Wednesday, April 27, 2005

A 99% Favourite Gets Beaten 1% Of The Time

Gracchus: The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the Senate, it's the sand of the Colosseum. He'll bring them death and they will love him for it.

There have been some rumblings going around lately. We’ve seen it a million times – suckouts, bad beats, the 2-outer river card. Not much you can do about it. We love telling these stories just as much as we hate them happening to us. He called for all his stack on an inside straight draw and hit it – what can you do?

My worst ever was having Aces full beaten by Quad 8’s on the river, a genuine one-outer. It was only a SNG so my loses were limited. But what happens next? Do I berate the other player? Complain that online poker is rigged? Wish for his family to die in a horrible manner?

My usually corse of action is to put in the chat window “Nice catch” or “Ouch” and leave it at that. Sure, I swear at the monitor and bang the desk – then later I piss and moan right here about how unlucky I was and how much I deserved that pot. The vast majority of players I see online will do even less than this and say nothing online. Maybe they just make players notes and wait for their day to come. I’m fine with that, that’s cool.

But just recently, the ugly end of the bad beat has been showing. Firstly this weekend at the Omaha 08 at Noble, and then in the WPBT WSOP satellite. Happy to say the second one has all been cleared up now by cooler heads.

I mean, this is no new phenomenon by any stretch of the imagination. People getting angry when they are ahead and end up on the loosing end has been around about 5 minute less than poker has.

It sucks when someone is “luckier” than you. Luck is getting something for nothing, at a totally random time. The dictionary definition curtesy of says:

“To gain success or something desirable by chance”

Everybody plays their hands differently. That’s why we don’t play with the cards face up so that the best hand always wins. I have yet to see anyone make a stupid play, win, then get blasted from the victim and finally the villain gives the pot back out of guilt.

The only way to win a pot at showdown is with the best cards. If you don’t have them, then berating the other player with not make your hand any better.

In closing, there is a little saying that we have all heard of, one that we all know and love.

Don’t tap the glass. Words to live by.


Chris Hanel said...

I have yet to see anyone make a stupid play, win, then get blasted from the victim and finally the villain gives the pot back out of guilt.

You obviously don't read SirFWALGMan's blog. *wink*

TripJax said...

Sup Heafy...real good post. I was thinking about having a cards face up tournament soon. Let me know if you want in.

Appreciate the link up...I'll set you up too.

Poker In Arrears.

Heafy said...

Geek - Nice call. I fold.

TripJax - Will you still raise my bluff?

TripJax said...

No way. I fold making you feel good about the situation. Then when you can see I have rockets, you'll feel obligated to call.

Of course, I would probably make Aces Full at which point you would take down the pot with quad 8's. Come to think of it...I don't think I wanna play cards up anymore!