All casino games have historically been surrounded by various superstitions and myths ranging from the mundane to the extremely weird.  The one thing that they all have in common?  They’re usually not true.

Video Poker Myths

There are a number of common video poker myths that you may have come across in your time at the machines.  Let’s clear up a couple of these widespread myths.

  • He stole my Royal Flush! After playing for 3 hours at one machine you get up to take a break.  When you come back 15 minutes later some guy is at your machine playing awful video poker strategy.  As you begin to scoff under your breath, he hits a lucky royal flush! He stole your jackpot!  NOT TRUE.  All video poker machines use a random number generator (RNG) to choose your cards.  The RNG changes the cards you will receive several hundred times per second before you press the button to deal.  Unless you would have hit the button at the exact hundredth of a second that he did, you can’t say that he stole your royal flush.
  • Playing with bonus code money (or a slot card) makes the machine give me worse cards. Absolutely false.  As was stated above, the video poker machine (whether you’re playing online or not) uses a random number generator that is not affected in any way by whatever bonuses or slot cards you may be using at the time.  In fact, using bonus codes or slot cards is an important strategy for any serious gamer.
  • Playing a game with a payout of over 100% is a guaranteed winner. Unfortunately for all video poker fans out there, this is false.  If it were true, I would be a recluse in my house playing online video poker all day.  The payout percentage of a video poker machine is calculated over the extremely long run (thousands of hands).  This means that in the short term or long term you may hit a very hot streak or very cold streak, but in the end you will come out slightly ahead after thousands of hands.
  • Multi-hand Video Poker has better odds of winning. Once again, this is false.  Whether you are playing one hand or 100 hands at a time, the odds are equal.  However, it is true you will see more royal flushes playing multi hand video poker due to the fact you are playing more hands at the same time.  But still, over the long run you will end up winning the same whether you play one hand or many hands of video poker at the same time.  Just play whichever is more fun for you!

Have you heard any other myths that you would like debunked?  Let me know in the comment section below and I will put these myths to rest!

For more video poker strategy articles, check out video poker winning decisions, how to double your video poker winnings, the best video poker odds, using video poker bonus codes, and winning with common video poker hands.

Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.