Whether you're a long term player or a short term player, we all have one thing in common. We Want To Win! But How? There are two basic approaches to playing Video Poker. The long term strategy, playing only full pay machines with as close to basic strategy perfect play as is possible, knowing that most sessions will be losers due to the infrequency of large jackpots and the variance, playing for hours and days on end. Or, we can play short term to the higher probability of hitting our higher jackpots, by deviating from basic strategy and playing hands that have a slightly better chance of hitting the Royal Flush, Straight Flush, and other bonus hands such as Four Aces with a deuce kicker (Double Double Bonus Poker) or other bonus hands (see game pay tables and jackpots listed right on the machine). Now the math guys will have a Kaniptian Fit when you talk about deviating from basic strategy, however there are those that that subscribe to the "Play to the Royal" school of thought. So, how and why do you do it? Simple. Why? If you are a part time player on vacation to Las Vegas for only a few days, there is a very slim chance that you may experience the full swing of the variance curve. Knowing that a Royal Flush comes only in one of 45,250 plays (that's right over 45 thousand) the likelihood of your hitting one is slim at best. Sure, you might get lucky, many do but most will lose. One way you might improve your chances is to discard hands that will guarantee a small return for those that may produce a much higher payback. Like throwing away an outside straight draw with low cards in favor of three like cards in suit and so on. Once I threw away two deuces when I had a full house of aces and twos and drew another ace and a deuce, and hit the small progressive on a Double Double Bonus game, Four Aces and another Deuce! Would you throw away one of a a high pair in favor of three to a Royal? Or discard one in a flush for another in suit (hearts in this case) that would make you a straight flush? I did it, and won. There were still a lot of hearts in the deck, I had a 17% chance of hitting that flush with another heart. You just have to think on the fly based on which cards are left in the deck at any given time. Each Video poker hand is dealt from a full deck of 52, not like the home poker game where you've seen half the cards come out before the shuffle. Given there are four of every kind of card and 13 cards of every suit it doesn't take a rocket scientist to do a quick bit of calculation in your head. Don't want to give up a sure thing? No Risk, No Reward. I mean, what's the risk? You're more than likely to lose a session anyway and if you don't have the time and bankroll to play as an advantage player then I say by all means Play for those High Jackpots, and when you do win and find that you are significantly up then cash out a profit and do as the sheepherder said, get the flock out of there. .