5 Reasons Why Casino Bartenders Hate You – Vice Lounge Online

Recently, a favorite podcast of mine produced their 400th episode!

Congratulations to co-hosts Tony Snyder & Jason Gillikin and their podcast Vice Lounge Online.  Bravo!

If you are not aware of this unique podcast, let me explain it the way  did on a recent podcast. The podcast celebrates good cigars, good drinks and great gambling.  Jason & Tony have experience in all three areas, but insist they don’t lean towards any one of the three areas included in every podcast.  Three distinct parts, somewhat related, neither the specialty.

I, for one, have enjoyed hearing about the intricacies of cigars – smoking, wrappers, production and more.  Their “cocktail” talk centers around scotch, whiskey and bourbon, but often branches out to mixed drinks, aged specialty liquors and beer. Gambling advice and explanations are very interesting, many times focusing on things we take for granted, but would like a little refresher.

But it’s their personalities that make this so good.  I can almost see them, in their smoking jackets, cigar in one hand, brandy sniffer in the other, chatting about their latest casino visit.  (I believe Tony prefers podcasting in his pajamas, but that’s a story for another time.) 

Which brings me to today’s post – 5 Reasons Why Bartenders Hate You.


  1.  When you want a free drink before you have played enough – After the initial investment into the machine, many casinos now expect an amount to be played, or time to be seated, before another drink will be served to you. As Tony mentions, ” if you are an excruciatingly slow player,” or don’t play at all, don’t feel entitled to that next alcoholic beverage.  Annoying the bartenders about it will only make them hate you.  Remember people, video poker bartops are for players only.

    Commonwealth Lounge and VP Bar at MGM Springfield

  2. Trash talking staff behind the bar, both bartenders, servers and other staff – How about a little kindness people, or at least some discretion. Rude comments between patrons about certain staff will not be taken lightly.
  3. When the bartender is really busy, don’t expect YOUR drink takes precedence over everyone else – In the rush, your bartender will still appreciate some respect and patience from you, and they will remember when you do – and when you don’t!   If you are insistent to the point of rudeness, you might wait longer than expected. To be honest, I don’t blame them.
  4. Don’t flash your high tier status expecting better service for you at the expense of everyone else – We’ve all seen it.  Someone rushes to sit down, flashes their MGM Noir, or their Caesars Diamond card, and wants immediate service, like you’re special. (In New England it would be Noir, Mohegan’s Soar, Foxwoods’ Diamond, Penn National’s Owner’s Club and Twin River’s Club 100 for example).Besides, you want special treatment? – that’s what the VIP lounges are for.  Then you can fight it out with all the other high end players.
  5. Don’t give unwanted advice to guests next to you, and cause a ruckus. Matter of fact, don’t EVER be that loud, obnoxious guy that causes bartenders to call security. People enjoy the relaxation of VP and like the control of how much socializing they do while playing.  Bartenders who love their job enjoy a little banter with you if you want it, and enjoy taking care of you, if you deserve it.

Tammy, Steve & Catherine, my favorite bartenders. Find them at Play Bar, Foxwoods.

Finally, I would like to add the final thought that I’m sure Jason & Tony would agree with.  TIP YOUR BARTENDERS.  I prefer tipping a little extra on the first drink, getting their attention and basically saying “I’m here to enjoy your service, I appreciate what you d and I’m not that guy you dread to serve.”  If they don’t give you that service, don’t be obnoxious, pushy, rude, or entitled – just don’t tip anymore.

Well done, Jason & Tony.  Well done.

Binbin

Remember – Embrace the Math, Not the Myth in Gambling

What is a Video Poker Penalty Card? – The Monday Link

I have heard friends and colleagues speak about a renewed interest in video poker, with some gamblers delving into the skill of video poker strategy. Some podcast colleagues such as Tim Lawson in His “The Bettor Life” and Christopher DiMauro at “Art in the Game” have mentioned their new interest in VP and the paytables involved.  check out their podcasts.

Whether you play for your personal enjoyment, or play as the best way to play that free slot play the casino gives you, knowing the strategy of the game you play will give you a better chance to cash out a winner. Playing full-pay Jacks or Better is a great find to play you can find it, but if you don’t practice perfect strategy, you can decrease your payout probability to that of 6/5 JOB.

Strategy cards are available and legal.

In advanced VP strategy, penalty cards are important considerations.  Knowing the difference when to draw to a flush in 8/5 & 9/6 is a significant step in your Video Poker play.

“What is a penalty card in video poker?”

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5.

John is a prolific expert concerning slots and video poker.  Enjoy many of his excellent posts at John Robinson Casino City Archives.

Remember, “Embrace the Math, not the Myth.”

Binbin

Know Your Game – Video Poker Pay Tables

Introduction & A Little History

There are many variations of video poker out there beyond the original Draw Poker machines, like Multi Strike, Quick Quads, Ultimate X, Dream Card Poker, Super Times Pay, and more.  But the machine as we know it began in 1970 when Dale Electronics introduced the world’s first video poker machine, the  “Poker-Matic.” and paved the way for the VP machine we know and love today.

Dale Electronics’ Poker-Matic video poker slot machine – the first-ever automated video poker machine, 1970.

According to Jerry “Stickman” Stich for 888Casino.com, 

  • The early versions of the game required at least two pairs in order to make a winning hand.
  • Once the lowest winning hand was improved to a pair of jacks or better, the popularity of the game took off.
  • Original versions of the game were quite primitive, resembling televisions of the period.
  • Patent owner Si Redd’s own company SIRCOMA went public and was renamed International Gaming Technology (IGT) and the rest, as they say, is history.

A 1980 IGT Video Poker machine.

Jacks or Better (JOB) is the oldest video poker game version, and really is the game that started it all. It started out with 9 credits for a full house and 6 credits for a flush. A 9/6 JOB is considered Full Pay at 99.54%. Most casinos don’t offer JOB at full pay until you get higher in denomination, such as $1, $2, or $5.

Why is it so popular?  I go back to the “Stickman” and 888Casino.com  with my own comments:

  • It is simple to play (at least JOB is for a start)
  • Unlike a slot machine, the player has a say in what happens. You can choose how many and which cards to save before drawing to your final hand. (Basic Strategy means the best play for each possible hand.  Yes, there is a correct way to play the hand to keep true to the 99.54% payout over time.)
  • You play video poker alone – no reason to interact with other players.
  • Of all electronic casino games, video poker has the lowest overall house edge. (depending on the provided pay table and your ability to play perfect basic strategy)
  • You can determine the casino edge by just looking for key information on the face of the video poker game. (if you know in what your VP game pay table configuration should be for full pay)

So what are the highest pay tables for today’s most popular Video Poker games? Below you’ll find the % to expect for different pay tables offered on the same game by using the full house / flush stats.

Jacks or Better & Bonus Games when 2 two pair pays 2 credits

Jacks or Better

Pay Table Payout Percentage
Full Pay (9/6) Jacks or Better 99.54%
9/5 Jacks or Better 98.45%
8/6 Jacks or Better 98.39%
8/5 Jacks or Better 97.30%
7/5 Jacks or Better 96.15%
6/5 Jacks or Better 95.00%

Bonus Poker is a very common video poker game that has low volatility. It’s played just like Jacks or Better but the pay tables are different and provide bonuses for four of a kinds. Note that 8/5 is tops. 6/5 is often in casinos, so stay away.

Pay Table Payout Percentage*
8/5 Bonus Poker 99.17%
7/5 Bonus Poker 98.01%
6/5 Bonus Poker 96.87%

More Pay Tables

The following games, with pay table and payback %, are also available in casinos. Usually, if any number is diminished, it equals one % less for each single number lowered.

Deuces Wild Poker and it’s Variations

Deuces Wild, as the name suggest’s, the value of deuces (2’s) are wild for all cards. This adds a pay for five of a kind, a wild royal flush and the all important four of a kind deuces. The full pay version is almost impossible to find.

Colorado Deuces can be recognized by the 13-for-1 payback on straight flushes the five of a kind return of 16-for-1. This is also rare.

Not So Lucky Deuces, like most Deuces games, pays only 4-for-1 on four of a kind, but has higher returns than the full-pay game on four hands: five of a kind (16-for-1), straight flush (10-for-1), full house (4-for-1) and flush (3-for-1).

(the first number is 4-of-a-kind, followed by FH, FL)

Pay Table Pay-back
25/15/10/4/3/2
94.82%
20/10/8/4/4/3
95.96%
25/16/13/4/3/2
96.77%
20/12/9/4/4/3
97.06%
20/12/10/4/4/3
97.58%
25/15/9/4/4/3
98.91%
25/16/10/4/4/3
99.73%
25/15/11/4/4/3
99.96%
25/15/9/5/3/2
100.76%

Double Bonus Poker is variation of Jacks or Better Video Poker, with extra payouts for selected Four of a kind hands. Four Aces will win you an 800 credit payout (when playing 5 credits).

Pay Table Pay-back
7/5
93.11%
8/5
94.19%
9/6/4
96.38%
9/6/5
97.81%
9/7/5
99.11%
10/7
100.17%

 

Double Double Bonus Poker (DDB)has become an increasingly popular video poker game. Its popularity stems from the extra bonus payoff that you get with four aces, 2s, 3s, or 4s accompanied with a “kicker” (a specific fifth card that is in the same hand as the four-of-a-kind). What follows are some facts about the game (good and bad), and some tips to improve your chances of winning.

Pay Table Pay-back
6/5
95.12%
7/5
96.17%
8/5
97.25%
9/5
98.33%
9/6
99.44%

Triple Double Bonus Pokeris well liked by many video poker players. The most player-friendly pay table returns 99.58% (9/7) and the most common pay table 98.15%. (9/6)

Pay Table Pay-back
7/5
94.92%
8/5
95.97%
9/5
97.02%
9/6
98.15%
9/7
99.58%

If you count the number of basic game and their pay table differences above (there is also Super Triple Play & Triple triple Bonus) and multiply them times the number of formats (Triple Play, 5-play, 10-play, 25-play, 50-play, & 100-play) and then the many games that offers them (Multi Strike, Quick Quads, Ultimate X, Dream Card Poker, Super Times Pay – VideoPoker.com offers over 60!) and you have hundreds to choose from (as well as a run-on sentence).  So the above is just the tip of the iceberg.  But it’ll get you started at being aware of the best games available in your casino of choice.

Binbin

Remember when gambling, follow the math, not the myth.