Another Life Changing Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Win!

This time at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

 TAMPA, Fla. – The Seminole Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot has been hit again, this time for $147,359.00 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa about 48 hours after the debut hit of $365,407 on Jan. 3 at the original Seminole Casino in Hollywood, Fla. That brings the total payout for the recently introduced property-wide poker bad beat jackpot to more than half-a-million-dollars so far.

The Seminole Mega Bad Beat (a poker bad beat is when a player has an apparently unbeatable hand yet loses to a better hand) happened at 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5 when four Kings were beaten by a Heart Royal Flush in a game of Texas Hold-Em. Wesley P. of Gainesville, Fla. was the big winner with $73,680; Keith E. of Riverview had the Kings for $44,208. The other seven players split the remaining $29,472 or $4,211 per person. Fifty percent of the SeminoleMega Bad Beat prize pool is awarded to the qualifying losing hand; 30 percent to the qualifying winning hand; and 20 percent divided among the remaining players

“We’re excited for our poker players; the multi-casino approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots,” Jeffrey Hook, vice president of marketing for Seminole Gaming said.

 The Seminole Mega Bad Beat Jackpot just launched on Dec. 1, funded by a $1 contribution from each pot of $10 or greater at the poker rooms in six Seminole casinos: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Casino Immokalee, Seminole Casino Brighton, and Seminole Casino Hollywood. Once it is won, the jackpot immediately resets at $100,000; something only done at Seminole casinos in Florida.

 On Dec. 22, 2009 at 8:50 p.m. two Florida men won the “local” bad beat – or individual casino bad beat jackpot -- at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa. Harry W. of Charlotte won $36,072 and Angel C. of St. Petersburg received $18,036. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is the casino with the largest regular bad beat jackpot in history. On June 9, 2008 a player hit their local bad beat for $564,905.

Here’s how it’s won: Only the top two hands at the showdown are eligible for the Mega Bad Beat Jackpot and both hands must be the best possible combination of five cards. The minimum losing hand is four 10s. At least four players must be dealt in a qualifying table. Tables with less than four players will not have a jackpot drop. Multi-table tournaments are excluded from winning the Mega Bad Beat Jackpot.  Single table tournaments are eligible until less than four players remain. Players must play their hands independently.* 

 About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,400 of the most popular slot machines plus Florida’s largest and smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud.  For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating.  Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Tampa’s premier steak house Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. Authentic Native American arts and crafts store Rainmaker now open! The hotel & casino is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa.  For more information, call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit

 About Seminole Gaming

In addition to its two Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., the Seminole Tribe owns and operates five more Seminole-branded Florida casinos in Coconut Creek and Hollywood on the Southeast coast, in Immokalee near Naples, on the Brighton Reservation north of Lake Okeechobee and on the Big Cypress Reservation south of Lake Okeechobee. The Seminole Tribe has long been recognized for innovation in its gaming and other businesses. It opened the first high-stakes bingo hall and casino in the United States in 1979.  That facility was the forerunner of the Indian Gaming movement throughout North America. 


The Seminole Tribe of Florida acquired Hard Rock International, Inc. and other related entities from The Rank Group Plc in 2007 for approximately $965 million. The purchase is the first of a major international corporation by a Native American Indian Tribe and marks a milestone in the growing economic power and prominence of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and other Indian tribes in today’s business world.




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