According to a press release dated January 17, Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel has announced awarding the largest bad beat jackpot in US history.  A record breaking $1.68 million was split between the six players sitting at the winning Texas Hold’em table.

The jackpot winners are identified only by their first names. Scott had the losing hand with four 3’s and took home the biggest share of the jackpot at $427,452.52. He was beaten by Kenneth who had four queens. Kenneth won $213,712.76. The other four lucky players at the table won $106,856.28 each for just being seated at the table at the time of the winning hand.

How do you win a bad beat jackpot at MotorCity Casino?

In a Texas Hold 'em poker game, if a player hits any four of a kind and is beaten by another player's four of a kind, they hit the bad beat jackpot. Both players must have pocket pairs. The four of a kind must only be beaten by another four of a kind. A straight flush only wins a much smaller bad beat jackpot.

What do winners receive?

The player with the losing hand involved in a "bad beat" receives 40 percent of the jackpot. The player with the winning hand receives 20 percent, and the remaining players at the table, up to eight of them, split the remaining 40 percent.

"There are winners every day on the floor, but it's not every day that a jackpot that big hits," said Phil Trofibio, Senior Vice President of MotorCity Casino Operations. "Congratulations to all the players at the table."


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