Let’s delve a little deeper into the memory of most readers and figure out when was the last time they played video poker in a casino? It is likely that the choice of the machine took place in this way – either by accident at all, or with very bright graphics and challenging sounds. You may have also studied the paytable to figure out what kind of prize you can get here. However, this, in fact, is the most serious mistake made by beginners who choose a slot machine to play.
This rule applies not only to those types of video poker that are already familiar to you, but also those that you have yet to figure out. Indeed, starting the game, you will first of all need to check the paytable and determine that the odds offered here will not be lower than those offered on other machines or in another casino.
As an example, we’ll take the popular Jacks or Better video poker game – in fact, we’ll talk about it further.
Suppose, if you plan to play 1 coin each, in this case, you can choose nothing especially, since the payouts in all gambling establishments will be approximately the same, the differences lie only in the payouts for full-highs and flushes.
So, the payout for a flush can be 5: 1 and 6: 1, and payouts for a full house can reach 8: 1 and 9: 1.
The most profitable payout ratios are 6: 1 for a flush and 9: 1 for a full house, because in this case, playing without mistakes according to the basic strategy, it is quite possible to achieve a return of 99.5%.
If payments for these combinations decrease, this indicator also decreases. In general, on average, the reduction rate reaches more than% for each unit that was deducted from the payment.
Be careful, since several varieties of Jacks or Better video poker from different manufacturers can be installed in one gambling establishment at once and the paytable (as, in fact, the percentage of return) is seriously different here – it is important to keep in mind.
A bit of math. Experienced players play about 800 hands within an hour, and if we take into account that you will be playing for 25 cents, in this case the theoretical loss on a video poker machine will have serious differences. So, 6: 1 for a flush and 9: 1 for a full house with a 99.5% return – the theoretical loss reaches $ 5.
But with the odds of 5k1 for a flush and 8k1 for a full house with a 97.3% return rate, the loss reaches $ 27.
Thus, there is a risk of losing $ 22 more per hour of play if video poker with lower payouts was preferred. And if the rates increase, then, accordingly, the losses will also increase.