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Video Poker Video Poker Tournament

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by HuskerBB, Jul 14, 2013.

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  1. HuskerBB

    HuskerBB Low-Roller

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    Considering an invite to participate in a VP tournament but have never been to one before. I assume the prizes are based on most money accumulated but can anyone give me a description of how these tournaments work?
     
  2. Aw234

    Aw234 Low-Roller

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    When you arrive you well pick a # in some fashion to determine witch VP machine to play. Each machine will be loaded with x number of credits. 3 2 1 start and you will probably have a time limit. I'm guessing Double Double Bonus. Strategy is tweaked for tournament play. You may have a couple of session to compete and the highest score wins.

    Hope this helps

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  3. mike_m235

    mike_m235 Tourist

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    learn to play fast.
     
  4. smartone

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    Help me understand why playing fast would be important, seems like you'd be better to concentrate on maximizing the value of each hand more than speed or is speed factored into the equation for points?
     
  5. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    It's like running a race - you need speed and also need to have good technique.
     
  6. mike_m235

    mike_m235 Tourist

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    because you'll run out of time. To win a VP tourney, you need to hit big hands. The more hands you play, the more chances you have to hit a big hand. You're not going to win by hitting trips instead of two pair. You're going to win by hitting a royal or hitting premium quads.
     
  7. Auggie

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    Its the big hands that win the tournament - you can win off making some four of a kinds or a royal flush.

    The more hands you play the more likely you are to get a big hand.

    And you need to be able to ignore basic strategy and perfect play: you need to chase after the big hands and long shots because nobody wins these tournaments by making a whole lot of one and two pair hands.
     
  8. smartone

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    Thanks all... so I guess you can only build points as you play and hit "paying" hands... I was thinking along the lines of a "regular" VP session, where if I hit something big early and keep blazin' away, but didn't hit anything again, I'd chew through my winnings and if I played "fast", I'd do it quicker and have less at the end.

    What's the typical time-frame for one of these tournaments? Do they do a couple rounds?
     
  9. Aw234

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    [/QUOTE] What's the typical time-frame for one of these tournaments? Do they do a couple rounds?[/QUOTE]

    Every thing depends on the Casino. My guess is you have a 10 to 15 minute timed session. The whole session will probably take about 30 minutes. All participants need to be registered, seated, play time then log everybody's results. Rounds could be mourning and afternoon or over a couple of days. The casino wants you to stay on property spending. As posted, speed is essential. You want as many chances at a big hand as possible.


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  10. 3544quebec

    3544quebec Low-Roller

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    All my casino visits end in mourning
     
  11. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    The piece of the puzzle you are missing is that the credits won do not affect how many credits you have to play with on the machine. They are tracked separately.

    So, at MSS/Cal tournaments, for example, you have 20 minutes and 1500 credits on the machine.

    Every time you play a hand the credits go down by 5. If you have a winning hand, the amount won is added to separate counter in the corner of the screen.

    Now you can see why it is critically important to play fast enough to use all your credits within the allotted time. Ideally you want to use 19 minutes and 59 seconds to play all 1500 credits through.

    I tried that once and fucked it up and missed some hands though. :)
     
  12. Joe

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    Good post, Flusher!

    I've played in about 6+ of these and my problem is I don't normally play that fast, so when I enter one of these tournaments, more times than not I have credits left when the time runs out.:cry:

    I did win $340 one time!

    Smartone: The Boyd tournaments typically are two sessions. Sometimes both in the same day, others over the course of two days. I've been in a couple that they award the prizes at a "banquet" on the last day. Others, you go to the cashier to claim your prize.
     
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  13. HuskerBB

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    So I take it losing hands don't count against you ? It is cumulative wins during the time - not net profit?

    The invitation does not way what game is involved but I think the tournament is probably Double Double Bonus which is not a game that I typically play. I can play pretty fast but my play is always on JOB or regular Bonus Poker.
     
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    I have done lots of tourneys and prefer video poker over slots as I have a better chance. Hard part is throwing away small wins when might make a big one. There will be some fast and good vp players there. Still have to get the lucky cards.
    A slot tourney is just hit the button not much skill needed. You might start with that. I never see the nice banquets anymore and most of the free snacks are missing.
     
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    Your machine will have two meters on it: a WIN meter and a CREDITS meter.

    Anything you win in the game, be it hitting a single pair and getting your bet back or catching a nice four of a kind for a big score, go to your WIN meter and thats it. If you play fast enough to play all your CREDIT meter credits down then you can only sit there and wait for the other players, you can't start playing your WIN credits.

    So as an example: if they start you off with 5000 credits and you play the first hand and get a pair and win your bet back you would have 5 credits in the WIN and 4995 in the CREDIT meter... if you stopped there and didn't play any more your final score would be "5" and not "5000"

    The game played is usually Bonus Poker, Double Bonus or Double Double Bonus. This is so that players can actually get a good score and win with different hands... if the game played was just Jacks or Better then it would basically just come down to who was lucky enough to hit the Royal Flush.
     
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