With thousands of video poker machines around, what makes one a "good" machine? You'll hear comments such as "That one just hit a jackpot" or "Those machines stink. No one is hitting anything." Are these helpful in selecting a machine? I think most people on these forums would say "no," but how would you decide whether a particular machine is "good"? Here are my criteria for a good machine: 1. It has a favorable payoff table. This is by far the most important. The other factors I list below are at least partially subjective, so you may order them differently. 2. It is a slant top. Slant tops are easier to play for long periods than uprights or bar machines. 3. The buttons work well. 4. There are no heavy smokers close by, especially cigar smokers. 5. The stool is comfortable. 6. There are no overhead lights glaring on the screen. 7. There are no excessively noisy reel slots close by. Notice there is no mention of hot or cold machines or similar comments. One time many years ago I went into the Skyline casino which had a lot of FPDW.At that time, all the machines were coin droppers, and most were uprights. It was very busy, but surprisingly there was one 25c FPDW slant top open. As I started to sit down, I found out why it was available. The guy at the adjacent machine said to me, "That one just hit the deuces." I mumbled something like "That proves they're in there," dropped in five quarters, and it DEALT me four deuces. The guy that warned me carefully ignored it as the machine very noisily counted up 1000 credits. So select a machine objectively, not by comments of others.