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Video Poker Superstitions

Have you heard theories and superstitions about Video Poker? Have you heard rumours about how sometimes games run ‘hot or cold’ or how the machine is programmed not to let you win the majority of the time?

Although not as common in the online world, there are still some superstitious beliefs that will not go away, so let’s debunk some of the most common.

Video Poker machines run ‘hot’ or ‘cold’

Viewing machines it can appear this way, but this is simply a factor produced by random draws. Video Poker games are not programmed to pay out more at one time and less at another. This is because each video poker game is governed by a random number generator (RNG) that ensures every card you receive is entirely random.
This means while some machines will pay out more at some times, this is a statistical anomaly, rather than a programming one, as such, it is unpredictable and impossible to forecast.

The machine generally selects the cards I draw to ensure I lose

Absolutely not. As we have stated above, the cards are generated randomly by the RNG. The software isn’t programmed to make you win or lose, simply to randomise the draw as fairly as possible.

I’m on a losing streak, so I am due to win soon

Sadly, once again due to the random number generator, there is absolutely no guarantee that because you have endured a tough time at video poker, you will soon receive a substantial payout. By the same token, if you win big, you stand exactly the same chance of winning big again on the very next hand as you did the successful one.

If I change the game I play, my luck will change

Mathematically and statistically, there is absolutely no evidence of this, however if it makes a player feel better about their game then that is a good thing, but it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll win, or lose, any more or less often.

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Video Poker Do’s and Don’ts

Video poker has one of the best house edges in a player’s favour of all casino games, but surprisingly not as many people play the game as slots. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common things you should do and definitely don’t do, when playing this engaging casino game.

Do find the game with the best paytable

A paytable is the list of hands which you will be paid out and more importantly, how much you will win for each hand. While these paytables are similar across games, they are not universally the same and it is always a good idea to take a bit of time finding a game with the best payouts in your budget.

Do learn basic video poker strategy

Just as with real poker, there is a strategy you can play to help maximise your chances of winning on these games. There are plenty of places to find it on the Internet, read it and learn it.

Do set a budget for each session

Only play with money you can afford to lose and once you reach your spending limit, stop playing. No questions.
Do play max coins on every hand

Max coins each hand is a no brainer, especially if you want to win the big money. Always play max coins in any video poker game you play, no exceptions.

Don’t chase your losses

If you have a bad session on video poker, then don’t be tempted to spend more money to recoup your losses. Step away, come back refreshed another time and don’t let it faze you.

Don’t spend beyond your agreed session budget

Never, ever spend money you cannot afford on video poker, or indeed any other casino game for that matter.

Don’t play if there is a chance alcohol will impair your judgement

If you’ve had a few beers, then chances are your judgement will not be as faultless as it would be without the alcohol in your system. If you’ve had a bit to drink, keep your wallet in your pocket.

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