Murphy’s law : Poker edition
How many times have you gone all-in just to lose out to a donk who hit his runner on the river…?
In poker, every hand – even those that you don’t play – counts. As a poker player, you are well aware of the “pot” holes that await you as you try and win…the pot.
Call it bad beats, luck of the draw, bad hair day or whatever – sometimes, things will just inexplicably go wrong…
‘Murphy’s Law’ dictates, in a nutshell: If anything can go wrong, it will.
In poker, be prepared for the following to occur a lot more than you think – or dread…
If it is possible for you to lose a hand – you will lose that hand.
The probability of losing an all in-bet is inversely proportional to the size of the stack.
If you try to steal the blinds with an all-in bet, you will be called by a stronger hand.
If an opponent attempts to steal your blinds you will always have the weaker hand.
If, after several hands of getting rags, you finally get AA, KK or QQ, most of the table will fold either preflop or post flop.
If there’s a chance that an opponent can make an unbeatable hand on the board, it will happen.
If you go all in with any paired hand lower than AA someone will call with AA and win the hand you thought you already had in your pocket.If you go all-in with AA someone will call you with a weaker pair and hit a set on the flop, with the following exceptions:
All your opponents fold without betting
An opponent calls with any two connectors and hits a straight on the board.
An opponent calls with any two suited cards and hits a flush.
If you play all the way to the river you will never make your hand. However, if any of your opponents play a hand to the river they will hit their winning card.
The more insufferable opponents are, the more likely they are to get lucky, especially on the river.
When playing in tournaments, you will be eliminated as the last player just before the bubble (not to cash). Except when you cash but your Internet connection crashes, causing you to miss out on the remainder of the tournament.
If you play a loose aggressive game, a tight player will call your bets and beat you with stronger hand.
Fold a hand preflop and it will always make the nuts on the board.
If you enter a hand with a suited pair, the board will come up with three cards from a different suit.
If you go into any hand with a top pair (other than AA) and are called by 3 opponents holding ace-high hands, inevitably, an ace will always appear on the flop.
If you call a pair with an ace-high hand, other players with ace-high hands will call.
Of course, “poker’s Murphy’s Laws” are not written in stone and can spring up when you least expected. So, keep on playing – and if you happen to lose when you expect to win – just blame it on Murphy…