Video Poker Tips
by Jason Green of Predictem.com
When playing video poker only 21% of the hands that you are dealt are ones
that pay off with Jacks or better, which means that 79% of the hands dealt
are losers. The key is what to do with those losing hands to make them so
they pay off. The very best ways to give yourself the best chance are to
follow some of these video poker tips.
Try to find Jacks or better machines that will pay out 9 coins for a full house and pay out 6 coins for a Flush.
If you play on a progressive video poker machine that will pay 8 coins for a full house and 5 coins for Flush try to play on a progressive jackpot machine where that jackpot is in excess of $250 on a nickel machine, $2,500 on a quarter machine, and $10,000 on a dollar machine.
If you are playing on a progressive video poker machine be the maximum coin amount so you can get the bonus for Royal Flushes, which will be huge.
If you are a beginning video poker player try to find machines that have the lowest denomination until you get better and can move up to machines with higher denominations.
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Try to use a slot card if it is available, as man of the larger casinos will have this feature, so you can get credit for the time you play on the machine. You can get benefits if you play on these machines. The more you play the more you will earn on your card and you can get comps such as free food and even free rooms. Before you start to play on a card find out how many points you will receive for each dollar that you play. Also find out what the points are worth in comps they give.
Take your time on each hand dealt to you. Considering that you are playing against a machine and not other players there will be nobody that will accuse you of slow play.
The Jack is the best card to hold. Many players do not realize that the Ace isnt the best card. The jack is the best card, as holding he Jack instead of the Ace gives you more chances to make hands that pay out more.
There are over 100 types of video poker games available. All of the video poker games have various strategies and payout tables. Two of the more popular video poker games that are always offered are Jacks-or-Better and Deuces Wild. If you know these games it will give you an advantage because every casino will offer them, as the more you know the game the better chance you have to win.
Even though you are playing against a machine you still can gain an advantage of knowing the game of poker. You can acquire some of these poker skills by playing on the computer or with hand held poker games. You can sharpen your skills and come up with strategies, which will cost you nothing. But if you try out new strategies and styles on real video poker machines it could be costly.
These are a few tips that you can follow in order to try to win at video poker. Below are a few common video poker strategies that you can implement in order to increase your chances of getting a big payout.
Do not keep a kicker if you are dealt a pair. If you hold a kicker when you are already dealt a pair it can decrease your return by 5%.
If you can draw 3 cards for a Royal Flush never draw 4 cards. You may think that you have noting but the chances of you getting a hand with a payout by drawing 4 is slim. It is also slim to draw three cards to get a Royal Flush, but the payout will be huge.
Always keep 5-card winning hands before you can draw. The only exception being if you can draw one card for the possibility of a Royal Flush.
Do not break up a Flush even if it is the case where you only need one card to a Straight Flush. However you should always break up a Flush if you have the chance for a Royal Flush. This is a tricky situation. With a Flush you will already get a decent payout, but if you hit a Royal Flush your payout will make your trip!
Never break up a Straight in order to try to draw a Straight Flush.
If you are holding a Jack or better after the primary deal, never draw 5 cards.
Never keep a 10 on your primary deal for a 4-card draw.
These are just some basic strategies that you might want to use. But it will depend on the type of player you are. If you are a tight player and want to stand pat with any payout hand then always keep the hands that you will get a payout. But if you are a gambler and want to hit it big, even if you have a winning hand but have the chance to get something like a Straight Flush, or a Royal Flush then go for it, as if you hit it you will get a huge payout.