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Video Poker Video Poker vs Table Poker

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by Kinankids, May 18, 2014.

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  1. Kinankids

    Kinankids Newbie

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    Seems a lot of people here play video poker. Are there advantages to it over table poker or is it just a preference?
     
  2. burdog

    burdog Low-Roller

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    VP is you vs. machine, no personal interaction, bluffing etc. As to any advantage it would seem to me that would depend on what type of person you are/ what kind of experience you are looking for. I used to play a lot of VP but when gambling I am looking to have fun so now I play slots just to spend time with my wife and watch her. I also used to also play poker as I prefer a social experience plus the competition against another person. I preferred poker, YMMV.
     
  3. azpokerkid

    azpokerkid Tourist

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    Two completely different games. Video poker is a fixed odds game based on the pay table. Poker is you against whoever else is sitting at the table. No fixed odds. Just the small house drop fee each hand.
     
  4. tipdrill

    tipdrill Low-Roller

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    Poker is where the real money is made.
     
  5. BayouBengal

    BayouBengal VIP Whale

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    They are completely different games. The skills in one don't carry over to the other.
     
  6. Mitkraft

    Mitkraft High-Roller

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    And LOST people seem to fail to point out.
     
  7. tipdrill

    tipdrill Low-Roller

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    Yeah, if you're a huge donkey, tilt like a mofo after a bad beat and don't practice proper bankroll management.
     
  8. Mitkraft

    Mitkraft High-Roller

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    That's exactly the attitude I'm talking about. But you can't argue with the fact that for every dollar you win, some other player (not the house) looses a dollar. So if somebody is winning, somebody else is loosing. With all you "experts" running around, I find it to believe that there is this tiny pool of super donkeys with a huge bankroll who is funding all your wins.
     
  9. DeMoN2318

    DeMoN2318 The DERS

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    I agree with this...

    Poker is just money cycling between players...I will win today, you will win tomorrow, Jimmy will win next week...its all the same money just trading back and forth
     
  10. tipdrill

    tipdrill Low-Roller

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    You don't have to be an "expert" to...
    A. Play within your stakes
    B. Use good table/game selection
    C. Manage your bankroll effectively

    If you can do all 3, there's a very good chance you can be a winning poker player.
     
  11. joshrocker

    joshrocker VIP Whale

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    As others have said, it's 2 different games and have nothing to do with each other (with the exception of being card based).

    I'm not looking to get into the argument but I will state that it's not hard to turn a small profit playing live poker if you study and practice the game a little. The players at the lowest stakes really are that bad in general.

    Sadly, at the end of the day, the house is the real winner. The $4 to $5 they drop each and every pot really adds up.
     
  12. mwig

    mwig High-Roller

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    I am a lifetime winner at poker. I enjoy the game and will play some tournaments in Vegas provided the structure is right. The fact is, I can play poker anywhere.

    That said, it depends on the vacation experience you are looking for. Based on VP play, my wife and I will be heading to Vegas for 13 nights this summer and all room nights and all food will be comped. If you are a relatively low stakes poker player, there is virtually no way to win enough to offset all your travel cost. If you are playing higher limits, more power to you and poker is probably the right game.
     
  13. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    These are two of the games you have a chance at long term profit with a decent amount of skill, discipline and patience. You can also make money at BJ w/ a count, and a few people are able to make a living handicapping sports or horse racing. All other games are games of luck, not skill, with no chance of long term winning.

    I concentrate my current Vegas play on VP, Live Poker and BJ. When BJ had better conditions (2 deck S17 w/ comps were plentiful), I concentrated most of my Vegas play on BJ. VP is relatively new for me (late 2000s), and I played poker off and on (started w/ 7 card stud, then limit ($3-$6 - $6-$12) and lower end tournaments) but never for more than 10-20% of my trips - just to drink and for a break in the action.

    If you like the interaction with people, live poker is the game. You can learn tournament play which is different from NLHM / LHM play. Action was very juicy when poker was in its heyday several years ago. Now the action is limited and tight in many places.

    There are still many good VP offerings in the Vegas area (at all coin in levels), including a few on the strip at the $1-$5 per hand level. Many of the good games are off-strip or downtown. If you are a Strip only person, your best bet is to learn and play live poker. If you can stay at places like Red Rock, Main Street Station or one of the MILFe properties w/ decent VP, you like playing machines and are willing to learn strategy (which you can supplement w/ cheap $7 strategy cards or even free print out cards from the internets), then VP may be your game.

    You will ultimately be more successful based on what and where you enjoy playing. You can do OK playing either live or video poker, and you'll do much better than playing carny games or slots, with the right strategy, discipline and money management. I try to play games which I have a possibility of winning and getting decent comps, which allows me to preserve bankroll and come home with a decent chance of a winning trip (I've come home a winner 42% of the time, not bad but I could improve on this mark).

    VMB is a great resource to learn more about whatever game you choose, including links to other sites w/ strategy and other information. Good luck whatever you choose.
     
  14. gradytripp

    gradytripp Low-Roller

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    I play VP and BJ because once you know the strategies, you can make the "correct" decision each and every hand.

    I deal with enough ambiguity and ambivalence in my "real," non-Vegas life. It's nice to just sit down and make correct decision after correct decision, while enjoying comped drinks and the casino vibe which is (again) very different from my ordinary life.
     
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