My Video Poker Tips is a blog written by Matthew Grant, a recreational video poker player who’s been playing video poker in casinos, both online and off, since 1996. Matthew has visited and played at casinos in various cities throughout the United States, including Las Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City, and Oklahoma. In real life, as opposed to his gambling life, Matthew is a high school math teacher and avid reader.
Besides his interest in video poker, he also enjoys slot machines, blackjack, and other casino games. He also plays board games and roleplaying games with his friends on the weekends–at least when he’s not away on a gambling trip somewhere.
Matthew’s goal with this site is to provide some insight into the mathematical principles behind video poker. The game is one of his favorite casino games, because it’s a game where a player’s decisions actually has an effect on the outcome. Games like roulette and craps, where the results are entirely random, aren’t as interesting or challenging. The other nice thing about video poker, as contrasted with blackjack, is that it can be played with a relatively small bankroll.
In spite of playing Jacks or Better for over a decade, Matthew Grant has only hit a royal flush twice, and both times it was on a pretty low-denomination machine. So he’s never going to be a professional video poker player.