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I'm not the biggest fan about discussing specific strategy about what to do with a hand like A Q offsuit in middle position with two people limping in from early position. This is primarily because I believe each situation you run into at the poker table is, well, situational. Sometimes you'll fold, sometimes you will raise, whatever, and this isn't really a great lead in to my post....My point is, there is strategy that affects your profit at the table. I know this topic is covered a lot, but its necessary to get it out there more. If I had just a lousy penny for everytime players at my lowly 10/25cent no limit tables got in a fight over strategy, then i would be damn rich. There would be some people trying to have a good time, calling a raise with a 5 7 suited, would catch up to a hand, and the preflop raiser with AK would go on a rant about how the mighty Heinz should've never seen the flop. DON'T DO THAT. Don't be one of those people.I personally like to chat a lot at my tables. I try to make friends with everyone there. And I most definatly encourage people playing hands like 2 6 suited and so forth. When someone beats me with a runner runner straight draw, I simply say, I was rooting for you the whole time, awesome hand. And this is done without the least bit of sarcasm. I've learned over the last six weeks playing this no limit to laugh at the bad beats, they will happen every day, especially playing 2000 hands a session. Even more so, you want to encourage it. There are great articles on cardplayer by Mike Caro and Johnny Chan about how you want to make your opponents happy, how you want them to play those hands and congratulate them. A table with laughter is more profitable than a silent table. This is completely true. Have fun at the poker tables and laugh about your pocket aces getting beat by a gambler with A 8 offsuit and him flopping two 8's. No need to discourage the action because people like that really make the game more fun, and more profitable. I guess my point is this, I love bad beats as should any good poker player ;-)

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good post. i would move this over to "general poker" so more people can read this. i completely agree with you. in fact, i'm usually the one calling with 75s in all my NL games. actually, scratch that, i'm the one raising with them. :-) as some other poster pointed out before (don't remember who), you can also consider bad beats simple overhead costs. all businesses have fixed and marginal overhead costs, and poker is no different. bad beats will always be there, and you have to accept them.good post,aseem

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Thanks, its just the most important thing I've read in cardplayer articles, from Chan, Caro, and even Negreanu has a good article about this; the one where he would go over to the other casino once a week and loosen up the game and anger the locals but recruit the recreational players. Its aggravating that time and time again at the limits I play there's the same players I see everyday bitching about bad beats and chasing the more fun and easy going opponents away. As far as posting it in another part of this site, well, I really have no idea what section people respond to, and also don't start many threads. I guess I just drop in every now and then, read as much as possible and throw a reply in here and there.

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I completely agree with this. I too am always chatting it up whether its live poker, or online. I consider myself a pretty decent player (overall slight +$) but poker is a hobby and I feel that I want it to be as fun as possible.

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Personally I just see getting mad at someone who outdraws you as a sign of a bad poker player. I play about 1000 hands a day (yes, 1000) mostly in heads-up SNGs (you can bust out like 200+ hands an hour) and so I see alot of bad beats daily.I think there is frustration when you start to get good then you notice, "hey, I never suck-out like that." Well, that's because you are good. You will rarely outdraw someone as you will have had the best hand when the money went in.

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