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Steve Bourie: When video poker really isn't

Steve Bourie: When video poker really isn't

  I remember playing video poker games at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and noticing that it didn't matter what cards I threw away and what cards I kept.

 That's because I was playing a Class II Bingo-style slot. That meant that each slot was actually a game of instant bingo -- with the winnings merely displayed as a slot machine -- rather than the strategy-laded video poker machines that are prevalent in Las Vegas.

The games were upgraded after the Seminoles and the state reached an agreement that brought Class III slots to their casinos.

 Now Steve Bourie notes that the New York racinos offer the same Class II game. And he doesn't like it...