The Top 10 Big Event Bad Beats ( 5 of 10 )

WOW !!!!! Out of all the stories out there, these ten stand out in terms of severity, significance, and consequences. (#10 to #5) /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// 10. Aaron Kanter vs. Greg Raymer, 2005 WSOP Main Event With only 25 players remaining, Greg Raymer was trying to do the unthinkable—win back to back, massive-field WSOP Main Events — before being dealt a beat so crushing it might have made a lesser man leave the game forever. Dealt ( Kh Kd ), Raymer made a standard opening raise and was called by Aaron Kanter, who held( Qh Jh ). The flop came down 6-5-3 rainbow and Raymer made a half-pot continuation bet. Kanter called( 7h ). The on the turn put two hearts on the board and Raymer bet 330,000—again, about half the pot. Kanter raised to 900,000 and Raymer set him in for the 700,000 he had behind. Kanter called with only the flush draw but caught lightning in a bottle when the ( 2h ) hit the river. Raymer's stack was decimated and Kanter doubled up. Had Raymer won that hand, he would have taken the chip lead. Instead, he was eliminated a short time later in 25th place. ******************************************************************************************************************* 9. John D'Agostino vs. Hoyt Corkins, 2004 U.S. Poker Championships Both Hoyt Corkins and John D'Agostino were sitting on healthy stacks of 616,000 and 615,000, respectively, with six players remaining in the $10,000 Main Event of the U.S. Poker Championships. Though D'Agostino had arrived at the final table with an overwhelming chip lead, he had already suffered a few beats to more than halve his stack. With the action folded around to Corkins in the small blind, he made a bit of a wild move, moving in for his entire stack with ( 7h 8d ). D'Agostino found two black tens in the big blind and called almost immediately, giving a little fist-pump when he saw Corkins' cards. The flop, however, came down a disastrous (for D'Agostino)( Jh 7s 7c ) , making Corkins trips. "I don't know how John D'Agostino didn't just kick the table over — that is stunning!" said ESPN's Norman Chad on the TV commentary. To add even more insult to injury, the ( 7d ) hit the turn, making Corkins quads and leaving D'Agostino drawing stone dead. It took a few tries to get the correct count on Corkins' and D'Agostino's stacks and when all was said and done, D'Agostino was left with a single, red 1,000-denomination chip. So utterly punch-drunk not only by that beat but the series of beats that had taken him from top of the pack to all but out, D'Agostino let out his frustration by shoving his chips toward Corkins, knocking most of the stacks down in the process. Hey, a man can only take so much. ******************************************************************************************************************* 8. Al Ardebili vs. Ricardo Festejo , 2005 WPT Borgata Open Playing heads-up at the 2005 WPT Borgata Open, Ricardo Festejo had Al Ardebili covered by about a million in chips when he limped in with A-2 and Ardebili checked his option with the ( 2d 3d ). Both players hit bottom pair when the flop came down ( Ks 7d 2s ). Ardebili checked, Festejo bet $1 million, and Ardebili moved all in. Faced for a decision for about 90% of his stack, Festejo tanked for an eternity before making what turned out to be an amazing call. Ardebili was dominated and his hopes for a WPT title were all but gone when a three spiked on the turn, making him two pair. Though Festejo still had a few outs on the river, it blanked out and Ardebili took more than a 9:1 chip lead on Festejo. He went on to win the tournament and over $1.4 million only four hands later. ******************************************************************************************************************* 7. Cory Zeidman vs. Jennifer Harman, 2005 WSOP Main Event It's always nice to look down at a big hand early in a tournament. That's probably what Jennifer Harman was thinking when she picked up ( Qd Qc ) and raised to 200 in the first level of the 2005 WSOP Main Event. Cory Zeidman called from position with the( 8d 9d ) and Brady Davis came along from the big blind with( As 6d ) . The flop came down ( 10s Jd Qh ), top set for Harman and a queen-high straight for Zeidman. Davis checked, Harman led out for 500, Zeidman raised to 2,000, and Davis folded. Harman, perhaps putting Zeidman on A-K or the 8-9 he indeed had, decided to flat-call. The turn couldn't have been a more perfect card for Harman, making her the nut boat with the ( 10d ). She checked, Zeidman bet 1,000, and she raised to 3,000. Then it was Zeidman's turn to hem and haw, but he eventually made the call, muttering something about how he put her on A-K for the higher straight. Going to the river, Harman had Zeidman down to a single out. Though he held an open-ended straight flush draw, Harman held the ( Qd ) in her hand, leaving him drawing only to the ( 7d ). Indeed it hit the river, making Zeidman the jack-high straight flush to Harman's queens full. Harman bet 3,000, the amount Zeidman had remaining, and he called with his now-infamous line, "I guess I can do a lot of sightseeing if I lose this hand." Zeidman rolled over (many say slow-rolled) his straight flush. Harman was flabbergasted, her stack crippled, and she was eliminated only a short time later. It's not often that you see Harman take a tilt-walk away from the table after the cards fail to fall her way, but this time, it was all she could do to keep her composure. ******************************************************************************************************************* 6. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson vs. T.J. Cloutier, 2000 WSOP Main Event T.J. Cloutier had already been a Main Event bridesmaid once before, losing out on the 1985 title, but had to feel good about getting his chips in with by far the best hand when he was all in against Chris "Jesus" Ferguson fifteen years later, his ( Ad Qc ) dominating Chris Ferguson's ( As 9c ). The ( Kc 4h 2h ) extended his lead even further, as did the ( Kh ) on the turn. All Cloutier needed to avoid was a nine, but he couldn't do it, the ( 9h ) spiking on the river to render him a runner-up once again. Instead, a star was born in Ferguson that night.

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