July 6, 2010
Contact: Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa (813) 627-7771, (813) 695-4819 (C), Gina.Morales@seminolehardrock.com
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Fourth of July Weekend Proves Lucky
As Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Hits Twice At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa!
Tampa casino has paid out over $1.5 million in more Seminole Mega Bad Beat Jackpots than all others
TAMPA, Fla. – The Fourth of July weekend proved to be very lucky at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa as not one, but two Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpots were hit totaling more than $300,000 in payouts to players. The twin holiday weekend Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpots were the casino’s six and seventh, putting the total for Tampa Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpots at more than $1.5 million, giving it the distinction of the most hits as well as most money paid out to date of all the Seminole casinos.
The first Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot of $190,790 was hit early Saturday, July 3. Terri B. won $95,393 when her hand of four Jacks was beaten by four Kings held by James C. who took home $57,237. The eight remaining players at the table each won $4,770.
The poker fireworks continued on Monday, July 5 when yet another Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot was hit totaling $110,664. Joseph DiSalvo, Jr. of Tampa won $55,330 with the improbable losing hand of a four 10’s. Michelle Murray, also of Tampa, beat that with a straight flush to the King of Clubs for $33,198. The eight remaining players at the table each won $2,767.
The exclusive six-casino approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots has paid players more than $3.1 million so far.
Previous jackpots at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa came on Jan. 5 for $147,365; Feb. 9 for $366,534; Mar. 21 for $285,816; May 1 for $124,926; and June 24 for $347,498.
A poker bad beat occurs when an apparently unbeatable hand 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; and 20 percent divided among the remaining players.
Here’s how the winnings have broken down:
SEMINOLE CASINOS’ MEGA BAD BEAT JACKPOT HITS, AS OF July 6, 2010.
- Jan. 3: Roderick Jones’ won $182,705 with a 10-high Straight Flush in Clubs, beaten by Harvey Langer’s King-high Straight Flush in Clubs at Seminole Casino, Hollywood. Langer took home $109,622. The remaining seven players at the table each won $10,440.
- Jan. 5: Wesley P. won $73,680 with his four Kings beaten by a Heart Royal Flush held by Keith E. at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa. Keith E. won $44,208. The seven remaining players each won $4,211.
- Feb. 9: Jonathan Hernandez took home a cool $183,264 with his four 10s, beaten by Terry Alan Baglama’s Royal Flush, also at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa. Baglama won $109,959. The seven remaining players each won $10,473.
- Feb. 27: Michelle Knight of Plantation, Fla. was the big winner of $148,675 when her four Jacks were beaten with a Straight Flush by Jenny Sokol of Margate, Fla., who took home $89,205 for her cards dealt at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. The remaining seven players at the table won $8,496 each.
- Mar. 21: Gregory H. of Tampa was the big winner of $142,905 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa when his quad Jacks were beaten by a Diamond Straight Flush by Pankeo L. of St. Petersburg. She took home $85,743. The remaining eight players won $ 7,146 each.
- Mar. 30: Evan Rosoff of Boca Raton, Fla. won $90,196 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek when his Jack-high Straight Flush was barely beaten with a King-high Straight Flush by Itzkhak F., also from Boca Raton, who took home $54,117. The remaining eight players at the table won $4,510 each.
- April 9: Adewale Adeyemi of Pembroke Pines won $86,727 at Seminole Casino Hollywood with a losing hand consisting of four 10s. The winning hand held by 19-year-old Kyle Carino of Cooper City was a Straight Flush in Hearts 7- Jack, netting him $52,038. The remaining eight players at the table won $4,337 each.
- April 26: Jean Zamor of Fort Lauderdale won the Mega Bad Beat Jackpot of $104,264 at Seminole Casino Hollywood with a losing hand of four Jacks. The winning hand held by Guillermo Nunez-Sotomayor of Hollywood was a Straight Flush 8-Queen high, netting him $62,558. The remaining seven players divided a $41,706 pot for $5,958 each.
- May 1: Christopher Chitwood from Cape Coral, Fla hit the jackpot of $62,460 when his Queen-high Straight Flush was beaten by a Diamonds Royal Flush held by Lynda Wallace of Tampa. She took home $37,476. The seven remaining players at the table each won $3,570.
- May 8: Richard K. won $74,854 when his Straight Flush to the 5 was beaten by a Straight Flush to the 7 held by Howard E. He took home $44,918. The eight remaining players at the table each won $3,742.
- May 20: Thomas Collazo of Davie, Fla. won $83,561 when his Club Straight Flush Ace to 5 was beaten by a Club Straight Flush 3 to 7 held by Simona Kessler of Hollywood, Fla., who took home $50,136. The eight remaining players at the table each won $4,178.
- June 24: Stanley Moody won $173,746 when his nine-high Spade Straight Flush was beaten by a Jack-high Spade Straight Flush held by David B, who took home $104,248. The eight remaining players at the table each won $8,688.
- July 3: Terri B. won $95,393 when her hand of four Jacks was beaten by four Kings held by James C., who took home $57,237. The eight remaining players at the table each won $4,770.
- July 5: Joseph DiSalvo, Jr. of Tampa won $55,330 with the improbable losing hand of a four 10’s. Michelle Murray of Tampa beat that hand with a straight flush to the King of Clubs for $33,198. The eight remaining players took home $2,767 each.
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 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, , Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini and Midi-Baccarat now in play along with over 3,600 of the most popular slot machines, plus Florida’s largest, smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud. For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Tampa’s premier steak house Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. Authentic Native American arts and crafts store Rainmaker now open! The hotel & casino is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.
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.