Video Poker


Video Poker

Video Poker Facts - Poker as we know it today was believed to be first played on the New Orleans steamboats in the early 1800's. 

It became the all-American game.  Video poker was first introduced in Las Vegas in the mid 1970's and had luke-warm reviews due to the limited payouts.  Later when the payouts improved, it became much more popular amongst players.

It has become so popular now that it's one of the hottest games in casinos not only because it is fun and easy to play but also because of the player advantage.

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How To Play

In video poker, the purpose of the game is to achieve the best possible hand.  Video poker is an interactive game of skill because the player gets to choose the cards to keep and which ones to discard.  It is not a game of chance like slots.  The payout amount in video poker is dependant upon a winning hand combination.  A basic knowledge of five-card draw poker is required like the ranking of the hands.

To play video poker, add your coins into your video poker machine of choice.  They will appear as "coins".  Choose the number of coins you would like to play and press "play" or "deal".  Five cards will appear on the screen.  Press the "hold" button for card(s) you would like to keep.  The cards you chose not to keep will be replaced once you press "deal" again.  If you form a winning combination, your credits will be added to your amount.

Types of Video Poker Games

There are several different types of video poker machines and most are played with a 52-card deck. Video poker machines will automatically determine the best hand to keep, with some automatically "holding" the cards for you. There's Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Jokers Wild, Aces and Faces, Tens or Better and more, plus there are progressive video poker machines.

  • Jacks or Better Video Poker - It is called Jacks or Better because a minimum rank of a pair of Jacks in your finished hand is required to form a winning hand.  It is the most popular and it's what most people learn on before moving on to the others.  See below for our Jacks or Better hand rankings and strategy chart.
  • Deuces Wild Video Poker - It is called Deuces Wild because the deuces or 2's are considered wild cards.  A deuce or wild card may be used to replace another card and can even be used to form a five-of-a-kind winning hand.  A minimum rank of three-of-a-kind in your finished hand is required to form a winning hand.
  • Jokers Wild Video Poker - It is called Jokers Wild because the jokers are considered wild cards.  A joker or wild card may be used to replace another card and can even be used to form a five-of-a-kind winning hand.  A minimum rank of two pair in your finished hand is required to form a winning hand.
  • Aces and Faces Video Poker - Is very similar to Jacks or Better with these two exceptions - four aces rank higher than a straight flush and four jacks, queens or kings rank higher than four-of-a-kind with a lower rank.
  • Aces and Eights Video Poker is played just like any other video poker game with the exception that the winning Four of a Kind hand is paid out more than normal. Video Poker is a game that is played between you and the Dealer.
  • Tens or Better Video Poker - Also very similar to Jacks or Better, but in this game you'll need a minimum rank of a pair of tens in your finished hand to form a winning hand.  One other difference is the payout.  The payouts are a little lower since you have an increased chance of winning.
  • 4 Play Power Poker is called video poker because it is played against a machine, that displays the player’s card on the screen. As the player, you place your bet and you are then dealt five cards from a regular 52 card deck.
  • 10 Play Power Poker - The only difference between regular video poker and 10 Play Power Poker is the fact that one is played with 10 hands of poker instead of one.
  • Progressive Video Poker - It is called a progressive video poker because the game offers a jackpot that progressively grows according to the amount of money played at the machine.  Progressive video machines start the jackpot at a base amount and the amount gradually increases as people play.  The jackpot amount is shown on the machine and you can watch it grow as you play.  Once the jackpot has been hit, the machine is reset to the base amount to begin accumulating again.  On progressive video poker machines, the payout for a flush or a full house is lower but this is offset because there's a progressive jackpot being offered.

Video Poker Basic Basic Strategy

  • Play at video poker machines that offer higher return payouts of 9/6.  These numbers represent the following:  the first number (9) is the payout a player would receive for a finished hand of a full house with one coin played and the second number (6) is the payout a player would receive for a finished hand of a flush with one coin played.
  • Do not keep a "kicker" card.  A kicker card is an unpaired, high-value face card like a queen, king or ace.
  • Always play the maximum number of coins (5) because the payout for a Royal Flush is a lot higher than it is when only one coin is played.

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