Thursday January 18, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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Quad Queens vs. quad treys for $1 million. The largest bad beat jackpot in American casino history occurred Tuesday night at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, Michigan. The loser of the hand with quad treys and winner of the bad beat took home over $427K. The player with quad Queens earned nearly $213K. With only six playing at the time, the other four earned the table share worth nearly $107K each!

BBJ Detroit

Drinks are on Scott and Kenny! It seemed like any other Tuesday night at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. Six gentlemen played cards in the poker room and hockey flickered on the flat screen in the background. While the Red Wings were en route to a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, an innocuous poker hand triggered a seven-figure bad beat jackpot. The jackpot sat at $1,068,590.80 before the infamous hand began. At a six-handed table, two players named Scott and Kenneth (surnames withheld) were involved in a pot that would go on to make history.

Both players held pairs going into the flop. On a board of Carte Dame de piqueCarte 5 de piqueCarte 3 de carreau, both players flopped a set. Scott held pocket threes with Carte 3 de cœurCarte 3 de pique, but Kenneth led with pocket Queens and Carte Dame de trèfleCarte Dame de carreau. The dealer burned and turned the Carte 3 de trèfle and Scott turned quads to take the lead. Things went nuclear when Carte Dame de cœur spiked on the river. The quads over quads thanks to the Queen of Hearts qualified for the bad beat jackpot.

With quad treys, Scott won 40% of the BBJ for a total of $427,452.52. Kenneth dragged pot with quad Queens and his 20% share of the bad beat jackpot was worth $213,712.76. The game that night was only six-handed (versus the usual 10), so rest of the table share of 40% was split equally among four players (identities unknown at this time). The table share was worth $106,856.38 for 10% each. Yup... almost $107K for just folding!

The previous jackpot record at the Motor City Casino was $569K, which hit in May 2016. The $1 million jackpot was twenty times bigger as much as the current jackpots at rival casinos in Detroit – $55K at MGM Detroit and $41K at Greektown. Motor City's BBJ has a specific rule where it must be quads over quads to qualify with a pocket pair as your hand. Slightly unusual, but straight flushes did not count for a full share of the jackpot at Motor City. The bad beats won by straight flushes paid out a smaller bonus, which is why the BBJ was so astronomical at Motor City compared to the other casinos where straight flushes beating quads or other straight flushes qualified.

The seven-figure BBJ at the Motor City Casino set a U.S. gambling record as the largest bad beat jackpot in history. As legendary baseball announcer Mel Allen would say, "How about that?" In August 2017, the Playground Casino in Montreal paid out a bad beat jackpot worth over $1.2 million (in Canadian Dollars or approximately $965K USD).

 

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