Video Slots and Texas Hold’em

11/21/2013
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
The main thing I can’t use when playing 5-Card Draw on the video slots is the implied odds system of Hold’em implied odds are based on the assumption that the other player will bet on the next street giving more value to a call. In Draw when you are playing against the slot itself, there are no implied odds. Even so I have still managed to at least use the basic laws of math in Hold’em and applied them to draw with my own philosophy behind how this works.

In Hold’em the main system used to teach players to get rough odds comes from when the action is on the flop. Here players calculate their outs, which is basically calculating how many cards that help you make or improve your hand are left in the deck. For example, if you are holding 10-J you have an open ended straight draw on a flop that reads 4-8-9. That means any Queen or 7, which there are 4 cards of each left in the card deck, so you have 8 outs that will give you a 5 card straight.

The basic rule of thumb is that at this point you multiply your outs by 2 to give you the percentage of hitting either the Queen or the 7 on the turn card.

In this case a 16% chance. However, because there is a turn and river coming next, so 2 more cards you multiply the 16% by another 2 to give you the percentage of hitting the straight by the river. In this case there is a 32% of making your straight.

If you are a real poker enthusiast, you may have notice you also have 2 over cards with any 10 or Jack giving you top pair. Even though in Hold’em this would give you an extra 6 outs to add to the above equation.



How this Applies to Video Poker

 On a video poker machine you can use a similar concept. Let’s say you have the exact same straight draw playing on 10s or better video slot. That means you need a pair of 10s or better to at least get your money back.

The first deal on the video slot reads: 10-J-4-8-9. Here you can swap out just the 4 for a chance at pairing your J or 10 for pairs pay-out giving you 6 outs. Plus you would still have 8 more outs for a straight. You have 8 outs plus 6 outs giving you 14 outs that you multiply by 2 giving you a 28% chance of making this hand.

If you decided not to chase the straight and go for the 10 high or Jack high hand you would swap out the 4-8-9 cards. Here you would have 6 outs to land the pair hand. That’s a 12% chance, but here’s the magic part. You have 3 cards swapping out, which is similar to waiting for 2 cards on the turn and river in Hold’em. You can essentially apply the same concept to your draw game. 3 cards multiplied by 12% outs gives you a 36% chance of making a pair of 10s or a pair of Jacks.

On top of this, add percentages of hitting trips and two pairs and you have close to a coin flip on making a hand in this situation. Pretty good going!
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