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It's everyone's dream to beat the casinos, and professional video poker player and gaming author Rob Singer says he has done it by playing video poker. 

On this page, and the next four pages of our website, we present the unique strategy and key examples of the video poker strategy of gaming author and professional video poker player Rob Singer.  We have videos below and on the next three pages with Rob discussing his strategy for specific hands.  Rob says these hands outline his overall play.

Rob is probably the most controversial video poker player known because he does not necessarily follow the "math" of the game 100% of the time, and he will deviate from what others consider to be the correct strategy dictated by the "math" of the game. 

Rob Singer says his "play strategy is 95% based on the math and perfect play."  But "perfect play" is not enough for him and for you to make you a winner.  Singer is more concerned about "short term play" because in reality, he says, we are all short term players. "And it is only because of the math and what it tells me in the short-term (which is how everyone only and always plays) that dictates these special play deviations -- which are all the result of risk analyses performed during the stragety's development."

And if you have a comment about his play, or a question about your own play, please discuss it on the "Vegas Casino Talk Forum."  I am sure that others would like to discuss your strategy, Rob's strategy, and Rob might even comment himself.

Before we look at the specific examples of how Rob Singer plays according to his strategy, listen to this brief description of his strategy.  You may not agree with what he does, but he says he has the proof to show it works and it wins and that it can beat the casinos.  Singer says with this strategy he has walked out of the casinos as a winner.  You will have your doubts as I have.  I do not agree with everything that he says, but I think it is important that for the first time his strategy is shown in detail and with video examples.


The first game that we present here is 8/5 Bonus Video Poker (full house 8, flush 5) and these are examples of these dealt hands would be played "according to the math" and their "optimum hold" according to the math, and how Rob Singer would play these dealt hands using his "special play" strategy which he says will actually give the player a better chance of winning.  As you read through this list, the first group represents the cards dealt, then the "optimum hold" is presented which the "math" dictates and the value of playing those cards, and then the third item is Rob Singer's "special play" and the "value" that the "math" says Rob's special play has.  But note that while Rob's "special play" may not be as "valuable" as the "optimal hold" dictated by the "math" of the game, Rob believes his special play will give you a better chance of coming out ahead.  Some of these strategies may not make sense to you until our videos are added with Rob explaining each play and why he makes each play.

Update November 12, 2010  We recorded the video explanations with Rob in Las Vegas.  Each video explanation will follow the text of the play he uses along with the values of the various plays in each example.  Be sure you listen to Rob carefully so you understand why he holds and discards the cards his way.

1.  In this first example, so-called "proper strategy" says to hold the two high cards, the Jack and Queen, but Rob elects to only hold the Jack.

Jd 3s 7h Qh 4h: Optimal Hold (OH)=JQ @ $2.54; Special Play (SP)=J @ $2.34.

2.  In this next hand, instead of holding two high cards, Rob's special play is to hold only the Ace, increasing the chances for quad aces.

Ah Qd 6c 7c 2s: OH=AQ @ $2.40; SP=A @ $2.36.

3.  In the next hand, Rob elects to hold only the ace, and discards the open ended straight draw.  He notes that if there were at least one high card in the open ended straight draw he would have held the open ended straight instead of the single Ace.

4c 5d 6h 7s Ad: OH=4567 @ $3.40; SP=A @ $2.40*  *There must be at least one high card in an open-ended straight to hold it over an Ace.

4.  In the next hand Singer gives us an example of where the special play is not used.  Look carefully.  He is holding the four-card open-ended straight simply because there is at least one high card included in the four cards.  This is a critical difference.  And here he presents a secondary option (the alternate optional hold) of holding the Ace and Jack which he notes has a slightly higher value than holding only the Ace. 

8c 9d 10h Js Ad: OH=8910J @ $3.72; Alternate OH (AOH)=AJ @ $2.38; SP=A @ $2.34 is NOT used here since 1 hi card is in the closed-ended straight.

5.  In the next hand, Rob is again opting for the chance for a big win with quad Aces, and discarding the chance for smaller wins that might actually be only "break even" plays.

8s 9s Jh Qd Ac: OH=JQ @ $2.44; AOH=AJorAQ @ $2.35; AOH=89JQ @ $2.34; SP=A @ $2.31

6.  In this next special play hand, Rob is discarding a flush draw to hold only an Ace.  Holding only the Ace gives Rob a better chance to hit an ace plus other high pairs, while holding only the four clubs means that if the single draw card isn't a club, the hand will be a total loss.

4c 6c 8c 9c Ad: OH=4689 @ $4.79; SP=A @ $2.43*  *There must be at least one high card in a 4 card flush to hold it over an Ace.

7.  In this next hand, Rob is discarding the three-card open-ended straight flush draw to hold only the Ace.  Remember from an earlier video that Rob wants to go for quad Aces and argues that when he has held one ace in the past, he has four opportunities to fill in for the quads.

6c 7c 8c 3h As: OH=678 @ $2.97; SP=A @ $2.43

8.  In this hand, the straight flush draw is a bit different because it is not an open-ended straight flush draw.  Now there is a gap in the straight flush draw that makes the SF draw a bit less valuable.  Again, Rob is going for the quad aces.

6c 7c 9c 3h As: OH=679 @ $2.48; SP=A @ $2.43

9.  A lot of us have had this problem.  We are dealt a pat straight with four to a straight flush.  Sometimes it's four to a royal flush.  Well, when it is four to a royal we know to go for the royal.  But when it is four to a straight flush the conventional play is to hold the straight.  But that's not what Rob wants us to do.

2d 3d 4d 5d 6h: OH=23456 @ $20.00; SP=2345 @ $16.49

10.  Here's another dealt straight with four to the straight flush.  The conventional play is to hold the dealt straight.  But Rob says to go for the straight flush, and in this case the value of going for the straight flush is slightly higher because of the high card, the jack, which can be paired.

8s 9s 10s Js Qh: OH=8910JQ @ $20.00; SP=8910J @ $16.81

11.  And in this example, another straight is dealt.  The conventional play is to hold the straight but Rob wants to try for the straight flush.  This time there are two high cards in the straight flush draw, the Jack and Queen of spades, and this gives another boost to the value of holding the four to the straight flush because now there are two potential high cards that can be paired if you miss the straight flush. 

9s 10s Js Qs Kh: OH=910JQK @ $20.00; SP=910JQ @ $17.13

12.  Don't you just hate it when you have this pop up?  Three to the royal flush along with a high pair.  Should you go for the royal flush or hold the high, paying pair, which in this case is two kings?  I don't know about you, but most of my royals come when I am holding three to the royal flush.  I think I've gotten more royals holding three cards than holding four cards.  Well, in this case, Rob says you just might want to go for the royal flush. 

Js Qs Ks Kd 5c: OH=KK @ $7.63; SP=JQK @ $7.24*   *Only made when stuck at least ½ your bankroll for the session.

13.  I consider this to be the craziest, whackiest, and most incredible of Rob Singer's lucky plays, but even Rob admits he tries this rarely.  Consider this: you are dealt three queens and have the potential for four queens or a full house, and at the same time you are dealt three high cards to a royal flush with the potential not only for a royal but also for two pair, and a straight and a flush, as well as a break even high pair if you were to draw another Jack, Queen or King.  Of course, if you were to hold the three to the royal and drew the case Queen you would be kicking yourself for giving up the chance for those quad Queens.  If you picked up the straight, you would be saying a straight pays more than the dealt trips, and you would be correct.  And then, if you happened to keep the royal draw and got the royal, you would be one happy camper.  Well, Rob Singer says to go for the royal in a very rare case -- and forget about the chance for quad Queens.  I guess quad Queens aren't good enough when you are in a deep hole and you need a royal to replenish your bank account and to pay off your markers and your credit cards.  What's amazing is that Rob did go for the royal when dealt this hand one time -- and he got the royal flush.  But you know what?  Some gamblers buy a lottery ticket and win that one out of 7-million gamble too!  Watch Rob's explanation for this hand and draw below.  And remember, he wouldn't do this in other bonus games and he wouldn't do it if he wasn't in need of a big win.

Js Qs Ks Qh Qd: OH=QQQ @ $21.21; SP=JQK @ $7.03*   *Only made in levels 5&6 of Single Play Strategy (SPS) when the quad will not get you to level 4 Bonus Poker or an overall session win goal.

14.  This is the last example we have for 8/5 Bonus Poker, and please understand that this hand applies to a special situation.  For example, in Double Double Bonus Poker and inTriple Double Bonus Poker when dealt a full house with three Aces, you would keep only the three aces hoping to draw a fourth ace and an ace with a kicker for the big jackpots.  In this case, and in this type of game, Rob suggests a different play. 

Ac Ad Ah 7s 7c: OH=AAA77 @ $40.00; SP=AAA @ $32.93*   *Only made on 7/5 BP version. 

You can order Rob Singer's two books by sending an email to for ordering instructions.

"The Undeniable Truth About Video Poker identifies the shortfalls and fallacies of following the commercialized long-term strategy," says Rob Singer, "and it touches on how I have made the successful transition from a losing long-term strategist to a winning player who developed his own math-based play strategy.  Ramblin' & Gamblin' Thru Nevada is a month-long journey I took around every nook and cranny in Nevada, going to many out-of-the-way places, meeting people of all types, and playing in many of the state's casinos.  It is an adventure that goes far beyond that of gambling."  Each book is $5. 

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