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It’s just a cooler…

If you’ve been playing poker for any amount of time, you will hear the term “It’s just a cooler…” and often times, there is nothing you can do about it.  Poker is a variance game and sometimes we run bad or just encounter a cold-deck.

For any poker newbies, a “cooler” is when a very strong hand in poker (often the second best possible hand) is beaten by the best possible hand.  One good example is from the movie Rounders  where Teddy KGB beats Mike McDermott with Aces full of nines in a high-stakes heads-up poker match.  I of course haven’t played in such noose-bleed stakes game compared to the character of Matt Damon, but losing a gut wrenching hand with Nines Full would make me sick to my stomach, especially since he was taking “a shot” at the big game.

Bottom line, we’ve all been in “cooler” spots, both on the winning and losing end.   And as a poker player you must just accept it… it’s just part of the game.  You have to suck it up and learn to cope with your losses.

One of my favourite movies of all time – Rounders – and here is the epic movie clip.



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  • Alex

    Shit happens