One lucky gambler at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, the largest of the Indian casinos in California, highlighted their Halloween weekend with a major jackpot.
That guest, who was not named by Yaamava’, won a fortune pai gow poker progressive jackpot of $747,126 after getting dealt a seven-card straight flush (including one joker). That’s by far the largest jackpot won at Yaamava’ dating back to May 19, which is as far back as the casino’s jackpot winners list goes.
The odds of being dealt a seven-card straight flush in pai gow are 1-in-786,444, according to Wizard of Odds.
#Halloweekend is a little less spooky when you’re dealt a 7 card Straight Flush for a win of $747,126!!! 😜🎃
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— Yaamava' Resort & Casino (@Yaamava) October 30, 2022
For some perspective of just how rare that is, consider:
- Getting struck by lightning — 1-in-15,300
- Winning an Olympic medal — 1-in-662,000
- Bowling a perfect game — 1-in-11,500
- Dying from bee stings — 1-in-59,507
- Living to 100 — 1-in-3,777
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The winning hand was dealt the 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 of clubs, plus a joker for the seven-card straight flush. The odds of doing this without a joker: 1-in-4,816,971.
How to Play Pai Gow Poker
Players are dealt seven cards and must create the best two hands — a five-card hand and a two-card hand.
If their hands are better than the banker’s hands, they win and are paid even money. When one hand wins and one loses, it’s considered a push and nothing happens with the wager. If both hands lose to the banker’s, the wager is lost. A “copy” happens when both hands are tied with the banker’s — and bankers win all copies.
The best five-card hand in pai gow is five aces (four suited aces plus a joker). Then, a royal flush ranks second, followed by a straight flush, four-of-a-kind, full house, and flush.
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The best two-card hand is two aces. When determining the strength of a pair, the cards are tiered as follows:
- High: Ace, King, Queen, Jack
- Medium: 10, 9, 8, 7
- Low: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
So, a high-high pair would rank higher than a high-medium pair, for instance.
An important note: The player’s five-card hand must rank higher than their two-card hand.