Hot Poker Spot

The Industry’s First Poker Side Bet

Increase the revenue at your casino!

At the time Hot Poker Spot was conceived, Brian Bowling and Shaun Yaple were Casino Manager and GM respectively at Lodi Casino in Lodi, CA. The two friends and colleagues asked themselves some tough questions…

  • Are we operating our poker business to its fullest potential?
  • How can we increase revenues dramatically without raising the rake?
  • Can we increase player interest and ultimately revenue by adding more action to every hand?
  • Can a side bet be added with minimal impact on how Texas Hold’em Poker is dealt or played?
  • How do we add a side bet without sacrificing hands per hour?
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Brian and Shaun agreed that industry wide, poker in its current form was not operating at its fullest potential. The soon to be business partners understood that the ‘Moneymaker Effect’ had dissipated, player interest was waning, and the long term prospects for poker as a revenue generator in the casino and card room industry were bleak. An evolution similar to what blackjack experienced years ago with the introduction of side bets, is what Brian and Shaun believed poker needed.

Hot Poker Spot was created in 2014, and is showing itself to be the ‘shot in the arm’ that poker needed. After proving phenomenally successful at Lodi Casino, Brain and Shaun decided to offer Hot Poker Spot to other Casino Gaming Executives and Poker Managers.

Is Hot Poker Spot right for your poker room?

Who Would Play a Poker Side Bet?

The answer according to Carl Jackson, Poker Manager at Jackson Rancheria Casino, is “Everyone Plays it Eventually“.

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Photo Taken of Harrah’s SoCal Cash Game, Showing 100% Player Participation on the HPS Side Bet


Texas Hold’em Paytable
  • Royal Flush 1,000 for 1
  • Straight Flush 200 for 1
  • Four of a Kind 100 for 1
  • Full House 25 for 1
  • Flush 15 for 1
  • Straight 10 for 1


Omaha Paytable
  • Royal Flush 500 for 1
  • Straight Flush 30 for 1
  • Four of a Kind 20 for 1
  • Full House 8 for 1
  • Flush 5 for 1

Additional Hot Poker Spot Resources:

Hot Poker Spot Elite Dealer Manual

Download / View the Hot Poker Spot Dealer Training Manual

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