Anonymous Player Hits Record $1.4M Pai Gow Jackpot At Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

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Dan Michalski

Updated by Dan Michalski

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Last Updated 14th Mar 2024, 07:22 AM

Anonymous Player Hits Record $1.4M Pai Gow Jackpot At Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

People who work in casinos know, when they see progressive jackpots climb, eventually they’re going to hit. It’s just a matter of who, among the thousands upon thousands of players, is going to be so lucky. 

At about 2:45 a.m. on Sunday at the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, a local player scored a $1,391,967 jackpot by hitting a seven-card straight flush on the Fortune Pai Gow Poker table. It was the biggest jackpot Rivers has paid since it opened in 

Tracking Big Winners

We love big winners here at, but also understand when players like this one decide to remain anonymous after their windfall. 

But we still like to see it. The cards, the chips and all the splendor of a potentially life-altering jackpot. We also like to know how much they tipped. No word here, though the dealers did get a shout out from the assistant manager in the press release:

“It’s such a fun and momentous experience watching a jackpot grow until it finally hits,” Rivers Casino Pittsburgh Assistant GM Andre Barnabei said. “Congrats to our local guest and also to our Rivers Pittsburgh dealers and Team Members for always doing a great job.”

Record Casino Jackpots

 The $1.4 million payout to one player topped the previous jackpot record at Rivers, when eight poker players split up a $1.2 million bad beat jackpot. The biggest winner among that group (for having the losing hand) won $490,708 in 2022. 

Pai Gow Poker features head-to-head play against the dealer with optional bonus bets, one of which triggers the jackpot. Players and the dealer each get seven cards to make two poker hands — a five-card “high” hand and a two-card “low” hand.

In this case, the player had placed two optional $5 side bets, which added $28,000 to his total winnings. 

(Image: courtesy of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh)

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Dan Michalski is a longtime journalist based in Las Vegas with nearly 20 years as a writer and editor covering poker, casino gaming and sports betting. As founder of Pokerati and an award-winning blogger, podcaster and news reporter, Dan has worked tirelessly to elevate the standards of journalism in gaming media. He also has served as a gaming industry consultant and holds advanced certificates in gaming regulation from UNLV. When not thinking about media and casinos, he can be found on the tennis courts, where he has captained two teams to USTA national championships, and one to second place.

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