This is a rarity. So rare, in fact, that we had to look up how rare it was online. On table 37 just now, a Royal Flush just beat a King-high Straight Flush. That is the definition of luck (or bad luck, depending on which way you look at it).
This is how the hand occurred.
Former chip leader Francis Abbott was holding a suited . Charli Azoulay had himself a . Of course, neither player knew that at the time. The hand started off with a raise to 10,000 with three players calling.
Francis opened with a bet of 20,000, holding the nut flush. Charli called, and the third player folded. So far so good.
The turn was a .
Charli probably couldn’t believe his luck. A straight flush? To the King? Amazing, right? What are the odds of that in a 7-card hand? Well, as we mentioned, we checked. It turns out that the odds of being dealt a straight flush is approximately 1 in 3,500, or about 0.03%. Charli (and probably any other player in the building) would have found a way to shove at some point soon.
While he might not have had the exact stats on hand, he likely knew there was an even lower chance his opponent was holding the . We checked that too. It’s true, a Royal Flush is much harder to get, a roughly 1 in 31,000 chance, or 0.003%. And Francis had it.
Charli began by betting 25,000 on the turn. He was raised all in by Francis. His lucky day, he must have thought.
The players flipped their cards, the table erupted, and a worthless was dealt on the river.
Francis busted Charli from the tournament and added to his already considerable chip stack. This may have been one of those wins you feel a little bit guilty about. But what are you going to do?
When life hands you a Royale with cheese, you eat it. And you say thank you.