A new concept in online poker was launched today Sunday 16 January, No Bad Beats Poker (NBBP) aims to eradicate the influence of bad luck on players’ winning streaks.
The launch of the new online poker room was announced last week and went live in a patent-pending beta release today, Sunday January 16th.
Aaron Walker, spokesperson for NBBP, commented ahead of going live: “We aim to eliminate bad beats in poker – which studies have shown are the greatest frustration of poker players today. When playing popular poker games like Texas Hold’em featuring No Bad Beats Poker, you’ll get your money back if you take a bad beat!”
The new concept has been specially designed to give players protection from losing to “bad beats, suckouts and bad luck.” The protection is offered by NBBP’s software tracking the equity percentage of each player – if a player loses a hand despite whilst having a high enough amount of equity in an all-in situation, they’ll qualify for a bad beat and will get their money refunded from the pot if they eventually lose.
The Website’s press release indicates that the player who receives a bad beat has often skill-fully outplayed his opponent which caused the bad beat – deemed inappropriate and unfair to, what NBBP measures as “many players” and, of course, their own opinion. “With the release of No Bad Beats Poker, we offer both competitive players and frustrated players alike an alternative to maddening bad beats in standard poker.”
In order to qualify for a bad beat in a pot, and therefore receive their entire wager back, a player’s hand associated play must satisfy certain conditions: he/she must be playing at a No Bad Beats Poker table or tournament; at least one player in the pot must make an all-in bet; at the time of the all-in wager, your equity percentage in the pot must be greater than the Bad Beat Cut-off Percentage posted in the table description; the player cannot fold at any point in the hand; and, the contested pot must be lost.
It must be asked that if bad beats are removed from poker – and here it must be stated that only by this one poker room (not exactly an industry-standard) – would it not be logical to eliminate good luck, too? When a players loses on a bad beat, another player has won on that same beat and hand. NBBP’s tracking and application of hand equity only respects the loser’s skilful play, not the guts or the optimism of the eventual winner’s play who may be relying on good luck to pull off an amazing hand.