Poker - How to Handle Bad Beats

by Napoleon Will - Date: 2006-12-27 - Word Count: 344 Share This!

Have you ever played a game of poker where you have your opponent dominated and he hits a two outer to win the pot? In poker, a bad beat occurs when you get your money in the pot with the best hand but end up losing because your opponent gets lucky. Many times in poker, you will be on the wrong side of bad beat and lose the hand. There is nothing you could have done to play the hand better but you will still lose. How are you supposed to feel about playing great but still losing the pot? Every serious poker player knows that poker is a long run game. In the long run, if you are the better player, you will eventually win all of the money at the table. Understand that bad beats happen to everyone and they are a part of the game. If bad beats didn't exist, the game of poker would not exist. Bad beats give your weaker opponents a false belief that they can beat the game.

Bad beats keep your weaker opponents in the game even though they have no chance of winning in the long run. If bad beats didn't exist, your weaker opponents would realize that they are losing all the time. Your weaker opponents would never gamble against you because they wouldn't want to lose their money. Imagine people playing Tiger Woods for large sums of money with no handicap adjustment. The chance of any person beating Tiger Woods in a heads up match is very low. In poker, players willingly hand over their money to Phil Ivey, 'The Tiger Woods of Poker'. The bad beats are necessary to keep the bad players coming back for more and more punishment. The bad players have no chance of winning in the long run. The bad beats give them the wrong perception that they are beating the game. If you are serious about making money by playing poker, let the bad beats roll off your back. In the long run, the best players always win.

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Napoleon will is a self-published author and graduate of Psychology. He recently completed The Male Code: Confessions from guys who have lied, cheated on, and deceived the females in their lives. Check it out at

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