Poker pro Thomas Evans Zanot boosted his bankroll by a staggering $6.4 Million after hitting a Pai Gow jackpot at Flamingo, Las Vegas on Saturday night. This is clearly the biggest jackpot in Las Vegas in the past one year, and will probably be the biggest one Sin City will witness in the coming year.
In October last year, a gambler hit a $3.5 Million Pai Gow jackpot at Harrah’s, a Caesars Entertainment property in Las Vegas. In order to win the top progressive jackpot in Pai Gow, a player needs to first place a wager on a side bet and then must compulsorily hit a seven-card straight flush.
Anyone who knows and plays Texas Hold’em will know how difficult it is to get a five-card straight flush. So imagine how rare it will be to get that dreamy hand in its seven-card version. Because of this rare occurrence, the progressive jackpot often offers massive rewards.
Now coming to the fortunate winner, Zanot is originally an Arizona resident who has over $1.1 Million in live poker tournament cashes, as per Hendon Mob. He often grinds on mid-stakes events. However, it won’t be surprising to see him move up in stakes after hitting the jackpot at Flamingo.
Although he does not have many titles to his name, he has an impressive number of cashes at some of the top poker series, including the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and World Poker Tour (WPT). He has 60 cashes in WSOP bracelet events and another 12 cashes in WSOP Circuit ring tournaments. In the latest edition of WSOP, he recorded 10 cashes.
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According to Hendon Mob, his best live cash so far has been $162,300, which he earned by shipping the $565 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event at The Gardens Poker Classic in Los Angeles in 2017. His Pai Gow jackpot now becomes his largest cash.
Before the jackpot win, Zanot was most recently seen at the WPT World Championship series at Wynn, Las Vegas last month, wherein he finished 33rd at the record-breaking $10,400 buy-in championship event and cashed $99,600.
Zanot was clearly overwhelmed by the jackpot and the attention that followed thereafter. He quickly reshared the posts that mentioned him and his win on Twitter. He even shared a GIF that read “Is This Real Life?” a day after his jackpot win, which clearly expressed his disbelief.
— Tom (@TRZpoker) January 8, 2023
As seen in the picture shared on social media, Zanot’s jackpot seven-card straight flush which was made up of A ♠ Q ♠ J ♠ T ♠ 9 ♠ 8 ♠. In the Pai Gow poker, the joker card counts and thus, the joker (A ♠) was used to get the uncommon hand to complete the seven-card straight flush.
He was first dealt with A ♠ 8 ♠ 9 ♠, and then the four cards, which have changed his life forever. Interestingly, one bounty awarded him more than what a WSOP Main Event runner-ups usually win. He took home a massive $6,443,401, the first significant jackpot in Las Vegas of the year. The ones which follow in Las Vegas casinos will be lesser than the amount won by Zanot which makes his prize money all the more envious.
Although Zanot’s exact net worth is not known yet, after this life-changing $6.4 Million jackpot, his net worth will see a sky-rocketing spike.
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