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Video Poker HELP with VP

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by sm2420, May 11, 2014.

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  1. sm2420

    sm2420 Tourist

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    Can someone give me a simple tutorial on what to look for when picking which is a good ( odds ) VP machine to play.
    What does it mean 9/6 and is that the best...
    And for a beginner, which game would be best and easiest to start with ?

    THX.
     
  2. easystreet57

    easystreet57 Low-Roller

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    Hey sm2420,

    I have no sound advice to give you for getting started with VP. I will pass on info. something I found on the Internet beside the many site where you can read and download printed instructions on proper VP play.

    If you have a iTunes account, and a downlaodable device, like an ipod, or ipad. Go to iTunes, -under "podcast" and search "American Casino Guide".

    There you'll find a list of FREE downloads, on all sorts of casino gambing topics, including advice from VP experts on how to get started with VP.

    Many other interesting topics and interviews too, like I said, all free.

    I enjoy downloading the audio and listening to them while relaxing, walking etc. For me, having someone explain the game is a lot less boring then reading about.

    Might want to check it out . Hope it helps
     
  3. Cheap G

    Cheap G Tourist

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    Go to vpfree2.com & the wizardofodds.com
     
  4. BayouBengal

    BayouBengal VIP Whale

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    Jacks or Better is the easiest game to get started with. The strategy is very straight forward.

    9/6 refers to the pay table. The upside to VP machines is that you can tell how good the payout is for a given machine by looking at the pay schedule. 9/6 refers to the payout on Full House and Flush. 9/6 is the best Jacks or Better game that you'll find. It's tough to find on the strip at lower denominations. But downtown or at local casinos you might find it.
     
  5. LV2GAMBLE

    LV2GAMBLE Low-Roller

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    A very good question. I am still confused, even though I asked on a different forum months ago. Guess that is why I have stayed away this long. I still don't understand it. I guess I need baby steps.....LOL :beer:
     
    Always seems so far away............
  6. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    +1. Two great VP resources.

    The "9/6" is a description of the pay tables. The pay tables are how you determine how good or bad a particular game is in terms of house advantage (which is usually expressed as expected return when talking about VP...1% HA = 99% return). More often than not, the only two hands whose value varies (despite the game being the same) from machine to machine are the full house and flush. When you read, "9/6", it means that the full house pays 9 credits (per credit bet) and the flush pays 6 credits. Obviously a 8/5 machine would have a higher house advantage as you get paid less for making the same hand.

    Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as saying, "just find the machine with the best pay table and you'll be fine". Because there are literally hundreds of different variations of video poker (though, a half dozen or so probably make up the overwhelming majority of games played). And 9/6 on one game might be a fantastic pay table, while on another it's just pretty good.

    The main difference between the different VP games is the level of variance (volatility). Some games will pay you better for "common" hands - like two pair - but pay you less for rare hands - like four of a kind. While other games short pay you on the two pair, but turn 4OAK, or just certain 4OAKs, into a huge jackpot. Jacks or Better (JoB) is a very common low-variance game. Double Double Bonus (DDB) is a common high-variance game.


    My suggestion would be to play around on a simulator (Wizard of Odds has a good one) and figure out which games you enjoy, and that fit in with your risk/volatility tolerance. Then learn the strategy for those games and figure out where you can find good pay tables for the games you like (vpfree or by scanning through VMB posts on the subject).

    Best of luck! :beer:
     
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  7. gambler

    gambler VIP Whale

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    thecarve explained it well, here are some pics (double click to enlarge).

    Baby steps...

    The first image is of 9/6 jacks or better. The second image is 9/5 jacks or better. The third is 8/5. Look under the first column at payouts for full house and flush. That's where to look to see whether it's an 8/5, 9/5 or 9/6 machine.

    From those pictures, be sure to note the total difference in payout while playing a max bet of 5.

    These are not my photos, just photo grabs from google.

    FreeSlots.com offers a realistic free practice game here: http://www.freeslots.com/poker.htm

    You can change games, see and change payouts, etc. and tell it to warn/not warn or give hints.
     

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  8. Texas Gramma

    Texas Gramma Low-Roller

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    I am just now getting into video poker myself... knew a little bit about playing but did not feel ready to spend much money on it. Have been practicing on videopoker.com. You can play for free... but you must sign up first.
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    They have all the video poker games for you to play/practice for free. I prefer playing the multi games... it lets you pick the basic hand and then plays 10 to a 100 hands at once. That way you can see what an hour or two of playing would average in the casino. It's fun that way and you don't get bored... which is a problem for me when I play one game at a time.
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    Another website... freeslots.com has slot machines to play for free... and on the far right a basic videopoker machine... that you can play with the trainer on and it will tell you if you made the play correctly.
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    Have fun!
     
  9. sm2420

    sm2420 Tourist

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    Wow, :nworthy:
    This vegas forum site never seems to disappoint, ask a question and receive quality and helpful feedback.
    I'm going to check out the various free play sites, and get ready for my next trip...watch out vegas...lol :poke:

    Thanks everyone. :beer:
     
  10. DeMoN2318

    DeMoN2318 The DERS

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    There are training Apps too...
     
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