Beating Casino presents: Video Poker Strategy:
The Ultimate Guide to Beating the Machine.
Video Poker and What Makes It So Special
Since the entry of video poker to casinos
back in the 1970s, video poker has grown from
strength to strength and became one of the
most popular gambling games around.
Video poker is one of the few casino games
that offers some of the highest odds in casino
gambling, and is also one of the very few
games that give you the chance to influence
the game’s outcome by significantly depending
on your skills.
Video poker is also a very popular game because
it brings into the mix a low house edge, while
still giving you, as the player, the possibility
to win big (in jackpot proportions).
Video poker also gives you anonymity in the
sense that you can play alone and without
the psychological pressure of a live poker
game for instance.
In other words, you don’t have to deal with
pit bosses, dealers or fellow players who
dissect and even comment on your play.
While these are just some of the few advantages
that video poker offers you as a player, the
biggest question remains: how can you beat
video poker machines?
You are probably familiar with the phrase
“the house always has an advantage”, but
believe it or not, when it comes to video
poker, there’s an exception to this rule.
Whether you play Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild,
or any other video poker variation, with the
right skills, strategy, knowledge and an element
of luck, you can beat the machine and win
The fact that you are playing against a machine
and not against other players is a huge advantage
that makes video poker machines very beatable.
Add this to the fact that you’re almost
five times more likely to hit a big jackpot
(also known as the Royal Flush) when playing
video poker, makes it one of the best games
So, now it’s time to learn how to beat video
poker machines and win at the game.
The Rules of Video Poker
Video poker is a simple game to play.
While there are various variants of video
poker, they all have one thing in common,
and that is that they are all based on simple
mechanics of five-card draw poker.
Video poker uses a standard 52-card deck.
After making your wager and pressing the “Deal”
button, the machine randomly gives you five
At this point, you need to choose which cards
to keep and which cards to throw away or discard.
In order to keep the cards, you tap on the
pictures of your chosen cards on the screen.
Once you have made your pick, press the “Draw”
button for the machine to randomly replace
the discarded cards.
In this exciting game, your winning is based
on ending up with a poker hand such as flush,
straight, two pairs or even a royal flush.
With that said, always keep in mind that the
amount that you win per hand depends on the
poker value of your hand and the posted pay
table of the machine you’re playing.
One of the most important things to know on
how to beat video poker is that you have to
make a wise decision on which of your dealt
five cards you will keep and which cards to
Video Poker Basic Strategy
The biggest mistake that you can do in your
quest to beat a video poker machine is to
attempt playing the game by just guessing.
If you play this way and simply guess, you
will lose a lot of money on a simple game
that gives you a real shot at winning.
Remember that having the right skills and
using an optimum video poker strategy will
not only give you a higher chance of winning
a lot of money, but you will also enjoy the
benefits that come with winning, such as comps,
that are set aside for casino’s best players.
It is also recommended that you thoroughly
practice on your computer before risking real
money on a real video poker machine.
Choosing the Right Pay Table
One of the best things about playing video
poker is that the machine allows you to know
the expected return before you even start
Video poker is incomparable to any other game
because unlike quite a few new slots, it is
the only game that shows you the expected
return on your money on the pay table.
It is therefore very crucial that you do your
research and identify the best video poker
machines that offer good pay tables.
In order to find the most generous machines
that offer the best pay table, you should
know that the return on a particular video
poker machine is based on the machine’s
For instance, casinos average a profit of
about 3% on each play on a video poker game.
This profit is known as house edge.
Now if the casinos get 3%, you as the player
should get a return of 97%, which can change
depending on the machine’s pay table.
That is why you need to check out various
machines and their pay table before you play
at the video poker with the highest returns.
For example: You increase your chances of
beating a video poker machine if you choose
a machine with a pay table that offers 99.54%
return than if you pick a video poker with
a pay table that provides a 97.29% return.
In other words, the 99.54% machine only keeps
0.47% house edge while the 97.29% machine
In this case, choosing the 99.54% is the better
option as it offers you close to full pay.
On the contrary, you will lose your money
almost six times faster if you play on the
So, avoid playing machines that are lousy
or machines that offer terrible pay tables
for you as a player.
How to Beat the Jacks or Better Video Poker
There’s another fact to know about video
poker, and that is that each video poker game
has its own strategies.
So, the strategy that will help you win on
Jacks or Better is different from that which
will help you win on Deuces Wild.
And because learning all the strategies on
the book might be tiresome and maybe even
unrealistic, we’ll focus on how to beat
video poker Jacks or Better, which is one
of the more popular video poker games.
Even though Jacks or Better offers one of
the lowest returns, especially when compared
to games such as Deuces Wild, Double Bonus
Poker and other variations, it remains the
most exciting and rewarding video poker games
according to the majority of video poker players.
So, here are a few tips that will help you
win big and beat the video poker machine while
playing Jacks or Better.
Always Play the Max
It is always imperative to play maximum coins,
and this is because Jacks or Better video
poker machines offer top payout for a royal
flush (the jackpot).
Playing maximum coins gives you the chance
to get a bonus win when you hit a royal flush.
Even though you can bet between one to five
coins per hand, you only stand a chance to
get the bonus on a royal flush when you bet
five coins per hand.
On the contrary, you can consider dropping
down to a lower coinage if you aren’t comfortable
with the five-coin bet.
The only difference is: you will not play
for the jackpot.
Find the Best Pay Table
As stated earlier, finding the best pay table
is crucial if you are serious about beating
a video poker machine.
Although each pay chart offers a different
house edge, you should always consider going
for a 9/6 (or more) pay chart when playing
Jacks or Better video poker.
This is because a 9/6 is a fair return that
offers full house pay on nine coins and flush
pay on six coins.
Playing on a pay chart that offers less than
9/6 pay chart is a risky move and clear indication
that you are playing with a bigger house edge.
In this case, you are giving the casino more
profit (money) per hand, thereby losing your
money faster than you realize.
Like almost all casino games, you should always
remember that video poker machines are designed
for one main purpose, and that is to make
a profit (house edge) for the casino.
Either way, the more you play, the more you
It is, therefore, advisable to apply “a slow-down
strategy” when playing Jacks or Better.
No one chases you and no one will call the
clock if you take some time to decide which
cards you want to keep.
You can play and go on a break anytime you
The key is not to rush and don’t play for
Video poker, unlike online poker, is a gambling
game where the greater the number of your
hands is, the higher are the chances that
you will lose your money.
If you play poker, you know that the key to
being a winning player is to play fewer, but
quality (higher) hands.
Video poker on the other hand is different.
In video poker, you don’t need to play fewer
hands, but you do need to play slower hands.
This will help you in lessening your hourly
losses, hence giving you the opportunity to
play for longer and increase your chances
to hit a royal flush or to put together a
Even though this is nothing but common sense,
many players often ignore this basic gambling
principle and therefore lose a lot of money
within a very short period.
You need to take complete control of your
hand-per-hour to get the chance to extend
your playing time and minimize your losses
at the same time.
Join a Player’s Club
More often than not, the player’s clubs
are created and designed to get you and other
players to play more and longer to get comps.
While this may seem like a negative, it shouldn’t
be your ground of not joining them.
The Player’s clubs are your best chance
to earn special bonuses that casinos give
only to their most valuable players.
This works to your advantage in the sense
that it helps you reduce the house edge in
the long run.
Play the Progressive Jackpot Video poker Machines
One of the main reasons why almost all casinos
offer progressive jackpots is to give players
an added chance of reaping big on a relatively
Jacks or Better video poker games are known
to offer some of the best progressive jackpots
out there, but you only stand a chance of
winning if you use the best strategy.
The problem is, that many progressive Jacks
or Better video poker machines use very terrible
You should be very vigilant to ensure that
you only play progressive jackpot on machines
that offer a comparatively good pay table.
Remember, progressive jackpots offer players
the chance of winning extremely big.
But, if you pick a video poker game that gives
you no chance of winning, then you won’t
get a single chance to beat the game.
Keep an Eye on the Bonuses
There are always a lot of promotions and offers
not just on the Jacks or Better video poker,
but on other games as well.
By targeting the right promotions, you stand
a bigger chance of beating the video poker
machines since you get free money to play
Don’t ignore the bonuses to play video poker
and don’t be afraid to use a casino’s
live chat feature to ask if there’s something
If you want a bonus, try asking for it.
You may receive it and even if you don’t,
you have nothing to lose, only gain.
Things to Avoid
When you play Jacks or Better video poker,
you should always avoid the widespread blunder
of retaining a kicker.
Many players mistakenly think that keeping
a kicker gives them a higher chance to win
with a higher payout.
The Straight / Flush.
You should also never attempt to keep three
cards in your quest of chasing a straight
or a flush.
Keeping three cards with the hope to grab
a straight or a flush only leaves you in a
The only time that you can keep all the three
cards is when you can pull off the highly
valuable straight flush in your attempt at
going after a big payout.
Keep in mind this basic strategy on how to
beat video poker machines: never give up a
winning hand in an attempt at getting an even
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