Bad beats hit all along Mid-Atlantic poker rooms



The Crown Royal Poker Room at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino produced Delaware’s largest bad-beat jackpot on Dec. 18, good for $184,393. Dover Downs also holds the second- and third-largest bad beats in the state’s short poker history.

Lee Merkle of Camden, Del., walked away with a check for $92,196 (50 percent) for his “losing” hand of quad fives in a hold’em cash game. Craig Storton of Pasadena, Md., won $46,098 (25 percent) for his quad aces. The other lucky seven players at the table each received $6,585, representing the final 25 percent.

Unique to Dover Downs is the large seeded amount for the bad beat, which was reset at $109K after the payout. Dover Downs has paid nearly a half-million since the the Delaware Lottery approved bad-beat jackpots last year.

• The poker room at Hollywood Casino Charles Town saw a Christmas Eve bad-beat jackpot hit as nine players shared $55,885. In a $3-$6 limit hold’em game, James O’Conner, from Alexandria, Va., had his quad sixes beaten to take home $27,942. The bad beat was the first to be paid at the regional gaming destination, as the casino instituted the bad-beat jackpot just two weeks prior.

• Rolled Up Poker and the Lupus Foundation of America will host a star-studded tournament at the Holiday Inn in Richmond, Va., on April 7. The goal is to raise money for LFA to make the world aware on what Lupus is, and to help with research to find a cure. Poker pros scheduled to attend: Jerry Yang, Greg Raymer and Andy Bloch.

Buy-in is a $65 donation ($55 if pre-registered) and includes an autographed copy of Yang’s book All In. Unlimited rebuys are available for $40 through the first break, with $10 add-ons available before the first hand and at the first break. Players start with 6,000 units (2,000 more for first add-on, 3,000 for second add-on) and levels are 20 minutes. Players knocking out a pro earn a $50 bounty. For more information and registration visit

— Michael Young is the Ante Up Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic area. Email him at

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