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Quirks of Class II Video Poker Machines

7 December 2013

By Jerry Stickman

Hi Jerry,

When we first started corresponding about class II JOB machines, you told me: "You could throw away a royal flush and if the server determined your win was a royal flush, another royal flush would miraculously appear."

Would the following situation I just experienced be the same thing?

I thought I was dealt just a high pair, and held just those two cards. Just as the three throwaway cards were disappearing from the screen, I noticed (too late) there was also a low pair in that hand that I was throwing away.

When the three draw cards appeared, they included another low pair. Is that the same as your royal flush explanation?

Rochester, NY


It is the same.

The central server determined you would win the amount paid for two pairs – so two pairs it has to be. You could have thrown away the entire hand and received two pairs right back.

Your situation is one of the reasons a serious video poker player should never play class II games. The results are not as random play would dictate. No matter how well the hands are played, he will lose at the same rate. He might just as well dump his money in a slot machine.

Some have told me they know they are playing at a disadvantage. They also know how they play makes no difference but they like to play so they can practice their strategy. In my opinion, a much better option for practice is to purchase Video Poker training software and use that to practice. Not only will it tell you when you make mistakes, but you will also experience results that are more typical of what will happen when playing in the casino on a Las Vegas style class III game.

That being said, it is the players money at risk – not mine. If all that are available are class II games and the player has sufficient bankroll, it is his or hers to gamble any way they wish. If this is entertainment, go with it!

May all your wins be swift and large and all your losses slow and tiny.

Jerry “Stickman”

Jerry “Stickman” is an expert in craps, blackjack, video poker and advantage slot machine play. His new book is "Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker." In addition, Jerry “Stickman” along with his partner, #1 best-selling gaming author, Frank Scoblete gives private lessons in dice control. You can contact Jerry “Stickman” at stickmanjerry@aol.com

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