Elliot Frome, author of the “Winning Strategy” column for Gaming Today, recently wrote several columns on Video Poker. In the December 19th issue, he explains the “Strategy Table” in great detail – what these tables (charts) are and how to use them for 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 gamblers who prefer to play alone, without any competition.
In another form of poker, a skilled player counts the number of cards that will complete his hand – out – to determine the odds of the cards, and compares them to the pot odds visit poker88. From this, he can quickly estimate the Expected Value. This is similar to using a Strategy Table for Video Poker. And that’s where the likeness of skill begins and ends.
But, in my view, more importantly, the human element is completely absent when playing Video Poker. There are no opponents sitting around you, competing with bets and raising stakes for the same pot. No bluffing. There are no “enemies” to beat. . . there is no way to apply your different poker skills.
As such, there’s no need to evaluate your opponents – what kind of hands they might be holding, and how you expect each to play them.
Don’t bother looking for more information. There is a complete disregard for the nature of the opponent’s play – there are no loose or tight players, aggressive or passive players, or deceptive players.
There are no calling stations; no “maniacs” were involved; don’t play slow; no increment checks to build pot sizes; nothing is bluffing. he machine won’t know the difference.
Therefore, the skills required to come home victorious in Video Poker are limited to the ability to use Strategy Tables (or their equivalent) – barely worth the many skills you can use in real Poker. I was wondering if we should call it Poker.
Furthermore in Video Poker, without competing opponents, there is no psychology; there is also no social interaction. Many recreational players enjoy the opportunity to interact with other players and even the dealer is sitting at the table – to talk to them, observe them, smile or frown at them.
With all due respect to my Gaming Today counterparts, despite the vast column, I will carry on Video Poker – even if I have a Strategy Table available to me – and stick to real Poker.
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