Romes
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February 27th, 2017 at 12:42:43 PM permalink
Quote: RS

...I was much faster back then, in my youthful days...

Happens to all of us bud. Good to hear you got over that hurdle.

Quote: RS

...I was much faster back then, in my youthful days...

Are you like 50 or something and I didn't realize it???

(I had more than one zinger for that comment, so I decided to do both)
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LuckyPhow
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February 28th, 2017 at 1:07:09 PM permalink
Quote: BobDancer

If you are a frequent player, your speed will increase over time.


Bob,

At 600 HPH, the player is pounding out a new hand every 6 seconds. In that 6 seconds, the player hits a Deal button, (about) 2 buttons for cards kept, and a Draw button.

Pounding. Hitting. Pounding. Hitting.

I don't play very fast because I select from the video screen rather than the buttons. I have found the buttons are unreliable. I press the "keep card 4" button, and suddenly I am presented the screen with 20 different video poker games, and the machine is asking me to tell it which game I want to play. The hand I was playing -- it seems only to happen when I have trips on the initial deal! -- is gone, as is the game I was playing.

The problem occurs because the tiny pieces in the button mechanism break from the pounding they take by the million-hands-an-hour video poker players. One time I had this problem manifest itself when a slot mechanic supervisor had been summoned because the slot tech at a nearby machine could not resolve that problem. So, I caught this slot-mechanic expert before he could get away. He pulled apart the button internals and showed me all the pieces inside. Then he opened his big toolbox, and it was FILLED with all the many types of little parts he had just shown me. He confessed my frustration was his never-ending headache. Obviously, maintaining these machines is a real heat sink for the casinos.

I know I'm not the only player who has had this happen. Those durn buttons were never built for the treatment they receive. But, the manufacturers must be aware of this problem. And, IMHO, fixing the problem is nothing more than an rather straightforward engineering task.

Bob, why don't the manufacturers fix this problem? Or, why don't the casinos twist manufacturer arms until they build more robust video poker machines? Is there no one on this planet who can kick some butts to make this happen? I trust you have a more informed perspective on this issue (or have contacts who can tell you why, Why, WHY this problem remains unsolved). Help!

Lucky
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rxwine
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February 28th, 2017 at 1:26:25 PM permalink
There are players who don't play fast, but really slam the buttons. It actually gets irritating when it is excessive and you are sitting nearby.
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Ibeatyouraces
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February 28th, 2017 at 2:27:53 PM permalink
Quote: rxwine

There are players who don't play fast, but really slam the buttons. It actually gets irritating when it is excessive and you are sitting nearby.


This is the next worse thing after a smoker.
DUHHIIIIIIIII HEARD THAT!
rsactuary
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February 28th, 2017 at 4:18:40 PM permalink
Quote: LuckyPhow

Bob,

I don't play very fast because I select from the video screen rather than the buttons. I have found the buttons are unreliable. I press the "keep card 4" button, and suddenly I am presented the screen with 20 different video poker games, and the machine is asking me to tell it which game I want to play. The hand I was playing -- it seems only to happen when I have trips on the initial deal! -- is gone, as is the game I was playing.



while the hand is gone from the screen, it has not ended. If you go back in, you can select your cards and finish the hand.
LuckyPhow
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February 28th, 2017 at 6:25:20 PM permalink
Quote: rsactuary

while the hand is gone from the screen, it has not ended. If you go back in, you can select your cards and finish the hand.


When I went back in, I still had the same game, but was offered the opportunity to start a new hand. Happened more than once. Maybe there was something I could'a done different, as you suggest. I really WANTED my trips back, and I couldn't figure out how to get them.
RS
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February 28th, 2017 at 6:35:06 PM permalink
The card #1 button on some machines, when clicked between hands (not during), sends you back to the game list screen. Not sure it's even possible to get sent back to that screen mid hand. My guess is you got mixed up and thought you were dealt trips but you actually re-drew trips. I've done it a few times myself.
LuckyPhow
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February 28th, 2017 at 6:49:08 PM permalink
RS,

Possible, but doubtful. I wasn't between hands. And, the slot mechanic confirmed the mis-firing keys as a real problem.

You've never had this happen? And, you play VP pretty fast, right? If so, I'm surprised. It has happened to me several times -- enough so that I now no longer use the keys at all. I only tap the screen to make my choices.
LostWages
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February 28th, 2017 at 7:04:48 PM permalink
Quote: LuckyPhow

I only tap the screen to make my choices.



LP, or any reader: do you also have VP TOURNAMENT experience?

This was my other post:

http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/gambling/video-poker/28084-request-advice-about-vp-tournaments/5/#post576266

I normally use the touch screen, but Bob Dancer said:

Quote: Bob Dancer

Do not consider using touch screen. . .



Your explanation about the keys makes sense.

I guess we'll see what happens on Apr 4 & 5!

Thanks in advance if anyone can share their tournament experience!
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February 28th, 2017 at 8:10:30 PM permalink
You should use the buttons over the touch screen given a choice. Touch screens can often be off their normal calibration and then you have no choice but to use the buttons. Sometimes a button wont work so you have to use the touch screen for that card.

I'm not sure how you are getting into the menu during a dealt hand? I think whats happening is that you are deal-drawing really fast. Now you see the re-drawn cards(hand is over) and then you attempt to hold the re-drawn cards and you end up trying to hold a card that happens to line up with the button that takes you to the menu screen.

If that's the case, this could mean you are tossing away all the cards on the deal without holding anything.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪

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