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Hey all. Feeling pretty miserable sitting home with a stomach bug, and I can't think of anything that would make me feel better than hearing about your best bad beat stories (misery loves company and all). Either inflicted on someone else, or received. Doesn't have to be in a home game, I just wasn't sure where to put this post. Thanks!
 

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$100 9 person sng in like 2005 on PStars.

Limp AA UTG 5 handed (2nd in chips)

Button (1st in chips) min raises

BB (shortstack shoves)

I just call

Flop 2310rainbow

I check

Button Shoves

I snap call

Button has AK

BB has QJ

Turn J

River Q

GG
 

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Online play $2/$4 no limit with $400 behind. Look down at pocket 66 and raise to $15 from late mid position with one limper in. Get reraised from the button to $40 and then amazingly BOTH blinds and the limper call. $175 in the pot with $25 to end betting so I go on a set mine campaign.

Flop 66J.

Holy shit how much money can I get into this pot? Button has been uber aggressive so I decide I am better betting than checking. I put in $125 and he shoves over the top. I instacall and he tables JJ.

Turn J
 
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Online play $2/$4 limit with $400 behind. Look down at pocket 66 and raise to $15 from late mid position with one limper in. Get reraised from the button to $40 and then amazingly BOTH blinds and the limper call. $175 in the pot with $25 to end betting so I go on a set mine campaign.

Flop 66J.

Holy shit how much money can I get into this pot? Button has been uber aggressive so I decide I am better betting than checking. I put in $125 and he shoves over the top. I instacall and he tables JJ.

Turn J
yeesh
 

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On 2 different occasions I shoved with 99 against a short stack on a J83 flop and was called by JJ, then went turn 9, river 9. Both were in the same game, and against the same player - about 4 years apart. Creeeeeeeepy...
 

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two from borgata during the days when i was playing 40ish hours a week. i gave both the beats, so i'm not sure what it says about me that they both stick in my mind way more than any i've taken.

$1/2 NLHE: i 5-bet shove pre with AKs versus a guy who basically never has anything but aces when he 4-bets (obv spew is obv i'm a donkey). he's also the kind of guy who likes to show his hand when he's all in, so when he snap calls he tables his aces and i'm a nice guy, so i show him what he's sweating.

he stands up and yells "yeah, that's what i'm talking about! now just ship it - none of that internet bullshit!" i'm praying for a couple of spades to give him a sweat and the flop comes KKK.

guy loses it and runs out of the poker room like his ass is on fire.

$1/2 PLO: i come back from the bathroom just in time to post the straddle and get dealt QQT4 (or some wheel card) with one suit. drunk spewing donkey to my direct right makes it $10 over a couple limps and i reraise to $30 to iso him. mission accomplished: he calls and we see the flop heads up: KQ7 with a flush draw that's not my suit. spewdonk and i pot and repot until we're all in and he tables KKxx. blech. then another guy i know says to me, "i folded the case queen so get your rebuy ready."

not so fast dickbrains, Q on turn lol suckoutaments. but wait, it's the Q of spades. i have the Q of spades. the deck is fouled. but we'd been playing with that deck for more than an hour. the floor comes over and the game stops for like 20 minutes while the cards are pulled and inspected and new set-ups are brought and checked. we split the pot back up to redeal the hand.

spewdonk was so drunk that it didn't even register that he just lost an almost $3k pot because of some insane bad luck. i still marvel at the conditional probability here. what are the chances of all the following happening: KKxx v. QQxx (standard); set-over-set (okay, bad luck, but NBD); a fouled deck has been in use for more than an hour (extremely rare); the exact card that shows that proves the fouled deck was dealt on the river.
 

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Playing 5/10 cash game a couple years ago at WSOP. I have $2100 behind.

Look down have pocket 4s. I call the big blind ... 3 players behind me pops it to $75 ... I call. Just the two of us taking our cards to the flop.

Flop 2 4 Q rainbow.

I check - villian pops it to $150. I call.

Turn Q.

I check. Villian bets $375. I pause and announce all in for remaining chips.

Villian starts talking. "I have a big hand ... Don't think I can lay this down" 90 seconds goes by and he calls.

River A.

He flips over A Q. I say nice hand and go to my room to catch some sleep.
 

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Also S@P 1.

Heads up play. I have the other guy covered with a bit of change left over. Preflop I look down at AA. I raise, he calls. Flop K8A. I check, He bets, I raise, he calls. Turn 8. I can't remember how it goes down but all the money gets in. Opponent tables J8. Dealer remarks, "there is one more eight in the deck."

River: 8

 

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I have two:

1) 5/10 NL @ Foxwoods. I'm sitting on $2K and it's my 2nd hand of the session. I look down at 6s4s and raise in late position to $50. I get 4 callers. Flop 532dds. Checks around to me, I lead out for $200, get raised by one of the blinds to $800, and I jam. He snaps and tables 64 and I'm like "really? we're chopping? how do you call pre with 64?" and I laugh...and my laughter stops when he points out he has a diamond flush draw to go with his made straight. Turn and river are bricks and I'm relieved that we chop...until someone points out that it came running spades, and I scoop with the backdoor flush. $4200ish pot.

2) $2/5 NL @ Foxwoods. I have 88. I raise to $25 in late position, one caller. Flop 854ssd. Villain bets $100, I make it $300, he flats. Turn is an absolute brick. He checks, I slide $500 in the middle, and as I look up after putting the chips in, the dealer is putting out the river (low spade, bringing in the flush). I'm like "WTF?", dealer says "you checked", I start to say "No, I didn't", but then I shrug and say "OK, $500 it is, sounds fine to me" as I make like I just noticed the spade and was on a spade draw. Villain tanks for like 3 minutes and finally calls my 5300 bet with a shitty flush. Tells me as he rakes in the chips that he wouldn't have called on the low spade draw if the $500 had been the turn bet. I call dealer a fucking idiot and don't tip him for the rest of his down.
 
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I was on the losing end of a similar situation. I flatted preflop with AA and hit a set against 77 and then lost to running 7's on the turn and river.

I had such a bad feeling on the turn that I swear I almost asked him to run it twice:)


On 2 different occasions I shoved with 99 against a short stack on a J83 flop and was called by JJ, then went turn 9, river 9. Both were in the same game, and against the same player - about 4 years apart. Creeeeeeeepy...
 

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Playing $.25/$.50 at MikesDads place. I was playing well (getting lucky) and was sitting on about $500 to start the hand. I am UTG and raise to $4 with AQcc and get 2-4 callers. Flop comes in J97c. Bingo! I check my nut flush. Villian (sitting on about $280) leads out for $20. All fold to me, and I flat. Turn is a red brick. I check again, villain leads for $70. I ship it. He thinks for about 10 seconds and calls. Villian turns over 10 6cc, thought I was bluffing . river, slow rolled by kirchhausen...8c giving him the 1 out gutter ball straight flush.

About an hour later, I ran my K high flush into Chippys SF, and then I waw crippled (and on life tilt). Busto a few hands later.

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Maryland Live 1/2 Im on the button with AA and about $300 behind. A few limpers to me, I raise to 15 and get two callers. Flop is AJ7 rainbow. It checks around to me I bet $40 two callers. Turn is 9, Checks to me I make it $100, 1st guys folds second guy raises all-in. Of course I call and he has 10-8 off. gg.
 

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Playing 10/20 LHE in AC a while back (the Trop, I think) so details are a little fuzzy
A couple of limpers to me on the BTN .. I raise with KK. BB calls, a couple of limpers call.
I flop a boat --- K99.
All check to me, I bet; BB calls.
Turn is a blank.
BB checks; I bet, she calls
River is an A
she checks, I bet, she calls and shows AA for a rivered 2-outer for a bigger boat

What you gonna do?

Chippy -- I've a stomach thing for a couple of days now myself.... odd coincidence
 

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About 10 years ago just before Foxwoods WPT poker room opened up, I was playing 5/5 NLHE there which was the biggest game. Min buy was $200, no max buy so the monies on the table would vary from $200 to $50,000 LOL.

My memory is fuzzy on what I bought in for, but I'm pretty sure I had $3K to my name for anything non-bill related (plus with my 1st child being recently born, I needed my fun money). Anyways, I DO know that I had every penny of that roll on the table, whether through rebuys or initial buy, and I had it blown up to just over $5K and feeling reeeeeeally good about my game which makes the beat even harder to handle.

I won't go into street by street play, but I had A2 on a 52252 board, get all the monies in against a player I'm familiar with, and watch the other guy table 55. My reaction to this was identical to Mike McDermott losing his $30K. I sat there, floored, while the dealer swept my chips to other guys direction. I got up, walked away shell shocked. It's the only hand in poker history for me where I was truly shell shocked. I found myself walking around Foxwoods hearing NOTHING. No sounds, no faces, just meandering around the card room and the rest of the casino in auto-pilot trying to find my car while my head was in a total void. I've never experienced anything like it and haven't since then.

I had no money left and it was 9pm on a Saturday. I had a 2.5 hour drive home and arrive home around midnight. I walk in and notice my judgmental sister in law was visiting from Brooklyn (she was pre kids, just out of NYU and knew it all). My wife goes "what are you doing home?" since I normally get home around 9am from casino sessions. I say "I just lost 5 thousand dollars in one hand". They are both on the couch and just look away from me without a sound. I didn't sleep, I kept playing that hand OVER and OVER and OVER. I thought hands like that were impossible at the time and had the guy on AA-KK only, due to preflop action and his amazing tight-ass-aments. Anyways, that single hand has made me call vs raise on many casino rivers since then. Me not having poker money is like normal people not having oxygen. That was a rough time.
 

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Of course there is the time I got it all in on the flop against Krafticus with with 22 vs AJ on AJ2 flop (.25/.50, effective stacks ~$100). He goes runner flush and didn't realize it until somebody else pointed it out
 

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Of course there is the time I got it all in on the flop against Krafticus with with 22 vs AJ on AJ2 flop (.25/.50, effective stacks ~$100). He goes runner flush and didn't realize it until somebody else pointed it out

Hah the same thing happened to me against Krafticus in Maine during the ASM tournament that caused me to bubble! He was getting pretty hammered at the time and didn't realize a lot from the hand he later tells me. I had KT on a TTx board and he kept firing with air after the turn. He didn't realize he flushed lol.
 

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1/2 NL holdem in the back of a Mexican restaurant here in town. I am sitting on $1800 on a $500 buy in. I get AKs on the button. UTG raises to 15, MP !3 to $50, I flat and UTG calls. I flop the nut flush on a 10sQs2s board with a gutshot redraw to the royal. UTG leads out for $150, MP calls, and I pop it to $600. UTG snap folds and MP calls. Turn is a blank, MP checks and I shove. MP calls pretty quickly and says all I have is two pair - I show my nut flush. River is a deuce and I lose a 4K pot to Q2. That one stung a little. :mad:
 

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my laughter stops when he points out he has a diamond flush draw to go with his made straight.

FYP. Good story.

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I'll confess that I have a little quibble here - a pet peeve, if you will.

Most of these stories are good stories about long shots or rare things in poker... but very few of them are actually Bad Beat stories.

It's a pet peeve of mine that so many people have adopted a Bad Beat to mean any big hand that loses, or any unlikely river card that comes in... I suppose it's related to the popularity of Bad Beat jackpots. But I go by the original definition of a Bad Beat: it's when you lose a good hand to someone who didn't belong in the hand to begin with. That is, when you're beat because the other guy played badly.

I know, I'm picky. I'm a word fag. I get it. But to me, if the other guy reasonably belonged in the hand, it ain't a Bad Beat.
 

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'Stars, back in the day. I have 77 pre. Flop is TT7. Turn 7. River blank. I'm against TT. Flop a boat, river quads, never ahead. Only good part: lost $15 since it was .10/.25 NLHE

Recent home game against two spewtards. They both have around $400. I cover. Flop A83 rainbow. I shove with 88. A2o calls. A9 folds. Turn 2. River (case) A....


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Hah the same thing happened to me against Krafticus in Maine during the ASM tournament that caused me to bubble! He was getting pretty hammered at the time and didn't realize a lot from the hand he later tells me. I had KT on a TTx board and he kept firing with air after the turn. He didn't realize he flushed lol.
Yeah, I don't remember much from that night at all. I do remember the final hand, my K9 vs Harely's A9. King in the window, followed by an A. Flying that hung over sucked too... There is a real bad beat. Oh, and I have 4-5 patriots pint glasses that I snuck home.
 

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I'll confess that I have a little quibble here - a pet peeve, if you will.

Most of these stories are good stories about long shots or rare things in poker... but very few of them are actually Bad Beat stories.

It's a pet peeve of mine that so many people have adopted a Bad Beat to mean any big hand that loses, or any unlikely river card that comes in... I suppose it's related to the popularity of Bad Beat jackpots. But I go by the original definition of a Bad Beat: it's when you lose a good hand to someone who didn't belong in the hand to begin with. That is, when you're beat because the other guy played badly.

I know, I'm picky. I'm a word fag. I get it. But to me, if the other guy reasonably belonged in the hand, it ain't a Bad Beat.

where did you find the above definition?
 

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I was not involved in the hand, but to sum:

My friend Kurt has KK, lots of betting and getting it all in on the turn.

Flop: Q2Q

Turn: Q

River: Q

Villain turns over AK for the quads with A kicker.
 

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FYP. Good story.

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I'll confess that I have a little quibble here - a pet peeve, if you will.

Most of these stories are good stories about long shots or rare things in poker... but very few of them are actually Bad Beat stories.

It's a pet peeve of mine that so many people have adopted a Bad Beat to mean any big hand that loses, or any unlikely river card that comes in... I suppose it's related to the popularity of Bad Beat jackpots. But I go by the original definition of a Bad Beat: it's when you lose a good hand to someone who didn't belong in the hand to begin with. That is, when you're beat because the other guy played badly.

I know, I'm picky. I'm a word fag. I get it. But to me, if the other guy reasonably belonged in the hand, it ain't a Bad Beat.

Phew, I think I qualify
 

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If an all in is called and the prohibitive favorite loses then it is a bad beat IMO. Quality of play is subjective and doesn't matter. Also it is often misunderstood. If I had a dollar every time some moron had called me a donkey for making the correct call that they didn't understand...well I guess I'd have my bad beats back. [emoji1]
 

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My favorite (previously posted on CT). 7 stud, him with 4c2h down, me with Jc8c down. I'm betting all the way, money all-in heads-up on 5th street. The two 3s fell on 7th.

That's one of the very few poker hands I will ever remember...

7StudQuadsSF.jpg
 

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FYP. Good story.

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I'll confess that I have a little quibble here - a pet peeve, if you will.

Most of these stories are good stories about long shots or rare things in poker... but very few of them are actually Bad Beat stories.

It's a pet peeve of mine that so many people have adopted a Bad Beat to mean any big hand that loses, or any unlikely river card that comes in... I suppose it's related to the popularity of Bad Beat jackpots. But I go by the original definition of a Bad Beat: it's when you lose a good hand to someone who didn't belong in the hand to begin with. That is, when you're beat because the other guy played badly.

I know, I'm picky. I'm a word fag. I get it. But to me, if the other guy reasonably belonged in the hand, it ain't a Bad Beat.

Thanks for the quick fix - I am the worst hand recapper, ever. The only thing I'm worse at is shipping things via the mail.

I'd have a hard time thinking of specific hands where I won a pot because of a hand I didn't belong in preflop, since my pre-flop calling and raising range is between AOC (any one card). If I can get a second card, hey, that's just cause to party.

I've always thought that bad beats are just huge hands where mathematically one party is a massive favorite and the other hand wins. It sorta seems to me like your definition of a bad beat is basically playing itself out every other hand at the MA/NH circus table.
 
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