What is a ‘Whangedoodle’?
A Whangedoodle is a rarely used casino term that was coined to describe a round of jackpots that occurs after a player wins with a big hand. In order for the Whangedoodle round to take place, the winning hand usually has to be four of a kind or better. A jackpot round can prove to be extremely lucrative if a player has a qualifying hand, but today most casinos won’t feature a whangedoodle round. Some casinos, however, will offer a ‘bad beat jackpot’ which is paid out to players who lose out despite holding a big hand. If, for example a player has four kings and is beaten by a hand of four aces, a bad beat jackpot will be rewarded.
Extremely big hands are very rare in poker, with the probability of hitting four of a kind standing at around 0.168%. To make play more exciting and encourage players to the table, some casinos will offer a jackpot round. Despite the likelihood of a jackpot round being relatively low, players will often prefer playing at casinos where they know a big jackpot is on offer. That way if they manage to defy the odds and hit a hand like four of a kind or a royal flush, they know they could be in for some serious money.
There are no set prizes for whangedoodle rounds; each casino will have different prizes on offer for players taking part in a round of jackpots. Most casinos won’t have jackpot rounds but will offer jackpots if certain conditions are met, such as a specific hand being drawn. Other casinos offer up progressive jackpots that players can win, these jackpots build up slowly over time so if a player manages to hit a hand like a royal flush, they could potentially win thousands.