A common misconception is that a “full pay” video poker machine pays 100% in the long run. This is actually not true. A full pay video poker machine is simply a machine that has the highest payout for a particular machine type that can be commonly found. The payout is also dependent on optimum play.
Full Pay Jacks or Better
The payoff table for full pay jacks or better video poker looks like this:
Payout Type9/6 Royal Flush800Straight Flush50Four of a Kind25Full House9Flush6Straight4Three of a Kind3Two Pairs2Pair of Jacks or Better1Long Run Pay Percentage99.54%
The table above assumes maximum coin play, shows the return for one coin, and the expected value (expected return) is 99.54%. Notice that it is a “9/6” machine. If it paid 8 credits for a full house and 5 credits for a flush (an “8/5” machine), video poker players would not refer to it as a “full pay” machine.
Full Pay Deuces Wild
A full pay deuces wild table looks like this:
Payout TableNatural Royal Flush800Four Deuces200Wild Royal Flush25Five of a Kind15Straight Flush9Four of a Kind5Full House3Flush2Straight2Three of a Kind1Long Run Pay Percentage100.76%
The table above assumes maximum coin play, shows the return for one coin, and the expected value (expected return) is 100.76%.
When you have the option to play full pay video poker machines, there is absolutley no reason to play anything else!