#5) - The Venetian
The beauty of this one is that I almost didn't stick around long enough to hit it. I usually play early in the morning in Vegas to avoid both the drunks and the smokers. I was playing one morning in a pretty much empty casino when a guy came and sat down beside me and started smoking. Hard. There were 10 machines in the bank, but for some reason he chose the one next to me. He was about 3 cigarettes in and I was thinking about packing up and leaving, when I hit this royal flush. I usually hit the button again whenever I hit a major hand so that people don't have to listen to the payout ring up, but in this case I decided to sit back and let the machine bleat out all the noise it wanted to. About half way through counting out my win, the guy who just had to be right next to me, got annoyed and left.
#4) - The Rio
I shouldn't have been playing when I hit this one. We had our kids with us and were out at the pool. I told Lori that I would go and get us some frappuccinos from Starbucks. I got distracted. On the other hand I brought back treats to go with the fraps!
#3) - Green Valley Ranch
It seems like a theme, but I nearly wasn't around to hit this one either. A few hands before this, I was down to my last hand. Actually I didn't even have enough to play a full hand (in triple play you have to bet all three lines) so for a couple of hands I only played one line. Fortunately I hit enough to get me back up to playing all three, and then this royal came out. It's also the only royal I've ever hit when holding only two cards.
#2) - Silverton
My birthday royal! Actually it was the day before my birthday, but the real payout from the hand didn't come until the next day. For my birthday, since I was feeling a little flush with cash, I took my wife to Tiffany's and let her pick out something that she'd like. She chose a necklace with interlocking gold rings, which came in a little blue box that was apparently almost as important as the necklace itself. For the next little while, every time Lori told the story of how she got her necklace, I became "that great husband". To my fellow men: Sorry for setting such a stupid precedent, but you can't even imagine how many brownie points I earned for that one.
#1) - Wynn
There's a few reasons that this is my favorite. Firstly, I hit it on the same day that I hit the royal at the Venetian. Two in one day is pretty rare. It's also the only progressive royal I've ever hit (hence the strange payout). Most importantly though, is that I didn't have to do anything. The supreme "lazy royal", I just hit deal and it gave me the royal flush. I know you're wondering, so I'll tell you. The odds of being dealt a royal flush are 649740 to 1. I've played a lot of video poker, but I'm not sure I've played that much.
There's been others that could have been posted here. My first royal flush left me so shocked that I didn't even think to take a picture of it. I've also hit two in one hand before, but it's just not as exciting when you're playing for nickels. This is no time to dwell in the past though (Wait...that's exactly what I'm doing here isn't it?) as next week Lori and I are going to spend a little more time in Vegas, and I'm willing to replace one, two, or even all five of these with new favorite jackpot hands.