Skill and luck play parts in any poker tournament victory. It's just that sometimes one seems a lot more important than the other.
That was the case at the final table of the 2009 WSOP Main Event as both Darvin Moon and Joe Cada were bailed out repeatedly by the generosity of Lady Luck.
We're not here to make judgment calls on how these two played but one thing is for sure, a few big bad beats stand out in the minds of those that watched the playdown yesterday.
And so, we bring you the four biggest suckouts that helped pave the way to the heads-up match for Darvin Moon and Joe Cada. These weren't the only ones at the final table, but they were the most memorable.
Moon Busts Ivey with a Dominated Ace
Phil Ivey managed to chip up to around 50 per cent more than his starting stack before finding a great spot to score a big double.
He got it in with AK against Darvin Moon's AQ but couldn't make it hold up. A queen on the flop was all it took to send the formidable Ivey home in seventh place, putting an end to his dreams of being a bona fide world champion.
Moon Rivers Ace to Bust Begs
It was five-handed and Steven Begleiter was in decent shape with around 22 million. He opened a pot to 1.6 million holding pocket queens and when action got to Darvin Moon he moved all-in, a big overbet.
Begs had no trouble calling and saw he was in good shape against AQ.
The flop was safe. The turn was safe. The river wasn't safe. An ace spiked on fifth street, cruelly eliminating Begleiter and shipping Moon more than 20 million.
At this point Joe Cada was on just over 10 million, with blinds of 300k/600k, and three-bet shoved over the top of a Jeff Shulman opening raise.
Cada's pocket treys were snap-called by Shulman's pocket jacks, but a trey on the flop gave Cada the lead, and the double.
Cada's Second Two-Outer
Minutes into the three-handed match Joe Cada once again jammed with a small pocket pair, this time running his deuces into Antoine Saout's pocket queens.
Cada's tournament life was on the line and he needed a deuce to score a big double up. A deuce landed on the flop.
Saout took a big hit and busted after losing a flip to Cada shortly after.