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Old 04-13-2010, 03:08 PM
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I notice that the video poker at bars on the strip is becoming more rare and/or more expensive: $1 minimum as opposed to 25 or 50 cents. Anyone know if they have video poker at the bars at Aria? We're headed there this weekend. What about the other casino bars? Thanks.
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I notice that the video poker at bars on the strip is becoming more rare and/or more expensive: $1 minimum as opposed to 25 or 50 cents. Anyone know if they have video poker at the bars at Aria? We're headed there this weekend. What about the other casino bars? Thanks.
Good luck finding any good paytables at a bar on the Strip.
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I notice that the video poker at bars on the strip is becoming more rare and/or more expensive: $1 minimum as opposed to 25 or 50 cents. Anyone know if they have video poker at the bars at Aria? We're headed there this weekend. What about the other casino bars? Thanks.
That's not good... the variance on $1 VP (assuming they expect max bet) makes playing bad paytables at that denomination for drink comps not only a negative EV thing (in many cases it can be positive at $0.25 if the cash value of the drinks are taken into account), but a dangerous proposition at that.

I haven't been to Vegas for a while (but I will be soon - whee!), so I'm not at all sure about Aria bartops. However, if you do want to play a bartop machine that has $1 as the lowest denomination coin for drink-comp reasons, I suggest looking for the video blackjack option that many of them have loaded. The game is a poor one percentage wise (not necessarily poorer than bad vp), but the variance is nice and low. Even if you need to play it for $5/hand for a while, you're not going to lose (or win) hundreds like you could on $1 ($5 bet) VP. Just play slow.

I know the topic was the strip, but I would like to suggest that you take the short trip over to Gold Coast (or up to downtown's Main Street Station) where you can find comp drinks and $0.25 bartop VP with good games (9/6 JoB).
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I was playing $1 VP @ Mandalay @ Max bet so $5 / spin.

I had $200 in the machine and they would only comp 1 drink at a time..so if I wanted a beer and a shot or something, I either had to pay for 1 or order the shot..wait 5 - 10 minutes then order the other part.
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Appreciate your tips. I haven't been to Gold Coast for years. Maybe I should make a trip over there. I just find VP at a bar relaxing, if I am able to play there for more than an hour w/o losing my butt. Winning would be great.
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Appreciate your tips. I haven't been to Gold Coast for years. Maybe I should make a trip over there. I just find VP at a bar relaxing, if I am able to play there for more than an hour w/o losing my butt. Winning would be great.
I agree, I also find it relaxing at the bar. Back in oct. I spent most of my time playing at the casino royal. Better odds then most on strip, but they don't have the best types of beers, which stunk for me
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I'll put my 2 cents in for MSS. The bar top machines are 9-6 and the brew pub has excellent beer.
As long as your throwing a few tips the beers keep coming.
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Aria only seemed to have $1 VP at bar last time I was there (early March) but the whole system is server based, so it could change at any point from a denomination standpoint.

I've definitely noticed a couple of MGM properties moving to $1 minimum VP at the Bars, however I've still been able to find .25 and .50 at MGM, NYNY, and Monte Carlo as examples.

HET seems to have it across the board.

To the number of drinks, I've usually found it's really just a matter of how long you are playing, mood of the bartender, how well you are tipping, etc. I've had a number of bartenders see if I want a shot along with the drink after being there 20 or 30 minutes or after repeat visits over a couple days.

Best advice I can give with it, is try to hit the same bars regularly, tip when the drinks come, and if you are playing VP focus on playing for at least the first 10 minutes or so. There's a ton of hassle the bartenders get for players that are trying to hit and run, even the grumpy ones are going to prefer to have an actual player at the machine vs someone sinking $5 in trying to score their free beer.
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The bar by the Sports Book at Bellagio has quarter machines, with free drinks. Not sure of pay table, but imagine not the best, but probably better than slots.
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The bar by the Sports Book at Bellagio has quarter machines, with free drinks. Not sure of pay table, but imagine not the best, but probably better than slots.
The worst video poker pay schedules in Vegas tend to be in the 95% range, so no matter how bad it is, one can be reasonably sure that it is at least equivalent to, if not far superior to, the best paying slot machines on the floor, assuming that the player is playing reasonably close to proper strategy. If played randomly, however, VP can bear an very high house edge.
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