Red Hawk Casino is beat big in poker, slots

Bad-beat poker payouts and big progressive slot payouts have been lighting up at Red Hawk Casino.

A Placerville woman hit a $1.4 million jackpot Aug. 24 playing a penny Millionaire Sevens slot machine. She had been playing for about 30 minutes and had only spent about $20 when lights started flashing.

That was the third progressive jackpot to hit recently at Red Hawk. A Sacramento woman won a $179,950 progressive jackpot playing a Fortune King penny slot Aug. 8 and an Elk Grove woman won a $226,853 progressive jackpot playing a Wheel of Fortune quarter machine July 6.

Red Hawk belongs to a 17-state, 300-tribe Native American progressive gaming network. Any time a coin is played in a linked machine, anywhere in the network, the cumulative jackpot continues to grow until it is won.

“As you have more players, the chance of a jackpot is more likely,” said Mark Ward, sales and promotions manager at Red Hawk. “We’ve had more business as people have found a home here.” Red Hawk will celebrate its second anniversary in December.
Bryan DeLugo, vice president of slots, noted: “Several games have hit twice on the same machine for the top jackpot.”

Liz Hortsman, director of table games, said Red Hawk has paid two poker bad beats — $13,949 and $56,606 within a few weeks in September. A bad beat is paid to a player who has a very strong hand, but is beaten by another player with an even stronger hand.

The casino executives attributed the wins to bigger crowds and returning players.

“It just happened. The cards got dealt,” Hortsman said.

Red Hawk’s 70-seat, nonsmoking poker room features Texas hold ’em tournaments every weekday with a $40 buy-in.

Most promotions require a membership in Red Hawk’s players club, which is free. There are free slot tournaments every from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Seniors 55 or older can play in slot tourneys from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Ward said the casino’s $500,000 pirate promotion has been extended through Nov. 30, and its $1 million football season promotion will even have second-chance drawings in January.

Red Hawk Casino

Where: 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville
Phone: (888) 573-3495
On the Web: www.redhawkcasino.com
Slots: 2,100
Tables: 75, including seven poker
Restaurants: Five
Extras: Players club members can get discounts of up to 20 percent at area hotels. Nonsmoking games downstairs. Child care and arcade games for children.

apacciorini@sfexaminer.com

entertainmentFeaturesNEPTravel & Casinos

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

From left, California state Sen. Milton Marks, Sen. Nicholas Petris, Assemblyman John Knox and Save San Francisco Bay Association co-founders Esther Gulick, Sylvia McLaughlin and Kay Kerr watch Gov. Ronald Reagan sign the bill establishing the Bay Conservation and Development Commission as a permanent agency in 1969. (Courtesy Save The Bay)
Sixty years of Saving San Francisco Bay

Pioneering environmental group was started by three ladies on a mission

Temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be added to sections of state Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 101, including Park Presidio Boulevard, to keep traffic flowing as The City reopens. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Transit and high-occupancy vehicle lanes coming to some of The City’s busiest streets

Changes intended to improve transit reliability as traffic increases with reopening

Tents filled up a safe camping site in a former parking lot at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin in June 2020.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Proposal for major expansion of safe sleeping sites gets cool reception in committee

Supervisor Mandelman calls for creation of more temporary shelter sites to get homeless off streets

A surplus of	mice on the Farallon Islands have caused banded burrowing owls to stay year round instead of migrating, longtime researchers say. <ins>(Courtesy Point Blue Conservation Science)</ins>
Farallon Islands researchers recommend eradicating mice

The Farallon Islands comprise three groups of small islands located nearly 30… Continue reading

Once we can come and go more freely, will people gather the way they did before COVID? <ins>(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>
What happens when the pandemic is over?

After experiencing initial excitement, I wonder just how much I’ll go out

Most Read