Considering ‘long-term’ results, the average slot machine offers higher profits than video poker. The reason is clear: poker is a game of skill, and market competition forces all types of casinos (online and landed) to reward the winner of a higher skill game than a game of luck. Most people are not adept at playing casino games, so casinos can provide high rewards for those who have mastered the game of danger, assuming that the profits will come from the mistakes of other players.
I can show you how to get the maximum return from a video poker machine, but you must remember that the maximum return can still be less than 100%. Any theoretical return on a video poker machine of less than 100% means that the casino has an edge over you, and this happens in slot machines, Baccarat, or Roulette Agen judi pulsa.
The difference is that casino excellence in video poker games may be (but not always) relatively small; in the neighborhood of about 1% or more. Even by making many mistakes, the average player is likely to achieve a long-term return of more than 97% when playing a good video poker game. I mean ‘good’, I mean games like paid Jacks or Better, which are widely available on the Internet. This video poker version offers a 99.54% return if the player uses the right playing strategy. That means the casino edge is around 0.50% which is similar to the average Blackjack game and is undoubtedly lower than the average slot machine, which is usually 3-5% best.
However, to effectively realize the total return of the video poker game, one must, at one point or another, accept the Royal Flush and its cousin, Straight Flush. This rarely happens; on average Royal will only come once every 40,000 hands and Straight Flush once every 9,000 hands. Because we are dealing with averages in random games, there is nothing stopping you from getting a Royal in your first hand, but that is not possible. And the short-term lack of such hands changes the returns you can expect when you play, say, 1000 video poker hands, which is two or three hours of playing games. I don’t want to get too involved with math here, but Royal Flush and Straight Flush add a total of 2.53% to a 99.54% return on fully paid Jacks or better video poker games that I mentioned earlier. Since it is not realistic to hit Royal or Straight Flush during a 1000 hand game, your return will likely be more in the 99.54% minus 2.53% or 97% area. That means 3% of the casino edge, which is not much different from a good slot machine.
What is a ‘good’ slot machine? Well, I don’t know because it can’t be measured like a video poker game. But, just for the purpose of discussion, let’s say we can identify slot machines that have a long-term return of 97% (3% casino edge) and require 3/4 per spin. In general, quarter video poker games will require 5 quarters per hand and both slots and video poker games can usually be played at a rate of around 400 rounds or hands per hour. You can easily see that playing 400 rounds on a slot machine for $ 75 per round means you will bet $ 300 per hour and playing 400 hands of video poker means you will bet at $ 500 per hour. If the casino advantage, in the short run, is 3% on each game, your expectation is to lose $ 12 per hour when playing slot machines and $ 15 per hour when playing video poker games, assuming you are using the right strategy.
Dying if you are going to play regularly, willing to pay for the unavoidable loss sessions that are an inseparable part of video poker and willing to learn the right playing strategy, then video poker is a better way to do it, because your long-term results will likely be far better. But for many people, playing games is a form of relaxation or entertainment, so I can’t blame those who prefer playing slots to video poker, especially if you have $ 20 in reserve that you want to strive for. Throw in the fact that many slot machines – especially those without progressive jackpots – pay proportionately; that is, returns for one-quarter played are one-third of returns for three-quarters played, your $ 20 might give you several hours of entertainment. But unlike going to the movies, playing or sporting events, this is entertainment that can make you walk away with profit.
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