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I travel to Las Vegas 4-5 times per year, normally to participate in Double Double Bonus (DDB) Video Poker tournaments. These are on an invitational basis, with no entry fee, and have nice prizes, starting with $25K first prize and going down to $100. It's pretty hard NOT to win at least $100.
My problem is that I NEVER seem to do well. I consider myself an expert DDB player, having spent many hours on a tutorial computer program as well as having read a few books on the subject.
I wonder, is there a better strategy for these situations? Recently, I stood behind a player that ONLY tried for Royal Flushes or four Aces. For example, if he was dealt four clubs, he'd break them up or if he had two pair, he'd discard them. Funny thing....at the end of the session, he scored more than I usually do. Hmm-m-m-m.
Do you have any advice for me?
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There is definitely a different strategy to use in video poker tournaments. A typical video poker strategy is designed to give you the highest expected value in the long run. There is no long run in a tournament. The run is only as long as the tournament lasts.
In the tournament, your expert strategy is actually doing you a disservice. You won't play anywhere near enough hands for the long run to apply. Instead of playing to maximize expected value, you have to play to maximize winnings.
Here is some general advice, some contradictory, for playing in video poker tournaments from my and other players' experiences:
There aren't that many video poker tournaments -- at least not as compared with the number of slot tournaments and not in the casinos I frequent or have frequented -- so I think I can count on one hand the number of video poker tournaments I've played in. The strategy I used was: play as quickly as possible; keep dealt paying hands; keep the first combination I see; and draw five new cards I don't see anything worth holding right away.
Here's hoping you win your next tournament,
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