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The Video Poker Edge, Second Edition: How to Play Smart and Bet Right Paperback – January 20, 2006
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About the Author
Linda Boyd spent many years as a mathematics educator―a career that proved valuable in helping her design the statistical tactics included in this book, and present them in a way that is easy to understand even for the “mathematically challenged.” After years of playing blackjack and live poker, Ms. Boyd turned to the more profitable game of video poker.
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The little bit of math that is covered in the book, has simple and easy to follow examples that a sixth grader could understand. And there are lots of clear and concise tables to help you understand the concepts on how to play smart VP, from learning the optimum strategies, to identifying good VP machines.
There's good coverage of the most common types of VP machines you will find in casinos. There is also a good explanation of ER (Expected Return), EV (Expected Value) and variance. Although ROR (Risk of Ruin) was mentioned, she didn't go into any depth on the subject, which surprises me because she covered everything else so well.
The tear-out strategy cards in the back of the book are a nice bonus. Because they would normally cost you about $5-$8 each if you had to buy them separately. The cards cover...9/6 Double Double Bonus Poker (98.98%), Pick'em Poker (99.95%), Full-Pay Deuces Wild (100.76%), 10/7 Double Bonus Poker (100.17%), 9/6 Jacks or Better (99.54%), 8/5 Bonus Poker (99.17%), 9/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe (99.64%), and Not-So-Ugly Deuces Wild (99.73%).
If you are serious about learning VP I would also get some good VP training software like...Video Poker for Winners, Wolf Video Poker, or WinPoker. You can now get the "Frugal Video Poker Software" for FREE, at Wolf Video Poker.
The author has made sure that the book is as readable as it is
practical. While enjoying the excellent writing, I was also able to learn some new things about Video Poker. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all Video Poker players whether this is their first foray into a casino, or they have been playing for many years.
Last week, I had the excellent strategy cards from the book, in my purse during a visit to a local casino. I was playing a game with which I was very familiar, and doubted that I would need to consult the cards. However, one of those very tricky and difficult hands did occur, and it was snap to make the right
decision after consulting the appropriate card. It was a very nice feeling not to have to guess at the right hold, but have the correct answer immediately available. It was almost like having a Video Poker expert sitting along side of me!
The book tells you everything you need to know to play video poker. Even though I have been playing for a long time I did not know the use of all the buttons until I read this book. Also,there are many untrue statements about video poker are passed from player to player. This book makes it clear which things are true and which things are false.
I removed the cards from the back of the book and took them to the casino. The cards tell you how to play the game, so there is a different card for each game. Since I have been using the cards which are very easy I have won more times than I did in the past. That is why I bought several copies to give as gifts for my friends who play.
This is the most up to date book on video poker and if you want to either learn to play or improve your play then you will want to own this book.
Even if you are a good player the cards are worth more than the price of the book. I don't know anybody that plays all of the games perfect and that is why you should have this book even if you have played a lot.
If you play in casinos outside of Las Vegas then you can still find the games that are recommended. You do have to read the book and check the payout tables.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good product. Has lots of training tips for the serious player..Published 3 months ago by Harry E Hall
Great insight into video poker. Tried in Laughlin and Prescott AZ.Published 4 months ago by james moushon
This book is basically for the novice video poker player. Too much on the details of each game and not how to beat it.Published 5 months ago by Martin F Vittitow
I love this book! I wanted to learn how to play Video Poker because I kept reading that playing it is a lot better than playing the slot machines. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Balbina C. Nepomuceno
This is a great book on Video Poker! I didn't know how to play poker let alone Video Poker. I became interested because it is said that the odds of winning are a lot better than... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jessica Adin
A wealth of knowledge. Not just playing technique, but also technical information. I always suspected that some machines were not random, this book tells you how and where to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Good.
Great book to learn VP. Well written. Strategy cards were included.Published 9 months ago by Peter D
Great Price, Lightning Fast Delivery, High Recommended Seller-thank you again !!!!!!!Published 11 months ago by Plymouth