A few times on the site now, I’ve posted the picture (also seen above) of the only handpay I’ve been a part of. I say been a part of as I was in 50/50 on a machine with a friend, so we split a $2,000 handpay down the middle – $1,000 each.
I have not had any other casino wins that reached a handpay level, but I’ve come close, and my trip to Las Vegas earlier this month added three more wins that rank in my top 10.
I thought it’d be a good time to take stock of my biggest wins, and a couple of honorable mentions in terms of wins that were up there in terms of a multiple of my bet.
My three biggest solo wins all happen to be Video Poker, although that tends to be the minority of my casino play.
The biggest of the three was a royal flush on quarters on a machine with a progressive.
The progressive put it at more than $1,046, which was enough to eke it out to first place on this list.
I hit this at Mohegan Sun, and this machine isn’t there anymore. It was my first royal flush at quarters, so it was an exciting accomplishment for me.
My second royal flush at quarters is a tie for my second biggest win, and amazingly this came less than two months later, at MGM Springfield, after I had played through my free play and decided to play on just a bit more. This is my only single line royal to date.
The other tying win for second place was also on video poker, but on a 50 hand game. I’ve written about my love of these games, and this win probably solidified it. This was at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, where I put $300 in, never hit $0 but came close, built back up and hit this just as I was wrapping up. I was aiming for 2,500 tier credits to get the 5,000 tier credit bonus and finish up Diamond, and I did it profitably!
My biggest slot win was a nearly 1000x win thanks to an $839.96 Major on Dancing Drums. I hit it at Foxwoods at 3:30 in the morning, half awake and stunned beyond belief. I did not even hesitate on the picking, just swiped my hand and got it. I almost did not play it, but decided to play one more game before bed.
My second biggest win just happened earlier this month on my Las Vegas trip; a friend had just played it at Treasure Island, and I asked if I could take a swing at it since I had it on my lists of slots to eventually write about. She said it would be amazing to see someone hit the Grand spins, and maybe two spins later I did. I had guessed the bonus would fall in the $300 range but I was happy to be very wrong.
My third biggest win also came from my Las Vegas trip earlier this month, playing 75 cent spins on Quack Shot, an old school IGT/Barcrest game over at The Plaza. It took me a moment to do the math with the two 5x multipliers before I realized what I had on my hands. This $750 hit was exactly 1,000x my bet, and was incredibly exciting.
I tried to play down to a round number but the game kept giving me small hits after that; I eventually moved when a smoker sat down next to me and was blowing smoke in my direction.
My fourth biggest win is my oldest on the list, and goes back a few years at Foxwoods and comes from one of my favorite series of games, Power Spins. I was playing at $2 a spin, built up a 10x bonus Power Spins opportunity which I played, and got the bonus with some solid hits and retriggers to get this win. They unfortunately do not have the game anymore, but I played it quite often when they still had them.
And my fifth biggest slot win is technically not a slot given its a New York Racino game, so its really a Video Lottery Terminal game. But its on a theme that comes from the slot machine world, so we can excuse that.
This is the bonus that made me a fan of Quick Hit Riches, which I played a lot to success during my most recent trip.
But getting a 200x hit in the bonus was also good for one of my biggest casino wins ever.
So that covers my biggest slot and video poker wins. But my Las Vegas trip put one other item on the map…
I played a few sessions of Bingo at the Plaza while there, and during one session I won a blackout bingo early enough to justify a bonus wheel spin that paid be between $300 and $3,000 for my Bingo – I ultimately won $600.
And my biggest gambling win ever took place outside the casino…
In 2015 I bought a $5 Cashword card and scratched it. I remember it was a Sunday night, late enough that some places would have shut down their machines, and I thought I had won $500. As I was sitting at a red light counting the words again, I had the realization it was actually $5,000!
I checked my ticket at a machine, confirmed the win, and redeemed it at a high tier lottery redemption location the next night. It technically counted as $4,995 since I spent $5 to get it, at least according to the lottery paperwork.
What was your biggest win? Share in the comments!