Bad Beats in Poker



I just played a $55 + $5 sit-n-go tournament. We were in the final three and I looked down at Ace Ace in the pocket. The other players were aggressive and I was on the button so I limped in. Sure enough the big blind went all-in. Delighted, I called the all-in for all my tournament chips. The big blind turned over King 5 of diamonds. The flop came and gave me trips with a flop of Ace (d) 3 (d) 7 (h). The turn came as a 6 (c) so it was looking pretty good. Wouldn’t you know it. Like we’ve all seen before, the K 5 sucked out and hit the flush on the river when Queen (d) hit the board.

Who cares when you suffer bad beats? Nobody cares.

Nobody gives a damn. That’s the game we play. It’s just how it goes. Here is some advice. Don’t ever talk about your bad beats at the poker table. It only encourages other players to go after you. Do you really think you’re the only one who has had pocket aces busted? Are you the only one that runs up against the knuck who calls your all-in bet with a draw, and then hits their draw even though the odds are stacked against it? Believe me, it happens to all of us.

I was in a $50 (max buy-in) no-limit game a couple nights ago and a player took a couple bad beats in a row. Then I beat him when he tangled with my pocket Kings. The poor guy went on tilt and proceeded to blow a couple hundred dollars in a short period of time. All the while he was telling us about his bad beats. He apparently bought in and had a winning streak and built his bankroll up to $700 and then in one day he lost almost all of it. Many of them he opined were “bad beats.” He droned on and on about people sucking out and said “this isn’t fair.” He was down to his last $100.

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