Bad beat mania broke out big time this week in Atlantic City with early returns showing that somewhere near $900,000 in monies were paid out in three days, including today. We haven’t been able to sure up all the details from this bevy of hits, but here’s what we know.
The Tropicana bad beat jackpot, the biggest in the city, has finally hit for about $543,000, more than one month after topping $500K. The hit came Thursday, Oct. 13, at a $2, $4, $6 limit game.
Exact details haven’t been released, but the jackpot winner, Alan H. Silvani
Trop bad beat jackpot winner Silvani
from Toms River, won more than $217,000. The hand winner won $108,500 and $27,100 went to eight other players.
Like we said, this ends several months of a high level of play at the about 40-table Tropicana room since the jackpot first hit $300,000 in the summer and is by far a record payout for the Trop.
“Actually, I’m kind of sorry to see it hit,” says Bruce Pearlman, poker room manager for the Trop. “I mean I’m happy for the winners and sure, we were working hard, but that’s what we do. The room was full, the players were happy, the dealers were happy. That’s the point of the jackpot, to build some excitement.”
One strategy that seems to have worked was the low rake for the jackpot since it hit about $300K. That’s allowed the casino to reset its jackpot at $241,554, already the second highest in the city behind The Borgata.
“By Christmas, I’d like to see it back up there again,” says Pearlman.
The Taj Mahal’s bad beat jackpot hit Wednesday for $200,276.56.
Quad fives lost to quad eights (remember, the Taj has the old-fashioned minimum of quad deuces) and a guy named Tom Miller won $100,138.50. The hand winner won $50,069.25 and seven other players at the table won $7,152.75.
At the moment, the Taj bad beat is at $52K which makes you think there may have been yet another hit in between Wednesday and today (these things usually reset at about $100K). We’re checking.
Finally, the Caesars Entertainment combined bad beat jackpot hit today (Oct. 14). It’s the seventh hit of the combined since early August and the second hit since Oct. 3. The Jackpot was $143,593. It’s now at $103,912.
The minimum hand was set at quad 10s. The winning hand was four queens beating four jacks, The bad beat winner got $43,409 and the winning hand was paid $29,150 20. There were 111 players in the four Harrah’s rooms and each was paid $631.
So whew. That’s $885,000 in bad beat money for sure, and possibly another about $100,000 if The Taj did see a second hit.
And that’s since Wednesday. Today’s Friday.
There’s a reason the bad beat jackpots are worth following.
Meanwhile the only untouched bad beat jackpot is at The Borgata, which is now at $285,000 and had a hit on its small bad beat ($50K) last week,
You gotta figure its due.