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Close, but no cigar

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by wormhole, Mar 22, 2013.

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  1. wormhole

    wormhole Low-Roller

    Jul 25, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    I made an overnight trip (Monday-Tuesday) to one of the Indiana riverboats (Belterra) this week. Played mostly table games. Crazy 4 poker wound up being the game of choice this trip, a $5 table (no high roller here). I played for a while Monday evening before heading to bed around midnight. I was down about $200. Tuesday morning, I eventually made my way back to that table after breakfast and a few unsuccessful slot machine plays using my freeplay.

    Side note: for those not familiar with this game, you are dealt 5 cards and use your best 4 cards to make a 4 card poker hand. There is a progressive jackpot, $1 side bet, that uses all 5 cards and starts paying at 3OAK ($9). A royal flush gets the jackpot, which was at $45,800 when I joined the table Tuesday morning. This is the progressive system that originated on Caribbean Stud but has been expanded to all the 5+ card poker games (except Pai Gow). Not all casinos have the jackpot.

    Now back to the game. After a few mediocre hands, I get dealt 5 diamonds. OK, this gets me the flush payout ($40) on the progressive board. Looking closer, I see AKQJ6! ARGHHH! 4 to the Royal! I did get paid for a 4 card straight flush. A $335 payout for that hand (I was playing the table minimum, $5). That got me back into positive territory, so I wasn’t going to turn it down, but being that close to the jackpot……….
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