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Handling Beats

How you react to them matters

by Ed Miller |  Published: Aug 20, 2010

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Beats are part of poker. There’s no way around it. No matter how well you play, you will take plenty of beats. You can’t prevent them. But how you react to them matters. It’s easy to react in a negative way that will cost you money in future hands. In this column, I’ll discuss two different kinds of beats that you can take, and offer tips for handling them in a positive way. The “Ahead in a Big Pot” Beat You open for $25 in a loose $2-$5 game with the K K. Four players call, and everyone has about $500 remaining. The flop comes K 10 2. Everyone checks to you, and you bet $100. The loose small blind calls, and then the aggressive young player in the big blind moves all in for $400 more. You call, and the small blind calls. There’s a pause as the dealer ...


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