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Video Poker Something in Video Poker I never hear talked about

Discussion in 'Video Poker Forum' started by Dan Medzy, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. Dan Medzy

    Dan Medzy New Member

    Jan 11, 2020
    Since I started playing VP I have been strictly using correct strategy for each type of game I am playing. My favourite is loose deuces of the variations and I've personally seen (for whatever reason) the most profit with it so I've continued with that. It may just be luck of course but over a few years I've kept a log of all profit / loss and I'm up around $2500 at this point. (This may well be only due to the fact that I've hit quad dueces quite a lot of course.)

    Now something I hear talked about a lot is strategy and pay tables.. we all should know about these and have them down to a science. What I don't ever hear talked about is betting strategy and I always wonder why that is? Is it because it mathematically doesn't matter and is irrelevant?

    I'm not sure if there is any actual mathematical reason or logic why this is better or worse, but the way I play is the following. I ignore the double up entirely to reduce overall variance. I bet max coins starting with 0.25 a coin. On every win or money back I double the bet to 0.50 until I lose.. then revert to 0.25. My internal logic being that doing this both takes advantage of any streaks that occur (I'm always on the higher bet when they happen.) and also that being on a higher bet for some period of time I could happen to land on a good hand during those higher bets. Also I'm minimising loss on long losing streaks by reverting to the lower bet and staying low on losing streaks when they occur.

    No idea if this is sound logic it's just what goes through my head and seems to work for me so far. What I'd like to know is if anyone actually uses betting strategy like this or anything different to this in their game or do they just bet a chosen amount and flat bet it each time? Curious to know peoples thoughts on changing up like this during a session.
  2. Dan Paymar

    Dan Paymar Active Member Founding Member

    Jan 24, 2015
    Retired computer programmer
    Snowbird, winters in Las Vegas
    Betting "strategy" is actually a tactic, and it's talked about a lot in my book, "Video Poker - Optimum Play." It's also covered quite well in my software, Optimum Video Poker and in its User Manual. Go to www.optimumplay.com for more details.
    Nathan Detroit likes this.

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