Cracked Quad Kings Earns Lucky Losers €507,144December 31, 2009 10:11 am
In Texas Hold em, the odds of being dealt 4 of a kind are one in 4,165 and when you consider the only hands that can beat it are a higher 4 of a kind, a straight flush at one in 72,192, and a Royal Flush at one in 649,739, having been dealt this hand you would be forgiven for thinking you were way ahead of your opponent.
However, the game of poker is full of surprises and for one player bad luck soon turned to good after suffering the indignity of having his four Kings usurped by a Royal Flush. The player known as 72osROCKS, was playing on the International Poker Network (IPN) at the time, when the hand occurred.
The IPN is the biggest independent network in Europe, with over 3 million players, and recently celebrated a milestone when it dealt its one billionth hand. Sites which are part of the network include PokerHeaven, InterPoker, Virgin Poker and Casino-Club.com.
The Bad Beat Jackpot concept was introduced so as to give players something to smile about in the unlikely circumstance of having a strong holding like four of a kind beaten. The IPN is also one of the easier places to win a Bad Beat Jackpot, as it requires having only quad sixes beaten, as opposed to quad sevens as on other sites.
The lucky winner 72osROCKS! describes the emotions he felt while involved in the hand: “I was pretty EXCITED when I found myself holding four Kings.My heart sank when I saw my opponent’s Royal Flush – but that changed quickly when I realized I was playing at a Bad Beat table!”
72osROCKS! picked up a whopping €177,500 as the lucky loser, and guaranteed himself a merry Christmas he won’t forget in a hurry. The Christmas cheer was not confined to 72osROCKS! only, however, as four other players received a share of the Jackpot. The hand winner Nogis22 got €88,750, while the three other players at the table each earned €29,583 a piece.