The Bad Beat JACKPOT Story!

A REWARD FOR LOSING!! You must think I am outside my mind! Hear me out, then:

What do you do when you have the screws on everyone on the No limit Texas Hold ’em table and figure your opponent — an aggressive Donk — to fold when you raise him to the pot?

I catch A-6 off suit in the big blind. No one raises and the flop comes A-A-6. I check and call. The turn is a four so I check/raise and keep one caller. The river is a 10, I bet, get raised, re-raise and start getting a queasy feeling after he raises me back. At the show down the Donk turns over A-10 for a bigger full house. I lost Rs.40,000 in about an hour after going on tilt and feeling like I got kicked in the stomach.

When I play online poker, I play 6-handed tables quite often and $1/$2 blinds more often. There have been instances in the past when, like some other smart asses today, I have wondered whether the Random Number Generators (RNGs) for online poker software aren’t rigged in any way! Well, they aren’t, as I figured out later when I took over as the CEO of a gaming software development company

I have heard zillions of bad beat horror stories — especially online. It has come to pass that internet poker sites are now offering what they refer to as “bad beat jackpots”. Sort of a reward for having the worst hand when you have been screwed for betting big-time, knowing you’ve had the upper hand and worshiping HOPE! So do WE at
 Our Bad Beat Jackpot is one of our exceptional card room features.

A bad beat jackpot is that one shot at redemption for your smugness taking a beating in the face of adversity. I have heard that on some internet poker sites bad beat jackpots have reached earnings over a million dollars, and people have actually won them! Let’s hope you all playing on also hit BIG BB Jackpots!

Bad beat jackpots are progressive jackpots, often with a small rake being taken out of each pot to fund the jackpot (in addition to the regular rake). When a jackpot is won, it is usually split among all players sitting at the table at the time of the bad beat with the losing hand getting the largest share. Specific rules, collections, payout percentages, and amounts vary greatly from one casino or cardroom to the next, and are sometimes changed.

Any hand that looked like a favorite to win can end up losing as more cards are dealt, but bad beats usually involve one of two scenarios:

  • The player who wins via a bad beat is rewarded for mathematically unsound play. Calling a bet despite having neither the best hand nor the right pot odds to call, then winning anyway, is characteristic of this type of bad beat. It can also involve the inferior hand catching the ideal cards when it requires two cards in a row to come from behind to win the pot. For example, catching cards on both the turn and the river in Texas hold ’em that complete a straight or a flush.
  • A very strong hand loses to an even stronger one. Like this type of beat occurs with some frequency in movies. In the films The Cincinnati Kid and Casino Royale, The Kid and Le Chiffre each lose with a full house to a straight flush. But they didn’t have a BB Jackpot for them.

Case in Point: Here am chip leader, and I am dealt 7 8 as Big Blind, mad Russian raises three times the blind, effectively folding everyone else on the table. I favor suited connectors, especially online, so I call to see a flop knowing I can easily get out of the hand if not favorable.

The FLOP goes J 9 10 , and here I am, having flopped a straight flush. I am smug in my impending victory and dreaming to see how much I can milk mad Russian for. He characteristically shoves all in. I’m not disturbed. At this stage, I figure he has: 2 Over cards with a Flush draw as back up, an over pair and scared of the flush and straight draws, or simply a big slick (AK) trying to steamroll me to buy the pot.

And smug me having a Straight flush, I call him and he turns over Pocket Queens (Q Q)
 The turn reveals a 5and I am rejoicing, savoring the $200 I’d be winning from the pot.

To my horror, the RIVER card reveals the K giving my opponent a higher Straight Flush!!

Feel free to let us know of YOUR Bad Beat Horror Stories, and we’ll put them up in the Forum here: (link to Forum)

A personal prize of Rs.5,000 to the BEST BB STORY from any of our registered users from ME!

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