chapter emphatically describes my feelings about
full coin play ...I strongly favor it in any situation.
It is especially important to play all five coins
in video online poker games. The math easily points out the 2
to 3 percent advantage of the five-coin royal flush,
but there's another factor that may weigh in even
more strongly. Unlike most of the reel machines,
where the primary jackpot is terribly remote and
we don't consciously play for that big jackpot,
we video online poker games players play for that royal! We know
the odds are 40,000 hands between royals, but we
also see enough three-card and four-card royals
to entice us. We also want to take full, leveraged
advantage of those "winning hands" described
We wait for
many sessions, sometimes months, to see a royal.
Given all this anticipation, you can imagine the
devastation when you finally get that rare display
and only played one or two coins! I've witnessed
that on two occasions. In one case, a lady valiantly
tried to convince herself that the $500 for her
two-coin royal was better than nothing at all. Another
case was a man playing a ten-coin machine ($10,000
royal) and hit with one coin-$250. He became physically
ill and had to leave for the restroom. Why he played
a ten-coin machine with one coin, I'll never know.
Perhaps he had a "system."
I'm not sure
that the problem with a short-coin royal is even
the lost money. It's more the fact that we wait
so long and so pointedly for the royal, we need
to experience unrestricted "I beat it!"
yell-and-scream exhilaration. Don't risk losing