of errors in video poker
anyone who has become a regular customer to
video poker machines should
know that there could be a huge cost when playing
For those who like everything fast paced know that speeding in video
poker can increase with experience, but can be critical if only in the
beginning stages of play.
The downsides to speeding in video poker can be detrimental when you all
of sudden will be found holding the wrong cards and drawing before fully
thinking things over. Maybe sometimes these mistakes will happen if you
have a sticky button on a raw machine. This means the card was held even
though you didn’t press hold on the video poker machine. It doesn’t
matter what happened – the cost of the error was because you were
playing too fast.
Realizing that deviations from optimum play cost money, you probably
slowed down in order to avoid another error. But have you ever thought
about how much the reduced speed costs in terms of your overall
expectancy? Playing video poker at too slow a pace can end up costing
you even more.
The only trade-off here is that speed is important if used
proportionately properly with accuracy then you will have the best kind
So, what is the best way to make this happen in your video poker play?
Here are some guidelines, just for that.
If the accuracy of your play remained constant in video poker, then your
per-hour expectancy would vary linearly with your playing speed.
Probably one of the best examples when playing video poker comes with
Precision Play in a full-pay Deuces Wild will yield 100.75 percent
If you played only 300 hands per hour on a 5-coin video poker quarter
machine, your expectancy is an average gain of 0.75 percent of 300 x
$1.25, or $2.81 per hour. At 600 hands per hour your expected win rate
would be doubled to $5.62 per hour, and so on. If you could play 1,000
hands/hour, your expectancy would be $9.37 per hour, but any errors will
obviously reduce these rates.
If in your video poker play you come out with a positive expectancy
(which is assumed in the following discussion), much can be gained by
speedy play. The problem is that faster the video poker play gives us
less time to evaluate each hand, so we are more likely to make errors.
So, then at what point do the errors cost the most, but gain through
Your expected win rate in video poker with consistently accurate play is
a straight line starting at zero and sloping up (the top line in Figure
1). With optimum play on full pay of video poker Deuces Wild, this line
has a 0.0075 positive slope. The cost of errors will begin at zero and
go on a downward spiral.
If the play is accurate at zero then in video poker the slope will seem
steeper, making your error rates an increase.