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Multipliers, volatility and timing in video poker By John Grochowski   One fundamental difference between slot players and video poker players comes in the willingness, even eagerness, to try something new. Slot machines, especially on video, come and go as players try out all the features and bonuses, have fun with the entertainment value for […]


Strategy shifts and maximizing returns By John Grochowski   Every video poker game has its own “expert strategy.” If you want the most out of Double Bonus Poker, you won’t play exactly the same strategy as you would on Jacks or Better, and you’ll need to adjust to something a little different for Double Double […]


Separating fact from fiction in common misconceptions By Jerry “Stickman” Stitch   With almost all things that have been with us for a while, myths develop. Some myths are based on fact, others are based on the way the human mind thinks the facts should be. Video poker myths have been around since shortly after […]


Small tips can make a big difference for players By John Grochowski   Sometimes it’s the little things that count. A small strategy adjustment. A tiny tip on what to look for in a slot machine. A wee wrinkle in comp conditions. There are literally dozens of little things to look for and keep in […]


The bankroll you save may be your own! By Jerry “Stickman” Stitch   It is early morning—my favorite time in a casino. There are very few people around so I have my choice of games. Also, with the dearth of gamblers, very little smoke and/or smokers are around. It is true what they say: There […]


How jackpots work in the Deuces games By John Grochowski   When video poker rocketed to popularity in the 1980s after its invention by Si Redd in the 1970s, a couple of things became apparent that still influence games today: Players will flock to video games that give them frequent paybacks and a good shot […]

Unveiling the Strategy:

Why Video Poker and Slot Machines Incorporate Pushes and Small Wins in Gameplay Design By John Grochowski   If you’re a video slot player, no doubt you’ve sometimes thought it’s not a real win if your payback is less than your wager. Video poker players have similar thoughts about high pairs that just get their […]

Demystifying Modern Slot Machines

Unveiling the Truth Behind Common Misconceptions By John Grochowski   Slot machines have had their own set of myths practically since Day One. Specifics have evolved with slot technology, but mythology persists. That’s normal enough. You can’t see random numbers being generated so the mind fills in gaps. Let’s try a little mythbusting about modern […]


Dispelling Notions of Rigged Video Poker Machines By Jerry “Stickman” Stich   I have friends who firmly believe that casinos “fix” their video poker machines. They feel the casinos are cheating by not giving a random game, and in support of their beliefs, they cite some of the following observations: Have you ever noticed when […]

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