Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Hit At Borgata Casino For $332,544June 18, 2010 5:44 am
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City was the scene of the biggest bad-beat poker jackpot in the casino’s history, after it shared out a massive $333,652 windfall yesterday between eight players.
A bad-beat jackpot is payed out after a poker player loses a hand holding at least four of a kind, but when you consider the chances of hitting quads is one in 4,165, and a straight flush comes along once every 72,192 hands, when you find yourself holding four 2’s you could be forgiven for thinking you had your opponent crushed.
Well, that’s exactly what happened at 10:00 AM Thursday during a $1/$2 NL game at the Borgata, when Hein Huu Do was dealt pocket deuces to Carlo Santos’ As-3s.
Three players saw the flop and after the board ran out Ks-2s-2c-4s-5s, Hein Huu Do went all-in on the river and was called by Santos. Carlo Santos was clearly delighted to have hit his straight flush and, after the hand concluded, yelled out, “I got the nuts” only to be met with an equally delighted shout back of “I got the bad beat.”
All told, Hein Huu Do picked up $133,062 for the indignity of having his quad 2’s beaten, whilst Santos received $66,509 and the pot for the ‘winning’ hand. In the meantime, the other six players at the table each received $22,170 for merely being there.
Commenting on his incredible win, Do explains that he had already left the casino and was about to head off when he felt his luck was still in. As he explains:
“I played yesterday into this morning for twenty hours and was up $1500. I was sitting in my car and had a feeling to go back inside and play some more.”
It was fortunate indeed that he did, and now the father of two said he intends to use the money to buy a new house for his wife and family.
One person more surprised than many to have witnessed the incredible event was dealer Steve Gamble. He had only just arrived at the table when the jackpot was hit and everyone started jumping about as if they were at a fiesta.
“I came in at ten o’clock, just sat down, and dealt out the first hand. During twenty years of playing and dealing I never hit or dealt out the bad beat” said Steve.