Record Poker Jackpot Hit For $584k At Hard Rock CasinoJanuary 10, 2011 4:32 am
History has been made in Florida after the state’s biggest ever Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot was hit at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa for $584,864.
The Mega Bad Beat jackpot was introduced to six Seminole casinos just over a year ago, with $1 taken from each $10 pot or more played at the casinos’ poker rooms. However, in order to qualify for the progressive jackpot a player has to have a hand consisting of at least quad tens beaten by an even better one.
That’s precisely what happened Saturday after Patricia Dumas was playing $2/$4 limit Texas Hold ‘em at the Tampa casino. She eventually ended up making four kings in the hand only to lose to Mija Choi’s four aces.
However, Patricia Dumas’ disbelief soon turned to joy after realising she had won the lion’s share of the $584,864 jackpot. Consequently, Dumas collected $292,430 for the indignity of losing with such a strong hand, while Choi received $175,458 for the winning hand. In addition, six other players at the same table were awarded an impressive $19,496 a piece merely for being at the same table at the time.
The Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot is hit on average twice a month between the six casinos and has paid out a total of $5,332,727 since the first jackpot was won on Jan. 3, 2010.
The previous highest jackpot won stood at $366,534, but the latest tally had been allowed to rise to $584,864 after a two and a half month dry spell. One of the casino’s poker patrons almost ended up winning the staggering sum last week after raising their pocket tens during a game, only to fold to a re-raise followed by a re-re-raise. The player correctly surmised the opponents were holdings pocket kings and aces, but then would have been a bit sad to have been forced off their hand only to see the board come out A-K-K-10-10.
Congratulations to Patricia Dumas on her record win in Florida. Amazingly, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has seen more than its fair share of winners with the casino paying out more than three million, or 13 out of 23 times the jackpot has been hit.