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'Loser' wins big at Palm Beach Kennel Club

The poker room at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-683-2222; is again showing that it pays to lose.

On Aug. 4, a “loser” won $140,194 in a hand of $2-$4 limit hold’em, while the “winner” won $70,097. Each of the six other players at the table walked away with $11,682.

At PBKC, if a player has four 10s or better but loses, she or he pockets half of the bad-beat jackpot. The winner gets 25 percent, and the other players share the remaining quarter.

Eddie Prise, of West Palm Beach, was the loser. Riviera Beach’s Catherine Rosendary was the winner.

“Mr. Prise had four queens and Ms. Rosendary had a straight flush to the six of hearts,” says Josh Alderman, assistant poker room manager. “The board was interesting because in this case the cards came ‘perfect perfect,’ meaning there was only one possible way to hit the bad beat.”

The last time someone won PBKC’s bad-beat jackpot was March 4, when the loser took home $60,160.

Hard Rock Poker Open through Aug. 15

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is underway at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 800-937-0010; until Aug. 15.

The Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em, from Aug. 3 to 5, was a highlight of the preliminary events, with 3,173 entries who bought in at $570 and paid out $1.5 million. Pro poker player Nipun Java came in first, winning $230,849.

The first of the “Big 4” events was a no-limit hold’em with a buy-in of $1,100 scheduled to start Aug. 9. Its guaranteed payout on Aug. 15 is $500,000.

The others are the $2,650 NLH Freeze-Out (Aug. 13-15) with $1 million guaranteed to be paid to the top players; the $5,250 SHRPO Championship (Aug. 11-15) with $3 million guaranteed; and the $25,500 NLH High Roller (Aug. 14-15) with $2 million guaranteed.

The “Big 4” final tables are being streamed live through Poker Night in America at and will be broadcast later on the CBS Sports Network.

Magic City Casino turns 20

The poker room at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami; 305-649-3000; celebrated its 20th anniversary throughout July.

Among its special promotions was a $25K Royal Flush Winners Tournament on July 31. The first-place winner was Javier Bustamante, who received $12,500, and the runner-up was Oscar Salinas, with $7,500.

In the Quad Squad Promotion, whose prizes were awarded Aug. 3, Pedro P. Martinez won $10,000 and Roger Collette won $8,000. Winning the third-highest amount was the lucky Salinas, who received an extra $6,000.

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