Six Tips to be a Smarter Video Poker Player – Part 1 – with Gambling Author Henry Tamburin

Hi and welcome to our instructional video that is designed to make you are smarter gambler my name is Steve Bourie and I’m the author of the American casino guide, the number one bestselling book in the US on the subject of casino gambling and travel and the only book that comes with over one thousand dollars in casino coupons. if you want to know more about our book be sure to visit our website at and if you have a smartphone or tablet be sure to download our free app just go to the App Store or the Google Play Store and search for American casino guide. This video is part one of a two-part series where Henry Tamburin who is the author of six books on casino gambling discusses six tips to become a smarter video poker player.

first tip is you gotta discipline yourself to play only full pay video poker games. You have to understand that if you take say a specific video poker game like Jacks or Better you go into a casino and you might find different pay tables for a Jacks or Better video poker machine and it’s up to you, it’s your responsibility to go up to that video poker machine and try and select the one that pays the highest return for that jacks or better game. And video poker players use this nomenclature like 9/6 Jacks or Better which signifies that that is the highest paying Jacks or Better game. The 9/6 refers to the per-coin payoff for a full house or a flush so when you walk up to a video poker machine you can simply look at the pay schedule and look down the first column at one coin just for reference, you’re not gonna play one coin but your gonna look down at first column and look to see what the payoff is for a full house and a flush and you wanna see nine and a six that is a full pay video poker jacks or better game. That game is going to return 99.5 percent theoretical return You can go to a casino in find Jacks or Better that pay 8/5 or 7/5 and heaven forbid 6/5 every time that pay schedule goes down for the flush and the full house you’re gonna drop your theoretical return so it makes no sense to go to a casino and play a short pay, say 7/5 or 8/5 Jacks or Better when that casino could have a 9/6 full pay game. Now how do you locate, how do you know whether your local casino has a full pay video poker game? More info here:

My suggestion is go to this website and I’ll give you the name it’s VPfree2, you gotta type the number two dot com, so that’s VPfree number two dot com. This site has a database maintained by video poker pros and expert players of all of the full pay video poker games that you’ll find in casinos throughout the US. You can for example look up which casinos in a certain area where you live or where you’re going to visit a specific casino what casinos in that area have 9/6 Jacks or Better so you can find that information very readily if you’re coming to Las Vegas you can also look on the site and they also have a video poker page that lists all the full pay games that are available in each casino in the las vegas-area. Tip number two to be a smarter video poker player is you’ve got to learn the playing strategies and you’ve got to play max coins. I mention for example 9/6 jacks or better has a theoretical return of 99.54 percent but you can only achieve that return if you play every hand perfectly and if you play max coins and usually max coins is five coins.

The reason you have to play max coin is that if you look at the payouts the payout screen for a 9/6 jacks or better every payout increases proportionally when you increase your betting from one coin to five except for the Royal Flush when you bet up to five coins you get a bonus payout and that bonus payout will help you achieve the 99.54 percent return, the bottom line is if you only play one or two or three coins you’re not going to get 99.5 percent you’re going to get less You gotta play max coins when you’re playing video poker to get that high return. The second thing is you have to learn the playing strategy for that particular game If you’re playing jacks or better you gotta learn the playing strategy for jacks or better, if you wanna play double bonus you gotta learn the strategy for that game and so on. The easiest way to learn the strategy and there are several ways you can you can get the strategy in the book on video poker you can get in on different internet sites for example has video poker strategies or what I suggest is you get yourself a video poker training software. These training software you purchase them they’re not expensive, they’re generally about fifty dollars pop ’em into your computer at home and you play video poker you can play any video poker game while you’re playing, the computer is going to alert you when you make a playing mistake and it’s also going to show you what the correct play is and it’s going to keep your playing accuracy so you can have fun playing video poker at home at the same time learning the correct playing strategies and you want to continue to practice until you get your playing strategy at least ninety-nine percent you might think that’s impossible trust me it’s feasible if you practice at home because if you make mistakes at home you’re going to make mistakes in the casino and its gonna cost you money so practice makes perfect.

Tip number three deals with bankroll, you know how to find a full pay game you’ve practiced your playing strategies the third important thing is you’ve gotta have a sufficient bankroll to play video poker. Why? Because by the nature of the game of video poker it is a volatile game, meaning your bankroll is gonna go up and down from while you play and from session to session You’re never gonna win every time you play and certainly you can experience losing streaks but the whole point is that a Royal Flush occurs once every forty thousand hands on average but you never know when you’re gonna hit that royal flush, it could come tomorrow it could come the next day you might hit two in one session or it might take your year, that’s the volatility involved in video poker. So you have to have sufficient bankroll to take you through those losing streaks and I’m gonna give you a prime example of what happened to me to show you an example of the volatility In 2013 playing 9/6 jacks or better full pay I only hit three royal flushes the entire year and I averaged about 250,000 hands of video poker and if you look at statistically if i’m suppose to get one every 40,000 on average I should have gotten at least six royal flushes during the year Now remember that’s an average, sometimes I’ll get less sometimes I’ll get more Well you see in 2013 I got less than what probability predicts, so I needed the extra bankroll to get me through the year.

In 2014, recently I had 11 royal flushes in 18 consecutive playing sessions, that’s a prime example of the fluctuations and the volatility of video poker. One year I hit three the entire year the second year I hit 11 in two months and for the year 2014 I ended up with a 18 so one year I hit three, one year I hit 18, I played the same number of hands on the same game but you can see from that example the volatility of video poker which is why it’s important that you need to have a bankroll. How much bankroll do you need? It really depends on the game and if you get the video poker software I mentioned earlier the software has a bankroll function where you can put in whatever game you’re gonna play whatever denomination you can afford and it will calculate how much bankroll you need so that you won’t go broke.

I mean that’s the worst case scenario and that’s what you wanna prevent when you play video poker is to go broke so a rough rule of thumb is you really need about three to four times the amount of the Royal So if it’s a thousand coin royal flush you really should have about a three or four thousand dollar bankroll Take this money and put it in a money market open up a money market at your bank or your mutual fund put that money in it call it a 401 G this is the money you use to play video poker. When you go to the casinos take out some of this money, play video poker whatever is left you put it back in. That money that’s in your account is gonna go up, it’s gonna go down it’s going to fluctuate but over time if you continue to play skillfully with the tips I’m sharing with you you’ll see that it’ll grow, it’ll grow over time. If you want to learn more about me and some of the information that I have on my website you can either go to smart gaming dot com which I was articles on all different casino games that I’ve written or you can go to and that site has the blackjack Insider newsletter which I edit and there you’ll find information on blackjack.

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