LAPT7 Panama: Well-nigh impossible hand doesn't go well for Nigh

It's hard to flop quads. But it happens. Getting dealt pocket aces comes somewhat more often, though not all that frequently either. Unfortunately for U.S. player Peter Nigh, both of these events just happened on the same hand, and as a result he's on the rail in 13th place ($9,760).

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Peter Nigh

Following an opening 2x raise by Mexico's Hugo Suarez to 48,000 from the cutoff seat, Peter Nigh three-bet to 115,000 from the blinds and Suarez called.

The first three cards came 4♥4♣6♦, and given our foreshadowing you might guess what that meant. Nigh led for 80,000 and Suarez called, then the turn brought the 8♦ and another bet from Nigh, this time for 130,000. Suarez called once more.

The river was the 2♦ and Nigh announced he was all in. Suarez called instantly.

Nigh had A♣A♦, natch, a hand one gets dealt only once every 221 hands. But Suarez tabled 4♦4♠, having flopped quads as will only happen about once every 408 times one is dealt a pocket pair.

The odds of both happening in one hand? Exceedingly slim, though greater than the chance of our trying to figure it out.

They're edging toward the end of Level 24. Twelve remain, and with that hand Suarez leads the final dozen with more than 1.4 million.

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Hugo Suarez

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.