True video poker paylines fix confusion
January 22, 2013 3:00 AM
by Marc Meltzer
Not all video poker games are created equal.
The full pay 8/5 Bonus Poker games (8 for a full house/5 for a flush) return over 99%. Then there are 8/5 Bonus Poker games that return more than 100%, and 8/5 Bonus Poker that returns less than 99%.
Confused yet? You should be. The key to knowing your returns is to keep an eye on the pay lines to know what your return should be.
To learn the returns for a video poker game you should always begin looking at the full house and flush. This is the most basic way to find out what pay table you are dealing with. To find out more about your video poker pay table look at the bottom.
If you are receiving the same even money for one pair and two pair, your return on an 8/5 Bonus Poker game will only be 86%. Meanwhile, if you look at the top of your pay table and notice your 8/5 Bonus Poker game is a progressive machine that pays a larger amount than 4,000 credits ($1,000 for a quarter machine) for a Royal Flush you could be closing in on a 100% return game, depending on where the progressive is running.
Progressive jackpots in video poker can be close to a great equalizer to bad video poker payables. A decent progressive jackpot for a Royal Flush of $1,200 on a 25 cent 7/5 Bonus Poker (7 for a full house, 5 for a flush) machine can increase your returns by 5%. For reference, this cuts the difference from an 8/5 Bonus Poker game to a 7/5 Bonus Poker game in half. Not too shabby.
Progressive jackpots in video poker definitely help make a bad pay table less bad and can make a good pay table great. Given equal pay tables you’re always going to have a better return when you play a progressive video poker game. If you’re not a math person and can’t figure the percentages out on your own don’t worry. There’s an app for that.
The WinPoker app that I use to practice my video poker game allows for the user to add their own pay tables and run an analysis on the game. This only takes a minute or two and is a great asset when walking through the casino.
If you prefer to learn different progressive pay tables before you head to the casino you can run different scenarios for progressive jackpots at home on WinPoker. There are also a few different websites that will allow you to run similar functionality from your home computer.
If you’re a video poker player I always recommend giving the progressive video poker machines a look when walking through the casino. You may even find that your returns on these video poker machines are the best of any video poker games in the casino.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gambling and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Follow Marc on twitter @eastcoastgamblr. Check out his blog at www.AC2LV.com Contact Marc at MarcMeltzer@GamingToday.com.