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Only play machines you know

5 July 2014

By John Marchel

If you have moved from slot machines to video poker, which I hope you have done, and you have mastered Jacks or Better, don’t try playing Deuces Wild, Double Bonus or Jacks Wild.

At least, don’t play them until you have read and understand the strategy for each of those different games. They can be very different, and to be successful you need to know what the exact play is for any given hand of those various and different machine games.

There are plenty of books and strategy cards available to help you learn the strategy for each video poker game. Try the Internet where you can get some good information, and also order some strategy cards. Don’t forget that video poker is one of only five games where the player can find the odds moving in their favor. [Editor’s note: The best video poker machines and their strategies can be found in Jerry “Stickman’s” book “Everything Casino Poker.”]

Remember, you can take those strategy cards right to a casino machine and use them as you play. No one will bother you. Don’t try to learn at a machine, it’s the school of hard knocks; it is also the most expensive school.

When you first start playing video poker, particularly when learning a new game, take your time, play slow, and maybe only insert one coin instead of five when first learning a machine. Later you should always play five coins, which will help your overall win-rate.


• Normal playing time at video poker is 8 hands per minute. If you play the maximum of five quarters per hand, that can be $600 per hour.

• When the Sun Coast Hotel & Casino opened on September 1, 2000, on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, it was the first Las Vegas casino to have all coinless video poker machines.

• South Carolina has over 30,000 machines in convenience stores, pizza parlors and bowling alleys scattered all across that state.

• When it comes to live poker, a player in a card room will normally experience about 40 hands an hour. Playing video poker, a player will average about 400 hands an hour.

• Video poker is a very popular game in casinos today. However, the first poker-playing machines were originally introduced in 1891.

• If you should hit the Royal Flush and win 4,000 quarters at video poker, don't worry -- you won’t be paid in 10 pounds of quarters. You will be paid in cash.

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine. Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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