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Video Poker VP questions...

Discussion in 'Video Poker' started by ski37, Apr 7, 2013.

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  1. ski37

    ski37 Tourist

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    My wife and I are going to Vegas in May. My main game is video poker with BJ a strong second. I used to love the Multi Strike Machines at 25 cents..max bet is 20 coins so $5 a hand. I like Bonus Deluxe. After having pretty good success with this game for years..lately I cant seem to win on it. So I am thinking of switching to $1 single line (same $5 bet). I like Bonus Deluxe but DDB intrigues me. Can anyone give me some pros and cons? Which games are easier to find.(at decent pay tales) .especially on bartops? We are staying at the M..but will hit Red Rock, Downtown and 1 day on the strip.
    Thanks!
     
  2. mike_m235

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    DDB is prevalent throughout the city. Everyone's got it on their bartops. If you're playing dollar, you want to find at least a 9/5 machine (and you should be able to...it's common.)

    The thing with DDB is that it's very high variance. You're either hitting quads or you're not, and if you're not you're losing. Check some of the strategy play before you go...there's a couple weird plays...like throwing away the second pair if you've got two pair, aces up and throwing away a full house if you've got 3 aces.
     
  3. ski37

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    Thanks. I have been practicing using Winpoker which is a great tool.

    ski
     
  4. Auggie

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    Yeah, can't really stress how important it is to hit those quads. A couple of trips ago I put in over 12 hours of DDB in a 2 day trip and only hit quads once (9999) and it was a total massacre for my bankroll.
     
  5. Ben Jammin

    Ben Jammin VIP Whale

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    You can find DDB poker on most bar tops I've found, and a few with a progressive as well.

    Other that JOB, DDbonus poker is by far the most popular due to the addition of the opportunities to hit the bonus jackpots. The trade off is the variance.

    I've hit the 4 aces with a deuce kicker a few times.

    Just don't expect to stay in the game with the same buy in as long as you might with Jacks or Better or Bonus Poker. But... if you hit one of those bonus jack pots it makes it worth it. Just takes a bit longer which equates to a larger stake, IE with the added variance.

    Make sense?
     
  6. dawnnut1

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    DDB is highly volatile, but I'm thoroughly addicted. As others said, JOB or Bonus Poker might stretch your gaming session longer. But a couple quads on DDB can definitely set you for some longer play - a big if, because if you don't hit those quads, that bankroll can be gone in no time flat. Best of luck to you!
     
  7. tringlomane

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    Since you usually played multistrike, you won't probably even notice much variance change even if you end up playing dollar DDB over Bonus Poker Deluxe. Single line poker at dollars is much less swingy than Multistrike at quarters for either game. DDB is moderately more swingy than BP Dlx, but since you played MS at quarters, your usual stake would probably be appropriate for either game at dollar single-line.

    As for games, DDB will be at EVERY bar. BP Dlx, not so much. As for paytables, the better paying machine is BP Dlx if the full house and flush are the same between the two units. 9/6 BP Dlx pays 99.64% vs. 9/6 DDB at 98.98% with flawless play. If they aren't the same, then whichever game has the higher full house/flush combo is better. 9/6 beats 9/5 beats 8/5, etc. Also 8/6 BP Dlx would be better than 9/5 DDB.

    At the M, you definitely will not find 9/6 for either game at the bar. The only 9/6 DDB games are in the high limit area (but they are as low as dollars) You might find 9/5 DDB at the bar for dollars, but I'm not sure.

    Downtown there is 9/6 DDB at the bars at Four Queens with progressives on the four of a kinds, but it's only for quarters. Not sure about dollars. It's unlikely there is 9/6 BP Dlx at any bar. Bars generally have poorer paying games than the floor unless progressive meters are high.
     
  8. ski37

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    Thanks. I'm just tired of Multi Strike and want to try some $1 single line. The 32 degree bartops at the M will be my home with all the "free" good beer!

    I usually play bonus deluxe on Multi strike which drains fast if you don't hit a 4 of a kind!
     
  9. dewey089

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    I just noted some of the 10/6 DDB games listed in VP Free. If you get out and about, you might like to check one of those higher paytables out. Where I mention nickles and dimes there will be quarters. I'm a low roller.

    10/6 games according to VP Free on 4/8/13


    Club Fortune in Henderson

    nickle dime quarter ---------- near Emily’s cafe as are the other full pays


    Fiesta Rancho has nickle ddb

    between sportsbook and the registration against the wall and near garage entrance.


    Boulder Station has some near bingo in nickles and dimes and near Brewer’s bar and near bar by hotel registration.


    Palace Station near bingo /food express chinese/ sportsbook again including dimes


    Palms has in quarters near gift shop ($4 coin-in per pt. and excluded from promotions)

    near hotel registration ($2 coin-in per pt. and excluded from promotions


    sam’s town slant near arcade just one in quarters

    Texas station in dimes near starbucks, in quarters also near gift shop, poker room, whiskey bar
     
  10. tringlomane

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    Yeah, if you make it to off-strip places like those Dewey listed, 10/6 DDB exists, which a slightly positive-expectation machine (100.07% with flawless play). None of those machines will be a bar-top though. All the Station casinos will have this for dollars though.
     
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