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Rules & Strategy

Video Poker

Video poker is a casino mainstay, and with good reason. Offering elements reminiscent of both slots and poker, video poker is one of the few games in the casino where a player can actually find positive expectation of winning, effectively almost turning the tables on the house. Unlike the majority of casino games where winning is determined by luck, video poker deftly combines luck, skill and strategy in a go-at-your-own-pace style game where players can, with enough practice and adherence to game strategy, consistently win. Like live poker games, short term results for video poker are dictated in part by luck, but over the long term it’s a player’s level of skill that predominantly determines win/loss ratios.

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