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01. How to win the PokerStars Sunday Million How to win the PokerStars Sunday Million

Bad Beat

January 22, 2012 The other week I played in the Sunday Milion over at PokerStars. I hadn't had a crack at a big 'ol Sunday tourney in a while, so I figured it was worth a bash. I played ok, but narrowly missed the cash and I won't bore you here with the hows and whys here. But I did manage to grab a screenshot that should make every budding durrrr or Isildur1's blood turn ice cold. You have to be...
02. How to play a pair of fours...badly How to play a pair of fours...badly

Bad Beat

January 24, 2011 Here lies the Bad Beat Blogger. He folded his Pocket fours. Seriously, stick that on my tombstone. I can't talk about this hand for too long, as I'll get upset. But my mother told me to share. So here goes... The other night, playing a five-handed €0.10/0.20 cash game on PokerTime, I looked down to find the buggers staring straight back at me. I'd only just sat down. and had passed...
03. I'm finally starting to believe in streaks    I'm finally starting to believe in streaks

Bad Beat

October 23, 2010 I've never believed in lucky streaks. Not in this game. Not in poker. I've seen it in other walks of life. It happens in football all the time. Look at Wayne Rooney. This time last year he was the hottest player on the planet. Everytime he got the ball, almost regardless of the opposition, you felt he would charge up field and either score, or create, a goal. Twelve months on and he can...
04. Why I hate aces (Part 3,476) Why I hate aces (Part 3,476)

Bad Beat

August 30, 2010 OK. Rant time. I was just playing in a $10k guaranteed tourney at a certain well-known offshore poker site that shall remain nameless. It paid to about 60 places and there were 300 or so players left. I'd done everything I NEVER do...been responsible, selective and careful. I'd won about six or seven hands to get to this stage and was in better than average shape.I was just getting itchy...
05. Nobody deserves a beat this bad. Not even me... Nobody deserves a beat this bad. Not even me...

Bad Beat

August 2, 2010 I am absolutely incandescent with rage. I have just busted in about 1,500th place in the Pokerstars Sunday $250k with the worst f&%£ing beat of all time. I had been playing brilliantly. Usually, to get this deep in an insanely massive tourney of 30,000 players, you need to win some serious coin flips. Tonight, having won my $11 seat in a breeze in a $1 satellite, I played like...
06. Alex Higgins: The Great Hurricane has passed Alex Higgins: The Great Hurricane has passed

Bad Beat

July 27, 2010 Compulsive gamblers love their own. There's nothing more reassuring, when you're lying in the gutter staring at the stars, than to realise there's someone equally hopeless right next to you doing the same thing. This blog is supposed to be about me losing money playing poker, but I've never been able to  concentrate on anything for long. And so, inevitably, my thoughts this week turned...
07. Today I lost £10,000...without even playing poker Today I lost £10,000...without even playing poker

Bad Beat

June 6, 2010 Usually this is the place to find me whining on about poker. But today I caught the worst beat I've ever had away from the poker table...so I thought I'd share my misery with you. Like most poker players, I'm an instinctive risk taker. A gambler, if you like. Some of the collegues at my day job know this.   On Friday evening I was working late, as usual,...