For those who don’t know what a “Bad Beat” is, it is the poker term for a hand in which what appears to be strong or even the best hand is beat by a better hand.
It usually occurs where a player bets a hand highly that typically would be an all-in, and they lose by the end of the hand. Though it can occur in other cases as well, the main reason why this happens is because the all-in bet was too high.
So what does a Bad Beat look like?
It usually occurs where a player bets extremely high to try and make their hand to be more enticing. By doing this they often knock themselves out of the game and may force a fold before they could complete their hand.
There are different kinds of bad beats. One of them is where the high poker hand loses by the end of the hand because the board ends up with a group of cards that is statistically inferior to their hand.
Another might be a player that becomes very loose with no plan of attack and ends up leaving themselves very vulnerable to losing a lot of money.
There are also those bad beats that are a direct result of a player’s own bad play. Most likely, their hand was just really bad, and they ended up losing to someone who had more of a grasp on the game.
Finally, a bad beat may be forced by the circumstances of the game. Maybe the only way that the players can beat another player is to have them give up their hand.
Given that the poker hand rankings are order dependent, Bad Beats will inevitably happen to all players. Even the best players have to deal with bad beats at some point.
The important thing is to learn from the experience of others. That way, you will have a better idea as to how to deal with such situations and hopefully prevent the next bad beat from happening to you.
Also, it might be wise to reflect on the possibility of going all-in with your hand. Aside from the fact that it might be a very good move to push all-in, there are other reasons to consider before you do so.
So, whether you’re playing online poker or offline poker, you should keep these ideas in mind. Not surprisingly, a number of other players will be doing so at the time you’re playing poker. In poker, you should learn to have a better understanding of what beats what during poker play, including bad beats.
Remember bad beats are part of the game, and learn to deal with them quickly and appropriately. Having a hand that beats all of the bad hands is harder to achieve than you think.
However, you can press your margin by controlling your own play. If you believe you may be beat, it’s best to fold rather than feed the temptation to call and chase that high poker hand.
Bad beats can happen to anyone, but the smart player can deal with them nicely. If you’re not feeling that great about your hand after the flop, it’s time to lay the hand down.
After all, bad beats are part of the game. If you’re playing poker, it’s possible that the flop will have a better hand out there than yours.
Watching your opponents’ play
Even in offline poker, you’ll see a lot of your hands played against a very clear opponent’s hand. If you’re not used to seeing so many hands against a clear disadvantage, it can be very hard to remember what really good hands are and what are the worst cards against that hand.
It’s also helpful to slow down a bit when faced with a dangerous flop. Taking some time to consider your next move can save you a lot of money and turning a good hand into a very bad one.
For example, before you decide to call to see the turn with a medium hand like 67, while the big blind is a reasonable bet, you can call his all-in bet holding QJ suited, as long as you don’t see a medium pocket, like 43 or QQ, on the board.
The biggest danger in medium poker like 47 is that a flop like 53 or 60 can suddenly appear, and your medium holding card may no longer hold much water. The same danger exists against cards like ace and small two suited. Your medium two suited cards are no longer really concealed, and an opponent can sometimes be getting close to beating you with a flush.
When you hold two suited cards of the same rank, like 67s, you might still be able to hide your hand, if you’re willing to gamble a bit. The flop might hold an ace, a queen or a two, and you’ll have at least three outs to improve your hand. If you’re really good and really fast, you might even be able to get a re-raise and steal the pot.