Bad Beat Jackpot Struck in Detroit a New US RecordJanuary 18, 2018 12:18 pm
On Tuesday, the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit made US history after a bad beat jackpot was hit at the venue’s poker room for a massive $1,068,590. Furthermore, six players managed to share in the spoils, with the losing player receiving $427,452, the winner taking home $213,712, and the remaining competitors securing an impressive $106,856 a piece for merely being at the table when the hand was played.
The poker bad beat jackpot had been building for some time at the MotorCity Casino, which stipulates that only a four-of-a-kind versus four-of-a-kind hand can release the payout. This obviously narrows down significantly the number of low probability hands that can qualify for the jackpot, with even a straight flush versus quads not counting. As is the case with most bad beat jackpots, though, the two players involved must use both their hole cards to make the hand, with the action also required to reach a showdown.
In the hand in question, Scott made quad threes only to see the pot shipped over to his opponent Kenneth who had paired the pocket queens in his hand to make quads. Having four of the ten seats available at the table unoccupied also meant that the remaining players received an even greater allocation of the jackpot. In total, 40 percent went to the winner, and 20 percent to the loser, with the other 40 percent split between the other players dealt cards.
Commenting later on the bad beat jackpot at his casino making US history, Phil Trofibio, Senior VP of Casino Operations, stated: “There are winners every day on the floor, but it’s not every day that a jackpot that big hits. Congratulations to all the players at the table.”
While the odds of releasing a bad beat jackpot are astronomically high, there has been a number of such jackpot to make the gambling headlines over the past few months. Last August, for instance, the Playground Poker Club in Montreal made Canadian history after being hit for C$1.21 million ($971k), while in June players at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas released a jackpot worth $120k, although they are still waiting to find out if they will receive any money due to the casino contesting the manner in which the hand was conducted. Finally, this month players on the Chico Poker Network hit a bad beat jackpot of $994k, setting a new site record in the process.