‘Loser’ wins big at the Palm Beach Ken­nel Club

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - GAMBLING - By David Rater­man

The poker room at Palm Beach Ken­nel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-683-2222; PBKen­nelClub.com) 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 bad­beat 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 bad­beat jack­pot was March 4, when the loser took home $60,160.

Hard Rock Poker Open

The Semi­nole Hard Rock Poker Open is un­der­way at the Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino (1 Semi­nole Way, Hollywood; 800-937-0010; Semi­noleHardRock­Hol­ly­wood.com) 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 FreezeOut (Aug. 13-15) with $1mil­lion 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 Pok­ernight.com 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; Mag­icCi­tyCasino.com) 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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