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$400,000 Video Poker Hand
This $400,000 hand was dealt on the redraw while playing a $100 game at the Wynn Las Vegas on 12/5/2008.  To get paid $400,000 the player bet 5 credits for a total of $500 per hand.  He was dealt 5 cards and held none. On the five card redraw he was dealt the winning hand, AAAA3. The machine paid out four thousand $100 credits for a total of $400,000!

Both video and live cash game poker are winnable games of skill. Video poker is actually easier to play but the game has more volatility and is a tedious game to play (700 hands an hour).  Live poker is more difficult to play but you only play about 25% of the hands you are dealt (if you want to consistently win). The key to winning both is choosing the "right game" and learning the strategy based on the odds. Poker is a  game of odds as the same 52 of the same cards are in every deck. 

Video poker involves choosing the right game based on the posted pay tables and memorizing the correct strategy which is determined by a computer program.  Successful live poker involves learning the correct strategy and playing against less skilled players. 

The odds of being DEALT the exact hand below are about 1 in 600,000.

Needless to say, I did not win this jackpot. I play quarter ($.25) video poker.  I have had fifteen 4000 credit payouts ($1000) over a period of about 10 years. I have been dealt a 4000 credit hand on the redraw only once. I have never been dealt a 4000 credit hand on the initial deal. I don't play much video poker anymore. It's a very volatile game. Now I play mostly live Texas Hold'em, which has less volatility.


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