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Alec Torelli’s “Hand of the Day”: Runner, Runner... BOOM

Alec Torelli’s “Hand of the Day”: Runner, Runner... BOOM


  • In a new "Hand of the Day," Alec Torelli reviews a challenging $1/$2 NLHE cash game hand sent by a reader.

  • A new "Hand of the Day" from Alec Torelli shows why it's important to evaluate decisions separately from results.

Alec Torelli is a poker professional originally from California, but travels the world full time with his wife, Ambra. Torelli has over $1.5 million in live tournament earnings (including two World Series of Poker final tables and two World Poker Tour final tables) as well as over $500,000 in online tournament earnings. Outside of poker he and his wife manage a million-dollar online business which travels the world with them.

In Torelli’s “Hand of the Day” series he analyzes hands played by him and submitted to him by others. Today reviews a hand played by a reader that involves having to weather an unfortunate postflop runout.

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There’s nothing worse than a sick bad beat for your entire stack... and not all bad beats are created equal.

There’s the “normal” kind of bad beat — say, your aces get cracked by a rivered flush. Then there’s the worst kind — an unforgiving runner-runner.

In this week’s “Hand of the Day,” watch me break down the play of a reader, Daniel, from a $1/$2 no-limit hold’em cash game hand as he tries to fade a runner-runner bad beat.

Stick around until the end — there’s a quick adage that I’ve used to help me maintain focus in the face of adversity.

Now it’s your turn. What’s the worst bad beat you’ve ever had? How did you react? Were you able to turn things around and focus on decision-making?

Want to be featured on future episodes of “Hand of the Day”? Simply submit your hands to Alec here.

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