THE MONDAY LINK – Some Common Video Poker Options


There are four “experienced” gambling experts I have followed over the years – Jean Scott, Anthony Curtis, Bob Dancer & John Grochowski. These would be my Mount Rushmore of gambling advice.  Today’s Monday Link is from the latter, the Casino Answer Man himself, John Grochowski.

I love reading what John Grochowski has to say.  Whether it be about video poker strategy, gambling advice of all sorts, or stories he tells of his years of experience, he is both entertaining and extremely resourceful.  You must check out his writings, books and posts.  You can read his posts on a number of sources: Facebook, LinkedIn, Casino Player, and many many more.

Today is for both Video Poker players and those wanting to learn more about the games available.  Please enjoy today’s Monday Link:

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – A look at some common video poker options

By John Grochowski

John Grochowski - the Casino Answer Man

John Grochowski – the Casino Answer Man




How Does IGT Continue To Attract Video Poker Players?

IGT was founded as A-1 Supply by William “Si” Redd in 1975. It changed its name to Sircoma in 1978, and then to International Game Technology in 1981. It was its success with its new Video Poker machines that served as a “foot in the door” for the company into several gaming arenas.

A 1980 IGT Video Poker machine.

Many of us who have been playing VP for years have seen the evolution of IGT’s video poker machines. I remember playing my first video poker when Mohegan Sun first opened over 20 years ago. At the time, my gambling experience only included greyhound racing and slots. Handling those quarters changed my interest in the business f gaming forever.

The following article by Frank Legato shows how IGT, now owned by Scientific Gaming, continues to re-invent their product producing options and new games to accompany the old tried-and-true GameMaker single line machines.

I hope you enjoy.


Solving Video Poker – How video poker king IGT manages to bring new players to the old game

Super Hand Video Poker – Try It, You May Like the Excitement

Super Hand Poker

Courtesy of The Wizard of Odds website.

In the original Triple Play (or 5-, 10-, or any other multiple of hands played), the bottom hand is played like any video poker machine.  You are dealt five cards, and after you decide what to hold, you are dealt cards to finish your five-card hand.  But in Triple-Play, there is only one step to follow. After choosing your held cards, they are held in all three hands and then you draw to each hand as separate

Super Hand Poker is a new twist on Triple Play Poker where you are dealt 3 independent hands. Super Hand Poker was first introduced at the 2015 Global Gaming Expo. The only New England casino to include it at this time is Mohegan Sun.


  1. Super Hand Poker can usually be found in nickel, dime and quarter denomination.
  2. Don’t expect great paytables. Mohegan Sun had 6/5 JOB and 8/5 DDB.
  3. Without max bet, it acts like a usual Triple Play format.  Max play doubles your bet, with the extra 15 credits adding the best possible hand swap.
  4. Volatile? – yes.  Fun? I thought so. If you are dealt a Flush, FH, or 4-of-a-kind (or even a Royal), it is swapped to the bottom giving you three hands of that payout.  You could then change the hold, if, for example, you were looking for a kicker with quad aces.
  5. Any winning dealt hands are paid, and then the hand with the highest expected value is selected for the next round of play in traditional Triple Play fashion.


Mike Shackelford of The Wizard of Odds

Mike Shackelford of The Wizard of Odds

According to Michael Shackelford of the Wizard of Odds website, EV percentage is as follows:

  • 6/5 Bonus Poker – 97.8%
  • 6/5 Bonus Poker Deluxe – 95.8%
  • 10/8 Deuces, with both Full house and 4OAK = 4  – 97.48%
  • 6/5 DDB – 95.00
  • 8/5 DDB ( at Mohegan Sun) 97.00%

According to the Wizard, “You can never go wrong with accepting the game’s determination of the best hand to put on the bottom. Sometimes it will be a tie, in which case you can switch with an equal hand, but it will neither help nor hurt you. For which cards to keep and discard, you may use conventional video poker strategy.”


Here’s how it works:

Three independent hands are initially dealt. Notice when all three hands are dealt the best possible hand was at the top.

With max bet, the game picks the best of the three hands and swaps it to the bottom.  Now, the best hand is the beginning hand for the draw an hold, with the option of swapping another hand.  Much like Dream Card Poker, the best hand choice is consistently correct, as far as I noticed with strategy for JOB and Double Double Bonus.  The game will automatically put the best starting hand, as measured by expected value, on the bottom.

Notice above, you get paid for any made hand on the draw before holding for the Triple Play draw.  Below you see the Kings were held, followed by the draw and the final payoff of hands, ending the game.



I had a blast playing this game.  It is slow due to the additional steps to complete play.  If game you are looking for a full-pay, grind it out type of video poker, don’t bother.  But sometimes gambling is about the fun and the expectation of a big payout. Should it replace $1 Full Pay JOB for serious play at Mohegan Sun? No.

But like I said, it was fun. Try it – and if it drains your bankroll quickly but you still want high volatility, play Powerhouse Poker or Super Draw 6 Card Poker in the same row, Earth casino.

That’s all for now.  Tomorrow we take a look at some upcoming promotions for the Kentucky Derby!