Bad beat poker stories and the people who tell them are probably the biggest annoyance in the poker world. The way I look at it is that you have to be really naive to think that luck doesn’t play a huge role in poker, and second, in order to receive a bad beat you need to have put your money in the middle when you had the best of it and have your opponent suck out on you, and if you consider yourself a good player shouldn’t you then be receiving more bad beats then you dish out? If these aren’t good enough reasons to stop with the telling of bad beat stories here are 3 more:
1. No One Cares – other players, your friends, and your loved ones don’t want to hear it. Most people can’t stand whiners and this also gives ammunition to those who don’t share the same enthusiasm in poker as you reasons why you shouldn’t be playing a game with such high levels of “chance”. While most poker players who hear other poker players constantly telling bad beat stories just look at those players as newbs who obviously haven’t been playing poker long enough to understand the variance of the game.
2. Why focus on the negative and not the positive? – It’s funny how some players always tell bad beat stories but they never seem to recall the times when they themselves hit a two outer on the river to win a pot. Also, if you’re always talking about how unlucky you are then you will remain unlucky. In my experience luck finds people who feel lucky. So stay optimistic.
3. Take It Like A Man – If everyone played perfect poker no one would make any money, so when the Poker Gods decided it’s time for you to time a bad beat, suck it up and take it like a man. Remember, it’s just one pot in an ongoing career-long session. Anyone can get fortunate enough to hit their gut-shot straight against your flopped set, but true players know that they’re skill will win out in the long run and know who to keep their composure after receiving a bad beat.
So Shut Up and Deal!