Did You Ever?….
by Linda G. Nowell
Author of Casino Video Poker for the Genius, available NOW!
It’s so very exciting having my book out now! I’m happy to report that I held my very first ever book launch party, hosted in Upland, California, last weekend by my dear friend Jill Raiguel.
My short talk at the party was a little game I’ve devised, called “Did you ever?….” For example, “Did you ever hold a kicker card on the deal when you have fewer than four bonus cards showing?” So, all you video poker buffs, did you? The answer to what you should do with this dealt hand, and, of course, all the questions in my little game, can be found between the covers of my book, Casino Video Poker for the Genius. (Naturally, since we’re launching the book!)
I had lunch with a friend of mine this week, a gaming writer for several websites. He liked the layout of the book and how easy it is to read. Then he asked me, “What is the main point of your book, Linda?”
I replied, “My book is really a survival guide for new players. It’s meant to help the person just coming into the casino—interested in learning how to play—have the best chance of playing longer, and maybe winning that elusive Royal Flush Jackpot. I’m happy to report, however, that everyone I know who has read the book, including more experienced players, have told me they learned something they didn’t know before about the game of video poker. That makes me very happy!”
My friend and I talked on about how gaming in Fabulous Las Vegas is changing, and at a rapid rate. Vegas is becoming a “destination oriented” venue, emphasizing the awesome restaurants, the shows, the night clubs and nightlife available, and other incredible amenities. When I first moved to Vegas, gaming was IT in this town. It was all about the casino floor and people liking to gamble and wanting to come back and gamble again. The hotel rooms, the eats, the shows…..all these were just “extras” available to entice the serious gambler back to our fabulous city. Now all these extras are becoming the IT of our city, and the gaming is being emphasized less. People winning more and wanting to come back and gamble again is not as important to casino management as before; now they want people to come back again, but it might be for the nightlife, or the shows, or any other component of our world class city. Gaming is slowly being relegated to “one of the fabulous things about Fabulous Las Vegas.” I for one, don’t like this trend.
Nevertheless, the trend is coming, so what does this mean to us video poker aficionados? It doesn’t mean we should give up the game; it does mean we have to become much more savvy players to remain in the game, and to have a chance to win. This is the reason I think my book is showing up at a very good time. Many video poker players don’t understand that video poker is about knowing the correct play for each hand dealt, and playing that hand. Making the small plays like full houses and flushes at every possible opportunity, keeps the credits flowing into your machine while you continue to play, looking for that potential royal flush hand. I can’t say it too often; a video poker player must study and learn correct strategy to even have a chance of coming out ahead in today’s gaming environment, even here in Las Vegas, the slot gaming capital of North America. Know your game. If you read my book, gain my perspective about video poker, and heed my coaching, you will know what the correct strategy is to avoid all the “Did you ever?…” mistakes I could ever throw at you, like:
- Did you ever bet fewer than Max Bet number of coins while playing video poker?
- Did you ever press Bet Max and see way more money go out than you thought you would be spending?
- Did you ever play a progressive jackpot bank of video poker machines when the payout was too low to justify playing it?
So, if you ever did do any of these things, be sure to read Casino Video Poker for the Genius so you can find out how not to ever do it again! Buy it here: http://forthegenius.com/bookstore/gaming/casino-video-poker-for-the-genius/?recommend=a87ff679a2f3e71d9181a67b7542122c