SingleCoinVP
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September 7th, 2019 at 6:24:18 AM permalink
I go to the casino about one full day each week. On occasion, it's two days. We also take a few video poker vacations each year where we may play for 2-3 days straight. We play for entertainment and to be with our friends. It's a fun hobby and gives us something enjoyable to do together. This means I play about a quarter millions hands of VP each year. How about you?
kubikulann
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September 7th, 2019 at 6:31:26 AM permalink
Do you mean that you spend a whole day sitting in front of a VP machine? Every week?

I’m flabbergasted! After half an hour I would be fed up. Where is the fun of pushing a button repeatedly? (Be honest, the number of ‘strategic thinking’ situations must be one in fifteen.)

The seats are uncomfortable, the people around …err…I can’t find a word acceptable to Wiz’s rules, the sh***y music is overflowed by repetitive irritating ‘trubidubiding’ of the machines. You have to inhale cigarette smoke. Urk!

Even at a live table I could hardly play for more than 2-3 hours.
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RS
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September 7th, 2019 at 6:41:32 AM permalink
Probably ~360 days/year.
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PokerGrinder
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September 7th, 2019 at 6:57:45 AM permalink
250 days a year roughly
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DRich
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September 7th, 2019 at 7:08:27 AM permalink
Other than work, about once a month for me.
Living longer does not always infer +EV
SingleCoinVP
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September 7th, 2019 at 7:15:48 AM permalink
Quote: kubikulann

Do you mean that you spend a whole day sitting in front of a VP machine? Every week?

I’m flabbergasted! After half an hour I would be fed up. Where is the fun of pushing a button repeatedly? (Be honest, the number of ‘strategic thinking’ situations must be one in fifteen.)

The seats are uncomfortable, the people around …err…I can’t find a word acceptable to Wiz’s rules, the sh***y music is overflowed by repetitive irritating ‘trubidubiding’ of the machines. You have to inhale cigarette smoke. Urk!

Even at a live table I could hardly play for more than 2-3 hours.

Yes I do. I arrive at the casino around 10 AM and often play straight until 3 PM. If I'm with someone, we will take time out for lunch. I don't find the chairs at our casino uncomfortable. I only play weekdays with mostly other retirees. I move around a lot just to break things up and get a little exercise.

The games I have to play are seriously negative, so I play small to limit the damage. To me, video poker is like playing Candy Crush for money. It's strictly entertainment. Playing single coin quarters can get boring, so I use a simple system to switch to max coins when I'm ahead. This works for me and creates a high variance game inside of a relatively mild game. So far this year, I'm even with the casino.

I don't claim my scheme can beat a 96% video poker game. When you are playing 25 cents a hand, a lucky max coin hand puts you ahead for quite a while. Relying on luck is not a long term winning VP strategy.
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September 7th, 2019 at 9:27:52 AM permalink
Speaking of uncomfortable, my arms get cramped after a couple of hours on an upright. The angle is wrong. The slant-tops are better but I find the rub against my forearm chaffing. Surely some clever ergonomic person could design something better.
SingleCoinVP
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September 7th, 2019 at 9:35:39 AM permalink
Hand and arm cramps are my biggest issue. I try not to play uprights, but sometimes it's unavoidable. The best games are normally at the bar. I don't drink alcohol, so I tip the attendant $1 for water. The angle of the bar machines is terrible and the buttons usually stick. I like to move around. Not because I think it helps my game, but because it helps my body.

People have told me you can't win playing single coin VP. That may be true. I think playing VP all day for pocket change is winning. To each his own I guess.
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September 7th, 2019 at 10:03:13 AM permalink
If I were to spend that much time on a hobby I would prefer to be one that could actually make money, do some good for others, or do some good for me physically or mentally. Or at least something that wasn't -EV

Playing - EV 1 coin video poker sounds like one of the worst Hobbies ever. But to each their own.
♪♪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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September 7th, 2019 at 10:22:44 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf


Playing - EV 1 coin video poker sounds like one of the worst Hobbies ever. But to each their own.



Agreed. What's the point.
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