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Why is it ...

By: Jcrondps @ 11:38 (EST) / 207 / Comment ( 0 )
I'm going to meet my quota for the month after-all. :)

After reading another user's blog today, I was doing some thinking. Why is it that when we take a perceived bad beat, we dwell on it and it sticks with us? Furthermore, this feeling is amplified when we are busted. However, if we are on the other end of it and giving the perceived bad beat, we only feel good for a very short period of time and move on. Please note that I used the word perceived because people often think that they took a bad beat when the math proves contrary. For example, 75o beating AKs is not a bad beat contrary to many people's opinions.

This prompted me to think about my own history and I came up with an example from a tournament I played last night. I was short stacked in late position and it was folded to me. I shoved with Q10s. The BB called me and flipped over A3o. Now the odds are slightly in my opponent's favour but it's basically a flip. The flop came A,J,5 with one heart. I started to pack my bags. The turn came 6h and river came Kh giving me the flush.

Although my opponent didn't say anything, I'm guessing he saw this is a bad beat. I mean he flopped his ace and I was dead to a king or running cards. I won by catching running cards which, in my experience, makes it worse. I felt good for about a minute and moved on.

The thing I remember most about the tournament is the 3-outer that knocked me out. So, I'm left with my original question. Why does the bad always stick with us while the good fades to black? Perhaps we should all focus a little more on the good. As an experiment, I' m going to try to remember all the 'good beats' I take in the next little while and forget about the bad.
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