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Video Poker Tips

2017-12-27

Video poker is one of the most exciting games to play on any online casino's virtual floor and for good reason. Like all casino games video poker has a negative-expectation rule meaning that the house will always win in the long run.

That said, it offers the player more opportunities for losing less than any other casino game. We are going to provide you with some handy video poker strategy, Tricks and tips that will stand you in good stead next time you play this wonderful game be it in a brick-and-mortar or at an online casino.

Nowadays video poker players have to scout hard to find that extra comp to pump up their potential financial return. For many casino visitors video poker provides an enjoyable gaming experience because they like the independence the game offers. For one there's no pitboss watching you like a hawk, no dealers copping an attitude, the rules are simple and there are no fellow players to criticize your play.

There's a distinct difference between a video poker player and a slots player. For one video poker makes you think, it requires an educated decision, video poker players can peruse the paytable to determine their expected return while slots is often labelled as 'mindless' game play at best.

Each and every video poker machine is totally random, the 52 cards (can be more if there are jokers) has the same chance to come out in every hand as it does in a physical deck of cards. Every video poker machine can be analyzed mathematically to reveal the long term payback.

Strictly speaking video poker players lose less per hour than slot players. You might be thinking how is this? The strategies for live poker and for video poker are different, but even just applying good card sense, video poker players usually earn a higher payback percentage than players playing slots of the same denomination at the same casino. Video poker is usually ''looser'' than most slots the average return to the player can be more than 99%. This explains why online casinos offer players less club awards for video poker play than for slots play.

To become good at video poker requires time to make a decision which slows down your game play. Because video poker is a game of skill it allows players to improve their results, unlike slot machines you're almost always at the mercy of luck. Over the years video poker's popularity increased as casino enthusiasts found it less intimidating than table games and more fun and challenging than slot machines.

It's easy to find the best video poker game and to master the accurate strategy for it. Unlike slots mathematicians figured out that the return percentage of a video poker machine could be determined by its paytable. During the early 1990s they developed strategies that turned your average video poker machine into a cash cow.

The interesting part is that when you hold your cards the machine can still give you the payoff you're looking for. Some video poker machine vendors such as Microgaming or Net Entertainment use a bonus match feature to do this while other use a so-called ''magic genie'' to change your hold.

How To Pick The Right Video Poker Game

Choosing the right video poker game requires skill, there can be subtle difference for the bottom payout to the top payout and players must know the difference between the bad and good schedules. The choice online casinos offer can be overwhelming at times luckily we're here to provide you with some hints on how to be a good video poker scout:

  • Always check the paytable, the coin denomination, the payoffs for 1 coin and for 5 coins.
    Players can get that extra reward such as a bonus for the fifth coin. Some casinos try and fool players with a 9/6 Jacks or Better that pays 2,500 coins for a Royal Flush instead of 4,000, in this business it's imperative that you always stay alert!
    Make sure that you hold the right cards. If you've been dealt two Aces, hold them and discard the other 3 cards, assuming they're low value cards.
    VIPs must ensure that loyal video poker play is rewarded with comps, cash back on losses and special bonuses once in a while.
    Beginners should play Jacks or Better because it's the most basic of all video poker games and often referred to as the ''Standard'' game, it's easy to learn, it's less volatile; the ups and downs in winning and losing aren't so steep-your bankroll will last longer than most other video poker games.

In summary. Unfortunately all is not rosy on the Jacks or Better front, the biggest problem these days is that the game (9/6 Jacks or Better) is disappearing from most gambling locales. And, many casinos cut the expected value of 99.5% for most of their video poker games right down to a painful 95%.

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