Via press release, Belle Rock Entertainment – one of the oldest online casino groups in business today (not to mention one of the most reputable) – has announced the publication of a mini strategy guide for Jacks or Better video poker. Offering unlimited free-play on their suite of Microgaming-powered video poker games, Belle Rock is hoping to attract gamblers who’ve never played video poker before, but have always been curious about the game.
The fact of the matter is that when played with optimal strategy, Jacks or Better video poker offers one of the lowest House Edges of any casino game. And while video poker strategy is not as mind-taxing as the “basic” Blackjack Strategy, it certainly takes a good deal of practice to master. While this is certainly what Belle Rock is encouraging players to do with a mini Jacks or Better strategy guide like this one, a more comprehensive video poker strategy guide will be necessary to lower the House Edge as much as possible.
As far as Belle Rock is concerned, they still welcome bettors to play Jacks or Better with perfect strategy. In the end, the edge will still be in the favor of the casino. Just how much can be verified by payout percentage reports, which at the best online casinos generally hover around the 98 percentile. Nor is it rare to find video poker payouts actually exceeding 100% – in the favor of the player!
By publishing strategy tips of their own, Belle Rock simply wants to encourage action on their video poker machines and give players a solid shot at winning money. It’s not too often that online casinos do this, which is one of the primary reasons why we give Belle Rock a top rating.
Furthermore, Belle Rock online casinos, such as Jackpot City (reviewed here) and Lucky Nugget (reviewed here), are eCOGRA approved. This means that monthly payout percentages are indeed available for player perusal every month. Just look for the eCOGRA seal located near the footer of each Belle Rock website to see the latest payout report. Jackpot City’s payout report, for example, shows a return of 97.26% for the month of June, 2012. Go see for yourself, and don’t forget to sharpen up on your video poker strategy while you’re at it!