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"Good Beats"

By: caulker73 @ 18:45 (EST) / 580 / Comment ( 5 )

             The term "bad beat" is way over used in these blogs. The very concept and definition would suggest there was such a thing as a good beat. We've all had premium hands turned over by lesser hands played out of position by weak, or in-experienced, or wreckless players, or a bluff that's developed into a winning hand. GET OVER IT, that's poker. Having your flopped quads overturned by runner runner better quads is a bad beat. Having your flopped full house overturned by a runner runner double gut shot straight flush is a bad beat. 
              After having a major tilt a few months ago and dumping my remaining bankroll into some games I usually wouldn't play, then deleting the PS software, what I was left with were two emails containing all hand history for 3 or 4 months and the corresponding tournament history. You can imagine how many hands that represents.

              A couple of weeks later, I had a long weekend off and decided to plough through my hand history and collect some "evidence" to have a go at PS for allowing me to suffer so many "bad beats". After a few hours of wading through my history, it became appapent thet there were some major weaknesses in my play, and I was making the same bad plays over and over again. The other thing that stood out, was the number of times I inflicted "bad beats" on other players. I started to isolate both to show that I suffered more than I inflicted. Not so....the numbers came out almost other some, lose some. It also became apparent that these were not bad beats, they were usually badly played hands

               The point I'm making is, before you look elsewhere for reasons why you're not doing as well as you think you should, analyse your game, and be honest with your assessment, as though you were helping somebody else become a better player. If you feel yourself going on tilt, have a break, or abandon the session altogether.

               Remember, poker is a game of decision making. The greatest players in the world don't get there by luck, they make the right decision more often than the rest of us. Even the best players have long periods when things don't go well, but they know that in the long run, they will prevail.

                If you think you should win every hand you play, stop playing poker.
                If you think you should win every game you play, stop playing poker
                If you don't enjoy playing, stop playing poker
                If you think you're the best player in the world, Daniel, the two Phils and thousands of other players would disagree.
                 If this is you;-    "....I'm beat.....I'm beat.....I'm"
                  Try this.......;-   "....I'm beat.....I'm beat.....I'm beat......fold...."     and you'll still have some chips to play with

                  I'm by no means a top player, but my game is steadily improving. My tilts are now down to the odd verbal profanity, and I'm enjoying the challenge more. And please, when you blog tell me something I can learn from.

                  Happy Flopping
                                         Regards, Collin



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