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Born in Portland, Oregon, Stan Hendricks grew up in Klamath Falls where he was active in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed playing the clarinet and saxophone. After completing one year at Oregon State College, he enlisted in the US Naval Reserve and served two years as Electronic Technician's Mate. Hendricks then returned to college, and graduated with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. In 1952, the author married a wonderful woman named June and together they have four children. Hendricks has worked for 53 years as a senior estimator and project manager at Scott Company, a leading mechanical contractor. He enjoys camping, hiking, photography, music and reading.

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Why you may enjoy the game a lot, and why a rank beginner may be able to give you some information that could save you a bundle.

Getting Started

A brief definition of terms and explanation of the rules of the game for complete novices.

The Deal

What happens when we are dealt a five-card poker hand from a 52-card deck...what the winning hands are, what they pay off and what our chances are of being dealt them.

The Draw

This chapter explores the very heart of the game. Up to this point, Lady Luck has been firmly and totally at the helm; now we at least get to put a tentative finger on the wheel. The decisions we make now may determine whether we enjoy the evening or walk away crestfallen.

The "Nitty * Gritty"

This chapter combines the evaluation of the payoffs we might get from holding various card groups with an analysis of our chance of being dealt them, to determine what our overall chances are of holding our own against the house on the long haul.

One Thousand Hands

In this chapter we put our theories to test by pitting two fictional adversaries, one conservative and one daring, against the same one thousand poker hands.

Three Wishes

This is a reprise of Chapter 5, using different betting strategies.

Black Magic

A few moments of unadulterated relaxation; we've earned them.

Play it Again, Sam

This chapter pits our two mythical opponents against another one thousand hands, this time employing (and enjoying) what they learned in Chapter 7.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Here we see how our theories work out in real casino action.


Here we explore some of the many variations in payoff schedules offered by casinos to tempt us with dreams of bonuses and high payoffs.

"If at First É"

This chapter reports on two more sessions in casinos.

Watch Out For the Curves!

This is a collection of curves showing graphically the results from playing a large number of hands.

The Deuce, You Say!

Here we explore the "Deuce Wild" they differ from the "Jacks or Better" games and how to play them for the best results.


Here we review a few things we discussed and add a few more thoughts that didn't seem to fit anywhere else.


     Gambling is just that * gambling! There are no sure things; there can be no guarantees.

     In writing this book I have done my level best to develop a method that will enhance your enjoyment of video poker by helping you to minimize the inevitable losses and perhaps augment your occasional winnings. In my opinion I may have succeeded beyond my hopes and expectations, but I can guarantee absolutely nothing!

     No one is infallible; although I have put a lot of effort and time into the analyses needed to calculate the odds, errors in logic or math could have sneaked in. I strongly feel that any errors that remain after all the checking, double-checking and triple-checking will not significantly affect the outcome of your application of this information, but again...I can guarantee absolutely nothing!

     If you can't accept these terms, don't buy this book!


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