SOURCE: Harrah's Entertainment

Harrah's Entertainment

January 15, 2010 20:28 ET

Caesars Atlantic City Hits for Largest-Ever Bad Beat Jackpot Prize Pool of $553,958

Steven Gedney of Dover, DE, Takes Home $276,979 for His Losing Hand

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ--(Marketwire - January 15, 2010) - Caesars Atlantic City just announced that its Bad Beat Jackpot of $553,958 hit in their poker room as preparations are made to welcome the World Series of Poker Circuit Event on March 3rd. The unbelievable Bad Beat Jackpot smashes the previous record of $361,244.

"This is an unforgettable day for everyone at Caesars, especially our loyal players and dedicated poker team," said Joe Domenico, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Caesars Atlantic City. "The energy building in our poker room over these past months has been incredible and to see it culminate in this record setting jackpot couldn't be more rewarding. As the leader in table games action in Atlantic City for over 30 years it seems only fitting that this record Bad Beat Jackpot stay at Caesars."

On a cold afternoon in January at 4:30pm, Steve Gedney held the best losing hand of his entire life in the hottest poker room in Atlantic City. With an incredibly strong hand of four 3's, Gedney lost out on the river card to Chris Dobrzanski's hand of four aces and triggered the mammoth jackpot turning the famed poker room into the center of the poker universe for the time being. It was Steve's good fortune to lose the hand and haul in $276,979 instead of the roughly $400 pot. The winner of the hand didn't fare too poorly taking in $138,489 for his efforts. The remaining 7 players at the table weren't left out either as each took home $19,784 just for sitting at the table where history was made.

The Bad Beat Progressive Jackpot at Caesars Atlantic City is a prize that is paid when the normally sufficient strong hand of 4-of-a-kind is shown down and loses to an even stronger hand held by another player. When a jackpot is won, it is split among all players sitting at the table at the time of the bad beat with the losing hand getting the largest share. The breakdown sees 50% go to the losing player, 25% goes to the winning player, and the remaining seven players that the table see the last 25% equally divided amongst them.

At Caesars Atlantic City, the Bad Beat was divided as such:

--  Losing Hand, First Place:  Steve Gedney, 56, of Dover, DE took home
--  Winning Hand, Second Place:  Chris Dobrzanski, 23, of Bridgewater, NJ
    took home $138,489
--  The remaining seven players at the table each took home $19,784

About Caesars Atlantic City:

Caesars Atlantic City celebrates the glory of Ancient Rome in a destination that sets the standard for excitement and luxury. Reigning at the center of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Caesars features more than 1,100 hotel guest rooms and suites, seven diverse restaurants and cafes including Mia by George Perrier and Chris Scarduzio and Morton's Steakhouse, Qua Baths & Spa, and a lavish 140,000 square foot casino. The 1,600 seat Circus Maximus Theater spotlights leading entertainers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow and Tony Bennett. The Pier Shops at Caesars deliver the pinnacle of designer boutiques, chic eateries and abundant entertainment in a $175 million oceanfront complex. Caesars is located at 2100 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information, call 1-800-223-7277 or visit

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    Harrah's Entertainment Atlantic City
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