May 11, 2022

Poker player wins £114,000 jackpot at North East Casino

A property developer has hit a £114,000 jackpot after taking part in a National poker game at a North East casino – despite not having the best hand.

Mickey Wharton, 51, was celebrating his late father’s birthday with his mother when he received a call from his son inviting him to the local Grosvenor Casino Sunderland poker room on Lambton Street.

The father-of-one, from Sunderland, said he received words of encouragement from his mother who said his late father could give him luck.

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Mickey played in the National Bad Beat Jackpot, a UK-wide cash poker game, and hit by hitting a quad on the last card to be beaten by a straight flush,

But his disappointment didn’t last long as he was then told he had won the jackpot and walked away £114,000 richer.

Speaking of his win, Mickey said: “I still can’t believe it if I’m being honest.

“My family and I were celebrating my father’s birthday when I received a call from my son inviting me to come to the Grosvenor Casino to participate in a poker tournament.

“I wasn’t sure, but my mum said maybe dad would give me some luck and I’m so glad I listened to her.”

The National Bad Beat Jackpot is a national Grosvenor casino promotion that can be won by players specifically participating in gambling.

Four Aces is the hand that is chosen for the first week and if a player gets that hand but is beaten by a better hand, the jackpot is hit.

Each week that the jackpot is not hit, an additional £15,000 is added to the prize money and the hand to be beaten decreases in value to four kings, then four queens and so on.

By the time the jackpot was hit, there were a minimum of four 2s left to beat and when Mickey’s Four 10 was beaten by a straight flush from fellow Sunderland local Adam Smith, the historic victory was confirmed.

Mickey said: “I got knocked out of the poker tournament pretty quickly so I tried the cash poker games and the rest is history.

“I’m going to buy a house with the winnings, but first I’m going to celebrate with a family trip to Las Vegas.”

Adam took home £57,000, while the rest of the prize was split among all players who played gambling at other Grosvenor Casino locations across the country.

Mark Hunter, General Manager of Grosvenor Casino Sunderland, said: “We are delighted for Mickey and Adam who finished 2021 in the best possible way and won a life-changing sum of money.

“We are proud that this historic victory took place in our casino, and we look forward to more to come.”

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