Successful Video Poker Play Differs from Slot Play

This post is syndicated by the Las Vegas Advisor for the 888 casino group. Anthony Curtis comments on the 888 article introduced and linked to on this page.

AC says: Two comments on this article. First, the return percentages cited are too low. I haven’t seen many slot statistics or par sheets, for that matter (par sheets disclose what a machine is set to hold), that indicate returns of 85% and below. Certainly higher-denom slots can be found in the 95% range. The range for slots should be more like 87%-96% returns. Similarly, it’s a rare video poker schedule that returns only 88%. The range for video poker is more like 94%-99%. Second, this article correctly indicates that results in video poker are skill-dependent, but mentions only knowing how to play the hands correctly. The first part of the skill equation is paying attention to the paytables and playing the higher returning among them. There are many good learning tools, including these.

This article was written by Jerry Stich in association with 888Casino.

Successful Video Poker Play Differs from Slot Play

A major portion of virtually every casino’s floor is filled with slot machines and video poker machines.

They’re huge money makers. They work 24 hours a day – non-stop. They do not require rest or lunch breaks. They are always there, never crabby, always beckoning the gambling public to give them a try.

Video poker machines are classified as slot machines in monthly casino financial reports. They are mixed into the sea of standard slot machines. To the untrained eye, they may all look alike. However, becoming a successful video poker player is quite different from having success playing standard slot machines.

This article covers the differences in play, preparation, and expectations playing video poker versus standard slot machines.

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