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April 7th, 2015 at 2:17:25 PM permalink
At first I thought that the new video displays that were installed as part of this game would be useful going forward in installing new side games if this one did not catch on, which I thought it wouldn't.

However, this new game's payout is "hard-coded" in the felt. Even if they wanted to download a different display to the video screens, the felt has the game embedded in it. Looks to me like they are committed to this one, unlike "House Money" and FreeBet, which they installed on a trial basis.

I have changed my thinking on its success too. For those of us down in steerage, at the lower end of table minimums like $5 and $10, a $5 side bet, requiring a dealer blackjack, is a significant wager, not a "side" bet at all. And let's not forget that they sweep away our initial $5 bet right off the bat. So a $25 "any hand" payoff is really only $20. So also for all of the lower non-progressive payouts. For higher limit tables, a $5 side bet is truly that - a relative pittance if you are betting $25, $50 or more, per hand, almost like "insurance" against a dealer blackjack.

Since the flashing lights imply the ability to monitor who is making this bet (and with the possibility of matching that information against the rating system that is tied to a specific seat at the table), they ought to have a really detailed return of data about this game, and precisely which individuals are playing it, probably indirectly proportional to table minimum.
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April 8th, 2015 at 1:48:59 PM permalink
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Do you know where the win occurred? I had heard that there was a diamond Royal Flush in the $5 pit, but that there was no bet on at the time. That the person who had it was betting it regularly, passed on that hand, and then was so upset that he/she couldn't play any more and left. But just a rumor, I did not see it happen myself.



Pit 24 in the Sky Casino. It's the pit closest to the Riverview Garage.

The casino hosted a casting call for The Amazing Race today that attracted some interesting looking hopefuls.
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May 6th, 2015 at 3:45:22 PM permalink
Not much to update. I still see hardly anyone playing this side bet. The progressive is just over $500,000 and has only been hit the one time. There have been a few hits for 10% which is why it's not higher.

For the more adventurous, the progressive on Fortune Pai Gow is over $1,000,000.
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May 6th, 2015 at 4:07:13 PM permalink
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For the more adventurous, the progressive on Fortune Pai Gow is over $1,000,000.



ah-OOOOOH-ga!

Isn't that the biggest that jackpot has ever gotten anywhere by like, a lot?
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May 7th, 2015 at 3:18:52 AM permalink
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ah-OOOOOH-ga!

Isn't that the biggest that jackpot has ever gotten anywhere by like, a lot?



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May 7th, 2015 at 12:52:44 PM permalink
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Somebody's excited! Do you need a ride from the airport? Green or Bradley? :-)



Oh, I wouldn't make the trip for it, but I'll be interested to hear when it gets hit.
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May 16th, 2015 at 11:09:04 AM permalink
The royal flush in diamonds was hit for the second time this past Thursday to the tune of $535,000. Several 10% jackpots were hit along the way but I still don't see this bet getting a lot of play as it can get expensive.
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May 18th, 2015 at 4:40:25 AM permalink
The jackpot was also hit around 2 am Sunday morning. Over $400K IIRC. I noticed the table displays announced "Jackpot Pending" in place of a dollar amount for well over a half hour before a new jackpot value of $200K+ was displayed. No one at the red chip table I was at played the Super 4 Bonus in the more than two hours I was playing. One curious inquiry was made to me by another player. The bonus was not talked up by the dealers when they had a blackjack, but that might have been due to a language barrier. I heard the usual remorseful chatter about empty Match the Dealer betting circles when wining hands were dealt, but nothing regarding the missed Super 4 Bonus payouts as the chips were being gathered after dealer blackjacks.
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May 18th, 2015 at 8:16:20 AM permalink
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The jackpot was also hit around 2 am Sunday morning. Over $400K IIRC. I noticed the table displays announced "Jackpot Pending" in place of a dollar amount for well over a half hour before a new jackpot value of $200K+ was displayed. No one at the red chip table I was at played the Super 4 Bonus in the more than two hours I was playing. One curious inquiry was made to me by another player. The bonus was not talked up by the dealers when they had a blackjack, but that might have been due to a language barrier. I heard the usual remorseful chatter about empty Match the Dealer betting circles when wining hands were dealt, but nothing regarding the missed Super 4 Bonus payouts as the chips were being gathered after dealer blackjacks.



Something seems off. The jackpot was just over 200k on Saturday around noon. That would mean it rose over 200k in just over 12 hours. It's been taking much, much longer to even go up 50k. We just don't know how many 10% hits there were which would slow it down even more.
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May 18th, 2015 at 9:38:49 AM permalink
I qualified the $400K as "if I recall correctly," I could have been wrong! Also, I thought it odd that after the "Jackpot Pending" notice the amount was $200K+. Perhaps there was a "false alarm" and the pending jackpot was disqualified. Also, I just realized (and more likely) the "Jackpot Pending" might have been for a 10% payout of an other-than-diamonds royal flush. Sorry everyone... show's over... nothing more here to see... go on about your business... go home to your loved ones.
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