Reading an interesting thread on another site concerning how to handle bad beats. Here are some wisdom nuggets I thought we all could appreciate:
I hate the term bad beats. If something has a 15% chance of happening, then 15% of the time it is going to happen... and it's not bad or good; its just a statistical fact.
So when a guy hits a 15% on me I just realize he has to, I mean not everytime of course but in some instances, 15% of the time to be exact, he is sposed to win.
Why get mad at something that is supposed to happen? Try to realize its normal.
The people who often complain the most about bad beats are TAG players, who are getting their money in a large percentage of the time with the best hand and as big favorite and can't figure out why they are not getting ahead in the game. Their problem is not what they are doing wrong it's what they are not doing right.
You obviously wanna be the favorite when the chips go in but waiting for these opportunities to arise isn't going to make you a consistent winner.
What keeps them from getting ahead are things they are not doing correctly to increase their stacks so they can survive the bad beats when they inevitably come. This usually stems from a lack of table awareness and aversion to risk; missing opportunities to steal or re steal with a marginal hand against a player who is somewhat passive, for example or not calling with a hand that may be second best but they still are getting the correct price to call, or when they have top set and there is a flush draw on board instead of playing for his stack,out of fear of a bad beat.
The average TAG player isn't going to go beyond the break even point until they learn to open up their games at times, develop the skill to read their opponents and stop relying on their cards to win the game for them.