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Poker Pro Busts $10K WSOP Tournament, Wins $200K At Video Poker

Cash Game Grinder Bart Hanson Hits Huge Score With Royal Flush

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Poker pro and Card Player Magazine contributor Bart Hanson was super excited about the $10,000 buy-in Omaha eight-or-better event that began on Sunday in Las Vegas. He had final tabled similar versions of the event three times in previous years.

However, the deck wasn’t too kind to Hanson and he busted before making the money. A little tilted, Hanson left the Rio casino’s Convention Center and went to the main gaming floor at nearby Caesars Palace to “let off some steam” playing video poker. When the dust settled, Hanson was pocketing a whopping $200,000 after hitting a royal flush in clubs. Remarkably, Hanson won more at video poker than he would have if he finished third in the Omaha tournament.

The odds of hitting a royal flush are about 40,000 to 1.

Hanson isn’t the only poker player to run hot at video poker in recent memory. Last summer, poker pro Kyle Cartwright won three separate $100,000 video poker jackpots, thanks to three royal flushes, all in hearts.

Below is a video Hanson posted to Twitter on Monday.