This is a constant concern of any casino patron who does not have a full appreciation of the wild swings of chance and randomness. Playing on the Mississippi coast during the summer of 2002, I hit 21 Royals at various casinos, including two back to back. Even today, I still refer to that as the "Royal Summer." But it was chance, nothing more, because then Lady Luck swung the other way and I could not hit a Royal no matter what I did. I went without a Royal for almost 6 months.
The only way for a regulated casino to change the payout of video poker is through the paytables. It is one of the few games of chance where the player is completely aware of the odds when he sits down...assuming he will take 10 seconds to scan the paytable.
In almost every U.S. state where I regularly play, gaming regs are based on the strict Nevada regs. Most video poker machines are manufactured in Nevada, and by state law they must meet Nevada regs during the manufacturing process.
To answer your specific concerns about Mississippi regs, in fact, I consider it to be one of the most tightly regulated states, after Nevada. I would be more confident of playing in Mississippi than in Louisiana, because (a) Louisiana has a deeply inbred sense of corruption in everything it regulates, and (b) because the tax rate on jackpots is much lower in Mississippi (3%) than in Louisiana (6%), although you can get a credit or a refund of the Louisiana tax if you are from out of state, while Mississippi does not allow that.
The bottom line, Volbuddy (are you from TN?) is that video poker is a losing proposition. It is a less than 100% game in almost every instance, and even in those very rare situations where it is over 100%, very few players can play error free for hours.
No matter what a certain VP "expert" who filed bankruptcy will tell you, you cannot win long term on VP. It does not happen. The only way to win is to play once every few years, get very lucky, take your winnings home, and rarely or never return. Otherwise, the law of averages kicks in.
Casinos are for entertainment, and what the responsible VP player does is to attempt to minimize his/her losses with knowledgable, restrained play. But, over time, entertainment costs money. Otherwise, if the casinos could be beaten long term, how could they survive? Please do not believe any expert who tells you that he/she can win long term in VP.
(Notice, in my comments above referring to "regulated" casinos, I am not referring to Indian casinos. They are self-regulated and they claim to be fair, but I don't trust their fairness and thus, I never play there.)
Edited by rascal - 05 Apr 2010 at 11:33am