Bad Beat Jackpot FAQs

What is bad beat poker?

Bad beat jackpot is a type of bonus reward for certain poker rooms. There are many different types of bad beat jackpots, but the most common one may happen when a pair of Aces or Kings are involved in a pot, and lost to a smaller pair (which hits a set). The player with triples will then win %100 of the pot (minus any rake).

A cash prize can be awarded instead of the 100% equity share if it is predetermined by poker room management or set by players before they start playing.

How to deal with a bad beat in poker

A bad beat is just a term used to describe the rare instance when one player outplays his opponents and dominates nearly every challenge-type for a long period of time, only to play a superior hand that gets beaten on the flop,  river or turn. In other words, it’s unlucky. The important thing is not to let your emotions get the best of you in situations like this: poker is more about creating (and having) opportunities than having luck on your thepokies side.

What qualifies as a bad beat in poker?

A bad beat in poker can be anything from a flush going to a straight, or Aces getting rivered by two pair.

A bad beat is when a player has beaten the odds only to lose their hand due to luck. There are many ways for someone who was playing “tight” to get burned and lose all their chips.

Bad beat poker definition

A bad beat in poker is when a strong hand loses to a weaker hand that catches something good on the draw. This can happen between any two hands, but it’s typically considered poor etiquette and impolite to gloat about drawing out on another player with better cards. It does happen, it just shouldn’t be pointed out how badly your luck saved you.

What are poker bad beat aces

A poker bad beat aces is a rare hand, but they are not that uncommon. One of the more famous high profile instances ended in November 2015 when Martin Jacobson won $10 million for his victory at the Poker World Cup tournament in Las Vegas.


Poker bad beat aces are hands with very unfortunate outcomes such as one ace and two queens being beaten by two kings and an ace. Bad beats can happen at any level, both to amateur players or professionals. The key point to note is that it isn’t about how one plays their cards; luck will always be involved in varying degrees depending on what card combinations we get dealt each game. There is no way of incorporating or modifying strategy because there are simply too many variables


What is the worst bad beat in poker history

There are two occurrences of the “worst bad beat in poker history” that come to mind. One is a 2000 Nine-player No Limit Hold’em game at the World Series of Poker Championship Event, and the other is a nail-biting hand from the 2005 WSOP main event. In both cases, one player came out on top with such an unbelievable hand they were crowned poker champions that year. In chronological order then, this entry will discuss the WSOP Main Event 2005 final hand…

Robert Varkonyi had been playing perfect poker for almost 48 hours when he found himself heads up against Greg Raymer with one card to go in an all-in preflop pot. The flop came down 5-4s-3c. Greg had bet out $11,000 into a $6000 pot and Robert had raised to $18,000, which seemed light for the all in situation. The two men went on to see the turn card (a bad card for Robert being an Ace) and with Robert’s last $141k in chips he pushed all in and Greg called with a pair of tens.

Robert Varkonyi: A 6♣ [79]

Greg Raymer: K ♠ [106]

The river came down to seal the deal, an Ace of hearts. Robert’s King high straight was now only a four-high straight as Greg Raymer had flopped a flush to win the 2005 WSOP Main Event.