Get the Most Out of The Video Poker Machines: The Guide
There are several different slot online machines on the market, each with its own set of features and quirks. We’ll look particularly at the video poker machines you might encounter as well as how far ahead the house has on each one in this post.
All about Poker Machines: How they work
- These work similarly to regular slot machines, except that instead of spinning reels, they deal you a hand of poker cards. Your job is then to choose which cards to hold and which to discard in hopes of getting a winning hand.
- While video poker machines can have pretty high payouts – sometimes upwards of 99% – they still have a significant house edge (usually around 5%). This is because the odds of getting certain hands are always slightly against you, no matter how good you are at poker.
- For example, the odds of getting a royal flush (the highest paying hand in poker) are about 1 in 650,000. So even though the payout for hitting a royal flush might be huge, the chances of actually doing it are still very small.
- And while there are strategies you can use to improve your odds slightly, at the end of the day, video poker is still a game of chance, and the house always has an edge.
How to get the maximum benefits out of the house edges:
- First, if you’re dealt a hand with no pairs, discard all five cards and draw anew. The odds of getting a winning hand are just too low to bother trying to salvage anything.
- Second, if you’re dealt a hand with one pair, hold onto that pair and discard the other three cards. The odds of getting two pairs or three of a kind are still fairly low, so it’s not worth taking the risk.
If you’re dealt a hand with two pairs, hold onto both pairs and discard the fifth card. The odds of getting a full house are just too low to justify discarding one of your pairs.