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Avoiding bad beats is one of the most important skills to learn in poker.
Poker players at any level just hate it when they get a bad beat, they are are the most annoying and frustrating hands in the game!
So what are they, and more importantly, how can you go about avoiding bad beats?
Well a bad beat is when you are overwhelming favorite to win a hand – but still lose. It really is a sickener as often you can lose all your chips and go out of the game on a bad beat, just because you were convinced you had the hand won.
There are two types of bad beat in the game of Texas Holdem poker – the type that you can’t really do anything about and the type that can be avoided.
Here’s a scenario for the first type:
You’ve got a pair of aces, the best possible starting hand while your only opponent left in the betting is holding a pair of fours. The flop comes A Q 4 and your opponent goes all-in. You call, you’ve got the best possible hand at that point. The turn is a 4 and you don’t catch