Player Hits $480,000 Bad Beat Jackpot at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
By Bob Garcia
A poker player at Rivers Casino in Pennsylvania lost his hand but still managed to win a six-figure cash. The losing hand won the casino’s “Bad Beat” jackpot, a contest that runs in the Rivers poker room and offers payouts to players who lose although with an otherwise winning hand.
It was the largest Bad Beat jackpot Rivers had ever paid. It had been nearly two years since the last time a player struck the Bad Beat, with the pot growing all the while. It was nearly half a million dollars when it was hit in the early hours of the morning on November 29.
A total of $480,574.85 was divided among all eight players at the table. The player with the losing Bad Beat hand earned $192,234.85. The player who won the hand in the poker game received $144,172. The remaining six players were each paid 24,028. The lucky loser had four eights against a straight flush.
Rivers general manager Craig Clark says the regular players have been watching the Bad Beat jackpot numbers climb, eagerly waiting to see who the big winner would be. The last time a player struck the jackpot at Rivers was in February 2015 for $304,963.20. Over the years the casino has paid more than $631 million in jackpots to players.
Rivers features a 30-table poker room along with 92 table games and a gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines. The casino also includes nine restaurants and bars and a concert venue.