A Feast Of Bad Beats

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 3, 2012: The daily $50 limit hold íem freeroll on Party Poker. Not such a bad beat because of the flush draw. Our hero finished 88th of 3,234 runners, and with 400 places paid, he won 7c. Donít give up the day job.

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: The first of four hands from this date. Iím not sure of the order these were played, but it doesnít matter. The jacks were beaten here by a cruel (or for me, kind) river, but in the grand scheme of things it did me no good. Nor in this tournament, come to think of it.

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 from a cash game and shows how moronic some players can be. I flopped a house; the moron chased a flush with his garbage hand making the overful on the river, and scooping.

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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