New record: $593,177 bad beat jackpot on GGPoker
The highest bad beat jackpot in the site's history was played out on GGPoker over the weekend. The $10 / $20 PLO saw quads over quads and almost $600,000 in prize money distributed among the six players at the table.
The player Ibai Delgado (with A Q Q 5 ) and bilaterale1 (with K K 7 7 ) saw a flop after raise and re-raise, which gave both players a tremendously strong hand: K Q Q - top full house for the kings and quads for the queens. Bilateral1 had an out to better quads and after an insignificant 2 on the turn, the K actually appeared on the river. All the money went into the middle and with quads over quads, the criteria for the Bad Beat Jackpot on GGPoker were met.
A total of $593k was paid out at the table. The lion's share of the Bad Beat Jackpot went to losing player Ibai Delgado - for his loss he received $366k. The winner of the hand, bilaterale1 received around $115k and all other players dealt into the hand still got around $29k - about 15 buy-ins at that limit.
How do you win the Bad Beat Jackpot on GGPoker?
The rules for the Bad Beat Jackpot are very simple:
- The hand must go all the way to showdown.
- Both the winner and the loser must use two hole cards to make the best 5-card hand combination.
- In the case of quads, the players must have the pair in their hand.
These are the minimum hands you must lose with to win the jackpot:
- Hold'em: Full House (Aces over Kings)
- PLO: Quad Nines
- Short Deck: Quad Nines
- PLO5: Quad Jacks
What is the probability of hitting a Bad Beat Jackpot?
The probability of hitting a Bad Beat Jackpot is extremely low.
Mathematician and amateur poker player Brian Alspach had calculated the probabilities in Hold'em when at least quad-eights are required for the losing hand. At a table with six players, one would lose a hand with quad-eights approximately every 465,000 hands, provided that all players always see the river and showdown with all hands. This corresponds to a probability of only 0.0002 percent.
With lower minimum hands (like with a full house in GGPoker) or in games with more hole cards (like in PLO), these probabilities increase, but are still vanishingly small.