We have all been there. You get all the money in the pot with a hand that is such a heavy favorite, you can't believe your good fortune.
We have all been there. You get all the money in the pot with a hand that is such a heavy favorite, you can't believe your good fortune. But then your luck takes a turn for the worse when your opponent hits his miracle card, or worse yet, the dreaded runner runner! Your natural reaction is to get upset. You think...
How could this person play so badly and get rewarded? If I had won that hand, I would have won the whole tournament! You will often see someone berate a player at the table after taking a bad beat. Maybe you have even done it yourself. But it is a definitely a bad habit and something that should be eliminated from your game if you want to take poker seriously.
Here is why:
5. You got your money in good
Congratulations! Taking a bad beat means that you got your money in good. That is something you can feel good about. If you feel like you are taking more bad beats than other players, it's probably because you are getting your money in good more than other players. You are doing something right. Remember that poker is a long-term game and if you keep making the right plays, you will end up on top.
4. It's just mean
Whether you are playing poker for a job or for recreation, we all do it for the same reason. It is supposed to be fun. When you berate a player, you are not only taking away from the table's fun, you are taking away from your own. You end up looking like a jerk and often saying something you don't mean and will feel bad about later.
3. It can lead to tilt
Sure you are upset, but if you take a few deep breaths or a quick walk, that can fade away quickly. If you sit there stewing or yelling at the person, it will just make you more upset. When you are upset, it is much harder to make correct decisions. Next thing you know, you are the person getting it in bad because you are trying to get back the chips you lost or targeting a specific opponent for the wrong reasons.
2. It teaches your opponent that they made a mistake
He just won the hand. He is happy. After all, he must have done something right to have this newfound wealth sitting in front of him. He may not even realize he just got it in with 15% equity. So why tell him? If your opponent thinks that it is okay to stack off with a gutshot or bottom pair because he just won the pot, let him think that. It may sting now, but in the long run, you want people to call with worse. That's where the skill edges in poker come into play.
1. It makes your opponents want to leave
The villain just got it in really bad, right? He made a terrible play. If you start yelling at him he will obviously feel bad. No one likes to be treated like that. Maybe he will feel so bad he will not want to play any more, for fear of being yelled at again. You just took a perfectly good fish right out of the water. With all the poker information out there now, there are much fewer weak players. Don't scare them away!
Bat beats are a part of the game. Whether we like to say it or not, when we play poker, we are gambling. Sure there is a skill edge, but the best player doesn't always win. That is part of what makes it fun. It is also what keeps fish in the game, because they know that on any given day, they have a shot to win big. Next time you want to berate your opponent, just say nice hand. It will make them feel good and like they did something right. It will also help you relax. Even if you know you don't mean it, the irony will make you chuckle, which has a calming affect on your body and mind. A lot of people want to take a break if they have been running bad. I say, get back in there, keep up the volume and keep making correct decisions. Your skill edge will present itself in the long run.
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