Some Examples of Big Casino Winners
It’s every players dream to become a big casino winner. That is why we play after all. The hope for that one magical session, where every bet we place is a winner, or we pull a massive jackpot on a slot machine. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?
Well, the truth is that while hitting a huge payday isn’t exactly an everyday experience, people occasionally win these massive jackpots or have incredible runs at the baccarat or blackjack table.
Today we’ll talk about some lucky big casino winners who did strike it rich, and let you know how they did it.
Table Game Wins
Don Johnson managed to win an incredible fifteen million dollars in 2010 by getting casinos to offer him favorable rules, such as making the dealer stand on soft seventeen and allowing him to resplit aces.
Blackjack is already a game with an extremely low house edge, and the rules brought him even closer to a statistical dead heat. With a 20% loss rebate, he was able to wager aggressively and take the Tropicana, Borgata, and Caesars to the cleaners.
So why was Don Johnson able to win so much money? It was because of the loss rebate. Any time he lost 500,000, he could quit and receive a 20% rebate on his wins.
Coupled with an already low house edge because of the liberal rules he negotiated, this turned the odds in his favor significantly, so much so that he would have a 1% to 2% edge on his total action.
At $100,000 a hand, that means he was making $2,000 a hand in long-term expectations. Assuming a reasonably paced 150 rounds per hour, that means his real long-term win rate was $300,000 an hour!
Las Vegas Jackpots
A progressive jackpot slot was hit for $156,077 on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022, according to the Las Veg
as Review. While not exactly the largest slot hit on record, it is still a pretty tidy sum. The winner wanted to stay anonymous, and we don’t blame him. You know what they say, money is relative, the more money, the more relatives.
Another big winner in May 2022 smashed a 1.5 million dollar jackpot on the Wheel of Fortune slot at The D Hotel and Casino earlier in the month, as reported on the casino’s social media page. They too wished to stay anonymous. Even after cutting Uncle Sam in for a 30% taste, that is still a pretty penny.
Jill, a Las Vegas local, managed to luck her way into a straight flush playing Pai Gow poker at the Green Valley Ranch on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, and in turn won over a hundred thousand dollars due to the progressive jackpot of the game.
On top of the $115,615 payout, she also scooped $5000 with her straight flush because of the side bet she was playing.
The odds of hitting a straight flush in Pai Gow are a whopping 1 in 676,066. To put that in perspective, you are actually slightly more likely to get hit by lightning in a given year.
USA Casino Winners
North of the border, Beckie Morrell from Saint John, New Brunswick struck it rich while gambling on a USA gambling website available to many eastern provinces.
She scored an impressive $759,518 in Canadian dollars worth just under $600,000 USD. Said Morrell, “I took a screenshot on my cellphone to show my husband, and he still didn’t believe me.
I couldn’t sleep at all the whole night, and he went back to sleep convinced I only won $700.” Morrell, who runs a local craft store, plans to invest the money in her business, pay down debt and purchase a new truck.
What’s more remarkable is that because she is Canadian, she gets to keep the whole thing, there are no taxes on gambling winnings in Canada.
Meanwhile, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida, a lucky gambler took down a massive 1.3 million dollar prize while playing the progressive jackpot slot Dragon Link. The Seminole Hard Rock opened in 2004 on a reservation belonging to the Seminole Indian tribe.
Apart from the casino itself, the complex features a 12-story hotel, a “Rock and Raw” sushi bar, an international food court, and a Hard Rock Cafe, which doubles as a concert venue. The casino has over a hundred table games and five thousand slot machines.
Online Slot Progressive Jackpot Winners
So far we’ve been talking about relatively recent casino winners, but did you know that the largest online slot winner of all time won an incredible jackpot of slightly under 20,000,000 euros?
In 2021, a player from Belgium of all countries gambled it up at Napoleon Sports & Casino when he hit the record-shattering win.
The slot he played was Microgaming’s Absolutely Mad Mega Moolah jackpots, a take on the classic story “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.
Another massive winner from the history books of online slot jackpots was a Finnish gambler who played at PAF Casino in 2003. He hit an incredible 17,761,800 Euro jackpot while playing Net Ent’s Mega Fortune slot. PAF Casino is based in the Aland Islands in Sweden.
Recent Online Casino Winners
In 2022 there were some big casino winners taking home massive prizes. At National Casino, three players have made their special hall of fame section thanks to their massive wins.
One live casino fan was lucky enough to hit a 200x multiplier on a $11,000 bet on Mega Roulette, for a massive $200,000+ win. While one slots player did a $90 bonus buy on Bigger Bass Bonanza by Pragmatic Play, and won an astonishing $358,000!
National had another big winner, with a lucky gamer placing a $190 bet on Caishen’s Fortune and winning $190,000 thanks to a 1,000x multiplier.
Meanwhile, over at Bizzo Casino, one classic slots player wagered $150 on Joker’s Coins Hold and Win and landed an incredible pay day with a mind blowing $460,675 win!
That concludes our roundup of jackpot winners. Wouldn’t it be nice to smash one of those massive prizes?
Hitting it rich is the dream of any gambler, and with modern progressive jackpot slots, more people are hitting million-dollar prizes than ever before, and it sure is nice to hear true stories about massive wins.
But please do make sure to gamble responsibly and never risk more than you can afford to lose.