Win at Video Poker
Tips and Tricks

To win at video poker, whether you play online or in live casinos, you should not risk your money on any machine that does not offer the following minimum payouts. Perfect video poker strategy requires you to avoid games where the payout for any hand is lower than what's shown here:

Jacks or Better (rated 99.54% payout)

Royal Flush 4000
Straight Flush 250
Four of a Kind 125
Full House 45
Flush 30
Straight 20
Three of a Kind 15
Two Pair 10
Jacks or Better 5

Video poker strategy for Jacks or Better

Deuces Wild (rated 98.91% payout)

Royal Flush 4000
Four Deuces 1000
Wild Royal 125
Five of a Kind 75
Straight Flush 45
Four of a Kind 20*
Full House 20*
Flush 15
Straight 10
Three of a Kind 5

*If Four of a Kind pays 25 and Full House 15, you have found a "full-pay" machine, returning 100.7%. Such pay tables are rare, even in Las Vegas.

Video poker strategy for Deuces Wild

Jokers Wild (rated 99.07%)

Royal Flush 4000
Five of a Kind 1000
Royal with Joker 500
Straight Flush 250
Four of a Kind 100
Full House 30
Flush 30
Straight 25
Three of a Kind 10
Two Pair 5
Kings or Better 5

Video poker strategy for Jokers Wild

If games with pay tables as good as the above are not available, but you still want to play anyway, my advice is risk only a relatively small amount and hope to get a big payout in short order. If you’re betting serious money to win at video poker you do not keep feeding coins into machines with bad pay tables for extended periods.

On average, a Royal Flush occurs about once every 40,000 hands, but there is absolutely no guarantee. You could go 100,000 hands and not hit one. Some calculations to keep in mind if you aim to succeed at video poker: If you play maximum coins at a moderate speed of 400 hands per hour, it takes 100 hours to play 40,000 hands. At five quarters, or $1.25 per hand, times 400 hands that's $500 going through the machine each hour.

At only a 2.5% long-term hold, the machine keeps an average of $12.50 per hour. Play 100 hours, (40,000 hands) and your loss will total $1,250! Even if you were lucky enough to hit a Royal Flush during that stretch, the pay-off would be 4,000 quarters or $1,000. You're still down $250, or an average of $2.50 for each hour of play

So, how can you beat video poker, or at least break even in the long-run? In online casinos the free bonuses can make the difference. Exploit those freebies to the maximum.

When playing in brick and mortar casinos where they give comps, keep a record of the estimated value of everything the casino gives you for free and include that sum in your win at video poker calculations. Keeping accurate records is part of a winning video poker strategy.

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If you received free accommodation, restaurant meals, show tickets and other gifts, add up the estimated dollar value. Chances are the amount will be about equal to what you lost on the machines. And if you are lucky and hit more than your fair share of Royals, you will even show an overall net cash profit. It’s how you win at video poker over the long term.

Online casinos don't have slot clubs, but you can easily end up on the plus side. Here the win at video poker strategy is to exploit the sign-on or welcome bonuses offered by practically all online casinos.

Good Luck, and I wish you many Royal Flushes in your win at video poker pursuit.

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