It is not enough to just know the payback of a video poker
machine. In order to achieve the maximum return you must play
the game using a set mathematical strategy. The key is to
discard in a manner that gives you the highest expectation of
winning. Using such a strategy will give you the best chances of
winning in the long run.
It is very important that you learn the strategy for each
game and play them correctly. Making a few mistakes in strategy
when playing can increase the house edge against you. Each
video poker game has its own strategy. For example you can
not use the strategy for Jacks or Better when playing Deuces
The game that you should learn first is Jacks or Better.
Most of the other games are variations of this one.
...Please relax! You don't have to read a whole library..
You should learn just how to use video poker strategy
cards. The process is fairly simple, but may not be obvious
at first. Remember, the following video poker strategy cards are
based on Full-pay versions of the machine that they reference.
The strategy card will list a number of poker hands from top
to bottom. To use video poker strategy cards, fire up your game
and take a look at the hand you've been dealt. Start comparing
this hand to the hands on the strategy card, starting from the
top, working your way down. The highest hand on the list that
matches the hand that you have, are the cards you should keep. Keep
the combination of cards that match the strategy card listing,
discard the rest, and you've just used your professional video
Now, practice makes perfect, so you can learn to make each
decision without referencing your strategy card.
The perfect game to start practicing your first proper video
poker strategy is full-pay Jacks or Better. It has a very
straightforward strategy and shouldn't leave you with many
Below you will find abbreviated playing strategies for the most
common types of video poker machines found in casinos today.