Close to the U.S. record $1.2 million BBJ payout at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh in 2022

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Christmas came early for eight no-limit Texas Hold’em players at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, Nov. 28. They’ll divvy up a jackpot of $905,622.13.

Two extraordinary hands triggered the bad beat: One player had four aces and was beaten by another player with a royal flush. The “loser” of the hand earned $362,250.13 and the “winner” earned $271,686. The remaining six players each won $45,281.

Scott Thompson of Washington, Pa., held the four aces for the top prize, while Brent Enos of Jefferson Hills, Pa., held the royal flush — ace, king, queen, jack and 10 of hearts.

A poker bad beat is when a rare high-ranking hand is beaten by an even higher-ranking hand, hence the losing hand triggers the bad beat jackpot and wins the lion’s share of the money. At Rivers, the losing hand earns 40% of the total amount, the highest-ranking hand wins 30% of the jackpot and the remaining players split the rest equally.

“We are unexpectedly and happily becoming a national bad beat jackpot hotspot,” said Bud Green, general manager at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. “Congratulations to our winning guests and to our Rivers Pittsburgh Poker Room Team Members for doing a terrific job.”

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh still holds the U.S. record for bad beat jackpots. A $1.2 million payout in August 2022 sent a West Virginia poker player home with $490,708 and a Pittsburgher home with $368,029. The remaining six players at the table each won $61,338.

Following last night’s exciting payout, another bad beat jackpot has already started and continues to grow daily with the minimum qualifying hand of four of a kind, 10s or higher.

ABOUT RIVERS CASINO PITTSBURGH: Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, located on the city’s North Shore and open 24/7, is one of Western Pennsylvania’s premier gaming and entertainment destinations. Rivers offers over 2,200 slot machines, 95 table games, 55 hybrid gaming seats, and a 30-table poker room, which holds the record for the largest bad beat jackpot in U.S. history (over $1.2 million). Home of BetRivers Sportsbook, Pittsburgh’s first and only licensed sportsbook, Rivers is the spot for any and all sports fans and bettors. Other amenities include a diverse lineup of eight distinct bars and restaurants, including Martorano’s Prime, the Italian-American steakhouse by celebrity cook Steve Martorano, and a 25,000 square foot, second-level Event Center that hosts concerts, weddings, and more. Guests of The Landing Hotel adjacent to the casino have immediate access to the gaming floor. For additional information and current offerings, please visit


Griffin Horner

For Rivers Casino Pittsburgh