Video Poker Optimum Play by Dan Paymar

Written by video poker expert Dan Pyamar, Video Poker Optimum Play is an excellent guide for anyone interested in playing serious video poker.

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If you’re a beginner, you can start with the basic info about video poker, video poker history and how video poker differs from poker against one or several opponents. If you already know this stuff, simply skip to the parts of the book that deals with optimum play.

In his book, Dan Payamar distinguished between “playing perfectly” and “playing optimally”. Instead of trying to teach us how to play like a mathematical machine, Paymar focuses on strategies that a normal human being can actually remember and carry out in real life. This can be especially helpful for gamblers playing video poker in such offline settings where cheat sheets or crib sheets for mathematically perfect play are forbidden.

The book Video Poker Optimum Play is focused on Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild and Joker Poker – three of the most popular video poker games. In addition to this, it provides a certain amount of info on more unusual video poker games and paytables.

About Dan Paymar

Dan Paymar is the author of Video Poker – Precision Play och Video Poker – Optimum Play. Together with Donna Harris and Mason Malmuth, Paymar wrote The Professional Poker Dealer’s Handbook.

Dan Paymar has a background in mathematics, computer programming and engineering, and has worked for such companies as Control Data, Bendix Computer and Encyclopædia Britannica. Back in the early 1980’s, Paymar was creating products for the Apple II computer. He is also one of the forces behind the creation of Educational Data Systems (now known as Point 4 Data Corp), a company that developed products for the Data General Nova computer.

Dan Paymar’s gambling experience increased significantly in 1988 when he moved to Las Vegas and accepted a position as a poker dealer in a casino. While in Las Vegas, he began playing video poker frequently and built a directory of the most generous video poker games available there.

Video Poker – Precision Play was published in 1992 and became such a success that it went through 10 editions before being followed by Video Poker – Optimum Play in 1998.