How Do You Like It? Slow, Medium or Fast?
Casinos are slick when it comes to video poker. Some video poker machines will have a button where you can choose your own speed of play while other machines don't. We've found that many of the video poker games with better pay tables (9/6 Jacks or Better, for example) at lower limits (.25 cents) won't have the option to choose speeds and you have to play fast. The games with the worst pay tables will let you choose your pace and this, unfortunately, makes sense.
The casino house edge on better pay tables is less than 1% so, at smaller limits, they want us to play quicker so they can make room for the next gambler and more money. At the same time, casinos are okay with us taking our time on the 6/5 Bonus Poker game with a house edge greater than 3%. With triple the house edge (and profit margin), casinos feel more comfortable letting us go with the slower pace.
This is more often the case in the locals casinos since few casinos on the Strip have video poker with low limits and good pay tables. If we're playing video poker on the Strip, we'll typically have the option to play slow or play fast.
Slow, medium or fast? That's the question.
This writer doesn't like playing fast, especially when there have been a few adult beverages consumed. Play will often begin on three arrows (fast), but the longer we play the more our speed declines because it becomes more difficult to play correctly at fast speeds either from fatigue or inebriation.
How fast do you play video poker when given the option? Let us know in the comments below.