Dealing with Bad Beats


Let’s face it. We’ve all be there. You’re sat there staring across at the opponent opposite you who has decided to go all in with nothing more than a 7 3 offsuit. Why should you be worried? You’ve got a pair of cowboys and a ton of chips in the middle of the table to pick up.

All of a sudden, it comes to the turn and the river and suddenly the guy opposite you seems to have picked up the only two cards in the deck that persuades Lady Luck to get off your knee and go to sit on his. Oh, and she’s taken a load of your chips with her.

Bad Beats are the worst part of the game. Nobody likes them, but anyone who has played more than a couple of dozen hands has suffered at least one of them … and if you haven’t, then you SERIOUSLY need to start playing more aggressively.

Despite bad beats being the lowest point of the game, they mustn’t be ignored. If you just bury your head in the sand, then you’ll never improve as a poker player.

Instead, concentrate on putting the problem behind you. If you don’t manage to do that then at best you’re going to be stuck there playing a particular hand over and over in your mind. At worst, then you’re going to go on tilt.

Now I totally understand that putting a bad beat behind you is a whole lot easier said than done. So what can be done to put the last hand behind you?

Well firstly, I wouldn’t worry about talking to someone about it because that’s not going to happen.

The truth is that your fellow poker players just don’t want to hear about it. It’s an unwritten rule that you don’t talk about your bad beats at the poker table. As was mentioned right at the beginning, we’ve all had beats … we don’t need to hear about other people’s bad luck stories. Anyway, from your own point of view, why would you want to tell them about it? Moaning about it is purely the simplest way of telling everyone else at the table that you’re riled and about to go on tilt at any time!

So with the idea of talking to other people out of your way, what other options have you got?

Well luckily enough (for you!), I’ve been a fair few bad beats in my time and I’ve come up with the following list that you might find useful.

1. There’s no point dwelling on things. Give yourself literally sixty seconds to get over what has just happened. Shout at the screen, wave two fingers in the air, smack two fists together. Whatever it takes, just make sure that you get the sense of injustice out of your system. Once you’ve done what you need to do, sit back down at the table and concentrate on your next hand.

Obviously, don’t do that if you’re not sat at home in front of a computer screen or you could find yourself being thrown out of the nearest door.

If you’re in a live casino, then push your seat away from the table and go to the toilet. When you come back, get a drink from the bar or maybe even chuck a couple of coins in to the nearby slot machine. Either way, get your mind off the last hand that happened. When that has happened, pull that seat back up to the table, take a deep breath and concentrate on what’s happening.

2. Have confidence in yourself. You thought you had the best hand and you bet out on it. That was the right thing to do – the only reason you didn’t take the pot down was a freak of nature. Your opponent on the other hand, has shown that he is not a particularly strong player who is liable to play any hand. It shouldn’t be long until he loses the chips that he’s just won off you – you just need to make sure that you continue to play the right hands and hope that you’re around when your chips next get pushed into the pot.

3. If you play your poker online, make sure you head over to a room that offers its players a Bad Beat Jackpot. For example, the Carbon Poker Bonus means that if you end up holding at least quad sevens and still don’t end up winning the hand, then you could receive several hundred thousand dollars in compensation. And lets face it, I can’t think of a better way of getting over a bad beat than that!

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