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Poker Hand Matchup: Connor Drinan vs. Cary Katz

Swords K 5 2 4 2

Connor Drinan

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 5,500,000

A A

2.17 %

0.0 %

0.0 %

Cary Katz

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 5,790,000

A A

2.17 %

4.55 %

20.45 %

Winner!

Posted On: Jul 23, 2014


Outcome

Preflop, with the blinds at 50,000 and 100,000 and a 10,000 ante, Katz raised to 225,000 from under the gun, Drinan reraised to 580,000 from the big blind, Katz reraised to 2,000,000, Drinan went all-in, and Katz called.

Analysis

Connor Drinan (along with Erick Lindgren) won a seat into the 2014 One Drop via a $25,300 satellite, successfully navigating one of the the most elite fields you could find for any tournament, let alone a satellite. Qualifying is obviously a great way for this sort of shot taking, and Drinan probably enjoyed a substantial piece of himself compared to the many pros who sold the majority of their action just to get in. Drinan also played in the 2013 One Drop, which had a $111,111 buy-in, where he finished in 11th for $308,622. This brutal hand highlights the extreme volatility of tournament poker, which indiscriminately plagues even the best players. The two hearts on the flop gave Katz a freeroll, but Drinan was still in good shape as only running hearts could eliminate him. A nightmare scenario unfolded for Drinan as he watched another heart peel on the turn, turning a remote freeroll possibility into a clear and present danger. The table watched in horror (exempting Katz) as yet another heart came on the river, eliminating Drinan on day 2 of this prestigious event. Drinan cashed an impressive five times at this year’s series, and while he posted several deep runs in huge no-limit fields he was unable to capture any substantial cashes due to the top-heavy nature of payout structures. Drinan already has one major under his belt with the 2011 Florida State Championship ($378,719) and it’s just a matter of time before he captures another.

 
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