What is a Bad Beat in Poker?

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Last Updated: January 30, 2024

Bad Beat

A bad beat in poker is when a player with a strong hand loses, either because their opponent had an even stronger hand or because the opponent who had little equity made a stronger hand on a later street.

Bad Beat Poker Example:

Let’s say you have a Kc Kh hand, and the board reads  Ks Kd Ts 9s 3c, so you decide to go all in. However, as your opponent calls, they reveal their cards to show a Qs Js hand. Even though you have quads and a very strong hand, your opponent has a straight flush, making you experience a bad beat.

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