A player can go from a string of losses one minute to a string of wins
the next, and this contributes to the excitement of the game. When statisticians
refer to variance, they’re talking about how strongly a game adheres to its average return. Please spend a little time learning to sort and select
games to find what you’re looking for. Statistically, this is a result of the “variance” of the game.
Winning (or minimizing losses) at video poker requires not only that you play the game properly,
but that you carefully choose the games and the places at which you play.
On average, a $20 deposit will pay for four times as many hands on a 99 percent game as it will on a 96 percent game (at five quarters per hand).
Games can’t be adjusted or influenced while you are playing them; they are exactly what the paytable says they are. If you
hit a Royal Flush on one hand, the odds of hitting one on the next hand are precisely the same as the hand before. As we complete our new surveys, new listings are added.
But the expected payouts of games can vary widely between casinos as well as between games in the same casino.
Here, we’ll help you select casinos and games that will increase your chances of winning, and avoid those that take your hard-earned cash.
This is because we tend to play more than just one hand, and in fact usually play tens, hundreds, or even thousands of hands over the course of a casino visit. Also, any suggestions for improving the software will be appreciated.
Put another way, the 25c player may, on average, lose $720 in a typical weekend on a 96% game, but will average only $180 in losses on a 99% game.
Yet, you’ll often find uninformed players at one of the lower paying games sitting next to an available full-pay game. You will then be able to easily locate
the best games and the best places to play (as well as places to avoid). If you notice errors in our database, please use our “Contact Form”
to let us know.
To access games and ratings, you will need to create a free account and login to the site.
Over the millions of hands that are played on a given game, any game will generate a return for the casino that is at least
as great as the paytable implies (“at least”, because many players will not play the game correctly, which increases the casino’s return). Our goal is to create the best online database
of video poker games possible, and we expect to revise our software to provide more usable information as opportunities arise.
We are in the process of surveying casinos in other areas as well. Or, at the very least, playing and losing less.
The more hands you can play given your bankroll, the more likely you are to hit a Royal Flush or other high-paying hand, so exhausting your bankroll
on low-paying machines isn’t a great strategy.
As a general rule, it is worth remembering that the outcome of every hand of video poker is independent of what happened in the hands before. We’ll notifiy you whenever we have new updates ready..
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Over time, most video poker games can be expected to return 95-100 percent of the money bet to the player
(occasionally, you can even find games that return more than 100% with perfect play). Use our “Find Games” database to search out the best casinos
for playing video poker in your location of interest (note: you must
for a free account and be logged in to access our games database).
This site is about playing video poker and winning.
Here, we examine techniques for making the most of your video poker playing and help you to choose
games that put more money in your pocket. Games with higher variance will have “wilder” swings
and many people are attracted to this feature.
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Our Tunica Area and North Louisiana games databases have just been updated.
Check out our Essentials pages for more information on the games to play (and those to avoid).
A key attraction of gambling is the “streak”, or “swing” of the game.
It is not unusual to find a bank of games having one or two higher paying games with the adjoining games offering much lower paybacks.
When speaking of variance, however, it is important to remember that games will generate an average return based on their paytables.
The difference between a game returning 96 percent and one returning 99 percent is dramatic.
You can use your Internet-connected smart phone to find best casinos and games when you are on the road.
If you want to maximize your winnings and minimize your losses at video poker, it is critical that you play only the best games