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How do you turn a $5 bet into a million-dollar jackpot?

Last updated: July 16, 2015 at 9:40 am. Posted by in Caesars Entertainment, Gaming. 4 Comments on How do you turn a $5 bet into a million-dollar jackpot?.

Millionaire Maker

Who wants to be a millionaire?

The answer is “everyone,” right? Well, it sure seems like Caesars Entertainment is on its way to making that happen, one lucky winner at a time. Just this weekend, Byron Neel of Virginia won $1 million playing three-card poker at O’Sheas casino at The LINQ Las Vegas. Mr. Neel hit the six-card super royal flush on his $5 Millionaire Maker side bet, a hand worth a million bucks—a pretty fantastic retirement gift for his wife Linda!

Mr. Neel is the sixth million-dollar-plus jackpot winner at a Caesars property so far in 2015, bringing the all-time total of $1 million payouts to more than $1 billion. Since the launch of table game side bets in 2011, there have been 12 million-dollar winners, so 2015 could be on track to be a record year.

“Million-dollar table game jackpots are unprecedented,” said Melissa Price, senior vice president of gaming at Caesars Entertainment. “We offer players a chance for a life-changing table game jackpot that just doesn’t exist at other casinos.”

Four of the other million-dollar jackpot winners this year hit on Wheel of Fortune slot machines at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, The Cromwell and Harrah’s Laughlin, and one did so playing a PowerBucks Ghostbusters “Who Ya Gonna Call” slot at Paris. Progressive slots like these—interconnected games whose jackpot total keeps building until one of them hits—are perhaps the most common way millionaires are made in casinos.

In addition to side bets and progressives, Caesars Entertainment offers players a number of other ways to level-up to the million dollar club. The annual Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament, which is open to members of Caesars’ Total Rewards loyalty program, pits winners from regional National Slot League tournaments against each other in competition for a $1 million grand prize.

And, of course, there’s the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the biggest, most glamorous poker tournament on the planet, which not only offers a number of satellite events to entice players of all levels, but also practically guarantees million-dollar payouts for those who make it to the final table. The 2015 WSOP Main Event just wrapped, with the nine players left standing set to return for the finale in November.

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  3. Stephanie

    Hello my husband and I will be in Vegas tomorrow and this will be our first time we are really excited. Do you have any tips for us? Is there any casinos we should go to over other ones or are they really all the same? Any help would be awesome!! ?

  4. Very exciting! We love first-timers! There’s so much to see and do. All casinos are not the same! You’ll definitely want to check out Caesars Palace, one of the most legendary properties on the Strip (turning 50 next year!) and one of the nicest. The original casino with beautiful, Roman-inspired architectural details and gorgeous chandelier is still there, but there are also many luxurious modern amenities–and the new buffet, Bacchanal, is AMAZING. USA Today rated it the BEST. The newest casino on the Strip is The LINQ, which is very contemporary, bold and buzzing, and is attached to an adjacent outdoor Promenade featuring dozens of restaurants, bars, shops, a concert venue and, of course, the High Roller, which is the world’s largest observation wheel. Another new spot worth checking out is The Cromwell, which is a rare boutique hotel experience on the Strip, but offers a European feel. It’s like stepping into a James Bond movie. If you need some tips on things to do while you’re here, check out the links and info on this page: — and remember when you visit any of these casinos to sign up for the Total Rewards loyalty program. That way, you can earn points on everything you do, from gambling to dining. HAVE FUN!!