99 thoughts on “How to Deal with Bad Beats

  1. What's with all the transformational bullshit? A million somethin somethin lol – poker is just a fuck fest of luck test – and you Daniel are one of the lucky coin flippers – just be grateful and forget all of the worthless transformational advice because really you are doing everyone including yourself a disservice. You remind me of a person who was lucky and hit the lottery and now wants to share your secret to hitting the lottery. Yes you have skills and then again there are many other no name people that didn't get the anal horseshoe implant at the right moment. How many people have heard of Don Zewin? – now compare that to how many have heard of Phil Hellmuth and you will understand. Line up everyone in the world and have a coin flipping contest where the rules of the contest are if you flip heads then you move forward and if you flip tails you move backwards and 1 billion dollars to those that flip heads everytime and death to those that flip tails everytime. If you flip a head and then a tail then you are neutral and are out of the contest. There will eventually be a winner of 1 billion dollars and a loser who gets put to death. They both achieved the same thing. Now my beef with you is after 10 flips there will be one group with all heads and one group with all tails – what do you think of the conversations that are happening in each group? or the self talk in each group? All positive in the group that flips heads? all negative in the group that flips all tails? neutral in all of the ones on the sidelines after flipping a head and a tail? law of attraction nonsense talk? transformational jargon talk? You sourced a head or a tail? – WTF – it is just luck.

  2. Poker can be a cruel game.. we all just have to learn to accept that fact

  3. Daniel I can't even put into words on how thankful I am that you make these videos. you keep me motivated to play poker. It's a slippery slope this game but at times it's the most rewarding. I love this game and I love the atmosphere no matter how many bad beats or bad plays I make that one good read or great play is what I live for . I know I will get better in the word of Aristotle "We are what we repeatedly do, so then excellence is not an act but a habit.

  4. I watched this video right after losing a spin and go when he called me all in .. i had 44.. flop was 443 i shoved.. he called and won A2345 of clubs lol
    anyway.. i went back and won 500 dollars by clearing my head.. thank u Dan!!!

  5. I don't know anything about Daniel Negreanu's education, but he just gave the most succinct lecture I've ever seen on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is one of the most effective therapies for those who struggle with emotional regulation (go look up borderline personality for an example). I will be showing this video to my students because I'm seriously impressed.

  6. all you can do is get ur money in in good spots and hope the cards hold. Often times in holdem especially tournamnets it comes down 2 a coin flip, not much skill in that but lots of luck!!

  7. Just had to watch this video again after getting my ass penetrated 10 times in a row by the river card

  8. Thank you for this Daniel. So glad I've found your channel. Been a huge fan since I was 18 watching high stakes poker on a cable channel in Ireland. 25 now and you're still influencing my game and life. Never change man!

  9. I would prefer a "easy button" as opposed to cup holders. When that piece of """" calls preflop after your raise, calls the flop after you raise again, then your turn, and finally hits his gut shot on the river to beat your set…….

    Just slap the MF easy button and … what appears?? Boxing gloves. A pair for him and a pair for me 😈.

    We need to bring the fighting aspect of hockey into the poker world. I would never leave a game upset over a bad beat again…

    It would make the game so much more fun in dealing with bad beats.

    Thanks for the share Daniel! It is helping as much as it can after this day grinding on the tables.

  10. Just lost kk to tens when 35 of 7500 players were left for 100bb… jesus that hurts

  11. the best tip is to stop feeling like a victim n take the responsability of your poker game. i will remember your advice, when i get to the next bad beat 😉 thx daniel, you are my man (y)

  12. Identify thought, emotion, feeling……..put it away. BOOOOMMMMM maharaja

  13. Thanks Daniel, I only play socially with friends but very informative.

  14. Yesterday i flew out of a tournament cause a guy went all in on the flop with AsKs on a Ad9d10d board and i had 6d8d and called him instantly cause I thaught either he made two pair or a set he wanted to defend with his life but never thought he'd do that with top pair. 3% equity that he wins and he won with a full house, felt like a truck drove over me.

    But I played it well, so I move on. 🙂

  15. I keep getting bad results. my sets wont hold, my draws never get there and I cant win. it also seems like players have become so sticky in the last year everywhere I play they just don't fold

  16. For some reason I have anxiety when I first get to the table & put my chips down. It can take me 1/2 or so to get calm, think clearly & focus on the game. I pep-talk myself, take deep breaths but I can never shake the 'stage fright'. Once it subsides, I'm fine. I'll try doing these exercises instead & see if it helps. Thanks for the tips!

  17. Daniel I love these mindfulness techniques. They work in all aspects of our lives, poker included.

  18. Deep Breaths aren't new age kooky at all. It's scientifically proven that more oxygen helps with brain function and relaxation.

  19. that is so Tony Robbins… im reading him and man its the cooler thing ever!!! (the third). see you in tables

  20. I don't even mind bad beats anymore because I view them as a "tax" I need to pay to play with worse players.

  21. I've gotten bad beats on bodog for the last 25 hands, I think it's rigged since I went up to 250 last night and withdrew 150. Their A.I. red flagged me and gives the pots every time to donks now. Weird.

  22. great video, you are really helpfull for everyone (im not even playing poker but these tips are really awesome for everyone)

  23. I had won a big pot $1000 first hand( cash game) $200 on the next hand back to back got egged on by the losers 3rd hand I give away $600,I tip the the dealer $25 I leave the table an hour later dealer comes by says that was really stupid how you played that third hand those guys are laughing at you! 😒Best relief scream into your pillow😭

  24. You're forgetting to tell all the mugs that online poker is rigged to fuck and rewards millionaires who are on the payroll like you, stop taking the piss

  25. I generally rip up the cards and take a dump on the table. Mind you I'm running outta casinos.

  26. I just lost a 2000 dollar hand guy bluffs on the flop with 8 2 against my ace king i had a pair of Ace's he hits an 8 on turn then a 2 on the river. I've lost more hands like that in the last week than I have my entire life. It's really tuff to get through, I've started to doubt my play but deep down I know I'm making the right plays and just hope I don't completely kill my bank roll. I really wanted to strangle the guy.

  27. Pocket aces and i lost against someone with three tens, i was confident I'd win because everything on the board didn't help out for any kind of hand unless you already had a pocket pair

  28. I played a tournament 2 weeks ago. I lost to a higher straight. I then lost to a higher full house, he had pocket Queens and I had pocket 8’s. I rebounded just enough to limp on and then I got totally wiped out by quad 9’s when I had 2 pair. I was in disbelief. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  29. Just experienced one of the toughest beats of my poker career considering the several thousand up for grabs and a strangle hold on the tourney itself. That’s neither here nor there.

    Great video Daniel. Thank you for your open advice in this situation. For 7 full days my head has been replaying the entire hand over and over and as I’ve made mistakes in hands before becsuse we’re still human, I was 100% on this one and took it up “Main Street” on the river. Anyway I’m already putting your advice to good use as it’s helped me accept it a bit more. Keep the poker tips coming, please. 💯💯💯

  30. More of us play small stakes cash than tournaments, so the constant tournament scenario stuff is irritating at times.

  31. Thanks Daniel
    Just lost my money AA v K2o and he hit 2 pair in a cash game..then after that I tilted I think..but when I realized that,it was too late.then 1 fish kept on reraising every hand I play and I decided to go all in with AJs he had 84s and he hit an 8 on the river.. freaking bad day.
    Thanks for the tip..it really helps to tell it out 🙂

  32. Hi Daniel, just wanted to say thanks and appreciation for the emotional intelligence you display. Its one of the better leverages a person can have in life and/or poker. Breathe, think, feel. Great stuff.

  33. I was just playing for cash money 2/5 blinds; got a pair of kings late position and raised $20. The guy in big blind raises me $60 and middle position reraises $150. I push all in for $600 and the guy in front follows – (middle position folds, strangely). Flop comes 5 4 5 and the guy flops four of a kind 5's! (I forget the rest of the cards but it obviously didn't matter). I feel so sick right now I can't even believe this is happening. I worked so hard accumulating that money to have it lost to some insanely lucky idiot who called $540! I love poker; the deception, the risk, the skill needed to play, and to see this game poisoned by people who are simply lucky is depressing. I know that $600 is not the end of the world and I will likely make it back within a few months but it just does not seem right that idiots get rewarded.

    This story is the only thing I can think of to explain my emotions…

    (Excerpt from Atlas Shrugged, by author Ayn Rand)

    The great oak tree had stood on a hill over the Hudson, in a lonely spot of the Taggart estate. Eddie Willers, aged seven, liked to come and look at that tree. It had stood there for hundreds of years, and he thought it would always stand there. Its roots clutched the hill like a fist with fingers sunk into the soil, and he thought that if a giant were to seize it by the top, he would not be able to uproot it, but would swing the hill and the whole of the earth with it, like a ball at the end of a string. He felt safe in the oak tree’s presence; it was a thing that nothing could change or threaten; it was his greatest symbol of strength.

    One night, lightning struck the oak tree. Eddie saw it the next morning. It lay broken in half, and he looked into its trunk as into the mouth of a black tunnel. The trunk was only an empty shell; its heart had rotted away long ago; there was nothing inside – just a thin gray dust that was being dispersed by the whim of the faintest wind. The living power had gone, and the shape it left had not been able to stand without it.

    “It was an immense betrayal – the more terrible because he could not grasp what it was that had been betrayed. It was not himself, he knew, nor his trust; it was something else. He stood there for a while, making no sound, then he walked back to the house. He never spoke about it to anyone, then or since.”The great oak tree had stood on a hill over the Hudson, in a lonely spot of the Taggart estate. Eddie Willers, aged seven, liked to come and look at that tree. It had stood there for hundreds of years, and he thought it would always stand there. Its roots clutched the hill like a fist with fingers sunk into the soil, and he thought that if a giant were to seize it by the top, he would not be able to uproot it, but would swing the hill and the whole of the earth with it, like a ball at the end of a string. He felt safe in the oak tree’s presence; it was a thing that nothing could change or threaten; it was his greatest symbol of strength.

    One night, lightning struck the oak tree. Eddie saw it the next morning. It lay broken in half, and he looked into its trunk as into the mouth of a black tunnel. The trunk was only an empty shell; its heart had rotted away long ago; there was nothing inside – just a thin gray dust that was being dispersed by the whim of the faintest wind. The living power had gone, and the shape it left had not been able to stand without it.

    “It was an immense betrayal – the more terrible because he could not grasp what it was that had been betrayed. It was not himself, he knew, nor his trust; it was something else. He stood there for a while, making no sound, then he walked back to the house. He never spoke about it to anyone, then or since.”

    I would be really eager to hear your response

  34. This is a guide on how to become Phil Helmuth…
    talking to yourself and dealing with losing out loud and to yourself while pacing… 🤪😜

  35. Bad beats are exceptionnaly difficult to endure in live tournaments, against opponents who seem to play with the money they have before them as if it was nothing, while for you it is the biggest tournament you ve ever played, by winning a sattelite.

  36. Was in a sizable tournament flopped 2 pair. Read the guy perfectly on aces.. we get it all in on the flip. He hits runner runner spades for flush.. about 30 minutes later I have aces.. flop comes K.6.2. Rainbow. I check to him he raises I go all in confident he has the king.. he has AK.. he hits a king on river. Cant beat luck in this game no matter how good you are.

  37. due a phil helmuth honey he called with 10 high these FREAKING IDOITS. lol

  38. Great video but I'm sorry, I kept getting distracted by watching the guy in your right trophy :p

  39. Hey Daniel, thanks for the videos i think they are awesome and have helped me become a better poker player. I have a pretty generic question that stems from a specific hand i had lost a fair amount of money with. I guess my question is, how do you deal with a player that slow played an entire hand, limped pre-flop and checked down to me twice. Basically i had a Q9 suited where i bump the blinds 2 and a half times a pretty standard raise. The guy to my right calls me after calling the big blind. On the flop i hit the flush i needed. At this point the K and A were not on the board. He checks to me where i bet around half the pot, he later calls me after a couple of people folded. Checks down again on the turn, so i do the same thing and bet half the pot, after a few minutes of thinking he calls. Then on the river he checks down to me again where i go all in and after awhile of thinking he calls. He ended up having the K high flush. I guess for an amateur player i feel like i played it pretty decent i just don’t know where i could’ve picked up where he had the better flush on the flop. Thanks again for the videos!

  40. I was playing in a 125$-entry tournament. Grand prize was about 25k. Im on the last table, and i get AA. Im in the cutoff. Guy in middle position is a pretty LAG player and raises. I re-raise and he calls. Flop is A J(<3) A. He raises again about half pot and I re-raise to full. He calls. Turn Card is Q(<3). I raise full pot again trying to get him to fold. He calls. River card is 9(<3). I check and he bets full pot again. I call. Fucker flips over K(<3) and 10(<3). Im thinking sure he has a straight draw or a flush draw but never seriously considered a straight flush.

    I just got up and walked to the restroom. I get in front of the mirror and I just explode in laughter. I had been playing about 8 hours and I could not stop laughing. I walk back to the table, shake his hand, and laugh a bit more. I ended up coming in second, but he came in 3rd behind me. Shit like that you cant let get to you. I just know that from now on Ill always go all in with the same exact situation because what are the odds it ever happens again? lol

  41. i personally loves bad beats because opponent especially the one who had the pot will think that you are tillted in the next hand ans then they make mistakes, i always win against tight players after a bad beat

  42. Daniel, it's easy to say let results speak for themselves when you have run above EV for your entire life lol… not saying you're incorrect. Just saying it's easier said than done

  43. When I get a bad-beat, first I rage, but then I take a look at the instant hand replay and break down every decision I made and I determine if I lost due to mistakes I made or was it purely bad luck. If my determination is that it was bad luck and not a bad choice then I tell myself, "It happens, move on, be patient and double up". If I determine I made a mistake, then I rage again and then learn from the mistake. I think about what I was thinking at the time I made the mistake so that when a similar situation occurs in the future I might remember how it lost me a hand in the past.

    And thanks for the advice, Daniel. I'll add what I learned in this video to my "rules list" I made on my phone that I study and add to every day.

  44. only fucking pokerstars somehow theres always some fukin fish who always hits the 1 or 2 outer, literally non stop .

  45. Don't be result oriented…try to have the best hand you can every time, accept your mistakes and learn from them, and when you get bad beats, even when you got in with the best hand…know you did the right thing, and smile….because in the long run fortune will smile on you.

  46. I'm here because I just lost QQ vs AQ due to a 3 card flush on the river and AA to KK in a cash game, lol.

  47. Doing most of those other things love that 3 deep breaths that's a new tool for me.
    Cheers Bro

  48. Just lost, online, in a nice size tournament and came for some advice. I constantly am losing where I am in the lead when the chips are all in.. I’ll tell my latest story. get dealt Queens (club/heart) raise 3.5BB or 10% of my stack.. low stack goes all in, he has 10BB. Guy with more chips than me calls, I decide to call (9 handed)- Flop- 4C, 8D, JC. I proceed to go all in, not even a pot bet.. guy snap calls.. this point I think Aces Kings or ace jack.. caller had 5-7 more BB than me.. he flips over AK diamonds.. short stack had 99, heart and spade.. turn was actually a good card 10C.. brings me to about an 80% favorite to win hand, but more importantly, only a 14% chance to lose to AK diamonds.. math may be off, but I believe 6 cards really screw me, 3 would let low stack live (any 7 but club 7) .. River is the Queen of diamonds, killed by my own set.. Broadway. This is just the latest of a trend. I feel online I lose 75% of the hands I’m in. In which I’m ahead.. lost with Kings to Ace rags, river Ace, lost with Aces to AK.. just nice to hear Daniel because those are some good tips.. gotta play more live, online too crazy for me.. best fellas

  49. Didn't expect what seemed like bits of Rosenberg/ non-violent psychology. Great video!

  50. I don't care if you dont want to hear it, ive lost so many hands with at least 75% equity or more for the last three fing weeks I'm seriously losing my mind. I'm not kidding I've gone on a ten k down swing to being being up 550 to back down 12k playing 2 5 in the last three weeks I am losing my mind. I just lost a hand with q 10 suited flopped 2 pair on a q 10 5 board vs ace jack he raised flop I re raise he 3 bets I call, turn is a 2 he bets the pot I raise he jams I call the river is of course a fing king, so yet again I loose a hand with 90% equity, this in fing maddening. This has happened over and over and over again this month I honestly am about done with the game. This year I am barely a winning player but after a month like this I'm not having fun anymore in fact I damn near wanted to throw my chair through my computer and just start destroying my house. You can probably tell that hand just happened.

  51. Been looking for this video for a while now, had my pocket aces cracked 4 times in the last month..
    Plus yesterday i was playing at a table of 7 people. i was dealt K(spades ) 3 (hearts) .. 3 people raised all in pre Flop. I fold thinking its not a strong enough hand to play.
    Flop comes 9(Spades) , Jack (spades) King ( heart ).
    Turn – …. King (diamond)
    River- ….. King (clubs)
    …. DUDE NEXT TO ME TURNS OVER THE POCKET ACES AND TAKES THE POT OF LIKE $650….
    Folded king, 3 pre flop and could have cracked his aces With quad kings if i wouldnt have folded….
    poker is just full of Sooo many tilting hands dude.

  52. There's certainly some value to the points made here. One of the key things to question, however, is whether internal identification is limited to actually dissolving the issue at hand?

  53. Yesterday i shove aq call aj and made a straight at river with a magic ten…lol i only say..but anger grows fast and i stop plaing since now..that i dont want play anymore..let s see how i wake tomorrow.staff that appens iz ok

  54. Had pocket kings didn’t even look just went all in pre flop and didn’t look for a min expected to win. Was out of the tournament , had kq king queen like 5 on the flop guy goes all in I call he has pocket kings . I had pocket jacks . Flop comes 2 8 9 . I go all in . Buddy had 9 queen . Then two more queens come on the flop and I lose . Same shit with I hit 2 pair on the flop kings and tens . With k 10 as my hand . And then he goes all in . I can assuming king ace hand he has. And it’s pocket kings . Ends up full house over my 2 pair. And I make these calls after folding multiple hands waiting for the right time to play because it’s full of idiots goof all in and 3 betting every hand and I watch people chip up like crazy because they play like idiots and I get frustrated

  55. What do u think about app like pppoker. The bad beats seem too many there (just lost 3 aa vs kk in one day)

  56. Player utg calls my late position KhJh raise with Qc5c, flop is 9sQhQs, everyone checks. Turn is 10d. I have a straight now. Opponent min bets, I re-raise, he re-raises that, I re-raise 2x the pot. He calls. River is 5s. I shove. He calls. He has full house to beat my flush. I'm playing with fucking morons and I get so many bad beats. No fucking way a decent player would ever call that? I lost to a fucking 5 on the river. I hate this fucking game. I swear I always get retarded shit because people online play any fucking thing as long as there is one face card in hand. Fuck online poker. Shit is rigged as fuck.

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