Don’t Rush the Royal Flush – Investigating the Big Video Poker Payout

Today’s post is for those Video Poker players who yearn for that elusive Royal Flush. Some will want it so badly they will roam away from perfect strategy, but I say “ney, ney.” Don’t Rush the Royal Flush!

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Don’t Rush the Royal Flush!

What has happened to our gambling culture? So much peer pressure to get a Royal Flush. Poking fun at those who don’t know the ecstasy of the big payout. Shaming those without the experience – oh, the humanity!

Royal Flush

Royal Flush

Ok, so much for the drama. In fact, it’s not that big of a deal – really.  Give it time, it’ll happen when you least expect it – so don’t expect it at all.  Work on your perfect strategy, find the best pay tables for longevity, and let it come to you.  Now, take a deep breath, and let’s take a look at what it is and what we can do.

Don’t Rush the Royal Flush!

While we are tempted at times to keep two or three cards to the Royal, ultimately it will be your demise if it isn’t part of the proper strategy for that game and that pay table.  You might win a battle, but the cost of waging war before that battle will be far more costly and a much shorter war in the long run.

The serious video poker player is usually an introvert. A  methodical gambling predator who combines science, math, and patience to whittle away at the house’s edge with perfect, or near perfect strategy. To increase your chances, here’s 5 things you should do:

  1. Identify the game you wish to play the most
  2. Learn the perfect strategy for that game
  3. Use an online tutor.  I suggest VideoPoker.com because with the Gold Membership for only $9.00 a month it gives you special customizing tools, such as pay table variations and corrections in your play when mistakes are made.
  4. Don’t stray from the strategy you’ve learned and don’t believe in VP myths.
  5. Play for enjoyment. Embrace those 4-O-A-K’s, and play to win.

Don’t Rush the Royal Flush!

The solitary play of a video poker player.

The solitary play of a video poker player.

Many recreational players seem to get impatient for the big prize to appear. I heard a discussion on one of my favorite podcasts – You Can Bet On That  that was upsetting to hear. It started when a caller asked “why not change from perfect strategy and “help” the Royal Flush appear? ” Well, here’s the answer.

Each play is a single play on a slot or VP machine, and has nothing to do with the next hand, the next 40 hands, or the next 40,000 hands.  A Royal flush has the probability of appearing once every 40,390 hands – probability means probable, not definite.  And, this is the flaw in the “help the Royal” strategy.

The truth is anyone, even a trained monkey, can get a Royal Flush dealt to them. The probability of a dealt Royal is once in 650,000 hands.  Is it possible to get one before then? – YES.  Is it possible never to get one dealt? -YES! Is it PROBABLE that it will occur around 650,000 hands – YES, but don’t count on it, just like you shouldn’t expect a Royal after the 40,000 hand. Probable doesn’t mean “it’s due.”

Consider this: The Random Number Generator deals with one game at a time. It has no memory of who played before or how long you have playing that day.  The RNG doesn’t remember your previous  play on its cousin machine down the row.  It is all about possibility, probability, and not about “due” or “definite.”

possibility vs. probability

That’s the key – possibility vs. probability.  Video Poker is all about reducing the house edge to lengthen your bankroll.  Perfect strategy is mathematically designed to increase the probability of lengthening your bankroll. By lengthening your bankroll, you improve the probability of the bigger payoff hands to appear, thus allowing more hands to be played.  This gives you a higher probability chance for that Royal.

To my friends in the Podcast community and even those of us lowly bloggers, here is my suggestion. Actually, I can’t take credit, even though it’s something I have practiced for years. So, to Cousin Vito (Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast), Dr. Mike (You Can Bet On That ), Tim Lawson (The Bettor Life) and Chris DiMauro (Art In The Game), and too many others to mention, here is a suggestion articulated by Eric Rosenthal, known for his many podcasts and publications.

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Spin Poker, Foxwoods, February 2019

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Super Double Double Bonus, Borgata, April 2019

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Ultimate X DDBonus, Mohegan Sun, June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play multiline video poker. Try it at $.05 denomination.  Even if it’s a nickel denomination  Royal, IT’S STILL a ROYAL!  I have had 23 Royal Flushes at nickel, dime and quarter denominations and at different games in the last 5 years. Break the ice with this suggestion. It’s worked for me many times.  If playing Ultimate X with multipliers (watch out for the volatility) a Royal with a 10X multiplier gets you 40,000 nickels, or $2000.

The bottom line 

If you always try for the Royal Flush, you decrease the length probability of your session.  It might slightly increase the draw for a Royal on that hand, but how long will you be able to play using that strategy?  ………the answer is NOT VERY!

Video Poker Strategy is a skilled game that can give you longevity with the correct strategy.  However, there are always exceptions to the rule.  Stick to it. Even if you don’t get the Royal Flush, it will increase the probability of playing longer, losing less, and increasing other perks such as more reward points and increasing your Average Daily Theoretical.

ONE NOTE – THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO VIDEO POKER TOURNAMENTS OR VIDEO POKER PROGRESSIVES (especially when the progressive return has made the game a positive EV.)

Also, I suggest listening to the podcasts mentioned above:

Hope this has been a help. Thanks to Eric Rosenthal, friend and colleague.

Binbin

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Rush the Royal Flush – Investigating the Big Video Poker Payout

  1. baccaratguy says:

    Love the title “DON’T RUSH THE ROYAL FLUSH!” — also agree, practice-practice-practice and come prepared with a plan, even if you deviate from said plan.

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