The second Jackpot in the month of March has just been hit – this time it was the Primary Bad Beat Jackpot which had grown to almost $450,000! Added to the PLO Jackpot that was won a few days ago, March really is living up to its reputation that it comes in like a lion!
The Jackpot hand occurred just after 11:00am on table 1 in the Original poker room. This was a $1/$2 table that had a full complement of 9 players. The hand opened with limps from 4 players until action was on Joey S, a Playground cash game regular, who raised to $13 from the small blind. John C called from middle position and the other players all folded – there were two players to the flop.
The flop was a juicy one but Joey opened with a check. John bet $30 and Joey made the call. The pot was now $94.
Joey again led with a check, which prompted John to bet the rest of his stack – just $20 more. Joey called and the pot was up to $134 with action closed in the hand.
In cash games, even when action is closed in a hand, the players are not obliged to show their hand right away as they would be in a tournament – and both players showed considerable restraint and chose to keep their hands private for the moment. The dealer, Steven T, dealt the river.
Now it was showdown. As Joey opened his cards, he said: “I hope I lose this!” He did lose this, and a huge cheer erupted at table 1.
Joey S: – he had flopped Quad Queens!
John C: – the river was kind, and John made a Royal Flush on the river!
This was a truly worthy Primary Jackpot hand as Joey flopped the nuts on the flop, only to be out-drawn by the true nut hand when the final cards were dealt!
All Hold’em players in action at the time have earned their share of the $446,438 Jackpot. As the hand loser, and hence Jackpot winner, Joey will receive $178,575 while John, as the winner of the hand, will get the second largest share of the Jackpot – $89,288 (plus the pot). The remaining 7 players at the table will each win $12,755 – and there’s a room share as well: $89,288 split among all of the remaining Hold’em players in the room as the Jackpot hand occurred!