18 players share $100k over 96 hours as Bad Beat Jackpot keeps on hitting
18 Sep 2012
"It looks like our Bad Beat Jackpot was tired of taking a back seat to its big brother, The Beast," stated Michael Harris, an Americas Cardroom spokesperson. "The Beast is famous for making hundreds of poker players ecstatic every month, but today Bad Beat Jackpot takes the spotlight for its commitment to crowning winners."
The first Bad Beat Jackpot was popped on September 12th, when jksvjoe's four Queens got smacked out of the hand by Smarty-pants' straight flush in a hand of Texas Hold'em that would otherwise have gone terribly wrong.
But this isn't regular Texas Hold'em, so instead of walking away with the emotional scar of a bad beat, jksvjoe left the table with $22,152.49 in extra cash.
At any table marked Jackpot, Americas Cardroom automatically soften the blow of losing a hand of Hold'em with eights or anything better by paying poker players big money when misfortune strikes. And that includes more than just the loser of the hand. The winner of any Bad Beat Jackpot losing hand stands to win a share of the jackpot, too, and so do they players who participated in the losing hand.
The September 12th win was followed by two more jackpot bursts—one on September 14th that saw lottaleaks win $15k for losing to drdave444 (who pocketed over $10k for winning), and another on September 16th that made thedonny almost $11k richer after losing to ecu6106 in a hand of Hold'em.
While the randomness of the Bad Beat Jackpot popping continues to attract online poker players to Americas Cardroom in record numbers, it's actually just one of two jackpots that poker players compete for.
In addition to contributing money to the Bad Beat Jackpot, anyone who sits down at a cash table marked Jackpot automatically contributes money to the Beast, Americas Cardroom's groundbreaking progressive points race. And as they play at Jackpot tables, players earn leaderboard points toward the monthly Beast leaderboard.
While more points are earned at higher stake levels, everyone participating in the same raked hand earns the same number of points—regardless of how much rake they contributed to the pot.
The Beast leaderboard features two prize pools—a cash prize pool and a tournament entry prize pool. Players automatically compete for both prizes by ranking on the leaderboard. All prizes are awarded at the end of the month. And because The Beast grows using money generated at Jackpot tables, the more people who play at the jackpot tables, the greater the prize pool, and, in turn, the more people who'll reap the rewards.