History was made at Atlantic City’s poker tables as two “bad beat” jackpots with a combined worth of over $1 million were hit within hours of each other.
Monday night at Caesars Atlantic City, a citywide record of $787,320 was awarded when Narong Sae Whited of Shelton, Wash. had his four 9s topped by a king-high straight flush held by Atlantic City’s Nick Angelakopoulos. While Whited lost the Texas Hold’em hand, he won $237,154 from the progressive pool accrued at poker rooms at Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Showboat Atlantic City. Angelakopoulos’ take (in addition to what was in the pot) was $158,422.
In addition, 409 other players who were playing at the other casinos when the hand went down each pocketed $958.
Then, Tuesday afternoon at Trump Taj Mahal’s card parlor, $449,501 was the prize when two unidentified players—one holding the 4-5 of spades, the other with 9-10 of spades--hit the jackpot when the 6-7-8 of spades were among the five “community” cards exposed in the hand. The losing (4-5) hand was worth $224,753; the winning hand (9-10) paid $112,753, The six other players at the table each pocketed $18,729.
A “bad beat” jackpot is activated when a player loses with a hand (minimum four 2s) that is assumed to be virtually unbeatable, mathematically speaking. Individual payouts vary by casino.