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Record Bad-Beat Poker Jackpot Hit In Michigan

Seven-Figure Jackpot Goes To Player Who Lost With Quad Threes


A seven-figure bad-beat jackpot was hit Tuesday at one of Detroit’s three casinos. The amount is said to be a new record for U.S. soil.

The jackpot in Motor City Casino’s poker room, which has 17 cash game tables, stood at $1,068,590.80 when the winning hand occurred. A player lost with the 3Spade Suit3Heart Suit on a board reading QSpade Suit3Diamond Suit5Spade Suit3Club SuitQHeart Suit.

Quad threes were no good against an opponent who held the QDiamond SuitQClub Suit. But, with a massive bad beat on the line, losing with quads is a poker player’s dream. The size of the pot itself was inconsequential relative to the bonus in the form of a bad beat.

The losing hand won $427,400, while the player with quad queens took home $213,700. There were only four other players at their table at the time, and they each pocketed $106,800.

After it was hit, the jackpot was reset at just under $500,000, the casino said on Twitter. Under Motor City Casino rules, the bad-beat hand must involve quads beating quads, as a straight flush beating quads would not count.

“There are winners every day on the floor, but it’s not every day that a jackpot that big hits,” Phil Trofibio, Senior Vice President of Motor City’s Casino Operations, was quoted by “Congratulations to all the players at the table.”

While the nearly $1.1 million jackpot reportedly is the largest of its kind in the country, it definitely doesn’t hold the top spot in North America. In August, a $1.2 million jackpot was hit at a $1-$2 table at the Playground Poker Club in Québec, Canada.

Tags: Michigan,   Bad Beat,   Jackpot


4 years ago

Great to see happen, but the definition of a bad beat jackpot is to protect players who have a monster hand and not lose there entire real money stack! It kinda sucks that quads can lose to a str flush and get zero!


4 years ago

This particular casino has a separate bad beat, that would be hit by a player with quads losing to a straight flush. It doesn't get as big, but it can still pay a lot.