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Bad Beats Happen
Posted at 05/05/2007 12 AM in Beginner Topics by The Greedy Gecko.
Bad beats happen in poker.† Every player remembers his or her winning hand that with the turn of a card is suddenly second best.† This gut wrenching turn of events is burned into our memory and rarely forgotten.† It is remembered due to a big hand like 4 queens losing to four kings.† This kind of a loss is remembered because it is also associated with a very large pot.† If you watch tournament poker on TV or play it yourself, you have seen it happen more often than seems mathematically possible.† Players who are on a rush seem to make a hand with a miracle draw, which extends their run of luck.

Here are some of the unusual bad beats that I have seen myself in Holdem games.† Some of these happened to me and some I just witnessed, glad I was not involved.† A memorable bad beat was set up when three players went all in a tournament.† When their hands were exposed, it was revealed that two players held two aces each and the third held a pair of nines. The aces were dead for getting any help unless they got four running suited cards that matched one of their aces.† The nines had the better odds of improving and did on the turn catching a third nine.† On the turn of a card, the aces went south.

It is possible to love and hate a hand at the same time.† I have seen this scenario happen more than once, being on the losing end of it and the winning end of it. The set up of the hand is the player has two suited cards, say king queen.† The flop comes three more suited cards making the flush dealt on the flop.† The player then has to sweat out the possibility of another suited card coming on the turn or the river.† Iíve had this hand beat more than once, and I have played for the winning card to come while holding the appropriate ace.† An early flush without the ace is a vulnerable hand, going from winner to loser on the turn of a card

Playing Omaha Hi Low one night in a four eight kill game, I was dealt two eights and an ace deuce.†† The flop came kings and another eight.† So I have a full house on the flop.† Another player sitting at the far end of the table and I capture some chaser between us who call the initial bets and then get out of the way.† The raises start on my part right away and are even fiercer after an ace is dealt on the turn.† This kept the low chasers in for one more card and gave my fellow raiser at the end of the table a full house, kings over aces.† We all called the raises and then waited for the deadly river.† Lucky for me it came another eight. The fellow with the kings over could not believe my raises and since we were heads up there was no limit to the number of bets we could put in the pot.† He went down to the felt betting and I called or raised all the way.† When I turned over the four eights, the look on his face was like someone had punched him in the gut or lower.

By the way, the four queens to four kings happened to me in the officerís club many years ago.† It still hurts, although in the scheme of things the river has been good to me over the years.† If you play long enough you will be on both sides of bad beats, hopefully you will be on the right side more than the other




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