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Video Poker Odds

Video poker is one of the most popular forms of gambling today. With a low house edge, possibility of large wins, anonymity of playing alone and the involvement of a great deal of skill, Video poker is a favourite of a lot of gamblers these days. The rules are very simple: you can play with 1 to 5 coins and the machine gives you five cards. You decide which cards to hold and which ones to discard, which are then replaced. The machine pays you out according to the cards that you are left with.

There are about two and a half million possible ways in which the cards in a game of poker can be dealt to you by the machine. The possibility of you getting a straight flush after you draw a card is one in 9,000 and to get a royal flush after you draw additional cards is even lower, that is, one in 40,000. Therefore, you have a 63% chance of getting a royal flush at least once during the play and for getting two in the same 40,000 hands; you have a 27% chance. If you are thinking of playing 40,000 hands in a casino, then it is going to take you about 80 hours. Depending upon how long your sessions last and how often you play, it could be anything from two weeks to two months.

Although all the video poker machines play in the same way, you can make out some differences by looking at the payout schedule which is available on the front of the machine. You should always play on a video poker machine with the highest payout schedule. This is how you should choose the preference of a machine over another.

For example, if you see a Jacks or Better 8/5 machine and a Jacks or Better 9/6 machine, then which one is better? Which one should you go for? The difference between these two machines is, a 9/6 machine will return 99.5% to you whereas an 8/5 machine will return only 97.3%. These payout percentages are valid only when you play with a perfect strategy and maximum coins. This minor 2.2% difference might seem ineffectual at first, but will definitely have a cumulative effect on your overall win rate.

What dictates the frequency of a specific hand to turn up? Well, the answer to this is the type of machine that you are playing on. For instance, a Joker’s wild machine will be different from a Deuces Wild machine and will also be different from a Jacks or Better machine, and so on. Video poker is not the game for you if you do not have a strategy, or you do not bother to look into the machine’s pay tables.