Two Tampa area women shared the largest poker jackpot in Florida history on Saturday (Jan. 8) when they hit a record-setting $584,864 Mega Bad Beat Jackpot in the new poker room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.
Patricia Dumas, of Lutz, FL, won $292,430 with her “losing” hand of four kings, while Mija Choi, of Tampa, took home $175,458, thanks to her “winning” hand of four aces. The six remaining players at the $2-$4 limit table each won $19,496.
The Seminole Casinos’ approach to larger, more frequent bad-beat jackpots is funded by a $1 contribution from each pot of $10 or greater at the poker rooms in six Seminole casinos.
The first Mega Bad Beat Jackpot hit was on Jan. 3, 2010, for $365,407 at Seminole Casino Hollywood. The exclusive Mega Bad Beat Jackpot has hit on average about twice a month, paying out 23 times for a total of $5,332,727.