Video Poker Strategy - Starting out right
If you want to get into playing video poker, and dedicating some time
to it, it's essential that you have a working strategy. It's fine to go
and play to learn how things work, but if you want to win, a good video
poker strategy is in order, and all of them work off of the same basic
principle: make the best decisions for every opportunity.
To get the most out of a video poker machine, you need to be able to
do three simple things. These are: read the pay table to choose a machine
that offers the highest payback - know the best strategies for the specific
machine you're playing - understand the volatility of a machine, so you
can have an idea of how much your bankroll will fluctuate.
Playing video poker is extremely simple; playing it well is slightly
more complex. Like blackjack, Video poker is a game where the house edge
is a variable affected by the skill level of the player. One main skill
is proper machine selection; the other is knowing the proper strategy
for the machine your playing. Since there are a million varieties of Video
Poker, there are a million strategies, and people quickly become overwhelmed
at what they seem to need to know. Don't fret though, you can start with
a single machine, and what you need to know for a single machine isn't
overwhelming at all.
In the broadest terms, there are non-wild card video poker games like
Jacks or Better, and there are wild card games like Deuces wild. In these
two categories there are many different varieties, some good, some bad.
Payout schedule return rates vary from under 90% to over 100%.
One of the most common varieties of non-wild games is the Jacks or Better
game. Jacks or better is very popular classic game and considered the
'standard' video poker box by many patrons. It also acts as a great place
to start, as it's easy to understand the strategy you use. Of course,
Fat Tony wouldn't recommend it if it wasn't also a decent bet. The best
version of Jacks or Better has a 99.5% payback percentage when you get
the strategy perfect. This means that over the long run you're only expected
to lose half a dollar on every hundred dollars spent in the machine.
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Jacks or Better.
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or Better strategy.
To continue in your learning efforts, move on to our page about Video
Poker pay tables.