Articles Blog

How to Find the Best Paying Video Poker Machines in Any Casino with Gambling Author Linda Boyd

How to Find the Best Paying Video Poker Machines in Any Casino with Gambling Author Linda Boyd

This educational gaming video was
brought to you by the American casino guide the number one bestselling book in the
US on the subject of casino gambling and travel and the only book that comes with more
than one thousand dollars in casino coupons including offers for free rooms free
food free shows and even free gambling money
If you wanna know more about the book be sure to visit our website at In this video we will be speaking
with gambling author Linda Boyd about how to find the best paying video poker
machines Linda is a former mathematics
instructor and author of the bestselling book the video poker edge and also writes monthly columns about
video poker for several gaming magazines. And now here’s linda
boyd A lot of people don’t understand the
difference between a video poker machine and a slot machine. A slot machine is based on luck so if you’re gonna play a slot machine they’re lots of fun especially the new ones but you’d better bring your lucky horseshoe with you. On the other hand if
your game is video poker then it’s based on skill so you need to learn how to play
correctly and also make sure that you look
for the best machines so we’re going to talk a little bit
about how you can go into a casino and locate the best
machines available for video poker within that casino. If you’re comparing a video poker
machine with a slot machine in terms of the pay schedule that you
can see on the front of the glass of each of those devices it’s quite different with the video
poker machine you can see how much they pay for each
of the winning hands and based on how much they pay for each of those winning hands along with
the fact that each symbol — there are fifty-two of them with the 52 card deck game– has an equal probability of being selected
on the other hand if your game is slots, they do not have an equal probability of being selected So just because you keep coming close say
two instead of three 7s on a slot machine does not mean you’re really close to winning the big jackpot With video poker a lot is based on game names because the games are the same if it’s the same name with
the exception of two things on the pay schedule let
me give you an example jacks or better is a real popular game in casinos and it’s because you
get paid double for two pair versus single pay for two pair but not all games of jacks or better are created equal even though
they have the same name the pay schedules will differ in terms
of full house and the flush, respectively. For
example if your game is 9/6 Jacks or Better you get paid 9 for each coin bet when you hit a full house, 6 for each
coin bet when you hit a flush on the other hand, if your game is 8/5 Jacks or Better you just get a return of eight coins for each one bet on a full house and five for each coin bet on a flush hand. So essentially you need to look for a pay schedule that
gives you the best return with the most coins for the
same given hand Considering 9/6 Jacks or Better versus 8/5
Jacks or Better you may want to think about the ER which is the expected return. The higher
the ER (expected return) the better it is for you the player. So if you decide you’re gonna play 9/6 instead of 8/5 for each coin shortfall it’s approximately 1.1 percent less on your expected return Let me use the 8/5 versus 9/6 example There’s one coin less for the full
house instead of 9 you get 8 back on a full house and there’s one coin shortage on the flush instead of 6 you would get five back so one plus one is two so it means 1.1 and 1.1 is approximately 2.2 percent less and if you check using your tutorial devices at home you
will see that 9/6 Jacks or Better if you play it 100 percent accurately pays 99.5439 percent on the other hand you get 2.2 percent less if you play 8/5 big difference when you look at the returns on the pay
schedule. People often wonder is there one best video
poker game to play and the answer is it depends it depends
on you the player and it also depends on the
pay schedule available in your favorite casino. On the
one hand you can have a high risk quite a high
volatility game lots of action, lots of adrenaline rush
there on the other hand if you choose low
volatility it might be a little like watching paint
dry which you can last a lot longer on your chosen bankroll. Let me give you
an example of each. A high volatility game the highest is double double bonus poker note in double double bonus poker and double bonus poker, another high
volatility game, you only get paid even money for two pair and that is a high frequency hand. On the other hand, if you choose a low
volatility game the best example is probably jacks or
better Jacks or Better gives you double your wager
whenever you receive two pair. As I said before it’s a frequent
hand and I might add it may depend on your
goals as a player if your goal is to get a lot
of the entries into a drawing for example and it’s based on your play you would
want a low volatility game you can rack up a lot of points and a
lot of drawing entried if you’re trying for a coveted prize On the other hand many people myself included find it boring to sit there and play and not get any high paying bonuses unless you get an infrequent
hand of a royal flush which is approximately
one in forty thousand or a straight flush which is also an
infrequent hand and I might add four of a kind if you’re playing a low volatility game may only give you
125 coin return for a five coin bet, on the other hand double double bonus if you get four aces
and the kicker you’ll receive a a five hundred dollar on a quarter machine pay-back so it
really depends on what the fun factor is for you and what the
goals are as a player and let me add one other thing just
because the casino that you have chosen at has 9/6 Jacks or Better a really good
game full pay jacks or better, does not mean
all of their games are full pay so you need to consider what
the pay schedule is. If you’re choosing double bonus for
example you want 10/7 double bonus however the casino that has 9/6 Jacks or Better may not have 10/7 double bonus so you really want to look at the pay
schedule and you want to know the expected return you want the highest expected
return possible you want to make certain that
you know what you’re doing you don’t wanna go into a casino blind if you go into casino when you
don’t know how to play a specific game then
you’re better off playing slots than video poker in some cases Some people wonder if they’re an unskilled
player they have not practiced at home will it change the payback percentage?
Absolutely it will change the payback percentage
because all of the expected returns that you’ll
see in my table or anybody else’s table are based on 100
percent accurate play very few people can do
that if you’re unskilled you will not over the long run receive the expected
return indicated and many people will say oh these machines are rigged for the
holidays they’ve got these machines fixed you can play correctly and have bad luck
over one session and not get the ER if you’re unskilled
however in the long run you won’t get even close to the expected return you must play mathematically correctly it order to get
the expected return. Often people wonder can I use the same
strategy for every single video poker game and
the answer to that one is a resounding no way. Each game has its
own strategy that’s why you need to practice
up before you go to the casino the strategy that you use for full pay
deuces wild for example will be different than the strategy used
for not so ugly deuces wild same thing is true for you Jacks or
Better versus double double bonus the strategy is based
on the payback for a given winning hand along with the odds of achieving that given hand. So don’t expect to play
every video poker game using the same strategy. People often
wonder since each strategy is different
depending on the game is there a way to learn how to play
mathematically correctly when you’re playing video
poker and thats a yes. There’s several ways you can do that number one I highly recommend that you
take software or at least practice before you
go to the casino using tutorial software. I recommend Zamzow win poker which is 100
percent accurate and its very user friendly there are other very accurate software
programs that are also good what I state to beginners is to make certain that has a tutorial function and
it’s not just fun lot whistles and bells. There are
many good books out there I have a book called the video poker edge there are publications Midwest gaming and travel
that’s a real good one for video poker players and there are others on the market you
definitely want to be armed with information though before you
enter the casino to play video poker the same way you would want to be armed
before you go to play hold ’em or any other poker game. What if you’re
going to a casino what can you do as a player to make
sure that you have the best odds available? Number one I
recommend that you take pay schedules with you you will find a pay schedule on the
face or someplace on any video poker device that you find
in a casino you can simply push the see pays button
and it will tell you the pay schedule however it will not tell you the
expected return and as a player you want to know the
percentage or the expected return so make certain you bring cards with you that give the
expected return for example if you’re looking to play
jacks or better you can look at the face of the machine at
pay schedule that’s on that device and match it with the pay
schedules you bring with you and you will see 9/6 Jacks or Better 99.5439 percent if you choose 8/5 you’ll see
that percentage and so on. So it’s important when you go
to the casino that you checked the pay schedules
before you find a seat and that you select the pay schedule
with the highest ER. I will tell you frequently you’ll find side by side games with
different pay schedules you may see a 9/6 pay
schedule right alongside a 9/5 pay schedule you of course will select the 9/6 pay
schedule You may want to know if there’s any kinda
guarantee that when you go to the casino and you
find the best machine in the house that is the
machines with the highest ER (expected return) does that mean you’re
definitely gonna go home a winner? Unfortunately no regardless of the
casino game there’s always a luck component and
sometimes it’s just not your day you need to stay within the
predetermined confines of the budget that you’ve allocated for your gambling venture when that’s gone it may be a terrific
video poker game but you need to go as well. What’s my best
advice? If I were to give just one tip for video
poker players that would be be skilled at the game
you select I would rather play 9/6 Jacks or Better with a slightly lower ER than full
pay deuces wild if I know what I’m doing in 9/6 Jacks or
Better and I don’t know what I’m doing in
full pay deuces wild. So you do need to have the basics for
your selected game if you want to come close to the
expected return if you want to know more about me and my
work I’ve written a book it’s called the video poker edge I also
write for several gaming publications including Midwest gaming and travel You
can get my book on or through my publishing house square
one publishers I write for several other publications
as well Don’t forget that you can see more of
our educational gaming videos on our YouTube channel just go to

49 thoughts on “How to Find the Best Paying Video Poker Machines in Any Casino with Gambling Author Linda Boyd”

  1. Very Nice! Thank you for Sharing!!!!!

    What a way of meeting people and get to see their talent. By visiting other channels allows me to support them, and by doing this has brought me into the houses of some very special people. You are one of them. Life; isn't it wonderful!!! Keep up the good work. Have A Splendid Day!!!!

    A YouTube Friend

  2. I think Linda really knows about video poker but its very dificult for us to "see" what´s she is teaching because when she says an example, you, who have edited the video, dont put this example for us in the screen.
    Please help us!

  3. Ms Boyds book is really good, it gives solid information which makes you a better video poker player. Thank you Ms Boyd!

  4. Next week I'm going to Harrah's Casino in Laughlin, and as far as I can remember from my last trip, the video pokers at the bar pay 6/5 on Bonus and 9/6/4 on Double Bonus. I usually play Bonus for the two-pair payoffs to help you stay alive, but I'm really thinking about switching to Double Bonus for the bigger 4-of-a-kind payoffs. Even a 250-credit hit would be enough for me to walk away with.

    Can you give me any advice on this particular game and its volatility?

  5. Go to vpfree2(dot)com to see information on the best video poker games offered at that casino. Double Bonus is a volatile game. You need to make sure you have a big enough bankroll to last until you hit some good payoffs. Otherwise, you might get wiped out early. Or, who knows, you could get lucky right away by hitting a big payoff! After all, it is gambling!

  6. Thanks, I'll check that site out. And thanks for these videos. I actually bought the American Casino Guide 2012, and it's just brimming with useful knowledge. I feel like a much more informed gambler.

  7. I played 7/5 Bonus Poker at Harrash in Laughlin last weekend and hit my first Royal Flush for $1000. I got a hand-pay and didn't have to pay taxes.

  8. 8/5 Bonus poker would be a better game if you could find it. Sometimes, however, that better game isn't offered.

  9. 7/5 was the best Harrah's had, and only certain machines. At the bar it was 6/5 and 9/6/4 double bonus.

  10. If you're having more fun, that difference might be justified.
    In the world of gambling, and investing, that is a huge difference on return.
    Casinos love it when people make the statement you just made!

  11. The software is called "WinPoker." We sell it at a discounted price on our website at americancasinoguide(dot)com/video-poker-software.html We also sell two other brands of video poker software at a discount price. The other two are more expensive, but they allow you to print out your own strategy charts to bring with you into the casinos.

  12. I'm Going To Vegas Next Yr. I Will Try This Method.. But Question Is, She Didn't Say Which Kind Of Poker Is Best To Win @?? Like Jacks Or Better Or Deuces wild & So On..

  13. I missed the name of the tutorial video game to practice on. Dean ?????? were can it be purchased. or is there a link.


  14. How would you know that each card has equal chance, obviously it can be programmed to give cards that wont match. Poker is skill indeed, but video poker isint same as poker, anyone could make their video poker never give matching cards.

  15. you can talk about all the volatility and 9/6 8/6 payouts you want if the machine is going to hit its going to hit. The machine is not gonna pay a royal flush if there's not enough money lost to pay it. the 98% 99% payout is for the life of the machine not your $100 you stick in. the cards are not a real deck of cards and probability and odds do not apply to video poker. there is 0 skill in video poker. Please do not listen to anyone claiming there is any strategy to playing slot machines it all goes by money in and money out. if you can look to see how much a slot takes in and pays out then you would know what machines are behind in paying and play those.

  16. ok retards the payout % is set on every slot machine. when a % is set to the machine thats the payout its going to payout its not some random generator thats really shuffling a deck of cards its a random generator because the cards won't be repeated if you throw a king of diamonds away you'll get a random generated card you won't get the king of diamonds again thats what makes it random. god you guys are didiots if you think there is anything random about a slot machine or video poker machine when you hear people talking about ev and best ways to play a video poker hand is just selling books to idiots that thinks slot machines can be beat. slots pay for every person working every power bill every comp given out those slots paid for it. Don't be brainwashed by people saying there is a great strategy to playing its all common sense and luck. thats why this lady can't even go through the video wiithout laughing she says 1+1 is 2…. 96% payout is 96% payout you canb't make a machine pay out 100% if its set to 96% no matter how perfect you play.

  17. I'm teaching myself video poker on home computer, via free slots on the internet. I'm learning video poker, just to learn poker. I'v never played poker at all. So if I learn this all good and wonderful. Who knows? If I ever see a machine, I just might give it a shot in the dark……… 🙂

  18. lol The DD machine you showed payed 50 for a Full House, which happens never. But it's higher than the 45 on the Jacks or Better.

  19. Of u only zee the 9/6, nut maybe the 8/5 paus the royal flush more ,for example, I hv see some pay royal flush 250, some pay 500.

  20. What is the double double bonus full pay machine pay back percentage with perfect play ? And is the best paying double double bonus supposed to be a 9/6 also for the full payback percent ?

  21. Well, I tell you one thing, I'm at a casino right now in Louisiana. Last night on a multi denom the $1 Was paying 9/6, now this morning it's only paying 8/5. Some techs were around so I asked a guy about it. He said the guy that can change it on the floor won't be here till layer today. So how did it change? Remotely that's how! In a control room somewhere else. So if they can control that then they can change when it pays, or make them tighter or looser on a moment's notice. I have felt like whenever I was winning or holding my own, and then it just turned bad. Now I know why. If they check you on camera and see you're a good player, they can pull the plug on you. So on another note, I think this is how the Mandalay Bay was paying Paddock. They can set when you win too.

  22. I find it very annoying that the W2G regulations are STILL stuck at $1,200. It's crazy how the higher denomination machines offer better pay tables, but leave you much more vulnerable to IRS scrutiny.

  23. I like to play video poker because of the small house edge. Unfortunately, I live in New York and we have VLT's. My understanding is they are just like pull tabs. No skill involved like the RNG's. Is the house advantage much bigger for the VLT's? What's the best way to find out? Thank you and I enjoy all your videos in advice.

  24. Is it better to play VLT video poker machines in New York or the RNG machines in Las Vegas? Payouts the same? Thank you.

  25. As someone who doesn't gamble regularly, i watched all of your goddamn advice videos on video poker for some reason and thought they were rather informative. Thanks peeps

  26. Good luck finding a 9/6 machine. I played a garbage 7/5 machine today and still managed to double my money. Learn the correct strategy for the type of VP you're playing and you'll be fine.

  27. From what I've seen the only places to go are Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. I play mainly deuces wild. I like the idea of getting over a 100% payback. Of course it's qualified based on making the best plays with each hand.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *