San Diego Video Poker Survey
Last Update: Dec 12, 2008Introduction
Between November 30 and December 1, 2008, I visited the eleven casinos in the San Diego area. The purpose of this visit was to survey the rules in blackjack, craps, roulette, video keno, and video poker. This page shows the results of my video poker findings. After I returned, on December 10, Barona made some game changes, which are reflected in the tables below.
The following tables show the optimal strategy return for the best games I could find. A blank indicates that I could not find the game. The casinos are listed in order of average return. Casinos not listed in the $5 table did not have any video poker in that denomination, that I could find.
My methodology is admittedly simple. With each property I noted the best pay table I could find inJacks or Better, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus, Double Double Bonus,Deuces Wild, Bonus Deuces, and Joker Poker, at the 25-cent, $1, and $5 denominations. I know there are other games, but in the interests of time, I limited the survey to just these major games. When I do this survey again, likely in June 2009, I intend to add more games. It is possible that I didn't find some games that should have been included. Some of the San Diego casinos are on par with large Strip casinos in terms of size, and I didn't have the inclination to check every single machine.
Bob Dancer for reviewing my survey results, and correcting some omissions and errors.
The Barona Casino hired me to perform surveys of the San Diego casinos for blackjack, roulette, and craps. Research on other games, including video poker, I did at my own initiative.
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No-hassle practice games
Most online casinos spend more effort trying to separate you from your money than they do trying to give you a good experience. They have all kinds of popup windows, they usually make you download their software, and if they do offer play-in-browser games then you have to register an account before you can play. And if you register they start sending you emails trying to get you to deposit real money.
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