Top five bad beats from

I suppose if a bluff has a second cousin twice removed, it's probably the bad beat. Both are born out of hope rather than intention, and while both leave you staring in amazement, it's usually for entirely different reasons.

That amazement has been the standard working environment of the people behind lately, who have been sifting through their coverage picking out the top five bad beats.

jason_mercier_bad_beat.jpgJason Mercier on the receiving end

For us neutrals they make for some great poker television. For those involved - the likes of Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier and Phil Hellmuth, they're more of an excruciating reminder of how fickle the poker Gods can be.

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Still, their loss - financial and sanity wise - is our gain, as this video, available on and our YouTube channel, demonstrates.

You no doubt have your own bad beats, after all, after hand rankings they're the first thing you learn (and have to listen to), as a new player. Still, at least this video shows they can be enjoyable.

Do you agree with our selections? Or have we missed anything? Tweet your suggestions to us at: @PokerStarsBlog.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley.