New! I've just started offering a small number of video poker products by other authors: Video Poker-Optimum Play, Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker, and Video Poker Strategy Master. I think each of these products is the "Best of Breed" and well worth your considertaion. More information about them can be found on my description page.
I now have over a dozen varieties of video poker strategy cards, now including Deuces Wild and Double Jokers. Descriptions of the different game can be found following this link. There is also a separate order page that you can keep open while you refer to the individual descriptions.
My specially formatted, laminated strategy cards provide a way to quickly
and easily play "best basic" video poker strategy. Here's an example of
what part of one looks like:
A "basic" strategy is one that ranks holdings, but does not take discards into account. A discard that negatively affects the value of the cards held is called a "penalty card". My "best basic" strategies are designed to be as good as reasonably possible without using penalty card rules. All of my non-wild card strategies with 0.01% of optimal without the need of any penalty rules. Strategies for wild card games often cannot reach this high standard without the use of penalty cards, but I try to keep penalty rules to a bare minimum.
For Video Poker games, the expectation of a given machine is determined
by the "pay table," which indicates the payoffs for different final hands.
To make sure you know which game I am giving strategies for, I indicate
the pay table by a sequence of integers such as: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
9, 25, 50, 800.
This give the pay offs for hands from a big pair (Jacks) up through a royal
flush, as follows:
|1||Pair of Jacks or Better|
|3||Three of a Kind (Trips)|
|25||Four of a Kind (Quads)|
The pay offs are given in terms of units bet. Normally, to get the full value, you must bet five coins, so a unit is $1.25 on a quarter machine or $5 on a dollar machine. A frequent variation on the pay table is to pay different amounts for different quads. In this case, I give the quad pay offs as a sequence in square brackets like: "[80,50,160]". For all games I am currently offering, the values are for Quads 2-4, Quads 5-K and Quad Aces, respectively.
Comments and questions are welcome. Suggest other VP games you'd like to see, but be warned that it takes quite a while to develop a good strategy and come up with a great format to display it. Just send email to Jazbo.