Poker Bad Beat
The £13,000 prize was won at Grosvenor Casino Hull by an amateur poker player called Joseph Skipsey. The 27-year-old had been playing poker and he won the five-figure-sum by losing an incredibly good poker hand to an even better hand. That kind of loss, which is quite improbable, is referred to as a ‘bad beat’ and Grosvenor venues are among many that have a ‘bad beat jackpot’ on hand to reward the unlikely losers if and when a bad beat occurs.
Final Table Deals
Of course, that isn’t the only way to win big when losing at poker. For a long time, professional players have been making deals at the final table to secure specified chunks of the prize pool in advance of the eventual winner being known. That deal-making can help ensure that players who finish in second or third place end up winning more than if they’d stuck to the standard tournament prize structure.
Casino Side Bets
Outside of poker, there are plenty of other ways to win big without winning. Several popular casino games give players the option of placing side bets which can pay out independently, regardless of what happens in the main game. When playing the Perfect Pairs derivation of Blackjack, for example, a player can win cash if their two cards are paired, with the amount won being determined by the type of pair that is dealt.
Side bets can also be placed in some Roulette games, reflecting the outcome of a series of spins, for example, which means that players give themselves the chance to win – and sometimes to win big – from the side bet action even if they lose in the main game.
Other Alternative Ways to Win in a Casino
Last, but not least, consider all of the raffles, competitions and leaderboard tournaments that are offered by casino venues to help encourage customer loyalty. Some leaderboard tournaments are set up to reward betting turnover rather than profit, so those can easily be won by the biggest gamblers, irrespective of whether those gamblers win or lose money at the games themselves. Raffles and similar competitions tend to be totally unbiased, making it possible for even the most habitual loser to win big from time to time.
The good news for all players is that these opportunities to win big without winning can – as you would expect – make it easier to emerge from a venue with a smile on your face. All you have to do is keep an eye open for side bets, bad beat jackpots and similar offerings, and then take advantage of those that appeal to you. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up like Joseph Skipsey, who managed to turn a losing poker hand into a £13,000 pay day!