Sandy Brown couldn’t believe what she saw when she looked down at the cards she had been dealt during the 7th Annual Deep Stack Charity Classic – a poker event that was held in April at the Delaware North-owned-and-operated Daytona Kennel Club & Poker Room.
If she didn’t believe it then, she certainly believed it last week, when the resident of Daytona Beach, Fla., picked up $100,000 worth of prizes as a result of that singular, magnificent hand of poker.
“I checked three times to make sure I actually had what I thought I had,” Brown said.
Brown, who had her first royal flush for the winning hand, said she thought she had won a Rolex watch – when in fact she was set to become the recipient of a package that included a new car and $32,000 in cash.
“My knees gave way underneath me; I couldn't believe it,” she added.
Brown has been playing in the Deep Stack Classic Charity event for the last five years and noted that the odds of winning that hand are extremely slim.
“It's a 1 in 2.6 million chance of flopping a specific suit,” said Brown, a retired math teacher in nearby Seminole County.
Having a local winner hit home for Delaware North’s management team at the venue.
“The Deep Stack Charity Classic is one of the premier tournaments in Florida, featuring some of the best poker players in the world, including Phil Hellmuth, Kara Scott, Norman Chad among others. We are thrilled that one of our regular customer won this promotion against such tremendous odds,” said Dan Francatti, president and general manager.
“It’s amazing how this hand – with odds of approximately 1 out of 2.5 million – had occurred,” added Poker Room Manager Dominic Niro. “It tells you that when you are at the right place at the right time it just could be your lucky day.”