Usne
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14 October 2010 - 4:17pm

One hand - 10 hands - 50 hands or 100 hand Video Poker

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Hi CL Members,

I love video poker. I especially love Double Double Poker where the Ace has a kicker for a bigger win. I have played one hand, 10 hand, 50 hand and 100 hand poker.

What i am curious about is the more hands played the tougher it is for a big win? I guess what i am asking, does the RNG have a tighter program attached with multi hand poker. I would think it would considering if you were dealt 4 aces for example on 100 hands that would be an awesome hit especially if your playing for more than .01 coin value.

Does anyone play Video Poker and if so whats your favorite game and number of multi hands that bring you the best luck.

Usne

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15 October 2010 - 11:47am

You have to consider your bet size to answer that. To make it simple lets assume you are always playing max coins per hand (royal flush win is almost always bigger on max coins).

So on a single hand jacks or better you are betting \$5 per hand when each coin is \$1. If you hit a royal you win 800x \$5 which is \$4000.

Now if you are playing 100 hand JoB and you reduce your coin size to 1c, then you are betting 5c per hand and still \$5 total. A pat royal will still pay \$4000 because you win on every hand. But a royal on only 1 of those hands after the draw will only win \$400 because the single hand has a 5c bet.

So the main difference between the two is what happens on the draw. When playing a single hand you have a better chance of drawing a massive win, but you will also see a lot more non-winning hands. In multi-hand you almost always win something on the draw, but that is offset by the other hands you don't win on.

So playing multi-hand "smooths" or reduces the volatility of the game providing you reduce your coin size in proportion to the number of hands. Assuming the single and multi-hand versions of the same game have the same paytable, the expected return or payout rate of the game never changes whether you play 1, 3, 5, 10, 50, or 100 hands so you can pick whatever you like.

I like playing multi-hand as I find that I get a longer game as you are always getting some of your bet back after every hand. There are also more opportunities to double - after just about every hand. 10 hands is about right for me. I find 50 and 100 dilutes the big wins too much for my taste.

Usne

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16 October 2010 - 9:12pm

Yes that's why I generally stick to 10 hands maximum. Don't forget doubling ... its one of the few bets in the casino with no house advantage.

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