Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Hits Saturday At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Two Tampa area women shared the largest poker jackpot in Florida history on Saturday when they hit a record-setting $584,864 Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot in the new poker room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Patricia Dumas, of Lutz, FL, won $292,430 with her “losing” hand of four kings, while Mija Choi, of Tampa, FL, took home $175,458, thanks to her “winning” hand of four aces.  A bad beat jackpot occurs when a seemingly unbeatable hand of at least four 10s loses to an even better hand.  Six other players at the table each won $19,496, for a total jackpot prize of $584,864.  All were playing $2/$4 limit Texas Hold ‘em.

The Seminole Casinos’ approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots is funded by a $1 contribution from each pot of $10 or greater at the poker rooms in six Seminole casinos: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Casino Immokalee, Seminole Casino Brighton, and Seminole Casino Hollywood.   Fifty percent of the Seminole Mega Bad Beat prize pool is awarded to the qualifying losing hand; 30 percent to the qualifying winning; and 20 percent divided among the remaining players.

The first Mega Bad Beat Jackpot hit was on Jan. 3, 2010, for $365,407 at Seminole Casino Hollywood. The former record payout was $366,534 on Feb. 9, 2010 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.  The exclusive Mega Bad Beat Jackpot has hit on average about twice a month, paying out 23 times for a total of $5,332,727.  The last Mega Bad Beat Jackpot happened on Nov. 3, 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, paying out $298,909. Yesterday’s hit in Tampa was the 13th Mega Bad Beat awarded at the Tampa property, the most of any of the Seminole properties.  To date, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has awarded over three million of the mega bad beat jackpots.

Once it’s won, the jackpot immediately resets at $100,000; something done only at Seminole casinos in Florida.

About Seminole Gaming

The Seminole Mega Bad Beat Jackpot rules are straightforward: Only the top two hands at the showdown are eligible and both hands must be the best possible combination of five cards. The minimum losing hand is four 10s. At least four players must be dealt for the table to qualify. Multi-table tournaments are excluded.  Single table tournaments are eligible until fewer than four players remain. Players must play their hands independently. Management reserves the right to declare a jackpot null and void due to any irregularities and/or collusion, and its decisions are final.

In addition to its two Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., the Seminole Tribe owns and operates five more Seminole-branded Florida casinos in Coconut Creek and Hollywood on the Southeast coast, in Immokalee near Naples, on the Brighton Reservation north of Lake Okeechobee and on the Big Cypress Reservation south of Lake Okeechobee. The Seminole Tribe has long been recognized for innovation in its gaming and other businesses. It opened the first high-stakes bingo hall and casino in the United States in 1979.  That facility was the forerunner of the Indian Gaming movement throughout North America.  


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