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VP book suggestions

Last edit: wpsteel66 on Monday, 18th April 2016 3:19 pm
Last response by Drake 20th April 9:06am

Question: What book should I purchase that explains video poker (VP); not just the basics but includes strategies and techniques to play? I am interested in a book that focuses primarily on explaining the math and probabilities.

I understand the basics of poker, but do not have the ‘training’ to play VP in the casino. I have searched the web and found so many ‘expert’ books and web sites to teach VP so in the end you become a ‘pro’.

With so many available options, I know the VT community can guide me in the right direction.

I have focused my casino play predominately on craps; now I desire to venture out and play other games that require some thought and use strategies. In addition, I have a few friends who do not play craps but VP instead when we go to the casino.

In advance, I appreciate the feedback.

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 Drake responded on Monday, 18th April 2016

I don't know any books, but a good place to start is here:

 Misnomer responded on Wednesday, 20th April 2016

You can try some of Bob Dancer's books, but I've found that his insistence on playing full pay VP makes them only so useful. Because if you're going to play on the Strip and/or at most Downtown casinos, you're not going to find full pay machines, and therefore most of his math-based techniques and explanations are inapplicable. He also has a bunch of fluff in his books (Play on double points days! Take the satin casino jacket and sell it, then count that profit with your winnings!).

Rather than a book, I would recommend you get the WinPoker app. You can configure it to play whatever odds you'll encounter on the Strip or Downtown, and the app will then train you how to play to the greatest mathematical advantage. Good luck!

 Drake replied on Wednesday, 20th April 2016

The practice games at wizardofodds also let you configure real-world pay tables and adjusts its "perfect play" advice accordingly, if you're not part of the smartphone app crowd.

I'd just add: pick the VP game that appeals to you and then just practice away until you absorb the basics of the strategy. The difference in the games lie in the payoffs for each hand.

I play Double Bonus because the payoffs for 4-of-a-kinds are mini-jackpots in themselves. It's something to play for while you're waiting for that once-in-a-lifetime Royal Flush. In Double Double Bonus, quads are even more enticing (4 Aces with a 2/3/4 kicker = 2000 coins).

Of course, the trade-off is lower payouts for the lesser winning hands. But once you start chasing the quads and hitting a few, you learn to accept it.

Full pay for DB is 10-7-5 (full-house, flush, straight) but as Misnomer says, you'll never find that. I've played a lot of 9-6-5 so that's what I set the pay table at when I'm playing my practice rounds.