In poker, when a player with a strong hand loses to a player with a weaker hand by hitting a lucky card, it is called a bad beat. A lot of players usually have a hard time handling a bad beat. The key to playing good poker is learning how to control your emotions. If you let one bad beat affect your next hand or hands, you could compound your losses. There are certain things to remember while dealing with bad beats which will make the situation better and help to deal with bad beats effectively.
A part of dealing with bad beats is you should realize that it works both ways. For example, keep a track of how many times you’ve hit a card on the turn and won a hand. Knowing this has been done by you to other people will help you understand that the cards can be good on both sides and it’s just poker. After a bad beat, you could feel out of focus and upset which is normal but you should try to regain your focus as early as possible. This can be done by taking a break and getting up from the computer to maybe pour yourself a drink, get a snack, or some other little chore to get your mind off of the guy who just dealt you the bad beat. If you’re playing live, you could go to the bathroom and splash cold water on your face and return to the table to make good changes. You should also change your perspective towards bad beats and understand that it happens to every player and this should not affect your game but rather be an opportunity to think and improve your game. Another tip is to be process-oriented rather than chasing results as the odds of you winning a hand even when you’re 80 percent favorite are 5 out of 6 approximately which means the other player is going to win once in about 5 or 6 hands. It is more than you might think and will happen sooner or later so you need to learn to accept that sometimes you could lose a game even after being a favorite. Tightening up for a few hands and only playing monster hands such as AA/KK or AK/AQ until they let go of the urge to go all in.
You could also go on tilt when you feel the need to belittle or get angry at the opponent who dealt the bad beat. If this urge comes up, you should try to calm yourself down and take the high road and avoid calling the player anything offensive or bad as it will make you feel better about yourself and help return the good vibes and focus. Getting paranoid that you don’t get good cards or can’t win is also common after a bad beat. You should try and understand that it’s not a conspiracy to get you down or make you lose and it is going to happen a lot of times.