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When it comes to determining your bankroll for Video Poker wagering,
most people are confused about where to start. The first question is usually,
how many coins do I play? While most Video Poker books and websites will
say 'always play full coins', that may be flawed logic.
Let's look at why they say that first of all. You'll notice on the pay-schedule
for any standard machine that the payoff for a royal flush is disproportionately
higher for full coin play than for non-full coin play. This is reason
enough to pump in the extra cash. It would really be too bad to hit a
royal flush on one coin, and get paid piddly. That's a depressing moment,
and is enough to convince most people to always play with full coins.
Since many Video Poker machines are negative expectation though, there
is another logical way of looking at things. Since, chances are, you wont
hit a royal in any given session, you'll be losing money at a slow rate.
So when you play with one coin, over an hour, you'll have more money left
in your bankroll than if you were playing 5 coins. So if you're only playing
for an hour, it's better to play with one coin. If you're playing for
an extended play, and expect you'll run across a royal, you better play
with full coins. Video Poker wagering is a little tricky that way, but
no more than other games really.
Bankroll management is vital in any area of wagering, not just Video
Poker. It's important to set a bankroll ahead of time and to stick with
it. Working within the volatility of the machine you're on, you have to
have a large enough bankroll to weather how low you may have to drop before
hitting a big hand. Machines with a lower level of volatility wont move
your bankroll up and down as fast or as much.
Setting win and loss limits is another smart strategy for your Video
Poker wagering techniques. It may sound normal to set a loss limit (knowing
when to walk away), but what's the point in setting a win limit? Most
experts agree that you've done well for yourself if you increase your
bankroll by 20%. This means that hitting one good hand, even if not a
royal, may have made your session well worth it, and it would be in your
best interests to walk away then, and not lose what you've just gained.