While millions of dollars are being won and lost on the poker tables at the WSOP, almost another $1 million was split among more than 100 players competing at Bad Beat Jackpot (BBJ) tables at participating Caesars Entertainment poker rooms.
Planet Hollywood was the site of the latest BBJ to hit, the second time the payout emanated from that land-based casino since the promotion launched in January, the Las Vegas Sun reported. While the BBJ itself is progressive and builds up a hefty jackpot over time, requirements for triggering the award progress in a downward fashion every time another $100,000 becomes added to the prize.
Just after 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, when most poker players have finally ambled into bed for some shuteye, Robert Kopke and Jungok "Sarah" Whang both got their money all-in pre-flop at a Planet Hollywood BBJ table. Their hole cards were overturned to reveal pocket Aces for Whang and K-K for Hopke. The flop of A-K-A had players on the edge of their seats.
Another King on the turn reportedly sent the room into a frenzy, unlocking the BBJ that was nearing the $1 million mark. Whang took down the pot with quad bullets, but Kopke's four Kings was the real winner. The German native scooped $182,952 as the BBJ winner. Whang's take was half that amount not including the pot she won, which came to $91,447.
The rest of the night owls (or early birds) seated at BBJ tables at Caesars-affiliated poker rooms each pocketed $5,982. A total of 107 players laid claim to that prize. The payout structure calls for 20% to the loser of the hand, 10% to the winner, with the remaining 70% split among the other BBJ players.