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The PokerNews Five Worst Beats of the Week

Aces vs. Kings

With Team PokerNews bringing you all the action from tournaments around the globe, we thought it would be fitting to go back through the week's action and find the five worst beats of the week. We'll say this: It was a bad week for pocket aces and pocket kings.

#5. Maimone Hits the River Against Verrett

Early on in the Aruba Poker Classic Melissa Verrett and Nick "FU_15" Maimone got into a raising war on a board of {a-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. Verrett bet, Maimone raised, Verrett reraised, and then Maimone raised once more. Verrett made the call only to see Maimone table {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts} for a full house. Verrett showed {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and was ahead until the river where Maimone hit his two-outer to take down the pot.

#4. FullFlush Spikes a Jack to Knock Out Timoshenko

In London at the PKR Heads Up Grand Slam, after a standard raise from Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Luke Schwartz reraised to 1,300. Timoshenko thought for two minutes before min-reraising to 2,600. 

Schwartz moved all-in.

"You've moved all-in? I call," says Timoshenko flipping over {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} and playing for his tournament life against Schwartz's {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. 

The board ran out {6-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{8-Spades} and the loud-mouthed Englishman got lucky to knock out the reigning World Poker Tour and World Championship of Online Poker Champion.

#3. Hellmuth Smashed on the River in Three-Way All-In

Back in Aruba, Phil Hellmuth has been proudly boasting of how he has only been at risk one time in the tournament. A large outburst came from his table as Hellmuth jumped from his chair and let the entire room know he was all-in again. "Hold up one time baby!" he pleaded.

Three players had their cards face up in the middle of the table preflop including Hellmuth. John Venturini held {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs} and Jonathan Lessin held {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}, but Hellmuth had both of them crushed holding {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}.

The first three cards to hit the felt were the {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}{9-Clubs}, keeping Hellmuth in the lead. "Hold up!" he yelled, "Come on!"

The dealer burned and dealt the {10-Clubs} on the turn. "Oh no, don't do it!" Phil said because he knew that card brought a lot more outs against him.

 The {k-Diamonds} hit on the river and Hellmuth stormed off down the aisle of tables, ranting and raving about the beat he just took. He even whipped his hat into the wall on the side of the room.

#2. Ross Goes Flushing

All the action this week seemed to be in Aruba where Matt Ross opened the pot with a raise to 2,500, and a player two seats over three-bet it up to 6,200. Ross smooth-called when it folded back around, and the two went heads-up to a flop that came out {3-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{9-Clubs} prompting Ross to check. His opponent fired out 8,000, and Ross check-shoved all-in for more than 100,000. After a long session in the tank, his opponent eventually called with a similar stack, creating a massive pot.

Ross showed the {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts} for the nut flush draw while his opponent would flip over the {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}, which at the time was in the lead.

The {4-Diamonds} was no help for Ross, but the {5-Clubs} gave him the come-from-behind victory, which turned his heavily dominated hand into a winner.

#1. King You be Serious?

In what seemed to be one bad beat after another at the Aruba Poker Classic, William Miner got the rest of his 11,000 chips into the middle after a series of raises and reraises before the flop with {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}. He soon got bad news when his opponent turned over {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}. 

The flop contained an ace but the king meant Miner was drawing almost dead on the {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop. The turn was the {8-Hearts} to give his opponent a full house. The dealer peeled off the {a-Clubs} on the river, and Miner came miraculously rallied from behind and won with aces full of kings.

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