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Take a look at one of the most agonising betting losses of all time

This poker player had a 2% chance of losing $1m but sometimes you lose even when the odds are in your favour.

PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY that there is nothing more tedious than listening to a mate’s bad beat story.

They were always one card away from winning a huge hand in poker or they were one goal away from winning a blockbuster accumulator.

Of course that doesn’t stop you from regaling anybody within earshot when it happens to you.

But spare a thought for this poker player competing in a game with a $1million buy-in. Conor Drinan was dealt pocket aces and naturally thought he was about to win a huge amount of money. He didn’t know that opponent Cary Katz also had two aces. There was a 98% chance of the lads splitting the pot. Just take a look at what happens; it starts getting really good around the 2.30 mark. Poor Conor….

Source: ESPN/YouTube

That what it looks like when you go from thinking you hit the jackpot to losing all of your $1m buy in. I know how Drinan feels and at the risk of ignoring my own advice and alienating everyone I’ll tell you about my bad beat.

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Last game in a 13-team accumulator was Leinster to beat the Ospreys at the RDS in the 2012 Magners League final. Leinster had a nine-point lead with nine minutes to go against a fairly average Ospreys side. Shane Williams scored a try to win the game for the Ospreys in injury time, in the process costing me €1,200 off a €2 bet. And I was leaving on a three-week interrailing holiday the next day. I could have been the Wolf of Warsaw.

But what about all of you?

Do any of you have any bad beat stories to rival poor Conor Drinan? Is there a near miss that has you waking up in a cold sweat thinking of lost riches? I hope one of you lost money on that Magners League final so we can start a support group.

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