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Ask The Slot Expert13 February 2003
I use a program called Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker to answer questions like these. The program lets me set up a particular hand and then it will tell me the expected values of all the different combinations of cards I could hold.
My answers are based on the 9/6 version of Double Double Bonus, that is, a full house pays 9 coins and a flush 6.
1. Hold a high pair over four to a straight or flush.
2. Hold a three-card royal over a pair of jacks, queens, or kings, but hold a pair of aces over a three-card royal.
3. Hold the pat full house with three 2s, 3s, or 4s, but break the full house when it has three aces.
As for multi-hand machines, the strategy is exactly the same regardless of the number of hands you play, one or one hundred. And the casinos cannot set the machines so they do not deal these high-paying hands. The video poker machines made by IGT and other U.S. manufacturers deal the cards as if you were dealing them from a deck at your kitchen table. On the deal, every five-card hand is equally likely to be dealt--even one containing four aces and a kicker.
Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker can be ordered from Huntington Press.
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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