Video Poker & Max Bet

When playing video poker, the same two questions seem to pop up –  “When should I play Max Bet?”  and “Why should I play Max Bet?”

Max Bet or Maximum Bet is the highest amount of coins or credits you can play in a single spin on slot machines and video poker. Let’s look at that Max Bet button for video poker.

If you don’t play max bet on a Video poker machine, you are cheating yourself 2% of the possible winning percentage due to the fact you are not playing for the Royal. Let’s be clear that with VP, I’m talking that Max Bet is 5 coins. If you bet 1,2,3 or 4 coins, the payoff for a Royal Flush is the bet multiplier times 250. (4 quarters per bet would give you a payoff of 250 x 4 or 1000 quarters – $250) Not too shabby, but why not play one more coin, a 5-coins-in, and play for the Royal Flush that pays a bonus jackpot of $1000 (in quarters.)

Jacks or Better best paytable (called 9/6 because of the full house and flush pay out). Notice the jump in pay out from 4 to 5 coins.

Jacks or Better best paytable (called 9/6 because of the full house and flush pay out). Notice the jump in pay out from 4 to 5 coins.
A word of caution – many of the same type of slot machine – can include payoffs of all the kinds listed below. I have seen VP without the Typical 4000 coin payoff for a Royal Flush. Your job is to check the machine for what the payoffs are. READ THE MACHINE. KNOW YOUR PAY OFFS.

When playing video poker, play Max bet for the full Jackpot or one coin understanding that you will spend less but you’re are cheating yourself from the REAL jackpot.

I always see people not playing Max Bet with Video Poker. I do understand some prefer the very low roller move of one coin in.  And, yes, I know that getting a Royal Flush is difficult – the odds of getting a Royal Flush is 1 out of every 40,390 hands. But let me tell you from experience, if you end up with a Royal and you didn’t play Max, you will never forget it. I should know – I did it twice when I first started, and I can still remember the screen, at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, mocking me, with a payout of of 250 coins – $62.50 on one coin!!!!!

NETG ADVICE: Play max bet. If your bankroll is small, drop down in denomination (from quarters to nickels, for example), then you can still play Max. And if it has a progressive Jackpot for the Royal, definitely play MAX!

Look at the top of the pay table and notice Max Bet is 20 coins!

Be forewarned that some video poker machines have max bets of 10 or 20 coins. The Royal Flush Jackpot does follow what you’d expect – 10 coin Royal at $.25 = $2000, and so on. But, check the machine before playing to be sure what Max Bet equals.

Here’s a tip: To be sure to play 5 coins (if that is your intention) every machine has a “bet one” button. For your first play, hit that “bet one” button five times. Some machines also have a separate “bet five” button on the screen, usually the machines that have the option of betting 10 or 20 coins.

Know the machine you’re playing – know the payoffs – know if Max Bet is 5 coins or 20. And try to find the best pay tables available.  Remember, every decrease for any payout – full house, flush, etc. – increases the house edge another 2%.  9/6 JOB pays over 99% over time, but 8/5 JOB pays 95% over time.  Make your choices based on the math available – give yourself the best chance to play longer and win more.

Binbin

7 Recent & Popular Gambling Posts You Might Have Missed

It’s supposed to be cold here in the winter time – which is officially 6 weeks away. Some of my best memories is going to a casino in a snow storm, having the casino all to myself while the snow falls and cancels event after event. School snow days are the best.

So before winter settles in, let’s take you back a few weeks to the best received posts from the past two weeks. 

But first some gambling humor:

Wife:”My husband’s going to a casino in central Asia.”
Friend:”Tibet?”
Wife:”Of course, why else would he go!”

And now, the best of recent weeks. HERE’S WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED!

7 New England Casinos by the Numbers

a continuous fave on the hit parade – gambling stats include games, # of tables, # of slots, hotel accommodations, dining, entertainment……well complete coverage of all seven “by the numbers.”

 

 

Three posts to understand Maine’s third casino proposal in York County and it’s failure.

October 18th, 2017 – Referendum for Maine’s Third Casino Arriving Soon

November 7th, 2017 – Today’s the Day – The Vote for a Third Maine Casino

November 11th, 2017 – Maine’s Voters Respond – No Third Casino For You!

From the Archives, still popular this week:

Slot Machines – When to Play Max Bet  

……when should I hit that bet max button. Max Bet or Maximum Bet is the highest amount of coins or credits you can play in a single spin. The answer to the question depends on the machine being played…….

 

 

November 1st, 2017 – MGM Springfield Releases New Details with Local Flavor

It seems MGM has some very keen interest in our unique New England heritage.

October 29th – Cardless Casino Players Clubs

Will there ever be a time when the only players club card you need will be your smart phone?  Read on….

 

Have a great week!

Binbin

 

Video Poker – Always Play Max Bet

Video Poker Bar

One of the most debated topics regarding slot machines, and video poker, concerns max bet, specifically “when should I hit that bet max button.”

Max BetMax Bet or Maximum Bet is the highest amount of coins or credits you can play in a single spin.

The answer to the question depends on the machine being played. When it comes to slots, you have to know the machine that you are playing. It’s simple, really, if you know the pay out structure of the machine.  If Max Bet gives you a higher pay out other than just the 2x, 3x, 4x, etc. of the original bet, you bet Max Bet – and if that total bet is too high for your bankroll, move on to another similar machine with a payout that suits your it.

Today we look at VIDEO POKER.

If you don’t play max bet on a Video poker machine, you are cheating yourself 2% of the possible winning percentage due to the fact you are not playing for the Royal. Let’s be clear that with VP, I’m talking that Max Bet is 5 coins.  If you bet 1,2,3 or 4 coins, the payoff for a Royal Flush is the bet multiplier times 250.  (4 quarters per bet would give you a payoff of 250 x 4 or 1000 quarters – $250) Not too shabby, but why not play one more coin, a 5-coins-in, and play for the Royal Flush that pays a bonus jackpot of $1000 (in quarters.)

Jacks or Better best paytable (called 9/6 because of the full house and flush pay out).  Notice the jump in pay out from 4 to 5 coins.

Jacks or Better best paytable (called 9/6 because of the full house and flush pay out). Notice the jump in pay out from 4 to 5 coins.

A word of caution – many of the same type of slot machine – can include payoffs of all the kinds listed below. I have seen VP without the Typical 4000 coin payoff for a Royal Flush. Your job is to check the machine for what the payoffs are.  READ THE MACHINE.  KNOW YOUR PAY OFFS.

When playing video poker, play Max bet for the full Jackpot or one coin understanding that you will spend less but you’re are cheating yourself from the REAL jackpot.  

The solitary play of a video poker player.

The solitary play of a video poker player.

I always see people not playing Max Bet with Video Poker.  Yes, I know that getting a Royal Flush is difficult – the odds of getting a Royal Flush is 1 out of every 40,390 hands. But let me tell you from experience, if you end up with a Royal and you didn’t play Max, you will never forget it.  I should know – I did it twice when I first started, and I can still remember the screen, at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, mocking me, with a payout of  of 250 coins – $62.50 on one coin!!!!!

NETG ADVICE: Play max bet.  If your bankroll is small, drop down in denomination (from quarters to nickels, for example), then you can still play Max.

And if it has a progressive Jackpot for the Royal, definitely play MAX!

Look at the top of the pay table and notice Max Bet is 20 coins!

Look at the top of the pay table and notice Max Bet is 25 coins!  This person played 5 coins, the lowest bet that includes the Royal Jackpot.

Be forewarned that some video poker machines have max bets of 10 or 20 coins. The Royal Flush Jackpot does follow what you’d expect – 10 coin Royal at $.25 = $2000, and so on. But, check the machine before playing to be sure what Max Bet equals.

Here’s a tip: To be sure to play 5 coins (if that is your intention) every machine has a “bet one” button.  For your first play, hit that “bet one” button five times.  Some machines also have a separate “bet five” button on the screen, usually the machines that have the option of betting 10 or 20 coins.

He's happy - he played Max bet and won 4000 coins!

He’s happy – he played Max bet and won 4000 coins!

Some of you prefer playing one quarter, and of course that’s your prerogative. If it floats your boat, be my guest.

Tomorrow, we investigate Max BET for Slot machines.  It’s a little more complicated and takes more awareness of what the slot table actually is.  Cya tomorrow!

That’s all for now, but like all casinos, this blog is open 24/7!

Binbin