Back to Back Jackpots a Reality

 Back to Back Jackpots a Reality

Regular readers know that I love to hear close encounters of the winning kind. Slot and video poker players have been great about emailing me their experiences in winning back to back jackpots, or at least jackpots within a few plays of each other.

The latest comes from Suzanne, a video poker player who wasn’t sure her story qualified because it involved royal flushes by two different players.

“I was playing video poker in a long row that was kind of divided,” she wrote. “To the left of center, the games were all progressives with reduced pays – 8-5 Double Double Bonus, 8-5 Jacks or Better, 9-6-4 Double Bonus and so on. To the right were higher paying games with no progressives – 9-6 Jacks or Better, 9-6 Double Double Bonus, 9-7-5 Bonus Poker. All great games.”

Suzanne really wanted to play the non-progressives with the higher pay tables, but they were all full. She took a seat at the progressive right on the dividing line – the next seat over was a higher-paying machine.

The man at the next machine drew a royal flush on 9-6 Double Double Bonus Poker, worth $1,000 for his five-quarter bet.

He told Suzanne, “I can’t beat that. I think I’ll go try something else.”

Let’s let Suzanne tell it from here.

“I asked, ‘Don’t you want to try for another one one?’ and he said, ‘No, it just paid big. It’ll go cold now.’

“That didn’t scare me off. I hit the cash out button at the same time he did, and I just slid over to his machine.

“Guess what happened? It took all of five hands before I got a royal, too. Mine was in diamonds. I held Queen-Jack and draw Ace-King-10.

“I don’t know if those qualifies as one of your close together jackpots stories since it was two different players, but I’m glad I got the chance to move.”

I told Suzanne that sounded like a close encounters qualifier to me. It underlines that past results do not affect future odds. Once you’ve drawn a royal, the odds of drawing another remain the same – long shots, but no longer than at any other time. 

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