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Video Poker A VP question about triple play

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by RebelDiceMan, May 2, 2013.

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  1. RebelDiceMan

    RebelDiceMan High-Roller

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    I am thinking about playing some three line JOB at the dollar level on my next casino trip. My previous play has been limited to single line JOB at various denominations. Can any of you share your thoughts on advantages and disadvantages of triple play versus single line play ? Obviously you will need more bankroll to play 3 lines and I seem to remember reading somewhere that playing 3 lines evens out your volatility a little but that is about all I have knowledge wise. What say you ?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. thebucket

    thebucket VIP Whale

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    Depends on the total bet

    Multi-play does help to even out the volatility of VP, presuming that one is betting the same total amount per draw. If you go from single-line dollars to triple-play at dollars, though, you're tripling the amount bet per draw, an increase that will have far more effect on bankroll requirements than the reduction in volatility per draw would.

    However, if you reduce your denomination (going from $1 single-line to $0.25 5-play, for example) to make the bet per-draw similar, you'll see the (perhaps desired) effect of a lower-volatility game.

    Multi-play VP is an odd thing in that the hands are no longer independent of one another on the draw (unless you get dealt garbage and toss all 5) like single-line is. One's dependance on dealt paying hands becomes much more pronounced.
     
  3. Auggie

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    The one big advantage I like about multi hand VP is when you are drawing to a big hand you have a better chance of hitting it.

    Like if you were dealt 10, J, Q, A of hearts you have only a 1 in 47 chance of catching that King of hearts on regular VP, but with triple play you have three chances at 1 in 47 of making it.

    And when you are dealt a big hand in multi handed VP its great, usually a pretty big payoff: if you are playing triple play at $1 with bet and dealt four of a kind that'll be a nice $375 payout...


    And yes, the big disadvantage is how much more you are playing. If you were normally playing $1 VP at max bet thats $5 per hand... if you are doing triple play thats $15 per hand, Five Times and you are looking at $25 per hand, and so on...

    Because the volatility is reduced you are going to do a lot of breaking even and what you will find is that you can go on a little winning streak and only end up a few bucks up... or go on a little losing streak and have your bankroll take a real beating.
     
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    The biggest drawback about going to 3/5/10, or more multi-play VP, is if you plan to play a "similar amount bet per round" the multi-play machine will almost certainly have a lower paytable meaning that you should play the single line game.
     
  5. mike_m235

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    I love this about triple play, too. However when you have to toss away your whole hand, you get the exact opposite effect as you're tossing $15 away instead of $5. When you're getting dealt trips, triple play is great. When you're getting dealt crap, you can burn through your bankroll in a hurry.

    Here's a good 3 hand simulator if you like. I'm going to post the link -- mods, if that's not okay feel free to 86 it. I think you have to sign up, but there's no cost, and I'm in no way associated with the site.

    http://www.videopoker.com/play/?game=17&title=Triple Play Draw Poker
     
  6. luvstp

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    I usually play $1 single line DDB or TDB.....but, when things are on the positive side, I will switch over to triple play as I love that game.....and triple play super times pay or double super times pay is my absolute fave. However, your money goes a LOT faster when playing multi-hand vp. When you get skunked at single line on the flush.....it only costs you $5. I've been skunked many times on all 3 lines on the flush draw......a $15 or $18 (super times pay) skunk.

    I usually bankroll my single line play at $300 and the triple play for at least $500. When you're hitting quads, it's all good.....but if you're not, then get ready for the fastest bank roll bleed you have ever seen.

    When playing triple play, it is all about the dealt! Best of luck to you and may you get dealt a royal the first time you play TP.....I'm still waiting for mine!
     
  7. Jersey_Bill

    Jersey_Bill High-Roller

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    Well, I am taking a new liking to 3-play VP since my last trip... I was at MGM 15 minutes and playing on my third machine in the HL room when this happened on a 3-play machine a couple weeks back -

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    When you get a draw on 4OAK and have that replicated three times, and again 4 times with the Ultimate multiplier, that is pretty sweet.

    In general, I have lost more on three-play than won over the years - but this was a nice piece of catch-up....

    JZB
     
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