Scott Roeben, founder of the Vital Vegas blog and podcast, asked me some questions about video poker strategy, during my interview at the live broadcast of Vegas Confessions Podcast in November. He followed up by interviewing me for the Vital Vegas Podcast and we spoke off the record about his quest to hit his first Royal Flush.
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This post is NOT to tell you what to do, but instead to consider the reasons and possibilities. Playing video poker and video poker pay tables there are many things to consider if you want to give yourself the best chances to win. Let’s look at the big picture.
Learn Video Poker | Generally, video poker has better long term theoretical odds than slots but you have to learn how to play it. You must find and play only machines with the best pay tables and learn the strategies well enough to get close to realizing the best odds you can find.
In casinos, their basic program is that the players lose. I don’t like that program. Going along with that program isn’t a way to come out ahead. So I regularly look for exceptions and sometimes find them. And when I do find them, and I think the exceptions are to my benefit,
If you are a Video Poker Player, the Truth is…
That you should learn to play Jacks or Better perfectly and stick with it unless you have a really good reason to play something else.
Last year I read Michael Craig’s “The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King,” which was about a banker from
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Risk of Ruin is a concept you should consider if you want to continue casino play on a regular basis. You can usually manage a fair gamble against the casinos if you study the games and play at optimal times but that just makes it more probable that you will break even or better over the long run.
Every month I get at least three emails with some variation of the following: “I’ll be in Las Vegas next month and I want to know the best place to play video poker.”
In video poker, things are very much opposite from the situation described above. You can learn everything you need to know about a game by looking at the pay schedule, denomination, slot club, and current promotions — assuming you know how to read the “code”. There is no additional information available by tasting — for me anyway. Your score over five minutes or five hours tells you absolutely nothing relevant about whether or not you should keep playing.
Many people have a tough time accepting this concept. After all, in most things in life, you learn as you go. But not here.