Record Pai Gow Poker Progressive Jackpot of $2.3 Million Hit at Paris Las Vegas

One lucky Pai Gow poker player scooped a record-breaking $2.3million windfall in Vegas this week when he hit the Face Up Progressive Jackpot with a 7-card straight flush in diamonds…

By: Andrew Burnett


The player, a guest at the Caesars Entertainment-owned Paris Las Vegas, landed the massive $2,330,133.44 on Wednesday night, after the jackpot had built up across 48 linked Pai Gow tables in 13 Caesars statewide venues.

Caesars has apparently made more than 850 millionaires since 1987, although few are ever named, the latest winner also remaining anonymous.

Pai Gow poker is played with cards rather than the dominoes of the original Chinese version, the poker card variant introduced to the US in 1985 by Bell Card Club owner Sam Torosian.

Using the full 52 card deck, plus one joker, the player faces the dealer – the player usually receiving 7 cards facedown while the dealer’s cards are exposed, but in the jackpot variant won this week all cards are dealt face up.

The joker is semi-wild and can be used as an ace or to complete ‘a straight, flush, straight flush or royal flush’ – the $2.3million winning hand seeing it used as a deuce to complete the straight flush.

The biggest progressive jackpots are usually seen in online casinos, Microgaming’s Mega Moolah slots last year paying out a record-breaking $21.7million.

For ‘normal’ poker, the biggest Bad Beat Jackpots are often in the $1million+ region, the Playground Poker Club last April handing out $1.375million.

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