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14 October 2010 - 4:17pm

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

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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.

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15 October 2010 - 11:47am
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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.

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16 October 2010 - 2:48pm
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As usual Ed you are the words of wisdom. I have been on a kick of playing 50 hands lately but only .01 coin value. Anything else beyond that is too rich for my blood. It does make your bankroll last longer, but the only way to win some real cash is to be dealt it.

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16 October 2010 - 9:12pm
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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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19 October 2010 - 5:22pm
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I actually avoid the doubling altogether. To me its just an opportunity for the house to try to get the winnings back that you just won. They end up getting so much of a players winnings back to begin with i am not quite sure i want to take the added risk.

Let me ask you Ed, would you double up if you hit the Royal or 4 Aces with the kicker?

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19 October 2010 - 10:21pm
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No way! lol

But its important to remember that double up is one of the only completely "fair" games in the casino. Its a straight chance 50/50. eg Double $1 five times and you win $32. The odds of doing it? 1 in 32. So half the time the house gets back what you won, the other half you double your win.

So what I like to do is try to double the more common wins 4 or 5 times, in the hope of a good early win.

One other thing doubling is useful for is when you're playing a bonus. Most casinos don't count doubling towards wagering requirements, but you can still use it to try to fire your bankroll up early and increase your chance of completing the wagering.

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