I've written a separate article about video poker strategy, and I'll expand with more specific strategies later. But this article is more about becoming a successful gambler, and the tips here are more general in nature. They' still strategic, but perhaps they're less tactical than some of the other features here.
If you have no bankroll, you can't play. The bigger your bankroll is, the bigger the game you can play, and the greater your hourly expected win rate if you're playing professionally.
Many people take money from their bankroll to spend on other things like rent or food. Make sure that you have a separate video poker bankroll that's sufficient to carry you through the levels of the game at which you're playing. Click here for some thoughts on how to calculate what kind of bankroll you need.
You can practice online at an online casino, or you can practice on free flash games on sites like this, or you can buy a strategy tutor like Winpoker. But don't waste tons of money learning to play video poker. There are just too many ways to get good at it without having to lose money.
The slots club always adds to your expected return, and there is never a reason NOT to belong to the casino's slot machine club. All you have to do is fill out a form and occasionally get some mail from the casinos and keep up with a little plastic card. Just insert the card into the reader at the video poker machine you're playing, and you'll start getting money back on every bet.
Your approach to the game will vary dramatically based on your goals. If you're looking for a 2nd income, you're going to need a different approach than if you're just playing to get free drinks and a comp room now and then. Nothing wrong with either goal, but the former goal is going to require significantly more dedication and focus than the 2nd goal.
This page was written on April 21, 2006 and was last updated on September 18, 2007.