt, players place their bets. Then the first three community cards are dealt—that’s called “the flop”—and players can fold or place another bet. Then the fourth community card is dealt. Then the fifth.
Usually, hands are not decided until the fourth or fifth community cards are dealt. However, that’s not the case in this hand between Romania’s Cosmin Petrica and Australia’s Ben Richardson. Petrica has a pair of jacks and Richardson had a pair of nines. Then the first three community cards are dealt, and they are a jack and two more nines.
In other words, Petrica got a full house, which is an incredibly strong hand. But Richardson got four of a kind, which is only beatable with a straight flush.
The odds of Petrica losing the hand at all after the first two cards were slim. According to the graphic on screen, he had an 81% chance of winning. But the chance of Petrica getting a full house and losing to a quad on the flop, i.e. in the first seven cards dealt, were almost zero.
Take a look:
WOW – When you’re ALLIN PRE with J♠️J♣️ and the FLOP comes J♦️9♣️9♠️ and you aren’t even good pic.twitter.com/k5qsIh1HEe
— The Poker Wire ♦️ (@thePokerWire) October 19, 2017
The bright side to all this for Petrica? He can be even more aggressive when faced with a similar situation in the future, because the odds of this even happening to him again are astronomically slim.
Hat Tip – [FTW]