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Personal :: Catching the bad beat...
  submitted on December 1, 2005, 7:51 PM


So, these past few days have been incredibly frustrating for me as a poker player. Now, I think I'm a decent enough poker player. I've had my ups and downs, and I think I've learned enough playing online to win more money than I spend. I certainly understand that however well I might be playing, luck is something that can't be controlled, and as right as I might be going all-in, or making a big call, someone else can catch luck on the turn or the river, and there's nothing I can do about it. And that's fine.

However, it seems like lately, all I'm catching are the bad breaks. I get a bad beat, but then I don't get the redemption in a later tournament. I've been wanting to vent about it, but I was cool with it...until tonight.

I get pocket aces (And yes, I'm going to bitch about a bad beat, leave me alone). I raise a bit, and there are three people who go in with me. Flop comes down 3, 4, K. Good hand for me, because it entices people with a high pair to throw some money down. So the first guy to bet goes all-in, feeling pretty good about his kicker. Second guy folds. Third guy thinks about it, and he calls. Obviously he thinks his kicker is better. This prompts me to go all-in, which the third guy calls. First guy flips over his KQ, and the other guy flips over KJ. So I'm looking pretty good with my aces. Then the turn comes, and of course the other King. And so I'm out. 29 cards left in the deck, only 1 king, and there it is.

Just a little irritated right now. I don't feel like there's any good luck to counter my bad luck at the moment, and that's tough to deal with.

I'm sure I'll get out of my funk sooner or later.

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