As players have come to expect, major events at Playground tend to bring out big jackpots, and the WPT Montreal has kept up that tradition, producing not one but two Jackpots already!
The first one hit only three days into the event, for $38,936. The big hand played out on a 9-handed 2/5 NL Hold’em table. The action was opened from early position to $15, a price enticing enough to pick up five callers. Six players watched the dealer fan out the flop. Arslan J, in seat 2, led into the field with a bet of $75. Only Srinivas G, in seat 7, felt comfortable continuing and made the call.
Arlsan and Srinivas went to the turn heads-up, each feeling good about their holdings. The turn produced the , giving both players exactly what they were hoping for. Arslan continued his line and made a bet of $150 on the turn. Srinivas went into the tank, eventually making the call. The river brought the . Arslan played the rest of his chips, and Srinivas made the snap call. Hands were tabled to reveal exactly what the table wanted to see:
A straight flush over quads!
Srinivas, as the loser of the hand, collects the largest portion of the $36,989 Bad Beat Jackpot. His share is $18,494. Talk about losing the battle but winning the war! Arslan, as the winner of the hand, gets $9,247. The other players at the table each receive $1,321.
Just a few days later – yesterday afternoon – another BBJ was hit, this time worth $37,368! In this hand, 6 players saw the flop for the minimal amount of $2. The flop came , and everybody checked on it. The turn came the . After a few checks, an $11 bet was placed and called by two spots.
The river, for those already dreaming about the possibility of a bad beat, must have looked pretty good: it was the . At this point, Michael G took the lead and bet $15. After 1 call, Andrew C raised to $45. Michael replied with $115, more than enough to get rid of the third player. Andrew, however, wasn’t going anywhere. He went all-in, Michael called for $218 total, and the cards were revealed:
Michael had the bad beat hand, and scoops $17,749. Andrew gets $8,874 for his nice rivered straight flush, and all other players at the table, including both players on break, got themselves $1,267 each. Not a bad day at the office!
Now the question is, when will the next Bad Beat Jackpot hit, and who will.