Player's Club benefits can vary from game to game

2013-07-05T00:00:00Z Player's Club benefits can vary from game to gameJohn G. Brokopp Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When it comes to choosing playing slots or video poker, it really is no contest. Video poker wins hands down. Why?

1. The chances of winning at slots are dependent on a computer program determined by the manufacturer. The chances of winning at video poker are based on the constant of mathematical probability.

2. Differences in slot machine payback are secrets closely guarded by the casino. Differences in video poker payback are visible to everyone on the pay tables.

3. Your best chances of winning at slots are based on pure luck. Your best chances of winning at video poker are based on optimum playing strategy.

The ability to shop around for the best game to play and the opportunity to employ skill make video poker the "electronic gaming device" of choice. The best video poker games are very close to 100 percent payback when optimum strategy is used.

It is quite possible, therefore, for video poker players to play longer and derive more player benefits from the casino via slot club participation than slot players.

Casinos are in business to maintain a profit margin and to make money. When the pendulum swings too much in favor of the players, something has to be adjusted. Rather than "get even" with everyone by moving in less advantageous pay tables, casinos generally choose to make it harder for video poker players to derive comps and other benefits dollar for dollar as opposed to slot players.

It would be unrealistic to think a casino would advertise such a business decision, just as it would be unrealistic to think a restaurant would advertise an increase in prices. They just do it and leave it up to the consumer to discover for themselves.

Based on what we know, it's easy to see that it's possible for video poker players to get much more value for their gambling dollar than slot players. To even things out from their perspective, casinos make it harder to earn player's club points at video poker. The alternative is to lower the pay tables on the games. Would you rather earn more slot points or have the opportunity to make more money?

The opinions expressed are solely the writer's. Reach him at jbrokopp@comcast.net. John Brokopp's Beat the Odds tips air Sundays at 8:20 a.m., 2:50 p.m. and 10:42 p.m. on WBBM Newsradio 780.

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