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I Feel For The Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth

April 13, 2009

If you read my post yesterday you’ll know I’m none too happy about getting beat by players who go all in with garbage hands — and end up beating my preflop favourites. I admit it’s my mistake going all-in with AK, but for a QQ to be beat by a Q-3, sometimes it just gets too much to bear. And when it happens over and over again, I start wondering if the scientists who swear poker is a game of skill, not luck, really know what they are talking about.

I’m talking bad beats. And anyone who has played more than a handful of poker has experienced the same thing. Just today, I saw my friend Mal’s KK go under to a 9-10 offsuit who caught a straight by the river. Then my JJ all-in gets called by a K-6 offsuit. I’m not pleased the bum caught a 6 on the flop, a K on the turn, and another 6 on the river to bust me with a fullhouse.

Yes, i’m peeved. And if even hitting the rail from a bad beat in FullTilt and PokerStars’ freeroll tournaments is giving me grieve enough to rant on this blog, I wonder how the professionals like Phil Hellmuth handles the bad beats with high stakes poker. Well, the short answer is: he doesn’t!

In this poker clip, “Poker Brat” Hellmuth explodes when his AK suited falls to a rubbish hand. And honestly, he’s not my hero — “Jesus” Chris Ferguson is, at the moment — but I certainly do feel his pain.

Hellmuth famously once said: “If no luck was involved in poker, I’d win every hand”. But luck does play a part, no matter how small, and by golly I’m going to have to dig real deep to find the strength to beat these fishes at the poker table.

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