We’ve all been bad beat. If you’ve played poker long enough, you’ve been bad beat many, many times. Whether your aces were cracked or you got burned by running cards on the turn and river, you were no doubt in anguish of what you saw. But how should you react to getting your once mathematically dominating hand crushed?
The Grinder, Michael Mizrachi shows how to take a devasting bad beat (2 outer on the river after being ahead 88 to 77 preflop) with acceptance and calm demeanor.
I’m probably much the same way. If I’m mad, the most you’ll probably see of me is a grit of my teeth. I’m more disappointed than mad at anyone else.
Getting angry, berating your opponent, or slamming the table doesn’t behoove you in anyway. In fact, it just makes you look like a sore loser with an irritable personality. If you’re frustrated, it’s understandable, but your best choice of behavior is acceptance that you played well and put your opponent in a bad position. Luck is a factor in Texas Hold’em and you know very well it has helped you out before.