World Series of Poker at Rio not only Vegas hot spot

Jun 11, 2013 3:08 AM

In last week’s column I reported about Caesars Entertainment’s Mega Beat Progressive Poker steadily rising jackpot. The following day, shortly after 7 a.m. on June 5, the jackpot was taken down!

The 107 players in poker rooms across Las Vegas celebrated as Jungok from Dallas beat Robert from Hamburg, Germany inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino poker room. This is the second time the jackpot has hit since its January launch and both times the winner was playing at Planet Hollywood.

 In what was one of the most exciting Texas Hold’em hands, Jungok had pocket Aces while Robert had pocket Kings. Both players went all in before the Ace, King, Ace flop. The turn was a King and the room erupted – Jungok had secured the victory of the hand but Robert’s hand unlocked Caesars Entertainment’s Mega Beat Progressive Poker Jackpot.

The Jackpot awards not only the losing and winning hand but all players actively playing in any of the participating Caesars Entertainment poker rooms. Robert’s great hand being beat by Jungok’s superior one entitled all 107 players in Harrah’s Las Vegas, The Quad Resort & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino poker rooms to split $914,474.

Robert, having the losing hand, won $182,952. Winner Jungok took home $91,447 while all other players received $5,982 for simply playing in the right room at the right time. Ironically, Jungok’s husband was on his way to the poker tables and just missed out on also taking part in the jackpot. Caesars Entertainment announced the introduction of the Mega Beat Progressive Poker Jackpot to the Las Vegas poker market at the beginning of 2013. With a progressive model the jackpot has the potential to climb to more than $1 million.

Mega Progressive Beat has the potential to be one of the largest promotional poker jackpots in the casino entertainment industry. This multi-casino promotion offers poker players of all skill levels the opportunity to play for a chance at life-changing money.

WSOP news: At the Rio, Benny Chen of Prince Edward Island, Canada was a restaurant manager. At the day’s end, he was a millionaire. The 32-year-old amateur poker player bested a massive field of 6,344 entries to win his first gold bracelet and the first ever “Millionaire Maker” No Limit Hold’em Event at the 44th Annual World Series of Poker.

Chen emerged victorious from a lengthy final table, defeating doctor and commercial pilot Michael Bennington heads-up for the $1,199,104 payday. Chen turned his $3,000 investment into almost 400 times that amount and now joins the ranks of WSOP-made millionaires. He is now the 257th millionaire the WSOP has created and the 26th player to earn a million dollar payday in a tournament outside of the Main Event.

The tournament has become the largest non-WSOP Main Event field in poker history, the eighth largest poker tournament of all time, and all nine players at the final table earned six figures.

Good luck and may the “nuts” be with you!

H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to: [email protected].

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