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Video Poker players: Do you double-up?

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Video Poker players: Do you double-up?

Just curious. On the machines with the double-or-nothing option, I will usually try to double for a few hands, then I get frustrated and let it go. I'm told these bets are absolutely 50/50, no house edge, but it doesn't feel like 50/50 sometimes.

Do you double, or do you skip it?

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11. Re: Video Poker players: Do you double-up?

A little more info... there are two variants of the double-up feature.

The first, and most common, is that the game will ask about doubling up. If you choose yes, the five cards will flip face-down, and the first will be shown to you. That's the dealer's card. You then get to choose one of the other four cards. The cards are dealt from a 52-card deck, so it's an even-money bet; it's like playing casino war, except on a tie, you simply try again. There's no guarantee that any of the four cards will be a winner, just like it's possible that all four cards will beat the dealer's card. In this game, the result is NOT predetermined.

The other, seen on some machines, will show the dealer's card immediately, and then ask if you'd like to double up. The catch is, if you read the rules, the dealer's card that it's showing has no meaning. The game is a 50/50 chance, and even if the dealer shows a King, that means there's a 50% chance you've got an Ace, and a 50% chance you've got a 2 through Queen. A lot of people will see that the dealer has a high card and opt not to play, and consequently see the dealer has a low card and always take the double up option... but it doesn't matter. In this game, the result is predetermined; the game knows whether you're going to win it or not, and nothing you do can alter that outcome (except not doubling up, of course).

Since it's a 50/50 bet each way, it won't hurt you by taking it, and it won't help you, either. You're just hoping for a streak. It's also fun to try; I've turned a pair of Jacks (even-money payout of 5 coins, or $5 in this case) into a 640-coin win (that's 7 correct guesses in a row), and was too chicken to try it another time, so I don't know if the machine would lock up for a handpay at that point or not.

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