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Video Poker Pick'em VP

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by Tank45, Sep 21, 2014.

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  1. Tank45

    Tank45 Tourist

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    Can anyone explain this VP variant? Noticed in some other post that it has 600 for any 4 oak and larger payouts in general. Wondered what the catch is.
     
  2. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    It's very different than normal video poker.

    You are dealt two cards face up, and two stacks of three cards. You can see the top card of each of the two stacks. Based on that information, you pick one or the other stack and the hand you end up with is what you are paid on.

    So its a lot harder to get those winning hands.
     
  3. Auggie

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    With normal video poker you have a deal phase (5 cards are dealt) then you pick what cards to hold and then the drawing phase (new cards replace the cards you didn't hold).

    With Pick 'em Poker there is no drawing phase so you are less likely to make the better hands... but then its also why they pay you double your bet back on just making a pair of nines or better.
     
  4. zignerlv

    zignerlv Low-Roller

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    The catch is that you get a 4 of a kind on average about every 4 hours of play. Its not really a catch, its just the nature of this type of game.
     
  5. Tank45

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    Is it profitable to play or more of a gimmick game to pass the time when having a "good day"?
     
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    It was profitable for me as the first time I played it, I hit a royal for $2,500. It can take your money pretty quick though.
     
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    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    As with ALL video poker games, how good it is depends on two factors: the pay table and player skill. Different Pick 'em games have different pay tables. Some are never worth playing. None should be played by persons who do not play correctly.
     
  8. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Thanks for reading my TR Tank! :evillaugh

    Like others have said, you're are not free to redraw any card given to you. So payouts of hands are increased to counter balance this. At Fremont, it's technically their best game, and close to the best game at SLS when played properly. Most other casinos offer poor versions of the game where 3 of a kind pays 4 for 1 instead of 5 for 1, so I don't get to play the game much.

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    Although it's hard to see, my g/f took a pic of the SLS bank while I was in the middle of a pickem hand. Look at the unit named "pick-a-pair poker". The two cards on the left, you're stuck with. Then you have to pick one of the two three card piles based on the face up top cards. The two cards beneath the pile you pick are revealed and if you have 9s or better, you're paid accordingly from the paytable. Full pay pickem strategy can be found here.

    http://wizardofodds.com/games/video-poker/tables/pick-em-poker/

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  9. Tank45

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    Yes Tringlomane, you inspired the question! I will be at CP first week in December and will look around for it at a CET property. I'm assuming they have the poor payables if they have it. I was at CP last year and didn't see many VP machines to start with, maybe there was an area I didn't get to?
     
  10. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Yeah pickem won't be worth playing there if they even have it to begin with (also doubtful, it's not super common). Most of the VP there at CP is close to the sportsbook I think. CET doesn't like to offer very good VP in Vegas. As for "best" games there, unless you want to play at the $5 level, it's likely 7/5 bonus and 9/5 DDB. In my TR, I also played one of the best games one can reasonably expect at the quarter level at an CET property. 7/5 Bonus w/Super Times Pay. I think that's still around CP but I didn't double check this last trip.

    I'd recommend checking out Fremont or sls to try pickem instead. Visiting new places can be a fun part of the adventure too!
     
  11. cf84

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    Love the pickem poker. Had some great runs on this game but becoming more and more scarce, unfortunately. Was lucky enough to hit royals on both quarter and dollar machines over the years. Odds are over 350,000 to 1 to hit the royal compared to about 40,000 to 1 for most other VP games.
     
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    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Wow. No way I'm playing enough pickem for two royals. And you're right about the game getting more scarce. Isle of Capri KC downgraded the full pay game at dollars this year. Along with everything else. Assholes.
     
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