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Video Poker Probability Is Strange And Kind Of Fascinating

March 27, 2015 at 10:37 AM | by | Comments (4)

Call us (me) simple, but there’s almost always something interesting when looking behind the numbers in gambling. Today’s example of being easily intrigued comes from looking at how often certain hands show up when playing Jacks or Better video poker.

We already know a Royal Flush will appear once almost every 40,000 hands played. Knowing that helps players adjust to rarely getting the big hand and makes it one of the best games in the casino.

What’s fascinating today is the following:

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Shop Around For The Best Gambling

March 26, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

Unless you gamble frequently, you may not realize it isn’t all the same. To the non-gambler, blackjack is blackjack is blackjack. Gamblers know that isn’t true. Not only do many casinos offer different rules, odds and returns for games, you may even find different rules and odds for the same game under the roof of a single casino.

A casino may offer blackjack with different odds depending on if you're by the door, in the high limit room or in the party pit. This can be the case with other forms of casino gambling, from betting on sports to video poker.

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All About That Ultimate Poker X

March 25, 2015 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Video poker is a funny thing. Most players fall in one of two categories: they’re either a slave to only playing the best pay tables or they don’t care about them at all.

I care about pay tables about 80% of the time and usually only play the best available. The other 20 percent? I don’t care. I will play a game that features a random bonus round, one that sits atop a bar where I want to drink, or one that has a twist, like Ultimate Poker X. Nickel and penny video poker games often have awful pay tables so I didn’t even bother looking when I first pull up a seat at a 3-play nickel Ultimate X game, which takes 30 credits.

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VegasChatter Questions: How Does That Loss Rebate Promotion Work?

March 11, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (9)

Last week, we told you about a pretty sweet low roller rebate at Casino Royale that's been running since the end of last year. VegasChatter reader @valleyman0505 wasn’t familiar with how loss rebates worked and asked the following questions:

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Casino Royale Offers Sweet Low Roller Rebate(s)

March 4, 2015 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (9)

Casino Royale may not be for everyone, but it is one of the best casinos for low rollers on the Vegas Strip. What's not to like about low limits, good odds (especially for craps players) and $1 Michelob beers?? They may not need to offer more to lure gamblers, but they have a pretty good promotion currently underway, anyway.

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A Deeper Look At Video Poker Variance

February 19, 2015 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (5)

A couple weeks ago, we looked at different video poker games and asked how you video poker'd. While video poker games may look the same, they really aren’t.

Each game has a different pay table and that affects odds and returns. Reader @rickwozniak asked a fair question in the comments section of the post that others have probably wondered as well, “if video poker is random, 52 card deck, why would one game have a higher variance then another?”

First, here’s a definition of what variance is, as it relates to video poker from vpFREE2:

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How Do You Video Poker?

February 6, 2015 at 12:18 PM | by | Comments (16)

Combine the hands and we have a jackpot!

To beginners, all video poker games are the same. They look the same, so they must be the same. Right? Wrong. Video poker players know this to be far from the truth. There are different types of video poker games, different variations, different payouts, different odds, different strategies, games with different volatility and more. A video poker player doesn't just sit willy nilly down and play any ol' game. Here are some factors that go into choosing the right machine:

Returns and Odds: Video poker returns and odds you see posted online are based on perfect play. Anything less than perfect play will affect the expected returns for the worse. Even though it's rare there are still video poker games with positive returns. You can find where they are in Las Vegas on vpFREE2.com. I’m okay playing with a small house advantage and I try to stick with 9/6 Jacks or Better which returns 99.54% with perfect play.

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The One Where You Wish There Was A Video Poker Coffee Bar

January 30, 2015 at 6:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’re always dreaming of new and awesome ways to enjoy Las Vegas. While sitting at a casino bar drinking a disgusting cup of brown water coffee the other day, I had a revelation. Why can’t we have a coffee bar? Not specifically a coffee shop and cafe like Sambalatte at Monte Carlo but a coffee bar, complete with bar-top video poker and slot machines?

One of my rituals when staying in a hotel in Las Vegas is to wake up and grab a cup of coffee and then head to the casino to ease into the day. I usually start slow playing slot machines until the coffee kicks in. Once my brain is ramped up to normal speed, I'll switch to video poker or table games. I would love it if I could get a good cup of coffee (or coffee drink like a cafe latte) and gamble in the same place instead of wandering the casino like a zombie. I’d probably drink more coffee which would make me gamble faster. The more I gamble, chances are the more money the casino would make over time.

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Four Ways To Be A Better Gambler This Year

January 8, 2015 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (11)

Many of us like to go back to the basics to become a better person in a new year. Soul searching can sometimes do the body and the mind good. We’re not going to get that deep. We will, however, look at four basic concepts that will help you become a better gambler in 2015, and beyond.

1. Don’t chase: It's instinctual to chase losses when gambling. Nobody likes to lose. Unfortunately, chasing losses often ends up extending a cold streak and sees your money going in the wrong direction. Casino games all have a house advantage. Sometimes you’re going to win and sometimes you’re going to lose. Losing stinks, but it’s going to happen. Just take the loss to your allotted budget and move on.

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Where You Can Still Play Coin-Operated Slots

January 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (12)

If you’re under 30 years old you may not remember the days when video poker and slot machines only paid out in coins. When I first started visiting casinos, each cashier window had a stack of wet wipes to clean the change off. Things changed in 2001 when, after a year of testing, IGT introduced the ticket in, ticket out system (a.k.a. TITO) that you see in most casinos today. Ahhhh... no more filthy fingers. TITO is now the standard on all machine games. We can just grab the ticket and redeem for cash at the cashier or TITO machine.

But, have no fear if you love casino history or just miss the clanking of change. There are still a handful of casinos in Las Vegas where you can find coin-operated slot machines. As a bonus we also found one just under an hour away in Jean.

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2014 A Big Year For MyVEGAS

December 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (11)

2014 saw the continued rise of MyVEGAS. It started off as a social game only available on Facebook and has since expanded with two different mobile platforms and a couple of apps, too.

Late last year, MyVEGAS launched a slots app for mobile phones and tablets. Due to its popularity, a blackjack app was added this year. And, it won’t be the last for the franchise as a video poker app is already planned.

Social casino games, in general, are having a great year. Revenue is expected to be north of $3 billion. Sixty million of that will be earned by MyVEGAS alone. That sounds like a lot, but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Here's what 2014 brought for MyVEGAS:

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iBar At Rio Adds Video Poker

Where: 3700 West Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
November 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (5)

Though the Show in the Sky is no longer happening at Rio, several venues show the property is still alive and well in some areas. On a recent weekend visit, we enjoyed live entertainment at the stage near the former Show in the Sky area. A six-piece band performed for a sizeable crowd.

Another crowded spot in the casino was the recently renovated iBar. While the entire casino recently got new carpet, iBar got some additional upgrades. New bench-style seating around the perimeter has given the bar a much more loungy feel, making it a great spot to sit and sip while people watching from the center of the casino floor.

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