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I have a poker buddy who I don’t see very often, but when I do, he likes to fill me on in his latest bad beats. I’m not sure if he is the same way with all his friends, or if somewhere along the way of our friendship I became the go-to guy to explain his woes at the poker table.

He’s an older, retired gentleman, so I take that into consideration after pleasantries are exchanged upon seeing each other and the inevitable bad beat stories begin. Were he not my elder and deserving of some respect, perhaps I would be able to tell him what every poker player already knows – that we all have bad beat stories and that his are no more dreadful or fascinating than mine or anybody else’s.

Listening to too many bad beats is kinda like listening to Phil Hellmuth on loop:

Instead, I lend an ear and try to feign interest when he explains how his flopped straight was beaten by a flush or his pocket bullets didn’t hold up against the inferior hole cards of an opponent who should have folded. Sometimes I’ll try to change the subject – and that works to some degree – but eventually my friend will steer the conversation back to his endless supply of disasters at the poker table. Support Forum

A couple days ago, I read with great interest a post at online poker forum 2 + 2 that is transitioning its “forum type support” to a new website at Player concerns, questions and issues will be addressed at the site in an effort to centralize communications with players.

The new forum is intended for players who patronize in New Jersey and Nevada, as well as for players who have concerns or need information about live WSOP events. The forum provides a number of topics for discussion or categories and has established a list that covers everything from announcements and promotions to various goals and challenges that players may like to discuss.

One particular area that the new forum will cover is “Brags and Bad Beat Stories.” This is seemingly custom-made for my elderly poker buddy who will now have a place to regale others with his bad beats – fellow players who might actually want to hear about it!

Posts Thus Far

Recent posts at the new forum have relayed valuable information such as the stakes of cash games that will be available at the upcoming WSOP in Las Vegas that gets underway on May 27. Also covered is how to pre-register for any of the over 60 events on the schedule.

For online players, the promotions offered during the month of May in New Jersey and Nevada at are mentioned. Don’t forget that players from around the world can play online at while in Nevada during the 46th annual WSOP.

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As of yet, no one has posted any bad beat stories or brags. Once I tell my friend about the new forum, I’m hoping he will make the transition from telling me his poker hand horror stories to posting at for all the world to see.

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.