Player Hits $1 Million Video Poker Jackpot at Cosmo

The next best thing to hitting a million-dollar jackpot in Las Vegas is hearing about somebody else hitting one.

Distant second, but still.

A lucky high limit video poker player snagged a $1 million jackpot at Cosmopolitan on Labor Day, Sep. 6, 2021.

So many zeroes, it’s like the gratuity line on a Raiders restaurant tab.

The jackpot was hit on a Ten Play Draw Poker machine. The game was Triple Double Bonus Poker.

The winning hand was four aces with a “kicker.” (That’s four aces with a 2,3 or 4). Making the win even sweeter, the hand was dealt.

The jackpot was won with a $1,250 spin.

At the time of the win, the player only had $35,000 in credits left, so they were cutting it close!

Seriously, though, high rollers live in an alternate reality the rest of us can only imagine.

Cosmopolitan high limit slots

If you’re looking for the high limit room at Cosmo, just follow the sparkle.

According to Cosmo, the win marks a new record for the largest, non-wide-area progressive at the Strip resort.

A “wide-area progressive” (shortened to WAP in the casino industry), is a system that links slot machines across many casinos to generate large jackpots. Wheel of Fortune and Megabucks are examples of WAPs.

WAP jackpots are paid by the machine manufacturer, while “local” progressives (sometimes called a “bank”) are paid by the casino. Local progressives are usually tied to an individual game.

There are probably more magical words than “jackpot handpay,” but we can’t think of any.

While a million-dollar win is great, it’s not really the best perk of playing in Cosmo’s high limit room.

That would be the free cookies. The pandemic messed with the high limit cookies for a bit, but they’re back, individually wrapped now for greater sensitivity and protection.

The real jackpot.

No word yet on what the player tipped for their million-dollar win, but we trust it was more than $200. Ahem.

The prospect of winning a big jackpot is why Las Vegas exists. Sin City was built upon two things: Optimism and short memories.

Congrats to Cosmopolitan’s big winner, and we are in no way resentful for their good fortune! At all.

13 thoughts on “Player Hits $1 Million Video Poker Jackpot at Cosmo

  1. Alan

    That’s equivalent to a $1000 win on a $1.25 bet. Doesn’t seem like that remarkable of a win.

    What is more remarkable to me is that someone was betting $1250 a spin!

    1. DandM

      Alan, a $1000 win on a $1.25 bet is the same as a Royal. Can you tell me a LARGER win on video poker with a $1.25 bet? Because I can’t.

  2. Orlando Mangaccat

    The guy who hit the $ million payoff is just playing for FUN, he must be a Millionaire, Playing $1,250 per spin without hitting a big payoff would cost a player $ thousands in one hour.

  3. William Wingo

    The jackpot message covers the payout information, so you can’t tell from the pictures whether it’s 9/7 or 9/6. Since it’s the Strip let’s guess 9/6, which returns 98.15% with perfect play. Betting $1,250, that’s a loss rate of $23.13 per hand. And Triple Double Bonus has just about the highest variance of any video poker game.
    About a year and a half ago in Laughlin I was playing $0.25-5x Deuces Wild ($6.75 per hand) and got dealt deuces for $1,250 and a W-2G.

    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      Holy crap, that really puts things into perspective. For a lot of people, $23.13 is their daily gambling budget. Thanks for the info.

    2. William Wingo

      Correction: that was $6.25 per hand, not 6.75. $1,250 per hand is 200 times that, so the payout would have been $250,000 at that level.

    3. Michael Bluejay

      This post made me realize I should edit my Average Loss Calculator to be able to let the user (1) choose really large bet sizes, and (2) choose to calculate the per-round loss, not just the per-hour loss. So I did. It’s linked to my name in this comment.


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