Decisions are what Video Poker is all about. Much like Blackjack, another
game of skill, what you choose to do with what you're presented on each
hand has a direct effect on your chances of winning that hand. As this
skillfulness in decision-making varies, so too does the house edge.
The best way to play blackjack perfectly is with a basic blackjack strategy
chart, which maps out each decision for you. Video Poker strategy charts
can be arrived at the same way (computers are used for both) and give
similar advice. Strategy cards for Video Poker often claim 'expert strategy'
status, meaning they claim to be a refined strategy that will truly get
you as much as possible out of the particular machine it's written for.
Since there are many card combinations which can be held / discarded
in a number of ways, the right choices aren't always obvious. When you
run into this situation, you check your trusty expert strategy card and
Although you may have done the research and chosen your machine, a beauty
with full return and all, it's still just a machine, you're not playing
it yet. Just like if it was just a car, one capable of 200MPH, it still
wouldn't be any good if you couldn't drive it, and it wouldn't hit 200
unless you could drive it well. The same is true of the Video Poker machine;
you need to be able to play it to win it, and you're chances of success
are better when playing off of a strategy card.
When you go to the casino, you can bring as many non-electronic aids
with you as you like, just no computers. Playing video poker online however
gives you the freedom to use your own PC software to analyze the pay table
of an online casinos machine. Very handy.
Now would be a good time to have a look at the actual strategy