First bad-beat jackpot hits at Potawatomi poker room



In October, Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee established a bad-beat jackpot, and it took two months for the inaugural jackpot to hit on Dec. 14 as 81 players earned a share of $164,545.

Frank Wilson Jr. of Menomonee Falls, Wis., took the bad beat with quad sixes and walked away with $49,363 while Kathy Karambinis. of Park Ridge, Ill., who won the hand with quad aces, took home $32,909.

Meanwhile, the other players at the table each pocketed $6,170, and the rest of the players in the room each took home $463.

“I’ve been coming to the poker room at Potawatomi Bingo Casino more often since the bad-beat jackpot promotion started and can’t believe I ended up as the big winner,” Wilson said. “Texas Hold’em is my game and it’s great that the opportunity to win extra money through the bad-beat jackpot is now available at the casino.”

Manager Jeff Gemini added: “Our poker guests have been asking for a bad-beat jackpot promotion for a while, so it’s generated a lot of excitement and interest from players. We’re always looking for new ways to keep our players happy and it will definitely be interesting to see how large the next jackpot gets in the coming weeks. You just never know when it will hit again.”

— Chad Holloway is Ante Up’s Wisconsin Ambassador. He’s also a Senior Writer for and is a sponsored member of Team Blue Shark Optics. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @ChadAHolloway.

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