Can you imagine losing so bad at something, that you come all the way back around and epically win somehow?

It's a confusing concept, but it's very possible.

Take, for instance, the bad beat jackpot in some poker games. Basically, a casino takes a small rake from each pot won and it feeds the bad beat jackpot.

These jackpots often grow pretty large, as they're relatively hard to actually hit. They only pay out after an epic beat down; a truly bad beat. ("Bad beat" being a poker term that means exactly what it sounds like.)

This past week, the biggest bad beat jackpot in US history was hit, winning some lucky loser a shit-ton of cash.

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It's never easy to watch another person suffer the agony of defeat.

Though it can make us feel a little bit better about how our day is going.

So watching Karl Stark go all-in and lose at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) tournament should be the cure to whatever's ailing you today.

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In poker, knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do.

This video falls under the category of "things not to do."

Sometimes, folding can be a hard thing to do. It's easy to get inside your own head and overthink things.

Unless you have a garbage hand, then your choice should be simple.

Though that wasn't the case at a Sky Poker tournament when poker pros Rupert Elder and Matthew Ashton went heads-up against one another.

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In poker, there's a lot to keep track of.

You have to peek at your cards and suppress any reaction you have that could give away the quality of your hand.

Then you have to know when to bet, and how to size your bets.

You're reading opponents, and bluffing, and raising, and reraising—it's a pretty involved process (if you're doing it right.)

What's really important, though, is to not forget what hand you were initially dealt...

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Libratus, the poker playing AI, has already proved its worth against professional poker players.

During a 20-day tournament the AI was able to best four people who play cards for a living. That's a huge accomplishment for something that's made of circuits and powered by ones and zeroes.

Before Libratus realizes its potential and goes full Skynet on us, it's going to slow play us (like the sneaky poker player it is) and first turn its robot gaze towards the business world.

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Daniel Negreanu has been a top poker pro for a while now.

The man is literally in the Poker Hall of Fame.

His first big win was $169,460 in the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event at the 1998 World Series of Poker, which earned him his first WSOP bracelet.

Negreanu is actually the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time, with over $33,000,000 in prize money.

But that doesn't mean he's an actual math-defying wizard or anything—the rules of statistics and probability still apply to him.

For example, did you know he's been on a years-long losing streak?

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What's the worst hand in poker?

Probably some combo of a joker and a rule card, cause neither should be in the deck and if you were dealt those, the dealer is clearly messing with you, incompetent, or you're way too high to realize you're not even at a poker table.

Either way, the next worst hand (that you can actually be dealt in a real poker game) is generally agreed upon to be the offsuit 7-2.

The 7-2 offsuit is such a garbage hand because the cards are too far apart to make a straight, and the fact they're not suited means you don't have a flush draw.

But the real pros know that hand isn't useless. Especially its somewhat stronger (but still pretty weak) cousin: the suited 7-2.

Poker pro Daniel Shak recently had this hand, and with some poker finesse (and brass balls), he was able to do something pretty impressive...

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You don't often hear about them, but you assume they're real.

No, I'm not talking about yetis. Why would you even think that? Abominable snowmen just don't exist. (Bigfoot does though; see below for proof.)

What I am talking about is multi-million dollar bets between billionaires.

Any time there's a major sporting event, or a big boxing or MMA fight going down, we all know a shit-ton of money changes hands. And not just in Vegas.

There are private (illegal) bets going on all over the world. Like me, I'll bet you've speculated about tens of millions of dollars moving between multimillionaires over massive bets. Well, thanks to the "Poker Princess" Molly Bloom, we now have confirmation of a massive amount of money lost in one night.

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It's like we're trying to bring about our own demise.

I'm talking about humanity and our desire to make robots that are better than us.

Sure, if an AI is smarter than we are, maybe it can solve problems we can't, potentially ushering in a new era of rapid advancement in medicine, science, and sexbots.

But that also means machine will soon be able to do everything better than us, including lording their greatness over lesser beings.

You may remember I mentioned the poker playing AI Libratus, and how it was already besting human opponents. Well, here's some horrifying news: its performance is already at "superhuman" levels...

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When it comes to domain names, they're generally damn expensive.

The more common the name, the higher the price.

Like Sex.com—how much do you think that domain name sold for?

We all know the horniest of the horny just hop on their Dell, open up Internet Explorer, and type in Sex.com; they just innately know that's where the hottest action will be. And the owners of Sex.com know that as well, so they sold it for a rock solid $13-million.

That was one of the most expensive domain names in the world.

For obvious (sensuous) reasons.

So how much might a name like Poker.com sell for? Cause guess what: it's up for sale and the price is way up there.

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Wow. That really sucks.

Talk about kicking a man when he's down.

Guess that's why they call it a bad beat.

But this... this is like, a double bad beat.

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Yeah, yeah, it's still technically 2017, but looking to the future ain't a crime. Unless you live in the movie Minority Report I guess.

But I digress.

This year is almost over (somehow, already) and 2018 is already looking bright.

Why? Because the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is coming up! DUH!

That's right, the 2018 WSOP schedule just dropped, and it's full of the usual exciting events, and even a few new ones.

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In poker, there are a few things you need to be able to win.

You need to be able to understand the odds, and keep them all in your head, ready to reference at a moment's notice.

You also need to be able to sit for long periods of time without getting so bored you start making crazy moves just to get your blood pumping.

But most important: you need a good poker face. Like Daniel Colman's poker face; which actually may be a bit too good...

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You know those weird moments in life where your brain is screaming at you to make the move you know you should make, but against all your own best advice, you do exactly what you know you shouldn't?

Sometimes, you don't even know why you make the ridiculous decisions you make, it's almost as if it just feels so wrong it's right. At least that's what your broken decision making process tells you.

It appears as if pro poker player Gilles Bernies was caught in this awful loop of decision hell.

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Gambling outside of legitimate gaming establishments is a bad idea.

Sure, every now and then a few bucks change hands while watching a football game or a fight on TV, but that's small potatoes.

Big potatoes are dangerous potatoes. And by big potatoes I mean organized illegal gambling.

One poker player, who may actually be a poker pro, learned that lesson the hard way.

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You ever notice how movie stars like to play poker?

I don't mean those high-stakes underground games that keep getting busted and reforming elsewhere because stars gotta gamble too.

Ever watch the World Series of Poker (WSOP)? It seems like Shannon Elizabeth plays practically every year, and even Mr. Rounders himself, Matt Damon, graces the green felt with his presence from time to time.

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After that whole Conor McGregor thing, Floyd Mayweather is pretty much financially set for life.

Unless those high-rollin', money-tossin' gambling rumors are true. Then maybe he could use a little extra income.

Regardless the reason, Floyd Mayweather is dipping a toe in the world of poker.

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Professional sports and drug use go together like Russian athletes and performance enhancing drugs.

That's not a stereotype: The Russian state doped the shit out of a thousand athletes.

But I digress.

When it comes to professional poker, I'm not sure if there's ever been a single instance of blood doping, mainly because what the hell would that help? Bring more oxygenated blood to your ass for extra comfortable sitting?

While the average professional poker player probably has no interest in steroids, blood doping, or any other traditional "performance enhancers," there is plenty of drug use at the tables.

Did you know that the World Series of Poker doesn't drug test its entrants?

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