If you aren’t familiar with bad beat jackpots, let me explain. Poker rooms normally take out a dollar or two out of every raked pot and place it into? the bad beat jackpot.
The rules for hitting the jackpot are distinct in each casino. In many card rooms, you should also be playing in a limit table. No limitation games normally don’t qualify, as the jackpot would be hit considerably more often with players always all in and seeing every card the board has to offer. When a bad beat occurs and is checked, everyone gets paid.
The structure to get a bad beat jackpot payout also varies from casino to casino. It is common to determine the losing hand receive 40% of the jackpot, the winning hand receive 25% of the jackpot, the remaining part of the table carve 15% of the jackpot, and the remainder of the poker room split the remaining 20%. As you are able to see, when someone hits a jackpot, there is a lot of room for all to celebrate.
In the last four years I’ve played countless hours of poker in casinos in Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oklahoma and had never experienced a bad beat jackpot until last night.
I headed up to Cherokee Casino, in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma, with a buddy of mine, to get several hours of play in. While awaiting our seats to open, we sat down in fairly loose $4/$8 limit match. In this poker room, $4/$8 limit is the best limit game offered, so that it feels much like playing $2/$4 and $3/$6, where having 7 callers pre-flop on a raised hand is common and where Aces barely stand a chance.
We had only been playing for about 30 minutes when it all went down. I used to be sitting in seat 9, using a loose player sitting to my right, in seat 8. This player was 23 years old and was also a merchant in the casino. (In the larger casinos, typically if you are a dealer you are not permitted to play in matches in your own card room, but this isn’t a rule at Cherokee Casino.)
Both players were attempting to slow play their hands so the gaming didn’t get quite high until the river, where the player with JJ 3 gamble the pot and was all-in for his last few dollars. Our table was only half paying attention because this pot didn’t look quite exciting.
The player in seat 8, holding the JJ, turned up his jacks to show his quads and said, “Can you beat this!” with a smirk on his face. The table woke up a little because a player was showing four Jacks.
Just about three players at the table actually knew what this meant; it was bad beat jackpot time. After about a couple of seconds of explaining the situation, everyone in the table, but for the two first time players, knew what was occurring as well as the table erupted in cheers.
Players from round the poker room were surrounding our table looking to see what had occurred. All things considered, usually players don’t start cheering and jumping around at a $4/$8 limit table. The bad beat jackpot was up to a little over $80,000. After about one hour of camera checking account, card checking, paper work, and affirmation, the bad beat was affirmed with 4 Jacks losing to 4 Queens. The other 7 players, including my friend and me, split $12,000, which ended up being about $1720 apiece. The remainder of the poker room players ended up getting around $130 a head.
The two first-time players within our table had no notion what was going on and why they were being handed $1700 in cash. We made sure to tell them poker was not always this simple. After playing for a few more hours and never leaving our $4/$8 seats, it was time to head home. Not a poor night, at the $4/$8 tables.