Video Poker Mistakes and Myths

Hearing unsolicited advice or observations from players adds to the many Video Poker Mistakes and Myths that players make or believe. So let’s take a look at these Video Poker Mistakes and Myths.

Video Poker Mistakes

Missing Out on Slot Club Rewards

Get over the fact that you think big brother is watching you. Believe me, using your rewards card keeps track of your play. That way, the casino can reward you for your play with comps. Earning points and status playing video poker are hard enough, usually equaling only 1/3 of slots.

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There is an exception. If you are going to play small or shorter sessions than normal, consider playing without the card. Small plays may diminish Casino Comps & Your “Average Daily Theoretical.”

Playing the Wrong Games For Your Skill Level

First, don’t play games that you don’t practice, or your lack of good strategy will only increase the house edge. Second, choose games that match your skill level. Be careful not to apply one game’s strategy to another game. Related Post – CHOOSING THE BEST VIDEO POKER GAME FOR YOU

Bankroll Is Too Low For Game and/or Denomination

Different games with different denominations need different bankrolls of moolah to last an expected session. One of the biggest mistakes I see is playing at a higher level than your bankroll dictates. So before you go, plan and bring the right bankroll. And only bring the money budgeted for recreational gambling.

Irresponsible Drinking and Playing Distracted

Video Poker is a game of skill. Find the balance between enjoying casino amenities and playing the game. Alcohol will compromise the decisions you have to make when gambling.

Not Checking the Pay Table

Pay tables vary depending upon the game, denomination, and casino. The same games in machines that are side by side still may have different pay tables. Look for better-paying machines.  But remember, the correct strategy is the biggest factor in playing longer and winning more.

Playing on a Problem Machine

Playing a machine with “Sticky” Buttons, for example, isn’t fun. Malfunctions with buttons or rewards card entry can suck the fun out of a great session. Bartop machines especially fall into this category. Just move on – “Serenity Now!”

Not Playing Max Bet

You can’t win the true Royal Flush Jackpot or Progressive Jackpots unless you play Max Bet. The paytable payback % is diminished without max play when the Royal Flush pays 4000 on a wager of 5.

However, maybe you prefer a smaller denomination or a slower pace. Play what makes you comfy, as long as you don’t mind the smaller payout for a Royal. After all, recreational gambling is for fun.  No judgment here.

Video Poker Mistakes and Myths Continued

Are You Following Hunches & Superstitions, or Truths?

The cards are dealt randomly when you press deal...TRUTH – The infamous Random Number Generator (RNG) takes care of VP play’s randomness, making the game a skill game based on math and probabilities. Go to the Wizard of Odds for more about math and probability in Video Poker.

Always keep “Kicker” cards, cards that increase a four-of-a-kind...MYTH Only when the game’s strategy dictates it. For example, when dealt three aces with a kicker 2,3, or 4 in Double Double Bonus, only keep three aces. But when playing Triple Double Bonus, you keep the kicker. Playing Jacks or Better? Never keep the kicker because it’s not in play at all. The correct strategy is more about keeping you in the game longer.

Video Poker Mistakes and Myths
The 4 is called a “kicker,” a card that adds value to a four-of-a-kind.

Games that offer big jackpots on four Aces deal fewer Aces...MYTHThe Random Number Generator continues to shuffle the cards in milli-seconds. When you press draw, you see what you get, whether you’re playing JOB pr Triple Double Bonus.

When you discard just one card, it’s usually replaced with a card of the same denomination...MYTH Refer to the question above.

Video Poker Mistakes and Myths
Does a dealt Straight Flush mean the game is “hot?”

Video Poker games, like slot machines, are programmed to have “Hot and Cold Streaks” …MYTH These are human perceptions over a short period of time. They are not programmed to do so; math and probability do so. Ultimately, the paytable in Video Poker determines the payout percentage over a long period of time. The RNG allows the probability to occur, appearing as hot or cold games.

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This machine is “due” – If the games are the same, including paytable, switch games if you want. But it really doesn’t matter. If the game, seat, casino area, etc., is more desirable to you, switch.

Faster is Better – According to this theory, if you can increase your speed to complete one hand every three seconds, forcing the machine to cycle through 20 hands per minute rather than just 10, you’ll work twice as quickly toward the threshold required to trigger big winners. Honestly, play at the speed that helps you play with the most accurate strategy. Accuracy is the most important part of your game every time.

Higher Denomination Machines Pay More. While this may be true with slot machines (typically, the higher the denomination, the higher the payout %), Video Poker games rely on the paytable. Whatever denomination you’re playing, $0.5, $.25, or $5, doesn’t matter in Video Poker. The payable is the tell-all for the expected RTP (Return To Player), also called EV (expected value).


Can You Make a Living Through Video Poker?  Yes, but it is increasingly harder every year as casinos lower payables and eliminates “full pay” video poker. Now, it has to include promotions, multipliers, comps, and anything else that can increase the value of grinding play on the very few full pay machines left. It’s tough to do.

So, let’s keep recreational gambling in the area of enjoyment and reality. Embrace the math, not the myth, and have fun.