Every week seems to bring another controversy upon the internet poker world.Last week, it was the craziness of a repeat winner of UltimateBet.com’s bad beat jackpot.With UltimateBet’s integrity already under the microscope because of superuser allegations (as well as superuser confirmations by its sister room, Absolute Poker), many internet poker players cried foul.The chances of this happening were too remote, some said, so someone had to be up to no good at UltimateBet.
Not so, says the company.UltimateBet says that the feat was genuine and the player who hit the jackpot is real.Below is a statement released by UltimateBet this week, officially announcing the accomplishment, as well as responding to critics who believe someone is up to no good.
Déjà Vu as UltimateBet Legend Pops Second Bad Beat Jackpot at Online Poker Site
Online poker player from Alaska gets lucky twice at UltimateBet’s Bad Beat Jackpot tables
An online poker player from Alaska has defied the odds by hitting two Bad Beat Jackpots at UltimateBet within a span of less than three months.
“Bad Beat Jackpot continues to excite members of the online poker community by showing them that anything is possible at our Texas Hold’em tables,” stated UltimateBet spokesperson George MacLean.
On Tuesday, May 6th at 3:03am ET, an online poker player with the moniker dhc2lovr popped UltimateBet’s Bad Beat Jackpot by losing with four tens to four queens in a hand of Texas Hold’em. The jackpot had climbed to an impressive $448,920.71. For his win, dhc2lovr secured $145,899.23 and 117 other UltimateBet players shared an additional $145,899.23, including the winner of the hand who walked away with $72,949.61.
It wasn’t the first time that dhc2lovr had found success playing Bad Beat Jackpot. On March 25th at 2:48am ET, dhc2lovr popped his first Bad Beat Jackpot to the tune of $171,498.31.
According to a standard security review undertaken by UltimateBet’s fraud department, dhc2lovr has been a frequent player at the online poker site’s Texas Hold’em tables since December 2005 and holds an Ultimate Legend status, one of the top tiers of RAI$E, UltimateBet’s lucrative loyalty program.
Ultimate Legends must earn 2,500 RAI$E Status Points per month by playing online poker in order to maintain their RAI$E status. Dhc2lovr’s Ultimate Legend status indicates that he takes poker extremely seriously and is a frequent player at UltimateBet. MacLean notes that those who play at more Bad Beat Jackpot tables more often will have more opportunity to be at a table when a Bad Beat Jackpot is hit.
“I had won a bad beat before but I really didn’t feel there was any reason why I couldn’t win again,” says dhc2lovr. “I felt I had the same chances as anyone else to win and the fact that I had won it before made no difference.”
Bad Beat Jackpot is just like traditional Texas Hold'em poker with an added jackpot component. In addition to rake, $0.50 is collected from qualifying poker hands and placed into a constantly growing pot until someone hits the jackpot.
When a player loses a hand with four 8s or anything better, 65% of the jackpot is divided among Bad Beat Jackpot players (25% remains in the pot for the next jackpot and 10% is dedicated towards administrative fees). All players seated at a Bad Beat Jackpot table featuring the same limit and game type as where the bad beat occurred also win a piece of the jackpot.
Full details on UltimateBet's Bad Beat Jackpot game can be found at www.ultimatebet.com.