Brandon Holmes Wins $175K On-line Slot Jackpot Whereas Taking part in MICOOP
Earlier this month, Michigan’s Brandon Holmes celebrated his forty eighth birthday. It was a memorable one because it got here a day after he positioned a $10 wager taking part in the Divine Fortune slot machine on Stars On line casino. He wound up hitting the $175,000 progressive jackpot to mark the state’s first reported massive on-line jackpot within the regulated market.
Stars On line casino launched January 29 alongside fellow Flutter manufacturers Fox Guess and PokerStars.
“Usually I just like the $5 wager vary for slots if I select to dabble,” Holmes informed PokerNews. “The evening earlier than my win I used to be down a bit from some MTT’s and simply determined to see if I may win a few of my buy-ins again.”
Not solely did Holmes, a full-time firefighter and part-time paramedic who owns his personal firm known as LIFESAVER CPR LLC, play on Stars On line casino, he was additionally busy competing within the inaugural Michigan Championship of On-line Poker (MICOOP), which proved to be a successful series.
“The subsequent evening whereas preparing for the MiCOOP occasion, I made a decision to play the identical slot once more as a result of I had performed effectively the evening earlier than and I had quarter-hour to kill,” Holmes continued. “I had respectable luck with the slot and the random bonus was enjoyable so I simply thought I’d double my wager since I had the additional money from the evening earlier than. I made a decision to stay on the $10 vary whereas taking part in for a couple of minutes.”
He elaborated: “I had simply seemed on the paytable to see how the bonus even labored to hit the Main jackpot, which was $1,000. I figured I might be pleased with even that. Not 5 spins later, I hit the bonus and filed the display with yet one more coin to drop for the Mega. That wasn’t even on my radar on the time however then it dropped and immediately the display mentioned I hit the Mega Jackpot. I sat surprised for a second, rapidly took a screenshot simply in case of any points, and known as my fiancé within the room to see what I noticed. She did not consider it at first!”
Whereas Holmes plans to take a position among the cash in shares, he’ll be utilizing some for his upcoming nuptials.
“So far as plans go, I get married in June and have a honeymoon to pay for which is able to all be taken care of now,” he mentioned. “The remaining goes into the market and being invested.”
Recovering from Harm
Taking part in on-line through the cell app was a approach for Holmes to move the time after he suffered a herniated disc on the job again in February and wanted emergency surgical procedure to take away among the disc. As a former skilled poker participant, the MICOOP was proper up his alley.
“I began taking part in on-line in regards to the time PokerStars got here on-line. It was just a few years later that I used to be capable of make as a lot or greater than my job principally from simply multi-tabling SnG’s,” mentioned Holmes, who first discovered to play poker as an adolescent in highschool with buddies. “I then performed professionally in MTT’s for 4 years earlier than Black Friday in 2011. I received a cruise bundle and a seat in a $5k restrict from partypoker again within the day earlier than no-limit maintain’em was a factor.”
In response to The Hendon Mob, Holmes has $37,601 in lifetime reside earnings together with a career-best $18,614 in a 2012 Wynn Summer season Traditional occasion.
Holmes performs on PokerStars MI underneath the display identify “Steadycash616”, and whereas he didn’t have any enormous scores within the MICOOP, he did money just a few occasions within the six or seven occasions he performed.
“The location has among the greatest video games, one of the best operating software program, and from my experiences, nice buyer help,” Holmes mentioned. “When PokerStars made all the things proper after Black Friday from their gamers and people of Full Tilt I knew I’d be a lifelong participant.”
For extra on the MICOOP, check out the PokerNews recap here.
Here is extra on Holmes from Michigan’s FOX 17 information: