Bad Beat Story

Every poker player has them. This one is classic.

I went to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City this morning to play the daily $50 no-limit holdem tournament. The entry fee is actually $65, with $50 going to the prize pool, $15 to the casino, the usual deal. Played for about the first hour getting almost no playable hands. I played conservatively, as is my usual early tournament style. Lost some small pots. Finally, I was on the button with a Jack-Queen and called. Several other players also called. The flop was three low cards. Everyone checked around. The turn was another card I didn’t need. Everyone checked again. I bet about three times the big blind, and won the pot on a bluff. I showed it, too, hoping to get players thinking I’m willing to bet with nothing (which I almost never do).

A few hands later, I’m the big blind, so already in the hand, and I finally get cards, a pair of Aces. Again several people bet the minimum, $200 at that point. When it’s my turn, I bet $3000. So, now they’re wondering if I’m bluffing again. Everyone folds around to the guy two to my right, who reraises all-in. The guy next to me is tempted to call, but eventually folds. I do call, putting ME all-in. The other player turns up a pair of Eights, and I show my Aces. So far, so good, I’m well ahead.

The flop is Ace-Three-Four. I now have a set of Aces, and am dominating the hand. Eights guy looks very sad, but…the turn card is another Eight. He perks up. It’s now three Aces against three Eights, so I’m still well ahead. But there is one card that can beat me, and on the river it comes up: the last Eight in the deck. I’m out, beaten by four Eights.

When you’re overcome by such astronomical odds as that, all you can do is tip your hat to the gods of luck and chance, and move on. I got my chips in with the best hand, and that’s the best you can hope for. And try again another time.

5 thoughts on “Bad Beat Story

  1. Tom Galloway

    Not quite as singularly bad as that, but last night I had a horrible session at limit where the two worst bad beats were:

    1) Eight people see a flop where I have pocket Kings on the button. The flop comes KQrag, rainbow. I end up losing to a turn/river combo of JT, giving two As a runner runner straight. The AQ I at least understood sticking around, the A5 offsuit I had no clue about. Needless to say, a massive pot.

    2) The flop gives me a pair and an open-ended straight flush draw. 20 outs to improving it, and it’s the best hand on the flop due to the pair. Someone hits a two outer on the turn for a higher pair and I manage not to hit any of the 20 outs on either the turn or river.

    And the whole night was like that, as I made numerous expensive second best hands….

  2. Todd Post author

    On Sunday, when I do it, it’s from 50 to 100 people. I haven’t gotten far enough in a while to see the payouts, but figuring 100 people contributing $50 each, that’s a $5000 prize pool. First place should be about $1500.

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