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How to Avoid Bad Beats

By: TheLangolier @ 11:19 (EST) / 195 / Comment ( 2 )

So the question was asked (again) in a recent Live Training, can you teach me how to avoid bad beats?

I know the asker was kidding (ok, partially kidding lol), but knowing how much players would like a serious answer to this question, I’m going to give you one.

I have 2 sure fire ways to avoid bad beats that I’m going to share with you today:

1) Stop playing poker

2) Always get your money in bad

I know, haha, very funny Dave, right?  No, I’m serious.  Let’s look at each.

Stop playing poker – Well, you’re here and reading this, so let’s assume this one is off the table for now.

Always get your money in bad – Think about it… there can be no denying that if you are always getting your money in bad, you can’t suffer bad beats, right?   But what’s that you say?  Getting your money in bad is how losing players lose their money?   Ah, you may be on to something here…  

Do you see where I’m going with this?   As you progress in your poker skills, you will more often be putting yourself in +EV spots,  and more often be in dominating spots too.  Spots where you are 100% to win with more cards to come are quite rare however, so even when you’re retaining large edges, they are almost never 100% infallible.  And so it stands to reason that the more often you’re able to identify these spots, and get yourself into them, the more frequently you will suffer beats.   And you should get yourself ok with that, because it’s these same edges that our profits come from… the more of them we can tap the better our long term results will end up being.  The bad beats they occasionally bring are just a part of the overall package, a “cost of doing business” if you will. 

So this may not be the answer you were ultimately looking for, but the only ways I know to avoid bad beats all together involve either not playing at all, or doing some things very wrong when you are playing.    So my advice is to embrace the bad beats, accept them for the part of the game they are.  You'll be much happier AND a better decision maker when you do. :)

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