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The Lure of the Progressives

3 January 2005
There are several versions of Video Poker which inherently return more than 100% to expert players, who have learned the optimum way to read the hands and discard the right cards. Full-pay Deuces Wild at 100.6% and full-pay Joker Wild (pay Aces and Kings) at 100.4% are examples of such games with fixed ... (read more)
 

A Simple Coin Toss

18 November 2004
Readers of this column are well aware that Video Poker is essentially a game which is governed exclusively by probabilties. Given a deck of cards, given a version of poker to be played and given a computer, the stats of the game are determined. Notice that we determine the statistics of the game, ... (read more)
 

KENO As seen by a Video Poker Expert

1 November 2004
Although KENO is a simple game, with no strategy to learn, it is very much misunderstood. And no wonder! First of all, the mathematics is so complicated that the odds on even the simplest propositions cannot be arrived at mentally. In fact, most hand-held calculators are powerless to deal with it, either. ... (read more)
 

The Predictability of Video Poker

18 October 2004
Because the payback of conventional reel slot machines cannot be known to the players without analyzing the exact distribution of the symbols on the reels, many novice players naturally assume that Video Poker must similarly be a "pig in a poke" game. Nothing could be further from the truth. With ... (read more)
 

Aces Up or Down?

23 August 2004
In spite of the recent challenge by several other versions of Video Poker, Jacks or Better is still holding a comfortable lead in terms of the number of machines in play. In fact, many of the Jacks or Better machines have been upgraded to comfortable table models which provide the utmost in comfort and privacy. ... (read more)
 

Expert Play Begins Long Before Popping In Coins

30 June 2004
Not many people show up at a golf course before they have had lessons to prepare them for the intricacies of the game. Ditto for hang gliding, duplicate bridge or table poker. However, these same people are drawn to playing Video Poker machines before they even know the least bit about them. Misled by ... (read more)
 

Should We Always Play Coin Limit?

20 May 2004
For some unknown reason, many players consider it mandatory to play all Video Pokers at coin-limit, usually 5 coins. This is not always the smart play. Even if we follow the directions given about finding the only machines to play, those that pay the full-pay schedule which returns from 99.6 to 100.6 ... (read more)
 

America's National Game of Chance: VIDEO POKER – Part Two

14 April 2004
In our last column we discussed why Video Poker is well qualified to be officially designated America's National Game of Chance. We looked at its popularity, integrity, predictability, skill factors and its learnability. We found the game to be leading in popularity and likely to endure in this important, but not totally sufficient characteristic. ... (read more)
 

Video Poker: America's National Game of Chance - Part One

6 April 2004
Note from Elliot Frome: "This article was originally published around 1992. It was adapted from the theme feature article of Lenny's new (at the time!) 200 page book, AMERICA'S NATIONAL GAME OF CHANCE: VIDEO POKER. The concluding part will be published next week." With gambling gaining acceptance ... (read more)

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Lenny Frome
Lenny Frome spent 40 years in the aerospace engineering business before moving to Las Vegas. During the ensuing 10 years, he became one of the most prolific gaming authors, having written 8 books, countless tip sheets and nearly 1000 articles for a variety of gaming magazines.

Lenny's ground breaking work in the area of Video Poker earned him the title of the 'King of Video Poker'. He also wrote on a variety of other gaming topics including Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Keno and others.

Besides being an author and columnist, Lenny was the premier Gaming Consultant at the time of his passing in 1998. He helped develop paytables for Let It Ride and Three Card Poker, and consulted on literally hundreds of other gaming projects.

His son, Elliot, now follows in his footsteps, as a gaming author, analyst and consultant. Their website, and a complete catalog of all their products can be found at www.vpheaven.com. Feel free to drop Elliot an e-mail at compuflyers@prodigy.net.

Lenny Frome Websites:

www.vpheaven.com
Lenny Frome
Lenny Frome spent 40 years in the aerospace engineering business before moving to Las Vegas. During the ensuing 10 years, he became one of the most prolific gaming authors, having written 8 books, countless tip sheets and nearly 1000 articles for a variety of gaming magazines.

Lenny's ground breaking work in the area of Video Poker earned him the title of the 'King of Video Poker'. He also wrote on a variety of other gaming topics including Spanish 21, Let It Ride, Keno and others.

Besides being an author and columnist, Lenny was the premier Gaming Consultant at the time of his passing in 1998. He helped develop paytables for Let It Ride and Three Card Poker, and consulted on literally hundreds of other gaming projects.

His son, Elliot, now follows in his footsteps, as a gaming author, analyst and consultant. Their website, and a complete catalog of all their products can be found at www.vpheaven.com. Feel free to drop Elliot an e-mail at compuflyers@prodigy.net.

Lenny Frome Websites:

www.vpheaven.com