All random slot machine games have an underlying probability model. This model is necessary to make sure the game is profitable and to accurately calculate the minimum house edge.
Typical different parts of the games nowadays include the following features: line wins, scatters, holds and nudges, free spins, gambles, bonus games... Some of these features are totally random and the player has no way to influence the outcome. The spin of the reels, for example, is a random event and thus players cannot influence any line or scatter wins.
However, in some features (like Hi-Lo gambles and some bonus games) the player has an input in the game. When this is the case, the industry uses the optimal strategy to play the game when building the model. This means that the percentage return advertised for the machine has been calculated assuming the optimal strategy is used all the time while playing the game. Therefore, if a player does not make the optimal decisions when playing the game he would be underachieving, in other words, he would be losing more money than he should lose.
For regular punters, understanding the mathematics of the games is vital to have a little bit of control. For companies, having a professional mathematical model for each of their games is essential to be totally in control of their profits.
Video poker is a popular casino game played on a computerized console, similar in size to a slot machine and typically derived from a combination of slot machines and five-card draw poker. With video poker, you don’t play with real people, but against automated computer opponents. Below are some of the most visited websites that offer online video poker games.
Alljackpots.com provides a personal online video poker game, featuring over a dozen classic video poker games ranging from Aces and Faces video poker to Jacks or Better and Tens or Better. The software (which you need to download) features Stats, Analyze Chart, and Autoplay, among others.
Freevideopoker.com is a click-and-play poker video website where users don’t have to install or download any software. There are nineteen different variations of Video Poker available, and if you win at least 100 credits, you can enter the FreeSlots Monthly Sweepstakes to win five $500 prizes and ten $250 prizes.
Intercasino.com video poker games are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and include All American, Double Bonus, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, Tens or Better, Super Jackpot 25c, Super Jackpot $1, as well as Single-Play, Triple-Play, Five-Play and Ten-Play options. You can play for fun or for real with the download or no download version.
Cyberbingo.com offers video poker games that are all flash-based, so that means no download hassles. You need to get a registered username name before playing the video poker games that include All American, Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Double Joker, Deuces and Jokers, to name a few.
Casino.com offers web-based, online video poker, based on Shockwave Flash. The latest version, Shockwave 6.5+, works best for the game. You can play without registering a username but, if you want your game score to be recorded on the high score list, you need to log in.