Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner by Bob Dancer
Video poker is a gambling activity that has a lot of fans and a lot of stars. Bob Dancer is definitely among these video poker stars and legends. What’s interesting is that Bob was a backgammon fan and specialist and many people knew him thanks to his backgammon skills. But, starting from 1991 he has decided to spend some time learning more about video poker. It took him three years to develop some special techniques and he became a millionaire thanks to this game by 2000.
In the last two decades, Bob Dancer has written several books dedicated to video poker like Video Poker Winner’s Guides, American Casino Guide, Million Dollar Video Poker and his bestseller – Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner.
Reviewing Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner by Bob Dancer
Bob Dancer revealed this book in 2009. It was published by Huntington Press and represents a paperback book that has 237 pages. From the moment you see the cover of the book which has Bob Dancer himself and a couple of video poker machines behind him, you should know that this is a real guide written by a true master of this game.
Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner has three main parts and each part contains subtitles which contain specific information. This video poker book also comes with a relatively long introduction where the author talks about why he has decided to play video poker and what makes this game so interesting. He also provides detailed information about the essence of this game and explains that there are many different types of video poker games, but he will focus on only five of these variations. This is a good introduction that should keep any reader busy.
In the first part of this book, Bob Dancer is providing an introduction to the five carefully selected video poker games we’ve mentioned above. This selection includes video pokers games known as No Wild Cards, Deuces Wild, Joker Wild, Multi Strike and Six Coins per Line. These are some of the most popular variations of video poker today so it is no surprise why Bob Dancer decided to focus on these games. Although these games have specific rules, it’s not difficult to notice the similarities which mean that you can use the information from this book and apply it to other games too.
In the first part of Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner, Bob Dancer also talks about the importance of the return on the game. He has developed a special system that helps him determine the ROG which ultimately affects player’s success in any video poker game. He also has special advice for people who are using video poker machines that are not providing full pay.
The second part of this successful video poker book is probably the most attractive one because it contains different strategies. Some of them are completely new, while others are just upgraded and updated and explained in details. This chapter starts with an explanation of video poker strategies in general. The idea of the author of this book was to help players recognize and categorize strategies as good or bad. In addition, this part will help them learn how to use any strategy they have learned in the best possible way.
Due to the fact that this book is created primarily for the beginners in this area, in the second part, you will find a detailed explanation of some of the most common situations you can encounter in video poker. In other words, you can learn how to play 9/6 Jacks or Better, 10/7 Double Bonus, 9/6 Double Double Bonus, and Deuces Wild. This is also the part where you can find information about some of the most common mistakes made by players while they are trying to apply different strategies. By spending more time on this point, you will learn how to avoid these mistakes.
There’s also a part for the experienced players which helps them learn about the advanced hands and what they can do with these hands. This is probably a good option for players who already have a good record playing video poker and those who have mastered the strategies we have mentioned before.
The final part/chapter of Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner is providing a bigger picture of this game. As the chapter title says (Beyond the Machines), video poker is more than a simple machine. Bob Dancer had years of experience in this field and he has used his experience to help players figure out how to evaluate slot clubs, check casino promotions, learn more about video poker progressives, how to take care of their bankrolls, and learn more about scouting.
We found his short guide to video poker tournaments and teams to be very detailed and useful. The end of this book is marked with another motivational part where Bob Dancer advises players to follow these steps and be disciplined and persistent if they want to succeed.
Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner is a step-by-step guide for video poker players who are looking for a way to make rapid advance in this game. By gaining knowledge and skills and learning more about proven strategies for the high-returning video poker games to implementing this knowledge, this video poker book will help you get familiar with this game inside and out.
Throughout this book, you will find in-depth advice that only professional players can provide. What’s even better is that Bob Dancer explains all the things he has tried in specific situations. It’s one thing to write about video poker in theory and another when you are writing from your own experience and when you have tried different things to win this game.
Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner by Bob Dancer is a must-read for every serious video poker player. It’s a very informative book that’s easy to read and easy to understand.