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$100,000 win at the Isle in ... video poker

Video poker is known as a game with a good math advantage to it. Optimal play can get you almost a 100 percent payback, as opposed to the 92 percent from slots.

But two people have hit really big this month at the Isle Casino & Racing.

Playing "Triple Double Bonus," the unidentified players hit for $100,000. The details:

They were in the high-limit area, which is $25 per push on the machine. To hit the jackpot, you have to max bet (5 times $5). So the $25 play hit four aces with a three, good for the big jackpot of 4,000 credits ($25 x 4,000 = $100,000). (This is updated.)

The Seminole casinos report they've had a good number of $100,000 winners, but by my anecdotal records, no one has won more at a parimutuel video poker machine.

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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