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Every game has its own tuning points on hands with royal potential By John Grochowski   There’s nothing like a royal flush to make a video poker player’s day. On a quarter machine it’s a $1,000 payoff if you bet five coins, and it’s a grand experience. I remember every detail of my first royal. […]


Video poker questions for players new to online gambling By John Grochowski   A flurry of questions about video poker has crowded my inbox in recent months. Players want to know about game availability online, or whether they’ll be able to find an online game once live casinos reopen. Let’s check out a few of […]


The best assumption is that you can make no assumptions By John Grochowski   Ever have an “oops!” casino moment, one of those times when things have gone wrong and you know it’s your own fault because you didn’t check the game rules or assumed a little too much? I sure have. I’ve been going […]

Royal Time

Should we expect a royal every 100 hours of play, every 48, or somewhere in between? By John Grochowski   After more than 30 years of playing video poker, every royal flush still gives me a jolt. My hands don’t shake while an attendant is counting out my $100 bills, as they did when I […]


It’s the small wins that keep you in the game 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 bets back with no […]

Speed Is Everything

Tips for playing video poker tournaments   When you play video poker, it’s you against the casino. You use the best playing strategy in games that will give you the highest expected return. Your goal each session is to end up with more credits (i.e., money) than you started with. Video poker tournaments are different. […]

Choosing Loose Video Poker

The reasoning of slot officials who avoid offering the highest-paying video poker doesn’t make sense By Frank Legato   Our sister publication, Strictly Slots, this month publishes its annual “Loosest Slots Awards.” Every year, this report takes actual statistics on slot payouts publicly reported by casinos in various jurisdictions and recognizes those casinos or casino […]


Tackling common video poker questions By John Grochowski   Video poker players love to raise questions about their games, and the questions aren’t limited to strategy puzzlers. Often, questions from readers focus on how the games and odds work and why. Why don’t royal flushes pay more when they’re so rare? How are best strategies […]


Are you holding the best cards? Don’t be so sure   Often times video poker players are dealt hands in which one of the holds is so tempting they just cannot resist. For example, suppose you are playing Jacks or Better and are dealt the following hand. How would you play it?       […]

Video Poker Revisited

Three new IGT video poker games inject extra rewards to top-returning pay tables By Frank Legato   International Game Technology is credited with inventing video poker as we know it today back in the 1970s and early 1980s. And, it is IGT that keeps reinventing the game. Whether a video poker expert or simply a […]

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