Bad Beats in Poker

I play NPL poker every Thursday night at the KB Hotel on Foveaux Street in Surry Hills. Last night, I suffered two bad beats, but as luck and bad beats can be subjective concepts I thought I would record them here.

So we start with 3,000 in chips and 45 minutes in I am down to 1,000 and move all-in with AQo. Everyone folds except the guy to my right who calls and turns A10o. Nothing comes on the flop or the turn, which puts me as a rough 94-6% favourite. But a 10 comes on the river and I’m out.

So in to game 2. Mid way through the game, a few players have come and gone, and I am at a shove or fold stage. I move all-in with A8o for about 1,500 chips, and the guy to my left is the only caller. He turns 37d. 37d? Are you serious? 2 diamonds on the flop have me sweating, nothing on the turn, which puts me at about 82-18% favourite, I think. Diamond on the river puts me out.

I reckon I got unlucky, but then you hear that all the time. Truth is, some dodgy play up to that point put me in the position of having to move all-in so early on. Oh, well, “that’s poker”.

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2 thoughts on “Bad Beats in Poker

  1. I’m not really sure I would call these bad beats. In the first case you kind of had to shove at that point (I assume the blinds were already pretty high). But it was just a gamble. The other guy also took a gamble. That’s more just unlucky than a bad beat.

    In the second case you have a better claim, though again going all-in with A8o is also still pretty much a gamble. The other guy must have just wanted to stop playing. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your comment.

    I figured that calling these ‘bad beats’ was a stretch, but you can never underestimate a poker player’s ability to mitigate their shaky play by blaming the donks around them!

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