On the one hand Video Poker is the thinking mans slot machine. Where skill and strategy are needed to be playing at a level where the house has less than a 0.5% edge. In contrast the mindlessness that is required to sit at a slot machine for hours.
But on the other, Video Poker is an action game. You can play 3-5 hands a minute once you have perfect strategy memorised. Action doesn’t get much better than that.
Unlike regular poker, its going to be difficult to make a living from video poker (unless you it one of the progressive jackpots) but is a great recreational game.
Video Poker Perfect Strategy
Like all gambling games, the long run will be ruled by the laws of probability. Gut feelings aside, it is possible to come up with the best mathematical decision for every 5 cards you are dealt. Playing the mathematically optimal strategy is the best in the long run. This is what the strategy cards are for Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild. These strategy cards show the best mathematical draw for every 5 cards your are dealt. It will still take practice and work to get perfect strategy memorised but it will pay off in the long run.