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Did a Meteor Signal a $1m Poker Bad Beat Jackpot?

Friday, January 26th, 2018

meteor-pokerUnlocking a $1 million bad beat jackpot is already a rare occurrence. But how about the combination of seeing a meteor and winning a massive poker jackpot?

This is exactly what happened to poker player Kenny Tallent of Battle Creek, Michigan. Tallent was on his way to the MotorCity Casino in Detroit, when he saw a meteor falling from the sky.

“It was like a big, green flash I saw out of the corner of my eye,” Tallent told “My first thought was it was a nuclear bomb or something.”

The meteor that Tallent saw broke apart around 20 miles above Earth, with rock fragments landing near Detroit. Parts of Canada, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin saw the rare event.

“Maybe seeing the meteor was a precursor to my luck that night,” Tallent said.

How did the Poker Bad Beat Jackpot Happen?

kenny-tallent-poker-bad-beatTallent, who’s been playing poker for 13 years, never expected to actually win the $1 million bad beat jackpot. But then again, he also didn’t anticipate seeing a meteor.

The Battle Creek native got four-of-a-kind queens. And another player flipped over four 3s, for a lower four of a kind. The losing hand qualified for the bad beat jackpot, which kicked off a celebration.

“I looked at him and said ‘do you got it?’ He looked at me and said, ‘do you got it?’ And, we both rolled our hands over and we went crazy. We started jumping up and down and dancing,” recalled Tallent. “The whole room gravitated to our table.”

After winning the hand, Tallent scooped 20% of the prize, or $213,713. The other player collected 40%, or $427,424.

“I’m gonna up my 401k contributions, so get closer to retirement,” Tallent said with regard to his winnings.

“I do want to take the money to go play in the World Series of Poker this year. And I’m hoping after this summer you’ll be interviewing me again after I win the World Series of Poker.”

Bad Beat Jackpot Hit for $994k

Friday, January 12th, 2018

poker-bad-beat-jackpotIt’s been years since an online poker bad beat jackpot reached nearly $1 million. But this finally happened recently, with several players sharing in a jackpot worth $994,119.

BetOnine, which is on the Chico Network, was the site of the huge prize. And this is the largest bad beat jackpot they’ve paid out since the promotion started in 2016.

How the Bad Beat Jackpot Happened

Six players were sitting on a $1/$2 Texas hold’em table. Two players sat out the hand, while four others were dealt in.

“Tyrant” (Jd-Jc) and “pokerplayer4ever” (Qd-Td) got into a pre-flop raising war that made the other two dealt-in players fold.

The flop of 8d-9d-Jd gave pokerplayer4ever a straight flush, while Tyrant held a set of jacks.

A 4d and Jd landed on the turn and river, respectively. Both players shoved their chips into the middle on the river, creating a main pot worth $395.

Pokerplayer4ever won the hand and the $395. But Tyrant was the biggest winner (or loser) overall, collecting a $273,382 share of the jackpot. Pokerplayer4ever, meanwhile, earned $149,018 for winning.

The other two players who were dealt into the hand received $74,509 each. 93 other players who were currently at the Chico Network’s bad beat tables each pocketed $599.

The two players who sat out the hand have to be kicking themselves. After all, they could’ve shared in the combined $149k in winnings that the other two folders who were dealt into the hand shared.

Will We See Another Bad Beat Jackpot worth $1 Million?

Chico’s bad beat prize has been reset to $273,382, which is 27.5% of the $994k jackpot. And this is certainly a sizeable prize.

But this begs the question of if we’ll ever see a jackpot worth $1 million again. Online poker doesn’t receive as much traffic as its golden age (mid and late 2000s). However, it’s always possible that Chico gets another massive bad beat jackpot going again, especially on the heels of this payout.