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Mega Bad Beat finally hits at Hard Rock


The Seminoles' Mega Bad Beat has hit again: Michelle Knight of Plantation won $148,675 when her four jacks were beaten by a straight flush by Jenny Sokol of Margate

It happened at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood.

Sokol took home $89,205. The remaining seven players at the table won $8,496 each. They were playing $1-$2 limit, which a lot of folks at the Hard Rock play just to take a shot at the Mega Bad Beat. (So if they hit their quads, they're sure not betting to run people off, as long as they get the pot up to the $10 required minimum.)

Seminole Casinos’ exclusive Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot – a six-casino approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots created by Seminole Gaming on Dec. 1, 2009 – has been hit four times, bringing the total payouts to $1,113,817.

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 $365,407 was at the Seminole Casino, Hollywood on Jan. 3. Approximately 48 hours later it was hit again, on Jan. 5 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, for $147,365.

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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