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101 Video Poker



Video poker made its entry to the casino in the seventies and is today one of the most popular forms of gambling. For the player who likes a game of skill, a low house edge, the possibility of large wins, and the anonymity of playing alone there is nothing else that can compare to video poker. The rules of video poker are simple; you play 1 to 5 coins, the machine give you five cards, you choose which to hold and which to discard, the machine replaces your discards and pays you off according to the value of your hand.

The serious player can find opportunities with a player advantage. As in any form of gambling, if attaining an advantage were easy then everybody would be doing it. It is a volatile game where the ups and downs in the short term require a strong stomach and a big bankroll. There are numerous variations of the game and each one requires its own strategy. The successful player must know what the best pay tables are for each game, where to find them, and how to play them.

The number of variations of video poker is constantly increasing. Wild cards have been introduced, some games feature multiple decks, bonuses for certain four of a kinds are common, and payoff tables can vary from one machine to another. To have an edge the player must play correct or near-correct strategy appropriate to their game and payoff table. The player who picks a machine at random and plays by common sense is going to lose over the long run. Serious players trust in strategy that is the product of computer analysis and make the best play near or at 100% of the time. In general the more complicated and long a strategy is the closer to 100% accuracy it will come. Serious players also don't just play any machine but are diligent about researching and finding ones that have the most generous payoff tables.

Blackjack
The player will get a second card to play out his blackjack hand. The blackjack rules are:

One deck
Dealer hits soft 17
Player may double on any first two cards
Blackjack pays 3 to 2
Player may only split aces
One card only to split aces, no resplitting
Six cards automatically wins

The reason the player can only split aces is to avoid drawing more than 6 cards. The house edge under these rules is 0.39%.


 


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