While that may be true to some extent, there are strategies that will make you a better player, and give you a better chance to hit the jackpot. Since Jacks or better is one of the most popular video poker games, we will look at strategies that apply to that game.
Your first tip is to keep that high pair unless you are drawing to a royal or a straight flush. This same principle applies when you have a made hand and you are not drawing to a royal or straight flush. You have to remember that making the straight or the flush is not worth throwing a pair away to go for.
The next tip is to go for the big score. Throw away the four card flush or open ended straight draw in favor of the 3-card Royal draw. This is a tough one for most people, because nearly every time it is not going to pay off. The reason you are doing it though is to have a chance to hit the Royal.
Most of the time it won't happen, but it increases your odds, and that is the goal. You want to hit the jackpot, not the flush or straight. Your next tip is to always go for the flush over the straight because it pays more. The next tip is to not get carried away chasing after a single Ace.
Actually the Jack is a better card for you because it gives you more ways to hit a straight. Remember that holding a King, Queen or Jack is better than holding an Ace because you can make straights both ways. The next tip is to remember that a good portion of your hands are going to be crap.
You will just have a high card and nothing else. You are going to have to make decisions on these hands and your best bet is to go for the big score. I know that it is not going to happen very often, but the goal when playing video poker should be to hit the jackpot.
I know that going for the big score is not a popular way to play because it is usually going to cost you money. That is why you need to be prepared with a proper bankroll and the proper patience if you are to have a chance at hitting the jackpot.
If you are just looking to grind it out, then be prepared to lose in the long-term. If you want to win then you must hit the jackpot at least once in a while, and that takes changing your mindset and your strategies.