Struggling Through Bad Beats

Though it doesn't seem fair, it happens to us all. Bad beats are a fact of life for those who play poker with any frequency and you have to learn to deal with them as they come.

Dealing with a Bad Beat

So you thought there was no way your hand could lose and, out of nowhere, the opponent you had pegged to be bluffing pulls the only card that could have saved them? It happens, and every poker player has their own stories that they could share. The important thing is to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and move on. If you need to, and if you're playing poker online, take a minute to vent. Just be sure that when you are back in the game you are not chewing on the recent loss. It happens, and you have to move on.

Don't Feel Sorry For Yourself

No one wants to hear your complaints. Anyone who plays poker long enough and aggressively enough has had this happen. Stifle the sense of injustice and just try to remember that you had really good cards, and you did the best you could with the information you had. Someone just had better cards. Take the lesson, remember that no bet is a sure bet, and see if you can apply any knowledge learned to future hands. The best way to return to a game and ensure that you continue to play well is to know that you have skill and that you can do better.

After you have regrouped and returned to the game, you would be surprised how much confidence the opponent who stole your money has gained; watch and see if they begin to play recklessly. Many do, and if you spot it, you just might start winning your chips back immediately.