Boss Media's International Poker Network has paid out one of the biggest bad beat jackpots yet, awarding an unlucky-turned-fortunate player and tablemates some $590 000 (Euro 412 781)

Player 'AlkaliEars' may have been disappointed when he lost a hand despite having Quad Jacks, but his dismay turned to triumph when he was told he had just hit the network's biggest yet Bad Beat Jackpot.

"I was so sure my four Jacks would take the pot. My heart sank when my opponent revealed four Kings to beat them," said AlkaliEars. "But then I remembered that by losing with such a great hand I had won the Bad Beat jackpot!"

AlkaliEars received Euro 144 473 of the Euro 412 781 jackpot. The winner of the hand picked up an extra Euro 72 236 and the other players at the table each got Euro 24 078. The new Jackpot is already over Euro 90 000, an IPN spokesman revealed.

"The Bad Beat Jackpot was created to help ease the frustration of losing even when you're dealt great cards," said Mery Blomqvist, head of marketing and PR at Boss Media parent GTech G2. "With a jackpot requirement starting at Quad 6s, this has got to be the easiest Bad Beat Jackpot to hit anywhere!"

To qualify for the Bad Beat at IPN poker rooms, players must be at a designated Bad Beat table and use both pocket cards in their winning or losing hand. The losing hand must be four-of-a-kind sixes or better. Four or more players must be dealt into the hand.

The IPN recently celebrated its 3 000 000th player and dealt its billionth hand last year. The network includes such popular poker sites as Virgin Poker.com, Poker Heaven.com and the Casino-Club.com poker room, and regularly hosts guaranteed Euro 1 000 000 tournaments.

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