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September 22, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Contact:           Gina Morales, Public Relations Manager, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, 813-627-7771, gina.morales@seminolehardrock.com

Dan Mackey, Bitner Goodman, 954-703-7932, dan@bitnergoodman.com

 

Seminole Casinos Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot hits for $327,221 at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa

 More than $2 million won there in 10 jackpots!   

Over $4 million paid out in the exclusive six-casino Seminole Casinos Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpot

 

TAMPA, Fla. – A Seminole Casinos Mega Bad Beat Jackpot of $327,221 was won late Sunday night, Sept. 19 in what was the third consecutive -- tenth overall – hit at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.

 

The exclusive six-casino approach to larger, more frequent bad beat jackpots has now paid players $4,213,083 in 20 jackpots since beginning in December 2009. $2,165,603 of that has been won at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa.

 

Paul Trianosky of Mountain City, Tenn. became the latest big winner with his four kings hand losing to a 6-high heart straight flush held by Michael Gisondi of Hawthorne, Fla. Trianosky took home a cool $163,608 while Gisondi won $98,265. The remaining six players each took home approximately $10,908 each.

 

Last month there were twin hits at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa on Aug. 17 for $164,783, and Aug. 6 for $100,006.

 

A poker bad beat occurs when an apparently unbeatable hand loses to a better hand. Fifty percent of the Seminole Mega Bad Beat prize pool is awarded to the qualifying losing hand; 30 percent to the qualifying winning; and 20 percent divided among the remaining players.

 

Here’s how all of the winnings have broken down:

 

SEMINOLE CASINOS’ MEGA BAD BEAT JACKPOT HITS, AS OF Sept. 22, 2010.

 

  • Jan. 3: Roderick J.  won $182,705 with a 10-high straight flush in clubs, beaten by Harvey L.’s king-high straight flush in clubs at Seminole Casino Hollywood. He took home $109,622. The remaining seven players at the table each won $10,440.

 

  • Jan. 5: Wesley P. won $73,680 with his four kings beaten by a heart royal flush held by Keith E. at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa. Keith E. won $44,208.  The seven remaining players each won $4,211.

 

  • Feb. 9: Jonathan Hernandez took home a cool $183,264 with his four 10s, beaten by Terry Alan Baglama’s royal flush, also at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa. Baglama won $109,959. The seven remaining players each won $10,473.

 

  • Feb. 27: Michelle Knight of Plantation, Fla. was the big winner of $148,675 when her four jacks were beaten with a straight flush by Jenny Sokol of Margate, Fla., who took home $89,205 for her cards dealt at Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood. The remaining seven players at the table won $8,496 each.

 

  • Mar. 21: Gregory H. of Tampa was the big winner of $142,905 at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa when his quad jacks were beaten by a diamond straight flush by Pankeo L. of St. Petersburg, Fla. She took home $85,743. The remaining eight players won $ 7,146 each.

 

  • Mar. 30: Evan Rosoff of Boca Raton, Fla. won $90,196 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek when his jack-high straight flush was barely beaten with a king-high straight flush by Itzkhak F., also from Boca Raton, who took home $54,117. The remaining eight players at the table won $4,510 each.

 

  • April 9: Adewale A. of Pembroke Pines won $86,727 at Seminole Casino Hollywood with a losing hand consisting of four 10s. The winning hand held by 19-year-old Kyle C. of Cooper City was a straight heart flush, 7 to jack, netting him $52,038. The remaining eight players at the table won $4,337 each.

 

  • April 26: Jean Z. of Fort Lauderdale won the Mega Bad Beat Jackpot of $104,264 at Seminole Casino Hollywood with a losing hand of four jacks. The winning hand held by Guillermo N.S. of Hollywood was a straight flush 8-queen high, netting him $62,558. The remaining seven players divided a $41,706 pot for $5,958 each.

 

  • May 1: Christopher Chitwood from Cape Coral, Fla. hit the jackpot of $62,460 at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa when his queen-high straight flush was beaten by a diamond royal flush held by Lynda Wallace of Tampa. She took home $37,476.  The seven remaining players at the table each won $3,570.

 

  • May 8: Richard K. won $74,854 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek when his straight flush to the 5 was beaten by a straight flush to 7 held by Howard E.  He took home $44,918.  The eight remaining players at the table each won $3,742.

 

  • May: 20: Thomas C. of Davie, Fla. won $83,561 at Seminole Casino Hollywood when his club straight flush ace to 5 was beaten by a club straight flush 3 to 7 held by Simona K. of Hollywood, Fla., who took home $50,136.  The eight remaining players at the table each won $4,178.

 

  • June 24: Stanley Moody won $173,746 at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa when his nine-high spade straight flush was beaten by a jack-high spade straight flush held by David B, who took home $104,248. The eight remaining players at the table each won $8,688.

 

  • July 3: Terri B. won $95,393 at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa when her hand of four jacks was beaten by four kings held by James C. , who took home $57,237.  The eight remaining players at the table each won $4,770.

 

  • July 5: Joseph DiSalvo, Jr. of Tampa won $55,330 at Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa with the improbable losing hand of a four 10’s.  Michelle Murray of Tampa beat that hand with a straight flush to the king of clubs for $33,198. The eight remaining players took home $2,767 each.

 

  • July 22: Yudhisthira M. won $107,650 at Seminole Casino Hollywood when his four 10s was beaten by diamond straight flush 8 to queen, held by Martavius H., who took home $64,590.  The eight remaining players at the table each won $5,383.

 

  • Aug. 4: Pauline Medoff won $91,814 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek when her four queens were beaten by Robert P.'s straight flush to the queen. Robert took home $55,089. The remaining four players each took home approximately $9,181.

 

  • Aug. 5: Johnny E.  won $53,288 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood when his straight flush 8-high lost to a straight flush queen high held by Alexandra Y., who collected $31,973. The six remaining players received $3,553 each.

 

  • Aug. 6: Stephen P. won $50,000 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa when his club straight flush jack high was beaten by a club straight flush king high for $30,000 by Ashley Q. The seven remaining players at the table each took home $2,858.

 

  • Aug. 17:  Angel C. won $82,389 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa with four of a kind aces that lost to a straight flush to the five held by Jeremy S., who won $49,434. The eight remaining players won $4,120 each.

 

  • Aug: 19: Paul Trianosky won $163,608 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa when his four kings were beaten by a 6-high heart straight flush held by Michael Gisondi, who took home $98,165. The remaining six players won $10,908 each.

“Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa is on a roll, having won the last three consecutive Seminole Casinos Mega Bad Beat Poker Jackpots. August was an amazing month with Seminole Casinos awarding a total of five mega bad beat hits,” commented Jeffrey Hook, senior vice president of marketing, Seminole Gaming. 

 

The Seminole Mega Bad Beat Jackpot was 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 done only at Seminole casinos in Florida. Seminole Casino, Immokalee has its own unique payout system, whereby each live poker player in their casino at the time of a Seminole Mega Bad Beat hit receives $100, no matter where it hits.

 

The Seminole Mega Bad Beat Jackpot rules are straightforward: Only the top two hands at the showdown are eligible 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 for the table to qualify. Multi-table tournaments are excluded.  Single table tournaments are eligible until fewer than four players remain. Players must play their hands independently. Management reserves the right to declare a jackpot null and void due to any irregularities and/or collusion, and its decisions are final.

 

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, , Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini and Midi-Baccarat now in play along with over 3,600 of the most popular slot machines, plus Florida’s largest, 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 www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.

 

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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