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VP Basics & 10 Best Versions

11 June 2004

That beautiful Royal Flush!
Straight Flush
Four of a Kind
Full House
Flush
Straight
Three of a kind
Two pair
One pair of jacks or better

Let's begin your basic Video Poker Education.

The two techniques that are mandatory to becoming an educated and prepared video poker player are:

    1) how to read a pay schedule with additional education to know the difference between short/partial pay and full-pay versions, plus

    2) strategies for all the VP types/games.

Pay Schedules:

    In a grouping of video poker machines, known as banks or carousels, all of which may look exactly the same, casinos will often 'mix-in' several VP machines with inferior pay programs (short/partial pay).

    Often, in a bank of regular non-progressive, non-bonus VP machines, only 1 or 2 may be the Jacks or Better 9/6 (nine coins for a full house, and 6 coins for a flush), while the rest are 8/5, 7/5, or even worse, 6/5. This means that one player, on the 9/6 machine, will be winning more for the same hands than the other players.

    If you bet 5 coins, all winning hands are paid out multiplied by a factor of five, except for the royal flush. This is a bonus amount designed as an incentive to play five coins. All those players who play less than maximum coins are setting up the best payoffs for those who do.

Below are the average return percentages for ten of the best VP versions. These percentages are maintained with maximum coins per hand, 'full-pay' schedule play and optimum strategy.

 
VP Version
Average Return Percentage
1
10/4 Loose Deuces --4 Deuces pays 2500
100.97%
2
9/5 Deuces Wild
100.76%
3
7/5 Jokers Wild --5 of a kind pays 1000, Quad pays 100
100.64%
4
9/6 Double Double Jackpot Poker--2 pair pays 1
100.35%
5
10/7 Double Bonus--2 pair pays 1
100.17%
6
Pick 'Em Poker--pair of 9's+ min. payout
99.95%
7
11/7 Triple Bonus Poker--Kings+ min. payout
99.94%
8
9/6 Jacks+--2 pair pays 2
99.54%
9
8/5 Bonus Jacks+--2 pair pays 2, Four Aces pays 400
99.17%
10
9/6 Double Double Bonus--4 Aces with 2, 3 or 4 pays 2000
98.98%

The first two numbers reflect the payouts for a full house and flush as per one coin payout. Therefore, a 10/7 Bonus VP version #5, would pay 10 coins for a full house and 7 coins for a flush for a one coin bet.

The exception being for Deuces Wild versions--#1 and #2, which reflect the payouts for a straight flush and 4 of a kind as per one coin payout. The minimum payout for Deuces games is 3-of-a-kind. #4 'Jackpot' version is also known as Aces and Faces where the higher payouts are reserved for Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks. In addition, because Bonus VP versions offer higher payouts for four aces and four 2's, 3's and 4's, the pair and two pair payouts are often the same--1 coin. VP versions that pay 2 for 2 pair are #8 and #9 Jacks+ and Bonus Jacks+ in the guide above.

It bears repeating that these percentages are maintained with maximum coins, full-pay schedules and perfect strategy in play. The actual payout of any video poker machine is determined not only by its schedule but also by how you select discards.

Since playing errors can reduce the payout, just sitting down in front of a full pay machine won't help you unless you learn the correct strategies. I know that the #10 selection, DDBonus may not qualify in most top VP guides with other versions boasting better returns. However, the popularity of this version and more importantly, the casino availability was taken into consideration when compiling this list. To receive a slight edge, locate DDBonus that is at least a 9/6 game-better than the 9/5.

Until we meet again to continue your VP education, may all your VP choices turn out to be 'royalty'

Gayle Mitchell

Gayle Mitchell, one of the first women to break through the “felt ceiling” of the previously male-dominated world of casino gambling gurus, is now regarded as one of North America’s leading experts on casino gambling.

Gayle’s commitment to educating the gambling public began almost 20 years ago, when she walked into a Las Vegas casino and experienced for the first time the thrill that comes with winning even a small bet. She made up her mind then and there to learn every game in the casino, and a short time later resolved to make a career out of sharing her insights with other gamblers. She had always considered herself to be a good teacher – she believes in keeping things simple – and decided that she would commit herself to showing newbies how to become knowledgeable, intelligent gamblers.

Gayle started her own publishing company, and her first book came out in 1997. Today she is the author of seven books, seven EBooks, and a set of five Tips booklets, and has presented many seminars on casino gambling. Currently she teaches Learn to Win Programs with other leading experts at GamblingTeachers.com. The site is a player-friendly Free Gambling Learning Center offering 300+ online lessons for popular casino games plus Gambling Teachers Blog. Gayle also operates www.gamerisms.com, which is a games glossary site for sport, casino, skill and video game players.

“It’s a fact that less than 2 percent of casino players know the profitable, correct strategies and/or rules for most casino games,” Gayle says. “Our group of career teachers and writers are working to improve that statistic.”

Gayle Mitchell Websites:

www.gamblingteachers.com
www.gamerisms.com
Gayle Mitchell
Gayle Mitchell, one of the first women to break through the “felt ceiling” of the previously male-dominated world of casino gambling gurus, is now regarded as one of North America’s leading experts on casino gambling.

Gayle’s commitment to educating the gambling public began almost 20 years ago, when she walked into a Las Vegas casino and experienced for the first time the thrill that comes with winning even a small bet. She made up her mind then and there to learn every game in the casino, and a short time later resolved to make a career out of sharing her insights with other gamblers. She had always considered herself to be a good teacher – she believes in keeping things simple – and decided that she would commit herself to showing newbies how to become knowledgeable, intelligent gamblers.

Gayle started her own publishing company, and her first book came out in 1997. Today she is the author of seven books, seven EBooks, and a set of five Tips booklets, and has presented many seminars on casino gambling. Currently she teaches Learn to Win Programs with other leading experts at GamblingTeachers.com. The site is a player-friendly Free Gambling Learning Center offering 300+ online lessons for popular casino games plus Gambling Teachers Blog. Gayle also operates www.gamerisms.com, which is a games glossary site for sport, casino, skill and video game players.

“It’s a fact that less than 2 percent of casino players know the profitable, correct strategies and/or rules for most casino games,” Gayle says. “Our group of career teachers and writers are working to improve that statistic.”

Gayle Mitchell Websites:

www.gamblingteachers.com
www.gamerisms.com