Ventura County Man Wins $137K On $1 Side Bet At Chumash Casino Resort

Written By Dan Holmes on July 31, 2023 - Last Updated on August 4, 2023
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A man from Ventura County won more than $130,000 last week when he drew a royal flush in a four-card poker game at the Chumash Casino Resort.

The rare royal flush paid out $137,921 for a man who bet $1 on a side bet in a multi-progressive table games jackpot.

The man, who is known only as “Don,” was nonplussed. “I opened the hand and did a double-take, and then turned to my wife and said, ‘Look what I’ve got!’,” Don said in a press release from Chumash Casino. “She asked me, ‘What does it pay, $2,000?’ I said, ‘No, look up there: $137,000!’ She about fell over.”

Don’s wife was also playing the hand, and won $1,000 based on her own $1 side bet. The couple says the winnings will help their grandkids and great-grandkids.

How multi-progressive jackpots work

A multi-progressive jackpot is an offer for players at tribal casinos who want to add spice to their poker play with a $1 side wager.

Winners are paid out if they draw a royal flush (an ace-high straight flush) while playing three-card or four-card poker, Mississippi Stud, or the Ultimate Texas Hold’em games.

Chumash Casino Resort also has a Bonus Spin Blackjack progressive jackpot. That pit keeps getting larger as no one wins it. Currently, the pot is more than $90,000.

In addition, the resort’s Face Up Pai Gow Poker progressive jackpot is now over $177,000.

Other big winners in San Ynez

San Ynez has been the site of a few big winners in recent months. In May, a customer won more than half a million dollars playing slots at Chumash Casino. Remarkably, the same patron won $1.3 million a month later also playing slots in the same gaming floor.

Located in Santa Ynez, Chumash Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians nation. The casino has more than 2,300 slot machines, as well as table games, poker, and much more. It is one of California’s largest casinos.

Santa Ynez is approximately 125 miles north of Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean coastline.

Photo by AP Photo/Micahel A. Mariant
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