Q. I’m usually a roulette player and I bet a little on the slots for a chance at a really big win. On my most recent trip, I decided to play video poker for a change. I got on a Ten Play machine for a quarter each hand. After about 15 minutes of up and down play I was dealt a royal flush.
I have never gotten a royal flush before even after pulling cards so to get this hand on the deal is a once in a lifetime draw. Even better was the fact that this was times ten because I was on a Ten Play game! It paid $200 per hand times 10 for a total of $2000! Don’t think I can do any better than that so I think my video poker days are over.
A. Congratulations on your miracle hand!
Royal flushes are a lot less common on the deal than on the draw. No matter which five-card video poker game you play, your chances of a royal on the deal are 1 in 649,740. Those are the same royal odds as at five-card stud-based table poker games such as Let It Ride or Caribbean Stud.
Including draws, the chances of getting a royal are roughly 1 in 40,000, depending on the game and your drawing strategy. In 9-6 Double Double Bonus Poker, we see royals an average of about once per 40,799 hands, while in 9-7-5 Bonus Poker, where we hold a lot more partial flushes, royals come an average of once per 48,035 hands.
One more thing: Just to avoid any confusion, by betting a quarter on each hand you meant you were betting five nickels per hand on a 5-cent Ten Play game. That way, you get the full payoff on a royal of 4,000 coins per royal — $200 on each of 10 hands on a nickel game for your $2,000 total. If you were playing a 25-cent game and betting only one quarter per hand, then your payoffs would have been 250 quarters, or $62.50, per royal for a total of $625.
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