This is a strategy guide for connoisseurs of video poker; you know who you are. You want to get the absolute maximum out of every session. When faced with a hand that could be played more than one way, it bothers you if you do not know which way is best. You want to know what kind of return you are getting on your gambling dollar, and which types of machines are the best to play.
The good news is that you can have confidence that, in playing video poker, you are playing the best game in the casino. Sometimes it takes a little searching, but you can always find casinos whose machines’ return is at least 99.5% (when played optimally!). Sure, you can get that return from craps or blackjack, but those are games where the bet is essentially even money. There is no possibility of a single large score. Elsewhere in the casino, games that have large potential payout for a single bet compensate by increasing the average house cut. For example, the cut in Keno averages about 25%! Video poker has a jackpot possibility of at least 800:1 (4000 coins for 5 coins bet), yet has a house cut more in line with the 1:1 table games like craps. In fact, in some places in Nevada you can actually find machines that are in your favor when you play them optimally.
Before we start digging into the nuances of the various games, it is important to stress the two basic rules. First, ALWAYS PLAY FIVE COINS. Second, ONLY PLAY MACHINES WITH THE GOOD PAYOFFS. Five coins are necessary to enable the full royal flush jackpot; even though you only hit the jackpot on average once every 30,000 or 40,000 hands, it still pays enough to make this about 2.5% of your total return. Straight flushes, in contrast, account for only about 0.5% of your total return.
The second principle, only Asian2Bet paying machines with the correct pay table, cannot be stressed too strongly. Some casinos will set the payoffs on certain hands lower than the standard pay; this can increase their total take by up to ten times what it would normally average for the same amount of play. Of course, there is the rub: they risk the amount of play falling off if players refuse to play the lower-paying machines. Video poker payouts are shown on the front of the machine. Better-paying machines usually pay equal or better in every single category than the lower-paying machines. Players that ignore the payout tables are the greedy casino’s legitimate prey. Do not be one of them!
One final rule is less significant than the first two but still worth observing: ALWAYS JOIN A SLOT CLUB if the casino offers it. These clubs are marketing tools that the casinos use to build loyalty and to identify their best customers. In return, they offer prizes which generally amount to about 1/5th of a per cent of the amount you gamble (more if you place a high value on tee shirts and coffee mugs). If you are willing to spend an entire trip gambling at a single casino, you may find you have triggered their often secret threshold that makes you eligible for much more significant freebies, like free rooms and/or meals, on that trip or the next. However, never stick with a slot club if it leaves you gambling on an inferior machine–the percentages do not justify it.