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California visitor wins $160K in pai gow on Las Vegas Strip

Most people would be ecstatic over winning more than $160,000 on a single hand.

Michael Barrows of California thought of the consequences.

“Winning this is going to cost me a million because I’m going to have to buy a house for my wife!” he said, jokingly, with wife Elena at his side after pulling five aces Wednesday at Paris Las Vegas to win a Face Up Pai Gow progressive jackpot of $161,890.21.

In pai gow, the joker can be used as an ace or to complete a straight or flush.

Last month, Paris Las Vegas was the site of a bigger Pai Gow progressive jackpot when a guest drew a seven-card straight flush, winning $2,330,133.44.

Around the Las Vegas Valley

At Eastside Cannery on Friday, a guest won $13,102 on a Lightning Link machine.

At the Golden Nugget on Saturday, a slots player earned $10,000 on a $2 bet.

At Four Queens on Friday, a player on a Wheel of Fortune machine won $9,000, and Justin won $7,154 on Liberty Link.

At the California Hotel, a Double Double Bonus Poker player hit a royal flush on a progressive jackpot machine for $6,543.

Contact Tony Garcia at tgarcia@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0307. Follow @TonyGLVNews on Twitter.

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