The importance of understanding pay
Learning to read video poker
pay schedules can save you as much money as learning to play proper
strategy. On the "Cost Per Hour" page I show that changing one of the
pay outs only one coin in DW can cost you $40 per hour. For the new
player saving money by selecting a high pay schedule is much easier
than learning proper strategy. Learning proper strategy is important
but finding a high pay schedule only requires that you carry a copy of
pay schedules in your pocket. There is nothing to learn.
Low pay DW is not the only game that will cost you money. 9/6 JB has an
EV of 99.54%. 8/5 JB has an EV of 97.3%. A difference of more than 2%.
10/7 DB has an EV of 100.17%. 9/6 DB has an EV of 97.81%. A difference
of more than 2%. The thing to keep in mind is that your long-term
win\loss will reflect this 2%. It does not matter if you play near
perfect strategy or if you are a novice that has not had the time to
learn proper strategy. 2% of $1.25 per hand does not sound like much
money. But consider this. At 600 hph your coin-in is $750 per hour. 2%
of $750 is $15. Would you like to have someone give you $15 for every
hour of video poker that you have played in your lifetime? How about
receiving $15 per hour for all the VP that you are going to play for
the rest of your life? This is why I feel it is so important to select
the highest pay schedules available.