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Popularity of Video Poker

May 1, 2008
Video poker seems to have a following of its own who would choose not to gamble if they couldn't do it playing their favorite version of video poker. However unlike many other forms of gambling, video poker seems to be a second favorite for most people. So a considerable percentage of gamblers at some time in their gambling sessions usually visit a video poker game for a while. The reason for this is that video poker has such a high payback. You can play video poker for a very long time and not spend near the money that one can go through when playing slot machines or some other game with a high house edge which is most of them in comparison to the video poker returns.

Another great thing about video poker hovers around the previous paragraph's subject which is the fact you can play so long on the same money that it allows you to stay alive for such extended periods that you are always in the realm of possibility of hitting that ever-elusive royal flush jackpot which pays by almost anybody's standards a very nice return. In other words you can spend very little to win a lot and have much better odds of that happening than choosing to play the slots and seek the same end result.

Its true that to some video poker is not as exciting as the slot machines but in the same breath it can also be said that slot machines offer no challenge where as there are definite strategies for video poker. Each version of video poker has its own best strategy. It is wise to find one version of video poker and learn the strategy for it until you know it without needing any reminder.

Trust the strategies given for each respective version of video poker. Here is a great example of why you should trust the strategies. Years ago I was playing a video poker machine and was winning a little bit so I upped my credit values to a five dollar per credit machine and of course played maximum bet (as you should almost always do when playing video poker because the difference in jackpot payouts is considerable) and I was dealt a ten, jack, queen king and eight of clubs. The payout for a flush on a five dollar per credit machine with max credits bet was very considerable. I was very tempted to hold all five cards and keep the money which I feel again bears noting was considerable. Instead I begrudgingly held all but the eight and as I hit the deal button I fully expected to see my flush disappear and with it my nice chunk of money. I was instead rewarded with an ace of clubs for a royal flush jackpot.

I have since then hit two more royal flush jackpots but none at that level of credit value. I played for years and years before ever seeing my first one and then saw three in about two years time. So they do happen for those still waiting their first time.
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Steve Briggs is the author of this article on Video Poker. Find more information about the subject at www.bondedcasinos.com
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