Winning at video poker takes self control which means you should not be reckless. Playing the best strategy often means throwing away hands that will pay a small win in order to concentrate on the big wins. This can be difficult but it is the proven way to profit the most from the built in bar machines or the banks of machines in casinos and sports books. Even though the cards are shuffled before each hand resulting in a certain randomness, winning is still very possible.
Any player can sit down and pump some coins in to a machine and play in a regular or online casino. Those who don’t understand a strategy will end up chasing three of a kind and two pair hands that pay a couple of coins back. The best way to play is to go for the big winning hands such as flushes, straights, and royal straight flushes. These hand pay a premium and make up for the little winners that get discarded along the way.
It is simple to test this strategy by sitting down with a couple of friends at machines next to each other and then playing. It is best if the others do not know the strategy being employed. Each player starts out with the same amount of coins or credits. After a fixed period of time, the others will usually be complaining about how their machines are lousy. The player employing the best strategy will probably be ahead or at least even.
The next part of the test is to then trade machines with them. Give one of the other players the supposedly lucky machine although keep in mind that different machines may have different pay tables. After another fixed period of time, compare totals again. The player with the best strategy will be even further ahead even though machines have been exchanged. After swapping machines once again, the others will have to admit that it is more than luck.
The game is more than just luck as skill is also involved. The way to play poker machines is to always go for the royal straight flush. If two face cards of the same suit are in the initial hand the other cards should be discarded unless a high three of a kind, four of a kind, flush, or full house is also present.
The previously mentioned randomness means that the big winner can show up at any moment when playing at a machine. Video machines that deal cards are almost like slot machines but not quite as random. There are a limited number of cards. Even when pairs are thrown away, often the new cards dealt result in a more valuable hand.
A royal straight flush usually pays big bonus money in most casinos. Often video machines are linked and hitting that very rare poker hand means winning a progressive jackpot. Each hand is an opportunity to win that prize.
Video poker machines can be beaten sometimes depending on strategies used and luck. Throwing away hands that double or triple the money bet isn’t smart. Throwing away break even hands that also contain suited face cards is smart on many occasions. Knowing when to hold and when to discard takes some practice, but this type of play works. A little more risk can lead to much greater rewards.