The ultimate in
bad beat jackpots

Dec 18, 2006 5:32 AM

I love to play poker as most of you already know and my favorite game is Friday nights at the Orleans here in Las Vegas.

It is date night for me with my daughter, Oklahoma Sarah, a future world champion!

OK Sarah will be the hostess of the LACE ladies tournament at the Horseshoe in Tunica on Jan. 17. Then Carol and I will follow and host The Battle of the Ages at the Horseshoe on Jan. 18-19; I hope to see a lot of you folks there.

I usually go early on Friday to the Orleans and play a little no limit, and then sign up with Tom (Tom is one of the best no limit tournament directors at the Orleans) to play in the Friday night no limit tournament!

Then OK Sarah and I go to the Orleans café and I have my usual Chicken in a Pot. I like it so much that I eat too much and it makes me sleepy during the no limit poker tournament, but I always say if you have ever played seven card stud (and I have) you can sleep and play hold’em!

I never like to tell bad beat stories, but today I am going to tell you the ultimate bad beat. It has a good ending, but a lot of bad in the middle.

First of all the bad beat jackpot at the Orleans on Friday night was about $68,000. I took a seat in the $1/$2 no limit Hold’em poker game.

Here is the hand: I am first to act in front of the big blind. I have two red tens so I make it $20 to go. The next to act (a really good player) makes it $40; one other player calls and I call the raise.

The flop brings two black tens and the ace of spades. I like it a little and I know that the really good player will bet if I check, so I check and he bets the size of the pot and the other player calls. I cry and call.

The turn comes nine of spades. I check, knowing that it will be bet and I will just get to call with all my chips.

The really good player goes all in; the other player calls and I do a quick Hollywood Act — just a little one — but I do put in all of my chips. Every one is now all-in this good-sized pot.

I turn over my two red tens for four tens. The really good player turns over his two aces for three aces full of tens. The other player turns over his K-Q of spades — he was drawing for a royal and had A-K-Q-T of spades with a nine of spades.

Everyone begins to shout; I do not know why they are all cheering, but they think we have hit the $68,000 bad beat jackpot: aces full of tens beat by four tens and almost a royal is out there.

But the house tells us the bad beat news: The bad beat jackpot will not be paid because one of the house (bad beat) criteria has not been met — the jackpot is too small!

They only pay off on aces full of tens being beat when the jackpot equals or exceeds $70,000.

So, no jackpot. But the good news is I still win a nice pot.

I tip the dealer and go to dinner with Sarah — you win some and you lose some!

But just before I went —as all the cards were still laying out there for the house to check them out, and when everyone thought that we were going to share in the $68,000 jackpot — I requested the dealer to turn over the river card; it was the fourth ace.

So I would have had my four tens beat by four aces and we would have won the big end of the $68,000 except for the thickness of one card.

Then they turned over the burn for the river card — yes, it was the jack of spades which would have made the royal in spades for the other player.

Just the thickness of another card and I would have received nothing, not even the money that was in the big pot.

So all bad is not bad. Again I do not tell about a bad beat. It is a good beat story because I won the pot.

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

When playing Jackpot poker, always play two suited small cards like a 6 and 7 of hearts or similar.

This is the easiest bad beat to hit in hold’em poker. If the 8h, 9h and 10h show up in the five common cards, you will have a straight flush. And if someone else has the J-Q of hearts, which many poker players play. You will have the bad beat and you will get the most of the money!

Until next time remember to stay lucky.