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Video Poker from a Different Perspective22 January 2003
I have always held the belief that gambling is more of an art than a science. A science implies there is a defined set of rules and parameters in which to operate. In art, there is room for interpretation. If gambling were a science, people who have spent most of their lives studying games of chance would not only be experts, they'd also be rich.
This isn't an argument against learning how to play the games correctly, learning all the proper strategies, and managing your money. Rather, it's a statement that allows for some self-expression when it comes to gambling. It's an attempt to loosen the bonds that rigid adherence to the dictates of mathematical probability and minute percentages can hold on recreational gamblers.
Rob Singer, a professional gambler who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free spirit when it comes to playing video poker. He's a maverick amongst the "brain trust" of the world of gaming when it comes to the successful pursuit of his favorite casino game. In essence, he acknowledges the luck factor, something that so many experts refuse to take into serious account.
Singer is the author of The Undeniable Truth about Video Poker (GBC Press) and editor of a Web site devoted to the game, www.vptruth.com. His game plan for success is not a slave to statistics or fractional long-term advantages. Singer's somewhat of an outcast in this respect. You might even say there are some who would accuse him of "voodoo" gambling economics.
A vast majority of video poker experts define a machine's playing value almost exclusively in terms of the rate of return per coin played on full houses and flushes. Almost everyone is familiar with "10/7", "9/6", "8/5" machines, etc. Video poker games and pay tables vary. Some offer greater long-term playing advantages. The common advice is to seek out the "good" machines and avoid at all costs the "bad" machines.
Singer begs to differ in the respect that he takes into account short-term play. He believes that there are financial reward expectations during the narrow windows of opportunity we choose to play video poker, even on machines with pay tables that are "black listed" by the experts.
An important underlying theme that must be emphasized here is the fact that even though machines vary in full house/flush payouts, the return for four-of-a-kind, straight flush, and royal flush hands seems to be fairly uniform. If video poker is truly based on random computer shuffles and deals, your chances of getting a "jackpot pay off hand" are the same on the so-called good machines as bad ones.
Over the long haul you're going to have less of an opportunity to make money on any full houses and flushes you get, but during a three-hour or so session of play, does it really matter THAT much so long as you are fortunate enough to catch some big four-of-a-kind hands?
Singer observes that since many of the so called "good" machines are found in the locals-oriented casinos in Las Vegas; experts tend to ignore video poker machines found in the bigger Strip establishments and mega-resorts. Doing so, he contends, deprives players of the opportunity to take advantage of the more lavish perks and complimentaries that the bigger places are able to make available to players.
More about this unusual approach to video poker play next week.
For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots by John Robison
Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
The Video Poker Answer Book by John Grochowski
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