Hawaiian Hits $330,000 Jackpot in Vegas Playing Pai Gow Poker



A Hawaiian tourist cashed in close to $330,000 from a game of Pai Gow poker at a Las Vegas casino.


The California Hotel and Casino tweeted that the winner, who  chose to remain anonymous “hit a seven card royal flush for $327,572 on the Pai Gow Poker table at the Cal.”


A royal flush in Pai Gow poker requires an Eight, Nine, Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of the same suit. In the case of the Hawaiian tourist, all the cards were hearts, except one joker, which served as an eight of hearts.


This is the third major win in the last three months at one of Boyd Gaming’s downtown destinations, a statement said. On July 22, another Hawaiian resident won the $114,307 jackpot when she played the Dragon Wheel with Bonus Spin slot jackpot at Fremont Hotel and Casino. On June 30, another Fremont hotel guest won $221,380 playing the Wheel of Fortune Triple Red Hot Sevens slots jackpot.


Pai Gow poker uses cards rather than the traditional 32 Chinese dominoes in pai gow. 


A profile of California Hotel and Casino


The California Hotel and Casino has a 36,000 square foot casino, six restaurants including Redwood Steakhouse, California Noodle House and authentic Hawaiian favorites at Aloha Specialties, more than 700 hotel rooms and more. The Aloha is a favorite amongst Hawaiians. 


The casino, which opened in 1975,  offers popular table games such as Blackjack, Let It Ride and Progressive Pai Gow poker among others. The property, which is owned by Boyd Gaming, has more than 1,000 slot machines.


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The resort is quite popular with tourists from Hawaii because of its “authentic Hawaiian-style hospitality.”


After facing slow business in the first years of operation, the owner, then decided to offer a Hawaiian experience, encouraging a relaxed atmosphere and offering Hawaiian food. About 70 percent of the hotel’s guests come from Hawaii.


Lucky players earn big from Pai Gow Poker


Some lucky gamblers have won big from Pai Gow poker in the past few months. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that one lucky punter turned a $1 bonus bet into a six-figure jackpot. The Los Angeles resident won $110,000 when she hit a progressive jackpot on a Pai Gow poker table at Sam’s Town.


At the Paris Las Vegas Casino, an unidentified player pocketed $1.64 million from a Pai Gow poker progressive jackpot. This was the seventh table game jackpot over $1 million to be won at a Caesars property in Nevada during the past nine months, Paris Las Vegas said.


The previous Pai Gow millionaire won at the Rio during the World Series of Poker (WSOP), Caesars said in a statement


Big winnings of the past few months


The last few months have been quite lucrative for Las Vegas punters. Towards the end of August, a guest at Red Rock Resort and Casino won a $100,000 jackpot playing video poker.


The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in March that a lucky bingo player pocketed $162.511 at the Rampart Casino at the Resort. The winner, who also chose to remain anonymous, won the Bingo Dual Daub jackpot.


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In May, an unnamed Swedish slot player won $2.8m after playing a Mega Fortune Dreams game. The biggest slot payout from the game was in 2013 for $20m (£15.5m). Also in that month, a California man won more than $1.6 million at a penny slot machine.The winner, who was only identified as Robert S won while playing the IGT Wheel of Fortune Ultra Wheels game at the Valley View Casino & Hotel in California. After the huge payday, he said he was planning to retire.


In July, a Caesars Palace guest became an instant millionaire, with the gambler hitting the progressive jackpot of $1,469,237.15 on Three Card Poker following a $5 bet.


KTNV reported that several casinos in Las Vegas have introduced the $5 side bet option, which is proving to be popular, has turned many players into millionaires. In June, a player won just over $1 million at The Venetian hotel-casino off a $5 side bet. Also, a $1 bet was turned in to a $115,000 pay off earlier in the year at the Eastside Cannery hotel-casino on St. Patrick’s Day.


Vegas Slots online reported that these were the lucky winners, but some were ironically not so lucky. In an extreme case of good luck and terrible misfortune, in June, it was reported that a Milwaukee man who had won two jackpots in the space of a few days was robbed of his winnings. 


Both jackpots were on slot machines, the first was $12,000, while the second was $13,000. The man then bought a safe to store his cash, but intruders broke into his home and stole his winnings.

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