Video Poker or Slots? – Considering ‘long-term’ results, the average slot machine offers higher profits than video poker. The reason is clear: poker is a skill game, and market competition forces all types of casinos (online and landed) to reward the winner of a higher skill game than a game of luck. Most people are not adept at playing casino games, so casinos can give high rewards to those who have mastered the game of danger, assuming that the profits will come from the mistakes of other players.

I can show you how to get the maximum return from a video poker machine, but you must remember that the maximum return may still be less than 100%. Any theoretical return from a video poker machine that is less than 100% means the casino has an edge over you, and this happens in slot machines, Baccarat, or Roulette. The difference is that casino excellence in video poker games may be (but not always) relatively small; in the neighborhood of about 1% or more. Even by making lots of mistakes, the average player is likely to achieve a long-term return of more than 97% when playing a good video poker game. I mean ‘good’, I mean games like paid Jacks or Better, which are widely available on the Internet.

However, to effectively realize online poker returnsfrom video poker games, one must, at one point or another, receive a Royal Flush and his cousin, Straight Flush. This rarely happens; on average Royal will only come once every 40,000 hands and Straight Flush once every 9,000 hands. Because we are dealing with averages in random games, there is nothing stopping you from getting a Royal in your first hand, but that is not possible. And short-term drawbacks like changing hand returns that you can expect when you play, say, 1000 video poker hands, which are two or three hours of playing games. I don’t want to get too involved with math here, but Royal Flush and Straight Flush add a total of 2.53% to the return of 99, 54% of Jacks are fully paid or better video poker games that I mentioned before. Therefore ‘If you are unrealistic to hit Royal or Straight Flush for 1000 hand games, your return will likely be more in the area of ​​99.54% minus 2.53% or 97%. That means 3% of the casino edge, which is not much different from a good slot online.

What is a ‘good’ slot machine? Well, I don’t know, because they can’t be measured like video poker games. But, just for the purpose of discussion, let’s say we can identify slot machines that have a long-term return of 97% (3% casino edge) and require 3/4 per spin. In general, quarter video poker games will require 5 quarters per hand and both slots and video poker games can usually be played at a rate of around 400 rounds or hands per hour. You can easily see that playing 400 rounds on a slot machine with $ 0.75 per round means you will bet $ 300 per hour and playing 400 hands of video poker means you will bet $ 500 per hour. If the casino advantage, in the short run, is 3% on each game,

Of course, if you are going to play regularly, be willing to finance the inevitable losing sessions that are an inseparable part of video poker and are willing to learn the right playing strategy, then video poker is a better way, because your long-term results are likely to be much better. But for many people, playing games is a form of relaxation or entertainment, so I can’t blame those who prefer playing slots to video poker games, especially if you have $ 20 in reserve that you want to strive for. Throw in the fact that many slot machines – especially those without progressive jackpots – pay proportionately; i.e., returns for a quarter played are one third of returns for three quarters played, Your $ 20 might give you several hours of entertainment. But unlike going to the movies, playing or sporting events,

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