Bad beats is a poker term for a bad play in poker. It does not mean that the player has lost all their money, but it does mean that the hand that they had should have won the game.
This hand is not lost by playing badly, or it could be down to bad luck.
For example, if you are playing poker and you are dealt two kings then you can be reasonably confident that you are going to do well.
This is a typical good hand. However, another player may have drawn two aces.
|A player could end up betting big because statistically they are likely to have the best hand, but run into the misfortune of facing someone who has a better one.
Another example of a bad beat is when another player manages to hit an inside straight on the river cards, beating a stronger hand. This could upset someone when they thought that the money was in the bank.
When you are talking about bad beats, the loss of a hand is down to bad luck, not strategy or skill. After all, statistically that pair of kings is a good hand and you should bet on it.
In Poker of course, anything can happen, and many experienced players will have examples where they suffered horrible 'bad beats.' Think of the losses as another story to tell, because if you have not experienced them, then you have not been playing poker long enough.