May 11, 2022

Sunderland poker player wins £114,000 jackpot while celebrating his late father’s birthday

A property developer is still amazed after winning a £114,000 jackpot on a national poker game on his late father’s birthday.

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.

After a few words of encouragement from his mother that his late father might give him some luck, Mickey played in the National Bad Beat Jackpot – a UK-wide cash poker game.

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And he welcomed in the New Year £114,000 richer after winning the jackpot – despite not having the best hand.

The father-of-one, from Sunderland, 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 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.

“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.”



Mickey Wharton has won a £114,000 jackpot on a national poker game

After hitting a quad on the last card before being beaten by a straight flush, Mickey’s disappointment didn’t last long as the Grosvenor Casino team confirmed he had won the jackpot.

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 was a minimum of four 2s left to beat and when Mickey Wharton’s four 10s were beaten by a straight flush from fellow Sunderland local Adam Smith the historic victory was confirmed. .

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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