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April 22, 2016      In Video Poker By , Comments Off on Video Poker Odds

When the cards are dealt to you in Video Poker, you could receive any one of about two and a half million possibilities. Furthermore, the possibilities of you getting a royal flush after drawing additional cards is one in 40,000, and a straight flush one in about 9,000 hands. So you have about a 63% chance of getting at least one royal flush and about a 27% chance of getting two in the same 40,000 hands.

To play 40,000 hands in a casino will take you about 80 hours which could mean anything from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on how often and how long your sessions last.

Video Poker Machines

All video poker machines have an identity which shows their type and payout schedule. So in the slots area of the casino you might see a Jacks or Better 9/6 machine sitting alongside a Jacks or Better 8/5 machine. The difference between a 9/6 and an 8/5 machine is that the 9/6 machine, with maximum coins played and using perfect strategy, will return 99.5%. An 8/5 will return only 97.3% under the same conditions. However, over a long period that minor 2.2% difference will have an effect on your overall win-rate. The chart below shows the differences between other various types of machines.

How do you choose one machine in preference to another? They all play the same way, regardless of the payout schedule, but one will pay more for the same hand than the other machine. In order to tell the difference, look at the payout schedule on the front of the machine. You should always play the video poker machines with the highest payout schedule.

Here is the Payout table:

Odds between different machines
Machine Type Payout
10/7 (double bonus) 100.2%
9/7 100.7%
9/6 99.5%
8/5 97.3%
7/5 96.3%
6/5 95.2%

Note: the above figures are based on playing the maximum five coins.

Note: these percentages assume a royal flush is hit once during the period of play.

Video Poker Odds and Mathematics

The type of machine you are playing will also dictate how often a specific hand appears. A Deuces Wild machine will be different from a Joker’s Wild, which in turn will be different from a Jacks or Better machine. Listed in the chart below is a 9/6 Jacks or Better machine to give you an idea of the payout, along with the frequency of receiving specific hands.

Frequency of hands(9/6 Jacks or Better machine)
Hand Payout Frequency
Royal Flush 4,000 1 in 40,390
Straight Flush 250 1 in 9,148
Four of a Kind 125 1 in 423
Full House 45 1 in 86
Flush 30 1 in 90
Straight 20 1 in 89
Three of a Kind 15 1 in 13
Two Pair 10 1 in 7
Jacks or Better 5 1 in 4

Note: the above figures are based on playing the maximum five coins.

Note: these percentages assume a royal flush comes up once during the period of play.

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