Lots of video poker players dream of hitting a royal flush. Some of us have even played on and off for, oh, 20 years and have never hit one.
Not bitter. At all.
One lucky video poker player at Red Rock Resort not only hit a royal, they hit a rare sequential royal flush.
The player’s $5 bet reaped an incredible $217,591.55 jackpot. And the Internet went wild.
We shared a photo of the sequential royal on our Twitter account, resulting in more than 130,000 Tweet impressions. This has nothing to do with the story, we just like to show off.
The sequential royal flush jackpot is remarkable for several reasons.
First, it’s remarkable we didn’t even know this existed.
Apparently, some video poker games require sequential royal flushes appear in order, left to right. The player at Red Rock nailed a “reversible sequential,” reading right to left.
Second, that’s a metric hell-ton of money.
Third, seriously, 20 years. Just saying.
The jackpot was won on a game called Video Poker Deluxe. Note to self.
How rare is a sequential royal flush? Well, the elusive royal flush (where cards can appear in any order) is 1-in-40,000. No small feat, obviously.
The odds of getting a sequential royal are about (wait for it) 2.4 million-to-1.
Or as we call it in Las Vegas, Saturday.
Defying the odds is what Vegas is all about. Well, that and cleavage. But mostly that first thing.