Video Poker – A Game of Skill That's Winnable If Played With Proper Strategy, and a Bit of Luck

Video Poker is one of the most popular casino games. There are many different versions of the game, and if played correctly, and with a bit of luck, the games can be winnable. The most popular are the Jacks or Better single play games such as:

Jacks or Better

Bonus Poker

Double Bonus Poker

Double Double Bonus Poker

Video Poker uses standard poker hand rankings to determine payout amounts from a pair of Jacks up to the highest possible five card hand, the Royal Flush.

How to Play

Once the game is selected, one to five credits (coins) per hand may be wagered. After the deal / draw button is pressed, five cards from a standard 52 card deck are face face up onto the screen. The player then has the option to hold or discard as many cards as s / he wishes. The discards are replaced by the 47 remaining cards after the deal / draw button is pressed again.

How to Read the Pay Tables

It's important to know how to read the pay tables that are displayed on the screen for easy reading. The single play games are the 5 credit / coin maximum bet per hand. Players may bet from one to five credits per hand. The popular games for the average player (s) are the quarter and dollar games. The max bet per hand for quarters is $ 1.25, and $ 5 for the dollar games.

The Jacks or Better game that has a high return rate of 99.5% is known as 9/6 Jacks. The nine referring to a one unit credit payout for a Full House, and the six for a one unit payout with a flush. This is the nomenclature used for all the aforementioned games in the Jacks or Better Family. Here is the pay table for the 9/6 base game per credits (coins) bet from 1 to 5:

Royal Flush – 250/500/750 / 1,000 / 4,000

Straight Flush – 50/100/150/200/250

4 of a Kind – 25/50/75/100/125

Full House – 9/18/24/36/45

Flush – 6/12/18/24/30

Straight – 4/8/12/16/20

3 of a Kind – 3/6/9/12/15

Two Pair – 2/4/6/8/10

Pair Jacks / Better – 1/2/3/4/5

Note that all max credit payouts are multiplied by 5 times the one credit except for the Royal Flush. It is Prudent to always bet the maximum of five credits.

For the bonus Jacks or Better games There are different payouts for 4 of a kind depending on rank and game chosen. For example, Double Bonus pays 250 credits with four 5's through Kings with max credits (5) bet, four 2 through 4 pays 400 credits, and four Aces pays 800 credits. For Double Double Bonus , four Aces with a 2,3, or 4 pays 2,000 credits.

These attractive payouts at the top end do not come without a giving back to the house in the lower paying hands. For example, the 9/6 payout is reduced to 8/5, even lower in some jurisdictions. In Double Bonus the 2 for 1 return for two pair is reduced to a push. (1 for 1). That's important to know because two pair is a frequently deal hand. The return for an 8/5 game is 96.4%. Note that the house edge is 3% more for the bonus games than the basic Jacks or Better game.

There is a skill element when playing Video Poker. Knowing the proper strategy is essential. Here are some tips to assist you during your decision making while you play. Low cards are 2 through 9, high cards are 10 through Ace. If you have:

Hand / Strategy

  • 5 low cards – Discard all if no pair, draw all new
  • A pair of anything – Hold the pair, discard the others
  • One high card (J, Q, K, A) – Hold the face card, discard the others
  • 2 or more unsuited high. cards – Hold all, discard others
  • A charged 10 and one high card – Hold both, draw three (possible Royal)
  • Two or more suited high cards – Hold all, draw to possible Royal
  • Unsuited J, Q, K, A – Hold for possible straight
  • Three or four low charged cards – Hold for possible flush, straight flush
  • Any four cards to a straight – Hold for possible straight
  • Three charged cards to a straight – Hold for possible straight flush, or flush
  • High pair (Jacks or better) – Hold the pair
  • Two pair – Hold both pairs
  • Straight – Hold all 5 cards
  • Flush – Hold all 5 cards
  • Full House – Hold all 5 cards
  • Four of a kind – Hold all 4 cards
  • Straight Flush – Hold all 5 cards
  • Royal Flush – HOLD 'EM ALL!

Have fun and Good Luck!

Source by Dennis J Occhino

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Grow Your YouTube Gaming Channel With Video Responses

YouTube video responses, good or bad? There is one key word that is massively important to YouTube & Google, I'll come to it later, but when we understand this word, I'm sure that you will agree with me, video responses are a good thing, for both parties .

I can remember when I first started out on YouTube, and I read somewhere (I can not remember where, sorry!) That having a video accepted as a video response helped both channels in various ways.

The most obvious way, is that providing the response is accepted, the responding video will be displayed underneath the existing video, and some viewers may click on it and check it out. Since the latest redesign of YouTube, I have to say that this particular aspect has probably died in usefulness, as video responses are shown quite far down the page, below top rated comments.

It is this particular factor though that has led to a lot (if not most) people refusing to accept video responses, the fear being that instead of further searching through that person's content, they'll be leaving to go watch another channel.

That's a very understandable concern, but I think it is over-anticipated. Here's how I see it breaking down on my channel.

Most of my subscribers know that I publish a lot of content, and there is a degree of variety in that content, with comments either being game related, or completely 'off-topic' and could be discussing gaming news or news in general, with a few atheist / religion themed comments as it's a particular hobby-horse of mine.

They watch my content for a reason, odd as it may seem, there's something there that they like, and when they are in the mood for my content, they will come and watch it. When they've had enough, say after about three minutes, they'll want to go and watch something else. In particular, if a video of mine has expressed opinion about something, they may well want to go and watch something else related to that. If there is a video response to that video, it's an all-round good thing for them to go and hear someone else's opinion, even if it disagrees with mine.

Now, if they go watch someone else's opinion, they may come back to comment on my video.

Even better though, the person who has the posted video response, some of their viewers may come and check out my content too! Their video will be showing as a response to my video; this is VERY important.

The key word I mentioned? Engagement. YouTube LOVES us when we engage with our communities. The more engagement we have, the more YouTube thinks we must be wonderful, and pushes us up search engine rankings, not just on YouTube, but on Google too.

No one outside of YouTube knows exactly how YouTube algorithms work, but I think it's a fairly safe bet that every type of engagement does not carry the same value. So for example, a comment is worth one point, a comment from a subscriber is worth 2, a video response we post ourselves (of our own content to our own channel) is worth 1, a like is worth 10, a video response from another channel is worth 50.

I'll admit I'm pulling figures out of the air here, but there will surely be some kind of weighting system, and video responses from one channel to another will be pretty high on that list. I'd also guess that as YouTube loves engagement so much, more weighting will be given to acceptors of video responses than the video posted as a response.

If I'm correct, what this means is that the person accepting the responses will actually be getting as much (if not more) out of the deal as the person who posted the response.

YouTube loves engagement, and so should we.

I'm also gonna look at another aspect, that of altruism.

Altruism is basically the concept of doing some good for someone with no anticipation of reward. I've always argued that there is no such thing as 'true' altruism, cos when we do something good for someone, we get a buzz out of it.

Let's assume that I'm way off base with my understanding of how YouTube factors engagement. Is not doing something good for someone else just a pretty good thing to do anyway? Do not it make you feel good?

Seriously, if you think that by accepting a video response you're risking someone leaving your channel and not coming back, you have very little faith in the quality of your content, and that's what you really should pay paying attention to!

Lastly, I'd like to recount some of my experiences with littlebigplanet.

For those of you not familiar with the game, users make levels, and getting plays on those levels is pretty much like getting views on YouTube.

I started having a degree of success on LBP. most of what I published would be on the 'cool pages', a couple of developer picks, and I was fortunately enough to have many of LBP's top creators collaborating with me on projects.

I would very often make a link at the end of my levels taking players directly to someone else's content. Most of the level I would direct to would be a complete 'unknown' within the world of LBP, but someone who I deserved deserved some exposure for their efforts. Like a video response takes people off my YouTube channel, a LBP link would take them off my planet.

It never did me any harm, if anything it enhanced my reputation among LBP, and made more people come and check my content.

So, let's wind up here.

Simply put, video responses increase engagement for the person who posts, AND the person who accepts.

YouTube LOVES engagement.

It feels good to help other channels out, especially if they're just starting their YouTube 'career'.

I will ALWAYS accept a video response as long as it is in some way relevant or interesting to my viewers, if you'd like to send me a video response, go for it!

Do's and Dont's for Video Responses on YouTube

Do make sure it's relevant in some way.

Do send the channel owner a short message telling them why you think it is a good response.

Do demonstrate that you've actually seen their content & you're sending an appropriate response (this may be obvious in video title)

Do offer for them to feel free to make responses on your channel.

Do not spam everyone. No-one likes spam.

Do not bombard people with video responses.

Do not get irate or dismissed if responses are ignored.

Source by Michael L Parris

Why Use a Joystick When Gaming?

I've been playing video games since the late 1980's. My passion has always been centered around fighting games; such as Street Fighter (All the series), Mortal Kombat (All the series), Double Dragon, Streets of Rage, Shinobi, Marvel vs. Capcom (All the series), and many others. I always found it very difficult after several hours of playing to perform certain moves with ease and quick precision because my thumbs and palms would be hurting and throbbing tremendously. This would bother me so much that I would contemplate quitting.

Do not get me wrong I love the traditional thumb pads, they are great and have been modeled and tweaked over the years to make the gaming experience more enjoyable, fun, and less thumb throbbing (smile). However, no matter what systems I've played on; Whether it be Saga Genesis, Nintendo, NEO GEO, PlayStation (1-4), XBOX, XBOX ONE, etc., I've found that the traditional pads were not able to stave off that sore thumb syndrome after hours of play.

I decided that I could not take it any more and that it was time to get the full enjoyment out of the various games that I have grown to love to play over the years. My solution was let's try something different .. enter the Joystick! I bought my first joystick back in 1992 for the Sega Genesis and it was the best investment from a gaming perspective that I ever chose to do. I all of a sudden went from being a very good player to an exceptional player in my inner circle of gaming friends.

I remember before there was online gaming; I would play with friends during our neighborhood get together gaming sessions, and I would be accused of unfair play because I was able to perform moves with precision and without hesitation due to playing with a joystick. Playing with a joystick led me to being even more passionate about gaming than ever before. It even led my friends to start using them because they saw the advantage it created for me.

I know that not all joysticks are the same and they can be expensive, but with research you can find inexpensive ones that's just right for you. I understand that some gamers still prefer to use the traditional pad that comes with the consoles, but I must admit that playing with a joystick has saved my gaming experience and my thumbs; all while keeping and constantly renewing my love for the old and new games of today.

If you are a true gamer and love video games, and want the most out of each game you play I recommend switching to a joystick and you will not be sorry you did!

Source by Valerie Rose

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The Right Way to Play on Your Pontoon Boat

For people who love to entertain on the water, the pontoon boat is a perfect boating choice. Pontoon boats, also know as "Party boats," are made of a hull constructed of round tubes that are attached to a large flat deck. Safety railing on all sides surrounds the deck of the pontoon boat. Generally speaking, pontoon boats can hold six to twelve people but higher end pontoon boats can carry more.

It must be noted that pontoon boats are best for calm lakes and other quiet bodies of water. Pontoon boats should not be exposed to waves over two feet high. The ocean and larger lakes put both the boat and passengers on the pontoon in danger.

The basic pontoon boat can be furnished with lawn furniture for seating and eating. However, deluxe pontoon boats can come equipped with built in and upholstered seating, dinette tables, roofs and even a bathroom. The level of amenities on your pontoon boat is only limited by your budget.

These boats are great to use as party barges. You can put a canopy over the deck of your pontoon boat to protect your guests from the sun. Pontoon boats are perfect to use to take your friends and family out for an afternoon cruise. They also make stable platforms for fishing. Owning a pontoon boat can guarantee hours of fun and blissful water time in your future.

Pontoon boats are normally between 16 and 22 feet in length. They can be used with a trailer, but a special pontoon boat trailer is needed to transport them. Pontoon boats range in price between $ 8,500 and $ 30,000 for newer models. Used pontoon boats can be found between $ 1,500 and $ 15,000. If you are considering a used pontoon boat, be sure to thoroughly inspect the boat for damage or potential problems before you buy.

Source by Jason Albright

5 Ways to Improve Your Pre-Flop Game

1) Take control preflop – Try coming in for a raise whenever you play a hand. I know this is tough, but taking initiative every time you open a pot will be very important to becoming a successful player, especially in no limit hold 'em.

2) Controlling tilt – Try to not care. As hard as that sounds you have to want to win but be OK with losing. I have losing weeks sometimes, and I try to remain positive. It always comes back around but if you tilt and continue to play it just will not work out.

3) Exercise! – Most people realize you have to be mentally tough to succeed in poker, but people do not realize the physical aspect of it. Most players do not take the time to work out or eat well, but let me tell you, it helps. Last year I made a sick run online and it all happened after I started working out. I also have gotten a new plan for eating well and working out, and since then I have been playing well and winning.

4) Do not fall in love with your hand preflop – If you were playing a tournament, and you raise with TT and I re-raise you back. Chances are your TT is not very good (in the first few levels of a tournament). Try just folding this hand, because you are essentially set mining and have no idea where you are in the hand.

5) Taking breaks – I have written some articles on this, and find this to be supremely important while playing poker . Last year during WSOP I played 6 events, cased in zero. I had three bubbles and the last tournament I made a dumb play to bust. The next day was an event I really wanted to play, the 2500 PLO / PLH mixed event. I decided to just drive out to Cali, and go to the beach and relax. So I did, I missed the tournament I really wanted to play so I could get my mind right. Low and behold it worked, the first event I played after I got back I took 3rd in a 3k buyin '.

Source by Doyle Laak

Dressy Woman: Free Dress Up Game

Although I did worry that the eyes of this dress up model might turn up me and draw the soul out of my body whilst I decided what eyeshadow looked best on her, this is a dress up / make up game worth the time you'll spend playing it – unless you're a child, in which case this game is likely to make you feel inadequate as a human being.

The issues I take with Dressy Woman do not relate to the game play or the execution of the dress up system. Both are done fairly well for games in this genre. The clothing simply requires that you click on it to put it on, and the make up system is very simple indeed. There are icons for things like hair, eye color, eye lashes, mascara, etc, etc, and you simply click the icon repeatedly until you find a style you like. It's an approach that greatly simplifies the interface and makes the game very simple to play.

The game itself also boasts something of a story line. You are a participant on a fashion show and you must dress for a range of scenarios. It's a nice promise, and one they could have taken further and sometimes will in future editions.

However, that's where the fairytale ends. In the first round, you are challenged to dress up to impress a date, but warned not to be vulgar or too modest. It's like the 1950's all over again! If you manage to impress your date, he gives you flowers and a message pops up announcing 'Congratulations, He's impressed by your beauty!' If you fail, you get this lovely missive. 'Unfortunately, the clothes you've chosen put the boy off making the acquaintance of you. Try again. ' Ha! Take that people who say that beauty is on the inside! Boys will only talk to you if you impress them!

The messages contained in this game are wild misogynistic, even for fashion games, which often tend to the inane in the first place. For example, in the second round, you must dress up for a pool party, at which the game informs us, 'Your clothes must help you attract attention and make the acquaintance of all the boys at the party'. Without our dress up doll is searching for a prime mate to continue the species, this message seems a little heavy.

Fortunately however, failing to appeal to all the boys purely results in a message of 'Your clothing is not appropriate,' or something similar, not the 'No boys wanted to talk to you – go take more clothes off until you are acceptable to them '.

Even if you do not care that the game Promotes the idea that women only dress up to impress men, like other fashion games with storyline and levels, the game looks to end prematurely, after only three rounds, and similarly to other fashion games' Hollywood Style Maker ', I'm looking at you, the last round is by far the easiest.

In summary, I suppose this game is fine if you want a slick, short dress up game. If you take objection to the idea that women only dress to please men however, I'd give this game a miss. It would have been so easy to make a game like this without the frequent woman slamming, one can only assume that the writers are stuck in a time warp somewhere and probably need help escaping.

Source by Shin Son

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