There a million video poker machines in Nevada, so how come it seems like there
are a million and one people trying to give you video poker advice? Some mutual
fans will of course offer their opinions up to you when you're sharing an isle,
but sadly, most of the time the advice procured is about as useful as a toboggan
in the Nevada desert.
This page is an attempt to dislodge some of the myths implanted in your brain
over the years, or perhaps stop any from being placed there. Many, many people
have informed me as to the status of the video poker machine I'm walking up
to, telling me things like 'that machine just hit a royal, so don't use it because
another royal isn't due', or 'that machine is stone cold, nobody's been winning
it'. Video poker machines are similar to slot machines in this respect, they
do not care about what has happened recently, every spin and every hand is a
fresh one that is not affected by any previous play on the machine. Each time
a new hand is dealt to you, the game will react only to your skill and its pay
table, nothing else.
What determines a 'good' machine does not, as many mistakenly believe, revolve
around how often they produce royals. The rest of the pay table can have a much
more noticeable effect on how much you make. Take for instance the example of
a full pay Jacks or Better game. Playing this with perfect strategy makes for
a royal once in 40,400 hands. During those 40,000 odd hands you're likely to
hit 465 full houses and 445 flushes. If the pay table shortchanges you on either
of those two winning hands, the amount withheld from you can significantly change
the worth of the machine.
It is often noted, by those who love to give free video poker advice, that
you have to play higher-denomination machines in video poker because the low
denomination ones are tight. The denomination of the machine has nothing to
do with tightness and looseness, the only thing that does is the pay table.
The pay table reveals whether or not playing the maximum number of coins is
necessary or not. To play a machine thru to its full potential payoff usually
involves hitting a royal flush at some point. If a royal flush is paid a disproportionate
amount for full coin play compared to less than full coin play, you know you
need to play full coins to reach a decent payout percentage. Some machines will
let you play with less than full coins, and when you hit a royal they can pay
you absolutely nothing at all. You can imagine the frustration of hitting a
royal flush and not being paid a cent, especially if you'd been waiting for
that royal to come up for any lengthy amount of time.
Our most important piece of advice for any aspiring video poker players is
this, practice your strategy on either low denomination machines at first, or
for free on the Internet. Once you have become pretty fluid in your strategy,
then seek out and play a full play machine. More advice for novices: It's also
best to being your video poker career with one style of machine. If you attempt
to learn two or three machines at once, you will definitely find yourself confused
between strategies at some point in your play.