Beating Casino presents: 6 Crucial Tips if You Play Progressive Video Poker. Jerry Stich has been involved in casino gambling for nearly 30 years. He is an expert in blackjack, craps, video poker and advantage slot machine play.
In this video, we will show you 6 crucial tips that Jerry has to share if you wish to play progressive video poker. Most video poker games have a fixed pay table, meaning the pays for each winning hand never change. For example, a high pair always pays 1-for-1, a 4-of-a-kind always pays 25-for-1 or some other fixed number, and a royal flush always pays 800-for-1 with 5 credits played.
Progressive video poker games are different. They add money to a jackpot as players play the machine. Usually, the jackpot is for hitting a royal flush, but some progressive games have running jackpots for straight flushes or certain four-of-a-kind hands.
Normally, progressive games have reduced payouts for the full house and flush hands. For example, a jacks or better game that would normally pay 9-for-1 for a full house and 6-for-1 for a flush instead pays only 8-for-1 for a full house (sometimes 7-for-1) and 5-for-1 for a flush when it is a progressive game. But, there are good news as well, as the progressive jackpots climb, the house edge decreases and can eventually become favorable for the player. For a Jacks or Better game, the house edge moves towards the player by about .5 to .6 percent for each additional 1,000 credits in the jackpot. For example, an 8/5 game (8-for-1 paid for a full house and 5-for-1 paid for a flush) has a 97.30 percent payback when the royal flush progressive jackpot is at the reset value of 4,000 credits.
When the jackpot climbs to 5,000 credits, the payback improves to 97.81 percent. Should the jackpot climb to double, the reset value of 4,000 to 8,000 credits, the payback is approximately the same as a full pay 9/6 jacks or better game (99.59 percent). So, when the jackpot of an 8/5 jacks or better progressive game is at 8,000 credits, a player can play the game with the same payback expectation as the increasingly harder to find full pay game.
Tip #1. Find Out When Should You Play.
Returns on progressive video poker games while the progressive jackpot is at or near the reset value of 4,000 credits are significantly lower than the returns of non-progressive games. Because of this, you should only play progressive games when the progressive jackpot is 6,000 credits or higher. Even at 6,000 credits, the return for the game is in the low 98 percent range. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that you will probably only be playing for a relatively short period of time, until someone hits a royal.
When playing a progressive game, you are playing to get a royal (or another hand that has a very high progressive jackpot). Long-term return is not as significant. What matters more is a very high jackpot amount.
Tip #2. Finding a Playable Game.
The higher the jackpot amount the better the game is for you. The problem is that a high jackpot does not occur very often. If progressive video poker is all you will play, then you will spend up to 95 percent of your time looking for a playable game. If you happen to notice a game where the jackpot is approaching a decent level, you can be sure that other players are also noticing it.
That is why it is important to know that there is a very limited window where you will (or should) actually play the game.
Tip #3. Know Your Bankroll. Assuming you are planning to play only progressive Jacks or Better games when the progressive jackpot is at 6,000 credits or higher, the required amount of your total bankroll increases by about 50 percent.
These requirements are somewhat remediated by the fact that you will most likely not play for a very long time. However, there is no guarantee of that. At minimum, it is recommended having a large enough bankroll to play at least a few thousand hands. It would really suck if you played a couple of thousand hands and ran out of money, then a short while later someone hits the jackpot.
Tip #4. You Will Probably Have to Change Between Strategies.
As the progressive jackpot climbs, your video poker playing strategy needs to change as well in order to start favoring the royal flush more often. This is a fluid requirement as the progressive amount is constantly changing. So, it is recommended that you make up several strategy charts using a video poker strategy program. On each successive chart, increase the jackpot amount by 1,000 credits. When playing the actual game in the casino, use the chart that most closely matches the progressive amount.
If you do not have a video poker strategy program or app (or you do not have access to one) you may be at a disadvantage when it comes to proper playing strategy.
Tip #5. Test Your Skills. Most video poker applications allow the user to play the selected game on the computer or smartphone/tablet. Configure the game with a 6,000 (or whatever number you choose) credit royal flush and begin playing.
The application will let you know when you make errors.
#6. Try the Royals Only Strategy. A Royals Only strategy does have its place in video poker tournaments.
In tournaments, there is an extremely short time to play and a royal flush will probably put you in the money. Also, the player’s bankroll is not affected by each hand that is lost. However, neither of these situations is true when playing progressive games. Even though you save for a royal more often, you still need to make the most of each hand played in order to help make it to the end. Summary Points to Remember.
1. Most of the time, a progressive game is not worth playing.
2. A playable progressive video poker game will probably not last very long.
3. Make sure you have enough money to play several thousand hands.
4. To develop an approximate playing strategy, generate several strategy charts, each with the jackpot 1,000 credits higher.
5. Use the strategy chart that has the jackpot amount closest to the actual amount.
With all this said, you may have second thoughts about playing progressive video poker and we get it. On the other hand, even if you can lose more than on a standard game, you also could win big. Willing to take the risk? It is up to you to decide if you wish to do what is required to be a winner at progressive video poker. Thank you for watching. Enjoy our channel with more videos, tips and strategies on how to beat the casino both live and online, and don’t forget to like, share and comment on our videos.
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