By Jerry Stich

Video poker is a great game. It generally has a low house edge and allows players to select which cards to hold or discard, thereby making them active participants in the game Knowledgeable players can:

  • Determine the game/pay table combination’s average return
  • Determine the volatility of the game/pay table
  • Develop a playing strategy for the game/pay table that produces the highest possible average return

Novice players can do reasonably well if they have some poker experience. Many players, especially the more inexperienced, will save a sure winner if it is dealt. This is not always the best (meaning most profitable) move. This article covers a couple of instances where it is better to break up the sure winner in order to have a shot at a larger win and improve the overall return.

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