The term “bad beat” comes from poker and it means you had the best starting hand and it lost. Some examples would be hitting a flush then the last card gives your opponent a full house. The worse bad beat in poker happened just this year in a tournament that cost a million dollars! Two players both had pocket aces and went all in on each other.
It was kind of funny at first and the players were laughing. There were two hearts on the flop, then a fourth heart came on the turn. Sure enough, the last card was also a heart giving the player with the ace of hearts the flush and sending the other player home down a million dollars. I don’t think it gets worse than that.
Bad beats are terrible but unfortunately they are a part of the game. These last two weeks I had some pretty bad fantasy “bad beats” if you will. I had two entries finish 36th and 37th when the top 35 paid. Then I finished on the bubble again this week and had AJ Green who went out in the first quarter and posted a goose egg for the game.
One good week will make up for multiple bad ones.C. Reilly
It’s very important how you deal with bad beats if you want to be a successful DFS player. First and foremost, you need to just forget about it. You can’t dwell on it and more importantly you can’t over react. By over reacting I mean go on tilt and play different the next week. The most common mistake is playing twice as much the next week to make your money back. This is never recommended because you can get in some serious trouble. Don’t play a lot less either! You know as soon as you do that you will win so be consistant!
Always play what you can afford and stick to a percentage of your bankroll each week. Even if you are making a move this year and playing for more money, don’t be discouraged if you didn’t have the success you were hoping for right of the bat. It’s only the second week and there is plenty of football still to be played.
One thing you have to remember is that one good week will make up for multiple bad ones. My first year of DFS went horrible and I thought of quitting and sticking to poker, but I actually won a GPP at the end of the season and was up when everything was said and done. Granted, there were a whole lot of reasons why I did horrible that first year. Mainly because I was just learning and had no structure to the games I was playing. I cover in my strategy guide how to manage your bankroll and how to spread out your games.
If you have done well in the past, you’ll do well again. Stick to your gut and remember that the NFL is the most unpredictable professional sports league in the world. Don’t feel like you are incapable of putting a winning line up together and start listening to multiple “experts” advice. The last thing you need is a thousand different people telling you who to play, stick to your gut and grind it out next week!