Originally Posted by BELLIGERENT_
What are some examples of when you are running bad?
Many people lose money and use the excuse "im just running bad"
So what are some good examples of running bad and how can people tell the difference between running bad and playing poorly?
It's funny, because this gets to the psychological aspect that is exactly why every poker player thinks they're a winning poker player.
pg_780 is right that running bad is running under EV, and how much under EV you are is how bad you're running. Because of selective memory issues, people tend to remember that giant hand they got outdrawn and stacked on for $300 (but actually only had +$100 of EV or so with the draws) instead of the 240 small hands they slightly misplayed and lost $1 of EV each time.
As long as you track your EV for the full game or at least keep an eye out for any potential leaks and have successfully grown your bankroll (not in short bursts, but over long periods of time) you can be pretty sure that smaller downswings are just running bad and not something worse.
If you can do that successfully, the next time you're at a table when an obvious underdog blames their loss on running bad though... just nod and smile.
Just remember - The average person thinks they're better, smarter, and more attractive than the average person.