Sometimes what you call bad beats is just a bad decision.
It hapenned whith me this weekend. I was in 12 in a tournament that starts with 2500 players and had 35 left in that moment. I was ITM yet, but the really good prizes was in the final table. Then I receive QQ in the UTG1. I just raise. Everybody folds, except the CO, with a larger stack than mine. He pays. The flop opens with 955. I checked, and he raises. I just payed, maybe he has another 5, but I really needed to see the turn. Another 5. I raise, he just pays. And the river bring a 3. I raise. He puts AI.
Ok, in this moment, I had about 60% of my stack in the table. I was very concerned about loosing that amount. And before I think in ODDs
and outs, and without much reflexion, I changed the strategy I had in all tournament before and call. Ha has A5. So I finish in 35 position.
In the next hours I stayed very upset about my bad lucky, how in the hell that bastart received three fives?
But after some time, I really use my brain. His raises was showing a strong hand. And in fact, he could win with AA, KK, 99, 33 and one 5. But in that moment, I just thinked "No, he doesn't have a four".
I just lost for the 5, but it isn't bad lucky. It was a bad decision. The correct play was fold.
Learning with the mistakes, the better way to improve your game.