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Video poker money management21 September 2011
Thanks for the kind words about the site.
There is no amount that is mathematically appropriate because nothing changes from one hand to another. Your odds and the house edge are identical on every hand. Cashing out after you win a certain amount won't change your long-term payback.
But that doesn't mean your plan has no merit. Your plan helps to limit the amount of money you can lose. You could just play until the $2,000 is gone. You could also set a dollar loss limit and quit once you've lost that amount. Your plan is like a loss limit, but it adds some excitement to it by letting randomness determine it.
Again, I have to point out that your long-term payback is not affected by how you break up your play into sessions.
The bottom line is that you can pick any amount you want. Forty percent and 50 percent both sound reasonable.
Because you're ending your trip after 400 hands, I take it you live near a casino. If you're in Las Vegas and playing a Deuces Wild game that pays over 100 percent (or long-term payback plus benefits is over 100 percent), I would suggest that you play the whole $2,000 through once. You want to get more action in when you have the edge. But because you can still have a run of bad luck even when you have the edge, you need some way to control how much you can lose on any given day. So only play your bankroll through once.
In fact, that's the way I would play. Play the bankroll through once. If the machine is hot, I don't want to decrease the number of hands I could play on it.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
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