What Can You
Do About Poker Luck?
No matter how good you are. No matter how much you practice. No matter how often
you read $30 books written by pro players, no matter what 2 cards you have…It
ALL comes down to luck sometimes.
I hear it over and over again at the tables…”Man that guy sucks…But he sure is
catching good hands.” I’ve caught myself thinking this too. Maybe you have also.
It’s a very funny thing to hear in no limit Hold’em because often people will
ridicule the play of other players that are doing well at the table. I’m not
saying that calling a large bet pre-flop with Q 6 off suite is smart play. But
when you hit the flop like 10, 6, 6 you are always getting paid off on a big
over pair. Is it smart? Is it the right decision? Well that all depends. A lot
of players go with a gut feeling. Some players take these risks just to
capitalize huge when they hit it. Is this inherently bad play? All of this is
situational. Poker is a game of situations. The beauty of poker is that your
opponent can have any 2 cards in the hole…and so can you.
Think of it this way. Most of the time this player is going to miss this flop
huge. But occasionally he will call this against pocket Ace’s and win a large
pot. It all depends on the timing and luck. There is nothing you can do about
what cards come out.
The best you can do is get your money in the pot with the best hand, cross your
fingers and hope for the best. We all have bad beats. We all get sucked out on
and in contrary we all give bad beats and we all suck out on other players.
Having pocket Ace’s lose to a 5 7 off suite hurts. It always will. But if you
don’t think poker is just total randomness than you will never feel good about
it. It will hurt more when you lose and you will feel falsely superior when you
win. This is why some players think they are good enough to tell you how
bad your play is. They have had a few luck
It is all random. There is an enormous amount of skill involved in poker,
but against bad players it can be just luck. Take a deck of cards and deal out 2 cards in 5 places. Just
like you were dealing Hold’em to 5 players. Deal them face up. Now deal out a
flop, turn and river. With no influence by players see what 2 cards win. Now do
it again and again. See if the best pre-flop hand wins every time. You’ll soon
notice it does not. Makes you think twice about slow playing those Ace’s huh?
Time and time again you will see hands like 5 7 win, 2 4 and even K 3 wins a few
of them. Now you see it is all random. Now you have to adjust your game to that.
You need to put your player on a hand and you need to force your player off hands
too. This is
where the skill comes into play. By being
able to read a player you can adjust your game
just enough to limit the amount of luck they get
off really bad hands. Take this along with
my 10 Mistakes in Limit Hold'em article and you
will be on your way to a better player sooner
Don P - Getpokercodes.com