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Turbo Video Poker
- The game uses a single 52-card deck.
- With a bet between 1 and 5 coins, the player is dealt one 5-card hand and plays a normal video poker game.
- With a bet of 10 coins, the player receives five hands on the deal. All five hands (25 cards) are dealt from the same deck.
- From his five hands, the player selects a starting hand, and the other four hands (20 cards) will be inserted back into the deck.
- The player now decides which cards he wants to hold from his chosen hand.
- The player is dealt replacement cards for his discards out of the 47 cards remaining in the deck. This makes his final hand.
The following table shows the return for 5-hand 8-5 Jacks or Better Turbo Video Poker. The win is per coin bet, not counting the additional 5-coin fee. The return column is the product of the win, probability, and 0.5. The reason for multiplying by 0.5 is the player must bet two units but is paid based on the one only.
Turbo Video Poker — 8-5 Jacks or Better
|Four of a kind||25||0.006986||0.087329|
|Three of a kind||3||0.153812||0.230718|
|Jacks or better||1||0.276658||0.138329|
The following table compares the hand frequency in conventional 8-5 video poker to Turbo video poker. Note that Turbo VP has 2.7 times as many royals.
Turbo Video Poker Comparison
|Royal flush||1 in 40177||1 in 14796|
|Straight flush||1 in 9289||1 in 3484|
|Four of a kind||1 in 423||1 in 143|
|Full house||1 in 87||1 in 28|
|Flush||1 in 92||1 in 45|
|Straight||1 in 89||1 in 49|
|Three of a kind||1 in 13||1 in 7|
|Two pair||1 in 7.7||1 in 3.8|
|Jacks or better||1 in 4.6||1 in 3.6|
|Nothing||1 in 1.8||1 in 4.6|
The strategy is the same as in conventional video poker. I have a strategy for 9/6 jacks or better. The strategy for 8/5 jacks should be nearly the same. This strategy may also be used to select the starting hand; choose the hand highest on the list.
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Written by: Michael Shackleford