he player aims to get the best hand possible.
The payoffs are marked right on the face of the Video Poker machine. Betting is pretty
straightforward. On any given machine you can typically choose
$0.25, $0.50, $1, or $5 games. And the bets are 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x (or maximum
whichever game you're playing. So if you're playing a $1 game, you can place
bets of $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5.
If you bet 5 coins, all winning hands are paid out multiplied by a factor of
5, except for the royal flush. This is a bonus amount designed as an incentive
to play five coins. And those players who play less than maximum coins are
setting up the best payoffs for those who do.
The first thing
to note is that the game face shows you the payoff for each
betting level. Invariably playing maximum bet pays off better, overall, than any of
the lower multiples. Smart players pick the betting level they are comfortable
with and choose their game accordingly.
So, if you are comfortable with a $5 bet, then pick a $1 machine
and play at maximum bet for $5. In either case, you are getting
the best payoff odds you can for that game. It is very important to know that the payoff ratios vary from game to
game. These ratios do not
necessarily reflect the true odds, so knowing your game helps you play
n a grouping of video poker
machines, known as banks or carousels, all of which may look exactly the same,
casinos will often 'mix-in' several video poker machines with inferior pay programs
(short/partial pay). Most often in such a bank of regular non-progressive,
non-bonus VP machines, only 1 or 2 may be the Jokers Wild 9/6 (nine coins
for a full house, and 6 coins for a flush), while the rest are 8/5, 7/5, or even
This means that one player, on the 9/6 machine, will be winning more for the
same hands than the other players. A 9/6 VP will generally hit the royal flush
each 40,000 hands played, or every 80-100 hours of play, while the 8/5 each
45,000 hands, on average; the 7/5's each 50,000 hands; and the 6/5's only once
about each 70,000 hands played.
JOKERS WILD STRATEGY
nly King and Ace are high cards in Jokers Wild VP game. Follow this general strategy:
- Keep a Joker if you get it. You'll only see in once in ten hands, on
- If you do not hold the joker, keep three cards to a royal over a pair of aces or
kings because of the higher payout. You could catch another ace or king and
still be paid.
- Don't keep an inside Straight.
- If three cards are consecutive cards for a straight flush, i.e., 5, 6, 7 of
hearts, discard other cards even a small pair, for the higher payback. If not
consecutive, keep the small pair.
- Straight Flushes are paid good.