Every time I start reading an article on perfect play and the percentages I get amused. Frankly, I think that someone that is not playing VP as a professional this is a bunch of baloney. Yes, different pay tables matter on how long your money lasts. However, making a 10 mistakes over an hour will not make that much of a difference. It’s about 2% error rate depending on how fast you play. That 2% could also be a lucky rate.
I go to the casino probably about 30 days each year, give or take a few days. I can’t tell you how many times I play a hand 3- 5-10 play; I play the hand completely correct and not make one hand for 5 credits. On the other hand, I’ve been dealt two 3-play Royal Flushes for $12,000 each; also I’ve also been dealt numerous 4OAKs. Did that win qualify me as being any better than the first time player? No it doesn’t. I play pretty well, but I make mistakes when I start playing too fast. Most of the time I know when I make a mistake. However, sometimes I actually win on a mistake. So please let’s not go overboard on correct play. When I get three face cards to a Royal I will go for the Royal Flush unless it’s Aces. I compare 250 to 4000 credits; my decision is to try for 4000. Isn’t that the reason to play Video Poker, that elusive Royal Flush?
I’m not dismissing knowing the best play depending on each pay table is important, but not important enough to go to Dancer’s classes unless you want to play VP for a living. I don’t know why people would try to make a living on VP; it does depend on luck. I guess if you hit your one big hand on the first deal, you can go home.