All poker players like to whine or even boast about their bad beats. Here is a selection from on-line play, most but not all of which feature our hero. Being a tight player - a rock in poker parlance - I donít find myself on the happy side of bad beats too often, unless Iím on tilt, but have probably suffered more than my fair share over the years.
August 23-4, 2009: A late night HORSE tournament on Full Tilt. Some people would not call this a bad beat, making quads behind bigger quads.
In practice, about the worst Iíve ever suffered at hold íem was kings losing to kings - both of us all-in pre-flop. Then there was the moron who raised with A-2 suited and went all-in with a flush draw against my made hand - pocket 10s on a J-J-10 flop - and hit aces runner runner. That was soooo bad. There are no screengrabs for those two, fortunately or otherwise. Most of these here - in chronological order - arenít that bad.
A couple of them are not bad beats, technically, but if you flop a set of queens then improve to a house and realise you were beaten on the flop, or if you flop a set of jacks then make quads on the river only to realise you were stuffed on the turn, you might think otherwise.
December 10, 2009: Aces trail in third behind two garbage hands in an Omaha Hi Lo tournament on Full Tilt.
January 22, 2011: A $1 freezeout, and aces are cracked by a shocking river.
February 5-6, 2011: A tournament on Full Tilt; aces are cracked by garbage, an extremely common sight at all forms of Omaha.
August 10, 2011: Aces are rivered in a points freeroll.
January 26, 2012: A hand from the same tournament as April 12, 2012 below; aces lose to two pair on the river.
February 10, 2012: Hands like this make me want to cry, but only when Iím on the receiving end!
March 26, 2012: The daily $250.00 freeroll on Party Poker starts at 23.00 London time. Aces are outflopped by pocket 7s.
April 12, 2012: The daily pot limit 5 card stud on Ladbrokes. Bad beats of this nature are extremely annoying for the loser.
May 13, 2012: A suck out on PokerStars.
May 15, 2012: This must have been a hard hand to lose; the Q-10 called a pre-flop raise and flopped the nut straight, but the other guy made a house on the turn.
May 25, 2012: A stud tournament on Party Poker. Queenís full losing to aces full is nowhere near as bad as losing with quads.
June 27, 2012: Rolled up 9s house up and still lose. This was one shocking bad beat.
July 10, 2012: All-in pre-flop the short stack cracks kings; as far as bad beats go this is extremely common.
August 11, 2012: A well deserved suck out at Omaha hi lo; a straight on the turn loses when the board pairs on the river.
September 8, 2012: The very first hand of the tournament; a great flop for the pocket kings, but the clown hits a gutshot on the river.
September 9 2012: An all too typical story; the guy with the jack flops top pair and thinking he is in front, goes all-in or calls an all-in, and cracks aces.
September 10, 2012: The dominated hand wins.
September 23, 2012: Auntie is all-in pre-flop with his aces, and the guy with the suited connectors sucks out.
September 23, 2012: A depositor freeroll on PokerStars. This is one reason I don t like to raise with a pocket pair, certainly not smaller than kings.
September 23, 2012: A depositor freeroll on PokerStars. This is one reason I donít like to raise pre-flop with queens like this guy did. I put him all-in, and flopped the nut flush.
September 23, 2012: AQ raises, AK is all-in, and the dominated hand dominates. Sigh.
September 24, 2012: A small stakes limit hold íem tournament on PokerStars. He flops top pair and bets thinking heís ahead.
September 28, 2012: Pot limit 5 card stud; although the losing hand is not shown, the other guy had 9s.
October 13, 2012: This one hurt. Rolled up 6s canít win, and our hero is busted out of the tournament.
October 19, 2012: This is not a bad beat, but see previous screengrab. Minutes after sucking out with garbage, the moron runs out of luck.
[The above blog was published originally September 27, 2012 with 18 screengrabs. The others were added in due course].
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