How to Prevent Bad Beats – Is It Possible?

How to Prevent Bad Beats

Something
that
people
ask
me
all
the
time
is
if
you
can
prevent
bad
beats
at
the
poker
table.

I
am
sure
you
are
sick
of
getting
so
many
bad
beats
in
poker.
So
am
I!
So,
is
there
anyway
to
make
them
go
away?
It
is
completely
natural
to
ask
this
question
because
bad
beats
are
actually
one
of
the
hardest
parts
of
the
game
to
deal
with.
Sometimes
they
come
in
bunches
and
it
can
be
very
difficult
to
handle
this
from
a
mental
perspective.
It
causes
people
to
go
on
tilt,
play
poorly,
throw
away
all
their
winnings,
and
then
go
down
the
dark
rabbit
hole
of
thinking
that
every
poker
site
is
rigged
against
them.
So
what
can
be
done?
Can
we
find
a
way
to
avoid
bad
beats
once
and
for
all?
This
is
what
we
will
be
investigating
today
here
on
the
blog!


Can
You
Prevent
Bad
Beats
in
Poker?

Alright,
so
let’s
just
get
right
into
it.
I
am
sorry
to
be
the
bearer
of
bad
news,
but
short
of
going
all-in
every
time
you
hit
top
pair
or
better,
there
is
really
no
way
to
avoid
bad
beats
in
poker.
Because
the
thing
with
fish
(recreational
poker
players),
is
that
if
they
want
to
make
the
call
with
their
bad
hand,
then
they
are
going
to
make
the
call.
And
no
matter
how
far
behind
they
are
in
the
hand,
it
is
very
rare
in
No
Limit
Texas
Hold’em
for
somebody
to
be
drawing
completely
mathematically
dead.
They
almost
always
have
at
least
some
“outs.”
They
might
only
have
two
cards
remaining
in
the
deck
to
save
their
life.
But
the
cold
hard
reality
of
poker
is
that
those
two
cards

will

drop
on
the
river
once
in
awhile.
Yes,
even
right
before
the
final
table
of
a
big
tournament.
No
matter
how
far
a
bad
player
is
behind,
if
they
call
with
their
5%
equity,
it
WILL
hit
sometimes.
And
it
is
also
very
mathematically
possible
for
this
to
happen
several
times
in
a
row.
Hence,
all
the “online
poker
is
rigged”
theories which
are
unsubstantiated
by
mathematically
and
statistically
significant
evidence.
So
this
is
something
that
you
need
to
be
prepared
for
in
poker.
A
seemingly
endless
series
of
seemingly
impossible
bad
beats
will
happen
to
you
sometimes
in
this
game.
Trust
me,
I
have
played
10+
million
hands
of
online
poker.
It
won’t
even
seem
believable
at
times.
There
is
no
point
in
even
trying
to
make
sense
of
it!
The
difference
between
the
biggest
winners
and
everybody
else
though
is
that
the
former
are
able
to
control
their
emotional
reaction
to
these
bad
beats
better.
They
do
not
go
on
destructive
tilt.
They
are
learn
to
control
their
emotions
in
the
moment
or
they
quit
for
the
day
once
the
frustration
and
tilt
starts
building.


Example
Bad
Beat
Poker
Hand

Let’s
look
at
a
poker
hand
that
was
recently
sent
to
me
to
help
us
understand
these
bad
beats
better.

In
this
hand
we
are
dealt
A5 in
the
small
blind.

Now,
let’s
be
real,
this
isn’t
exactly
a
great
hand.
Sure,
it
is
always
nice
to
have
an
Ace
in
our
hand
because
it
can
make
a
very
strong
top
pair.
But
ideally
we
would
like
to
have
a
much
stronger
kicker
than
a
5,
or
to
have
suited
cards.
But
the
situation
is
a
bit
different
in
this
hand
because
we
are
playing
4
handed
(only
4
players
at
the
table)
and
there
are
several
recreational
players
in
the
hand.
So
when
two
players
limp
into
the
pot
preflop
in
front
of
us
like
this,
I
do
like
the
decision
to
raise
it
up.


Why
Not
Just
Complete
the
Small
Blind
Preflop?

Now,
some
of
you
might
be
asking,
why
not
just
complete
the
small
blind
here?
It
is
a
reasonable
approach
and
I
couldn’t
blame
anybody
for
doing
it.
But
as
I
proved
in
my
first
book Crushing
the
Microstakes,
it
is
statistically
much
more
profitable
to
raise
rather
than
to
limp
preflop.
Of
course,
if
you
really
just
want
to
avoid
variance
altogether,
folding
preflop
here
isn’t
a
terrible
option
either.
But
I
think
when
we
are
4
handed
versus
multiple
fish,
we
would
be
giving
up
value
by
folding
a
hand
like
this
preflop.
The
biggest
thing
I
would
like
to
see
in
this
hand
though
is
a
larger
raise
preflop.
We
need
to
remember
that
when
we
are
out
of
position
like
this
(small
blind),
we
need
to
charge
them
more
in
order
to
see
a
flop
against
us.
This
is
because
we
will
need
to
act
first
on
every
postflop
street:
flop,
turn
and
river.
And
this
is
another
huge,
huge
proven
statistical
disadvantage
in
poker.
So
instead
of
12
cents,
I
would
like
to
see
us
raise
it
to
something
like
16
cents
or
18
cents
here.
Give
these
recreational
players
a
real
decision
on
whether
to
continue
on
in
the
hand
or
not!


Are
You
Sick
and
Tired
of
Bad
Beats?
Learn
My
Proven
Winning
Small
Stakes
Strategy

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or
live
because
of
bad
beats?
Are
you
looking
to
make
a
consistent
part
time
income
playing
these
games?

How to Prevent Bad Beats

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Flopping
a
Monster
Hand

Two
Pair

Alright,
so
we
have
successfully
flopped
a
monster
hand,
two
pair.
We
have
A5 and
the
flop
comes:
AK5
Now
what?
Well,
versus
multiple
players
like
this
out
of
position,
and
first
to
act
on
the
flop,
I
actually
prefer
a
check
raise
here.
And
the
reason
why
is
because
we
are
likely
to
get
a
bet
out
of
somebody
after
we
check,
which
means
that
we
can
raise
it
up
when
the
action
gets
back
to
us.
This
traps
the
most
money
in
the
middle
of
the
pot
when
it
is
very
likely
that
we
have
the
best
hand.
Just
betting
out
here
(as
hero
decides
to
do)
isn’t
the
worst
option
in
the
world
either
though,
and
I
do
like
the
larger
bet
sizing
used
here.
But
overall,
when
we
are
out
of
position
versus
multiple
opponents
and
we
flop
a
monster
hand
like
two
pair
or
better,
I
do
prefer
a
check
raise
because
it
gets
more
money
in
the
pot.
And
of
course,
when
we
have
a
big
hand
in
poker,
we
always
want
to
get
the
highest
amount
of
chips
in
the
middle
as
possible.
I
actually
have
an

entire
guide
to
check
raising
the
flop
here
on
my
blog
if
you
want
to
learn
more
about
this
slightly
advanced
strategy.


Raised
All-In
on
the
Turn

Bad
Beat?

When
we
catch
another
safe
looking
card
on
the
turn
(8)
I
think
it
is
definitely
a
wise
decision
to
keep
betting
big
here.
This
is
something
I
have
discussed
numerous
times
here
on
the
blog
and
in

my
poker
books
as
well.

It
is
really
important
to
make
big
value
bets
like
this
against
the
weaker
players
at
the
lower
stakes.
Because
they
are
likely
to
call
with
a
really
wide
range.
Now,
when
the
recreational
player
shoves
the
turn
on
us
here,
I
am
not
going
to
lie,
it
sucks.
Recreational
players
do
not
make
this
play
very
often
as
a
bluff.
It
is
almost
always
something
at
least
reasonably
strong.
So
I
actually
would
be
inclined
to
lay
down
a
one
pair
hand
here
most
of
the
time,
especially
with
the
deeper
starting
stack
sizes.
With
two
pair
though,
there
is
no
way
I
am
ever
folding.
And
that
is
because
there
are
just
too
many
value
hands
that
we
are
ahead
of.
Obviously
that
is
not
the
case
in
this
hand
though.
Our
opponent
turns
over
88 and
laid
a
pretty
sick
bad
beat
on
us.
He/she
only
had
two
cards
in
the
deck
to
win
the
hand
when
they
called
us
on
the
flop.
This
is
definitely
one
of
those
frustrating
bad
beat
hands
that
can
set
many
people
on
tilt.


How
to
Avoid
Bad
Beats
Like
This

So
was
there
any
way
that
we
could
have
avoided
the
bad
beat
in
this
hand?
Honestly,
not
really.
Short
of
just
shoving
all-in
on
the
flop,
there
is
nothing
we
can
really
do
here,
because
as
stated
before,
bad
players
are
going
to
call,
if
they
want
to.
And
if
we
shove
the
flop
to
protect
our
hand
here,
he
just
folds
and
we
win
a
tiny
pot.
Not
exactly
the
key
to
a

winning
poker
strategy!

So
this
is
why
bad
beats
are
just
a
part
of
the
game
that
we
unfortunately
need
to
accept.
We
need
to
remember
though
that
the
vast
majority
of
the
time
this
player
will
not
hit
his/her
miracle
8 on
the
turn
or
the
river
and
will
therefore
just
be
spewing
their
chips
to
us.
We
always
need
to
remember
this.
We
also
need
to
remember
that
when
the
bad
players
get
lucky
like
this,
it
is
actually
a
good
thing.
Because
if
they
could
not
get
lucky
sometimes,
then
they
wouldn’t
keep
coming
back
again
and
again
to
lose
more.
In
fact,
I
like
to
view
bad
beats
like
this
as
a
sort
of
tax
that
we
all
need
to
pay
as
poker
players.
We
all
have
to
pay
the
bad
beat
tax
sometimes.
It’s
for
a
good
cause
though!
These
recreational
players
will
always
be
the
primary
source
of
your
profits
at
the
poker
table,
and
if
they
couldn’t
get
lucky
once
in
awhile,
they
would
simply
go
away.


What
Should
You
Do
When
You
Get
a
Bad
Beat?

So
let’s
talk
instead
about
how
you
should
react
when
you
receive
one
of
these
inevitable
bad
beats
at
the
poker
table.
Well,
most
people
get
mad,
they
start
“steaming,”
go
on
tilt
and
throw
all
their
money
away.
Worse
yet,
they
will
often
jump
up
stakes
to
chase
their
losses
and
lose
their
money
even
faster!
You
need
to
react
differently
to
bad
beats
than
most
people
if
you
truly
want
to
get
ahead
in
this
game
and
win
big.
Most
people
do
not
win
at
poker
because
they
react
poorly
to
bad
beats
and
tilt
away
all
their
profits.
You
can
study
all
of
the
most

advanced
poker
strategies
out
there,
but
if
you
cannot
learn
how
to
control
your
mental
and
emotional
reaction
to
bad
beats,
you
will
never
win
big
in
poker.

So
what
can
you
do?


1.
Focus
on
the
Math
Behind
the
Hand

The
first
thing
you
need
to
do
when
you
receive
a
bad
beat
is
to
focus
on
the
math
and
the
logic
behind
the
hand.
Did
you
get
all
the
money
in
good
as
the
statistical
favorite
in
the
hand?
By
the
way,
you
can
just
use
a
program
like

PokerTracker
to
check
this
for
yourself.

If
you
can
answer
yes
to
this
question,
then
there
is
absolutely
nothing
for
you
to
worry
about.
Because
the
one
thing
you
can’t
do
in
poker
is
fight
the
math
and
expect
to
win.
If
you
got
your
money
in
good,
then
it
will
pay
off
for
you
in
the
long
term.
This
is
why
the
fish
always
lose
big
in
the
long
run,
because
they
are
always
climbing
an
uphill
battle,
fighting
the
math,
getting
their
money
in
bad.
You
on
the
other
hand,
as
a
winning
poker
player,
get
the
money
in
good,
which
pays
off
over
the
long
run
with
big
profits.
And
that
is
the
only
thing
that
actually
matters
in
poker.


2.
Take
Some
Deep
Breaths
or
Leave
the
Table
for
Awhile
When
You
Get
a
Bad
Beat

So
now
that
you
understand
the
math
behind
the
bad
beat,
and
you
rationally
understand
that
you
did
everything
you
could
in
the
hand
(and
they
just
got
lucky),
it
is
time
to
control
your
emotional
reaction.
In
order
to
do
that,
I
recommend
taking
several
deep
breaths
or
even
walking
away
from
the
poker
tables
for
a
few
minutes
if
needed.
I
actually
use
all
sorts
of
mental
game
strategies
away
from
the
poker
tables
such
as
meditation,
yoga,
exercise
and
visualization
both
before
and
after
my
sessions.
The
bottom
line
is
that
you
need
to
learn
to
control
your
mental
and
emotional
reaction
to
all
the
bad
beats
that
you
will
take
so
that
you
can
continue
playing
a
solid

winning
poker
strategy.


3.
Learn
to
Laugh
Off
the
Bad
Beats

And
now
finally,
you
can
learn
to
just
start
laughing
off
all
the
bad
beats.
Because
the
truth
of
the
matter
is
that
so
long
as
you
play
poker,
you
will
take
bad
beats.
In
fact,
you
will
take
tons
of
them.
So
there
is
no
point
in
getting
excessively
emotional
about
any
particular
one.
You
got
the
money
in
good,
the
fish
got
lucky.
It’s
time
to
laugh
it
off
and
move
on.
Honestly,
this
is
what
the
pros
like

Daniel
Negreanu
do
in
order
to
consistently
keep
playing
good
poker
even
when
they
get
multiple
bad
beats
in
a
row.

You
need
to
learn
to
have
a
light
hearted
approach
to
this
game
because
bad
beats
will
always
be
a
part
of
poker
as
long
as
you
play
it.
There
is
no
point
in
getting
so
emotionally
invested
in
every
single
bad
beat
like
most
people
do.
Because
that
is
precisely
why
most
people
lose
at
poker.
They
can’t
see
the
forrest
through
the
trees.


Final
Thoughts

So
is
there
any
way
to
prevent
bad
beats
in
poker?
Honestly,
not
really.
You
can
study
all
the
most

advanced
poker
strategy
in
the
world.

But
at
the
end
of
the
day,
if
they
want
to
call
you
down
with
their
bad
hand,
then
they
will.
And
that
means
that
they
will
also
hit
their
miracle
turn
card
or
river
card
sometimes.
It
is
just
a
simple
mathematical
fact
that
we
must
all
accept
when
playing
poker.
As
long
as
they
have
a
chance,
then
they
have
a
chance.
But
the
vast
majority
of
the
time,
they
are
just
throwing
their
money
away
to
us.
Because
you
cannot
continue
to
chase
long
odds
in
poker
and
expect
to
win
over
the
long
run.
This
is
why
the
fish
lose

big-time

over
the
long
term.
And
this
is
also
why
you
should
learn
to
celebrate
your
bad
beats.
Because
it
means
that
you
are
playing
in
some
good
poker
games!
Lastly,
if
you
want
to
learn
the
complete
strategy
that
I
used
to
crush
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