The Best Low Denomination Video Poker
It’s getting harder to find full pay video poker in Las Vegas, but until the costs outweigh the benefits, I will continue to play. I cannot provide a comprehensive list of the best video poker in Las Vegas, as I did with Atlantic City. Fortunately, I have been going to Las Vegas for many years and know about most of the low denomination (25¢ or below) opportunities. I am not local to Las Vegas, so I value room and food comps heavily when deciding where to play.
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The two best games available in Las Vegas are Full Pay Deuces Wild (FPDW – 100.76%) and Kings or Better Joker Wild (KBJW-100.65%) but they are only available at Locals Casinos and do not earn a standard video poker earning rate. Their pay tables are over a 100% theoretical return so if you’re only concerned about the base game, seek these games out (if you can play them accurately). It is inconvenient, but not impossible to get to these casinos without having access to a car.
After a friend generated a mailer from Fiesta Henderson, with only an hour or two of full pay 10c video poker and low limit table games, I decided to play on card there and was pleasantly surprised with a postcard offer with any day room comps. I ONLY played FPDW and KBJW, which they have down to a 5c denomination, so this was a pretty generous offer. I did not have to pay a resort fee on my comped stay there. To be able to roll out of bed and start playing video poker that theoretically pays out more than 100% makes me very happy.
The D Las Vegas – Downtown
The D Las Vegas is my number one property right now. It is easy to get to The D via the bus, you can generate comped room and food offers for as little as $3000 coin in and they have Full Pay Bonus Poker (BP – 99.17%) at The Vue Bar upstairs, that has a progressive on the royal, straight flush and non-bonus quads.
You can use your comps at Andiamo Steakhouse (which is one of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas) and at Zingerman’s Coffee Stand (which makes up for the fact that the rooms don’t have a coffee maker). You can also use your earned comps (as opposed to extra comps you receive with an offer) at a number of restaurants outside of the casino and Pizza Rock is included in that list.
I would much prefer to play Jacks or Better, which has a higher return, than Bonus Poker, but the comps for playing video poker at The D are generous, especially compared to most other properties, so The D remains my number one spot.
Golden Gate Resort and Casino – Downtown
The D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate have the same Players Club (Club One). The Golden Gate has recently added a progressive Bonus Poker bank on the casino floor, exactly like the progressive at the Vue Bar at The D. The Golden Gate doesn’t have any restaurants on property, so food comps are good at restaurants at The D and those in the off property list.
I don’t enjoy playing at the Golden Gate as much as The D, because the full pay progressive is not at the bar, but it takes less coin in to generate offers at the Golden Gate so it is definitely worth playing video poker there.
Four Queens – Downtown
The Four Queens is not my number one (yet), though it has the best overall earn rate for the low roller.
- $8 Coin-In = 1 Point on Most Video Poker
- Cash: 40 Points = $1 (0.3125%)
- Earned Comps: 20 Points = $1 (0.625%)
- $16 Coin-In = 1 Point on Machines with 10/7 DB
- Cash: 40 Points = $1 (0.1563%)
- Earned Comps: 20 Points = $1 (0.3125%)
- Cash AND Comps
If you add the theoretical return of 9/6 Jacks or Better (99.54%) to the cash back (.3125%) and comp rates (.625%) and value comps as cash, you are playing a more than a break even game. With just the cash back rate, you are playing almost a break even game,
They also have a slightly lower than full pay version of Double Double Bonus (99.96%) in 50c and dollars, at all three bars.
I have not made Four Queens my number one because a number of years ago, I received a room that was not cleaned properly and the casino did not respond at all when I informed them of this. I may do a big play day on my next trip and try to generate a mailer there, even if I don’t stay at the property (which doesn’t charge resort fees!)
Main Street Station – Downtown
Main Street Station has full pay Jacks or Better (99.54%) at the Boar’s Head Bar and Deuces Wild 44 (DW44 – 99.73%) on the casino floor. The Score with Four promo, which awards you scratch cards for a natural four of a kind, adds some value to playing there. But, the lowest level card (Ruby) awards you no points and I have not been able to generate a casino mailer in years. I’ll sit at the bar and play JOB and hope to earn scratch cards, but will not risk too much bankroll there.
The Downtown Grand – Downtown
The Downtown Grand added a lot of full pay video poker games in July of this year. They then took away point earning from video poker, but it’s back now. $10 coin in on video poker earns 1 point and 250 points = $1 in free play (0.04%). The highest paying game is Double Bonus (100.17%).
They rolled out the upgrade with full pay Deuces Wild (100.76%) but that was quickly downgraded to (99.96%). As an out-of-towner, I get more bang for my buck playing at The D Las Vegas or the Four Queens, where I can also earn my room and some food with video poker play. I will probably wander over and throw $40 in at the bar next visit though.
There is more full pay video poker in Las Vegas than what I have listed, but these situations are the best overall values that I know about. There are some opportunities to play less than full pay video poker and earn decent comps, especially when you are a new slot card member, but I wouldn’t recommend playing a game below a 98.5% theoretical return, unless there is a good reason to do so.
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