Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Hits At $617,466

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Online poker player RUNURAGGED from Gilford, Ontario in Canada has over 200,000 reasons to be thankful for his losing hand at, which immediately set off the Bad Beat Jackpot ("BBJ") bells to the tune of $617,466.53.

Within the first ten minutes of Wednesday morning, at 12:08 am ET, RUNURAGGED’s quad nines were cracked by FURCOUCH’s four queens. That could have been the end of the story, but at UB, this bad beat delivered a fortunate boost to RUNURAGGED’s bank balance, netting the 22 year-old a $201,047.48 winning share of the Bad Jackpot cash that’s well worth boasting about.

I’m calm now, but it was a total adrenaline rush earlier; it’s a feeling I’ve never had before, and I’m on cloud 9,” enthused RUNURAGGED. “Truthfully, I was just hoping to hit the "share" amount. Instead, I did the main thing! It’s pretty life changing, for sure, and some of the money will be used to buy my mom a new car, and my brother a snowmobile. I never imagined something so good could happen to me.”

When RUNURAGGED lost his hand of Texas Hold ‘em at a $0.25/0.50 table, FURCOUCH picked up a pretty sum of $100,956.41 for his winning hand, while seven players banked at least $1,000 just for being seated at their table, and an additional 838 others celebrated RUNURAGGED’s bad luck at the table pocketing a minimum of $61.81 each, for no other reason than they happened to be playing at the same limit as the long-time Texan poker enthusiast.

Since the launch of the Bad Beat Jackpot at Absolute Poker and UB, thousands of players have shared in a staggering total of $59,997,028.74 in jackpot dollars. In 2010 to date, 73players have won a Bad Beat Jackpot, and RUNURAGGED’s win lifts this year's BBJ prize money to a mammoth total of $11,210,684.95 handed out across the CEREUS Poker Network to 13,592 players.

Bad Beat Jackpot games are traditional Texas Hold'em poker with an added jackpot component. $0.50 is collected from qualifying poker hands and placed into a constantly growing pot until someone hits the jackpot. When an online poker player loses a hand with four 8s or anything better, the jackpot is divided among Bad Beat Jackpot players, with a portion of the remaining pot held over for the next one. All players seated at a Bad Beat Jackpot table featuring the same limit and game type as where the bad beat occurred also win a piece of the jackpot.

Sky-high Bad Beat Jackpots aren't uncommon at either of the CEREUS Poker Network's online poker sites -- players at UB and Absolute Poker have both witnessed a number of monster jackpots near the million-dollar mark -- and Texas Hold'em players can keep on looking forward to much larger jackpots, more often at and across the CEREUS Network at Absolute Poker.