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

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

Video Poker Players – Don’t Rush the Royal Flush

Video PokerToday’s post is for those Video Poker players who roam away from perfect strategy to help achieve the jackpot of a Royal Flush, or in some Joker Poker, a 5-of-a-kind.

My advice – don’t do it!

Great Podcast fpr Craps, home poker games, and all sorts of gambling advice.

Great Podcast fpr Craps, home poker games, and all sorts of gambling advice.

Thank to Mark & Dr. Mike from You Can Bet On That for the inspiration. To improve your play in video poker, check out NETG’s previous post Resources for Gambling – Video Poker that will be updated for tomorrow’s post.

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 paytable.  You might win a battle, but the cost of waging war will be far more costly and a much shorter war in the long run.

Fun at the Craps Table

Fun at the Craps Table

Let’s face it, there are those social games like craps where it’s all for one, and a win is usually good for everyone (except for those “no-pass line” people).  High fives all around, it’s fun and a good feelings for all. Playing Video Poker can be a grind – and that’s what some of us enjoy.

In my opinion, the video poker player is a quiet, methodical gambling predator who combines science, math, and patience to whittle away at the house’s edge….or at least they should be. Continue reading