Two Bad Beat Jackpots Won at Presque Isle Downs & Casino Over St. Patty's Day Weekend

Published 03/20 2014 03:13PM

Updated 03/20 2014 03:15PM

The luck of the Irish has kept the poker room at Presque Isle Downs buzzing this past weekend with two bad beat jackpots paying out big bucks. The first bad beat jackpot reached $59,875 and was won on Friday night; the second bad beat jackpot reached $15,380 and was won on Monday.

Friday night’s Bad Beat Jackpot at Presque Isle Downs & Casino was won by Paul Selnekovic of Greensburg, Pennsylvania who walked away with $29,937.63 from a “losing” hand. The Bad Beat Jackpot occurs when a sufficiently strong hand is shown down and loses to an even stronger hand held by another player. At Presque Isle Downs & Casino the qualifier is Aces full of Kings (player must have pocket Aces).

Jeffrey Ball of East Springfield, Pennsylvania won $14,968.81 for his “winning hand”. The remaining share was split among eight players each winning $1,871.10. Jason Hagberg of Warren, PA; Stephen Uhrin of Greenville, PA; Jerome Hampton of Metairie, LA; Thomas Borstorff of Lake City, PA; Jon Hunt of Erie PA; John Ponsoll of Edinboro, PA; Robert Mattox of Fairview, PA; and Bruce Wolf of Meadville, PA all shared in the $14,968 remaining.

The second Bad Beat Jackpot to hit went to Thomas Bower of Ford City, Pennsylvania who took $7,690.25 in winnings. Shawn Sarra of Erie, Pennsylvania won $3,845.13. The remaining share was split among eight players each winning $480.64. Paul Roberts of Olean, NY; Matthew Greleski of Hartstown, PA; John Stoeckel of Allegany, NY; Wayne Forcier of Erie, PA; Robert Shabala of Allegany, NY; Troy Nicastro of Bradford, PA; Kyle Gindlesperger of Erie, PA; and James Bowen of Erie, PA all shared in the $3,845.12 remaining.

The casino started the Bad Beat Jackpot to create more excitement around the game. And that strategy continues to be paying off in spades.

“The Bad Beat Jackpot was created to enhance the customer experience by providing an additional opportunity for the players to win. The Bad Beat Jackpot brings a level of excitement to the poker room and ups the ante so to speak,” said Jeff Favre, Presque Isle Downs & Casino VP and General Manager.

This is the seventh Bad Beat Jackpot won since opening the poker room in October of 2011.

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