Playground Poker Club Gives Away Another $Million Bad Beat Jackpot

Maxime Flibotte-Blanchard and Steve Daraiche after bad beat

For the third time in their history, and the second time in 2018 alone, Playground Poker Club has handed out a bad beat jackpot worth more the $1 million. It happened early Tuesday morning on a table spreading $2/$5 no-limit hold'em, and when the dust cleared, the staff at Playground were dividing $1,187,160 between the players in the room.

Playground Poker Club has been breaking records like crazy of late, especially in the bad beat jackpots. In late August of last year, $1,210,989 was handed out to players in the club after Shane Galle rivered a straight flush against the quad jacks of Elphege Delarosbil at a $1/2 no-limit hold'em table.

Then just over five months ago in late April of this year, there was nearly $1.4 million in bad beat jackpot when Kwane R turned quad queens only to be crushed by the royal flush of Daniel F on the river. The players were seated in a $2/$5 NLHE cash game when the hand happened, and the two players involved shared nearly $700,000 with a table share of $37,328.

And now it's all happened one more time. It seems like the "magic hour" for Playground Poker Club bad beats is in the early morning hours, as this jackpot also fell during the breakfast shift. Players were playing $2/$5 NLHE and the hand started off innocently enough.

Maxime Flibotte-Blanchard called on the button after an early limp, a raise, and another call before the big blind and the original limper, Steve Daraiche, called to see a five-way flop of {9-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. After a couple checks, and a bet of $55, Flibotte-Blanchard came over top with a raise to $175. Action folded to Daraiche, who went all in for around $575.

Flibotte-Blanchard was the only caller and was looking for a ten to complete his straight to go ahead of Daraiche's flopped set of nines:

Steve Daraiche: {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}
Maxime Flibotte-Blanchard: {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

When the {9-Hearts} hit the turn it looked like Daraiche had an iron-clad lock on the hand with quads. Flibotte-Blanchard was drawing to a single out, the {10-Diamonds} to complete a straight flush. Sure enough, the miracle card peeled off the deck on the river, sending the pot to Flibotte-Blanchard, and triggering the bad beat payout.

BBJ Hand at PPC
Bad Beat Jackpot hand at Playground Poker Club in early morning hours of Oct 2, 2018

The total jackpot was set at $1,187,160, and as the loser of the hand, and therefore the jackpot winner, Daraiche pocketed $474,864. As the pot winner, Flibotte-Blanchard grabbed $237,432, as well as the pot. The table share for the eight players at the table was $39,572 and club staff estimate the room share to be $6,595 based on an estimated nine players at each of four remaining tables.

The latest bad beat jackpot win means bad beats at Playground Poker Club have have won players nearly $4 million in the last 13 months. How long will it be before it goes off one more time?

Photos courtesy of Playground Poker Club

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