Loto-Québec Pays Bad Beat Jackpot and Huge Slot Win

Most people know Loto-Quebec for its lottery offerings and casino oversight. It handles lotto sales and manage gambling halls, with an ever-growing repertoire of gambling options. Loto-Quebec, an arm of the Quebec government, celebrated its 50th year in business in 2019.

One of the components of Loto-Quebec’s offering is online gambling. Over the years, as technology provided more opportunities to reach more players, Loto-Quebec added more games to its online gaming site. It now includes:

  • Casino games (slot machines, table games, video poker, live-dealer casino games)
  • Lottery tickets (draw and scratch tickets, quick-plays, group and subscription purchases)
  • Sports betting (three-game betting parlays)
  • Bingo (regular and mini games, virtual chat rooms)
  • Poker (cash games and tournaments, beginner tutorials)

Two of those categories reported very big wins in the last few days.

Rewarded for the Worst Hands in Poker

OK Poker offers online poker for players in Quebec, both cash game and tournament action. It attracts a fair number of players, with 400-500 of them logging in on any given weeknight and more on the weekends. It allows for regular cash games and daily tournaments around the clock, even some with guaranteed prize pools of up to $100,000.

Casinos and online poker sites regularly offer Bad Beat Jackpot promotions for cash game players. The progressive jackpot rewards players for losing with some of the best hands in poker.

Recently, the jackpot had climbed to its highest point ever, and when it hit, it was $755,896 in total.

It happened on April 30, 2020. Raymond of Quebec was playing in a hand in which he held two spades. The community cards were: 10 spades, 6 diamonds, 10 hearts, 8 spades, and 7 spades. He had a straight flush and was so excited that he called his son to the computer to see it. “Come see!” he said. “I’ve got a straight flush!”

His opponent moved all-in, but Raymond knew he had the nuts – the best hand possible on the board. That opponent turned over two 10s for four of a kind, which did lose to the straight flush. Raymond won the pot.

However, the opponent triggered the Bad Beat Jackpot when his huge hand lost to an even better one. “My son and I let out a big whoop,” he told Loto-Quebec.

The opponent in that hand actually won the most money because he took the bad beat. That player won $377,974, but the other player – Raymond – won $188,974. The other players at the table split the rest, which amounted to $31,495 each.

Raymond added, “It was a really happy moment. I can only imagine how my opponent felt when he saw that he’d won the most money with the losing hand!”

What is a Bad Beat Jackpot?

A Bat Beat Jackpot is a progressive fund that continues to grow until a certain situation arises. Everyone playing cash games can pay a little more rake on each hand to participate in the promotion. This puts them in contention for the jackpot in every hand they play. Those Bad Beat Jackpot tables are in a special part of the lobby and are reserved for No Limit Hold’em players.

There must be at least four active players at the table – no one sitting out – and the hand must go to showdown with at least two of them.

To win the jackpot, the player must have the second-highest-ranked hand in that game. Qualifying hands are:

  • Four of a kind with eights or better (two of the four must be hole cards)
  • Straight flush (two cards must be hole cards)
  • Royal flush (two cards must be hole cards)

When it hits, 70% of the money in the jackpot is paid. This leaves 20% to restart the fund and 10% for the house. Of that 70%:

  • Player with second-highest-ranked hand (bad beat victim) = 50%
  • Player with highest-ranked hand (hand winner) = 25%
  • All other players who received two hole cards in that hand = 25% divided equally

Sometimes, it pays to be second-best.

Hitting a Progressive Slot Game

The online slot game is called Odds of the Gods and is set in the world of the mythical gods of ancient Greece. Zeus and Hermes hand out winnings but also watch over an ever-growing progressive jackpot.

Sonya of Montreal often played Odds of the Gods with her friend, Sandy. The two were playing at the same time on the evening of May 3. They played the bonus round, which is always exciting, but then Sonya hit the jackpot for $609,863.

Since the friends play together so often, Sonya said she will be splitting the winnings with Sandy. “We were shrieking with joy; it was crazy!” she said. “We phoned our friends, woke up our kids. We celebrated!”

Sandy seems to know she wants to buy a cottage with her winnings, but Sonya wants to consider her options first, including possibly changing her career and treating her family.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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