Video Poker : Playing Tips

By: Jason A. Martin

Like to play video poker machines? Step into any casino in Las Vegas and one thing you will quickly notice is that the casinos spend a lot of layout space on machines. Much of that layout goes to Video Poker. If you have played Video Poker for any amount of time, you know that not all machines where created equal. As the years have gone by, more and more “specialty” video poker machines have come into being. Today, I am going to share some of my Video Poker tips from with you. I hope you will enjoy them.

Tip One: Finding a good machine

Finding a good machine is as simple as looking at the payout schedule. You really want to stay away from specialty pay machines that have larger top payouts, but negate the lower payouts. For example, a machine might pay a little more on four of a kind, but will pay less on two pair, flushes and full houses. Since you will rack up lower scale payouts often, because of the probability of receiving these hands, you want a strong lower scale payout system.

Tip Two: Playing strategy

Learning how to play properly (optimally) is a must. Your playing strategy will, in the end, determine your average return and your final bankroll amount. Knowing what to do in a situation where you have, for example, two Kings, but four to the flush is vital. Do you keep the Kings and the guaranteed money or roll the dice for the harder to hit flush? Playing a good machine with a good strategy will give you a great opportunity to win money over the long run.

Tip Three: It’s random

Over the years, I have watched people play Video Poker in Las Vegas using all sorts of superstitious movements. Some will only use cold coins to play, some will push the buttons extra hard, some will tap the machine with their money before playing and the list goes on and on. Each hand is setup by a RNG (Random Number Generator). The moment you start to play, the hand is set in stone. The machine will randomly select all the cards from a 52-card deck and deal them out.

Tip Four: There’s no memory

This is a big one. Many players believe that if they start to see hands with three of a kind, four to the royal and so forth that the bigger hands are due any moment. This is simply wrong. As explained in tip three, the system uses a RNG to setup the hands. The system has no memory. It does not know that you have not had a full house in 400 hands or that you just received three four of a kind hands in a row. It’s possible to go 100,000 hands without a four of a kind and it’s possible to get ten in a row. The machine does not keep track, because in the end, the numbers work out.

I hope these tips have helped you grow as a Video Poker player. Misconceptions on how the game works can be far more deadly than simply playing wrong. I have watched people spend (and lose) hundreds of dollars on a machine simply because they believed the machine had a memory and was “due” to hit. Don’t fall into traps like this. Understand that Video Poker is random and needs to be played properly. Now, go have some fun. is full of articles on gambling, gambling strategies, gambling reviews and more–from an ex-professional gambler and casino dealer.

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Video Poker and Slots Two Most Popular Choices for Online Gamblers

Video Poker and Slots Two Most Popular Choices for Online Gamblers

By: William Gere

The two games that are getting the heaviest amount of play by online casino patrons are video poker and slots. (PRWEB) September 13, 2005 — According to a recent survey issued by, the two online casino games that players prefer playing above all other online casino games are video poker and slots. This supports a recent trend discovered by the online gambling industry which suggests that online casino players prefer playing non-kinesthetic, solitary games when gambling online, such as video poker and slots, over more physical and social casino games like craps and roulette. Perhaps video poker and slots are the preferred choices of online players due to the fact that the experience of playing a slot or video poker machine at an online casino comes the closest to the actual experience of playing a slot or video poker machine in a brick and mortar casino. Both of these games are passive and solitary, whether you play them at a casino or online. Gamblers who prefer craps or roulette when visiting their favorite land based casinos, surprisingly, also elect to play video poker and slots more often than other casino games when gambling online. These players have been found to prefer the physical and social aspects associated with playing craps and roulette at an actual casino and since the online experience of these games does not afford them the same physical and social interaction, these players also elect to play the more solitary games whenever they choose to gamble online, as well, thus accounting for the dramatic increase in video poker and slots players at online casinos. Other contributing factors to the large increase of online slots and video poker players, according to are the increase in the level of sophistication of the online versions of these games, as well as the enormous progressive slot jackpots being offered at some of the more popular online casinos. Many of these online progressive slot machines have jackpots well into the six figures. The website is an evaluator of the latest video poker and slots games to come online and provides current progressive jackpot information, as well as detailed strategy articles, for online casino players who wish to play video poker and slots and try their luck at becoming the next internet slots millionaire.