Volunteering For A Bad Beat
Let's say you've been smart. You've been patient. You folded away from stack-draining draws on exorbitant raises from the made hands of your opponents. You stayed away from marginal hands, unless you were in a streak. Your raises commanded some respect. You've made it through hundreds of other poker players by being disciplined and perceiving when the edge belonged to you. Suddenly, the big biscuits and gravy shows up, pocket rockets. You now take all that discipline, hard work, and savvy, and you go all-in! A larger stack than yours has you covered. They like their 99, so they call. When they hit that 3rd nine on the flop, well, life's not fair, is it? Do you know the real risk you took? Game over. No more hands. No final table. Cracked aces. Finito. If the blinds were not necessitating you to move all-in, but you had a degree of comfort, why risk it all like that.... like.... an... amateur, volunteering for a bad beat?