What is ‘Bad Beat’?
Bad Beat is largely a subjective term that is often associated with poker. It occurs when a player has what is considered to be a particularly good hand yet still loses the hand. Whether or not a bad beat truly occurs is often subject to debate between the players at the table.
‘Bad Beat’ Explained
A bad beat in its simplest form is when a player is the hot favourite to win their hand but ends up losing to a big underdog hand that manages to not only catch up with the favourite hand but goes on to beat it.
An example of a bad beat in a typical hold’em game would be if a player received the best possible hand before the flop: Ace, Ace. With that kind of hand to start with, it would make perfect sense for the player to go all-in before the flop. In most cases, a big bet like that before the flop would usually be enough to scare off the competition, the other players at the table would fold and the player would win an easy hand. Poker, however, is never always that simple. Let’s say another, less experienced player, decides to call and goes all in only to reveal the five and six of diamonds. Not really a good hand to go all in with but there are plenty of players in casinos all over the world that would do it.
At this point, the player with the pocket aces or ‘pocket rockets’ is at a significant advantage, but not as much as you might think. All it takes is a flop of three diamond cards and all of a sudden the pocket rockets aren’t looking so good. It’s worth considering that even if you get the best hand, should a player go up against two suited sequential cards, they are actually only a 76.76% favourite to win the hand. So for every four times the above happens, the aces are going to lose the hand, resulting in a player ending up on the receiving end of a bad beat.