Bad Beat Jackpot

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  1. The Bad Beat and the Big Bad Beat shall apply to the game of Texas Hold’em only. “Bad Beat” means a high ranking poker hand that is beat by a higher ranking hand (e.g., Four Eights losing to Four Nines).
  2. In order for a hand to be eligible to qualify for one of the Bad Beats, the pot must meet a minimum of $20 (house rake is included in the total pot size).
  3. A minimum of four players must be seated and dealt in at the beginning of the hand in order to qualify for the Bad Beat.
    To qualify for the:
    • Regular Bad Beat Jackpot both the winning and losing hands must:
      • Be the player’s best possible combination of five cards and include both of the player’s two (2) hole cards.
      • Losing hand must be a Full house, Aces over Tens or better and be beaten.
      • If a full house that is Aces full of Tens or better is played, both hole cards must be used and at least one hole card must be an Ace.
      • If the winning or losing player has made a Four-of-a-Kind, that player must have a pocket pair to qualify (example: if a player has four Tens, he/she must have a pocket pair of Tens with two Tens on the board).
    • Big Bad Beat Jackpot both the winning and losing hands must:
      • Be the player’s best possible combination of five cards and include both of the player’s two (2) hole cards.
      • The player must have four Eights or better and be beaten.
      • If the winning or losing player has made a Four-of-a-Kind, that player must have a pocket pair to qualify (example: if a player has four Tens, he/she must have a pocket pair of Tens with two Tens on the board).
  4. Whether it is the Bad Beat or Big Bad Beat Jackpot, there is a separate $1 rake that is collected from each Pot that is $20 or more. This additional rake is separate from the house rake, which will also be collected. The hand must go to a showdown (played to the end, where all cards have been dealt and players have completed betting and show their cards to determine the winner) in order for the jackpot to be awarded.
  5. On a daily basis, for each $1 collected, 40% will be added to the Bad Beat Jackpot and 40% will be added to the Big Bad Beat Jackpot. 5% of the $1 will be held in reserve to replenish the Regular Bad Beat Jackpot and 5% will be held to replenish the Big Bad Beat Jackpot when they are awarded. 10% will be held back by the house for promotional materials and administration costs.
  6. If a round of play finishes with three qualifying hands, the lowest hand will only receive a player’s share of the jackpot(s). (e.g., Four Eights, Four Tens and a Queen High Straight Flush are dealt in the same hand. The Bad Beat hand will be the Four Tens and the winning hand will be the Queen High Straight Flush.)
  7. Players must play their hands independently. Any discussion of the Bad Beat/Big Bad Beat during the round of play may void qualification for either Bad Beat Jackpot. If any player, whether directly or indirectly involved in the round of play, passes information or instructs another on how to act or reveals his/ her hand to other players, the Bad Beat/Big Bad Beat Jackpot will be disqualified.
  8. Management reserves the right to verify eligibility of all qualifying hands. There will be no recourse if the cards are mucked before surveillance was able to verify the hands and the community cards. Poker management will not be permitted to reconstruct the hands in any way.
  9. In order to collect any Great Blue Heron Bad Beat / Big Bad Beat Jackpot payout, valid government photo identification will be required.
  10. Payouts of the Bad Beat / Big Bad Beat Jackpot are as follows:
    • 50% of the Bad Beat / Big Bad Beat Jackpot will be awarded to the winning Bad Beat hand (second highest hand).
    • 25% of the Bad Beat / Big Bad Beat Jackpot will be awarded to the hand that won the round of play.
    • 25% of the Bad Beat / Big Bad Beat Jackpot will be awarded equally between the remaining players that were dealt into the round of play.
  11. If the Big Bad Beat Jackpot is won participating players are awarded both the Regular and the Big Bad Beat Jackpots. The reseed amounts in the Regular Bad Beat reserve, funds the Regular Bad Beat Jackpot and the reseed amount in the Big Bad Beat reserve, funds the Big Bad Beat Jackpot.
  12. If only the Regular Jackpot is won, the reseed amount for the Regular Bad Beat Jackpot is placed into the Regular Jackpot.
  13. Payment will be made in increments of $1.00. Odd amounts will be credited to the Reseed Jackpot of the respective Bad Beat won. All payments will be made through the cash cage.
  14. A player who walks away from the game, but leaves his/ her chips on the table AND he/she was in the hand at the beginning, will retain rights to his/her share of the either Bad Beat Jackpot if a Bad Beat hand occurs.
  15. In the rare occurrence of a Bad Beat Jackpot being hit on more than one game at the same time, the total Bad Beat Jackpot will be divided by the number of Bad Beat winning games. The Bad Beat Jackpot will then be distributed on each game according to the percentages set forth in rule 10 above.
  16. Omaha, Pineapple and Omaha/ Hold’em mix games do not qualify for the either Bad Beat Jackpot. The $1.00 retainer will not be collected from pots on these tables.

By participating in the Great Blue Heron Bad Beat Jackpot, winners consent to the use of their names and photographs for promotional purposes without additional compensation. Management reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time.