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Secrets Of Finding A Royal Flush

Royal Flush At Red Rock Resort Las Vegas

Royal Flush!

There may not be a secret to finding a Royal Flush, but if you keep your eyes open you may find one.

Red Rock Resort is one of three casinos in my neighborhood but its my favorite. You might know that I consider the sportsbook bar my local bar. If you follow me on twitter you probably know that I’m at Red Rock a few times a week to work, eat, drink and gamble (WEDGeVegas?).

I’ve been in a rut playing video poker over the past year. I play mostly full pay quarter, fifty cent or $1 Jacks or Better or Bonus Poker and hadn’t seen a Royal Flush in quite a while until recently.

Over the summer I began playing nickel video poker games just so I could say I got a Royal Flush with hopes that it would help get my mojo back. After a few sessions at various nickel machines I finally got a sweet Royal Flush. Then I got another. Then I got another. These were nickel games but were still the Royal Flush that I wanted.

My video poker mojo is back and I’m back to playing my normal denominations for the most part.

I’m back to playing video poker with my normal denominations for the most part. However, when I walk by this specific bank of nickel video poker machines and see the progressive is above $525 I’ll always put in a $20 bill. The jackpot never reaches $600 so there’s a good chance that maybe I’ll cash in on a Royal Flush for $20. Since I started doing this a few months ago I’ve hit three progressive Royal Flush jackpots of $525 or more.

When you have a casino that you frequent more often then others, no matter where you live, you notice things most people don’t. In my case it’s a bank of nickel progressive video poker machines right across from Starbucks. My typical visit usually has me in this area so I usually check out this progressive jackpot when I visit.

I first noticed a bank of slot machines that hit progressive jackpots in a similar manner back at Showboat in Atlantic City when I lived on the east coast. I’ve kept my eye open for progressives as well as “lucky machines” even since. You may not want to bring a note pad with you when you visit the casino to mark where you’re playing but you might want to keep a mental note. It could pay off.

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Crazy Players Club Point Multipliers At Boyd Casinos This Month

Boyd Gaming Bonuses And Players Club Multipliers

Boyd Gaming Bonuses

Last week Howard Stutz at the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote an article called “New Life Being Breathed Into Local Gaming Market“. The article was more about how gaming revenue isn’t driving business on the Vegas Strip or the Vegas Locals market more than anything else. It’s an interesting read but then it jogged something in my head…

Over the past few months I’ve noticed that the casinos that market mostly to locals (Station and Boyd) have been very aggressive in gaining casino customers. While non-gaming revenue may be the future for the local casino operators they’re actively and aggressively pursuing gamblers today.

In the past month Boyd Casinos has been offering gamblers a few multipliers and special promotions. In June they’ve gone off the rails trying to attract gamblers.

The picture above is from 4 different bonuses and B-Connected players club point multipliers that Boyd Gaming casinos are offering for the month of June.

  • Every Day – 10% cash bonus on a Royal Flush in video poker. This is $100 on quarters.
  • Tuesday – 11x B-Connected points on reel slot machines, 7x points on video poker.
  • Wednesday – Up to 50x points. You have to swipe players club card to find out.
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 4 of a kind bonus (5-9) at casino bars. Bonus depends on denomination. I think it’s $20 in free play for quarters.
  • Friday & Saturday – 15x points on Penny Reel slot machines, 11x points on Penny slot machines, 7x points on video poker.

These multipliers and bonuses are significant. They Royal Flush bonus is sweet cash. The 4 Of A Kind bonus gives you more money to gamble with on a future trip (the next day) and the multipliers make getting a comp bottle of wine much quicker.

I don’t gamble for comps but I’ll take them. Red Rock is still my local bar and the casino where I hang out most in the burbs but these multipliers and bonuses will make me think twice if I’m in the mood just to play some video poker.

Whether you’re a local or visiting will slot machine multipliers and video poker bonuses sway where you gamble? 

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Royal Flush!

I was going through my RSS feeds yesterday and found this pic of 4 urinals cut out with a spade, diamond, heart and diamond and figured I’d pass it on since it made me chuckle.

Feel free to grab it here. I’ll be back later if these Advil get to work.

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Rockin at Rampart Casino

It’s true, last week I was rockin at Rampart Casino. I’m a fairly regimented person. When I find something I like, I go there pretty often. Generally, I’m not the exploring type. I actually plan my exploration, like I did with my trip to Laughlin that I detailed on Vegas Chatter.

Well that pattern took a slight change last week. I needed to take in a beautiful day and decided to grab a smoothie and explore the Vegas burbs (Summerlin) until I finished my smoothie. Besides finding about 5 different golf courses and a road that just stopped being created (pics soon) I drove by Rampart Casino.

Rampart Casino is next to Suncoast Casino and north of where I live. I rarely head that way, so I never think to go there. When I was was exploring local casinos I didn’t consider it since it’s not associated with any casinos near the strip like Station Casinos (Red Rock Casino) or Boyd Gaming casinos (Suncoast).

After driving by Rampart Casino, I decided I’d check it out another day. Why not? It’s close even if it’s not a direction I normall travel. That night I looked at vpFREE to see what kind of  video poker games they have. They had 10 play nickel 9/6 Jacks or Better. I’ve never seen that before and although there’s not much money making, but there’s little at risk.

While checking out a new casino I always drop a little in a machine or table to see what kind of offers I get. I thought maybe I could get a Royal Flush in honor of Denver Gambler’s quest (#royalflush2012) for one since I’m playing 10 games at once. Good times for all. As you can see from the image above and video below, I got a Royal Flush!

I actually changed from Jacks or Better to Bonus Poker but I got the Royal Flush! As you might expect, 4,000 nickels is not nearly as awesome as $1’s, but I’ll happily take it! That $200 will pay for all the smoothies I can handle. Haha.

My venture to Rampart was more to get a vibe of the casino. The outside is very old and classy looking. I thought the inside may be the same. The decor at Rampart Casino is somewhere between 1920’s and 1980’s. I’m not sure if that’s on purpose, but the casino reminded me of some of my favorite New York City classic steakhouses. Comfortable, but not modern.

The casino itself is tiny, but not much smaller than the other casinos in the area. There is a lot of video poker throughout the casino. There are games I’ve never seen, which is always fun. There are new and older slots and there were lot of people.

I’d say 98% of the people I saw at Rampart Casino were over 60 years old and smoking about 40% of those people had walkers and/or oxygen tanks. Rampart Casino felt like the Atlantic City casino where people go to die…and I liked it.

Even though the place was overly smokey, everyone was nice and many of the people playing knew each other from the area. Everyone was having a good time and in turn I was having a good time. The smoke was so bad that I had to throw my clothes in the washing machine and jump in the shower when I came home from (no joke) but I enjoyed my visit to Rampart Casino.

I don’t see Rampart Casino replacing Red Rock casino as my local casino, but it’s a nice alternative. If it wasn’t for the fun video poker games (full pay 10 play and below) that I won’t find anywhere else, I probably wouldn’t return. That said, I’ll be back at Rampart Casino when I’m bored and need a video poker fix.

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Royal Flush!

Last Friday, after my mini-vacation, I headed over to Red Rock Casino for happy hour at LBS Burger and the Lifehouse concert. I had a little time to kill so I decided to play a little video poker. Go figure. I had a few bucks leftover from my trip to the strip so I decided to play dollars. I mix up my pay between quarters, fifty cent and dollars playing Jacks or Better unless I’m bored and want to give a random game a shot.

I sat down at the machine and on the second hand in I hit four Aces. I was stoked, but couldn’t cash out after just a couple hands so I figured I’d play until I got back down to even or played enough to be satisfied with my win (after a while I usually set floors where I’ll cash out). I kept hitting winning hands and was up almost $200 after about 15 minutes and then I hit my largest Royal Flush in a few years – $4,000! I’ve been playing more video poker this year than ever and this was my 3rd Royal Flush of the year. Of course, I’m still down $1,234,444,000 for my gambling career. 🙂

After learning that Station Casinos no longer serves Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, I decided to grab my tickets and head over to check the pool area for the show. I realized I had a few minutes to kill so I sat down at a machine by the door and played another $20. That turned up four 8’s. Up another $40 or $60 I decided to head into the show – for real this time.

In case you’re not familiar with Lifehouse they’re one of those pop-rock bands that you hear pretty often and never know who they are. Thanks to Lifehouse I hit a Royal Flush. That may be my lasting memory of them.

Lifehouse

Lifehouse

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Weekend Wrap – ROYAL FLUSH!

I spent the weekend at Planet Hollywood (again) so I could drink and see some old pals.  In between good times and table gaming I got some quality video poker in.  I’ve shared some of what happened on my posterous over the weekend, but wanted to document on ECG.  I use posterous to document my pictures when mobile, so follow that for the (mostly) good stuff.

The video poker portion of the weekend started off fairly blah.  Lots of ups and downs and more than too many near misses.  After recovering all of my losses I was pretty stoked.  I woke up the next morning a bit too hungover, but on the way to get coffee I took a pit stop in the high limit room and decided to try a 25 play machine.  The pay tables for Bonus Poker were as good as any other in the casino (7/5) and while I don’t normally play this kind of game, but decided to give it a whirl.  I’m happy I did, because I got my first ROYAL FLUSH in over a year!  Too bad I was only playing quarters. 🙂

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Weekend Wrap – Video Poker Getting Better

I spent the weekend at Planet Hollywood (again) so I could drink and see some old pals.  In between good times and table gaming I got some quality video poker in.  I’ve shared some of what happened on my posterous over the weekend, but wanted to document on ECG.  I use posterous to document my pictures when mobile, so follow that for the (mostly) good stuff.

The video poker portion of the weekend started off fairly blah.  Lots of ups and downs and more than too many near misses.  After a few too many near good hands I sidled up to my favorite machine.  The $1 9/5 Jacks or Better 3 play machine almost always treats me well.  This session would allow me to regain the losses I had at the tables.  Believe it or not, things got better from here on this machine and session and the next morning…

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9/6 Jacks or Better In Las Vegas

9/6 Jacks or Better Video Poker is my video poker game of choice.  It’s almost impossible to find 9/6 JoB on the Vegas strip in a denomination I’m comfortable playing – less than $5.  I prefer to play $1 JoB, if possible.  That’s still a $5 bet so its not like I’m playing peanuts.

On my last trip to Vegas, at Planet Hollywood, I thought that if I played 1 credit on a $5 9/6 JoB machine it would be similar to playing five credits on a $1 machine.  Similar…not the same.

Of course, the main difference here is that a Royal Flush pays 4x the bet when playing full credits.  According to Wizard of Odds the probability of getting a Royal Flush is only .000028.  I’m not sure how much this brings down the payback percentage, but I’ve only gotten two royal flushes in my life so I never expect one.

I’m pretty sure that the difference is 1% over playing 8/5 vs. 9/6 this way.  It may not be the best strategy, but I felt more comfortable playing this game instead of playing Double Double Bonus Poker.

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