On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the eve of Thanksgiving, the Flamingo Las Vegas poker room was stuffed full of excitement as Caesars Entertainment’s record-breaking "Mega Beat Progressive Poker Jackpot" was hit for a staggering $766,951.
In a hand from one of the Texas hold'em tables spread throughout the room, a player named "Gary" from Costa Mesa, California held the against "Linda" from Georgetown, Indiana and her . The flop, turn, and river ran out with action all the way to the river. Gary had turned the mother of all hands, a royal flush, and little did Linda know her quad jacks were only going to finish second best.
Following the showdown at the completion of the hand, the poker room erupted in applause. The excitement was then echoed throughout Las Vegas at participating Caesars Entertainment poker rooms, where all players actively playing in any of the rooms earned a share of the jackpot.
All told, 198 players in poker rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Quad Resort & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace, and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino earned a share of $766,951.
By holding the losing hand, Linda earned $156,189 of the jackpot. With the winning hand in the pot, Gary earned $79,406. All others earned $2,711.
According to the company, "Caesars Entertainment announced the introduction of the Mega Beat Progressive Poker Jackpot to the Las Vegas poker market at the beginning of 2013. With a progressive model the jackpot has the potential to climb to more than $1,000,000 Mega Progressive Beat Poker Jackpot has the potential to be one of the the largest promotional poker jackpots in the casino entertainment industry. This multi-casino promotion offers poker players of all skill levels the opportunity to play for a chance at life-changing money."