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Articles by John Robison courtesy of Casino City Times


Best Strategies for Pick'em Poker?
By John Robison, 29 January 2004

Are you familiar with the video poker game Pick 'em Poker? I have only seen the game on Bally Game Maker machines.

What are the best strategies to use to have the best chance of winning on this game/machine?

For example, should you always take a pair over a straight or flush? If two pair are offered on the deal should you always take the higher pair?

Where is the best place to purchase a reconditioned Game Maker machine. There are many Internet sites offering the machine with varying prices, warranties, etc.

Thanks for any info you can offer.


Dear Richard,

Pick 'em Poker is a game you will find only on Bally machines.

The best strategy to use is a mathematically derived one. I recommend the Frugal Video Poker strategy card (

As to whether it is better to take a pair over a straight or a flush, it depends. You would hold a high pair over everything but a 3-card royal flush with no ace. As for the low pair versus a straight or flush, you would hold the low pair unless you had a three-card royal, a flush with two or three high cards, an outside straight with three high cards, an outside straight flush, an inside straight flush, or a double inside straight flush with one or more high cards.

I've never purchased a reconditioned machine, so I don't have any firsthand experience. If I were to buy one, I would go to The Gambler's General Store in Las Vegas.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,

Footnote:  Pick'em Poker is available at all RTG online casinos.

Rushmore Casino offers a huge selection of video poker, including a Pick'em Poker game
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