Video Poker - The BasicsWritten by Tom McBroom
After Blackjack and Craps, video poker gives you some of best odds in casino if you play it right. It combines some of fun of a slot machine with some of fun of a table game, all without rushing you to play. This is why many professional gamblers use video poker as a means of relaxation in between demands of blackjack or a table poker game.
For many years now, video poker has steadily increased in popularity in casinos. While many video poker machines may look like slot machines, make no mistake about it - they are not! Unlike slot machines, video poker is a combination of luck AND skill.
The cards are dealt randomly, just as in a real poker game. The house's edge is determined by how much it pays for various combinations of winning hands. Different machines have different payout schedules for various poker hands, so be sure to choose a machine with a favorable payout schedule.
In order to play video poker with any chance at winning, you must know basics about playing five card draw poker, which is beyond scope of this article. We'll assume you know basics of game and how various poker hands are ranked.
Slot Machines - Good and Bad LocationsWritten by Tom McBroom
Although no one will ever truly know where casinos are likely to place loosest slots, we do have some suggestions based on research, staff experience in casinos, and talking to various casino personnel. These suggestions are simply that: suggestions. They may or may not apply to a particular casino. Plus, casinos are notoriously subject to changing their procedures if players get too lucky!
THE GOOD LOCATIONS FOR SLOTS
Here's where our research and experience indicate that best machines may be located:
* One row in from major aisles. Lots of people can still hear jackpots and casino avoids customers walking down aisle with no intention of playing slots except for odd coin or two on run.
* Near food and snack bars. The reasoning here is that sound of jackpots will encourage people to eat faster and get out to play slots.
* Generally, any location that is highly visible from other slot machines. People tend to spend more dollars when they see other slot players winning.