The difference between video poker and slot machines is the difference between a game of skill and a game of luck. With a slot machine, no decision the player makes can or will make affects the outcome of the game. With video poker, however, the player’s skill at playing cards definitely influences the outcome of the game. Unlike slot machines, a player can tell a video poker machine’s payout percentage simply by looking at it. Video poker machines also offer players better returns than slot machines, provided the player makes the right decisions.