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Video Poker Odds

Understanding Video Poker Odds

Video poker odds can be affected by game play. In order to choose an ideal strategy for play, begin by understanding video poker odds. While video poker machines and slots machines may look similar, they are different in many respects. Once of the biggest differences is that slots payout percentages are set which gives them poor overall odds, while with good strategy you can increase your odds in video poker.

Understanding Video Poker Odds Helps you Choose a Machine

Different video poker machines offer different odds to the player. It is important to understand video poker odds in order to know which machines to choose and which to avoid. In Jacks or Better video poker (the most popular video poker variation) you should be on the lookout for 9/6 machines. This means that the machine will pay out 9 coins for a Full House and 6 coins for a Flush. You may also see 8/5 machines and in places such as airports, you may get as low as 7/5 machines. Avoid the machines with the low odds if you are a regular video poker player. If however you play rarely, these odds will make little difference to your overall outcome.

The Odds of Receiving a Particular Hand

The odds of receiving a particular hand in video poker are set from the beginning. Understanding these odds can help you decide which cards to hold and which cards to discard. In other words, if you have a greater chance of being dealt a particular card to make a specific hand over another card and hand, this knowledge will help you make a decision that will increase your chances of winning.

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Tips to Increase your Video Poker Odds

Following optimal strategy in video poker can increase your odds to the point where there is almost no house edge. You must always bet the maximum number of coins possible. If you do this, not only will you be offered bonus rounds, but if you hit a royal flush, you will be paid out significantly. Make sure that you play at a video poker machine that pays out at least 4,000 coins for a royal flush on maximum coins. Do not keep three cards to a straight or flush; rather aim for the lower hands. You should never draw a card when you have an inside straight in your hand, unless you are holding at least three high cards (cards of ten or higher). Do not keep an extra high card with a pair – keep the pair and discard the high card.