Video Poker Resources
Published material on video poker strategies is highly variable in quality.
Some is accurate; some, while inaccurate, is close enough to keep you out
of big trouble; and some is wildly wrong and/or just plain incomprehensible.
Anything written by Lenny Frome or Stanford Wong is bound to be good. Mr.
Frome writes a video poker column for a weekly gambling newspaper. His
book America's National
Game of Chance - Video Poker is a collection of some of those columns
and I highly recommend it. He also has a short pamphlet Expert
Video Poker for Las Vegas and a home
page on the Web. The much more detailed book Mastering
Joker Wild Video Poker by Bradley Davis is also good, although
he, like Mr. Fromme, recommends the "save the joker alone" play in many
more cases than I think is correct. I believe both of them use a slightly
flawed methodology to make their calculations. The net returns they
give are also off by small amounts, I believe.
Here are some video poker related items I have found on the Web:
An interactive Web
video poker game. This game is run from a server.
Dan Paymar has a video
poker page with strategies.
Several people have put Video Poker Java applets out on the Web. Apparently
they think this would be a good way to learn Java. (I know I do.)
Video poker strategies can be found at http://www.intersphere.com/casinoplayer/htp/video-poker.
Their deuces wild strategy falls short of optimality, but it is probably
as good as can be done with only twenty rules. It is difficult to evaluate
their joker wild strategy because they neglect to provide the payoff table
for which it was calculated. It is difficult to imagine any payoff
table, however, that would cause plain straights to be favored as much
as their strategy demands.
Mike Van Emmerik has a video
poker page with the whereabouts of good video poker machines in Queensland,
Neil Aggrawal's home page
has video poker information and a free Java jacks-or-better game.
Gonegambling.com has general
gambling information, including video poker.
Return to Jeff Lotspiech's
video poker page.
Changes last made on: April 15, 2000.