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Secrets and No Secrets of Video Poker28 September 2013
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you to say thank you. I have been so busy.
I have other questions: If the secrets are in your book, then you don't have to tell me - I mean I will buy your book. If you don't cover these questions in your book, would you be able to fill me in on the trick/s (if there even are any).
Also, another question – I hope you don't mind.
Thank you so much for taking some time out to answer my questions. I'm real grateful that I have someone like you to help me. I hope that I've somehow helped you too.
There are some general statements regarding random events around which your questions center.
There is no way to predict how many days there are between cycles (actually, it is more associated with the amount of play rather than time). There is no correlation of cycles to days of the week other than when a machine is played more – generally weekends – it will go through more cycles (both winning and losing).
All the rest of your questions generally deal with how to determine when you play, don’t play or leave a machine. How a game is chosen is very personal. Maybe you had good luck at a certain machine in the past; maybe you want to sit away from other people; maybe you want to be near other people; maybe you like loud machines; maybe you like quiet machines; heck, maybe you hear the machine calling your name.
In reality, it really doesn’t matter which machine you pick when it comes to knowing whether it will be hot or cold – you don’t know. I personally detest cigarette smoke so I choose to play machines that are as far from smokers as I can get. This is as good a method as any other of finding a hot machine.
How long should you stay at a machine? This is covered somewhat in the book. As long as things are going well with your bankroll and your disposition by all means stay at the machine. You never know when the next royal flush will happen and since random is, well, random; this machine is as likely as any other to have the next royal.
The better question is when to leave a machine. You leave when you start making mistakes in play such as not noticing a better hold. You leave if you become irritated with the flow of the game, the person next to you, or with the noise. You leave when you are no longer in control. In short, you leave when you are no longer having fun.
Jody, nothing you do from a machine selection or exit strategy standpoint will matter in the long run. Over time the casino will get its cut regardless of which machine(s) you play. While hot and cold streaks can be seen looking back, there is no way in random casino games that anyone can predict when they will happen. A machine could be devouring credits for 30 minutes and then hit two royals in the matter of 5 minutes. The games are random – and random is just that. It is unpredictable.
May all your wins be swift and large and all your losses slow and tiny.
Jerry “Stickman's" new book is "Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker." He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines. In addition, Jerry “Stickman” along with his partner, #1 best-selling gaming author, Frank Scoblete gives private lessons in dice control. You can contact Jerry “Stickman” at firstname.lastname@example.org
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