Benjamin Flanagan was the lucky recipient of the lion’s share of the largest ever live poker bad beat jackpot at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh worth a massive $1,226,000!
The American thought his luck was in as he rivered quad aces on a board of As 9d Js Qs Ad but soon got the bad news that his opponent, Raymond Broderson, had turned a royal flush.
Benjamin Flanagan Wins $1.2 Million in Record Bad Beat Jackpot
The hand created the record jackpot and paid out large amounts to all eight players at the table.
The largest bad beat in US history has finally been hit for $1,226,000 in Pittsburgh @RiversPokerPitt – May tournament poker make a quick return to the room. @WPT @msptpoker @RunGoodEvents @CrackingAAces @PokerNews @gpi @PokerGOnews pic.twitter.com/rUziZEv9zl
— Rigby (@GTO_Diaper) August 25, 2022
Flanagan took home the largest share of the jackpot, a tidy $490,708 which amounts to 40%. Broderson received 30%, a nice $368,029, while the remaining six players all took home a bonus of $61,338 just for being at the table.
Only a fortnight ago, Rivers Pittsburgh Casino was promoting the bad beat jackpot as it approached $1.2 million, feeling that it had to come soon.
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— Rivers Pittsburgh Poker Room (@RiversPokerPitt) August 11, 2022
The bad beat jackpot is a novel idea that encourages poker players to come and play with the small chance that they can unexpectedly win big on any given night.
In 2018, a player won $427,452 at Motor City Casino in Detroit after setting off a $1,068,590 jackpot, and there have been a couple of similar size wins across the border in Canada in the last few years.
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