in order to win the progressive jackpot, a dollar
token or coin must be inserted in the drop slot before
the dealer deals the cards. He then presses a button
that lights up the slot, signifying that you are now
eligible for the jackpot and all attendant payoffs.
Although there are payoffs for flushes and stronger
holdings, what you are really after is that royal
flush with the big bucks payoff. You'd also settle
for a straight flush, another nice payoff. But these
are really long shots. Remember that a royal flush
comes up only once in 649,740 hands and the straight
flush once in 72,193 plays.
are physical or verbal mannerisms of other players
that you can use as clues about the strength of the
players' hands or of the intent of the players. It's
an important tool in hand reading. Hand reading is
the process of limiting the range of possible holdings
of your opponent that involves analysis of tells,
habits, behaviors, verbalizations, betting patterns,
the way the hand has developed, your playing history
with the players, and anything else that might be
Most of reading hands is about betting patterns; tells
help, but you don't always need them. They can be
a very important component of hand reading, but they
aren't absolutely necessary to do the job in all cases.
If you play online, betting patterns and player histories
are about all you'll have available.