Online Video Poker Guide

Online Video Poker Guide

Next to slots, video poker is probably the top attraction at both online and offline casinos. Video poker machines act like slot machines, except they afford players the opportunity to improve their hands if they know basic video poker strategy. Online video poker machines are fun, fast paced, and often more creative than those found in land based casinos. Even better, some online casino video poker games have favorable payout percentages for players that fully understand all the ins and outs of a particular game.

Here are a few online video poker tips:

Bankroll Management: Online video poker moves at relatively the same pace as land based machines. As a result, since video poker is a little more leisurely than slot machines, you don’t have to be as strict with your bankroll. Start out playing the minimum bet until you understand how the game works, and then experiment with higher bets. Video poker is generally a more enjoyable game because you can interact with the machine, and in many cases, online video poker machines offer unique bonus games.

Know Video Poker Strategy: First of all, it’s important to note there are many variants of video poker: jacks or better, deuces wild, wild cards, etc. As a result, the strategy for each game variant is different. Therefore, it’s important to learn what’s known as “perfect strategy” for video poker, keeping in mind the type of video poker you’re playing. Strategies for deuces wild will not work with jacks or better. If you’re just starting out playing video poker, pick one game, learn it thoroughly, and play it several times for real money before you move on to a different game.

Know the Odds: Like slot machines, video poker is particularly alluring because there are huge jackpots for royal flushes, 4 of kind, and even straight flushes. One has to remember, however, that the odds of getting one of these hands is near impossible, although many serious video poker players report getting a top paying hand one or twice in their lifetime. Keeping this fact in mind, don’t “plan” to get a Royal Flush because it will probably not happen. Instead, bet wisely and capitalize on the smaller, more common hands. Even if you never get a Royal Flush, it is still possible to be a winning video poker player.

Various Online Casino Video Poker Machines, by Software Type:

RTG (Real Time Gaming): 7 Stud Poker, Bonus Deuces Wild, Sevens Wild, Loose, Deuces, Double Dueces Bonus Poker, Bonus Poker, Aces and Eights, All American Poker

Top Game: Deuces and Joker, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker

Rival Gaming: Aces and Faces, Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Deuces and Joker, Tens or Better, Double Joker, Joker Poker

Online Roulette Guide

Roulette is one of the most popular attractions at online casinos. In most cases, players have the option between choosing either American double zero Roulette, or European single zero Roulette. The difference between the two is very slight, but important in the long run: Single zero roulette has a less favorable house edge than double zero roulette, and therefore gives the player the potential to win more money.

Here are a few tips for play online roulette:

Bankroll Management: If you deposit $100, play in dollar chips on the "inside" (numbers 0-36) of the table, or at most $5 chips on the "outside" (odd/even, black/red, dozens, 1-18 and 19-36). The main reason for this strategy is that it allows you to have a decent shot at winning some money, while not going bankrupt within two or three spins. Many roulette players like the place their entire bankroll on the table in huge stacks of chips on various numbers. While this makes the game more exciting, if you lose, you’re out of money in just minutes. Instead, use smaller bets to build up your bankroll over time.

Good Roulette Bets versus Bad Roulette Bets: In general, placing an entire bet on one number straight up is a sucker’s bet. Remember, the odds of this number coming in are 1 in 38 for American Roulette, and 1 in 37 for European Roulette. These odds are clearly stacked against the player. It’s far better to either bet on multiple numbers, or stick to the "outside" of the table and play the multiple number bets. Some players can do pretty well betting black or red. Others like to place two equal stacks of chips on 2 of the 3 dozens bets, which is probably the safest bet in the house. Some players prefer the "street" bet, where they bet a stack of chips on 3 numbers across the table, like 1,2,3 for example. Finally, combining some of these strategies works well, too: some players will bet 2 stacks of chips on two of the dozens spots, plus a stack of chips on black. Your odds are almost 2:3 for winning the dozens bet, and of course about 1:2 for winning the black bet. Therefore, for every 2 winning dozens bets plus a black color play, it’s possible you might hit your black bet as well.

Long Run House Edge: Roulette has the best house edge of all table games. There is no "skill" involved in roulette, unless you are able to exploit the weaknesses of a particular roulette wheel or dealer; or you place well informed bets. As a result, the longer you play, the more likely the house will catch up on you, and take your money. Thus, if you find yourself getting ahead, perhaps even doubling or tripling your money, you might want to consider cashing in and enjoying your winnings. Chasing losses in Roulette is always a losing proposition.

Fad Bets: Every once in a while, a pseudo-professional gambler will come up with a betting strategy for roulette that doesn’t exploit dealer or wheel weaknesses. More specifically, we mean that the professional gambler will advise you, for example, to always play black, odd, and place 7 straight up bets. Remember, no matter what you do, the house still enjoys the edge in this game. So, no matter what strategy someone tries to sell you, it’s probably no better than your own.

The following is a diagram of the fabled "snake" roulette bet. This bet gets its name from the snake-like pattern formed on the roulette table. Despite the many urban legends and random gambling chatter, this bet is not very productive.

All that said, the following is a payout chart for American double zero Roulette. Remember these numbers carefully, and be an informed gambler. Don’t take wild risks unless you’re ahead in the game, or else your money will disappear very fast.

*In this chart, the "Trio" bet is also known as a "Street" bet

Type of Bet Numbers Covered Payout
Black Bet 18 numbers 1 to 1
Column Bet 12 numbers 2 to 1
Corner Bet 4 numbers 8 to 1
Dozen Bet 12 numbers 2 to 1
Even Bet 18 numbers 1 to 1
Five Bet 5 numbers 6 to 1
High Bet 18 numbers 1 to 1
Line Bet 6 numbers 5 to 1
Low Bet 18 numbers 1 to 1
Odd Bet 18 numbers 1 to 1
Red Bet 18 numbers 1 to 1
Split Bet 2 numbers 17 to 1
Straight Up Bet 1 number 35 to 1
Trio Bet 3 numbers 11 to 1