Lady Luck Strikes at Live! Casino Philadelphia Poker Room: Bad Beat Jackpot Winners Collect Over $600K

Posted By Katie Kohler on June 1, 2021

It was a Memorial Day Weekend to remember for seven players at the Poker Room at Live! Casino Philadelphia.

The Bad Beat jackpot hit for $609,627.50 on May 28 around 5 p.m. The Bad Beat prize was biggest in the young history of Live! Casino Philadelphia and one the largest jackpots in recent history at a Pennsylvania casino.

Huge Bad Beat jackpot win at Live! Casino Philadelphia

Who won the Bad Beat Jackpot?

Seven players at Table 9 at the Poker Room at Live! Casino Philadelphia. According to a representative from Live! they had all been playing 1/3 No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em for a few hours when the Bad Beat hit. The poker players who won the jackpot were:

  • Howard Ohline, of Media, PA
  • Demerus Lambeth, of Temple Hills, MD
  • John Dowling, of Kennett Square, PA
  • Jorge Torrez, of Philadelphia, PA
  • Francis Baccare, of Sewell, NJ
  • William Platt, of Folsom, PA
  • Konstanti Simotas, of Landsdale, PA

What makes a Bad Beat Jackpot in Poker?

A Bad Beat Jackpot hits when four-of-a-kind Jacks (or better) is beaten by a better hand. In this case, four queens, held by Ohline, was beaten by a king-high straight flush, held by Lambeth. A king-high straight flush is a five-card hand of the same suit in sequence.

How was the Bad Beat jackpot divided?

  • Ohline collected 50% ($304,814) with the losing hand of four-of-a-kind queens (a.k.a the Bad Beat).
  • Lambeth held the winning hand of king-high straight flush and won 25% ($152,407).
  • The other five players split the remaining 25% of the jackpot ($30,482) each.

Live! Casino Philadelphia poker room FAQs

Details about the Live! Casino Philadelphia poker room:

  • Number of tables: 29
  • Twitter page for Live! Casino Philadelphia poker room: @LivePoker_PHL
  • Live! Casino rewards for poker: One hour of poker played equals 100 points. For more information on tier levels and rewards visit Live! Casino Philadelphia’s website.

Poker promotions at Live! Casino Philadelphia

  • Thursdays: $40/$80 HOE starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • Fridays: $5/$10 Omaha 8 w/ Full Kill starting at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: $40/$80 HOE starting at 1:00 p.m.

Tournaments are coming soon to the Poker Room at Live! Casino Philadelphia.

Fans and drink service add more life to Live! Casino

Coronavirus rules and restrictions have been updated. However, Philadelphia remains slightly behind the rest of the state. Masks are still required indoors until at least June 11.

Most of the other casinos in Pennsylvania do not require masks for vaccinated visitors. Currently, smoking is not permitted at any casino in Pennsylvania due to COVID restrictions put in place by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Live! Casino Philadelphia got a big boost when drink service returned to the gaming floor recently. Also, they undoubtedly got more visitors as capacity limits were loosened for Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park.

Live! Casino Philadelphia has made fast friends with its neighbors. When it opened in February, Live! offered a Philadelphia Phillies player’s card. Now, they are running a package deal for tickets to the Phillies game on June 6 which includes an overnight stay and a dining credit.

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She is the Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania and covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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