Bad beats can make poker a lot more difficult than other games. The sting of a bad beat can make even the most avid poker player hate the game.
However, it is important to let go of the frustrations before you move on to the next hand.
A common mistake.
A player may chase the money that they have unjustly lost throughout the session. Players will pull massive bluffs to call for any draw while adopting the mentality that "If they win with rags then so can I."
As you read this, I am sure you can remember a time when your money was in someone else's hands. But how do you get it back. This reckless pursuit can lead to more losses than it is worth.
This is likely one of the reasons you can't make any money online.
What can you do to get past a bad beat?
This seems obvious, stop tilting and you can save some money. It's not going to be easy, let's be real. Some beats can be so bad that you lose all sense of reason and your remaining chips are thrown away on a ten-high flush draw. There are ways to stop this obvious loss of chips.
1) Take a rest.
There is no better way to save your hard-earned money than to take a break from playing. It doesn't matter if you take a break for a few minutes or for several days; it is the best way to protect your bankroll.
You don't have to leave the game right now. It's possible that you will win your money back. Take a break and return when you feel calm. You will always find a game of Poker in the next ten, next week, or next year. You can save your money for the time when you are at the top of your game.
2) Think about expectation.
Think of how much money you could win with the hand you lost. You can do this by using free odds calculators like PokerStove. If you hold AA against AK, then you are approximately 90% likely to win the hand. This is also known as pot equity.
You can now say that you won 90% of the pot. You can expect to lose in this situation sometimes, so the 10% chance of losing is what you have just used. While you may lose that hand, the end result will be more rewarding.