$1.68million Bad Beat Jackpot Breaks US Record

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$1.68million Bad Beat Jackpot Breaks US Record
14:36
18 Jan

Winning your share of $millions at poker has never been easier it seems, with a slew of Bad Beat Jackpots paying out recently – topped this week by Detroit’s MotorCity Casino handing over $1,680,000 to six of its players and making it the biggest BB jackpot in US history!

The player who took down the lion’s share of the massive windfall, known only as ‘Scott’, picked up $427,452 when his quad threes were rivered by a fourth queen (and not quad kings as reported elsewhere), the owner of the ‘unlucky’ ladies, Kenneth, walking off with $213,712 as consolation for his ‘winning-losing’ hand.

"There are winners every day on the floor, but it's not every day that a jackpot that big hits," said Phil Trofibio, Senior Vice President of Casino Operations. "Congratulations to all the players at the table."

The other players at the table scooped $106,856 each, with the jackpot having grown massively in the previous week – naturally part of the casino’s marketing approach to get bums on seats.

The MotorCity Casino’s BBJ rules differ from many others in that quads over quads wins the big one, while a straight flush for example only picks up a smaller – though still considerable – payout.


PokerTube reported on the $million+ Canadian Bad Bad Jackpot scoop back in August which saw Elphege Delarosbil win $460,000 when his opponent Shane Galle beat his quad jacks with a rivered straight flush, the rest of the table also cashing in for over $30,000 each – and everyone else in the room receiving $1200, all in Canadian currency but still impressive.

Continuing the huge windfalls, Calvin Ayre reported that ‘earlier this month, the US-facing online Chico Poker Network’s bad beat jackpot was hit for $994k, a new site record. Sadly, two of the six players at the table were sitting out when the jackpot was hit, and their share was divvied up among the other two active players.’

An even less happy ending, so far, was seen on PokerTube’s pages just last month when Avi Shamir’s straight flush was beaten by a bigger straight flush held by Len Schreter at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas.

Schreter unfortunately showed his hand as soon as the river was dealt – breaking a cardroom rule that all action must be completed without interference for the bad beat jackpot to be valid, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board became involved – a decision still pending on the case.


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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