to favor flushes, which would make that the way to go. I am sure
that I have seen doctored machines in Shreveport. An entire bank of
JOBs that would not give two small pair. Two pair,yes; but not two
small pair, which is a large chunk of the small wins.
Fair question. I can't get my wife to put 5 coins in at once, but I'm working on it. VP is the best thing she is willing to do while I play blackjack. That is why I was hoping to find a Strip casino with full pay VP and decent $5 blackjack.
I think I played one of those old timers once in Vegas. It was full pay, unlike the new machines around it. Even though it occasionally stole my quarters, it gave out so many flushes that I didn't complain.
I showed your notes to my wife and she agreed to try five quarters per play next trip. But she won't go downtown, so I'm still hoping to find the least disadvantageous place on the Strip. Maybe I'll play VP alongside her and do my blackjack playing alone.
Caesars has a lot of Full Pay 9/6 JOB at quarters denomination. The Barbary Coast just across the street has a lot of Full Pay Deuces (100.7% Payback) at quarters denomination. When my wife and I are staying (on comped rooms) at Caesars, we play enough at Caesars to meet our room comp requirements, and then she goes across to BC to play Deuces. Caesars has some not-bad 6-deck.
Pick'em has a very slight penalty for not putting in max coins. A few hundreths of a percent. For 5 $1 coins you get $6,000 on the royal. For one coin you get $1,000 instead of $1,200. And you hit that royal about once a year.
It's true that a hit on the royal wouldn't be that big of a deal, but the normal pick'em pay table hurts you on several more frequent hands for playing just one coin!
Pick'em is an easy and fun game to play but the swings can be brutal. Those 600 credit quads will decide whether your trip is a winner or loser and many sessions the only 4-kind you'll see is when you have to throw away one of the cards!