If you ever see an angry poker player carrying on and throwing a fit about a
hand, you can generally assume this player has taken a bad beat. ďBad beatĒ is a
poker term referring to having a strong dominating hand lose to a much weaker
hand held by another player.
If youíve read my previous uplifting article about bad beat jackpots, you might
be excited about the possibility of experiencing a large bad beat in a
brick-and-mortar casino, but most players hope they can defy the laws of the
universe and never have to experience bad beat poker.
It doesnít matter whether youíre playing online poker or brick-and-mortar poker,
players are constantly getting frustrated and complaining about bad beats. If I
had a dollar for every bad beat story Iíve heard in my life, I wouldnít be
sitting here playing a $20 online multi-table tournament; Iíd be vacationing at
Generally itís the better and more experienced players who are amazed at losing
to large underdog hands. Newer players often donít realize the odds of a bad
beat poker hand like pushing all in with AdJc and miraculously beating AsKs by
spiking a Jack on the river.
Experienced and educated poker players need to take a step back and realize that
bad beats will always happen when playing poker. Most decent poker players
always talk about how amazed they are when they experience a bad beat, and they
try to claim that it always happens to them. One thing that experienced players
donít realize is that if they are constantly playing with weaker opponents and
experiencing bad beats, itís because they always have the dominating hand.
You hardly ever see an advanced poker player lay down a bad beat on a much
weaker player, especially in a no-limit game. The reasoning behind this is
because as the better player, he generally has the better hand going into an
all-in situation, so it seems like weaker players never experience bad beats.
Players have to learn to take pride in generally making the correct play with
the better hand and simply brush it off when they finally experience a
horrifying bad beat.
Another common topic arises when talking about bad beats: how bad beats seem to
happen far more often while playing online poker than when playing in a casino.
For years players have spread myths and rumors that online poker is rigged.
These players accuse the online card rooms of creating large action hands for
the players involved in a game to drive up the size of the pot, which spikes up
the casino rake. These myths and rumors are exactly that: all fake. All online
poker rooms experience rigorous pattern testing and verification to provide
completely random hands for all games at all times.
The truth of the matter is, when playing online poker, you see far more hands
than when you are playing in an actual casino. Playing brick-and-mortar poker,
you might be dealt around 30 hands an hour, depending on the game, the dealer,
and the other players at the table. However, while playing online poker, you are
probably seeing 50+ hands an hour. You might be experiencing double the number
of hands as compared to casino poker, which might make it seem like bad beats
are dealt more often, when actually their occurrence is generally about the
same. If you are playing two tables at once in an online poker room, you are
easily seeing 40-50 more hands per hour than if you were playing one table in a
One last fact about online poker and bad beats is that the majority of players
are more hesitant about calling large all-in situations when playing in actual
casinos with actual money chips in front of them. Often online players,
especially newer players, donít have a problem pressing the ďCallĒ button on
their monitor, even in situations where they shouldnít be calling. After all, it
only takes one click of a mouse. If the same player were forced to push out $85
in chips in a $1/$2 brick-and-mortar casino no-limit game, he might think twice
about his hand strength before throwing his money away.
So, all in all, no player can truly avoid receiving or giving bad beats in
poker. Taking a hard bad beat sticks out in your head much longer than laying a
bad beat down on another player. To keep your game sharp, you must learn to
simply blow off bad beats, remain focused, donít get frustrated, and understand
that other players making bad calls is exactly what you really want. These are
the players who keep you in the money and make you a winning poker player.
As I finish this article, I am dropped from my multi-table tournament, 6 spots
before the money, when my pre-flop all-in with AK gets called by KQ, and my
opponent turns a Queen. It happens, thatís poker, next tournament please.
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