Dream Scenario Unfolds With Florida Bad Beat Jackpot Hit
Two women poker players realized the same dream on Saturday when they hit a bad beat jackpot at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The bad beat of $584,864, was the largest ever hit in the state.
The Seminoles have made it increasingly difficult to hit the bad beat in recent years. At the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino, the bad beat used to be when aces over jacks were beaten by a better hand.
As time wore on, the bad beat increased to four of a kind beaten by a better hand. Now, with the Seminoles linking the bad beat at six of their casinos in Florida, the winning requirement for the bad beat is four tens beaten by a better hand.
On Saturday, Patricia Dumas ended up with quad kings. That is usually good enough to win, but the hand turned out to net much better than normal when Mija Choi showed four aces. Dumas won $292,430, and Choi took home $175,458. The other players at the table won $19,496 each.
The winner of the bad beat gets fifty percent of the total jackpot. The player who won the hand gets thirty percent, and the rest of the table splits the other twenty percent.
Prior to the Saturday bad beat win, the largest jackpot in Florida had been $366,534, last February. The last hit before the record jackpot Saturday came back in early November.