On my last three trips out to Vegas I decided I would play a lot more video poker than I normally do. I'm normally a table games/sportsbetting player who would ocassionally try my luck at slots etc... My table games winnings or sports bets would always cover the slot action so to me it was like taking a free shot to hit something big. Over the years I've seen a steep decline in how long that money lasts and having never hit anything worthwhile I decided to stop slot playing altogether and switch over to video poker. Here's the thing. On my last three trips out I've dumped $1,000+ in video poker each time with nothing to show for it. Not the end of the world since it was just some winnings from tables and sports bets and I've had similar results plenty of times with slot machines. But the more I thought about it the more I wondered how people play this so exclusively. On my next trip out I would have to immediately hit three $.25 royal flushes in a row and I would still be in the hole! Since people have commented about how they have never hit a royal flush before I'm trying to make sense of how so many people can play for so long grinding out comps and wins/small losses. It seemed to me that unless you got a royal flush everything else was just filler. Flushes, full houses, 4oak all keep you playing but without a royal it seemed hopeless. I'm starting to feel that video poker is just as bad as a slot machine. It must be better since so many people talk about putting a ton of coin-in thru machines while keeping losses to a minimum but how do you do it? Do you need at least one royal flush per trip to have a shot? For reference I played mainly $.25 JoB machines with some $.50 and $1.00. Payouts ranged from 9/6 to 7/5. I'm not a prefect player by any means but I play well enough to know I don't make any major errors.