Last week a lucky player struck gold at Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York, when a $20 wager on the Three Card Poker table turned into a $497,152 jackpot.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, began the hand by placing a $5 minimum Ante bet, along with $10 on the Pair Plus side bet. But it was the extra $10 he plunked down on the Six Card Bonus side bet that worked wonders.
After the player was dealt Ace of spades, King of spades, and 10 of spades for his three-card hand, he continued by placing $5 more on the Play bet. At this point, his spade flush guaranteed a base game payout of $10, as he received even money on both the Ante and Play bets for beating the dealer’s hand.
The player also earned a $30 payout at 3 to 1 for making a flush, courtesy of the Pair Plus side bet.
And when the dealer revealed the Queen of spades and Jack of spades as part of their own three-card hand, the player landed a five-card royal flush to trigger the massive six-figure progressive jackpot.
Under the terms of the Six Card Bonus bet – a product of Scientific Games, parent company of Shuffle Entertainment and Bally Gaming – players combine their own three-card holding with the dealer’s hand to form the best possible five-card hand.
The odds of landing a five-card royal flush – which is formed by the 10-J-Q-K-A “Broadway” straight with all cards in the same suit – stand at 1 in 30,940, or 0.0009 percent.
For landing a longshot of that magnitude, the player earned the lion’s share of the Table Game Multi-Link Progressive jackpot offered by Rivers Casino & Resort.
The Multi Link Progressive side bet links all Mississippi Stud Poker, Let It Ride and Three Card Poker tables at the venue, with a small fraction of every wager placed contributing to three jackpot tiers: Mega, Major, and Minor.
Triggering the Mega jackpot requires a five-card royal flush, while the Major jackpot is won via straight flush, and the Minor jackpot by making four of a kind.
Mary Cheeks, who serves as general manager of Rivers Casino, issued a statement celebrating the player’s life-changing score:
“Having many ways to play means many ways to win, and at Rivers Casino we love a winner.
We have paid out nearly $20 million in jackpots alone since opening, and we look forward to celebrating even more winners.”
The big winner was joined by four other players at the table, each of whom won a $5,000 “Envy Bonus” by virtue of placing the same Six Card Bonus bet before the royal flush was made.
Since opening in February of this year, Rivers Casino Schenectady has paid out over $20 million in “jackpots,” which the venue describes as any payout of $1,200 or more. The casino bills itself as the only table game gambling destination in New York’s capital region, with 67 table game placements in total.