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Ask The Slot Expert29 March 2001
Congratulations on giving video poker a try. It's the best game on the slot floor because you can tell a machine's long-term payback with skilled play just by looking at its paytable.
And congratulations on looking for 9/6 Jacks machines. Unfortunately, not every casino has them.
An 8/5 Jacks machine pays back about 97.5%. And it takes about 100,000 hands for the differences in paytables between 9/6 Jacks and 8/5 Jacks to have a greater effect on your results than randomness. And at a house edge of 2.5%, you're bucking about the same edge as the average blackjack player. You're better off trying to find 9/6 Jacks or another high-paying paytable, but 8/5 Jacks isn't the worst bet in the casino.
Frank Scoblete's Victory at Video Poker has detailed strategies for different video poker games. Another good book is Lenny Frome's Winning Strategies for Video Poker. I also recommend strategy cards from Dan Paymar (www.vegasplayer.com/vpinfo/video-poker.html) and Bob Dancer (www.greatstuff4gamblers.com), and Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker software (www.greatstuff4gamblers.com) for practicing on your Windows computer.
Here is a generic Jacks or Better strategy you can use. Start at the top and work your way down the list. Hold the cards indicated or follow the instruction on the first line that applies to your hand.
For Jacks or Better, a high card is a jack, queen, king, or ace. All other cards are low cards.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos!
Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at email@example.com.
For more information about slots and video poker, we recommend:The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots by John Robison
Break the One-Armed Bandits! by Frank Scoblete
Victory at Video Poker and Video Craps, Keno and Blackjack! by Frank Scoblete
Slot Conquest Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Slots & Video Poker! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
The Slot Machine Answer Book by John Grochowski
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