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February 11, 2010

 Media Contacts:

Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, 813-627-7771

Dan Mackey, Bitner Goodman, 954-703-7932,



Seminole Casinos give away $366,534

this time in latest Mega Bad Beat Jackpot


Total payouts approach $1 million since exclusive prize pool system started just over two months ago


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The Seminole Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot – a six-casino approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots that Seminole Gaming began just 71 days before – has been hit again for the third time, bringing the total payouts to a whopping $879,307. The $366,534 jackpot occurred at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa at 10 p.m. on Feb. 9.


Jonathan Hernandez from Las Vegas was the big winner of $183,264 when his four 10s were beaten by Spade Royal Flush. Terry Alan Baglama from Plant City, Fla. took home $109,959 for his Royal Flush. The remaining seven players at the table won $10,473 each.

A poker bad beat is when a player has an apparently unbeatable hand yet loses to a better hand. Fifty percent of the Seminole Mega Bad Beat prize pool is awarded to the qualifying losing hand; 30 percent to the qualifying winning hand; and 20 percent divided among the remaining players.

The debut Seminole Mega Bad Beat Jackpot of $365,408 was at the Seminole Casino, Hollywood on Jan. 3. Approximately 48 hours later it was hit again, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, for $147,365. Here is how the winnings break down:



  • Jan. 3: Roderick Jones’ won $182,705 with a 10-high Straight Flush in Clubs, beating Harvey Langer’s King high Straight Flush in Clubs at Seminole Casino, Hollywood. Langer took home $109,622.


  • Jan. 5: Wesley P. won $73,680 with a Hearts Royal Flush over Keith E., who had four Kings at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa. Keith E. won $44,208. The seven remaining players each won $10,440.


  • Feb. 9: Jonathan Hernandez took home a cool $183,264 with his four 10s, beaten by Alan Baglama’s Royal Flush, also at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa. Baglama won $109,959. The seven remaining players each won $10,473.



 “The Seminole Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot is exceeding all our expectations in terms of hits in such a brief timeframe, as well as in total payouts,” said Jeffrey Hook, vice president of marketing for Seminole Gaming. “Where else can you hope to win this kind of money in a poker bad beat?”


The Seminole Mega Bad Beat Jackpot was launched on Dec. 1, 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. Once it is won, the jackpot immediately resets at $100,000; something done only at Seminole casinos in Florida. Seminole Casino, Immokalee has its own unique payout system, whereby each live poker player in their casino at the time of a Seminole Mega Bad Beat hit receives $100, no matter where it hits.


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.


About Seminole Gaming

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. 


The Seminole Tribe of Florida acquired Hard Rock International, Inc. and other related entities from The Rank Group Plc in 2007 for approximately $965 million. The purchase is the first of a major international corporation by a Native American Indian Tribe and marks a milestone in the growing economic power and prominence of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and other Indian tribes in today’s business world.




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