Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Hit For $1.2 MillionAugust 21, 2017 5:05 pm
Poker can be a brutal game, especially when one player is holding a hand that is usually considered a lock hand, only to see their opponent flip over a winning hand that almost seems to defy the odds.
That is what happened recently at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, but instead of tears of sadness there were tears of joy after the incredible hand of $1/$2 No Limit Hold’em ended up releasing a bad beat jackpot worth a massive $1,210,989. As a message and photo later posted to Playground Poker’s twitter account subsequently read:
“Why are these gentlemen smiling? One takes home 40% and the other 20% of our $1,210,989 Bad Beat Jackpot!! #BadBeatJackpot.”
In the hand in question, Elphege Delarosbil was holding pocket jacks when the board ran out Jc-6h-9s-Js-10s to make him quads jacks. Nevertheless, his opponent Shane Galle was holding Qs-8s in his hand at the time to make a straight flush, to everyone round the table’s amazement. Fortunately for Delarosbil, the casino featured a bad beat jackpot, which had already built up to $1,210,989 over the past six months or so, making it one of the largest jackpots of its kind in the history of live poker.
Having satisfied the requirement that the losing hand had to be quad eights or more, Elphege Delarosbil received the lion’s share of the payout worth $460,000, while his opponent collected $230,000 for his winning hand. Nevertheless, all other players at the table were also awarded $30,000 each for more merely being there when the hand occurred, while all casino’s patrons in the poker room received a further $1,200 a piece for simply being in the vicinity.
Playground Poker Club
The Playground Poker Club is situated just a short distance south of downtown Montreal, with the popular venue a regular stop off for major poker tours, including the WPT and partypoker LIVE tournaments. From August 25-28, the Card Player Poker Tour will also be visiting the poker room, and will feature a $1,650 no-limit hold’em event with a $400,000 prize pool guarantee.