Elliot Frome, author of Gaming Today’s “Winning Strategy” column, recently wrote several columns on Video Poker. The December 19 issue of “Strategy Tables” explains in detail what these tables (charts) are and how to use them to achieve the best results when playing video poker.
Video poker has been available in casinos for about 40 years and has become very popular, especially among players who prefer to play alone, without any competition.
In other forms of poker, an experienced player counts the number of cards ending up in his hand to determine the card odds and compare them to the pot probabilities. Based on this, you can quickly estimate the expected value. This is similar to using a video poker strategy table. And there the display of skills begins and ends.
But more importantly, in my opinion, the human element is completely absent when playing video poker. There are no opponents around you who are competing with the stakes and raising the stakes with the same pot. No flashlight. There are no “enemies” to defeat. . . There is no way to apply your various poker skills.
There’s no need to judge your opponents this way: what hands they can have and how you expect each of them to play.
Don’t look for more information. This completely ignores the nature of the opponent’s game: no free or close players, no aggressive or passive players, no cheaters.
No call stations; no “stupid people” involved; do not play slowly; no raises to increase the size of the bank; without bragging. The engine doesn’t see the difference.
The skills required to win a video poker winner are limited to the ability to use a strategy table (or equivalent), which barely compares to the many skills you can use in real poker. I wonder if we should call it poker bonus138.
Even in video poker, with no rivals, there is no psychology; no social interaction either. Many recreational players take the opportunity to interact with other players and even with the dealer sitting at the table, talking to them, looking at them, smiling at them or frowning.
With all due respect to my Gaming Today colleagues, even though the column is long, I will stick with video poker, even if I have a strategic table and I will stick with real poker on bonus138.
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