By John Grochowski
When casinos change pay tables on video poker games, they not only change the payback percentage players can get, they change optimal strategy.
If you’re playing Double Double Bonus Poker in an online casino and you see a 9-6 pay table where full houses pay 9 for 1 and flushes 6 for 1, video poker strategy is different than if you see an 8-5 pay table.
The same goes for offline video poker games. The most common changes in pay tables are on full houses and flushes. When they change, players’ approaches to the games must change too.
Flush payoffs drive most video poker strategy shifts. There’s not much you can do to increase the frequency of full houses. If you’re dealt J-J-6-6-9, you’re going to hold both pairs regardless of whether full houses pay 10, 9, 8, 7 or 6 for 1.
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