Finding the best payout machines.
Always look for machines that pay 9 to 1 for a full house (45
with 5 coins) and 6 to 1 for a flush (30 with 5 coins). However
four-of-a-kind bonus machines if paying 7 or 8 to 1 for a full house (35
or 40 with 5 coins) and 5 to 1 for a flush (25 with 5 coins),
such as four aces paying 80 to 1 (400 with 5 coins) and four 2s,
3s or 4s paying 40 to 1 (200 with 5 coins), are also acceptable.
You need these high payouts to keep you playing, as the real key to hitting
a royal is playing a large number of hands. Stay clear of machines that
only pay 1 to 1 for two pair or don't pay for jacks or better. Although
double bonus and double-double bonus machines can be good if you can get
some four-of-a-kinds, otherwise with the two pair 1 to 1 payout, these
machines will take your money quickly. Also stay clear of dueces wild machines
as the payout is so low that unless you hit four dueces you won't be playing
Avoid adhering to popular myths.
There are a lot of myths surrounding video poker machines. A couple
of these are:
This machine just hit, it won't hit again.
Untrue. It's a machine. It doesn't know that it just hit. In these machines the
cards are shuffled every thousandth, or less, of a second. An event needs
to take place for the cards to stop shuffling. That event is you pressing
the deal button or putting in maximum coins. If you just left a machine
and someone else hits on it, it doesn't mean you would have hit. Chances
are you would not have caused the deal at the exact millisecond they did.
Know how the machine plays.
The hopper is full; I can hear the coins falling
into the bin. It must be ready to hit. A machine may
not hit for weeks or months. It depends on how it's been played and whether
it's been played with max. coins, etc.
There are many popular myths. Just use common sense. Remember these
are machines, and they cannot even be tightened by the casino, although
I sometimes wonder. It is all just random shuffling and dealing at
a precise millisecond.
Knowing exactly how the machine deals has always been helpful to
me. When the machine deals, it deals five cards behind with five cards
in front, which are the cards that you see on the screen first. When you
throw away a card in the second position, say, the card that was already
dealt right behind it is the card that will show up. The next hand has
nothing to do with the previous hand, as, like I said before, the cards
are shuffled every millisecond.
Whenever possible, always leave
the hand open for a royal.
This is singly the most important factor in hitting a royal. What
this means simply is that you can't hit a royal if you are holding cards
that don't fit into a royal. The strategy that I have used has been if
I have three to a royal, anything else in the hand goes except in the case
of a three of a kind, although I imagine there have been royals behind
some of them. Here are some of the hands I would sacrifice for three to
a royal: Low pair, jacks or better, two pair, four to a flush and four
to a straight. If dealt only three high cards with two to a royal, hold
two to a royal. If dealt only two high cards of different suits, hold only
one card; you choose. I tend to hold the higher card. At all costs throw
away the odd card in four to a royal. Unless maybe you get dealt a straight
flush to the king. I have heard of people throwing away the nine in a straight
flush to the king and catching the ace. I would tend to keep the straight
Always play maximum number of
I know this can be difficult to do at times. If you are going to
go out and gamble on video poker machines, you should only play what you
can afford to lose, if you lose. I have found that a good number of coins
to start off with is between 300 and 400. If you can't keep playing very
long on that many coins, then chances are you should stop. There are times
I should have followed that advice myself.
I hope that these tips help you in your endeavor towards the royal.
But most of all, have fun playing, because that's what it's really about.
If you're not having fun, why play?