RULES & REGULATIONS
- The Bad Beat shall apply to the game of Texas Hold ’Em only. “Bad Beat”
means a high ranking poker hand that is beat by a higher ranking hand
(e.g., four deuces losing to four nines).
- In order for a hand to be eligible to qualify for a Bad Beat, the pot must meet a
minimum of $20. (Other minimum pot limits ranging from $50 to $200 apply for
high limit games.)
- A minimum of four players must be seated and dealt in at the beginning of the hand in order to qualify for the Bad Beat. (Other player minimums may apply.)
A Bad Beat shall apply to only the first natural five community cards dealt.
If a player hasn't received any blind buttons during that round of play, they will receive part of the table share.
- To qualify for the Bad Beat Jackpot, a player must have four deuces or better beaten. If the winning or losing player has made a four-of-a-kind, that player must have a pocket pair to qualify (example: if a player has four eights, he/she must have a pocket pair of eights with two eights on the board). Both the
winning and losing hands must use both of their hole cards to create the
highest possible hand.
- Four deuces beaten wins the Bad Beat Jackpot (low) displayed amount.
- The Bad Beat Jackpot (low) will cap at $50,000 if not paid out.
- On the calendar day following the Bad Beat Jackpot (low) reaching the
$50,000 cap, the hand required to win the Jackpot will be lowered at noon.
The hand required to win the Bad Beat Jackpot (low) will be lowered again
at 4pm and 8pm if the jackpot is not won. The hand required to win the Bad
Beat Jackpot (low) will be lowered again the following day at noon, 4pm
and 8pm if the jackpot is still not won.
- Required hands for the Bad Beat Jackpot (low) will be lowered in order as
follows: AAAKK, AAAQQ, AAAJJ, AAA1010, AAA99, AAA88. The required hand of AAA88 will remain the required hand until it hits.
- Both hole cards must be used to qualify.
- Four tens or better beaten wins the Bad Beat Jackpot (high)
- Each eligible player will be paid out as per rule #10.
- A $1 maximum amount will be removed from each pot according to rule #2. If it is a rake game, the $20 or more includes the rake. In order for a hand to be eligible for the Bad Beat Jackpot, the pot must meet the minimum requirement for that game limit. The hand must go to a showdown (played to the end, where all cards have been dealt and players have completed betting and show their cards to determine the winner) in order for the jackpot to be awarded.
- On a daily basis, for each $1 collected, a percentage will be added to the
Bad Beat Jackpot and the remaining percentage will be held in reserve to
replenish the Bad Beat Jackpot, when hit. (Seeding of the Bad Beat Jackpot
will be recouped at a rate of 10% of the daily Bad Beat Jackpot drop.) Borgata may change the distribution percentages upon notification to the Division of Gaming Enforcement.
- If a hand finishes with three qualifying hands, the lowest hand will only receive
a player’s share of the jackpot (e.g., four eights, four queens and a queen high straight flush are dealt in the same hand. The Bad Beat hand will be the four queens and the winning hand will be the queen high straight flush.)
- Players must play their hands independently. Any discussion of the prize during the playing of the hand may void qualification for the Bad Beat Jackpot. If any player, whether directly or indirectly involved in the hand, passes information or instructs another on how to act or reveals his/her hand to other players, the Bad Beat Jackpot will be disqualified.
- Management reserves the right to verify eligibility of all qualifying hands. There will be no recourse if the cards are mucked before surveillance was able to verify the hands and the community cards. Poker management will not be permitted to reconstruct the hands in any way.
- In order to collect any Borgata Bad Beat Jackpot payout, proper identification will be required. Payouts of the Bad Beat Jackpot are as follows:
- 40% of the Bad Beat Jackpot will be awarded to the Bad Beat hand
- 20% of the Bad Beat Jackpot will be awarded to the winner of the hand.
- 40% of the Bad Beat Jackpot will be awarded equally among the balance
of the seated players on the game who received cards at the beginning of
- A player who revokes his/her chips from the game prior to a showdown on a hand where a Bad Beat is won, forfeits his/her right to any prize money.
- A player who walks away from the game, but leaves his/her chips on the table AND he/she was in the hand at the beginning, will retain rights to his/her share of the Bad Beat Jackpot if a Bad Beat hand occurs.
- Winners will be solely responsible for all taxes.
- Prizes won are final. No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted.
- In the rare occurrence of a Bad Beat Jackpot being hit on more than one game at the same time, surveillance will be contacted to determine the actual winner then the jackpot will be distributed on each game according to the percentages set forth in Rule #10 above.
- Decisions of the Poker Room Supervisor are final and without recourse.
- By participating in the Borgata Bad Beat Jackpot, winners consent to the
use of their names and photographs for promotional purposes without
- In the event of a tie, Bad Beat Jackpot hands (either tied losing hands or tied winning hands) at the same table, the Bad Beat Jackpot payouts awarded as per rule #10 will be shared evenly between all players with the tie losing or tie winning hands.
- In the event of multiple qualifying Bad Beat Jackpot hands (losing hands), the highest of the qualifying hands will be considered the loser, thereby winning the Bad Beat Jackpot payout as per rule #10.