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Ask The Slot Expert8 February 2001
Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. But please don't send them all at once.
Congratulations on your win. Doubling your money in a day is not too shabby. I just wish your results could be this good every time. Be prepared for some losing days.
You're right that a 0.3% advantage on a video poker machine isn't much of an advantage. But 0.3% of $10,000,000 is $30,000. If you played video poker eight hours a day, five days a week, you might put in that amount of action.
You'll find few, if any, 100%+ video poker machines above the dollar level. At dollars and below, the hourly wage one can earn from a machine is not very attractive.
Thus, the video poker pros have to take advantage of every angle they can to eke out a living. That includes cash back, double points promotions, selling free rooms and other comps, participating in free tournaments and drawings, and anything else they can find to generate more income.
It also takes a large bankroll, as you said. There's no guarantee that any given day will be profitable. And the player could hit a prolonged losing streak. A salary is not subject to randomness, but a video poker wage is.
Recreational players, as you point out, have a completely different outlook. They're willing to play a negative expectation game in order to get the entertainment from playing, and maybe some free meals and rooms in a nice hotel.
Different criteria apply when video poker is your vacation and not your vocation.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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