Video Poker - Choose the Best MachinesWritten by Tom McBroom
There are three basic types of video poker machines:
* Jacks or Better
* Deuces Wild
* Jokers Wild
To keep things basic, we recommend you play only Jacks or Better machines. The payouts are usually better and draw strategy is more straightforward.
What you're really looking for is a Jacks or Better machine with a good payout schedule. The best payout schedule pays 9 to 1 for full house and 6 to 1 for a flush. In gambler's terms, this is called a "9-6" machine, for obvious reasons. Several years ago, you could find several of these in most casinos, but they are now very hard to find because of favorable (to you, not house!) payout schedule.
Frequently, best payout you'll be able to find is next best one, which pays 8 to 1
Slot Machines - The BasicsWritten by Tom McBroom
Slot machines are by far easiest - and one of most fun - games in casino to play. Simply insert your coin and pull handle. One of oldest jokes in world is to call slot machines "one armed bandits" because - with some of highest odds against you in casino, that is exactly what they were - and still are! However, it's now more appropriate to simply call them bandits, because you don't have to pull handle anymore - just push a button. Electrical motors and computer chips do everything else.
HOW SLOT MACHINES WORK
Decades ago, when slot machines were young, they were basically mechanical devices. The force of handle being pulled down turned metal gears that turned wheels on machine.
Later on, electrical motors were added to turn wheels and force of handle being pulled no longer had any bearing on results. In fact, you no longer had to pull handle, since wheels were electrical. All you had to do was push "play" button to start wheels. The odds were controlled by how many winning symbols were on each wheel.
More recently, most casinos have are converting to computerized slot machines that no longer have wheels at all - just a computer screen that plays a video simulating spinning wheels. A computer "random number generator" determines results. As soon as you put your coins in, result is predetermined.