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$900,000 bad beat jackpot pays out at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

29 Nov 2023

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Christmas came early for eight no-limit Texas Hold’em players at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, 28 November. They’ll divvy up a jackpot of $905,622.13.

Two extraordinary hands triggered the bad beat: One player had four aces and was beaten by another player with a royal flush. The “loser” of the hand earned $362,250.13 and the “winner” earned $271,686. The remaining six players each won $45,281.

Scott Thompson of Washington, Pa., held the four aces for the top prize, while Brent Enos of Jefferson Hills, Pa., held the royal flush — ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of hearts.

A poker bad beat is when a rare high-ranking hand is beaten by an even higher-ranking hand, hence the losing hand triggers the bad beat jackpot and wins the lion’s share of the money. At Rivers, the losing hand earns 40% of the total amount, the highest-ranking hand wins 30% of the jackpot and the remaining players split the rest equally.

“We are unexpectedly and happily becoming a national bad beat jackpot hotspot,” said Bud Green, general manager at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. “Congratulations to our winning guests and to our Rivers Pittsburgh Poker Room Team Members for doing a terrific job.”

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh still holds the U.S. record for bad beat jackpots. A $1.2 million payout in August 2022 sent a West Virginia poker player home with $490,708 and a Pittsburgher home with $368,029. The remaining six players at the table each won $61,338.

Following last night’s exciting payout, another bad beat jackpot has already started and continues to grow daily with the minimum qualifying hand of four of a kind, 10s or higher.
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