Winning and Losing

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In poker there are ways of winning and losing that are more acceptable than others.

The best type of win is when you have the absolute best hand, the nuts, and nothing can help your opponent to overtake you.

The second best type of win is when you have the best hand, and even though your opponent might have twelve cards left in the deck that could help him, your hand holds up and you win the pot.

The third best type of win is bitter sweet and is when you do not have the best hand but you have at least 12 cards in the deck that can give you the win. You get that card either on the turn or on the river for the win.

The bitterest way to lose is when your opponent catches his miracle card on the turn or on the river for the win. This is the type of loss that makes you say “that’s poker”.

The second worse way to lose is when you have a good starting hand but the flop, turn and river don’t improve your hand and your opponent’s better hand wins.

The worst way to lose is when you have a hand that is behind, losing, but you cannot give it up.

Even after the river, you call off more chips in the hopes that your opponent was bluffing and nine times out of time you know he is not, yet you call anyway.

Yesterday I had yet another losing session and I would like to say that I was beaten at the last or next to last card and that my opponent managed to outdraw me but in reality I beat myself. I called off chips in the hope that my hand was better, in spite of all of the evidence to the contrary.

My bankroll went from $182 to $165 or 36 buy-ins to 33 buy-ins.

Have you ever given up more chips that you should? Have you ever made a crying call?

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