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Post by Not Like Me on Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:59 am

"A number of times this past half month alone I've found myself involved in a hand either on the flop or the turn where my opponents winning percentages were miniscule at best - the one outers, the two outers - cards that make your intestines twist and your fists curl up into little balls of rage when they come down against you. Normally I would chalk a few bad beats down to the sheer unpredictability of the cards, and as a regular card player I have also been on the winning end of the suck-out. But it has gotten to the point where I've even entertained the thought of giving up playing for awhile to focus on other aspects of my life. It's not the money that bothers me about losing, for the limits I play I can easily afford the buy-ins. It's just the discouraging feeling you get when nothing is working in your favor. Sometimes it's a forced pot because of the large amount of blinds+antes in the pot during the late stages, others I might end up getting AA all in pre-flop against Q9 off in the early levels where the salmon are still swimming and jumping upstream. No matter how I get my money in good, it always ends in tragedy."

Now if you've read this far, maybe you're starting to relate to these scenarios and how some of your own poker games have ended in such dramatic fashion. Maybe you thought about throwing your keyboard across the room. You've certainly cursed at the monitor a couple times, and I wouldn't put it past most of you to have three things sitting beside you when you play - a cup of coffee, a pack of cigarettes and a stress ball. However, unless you are playing poker as a profession and earn a living from playing cards, every single one of the bad beats you encounter should mean absolutely nothing to you, regardless of how much money was lost.

Most of us play because we enjoy the game, not only for the thrill of the competition between yourself and other players, but also because it allows us to escape reality for a few hours and lets us forget about the negative aspects of our lives. I love playing hockey for the same reasons because you leave your problems off the ice and focus on the task at hand. In both games you respect the opponent but while you don't fear them, you acknowledge the damage they could inflict - intentionally or not. In life you'll always take lumps somewhere along the line, but a good measure of a persons character is the way they rebound from adversity.

If you continually find yourself getting your money in win the best hand, keep faith because eventually the percentages will play in your favor. However, you must always be aware that nothing is certain (unless you have the nuts) and bad beats are inevitable. Just remember to enjoy and play the game responsibly, and if you happen to make a little money along the way, that's just an added bonus. Don't forget that money is not the key to happiness, it comes and goes as often as the weather changes. Keep the important things in life close to your heart and always maintain a positive attitude.

Cheers.
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Re: Extreme Tiltage - The Aftermath

Post by illphillllllll on Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:10 am

nlm it happens to the best of us, no worries. my goal in tournys is to make it as far as possible before i take the inevitable beat. if you think about it, kind of hard not to get unlucky if your playing a long tourny, beats are just a part of the game. when the blinds are up there in the later stages, there is more preflop action, hence more beats. personally i will never call an all in late stages unless i have a top 5 hand or am desperate for chips. don't quote me but i feel mathematically you will get more chips pushing with average hands than calling with good ones. sometimes i fold A10 to a donk all in only to see i would have lost anyway. try to be the pusher not the caller.
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Re: Extreme Tiltage - The Aftermath

Post by tukie on Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:58 am

Not Like Me wrote:"A number of times this past half month alone I've found myself involved in a hand either on the flop or the turn where my opponents winning percentages were miniscule at best - the one outers, the two outers - cards that make your intestines twist and your fists curl up into little balls of rage when they come down against you. Normally I would chalk a few bad beats down to the sheer unpredictability of the cards, and as a regular card player I have also been on the winning end of the suck-out. But it has gotten to the point where I've even entertained the thought of giving up playing for awhile to focus on other aspects of my life. It's not the money that bothers me about losing, for the limits I play I can easily afford the buy-ins. It's just the discouraging feeling you get when nothing is working in your favor. Sometimes it's a forced pot because of the large amount of blinds+antes in the pot during the late stages, others I might end up getting AA all in pre-flop against Q9 off in the early levels where the salmon are still swimming and jumping upstream. No matter how I get my money in good, it always ends in tragedy."

Now if you've read this far, maybe you're starting to relate to these scenarios and how some of your own poker games have ended in such dramatic fashion. Maybe you thought about throwing your keyboard across the room. You've certainly cursed at the monitor a couple times, and I wouldn't put it past most of you to have three things sitting beside you when you play - a cup of coffee, a pack of cigarettes and a stress ball. However, unless you are playing poker as a profession and earn a living from playing cards, every single one of the bad beats you encounter should mean absolutely nothing to you, regardless of how much money was lost.

Most of us play because we enjoy the game, not only for the thrill of the competition between yourself and other players, but also because it allows us to escape reality for a few hours and lets us forget about the negative aspects of our lives. I love playing hockey for the same reasons because you leave your problems off the ice and focus on the task at hand. In both games you respect the opponent but while you don't fear them, you acknowledge the damage they could inflict - intentionally or not. In life you'll always take lumps somewhere along the line, but a good measure of a persons character is the way they rebound from adversity.

If you continually find yourself getting your money in win the best hand, keep faith because eventually the percentages will play in your favor. However, you must always be aware that nothing is certain (unless you have the nuts) and bad beats are inevitable. Just remember to enjoy and play the game responsibly, and if you happen to make a little money along the way, that's just an added bonus. Don't forget that money is not the key to happiness, it comes and goes as often as the weather changes. Keep the important things in life close to your heart and always maintain a positive attitude.

Cheers.


You have a wonderful outlook I'll have to remember your words when I get my next bad beat which will probably be very soon as I'm going in a tourney in about 5 minutes. Great Post

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Re: Extreme Tiltage - The Aftermath

Post by Guest on Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:05 pm

we all have been there for me its learning how not to put all the chippies in on one hand if i could do that probably get closer to finishing the tourneys itm. but good post .

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Re: Extreme Tiltage - The Aftermath

Post by datsme53 on Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:28 pm

Excellent post! I like the comparison of poker to life and priorities involved there. I love this game. That is what also I remind myself, that it is a game. I also like and agree with what you say about poker being a way to escape from pressures and tensions that everyday life can bring. I use it in that way also and other things too... like golf. I can go play golf and concentrate on it and thereby relieve any thing that may be bothering me... be it work, or other problems that may be occurring. Poker, golf, fishing or a number of other activities can be very helpful in taking us away from everyday stresses of life despite the bad beats, the penalty strokes, or the not getting a bite all day when fishing. Sure, prioritizing is key also, but I think we all can use something to get us away from things for a little while. Smile
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