Terrible bad beat!
Why are you reading this thread? Do you want to see the story of how i lost a hand having more chances to won it than my opponent? Is it interesting for you reading such a common thing as a bad beat?
Come on, if you play poker you have to know that bad beats are a very usual part of the game. Maybe i´m exaggerating saying that a bad beat is common, because it´s not common to see something happening few times in a game. It´s not common compared to the most hands played, but if you think in that way, it´s also not common to see a full house or quads. So why do you like telling (and reading) bad beats stories and you don´t tell every full house or quad you hit?
Poker is a chance game. Every bad beat has chances of happening. For example, if your opponent has 8% of winning the hand on the river, and he win that hand, you just have to asume that, because you know that theoretically if that scene happens 100 times, 8 times he will win.
So if you´re mad and you tell your bad beat story to everyone just because math was telling you that you would win that hand, then you´re wrong. If your base is math, math is really telling you that bad beats must happen.
Of course bad beats annoy everyone, but if they affect you emotionally for a very long time and you think that poker is the most unjust game because of them, maybe poker is not your game. You have to learn to acept them the best you can, because they are going to happen to you. I assure to you that if you play for 3 straight hours, you´re going to see at least one bad beat.
Maybe the bad beats stories can change because of the context or situation when they happened, but they are still just a bad beat. Frequently when i read threads of bad beats almost all the replies are like this: "that is nothing compared to what it happened to me yesterday. I had ........". That means that a bad beat is just that, a thing that happens less often that a regular hand.
Bad beats can make you lose a lot of money or they can take you out from a tournament. But because they are so "special" and they happen very less often than a common hand, you don´t have to worry because in the long run you´re going to win more money by winning common hands than the one you lose by an "unjustice" bad beat.
If a terrible bad beat happened to you and now you´re afraid of playing a high poker pair against fish because they are going to beat you with a marginal hand, i encourage you to do this test: Go fishing. Play for a week with $5 every day at a $0.5/$0.10 table. You will find a lot of fish there, so just play premium hands. I know that you´re going to have at least one bad beat, but i also know that you´re going to have a profit on that week.
The point is: bad beats are a part of the game. You will see millions of bad beats on your life. But if you play a good and solid poker, bad beats doesn´t have to affect your game and bankroll.
ps: I am not criticizing those who like to post every bad beat they have, because everyone is able to make a thread of whatever they want. I´m just telling that it´s a repetitive theme and it´s getting boring.
ps2: MercilessKiller, i saw your thread on Poker Strategies "What to do with $10". My last paragraph was a kind of reply to your thread. With $10, i recommend to go fishing. You will win a few bucks, but it´s really easy money.