A Bad Beat, from Steve Leslie

September 15, 2008 |

KingsOne thing you learn from poker is that you can play the hand perfectly and still lose. There are never-ending ways to lose a hand of poker. All long term players realize that humble pie does not taste very good. To extrapolate from Dr. Keynes, The game can remain irrational far longer than you can remain solvent.

Bad beat story: I am short stacked in a cash game. Woman to my right puts in a small raise pre-flop. I call with wired 9-9. Flop comes 9 K 3. Woman puts in a small bet. I go over the top and go all in, hoping she has some sort of a hand and begging a call. She beats me into the pot and calls. I show her my three 9s and she shows me a pair of Kings to go with the one on the flop. Of course her hand holds up and wipes me out for the day. The odds have got to be a few in a thousand that this happens. But it happened to me. And at the worst point in time. Murphy's Law prevails again.

Ironically, I saw the same thing happen to Daniel Negreanu get knocked out of the World Series of Poker with an identical scenario. He rolled up a set on the flop only to have an opponent roll up a better set.

As Forrest Gump said "It Happens."


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