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Former math teacher Boyd's guide to winning bucketfuls of change is not for the casual casino-goer: readers will come across sentences like "the mathematically correct way to play any dealt hand is based on the stated payout table in conjunction with statistical probabilities"; be required to keep straight variances, expected returns and expected values (some are percentages; some are currency equivalents); and learn how to read seemingly cryptic charts before sinking their teeth into the meat of Boyd's strategies. But, for the left-brained set, Boyd's book is a boon: she excels in breaking down which hands to play, which types of video poker games offer better chances of payouts for large and small bankrolls, betting strategies and the different types of casinos and games readers can expect to find across the country. Readers who already know their way around a Harrah's will want to skip the sections dealing with gambling addiction, budgets and casino etiquette and cut to the discreetly pocketable payout charts and the approximately 40 pages Boyd dedicates to strategy. Savvy video poker players could win back the cover price in a night.
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Square One (January 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757002528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757002526
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By C. Keller on May 18, 2007
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If you are new to VP (video poker) this is a great book to start with. Boyd keeps it real simple for the beginner and covers a lot of ground in 150 pages. If you've already read a few other video poker books like Dancer's or Paymar's you won't really find anything new in here. Although I did like her coverage of VLT's (Video Lottery Terminals).

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.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By VP Queen on May 11, 2006
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I have a large library of video poker books, since I have been playing this fascinating game for more than 20 years. This book ranks among the best in that genre.

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!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tben on April 9, 2012
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I bought the kindle version of the book, and was looking forward to checking out the strategy cards. The author talks a lot about these strategy cards, and it seems like they are central to the book's intents. However, the strategy cards are nowhere to be found on the kindle edition! The tables are impossible to read on the kindle - the print is extremely tiny, and you can't increase the font size. Page references in the text are not hyperlinked, and the kindle version has no page numbers. Very confusing. Bottom line, this purchase feels like a scam without the strategy cards. Please do something about this!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By California Gambling Girl on March 22, 2007
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This book is an absolute gem for anybody who wants to learn the game or is an experienced video poker player. I was recently in Las Vegas and had no problem finding every game recommended and there were several. You have to follow the easy directions for reading the payouts for each hand, which is explained in a way that everybody will understand. Some games like 9/6 jacks or better are in the same casino as 7/5 or 6/5 jacks or better. You should play the 9/6 game.I took the table which was in the book with 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.
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