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Why play Video Poker? Video Poker vs Live Poker

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Video Poker is a very different game to to live table poker. Here are some of the reasons why many players prefer video poker machines, or Pokies as they’re known in Oz, to the poker room.

 

  1. Video Poker offers excellent paybacks. The most popular game, Jacks or Better, has a 99.5% payback over time if you play your strategy well.
  2. The video poker games are based on five-card draw poker, which is relatively simple and easy to learn.
  3. There’s only one round per game. You only make one decision on whether to hold or discard your original set of cards. After that your final cards are dealt and the game is over. But it’s still a game of skill. Video Poker is not simply a game of pure chance like so many other slot machine type games. It’s interactive – you choose which cards to keep and which to discard.
  4.  It does not have the intimidating elements of other players and dealers.
  5.  None of the bluffing, ‘check and raise’ and other strategies you see in live poker are present. It’s just you against the machine. And you won’t need your poker face!
  6.  This game is about mathematics, whereas live poker has a large element of psychology. Odds and statistics are all important if you want to do well at Video Poker.
  7.  There are no time limits on how long you have to play your hand.
  8.  You don’t have to beat anyone but the machine. If you’ve got 4-of-a-kind you win whatever is listed in the payout schedule. Your hand can’t be beaten by that of another player.
  9.  You choose at the outset how much to wager. You don’t have to raise your stake to stay in the game as in live poker.
  10.  A Royal Flush always brings you a big payout, especially if there’s a progressive jackpot on it.
  11.  The game is available 24/7, all year round. No need to wait for enough other players to show up to make a game.
  12.  You get to choose which of the various Video Poker games to play. They’ve all got their own appeal.

 

© article copyright The-Video-Poker-Guide.com 2012

Video Poker Hand Odds

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

There are 2,598,960 different hands that could be dealt you in Video Poker.

Here are the ranking of different types of hands and the odds of being dealt each type in the original deal:

Original hand Odds of being dealt in initial deal
Royal flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack & 10 of same suit) 1:655,000
Straight flush (a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, in the same suit) 1:73,000
4 of a kind (eg 4 sevens) 1:4,200
Full house (3 of a kind plus a pair) 1:700
Flush (any 5 cards from the same suit) 1:500
Straight (a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, from a mix of suits) 1:250
3 of a kind 1:50
Two pairs 1:21
High pair 1:8
Low pair 1:3
No pairs 1:2

This chart shows on average how often you might expect to end on a winning hand on a 9/6 Jacks or Better machine(assuming you play 5 coins).

Winning hand Approx frequency of getting that hand
Royal flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack & 10 of same suit) 1 in 40,390 games
Straight flush (a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, in the same suit) 1 in 9148 games
4 of a kind (eg 4 sevens) 1 in 432 games
Full house (3 of a kind plus a pair) 1 in 86 games
Flush (any 5 cards from the same suit) 1 in 90 games
Straight (a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, from a mix of suits) 1 in 89 games
3 of a kind 1 in 13 games
Two pair (2 pairs) 1 in 7 games
High pair (Jacks or better) 1 in 4 games

A reasonably experienced player can play around 500 games of video poker an hour. At that rate you would see a royal flush about every 80 hours of play. But bear in mind that this does not suggest that the machine is ‘set’ to win that often. It’s just that statistically,given the odds of a particular hand coming up, that’s the sort of frequency you might expect. There are no guarantees. You might be very lucky and get two jackpots,or you might not get one in twice that number of games.

© article copyright The-Video-Poker-Guide.com 2012

Video Poker Hand Rankings

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

 

The higher up the list the better the payout on video poker.

Royal flush                          Ace, King, Queen, Jack & 10 of same suit

Straight flush                       a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, in the same suit

4 of a kind                            eg 4 sevens

Full house                            3 of a kind plus a pair

Flush                                    any 5 cards from the same suit

Straight                                a run of numbers, eg 6,5,4,3,2, from a mix of suits

3 of a kind                            eg 3 fours

Two pair                              eg 2 aces plus 2 eights

High pair/’jacks or better’   a pair of jacks, queens, kings or aces

Low pair                              a pair of 10s or lower

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