Bad beats are part and parcel of the game of poker, yet they are the bane of many poker players’ lives and the cause of much frustration, anger and the dreaded tilt monster! So why is it that poker players at the Casino at the Empire in London love bad beats? Could it be to do with The London Poker Room’s bad beat jackpot?
The current jackpot stands at more than £50,000, which when paid out will take the total paid out past the £1 million mark. The jackpot is triggered when four-of-a-kind deuces are beaten in a No Limit Hold’em cash game and sees the bad beat winner – that is the loser of the hand – awarded 50% of the jackpot, the winner of the hand 25% of the jackpot with the remaining 25% being shared by the other players at the table.
The three largest wins recorded topped the scales at £222,335; £128,705 and £118,421. Since its creation, the total prize money distributed stands at an impressive £951,502.15.
Card Room Manager Andy White said: “The Bad Beat Jackpot at The Casino at the Empire is one of the most exciting and accessible promotions in poker, as all levels of player get the chance to land the jackpot. We are breaking records with our prize money and it is fantastic to be able to have the chance to make ordinary poker players very rich indeed.”
The Casino at the Empire is one of London’s entertainment hotspots. Billing itself as a touch of Las Vegas in London, the Casino at the Empire features the Carlsberg Sports Bar, a burlesque supper bar and the superb Fulushou Asian restaurant.