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Are there any drawbacks for 9/6 nickel video poker machines?

7 April 2008

John,

I was in Vegas last week and came across some nickel vp machines at the Hilton. Asides from smaller payouts, if they are 9/6 machines for the sake of this question, are there any drawbacks? It seems on 50 or so dollars you could play for hours trying to hit a royal and winning 400. Yes, a smaller payday, but I am not there to get rich, I want to have some fun and play well.

Thanks,
Jay

Dear Jay,

On video poker machines, the only way to change the long-term payback is to change the paytable. All 9/6 Jacks or Better machines pay back 99.5% with perfect play in the long run regardless of denomination.

I doubt the machines you saw were truly 9/6 Jacks or Better machines. They may have paid 9 for a full house and 6 for a flush, but they probably paid less than 9/6 Jacks on other hands and therefore had a lower payback than 9/6 Jacks.

With so many different machine variations on slot floors today, if you want 9/6 Jacks you have to check every hand on the paytable to ensure you truly have a 9/6 Jacks or Better machine.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots