Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Hit at Seminole Casino Hollywood

Jean Zamor of Fort Lauderdale won $104,264 with a losing hand of four Jacks at the Seminole Casino Hollywood. The winner of the hand, Guillermo Nunez-Sotomayor, won $62,558.

Seminole Casino Hollywood scored its third Seminole Casinos Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot, this time for $208,052, on Mon., April 26. The casino has paid out a total of $746,920 in Mega Bad Beat jackpots since January.

Jean Zamor of Fort Lauderdale won $104,264 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 seated players divided the pot of $41,706, for $5,958 each.

Previous jackpots at Seminole Casino Hollywood came on Jan. 3, in the first-ever Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot win of $365,407. Then on April 9, a table-full of poker players took home $173,461.

To date, the unique six-casino approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots has paid players a whopping $2,024,371. There has been a jackpot awarded twice each month this year since the exclusive Seminole Mega Bad Beat Jackpot was launched, with an average $253,106 payout. Seminole Casino Hollywood’s third hit is more than any other property thus far.

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 hand; and 20 percent divided among the remaining players.

Here’s how the winnings have broken down to date:

SEMINOLE CASINOS’ MEGA BAD BEAT JACKPOT HITS, AS OF April 26, 2010.

* 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. 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 Straight Flush in Diamonds by Pankeo L. of St. Petersburg, Fla. She took home $85,743. The remaining seven 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 seven 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.

“The unique Mega Bad Beat Jackpot, that comes from not one, but six Seminole casinos, is paying off handsomely at Seminole Casino Hollywood now with three big wins already this year,” said Jeffrey Hook, senior vice president of marketing, Seminole Gaming.

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.

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