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Reopening Remarks

22 October 2020

After a long lull, readers have resumed sharing tales of back-to-back jackpots.

Since casinos have re-opened, and reader experiences that have hit my email box include a couple of table stories that may not strictly fit definitions of "jackpot," but they're rare fun nonetheless.

Merri: My favorite game is Three Card Poker, and my first two times back at casinos when they re-opened I couldn't get a seat.

The third time, my husband and I got there at 7 in the morning and I think we could have played any open game. He went off to play blackjack and I went to Three Card Poker.

It probably was only five or six hands in when I got a 10 of diamonds, Jack of diamonds and Queen of diamonds. Straight flush, and it paid 40-1 on my $10 Pair Plus bet. Against the dealer, I won $10 on ante, $10 on play and the 5-1 ante bonus for another $50.

On the next hand, my cards were 4 of diamonds, 5 of diamonds, 6 of diamonds. Diamonds again, and another straight flush! My bets were the same as the first time, so now I won $470 twice over.
To me, that's back to back jackpots.

Carl: I think the last time I played video poker for money was in February before I finally went back in September.

The casino had 8-5 Double Double Bonus Poker for quarters, and it had progressive jackpots on royal flushes, four Aces with a kicker and four Aces without the kicker.

I didn't get a royal, but when I kept Ace-Jack of spades, and the other three Aces filled in. Instead of the usual 800 quarters, or $200, the progressive was up to $247 and some change, and it got rounded up to $248.

I texted my wife, and she left her slot machine to take a look at my progressive. I waited for her, then while she was standing there I hit the deal button for the next hand.

This time, I was dealt three Aces, and my draw brought first a 4, then the other Ace. Now I had the kicker progressive. Instead of 2,000 quarters, or $500, the meter was up to $652-plus.

I've had bigger wins. Any royal pays more than these two hands combined. But two progressives, back to back -- that was fun!

Saul: I usually play $10 blackjack, but there were no tables under $25. I hadn't played in ages, so I decided just this once to splurge.

Everything was normal at the start. I won a few hands and lost a few. Then I was dealt a blackjack. That was a $37.50 payoff. I kept $27.50 and bumped my next bet up to $35. Another blackjack! Payoff was $52.50.

Now I put out a $5 bet for the dealer and $50 for myself. Blackjack again, for $75. Now the dealer is congratulating me and the supervisor is over to have a look. I put the bet up to $100. At that level, my hands are sweating. I never bet that much.

And I got another blackjack, the fourth in a row, this time for $150. I couldn't take another raise. I left my bet at $100, and got a push with an 18. That was the end of the shoe, and when the new deck came out of the shuffler, I took my bet back down to $25.

I realize a blackjack isn't a jackpot. But four in a row way above my normal bet level felt like jackpots to me.

Look for John Grochowski on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/7lzdt44) and Twitter (@GrochowskiJ).
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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

> More Books By John Grochowski

John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski