Thistledown: Odds of winning at new Thistledown Racino

6:01 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH RANDALL -- With Thistledown's new racino makeover, Video Lottery Terminals are expected to bring in more visitors looking to strike it rich.

But many people want to know -- Can I hit it big?

According to surrounding states Lottery and Gaming Commissions, Northeast Ohio isn't known for its high pay-outs.

At Finger Lakes, the pay-out is 91.7 percent

Hollywood Toledo is 90.9 percent

Presque Isle's pay out is 90.4 percent

Mountaineer 89.5 percent

And Horseshoe came in at the worst pay-out percentage at 88.4 percent.

Those pay-out percentages are set by the casinos themselves. It's not just random chance.

But totally random chance is whether or not you win at video poker, unlike table game poker, which requires skill.

With a video terminal, the odds of getting a royal flush is 649,740 to 1, a straight flush is 72,000 to 1, four of a kind odds are 4,000 to 1, and the odds of hitting a full house is 700 to 1.

But, keep this in mind, the odds of getting struck by lightning are 700,000 to 1, slightly higher than hitting a royal flush and just about the same as your odds of winning a gold medal, which is 662,000 to 1.

If you're really looking to strike it rich, you have better odds at dating a millionaire at 215 to 1, than hitting any of the poker games on those video terminals.


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