A Grinder's Story I live in the SE part of town. I have played video poker and poker in almost ever casino in town. I'm a players' card holder at all of them, as well. I see the ads on TV from Stations "WE Love Locals." I see the South Point's ad, "We Love You More," etc. But words mean nothing. Performance counts. I'd like to share how the various casinos I play video poker are for me. I know many members of this forum are professional poker players and don't play low limits and many poker players refuse to play any other games in a casino. This thread is mostly for the average locals casino player who grinds out a profit...or tries to. For background information: I keep a contemporaneous journal of the casino, machine number, amount in and amount out in to and out of every machine. My video poker denominations are anywhere from .25c-$2.00 (mostly progressives AND exotic games like multistrike and Ultimate X. For the calendar year 2014 I made the most profit $34,000+ at Green Valley Ranch. True, its close to my house and a short drive. BUT I will go anywhere to play. Next is South Point with a profit of $12,000+. Tuscany was $9,000. The Cal $6,500, Planet Hollywood $4,500, Sam's Town $3,100,. My biggest losses were Gambler's Bonus bars, Sunset Station, Fiesta and every Harrah's property here (except P. HO) and Laughlin. I made a nice profit for the year in video poker. How did I do it? By playing Bob Dancer's strategy...mostly. He is truly an advantage player; looking ONLY for full pay machines. I don't look just for that. In fact I play VP games he'd probably never play gimmick games-multistrike, Ultimate X, 5 Star poker, etc. And here is where I commit the ultimate sin, take the biggest risk and make (and lose) the biggest amounts of money. Here is my gambling confession, folks. I CHASE ROYALS EVEN WHEN THE PAY TABLE ISN'T POSITIVE EV-Sorry Bob (crash of thunder, blots of lightening come crashing down on my house) I can and do play them till my BR is gone for that day and the next day or two. I often hit them and I lose them, too. But when I chase them, they're big! The win covers my loses. About those losses. Well, let's see...I'm home now for the third day this week. Its been a bad year so far. I often see gaming forums with people bragging about all of their wins. No one tells about the losses. I have them and they suck. A lot. I am proof positive that you can make a living on VP with a huge BR. If you're willing to take a risk. The best piece of advice Bob Dancer gave me was in response to my question that went something like this: I'm dealt either 5 to a flush or a straight but the hand has 4 royal cards in it. What do you do? His answer? Throw away the made hand and go for the royal-This advice has made me hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sure, you're giving up a few dollars, but the Royal, its the Royal, man GO FOR IT! I hope this helps some of newbies understand what it takes to grind out a living in VP and where some of the better paying local casinos are. If you have any questions, I'm NOT a published author, just a daily player who has turned a compulsion into a profitable venture.