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CET Video Poker Tournament

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CET Video Poker Tournament

I received an email from Total Rewards inviting me to a video poker tournament. Tournament #1 is 4/23, 4/24 and 4/25 at the Rio. This is my first video poker tournament and will be there. Anyone been to one of these and any suggestions appreciated. Four hundred winners wil win casino play and number of participants will be limited to 800. I don't know if this is job and only that it is three sessions lasting ten minutes

New York, NY
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1. Re: CET Video Poker Tournament

tournament play is usually on DDB machines. and the strategy that you would normally use - in real life - goes out the window, for the most part. focus your play in such a way as to maximize quads, bonus quads and the royal... it's the only way you will place in the money.

for instance, if dealt two pair (no aces), DDB strategy dictates that you should hold both and go for the full house. in tourney play, however, you hold just one pair and go for the quad. if one of those pairs is 2s, 3s or 4s... obviously, hold that pair over the other.

and if it's a timed tournament, as opposed to a set number of credits you have to play through... speed is of the essence and is equally as important as accuracy of your hold, perhaps more so.

good luck.

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Thanks UKstages. You are right; I called and it is DD video poker tournament. According to the email I received from CET,there will be three sessions of ten minutes each. I will play for the higher paying hands and hope luck is on my side.

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I would only take part in another VP tournament if my trip was 5-6 nights. If you're only there 3-4 nights it takes too much of your time. You HAVE to be at Rio at a specific time---and you don't get to choose the time.

And remember this is Rio, not Harrahs or Ballys, where it is easy to go somewhere else if you want. So you end up saying "It isn't worth going somewhere for breakfast, becasue we have to be back at 11" or "It isn't worth going to the pool this morning because we'd have to leave early." It actually affects your trip. If you have a few extra days you don't mind as much.

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Thanks ktinca. I have been to Vegas so many times that I am okay with having to be at the Rio at specific times for my first vp tournament. I have also stayed at the Rio, courtesy of my employer, several years in a row, so that I am familiar with that property and the neighborhood. Most importantly, I will have a rental car!

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Unfortunately I didn't get the invite, but the idea of a VP tournament is very intriguing. I like how you've got a time limit and you have to make a decision on every hand. It also seems far less painful than the ever illustrious "tap, tap, tap tap,tap" slot tourneys.

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6. Re: CET Video Poker Tournament

I did one VP tourney and found it stressful--lol. I really prefer slot tourneys. I was full of indecision about what cards to hold in the first round. I had a few drinks before the 2nd round and it was more fun.

So that is my suggestion....drink before you play! :)

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No problem about a drink. Regardless, I naturally like to play fast. I have had someone ask me how I can play so fast.

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8. Re: CET Video Poker Tournament

Just want to report my impression of the video poker tournament. As ktinca stated, your sessions times are selected by CET. This means I had to be at the Rio three times to participate. It is inconvenient but that's all it is.They announced ten winners before each session that had been selected to receive a gift. I received a bowl the first session. I averaged about 1,200 credits each session and ended up getting $100 worth of coupons for slot play. Now that it is history, I realize I prefer it to any slot tournament and would do it again. The good news is 25 cent video poker machine at the Rio paid me $1,000 for my first ACES hand!

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