Top this bad beat at the poker table

Top this bad beat at the poker table

June 05, 2018 3:00 AM


If you play much poker, undoubtedly you have experienced (suffered?) at least one “bad beat.” It’s when you have a great hand but lose to an opponent who drew with few outs – and caught it. As they say, your opponent “drew out” on you.

He/she was a huge longshot, but got lucky. It seems everyone has a bad beat story or two but this one I am about to tell you may well be one of the worst possible. In my mind, it could not have been worse.

The other night, as I played $4-$8 limit hold’em at the Hustler Casino, I experienced the “mother” of all bad beats. I doubt it could have been more horrible for me. It had not been a good session for me up until this point. In a late position, I was dealt A-Q offsuit. Perhaps my luck was about to get better, I mused. I raised preflop to build the pot in case I connected. Five of us saw the flop: A-9-5 offsuit.

I had, indeed, connected to make top pair on the board – two big and beautiful Aces. My opponents all checked to me, so I made the opening bet. Three called to see the turn. No raises. So, I assumed I was well in the lead and hoped to reduce the size of the playing field somewhat to improve my chances of keeping the lead the rest of the way.

The turn was the Queen of hearts, giving me top two-pair on the board – making my hand even stronger. Wow! I certainly liked what I saw. Again it was checked to me. I opened with the $8 bet – a value bet to build the pot I (optimistically) expected to win. Yes, at last, my luck was changing for the better, the thought occurred to me. Now if I could just get through the river, I had it made. And, by now, it was a huge pot. I smiled inwardly, anticipating a big win.

The river (ah, yes, the river) paired the 9 on the board. Whenever there is a pair on the board, it is always possible for a player to hold trips, a full-boat, or even quads. (We can only hope that is not the case this time.) The young lady to my right opened the betting this time. Jean was a very tight player and not prone to bluff, in my opinion, so I am always quite cautious when she acts aggressively. I called. Then, Mary, an elderly woman to my left, raised it up. I was surprised. Both Jean and I called her raise. The pot was just too big to give up on my big, beautiful, top two-pair hand.

Both women turned up 9-10 in the hole. They had each made trip 9’s, shattering my hope of victory with my top two-pair. Yes, it was a bad beat at my expense, as I watched the dealer split the pot between the two ladies. I was totally frustrated, to say the least!

And, as I thought about it, this might very well have been the bad beat to beat all others. With each woman holding a 9 in the hole, and a third 9 falling on the flop, there was only one lonely out that could have beat me – the fourth 9 in the deck. The odds against that were over 40-to-1. Those high odds are to my favor. But it can – and did – happen, I am so sorry to say.

I would be interested if anyone out there has a WORSE bad beat story. A prize for the best one sent to email below.