Video Poker Strategies by Max Drayman -
The odds on a given
hand vary from game to game, of course, but generally speaking
the house edge on Video Poker games is pretty small, even 0% in
some cases. Where the Video Poker games get an edge is with players
who do not follow an optimum strategy. In other words, winging
any given game based on a loose understanding of Poker is going
to lose you money.
Each Video Poker variation has its
own quirks when it comes to the odds and optimum player strategy.
In the next section we'll give you a rough guide to the most popular
games, but detailed strategy guides would take pages. If you're
serious about Video Poker, try some of the material in our reference
section. Smart players can do pretty well at Video Poker.
Jacks Or Better strategy can get a little complicated. For a full
analysis check our references below, or follow this rough strategy
Keep any hand that already pays. Possible
exceptions, by potential value, are:
Hold four card Royal Flushes to make
Straights or Flushes.
Four card straight flushes, inside or outside.
High card Pairs rank here.
Three card Royal Flushes.
Four card Flushes.
Low Pairs rank here, trying to build Three Of A Kind.
Four card Flushes.
Four card Straights. Hold inside Straights only if you've got
three or more high cards (J, Q, K, A).
If you've got nothing worth money, here's a general strategy,
in order of preference:
Keep any two suited
high cards. Discard unsuited high cards.
Four mixed-suit high cards:
-keep any three suited, toss the unsuited.
-otherwise, keep them all.
Three unsuited high cards:
-keep all three of K-Q-J.
-with A-K-J or A-Q-J, discard the A.
Keep any two unsuited high cards.
Keep any single high card.
Tens or better
Same strategy as Jacks Or Better where 10 is now a high card.
General strategy includes, best options first:
Hold any 5 Of A Kind
or Royal Flush.
Else, if you've got four 2's: keep 'em!.
Else, if you've got three 2's:
-hold any made 5 Of A Kind or Royal Flush
-otherwise, keep the 2's and discard the rest.
Else, if you've got two 2's:
-hold any made Straight, Five Of A Kind or Royal Flush.
-hold any 4 of a Kind.
-hold any 4 of a Royal Flush.
-otherwise, keep the 2's and discard the rest.
Else, if you've got a single 2, keep any made hand EXCEPT:
-hold four card Royal Flushes over made Straights, Flushes and
-keep four card Straight Flushes of all types.
-hold three card Royal Flushes .
-pairs: with two pair, keep one, but not both.
-hold four card Flushes.
-hold four card Straights.
-hold three card Straight Flushes, including gaps.
-hold four card inside Straights.
-hang on to two card Q or J high Straight Flushes .
-discard two card Royal Flushes.
-if you've come this low in the list, discard everything and try
Remember that only K and A are high cards: this is a Kings or
Keep a Joker if you
get it. You'll only see in once in ten hands, on average.
Don't keep an inside Straight.
Straight Flushes are a good payer and they occur considerably
more frequently than in a game like Jacks or Better
Straights and Flushes
pay well here so it tips the usual strategy in their favour:
Prefer inside Straights
over one or two high cards.
Prefer 4 card outside Straights and 4 card flushes over pairs,
even high ones.
Hold any three cards to a Flush.
Poker Playing Tips by Gayle Mitchel - Easy
The two techniques that
are mandatory to becoming an educated and prepared video poker
1) how to read a pay schedule with
additional education to know the difference between short/partial
pay and full-pay versions, and
2) strategies for all the VP types/games.
In a grouping of video poker machines, known as banks or carousels,
all of which may look exactly the same, casinos will often 'mix-in'
several VP machines with inferior pay programs (short/partial
pay). Most often in such a bank of regular non-progressive, non-bonus
VP machines, only 1 or 2 may be the Jacks or better 9/6 (nine
coins for a full house, and 6 coins for a flush), while the rest
are 8/5, 7/5, or even worse, 6/5.
This means that one player, on the
9/6 machine, will be winning more for the same hands than the
other players. A 9/6 VP will generally hit the royal flush each
40,000 hands played, or every 80-100 hours of play, while the
8/5 each 45,000 hands, on average; the 7/5's each 50,000 hands;
and the 6/5's only once about each 70,000 hands played.
If you bet 5 coins, all winning hands
are paid out multiplied by a factor of 5, except for the royal
flush. This is a bonus amount designed as an incentive to play
five coins. All those players who play less than maximum coins
are setting up the best payoffs for those who do.
Two of my favorite Video Poker versions
follow with corresponding strategies:
Full-pay Deuces Wild Versions will be 9/5's as you scan down the
one coin payout line -- 9 coins for a straight flush and 5 coins
for 4-of-a-kind. Except in Nevada, most casinos offer 4 coins
for 4-of-a-kind, the short-pay version.
Some players are reluctant to throw
away five cards, but that is a most important strategy; you want
to make room for additional card(s) that could be a deuce(s),
and holding that ace or king is not going to help you if the next
hand coming up could be four or five sevens. Here's the reason
for the reluctancy.
Die hard Jacks or Better players will
throw away complete hands-5 cards only 3% of the time, while Deuces
Wild players almost 20% of the time -- nearly every fifth hand.
Do not keep two pairs. Select one
or the other, as 3-of-a-kind is the minimum scheduled payout.
Inside straights should be held, if
presenting the best possible return from your initial five cards
dealt. Therefore, a 5, 6, 8, 9 hand can produce a 7 or wild card
in this VP version.
Strategies for this VP version are
determined by the number of deuces or absence of deuces that are
dealt in your initial hand.
Approximately every 5000 hands will
hit four deuces -- a secondary jackpot that will keep you in the
game or allow you to pocket some winnings.
Percentages speak for themselves,
good reason to practice correct strategy for this 100%+ full-pay
.The excitement of all
or nothing in Deuces makes it a thrilling, and "wild"
game. You can go for stretches without seeing one Deuce, then
hit a Royal with Deuces, and four-of-a-kind is easy to get; what
a roller coaster ride!
First up, and most important, the full-pay Jokers Wild (JW) pay
schedules will be 7/5 machines, 7 coins for a full house and 5
coins for a flush. There are two versions out there: one returns
money on a pair of Kings or better, the other requires at least
two pair before there is a payout.
The former is the more desirable full-pay
These strategies for Jokers, unlike
Jacks+, reflect the wild card, a 53-card deck, and the different
payouts. This game is almost as volatile as Deuces Wild, where
original 5 cards dealt are discarded more often than Jacks+.
If you do not hold the joker, keep
three cards to a royal over a pair of aces or kings because of
the higher payout. You could catch another ace or king and still
If three cards are consecutive cards
for a straight flush, i.e., 5, 6, 7 of hearts, discard other cards
even a small pair, for the higher payback. If not consecutive,
keep the small pair.
Don't be afraid to hold the joker
alone. More than 3% of the time, you won't be able to connect
with a straight, flush, straight flush, or a high pair; however,
holding the joker only can give you four new cards, and a win.
They don't throw you out of a casino
as they do Blackjack counters but the casino can and will shut
down machines that have been hammered for wins, and take it away.
Those "temporarily out of service" signs do not necessarily
mean a slot mechanic is on the way, rather this VP is headed for
the dumpster, and permanently out of service.
Don't get me started on casinos that
install the short-pay, downright stinky versions of VP's that
target the uneducated player - outrageous!
And, there are quite a few casinos
out there, probably near you, that deliberately install fewer
VP's because most casinos are mandated that games of chance with
skill involved must have higher payouts. Therefore, slots impact
the casino's bottom line in a more profitable fashion. You will
also receive more slot card points towards comps at a slot machine
that any VP version.
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In the end, may all
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