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Poker Bad-Beat Winner Says Seeing Meteor On Way To Casino 'Precursor To Luck'

Man Who Won Share Of Record Bad Beat Remembers Odd Night


A record $1 million bad-beat poker jackpot was hit in Detroit last week, and one of the players involved in the improbable hand says a rock from outer space might have been “a precursor to my luck that night.” reported that Kenny Tallent of nearby Battle Creek, Mich. was driving to Detroit’s MotorCity casino to play some poker and vie for the casino’s bad-beat jackpot that stood at more than $1 million, when he saw a massive green-tinted light come down from the sky. Tallent was driving on I-94 towards Detroit when he witnessed the meteor that he initially thought was some kind of bomb.

According to NASA, the nearly two meter-wide meteor broke apart Tuesday about 32 kilometers over Earth. Most of the fragments landed just outside Detroit. The flash was seen by people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Canada and of course Michigan.

“Maybe seeing the meteor was a precursor to my luck that night,” Tallent said.

Later that evening, Tallent held quad queens when an opponent by the name of Scott held quad threes. The losing hand won $427,400, while Tallent scooped $213,700. The four other poker players at their table were each paid $106,800.

“I looked at [Scott] and said ‘do you got it?’ He looked at me and said, ‘do you got it?’ And, we both rolled our hands over and we went crazy. We started jumping up and down and dancing,” Tallent remembered. “The whole room gravitated to our table.”

Tallent said he wants to see if his luck can continue in Las Vegas. He plans to use some of the winnings to compete in the upcoming World Series of Poker.

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