You look at your starting hand to find . You make a substantial pre-flop bet and get some action. The flop brings . It’s checked to you and you bet. The turn is the . You bet again and one opponent calls. The river brings the and with an extremely strong hand (Quad Aces), you go all-in. Your opponent calls and flips over the for a Straight Flush. You just took a really Bad Beat.
A bad beat in poker is when a hand that is the strong favorite to win nevertheless loses, usually to a hand that caught a miracle draw on the river. If you’ve never suffered a bad beat, rest assured that sooner or later you will. But if you play on a listed bad beat table at SportsBook Poker, even your nastiest Bad Beat may result in the biggest pot you’ve ever won—the Bad Beat Jackpot.
Here’s how it works: on these Bad Beat tables, 50 cents from every pot is added to the Bad Beat Jackpot. The pot continues to grow until a player loses a monster hand—Quad 7’s or better using both hole cards. At least four players must be dealt in at the start of the hand, two or more players must be active at the end of the hand, and it must go to showdown. Players sitting out are not eligible for the Bad Beat Jackpot.
Every active player at the Bad Beat Jackpot table will receive a portion of the prize money, with the player holding the losing hand picking up the biggest percentage (35%) of the jackpot pool. The player with the winning hand (which must be at least Quad 8’s using both hole cards) receives 17.5% and all other players dealt into the hand receive a table share of 17.5% of the Bad Beat Jackpot, 20% is used to reseed the jackpot, and 10% goes to the house.
In the event there are two or more hands that qualify for the jackpot within one hand, then the two highest hands will be considered for the jackpot, with the highest hand being the winning hand and the second highest hand winning the bad beat. Should two qualifying jackpot hands hit at precisely the same time, the jackpot will be awarded to the hand that began first according to SportsBook Poker’s server time. The second of the qualifying bad beat hands would be eligible for the reseeded Bad Beat Jackpot.
No poker player is immune to bad beats and the overwhelming majority of players have a tough time dealing with their emotions after a bad beat, especially in a big pot where the other player is drawing thin to win. But you can avoid that psychological blow by playing at SportsBook Poker’s bad beat tables. You can find them under the Texas Holdem tab and at stakes to suit any bankroll. Just look for the tables marked “Bad Beat.”