At 10 a.m. on Thursday (June 17) in a $1-$2 NLHE cash game, Do Hien of Virginia had his quad 2s beaten by Blackwood, N.J., native Carlo Santos’ straight flush. Santos won the hand and the $66,509 share of the bad-beat pot; however, it was Do who hit the jackpot, as he collected 40 percent of the record-breaking $332,544 bad-beat prize money. Each of the remaining players who were dealt into the hand received $22,170.
Do Hien, who’s been playing poker since 2003, just had a hunch that something great would happen that morning.
“I played yesterday into this morning for twenty hours and was up $1,500. I was sitting in my car and had a feeling to go back inside and play some more.”