With one short YouTube clip, Carter Gill has gone from a successful poker player to the star of “The Saddest Poker Hand Ever.”
The video centers on a horrendous beat Gill took where he was a 93% favorite to win but instead busted out of the 2013 WSOP Main Event. His stunned reaction after the hand proved highlight-reel worthy.
The clip has exploded with over 2.2 million views on YouTube and has been featured on the Yahoo frontpage, Gawker and Sports Illustrated.
“I was shocked, my friend joked that she knew something like this would happen one day, but she didn't think it would involve something where I wasn't in someway taking off my pants,” he told PokerListings.
“Really though, the mainstream stuff sort of surprises me. I could see it being a funny meme someone on 2+2 created, but having a meme made by USATODAY sort of shocked me. I must be in the minority of people who thought it was moderately amusing but nothing special.”
Carter Gill: "I Was Trying to Not Show Any Emotion"
Carter Gill winning the inaugural event of the Colombian Poker Tour
The outspoken Gill said that it took a few days and “copious” amounts of alcohol to get over his bad luck in the Main Event.
“Honestly, what was so funny about it to me the first time I saw it was what I recollect thinking during that time period... Don't show any emotion, don't say anything, get your stuff, and go,” he said.
“Apparently my version of no emotion amounts to 'the saddest guy of all time' as some place dubbed me. I guess I am glad there are no cameras around when I get two-outed on the final table bubble of the Sunday Million, because if that is the ‘saddest guy of all time’, well, I certainly got a few more emotions for them.”
YouTube commenters lambasted Gill despite knowing little about poker. Many were convinced he made a bad play.
“It was quite amusing, all the comments about me celebrating, or being an arrogant douche,” he said.
“I mean maybe I am an arrogant douche, but other aspects of my life display that much more clearly, not some poker hand where I don't feel like I displayed any of those qualities.”
Gill Aiming for Spot on Big Brother, Survivor
Since the clip hit YouTube, Gill has done a number of interviews with mainstream media including TV and radio.
While Gill has yet to see any profit from the YouTube clip, he’s hopeful that it will help him get on a reality show like Survivor or Big Brother, which has been a long-term goal.
“If anything I’ve lost money on it,” he quipped. “I could have been using my time better, i.e. trickin’ out Colombian girls, smuggling drugs across the border.”
Gill has a controversial past on the poker circuit that includes getting banned from the Rio for throwing a woman’s clothes out a window.
“I’ve lived a life that makes Tucker Max look like a teenager acting up to get his parents' attention,” he said.
Here's the clip in question for those who haven't seen it:
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