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View full sizeExpress-Times File Photo | BILL ADAMSThe entrance to the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem from Route 412.

Like a scene from a casino drama on the silver screen, a poker player from Belvidere showed a solid hand Sunday night in Texas Hold 'Em at


-- only to be trumped by a fellow player.

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There were few hard feelings, though, because the losing hand qualified as what is called a bad beat -- and all 10 players at the table went home with a share of the $591,388 progressive jackpot.

Sands, which marked its third year in operation in May, says it's a record bad beat jackpot at a Pennsylvania casino. The Keystone State's first casino, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, opened in 2006.

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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board spokesman Richard McGarvey said today the board does not track jackpot records at the state's 11 casinos.

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The drama Sunday night unfolded at the $1-$2 No Limit Texas Hold 'Em table in the poker area at the Sands casino on

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's South Side. The Sands says it offers a bad beat jackpot daily. The progressive jackpot comes into play when a losing hand is a minimum four of a kind, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem spokeswoman Megan Verholy said.

The player from Belvidere -- the Sands is not releasing players' names -- showed four sixes. The rare hand was less rare than a nine-high straight flush of diamonds played by a Perkasie, Pa., resident, Verholy said.

The four of a kind took home the largest share of the jackpot: $295,694, Verholy said.

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The straight flush paid $147,847.

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Eight other players at the table took home $18,480 apiece.

The jackpot started over Sunday night at $238,620 and is up to $246,406 this afternoon, Verholy said. Sunday's bad beat win followed a