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Video Poker Classics

Can’t decide which version of video poker to play? Consider these favorites:   JACKS OR BETTER: This is one of the least volatile video poker games. If you’re looking for an even-keel experience that will keep you in your seat for a while, this is your game. The key is the 2-for-1 payoff on two […]

New Year’s Resolutions

Make your video poker experience better in 2014   2013 is now gone and 2014 is here. I hope that the old year was kind to you in the casinos. If it wasn’t, now is the time for putting the old year behind and looking forward to the coming year with renewed hope and resolve. […]

Video Poker Returns

Scouting the machines that pay the best By Henry Tamburin   A frustrating part of video poker for most players is the dizzying array of different pay tables that they’ll find in casinos for their favorite video poker game. For example, there are at least 11 different pay tables for Deuces Wild and seven for […]

Comps’ great divide

Slot fan wonders why she gets more than her video poker playing husband By John Grochowski   “We go to the casino together once a week and we gamble about the same amount. But when we see if we have any free play or to get buffet comps, I always have more than he does.” […]

More Class Warfare

The Difference Between Class II and Class III Video Poker By Jerry “Stickman” Stich   If you are serious about video poker play and you want to maximize your return, avoid class II games like the plague. In a recent letter to Casino Player writer Jerry “Stickman” Stich, one of our readers asked for a […]

Double Take

Recognizing Your Playing Options By Henry Tamburin Many video poker players think they know their playing strategy cold. However, where they miss the boat is not recognizing all the playing options in a hand before they decide which cards to hold. For example, suppose you are playing 9/6 Jacks or Better and are dealt the […]

Decisions Decisions

Make your choice and practice, practice, practice! By John Grochowski   PQ: On the full-pay 9/6 version, about 12.9 percent of all hands will result in two pairs, and those hands account for 25.9 percent of our overall return. That stretches your bankroll, while games that pay only 1-for-1 on two pairs, such as Double […]

Kickering Yourself:

To hold that kicker or not—that is the question By John Grochowski   It’s always tempting to go for the big jackpot, and often in video poker that’s just what we do. We’ll break up a flush, straight or high pair for a one-card draw to a royal flush, tossing away smaller payoffs for a […]

Understanding Expected Value:

Learn to expect the expected By Henry Tamburin   I often use the term expected value (or EV) when I’m writing about the best video poker playing strategies. Even though EV is foreign to most players, smart players know what that term means and how it is determined. EV is a mathematically precise term that […]

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