Taking the Sure Winner in Video Poker is Not Always Smart
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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