I am staying at a friends house at the moment and what I do really enjoy is the chance to watch someone playing good poker … we have both our strenghts and our weaknesses and its very interesting to watch another player in different situations. In one thing we are completely different
in treating the beats
I hate bad beats, like everyone else does, but I also accept them as a vital part of the game, as bad beats normally show you that you played correctly and the Villain made something wrong … in a cash game you have the chance to get your money back, in a tournament a bad call by an opponent often costs you your life, but I still know that it was beyond my control and I did everything wright. Losing one coinflip after the other on the other hand is really frustrating, as you got noone to blame – but this is all part of the “Variance is a b*tch” thing.
When I am treated to a bad beat or lose several coinflips in a road it hurts – but I normally keep this feelings inside … I am a maniac in the way I play, not in my beats … (although if my gf looks at me, with wide open eyes that say “Why did you call that” – i am sometimes really, really angry inside – and go to bad mood mode in seconds … but these are the self indused beats)
In-D is different – he plays with a more mathematical and analytical approach than me, but he hates this bad beats from the bottom of this heart … yesterday he almost scared me to death – when he hammered his fists onto the table just inches away from me and screamed like a total loonie … do not get me wrong, this happens a lot of times, but last night I was concentrating on my games and did not see it coming. Another things he does is “predicting” the beats – all in with AA vs QQ: “Watch now – a Q will fall” and there it comes …. “Donkey, Donkey – can you believe it – every f***ing time”
Sometimes its hard not to giggle – because it would be really funny if the money was not involved … I know that he was on the other side of bad beats, too – we all were. And that ,although he has no big results at the moment, it is just a matter of time – because he is more than good enough.
So In-D – take some deep breath, make a note on the donkey and remember “What comes around goes around”
Interesting read on this topic: Snoopy from Blonde on the Bad Beat Wolf
+ that´s what I call a bad beat