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Take a Bad Beat to the Bank

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The great game of poker can have you sitting at the top of the pack when the cards are running over your face and every move you make is the perfect move at the right time.  It's like watching a carefully practiced dance or sport's competition where everything falls perfectly into place and the crowd goes wild before the last note is hit.  Online poker at its best - running good and multi-tabling in multi-entry tournaments. BOOM! Everything changes when your great card run goes straight to hell and you still think you are invincible.  Every premium hand you pick up becomes a broken tribute to running bad and hating it.  You have to drop into grinding mode to even be able to survive the tidal wave turn that is ‘variance’ but feels like you're being punished by an unseen force.

The worst of the worst comes knocking on your door when you've struggled through so many days of getting Aces beat that you hate to pick them up again.  But you do - and you get massive action - the pot swells with pre-flop raises and multi-way action, and you hold your breath as the flop hits with {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{K-Clubs}.  The raising war continues and you are pinching yourself; finally you're going to win a big pot and recoup some of your much needed bankroll.  The turn is the {3-Hearts} and the raising war maxes out with the pot capped.  The river is the {10-Spades} and three of you put in all the raises.  The hands are turned up and as you watch the massive pot being pushed to another player, you see the {K-Hearts}{10-Hearts} in one hand and {J-Spades}{Q-Spades} in the other hand. Completely defeated by the whole play of the hand and the fact that only two cards out of the entire deck could snatch your triumph away, your thoughts race wildly through:
•    Throwing your computer onto the street and driving your car over it.  
•    If you still have a BIG hammer in the garage.
•    If you can light your keyboard on fire without setting off the house fire alarms.
•    How much a new mouse costs as it hits the wall and explodes into pieces that bounce off the floor!

But the main thing that should be racing wildly through your head is the Bad Beat Bonus on Bodog Poker. Bad beats happen, and normally it's when you are running as bad as you can possibly run and you begin to wonder if you even know how to play poker. Bodog Poker takes the sting out of bad beats with a cash bonus of 100 X the big blind of the game you're in - up to a maximum of $1,000.  A bad beat is only a true bad beat when you get a BIG hand beat by a bigger hand - usually it takes a one or two outer to get there too.  

Here are the Bad Beat qualifying rules

1. Only real money Texas Holdem cash games are eligible (not tournaments).
2. Both pocket cards must be used by both the losing and winning hand.
3. Three or more players must be dealt into the hand.
4. Both the winning and losing hand must go to showdown.
5. All hands must be played independently. If you reveal your hand or instruct others on how to act, you won't be eligible.
6. You must submit your hand number within 48 hours of playing it. You have to have Aces full of Kings (A-A-A-K-K) or better beaten by four of a kind or better.
7. Only the player with the losing hand will be awarded the Bad Beat Bonus - to a maximum of $1,000; there is no rollover for the Bad Beat Bonus.You are responsible for claiming your Bad Beat Bonus so be sure to write down the hand number and table name and submit it within 48 hours of playing the hand. To claim the bonus, email or call 1-866-909-2237 as soon as you can to provide your hand details and allow 48 hours for bonus processing.

The reverse of a bad beat - a great deal when you download Bodog Poker and receive a bonus of 110% up to $1,100 when you make your first deposit and use the bonus code POKERWORKS.   

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