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Battle Creek's Kenny Tallent shows off his queens that made him part of the largest 'bad beat' jackpot in U.S. History while playing poker at Motor City Casino on Tuesday.(Photo: Provided)

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BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - What happens when you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience twice in one night?

Well, if you are Battle Creek's Kenny Tallent, you become $213,712 richer and you have a story to tell that many people would take bets on, saying it can't be true.

Tallent was on his way to Detroit to play poker at the Motor City Casino. Driving on I-94, past FireKeepers Casino near Battle Creek, Tallent saw a flash in the sky that "made his heart drop." By the time he reached Detroit, he had learned from friends and news reports that he had seen the meteor that fell in Michigan last Tuesday — obviously, an experience he had never had before.

"I remember thinking, what are the odds of that. Maybe it would be good luck," Tallent said.

Little did he know that he was about to beat the odds again.

Hitting the tables at Motor City Casino, Tallent later became part of the largest 'bad beat' jackpot in U.S.history.

Playing Texas Hold 'em poker, Tallent came up with four queens. His four-of-a-kind was good enough to beat a similar hand at the table as a man from Oxford, Michigan, had four 3s.

One four-of-a-kind beating another four-of-a-kind is known as a bad beat in poker rooms. At the Motor City Casino, the loser in that scenario actually turns out to be a winner by getting the 'bad beat' jackpot. The jackpot, which comes from money pulled from every hand of poker played at the casino, had grown to a record $1,068,590.80.

At over a million dollars, Motor City Casino says it is the largest "bad beat" jackpot in U.S. history. The player with the losing hand in the bad beat gets 40 percent of the jackpot — $427,452.52. Tallent, who won the hand, earned 20 percent of the jackpot — $213,712.76.The other four players at the table won $106,856.28 each.

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