How to Win at Video Poker and Find the Best Poker Game (Tech4Truth Episode 5)

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Learn how to find the best video poker machine in the casino, and how to play it once you’ve found it. I’m Mark Vincent, a certified slot technician, and my tech4truth videos are to educate the gambling public about how slots work, and how not to get scammed by those selling systems. This is Episode 1 of 8… make sure to view my other episodes when they come online!

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Sample Transcript: You’ve heard me say a few times now that video poker is the best slot machine bet in the casino. That’s true because video poker games universally have higher payback than regular reel or video slots. There are a couple of reasons for this, but perhaps the biggest reason is that video poker games are considered ‘skill based’ games. Put simply, they’re the only type of slot machine that allow you a certain level of control over the outcome other than when you hit the bet button. When you play video poker, you’re initially given five cards and can choose to hold or discard those cards on the next draw, changing your outcome. If you’re good at poker, you can greatly increase your odds of winning over the long term by holding the right cards at the right times, but if you’re a poor player you can actually decrease your payback by holding the wrong cards. Because there are far more poor poker players than good ones, the casinos can bump up the paybacks overall to compensate.

Another reason poker games are a better bet than other games is because poker games use a deck of cards to determine combinations, not virtual reels. If you remember Episodes Two and Three, you know that the casino uses the RNG, Virtual Reels, and the Paytable to determine payback, but on poker games there are no virtual reels. There are always 52 cards in a virtual deck, and the casino can’t change that. That means that your chance of pulling any single card initially is always one in 52, no matter what machine you play. Since the casino can no longer control the odds on the game, the only way they can affect the payback is by changing the paytable, or how much you’re paid for each hand. Don’t forget to head to and check out my free video poker simulator while you wait for my next episode! In episode six I’ll be talking about money management and a great starting strategy you can use to ensure that you always walk out of the casino with some money. I’ll see you there, and thanks again for watching Tech4Truth.

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