The most horrific way to lose $1m

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Heart in the mouth job.

Connor Drinan lost his $1 million World Series of Poker buy-in holding pocket aces, but that's not the whole story, USA Today reports.

Remember last year during the World Series of Poker main event when this guy's reaction made us think he'd lost the saddest poker hand ever? Erase that from your memory.

This hand right here - from the WSOP Big One for One Drop, which aired Tuesday night on ESPN - is without a doubt the worst bad beat in the history of poker.

Let's start with this crazy fact: These guys paid $1 million(!) to play in a poker tournament, the only tournament of its kind with $15,306,688 to the winner (let that sink in for a moment).

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Both Connor Drinan and Cary Katz picked up pocket aces, and after some pre-flop raises and acting that included an ominous message from Katz, they naturally got their money all in, but only Drinan was at risk of being eliminated. But, c'mon, what's the worst that could happen when they're an identical 2% to win a pot they split 98% of the time?

Only this:

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Longtime ESPN poker commentator Lon McEachern called Drinan losing to an improbable flush "the worst beat in the history of tournament poker." How can anybody disagree given the enormous stakes?

Oh, and that ominous message from Katz to Drinan before the flop? "Save your money, kid. You can't win every pot."

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To watch this horrific beat slowly unfold, just click below:

-By Simon Samano, USA Today

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