Bad Beat Jackpot in Poker

Bad Beat Jackpot in Poker

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When it comes to poker, nothing hurts more than starting out with a great starting hand that pretty much makes it a winning hand, only to be outdone by another player at the later stages of the game. Such an outcome is popularly referred to as a “bad beat” in poker. Now, as unlikely as it might sound, but bad beats are not entirely bad. Precisely because, the casinos and card rooms understand what it takes to make a good hand in poker and as such reward the players with a losing hand in a bad beat with a bad beat jackpot. Building on the same, in this post, we have covered the meaning and some working examples of BBJ poker.

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What does the term BBJ poker mean?

The term bad beat jackpot(BBJ Poker) is used when a poker room offers to pay an even amount of money to a relatively strong hand that ends up losing to an even better one. To put it simply, the online and live poker rooms often decide to pay out an even amount of money when a very good hand for instance quad eights ends up losing to an even better hand.

It is imperative to remember here that the BBJ poker is generally divided amongst all the players who participated in the hand that was played. Vital to this, the losing player in the hand usually receives 50% of the BBJ poker amount while the winning player mostly receives only 25%. The remaining players who participated in the hand thereafter split the remaining 25% amount of the bad beat jackpot equally.

Though the criteria for awarding the BBJ poker differs from one casino room to another, most casino rooms in general expect their players to lose with a minimum of quad eights in order to hit the BBJ poker.

BBJ poker – working examples

We assume by now you must have got a fair idea of what a bad beat jackpot means in poker. Well, moving forward let us explore the concept of BBJ poker further with the help of a short working example.

Let’s assume you are playing a game of standard Texas Hold'em wherein you have been dealt Aces of diamonds and Aces of hearts, your opponent on the other hand say Mike holds King of spades and King of diamonds. The flop round comes and 3 cards namely – Ace of spades, Ace of clubs and King of clubs are dealt face up. Furthermore, the turn card shows a King of hearts and finally the river card turns out to be a Queen of hearts.

In the above example, Mike would lose the current hand despite holding a four of a kind, Kings since you hold a superior hand i.e., four of a kind, Aces. It is crucial to understand here that such strong hands on opposing sides are generally considered adequate enough to trigger a BBJ poker. Here, Mike, the losing player, will be awarded the 50% of the bad beat jackpot amount while you, the winning player, will win 25% of the BBJ poker amount. Note that different poker rooms in general offer different levels of BBJ poker payouts. Thus, as a rule of thumb, always check the rules of the casino regarding the BBJ poker before enrolling yourself in any poker game.

Poker is generally regarded as a game of skill and mathematical calculations. But sometimes it so happens that situations that are beyond a player’s skill and control arise in a game of poker. Facing a bad beat to say the least is one such heart-breaking event in the poker world. But, on GetMega Poker app, you can actually redeem your bad beat losses by winning a bad beat jackpot in an event you suffer a bad beat in spite of your skill and good hand. So, what are you waiting for? Just register on the app now and start playing poker today.

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Kanchan Sharma
Kanchan Sharma

Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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