World Series of Poker Player Connor Drinan Draws Pocket Aces, Loses to Cary Katz (+Video)

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
July 30, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

World Series of Poker player Connor Drinan thought he had a good hand when he drew pocket aces.

Drinan was up against Cary Katz in the high stakes game that featured a $10 million pot.

Problem is, Katz also drew pocket aces.

Drinan went all in with $4.97 million.

All Katz needed was a spade or a heart flush, according to Sports Illustrated. And he got what he needed.

The whole thing was captured on video but people focused most on Drinan’s reaction. The chances of drawing pocket aces and losing is apparently .1357 percent.

See an Associated Press story below.

Vegas illegal betting suspects freed from custody 

LAS VEGAS—A wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme has been let out of jail after his poker-star friends posted his bail and immigration officials cleared his release.

Fifty-year-old Wei Seng Phua and his 22-year-old son, Darren Phua, are among eight people charged with setting up an illegal sports book in a Caesars Palace villa and taking World Cup bets. Bail was set for $2 million for the father and $500,000 for the son.

Poker professional Andrew Robl and 10-time World Series of Poker Champion Phil Ivey together posted $2.5 million to secure the Phuas’ release.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Tuesday that they reviewed the Phuas’ case and revoked a hold that had kept them in jail even after bail was posted.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.