Video Poker - Rules, Tips & Casinos
How To Play Video Poker
To play video poker, you click the “coin” icon to specify the value of credits you want to play with. The payout scale for video poker is shown when you click on the “Payouts” button.
You can bet anywhere from one to five credits at a time. You have two options in betting:
Hit the “bet one” button once for each credit you wish to bet per hand
Hit the “bet max” button once to bet five credits per hand. Clicking on Bet Max will place the maximum bet and automatically start the intitial deal without you having to push the Deal button.
Once you have placed your bet you can click the “Deal” button to receive your cards.
Five cards appear on the screen after he hit the deal button. At this point you must choose the cards you want to keep. You are allowed one re-deal and one chance to draw anywhere from zero to five new cards. Each card must be individually selected if you wish to keep it. Your selected cards are indicated by the word “held” being displayed across the kept card. Cards marked by the word held will not be replaced when you draw new cards. You can easily change your mind about keeping a card by selecting it a second time. The held notation then disappears from across the previously selected card.
If you have a pat hand (five good cards), you can choose to keep all of the cards and not draw any new cards. Conversely, you can choose to discard all of your cards and draw five new cards
When you are ready to draw new cards, you click the deal button. The cards not marked by the word held will be replaced, resulting in your final hand. If you win, you accumulate credits that are deposited directly into your account.
Video Poker - Jacks or Better
Jacks or better is straight poker with no wild cards. You need at least a pair of jacks or better to qualify for a winning hand.
Video Poker - Jokers Wild
Joker's Wild is straight poker with the addition of a Joker card. The addition of this card creates a 53-card deck. The Joker card is wild and can be used as any card. You need at least two pairs to qualify for a winning hand.
Video Poker - Deuces Wild
Deuces Wild is straight poker played with a standard 52-card deck with all the twos being wild. Every two is wild and can be used as any card. You need at least three of a kind to qualify for a winning hand
Poker Hand Rankings
Hands Ranked from Highest to Lowest
Royal Flush - Top five cards, all of the same suit. This is the top ranked hand in Poker.
Example: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, all the same suit.
Straight Flush - Five cards of the same suit, in consecutive order.
Example: 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, all the same suit.
4 of a kind- 4 cards of the same rank
Example: 7, 7, 7, 7 or 10, 10, 10, 10
Full House - Three cards of the same rank and two cards of the same rank.
Example: 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, known as 3’s full of 5’s
Flush - Five cards of the same suit, no matter what rank.
Example: 2, 4, 5, 9, Jack, of Spades
Straight - Five cards in consecutive rank, no matter what suit.
Example: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, not all the same suit
3 of a kind - Three cards all of the same rank, no matter what suit.
Example: 7, 7, 7, 2, 10, no matter of suit
2 pair - Two cards of the same rank, along with two
Video Poker Winning Tip
Like playing live poker , players have many different strategies at winning at video poker. The most common mistakes we see beginners make are not playing maximum credits and holding to many high cards when no pairs are showing. Like slot machines, always play maximum credits as the payout percentages are greatly increased on most video poker machines when maximum credits are played verses the minimum. A strategy most professionals use to also increase there pay outs that most beginners don't do is when dealt a hand that shows no winning hand and only 2 or 3 none suited high cards, only hold the highest card by it self. Throw away all other cards. The only time you would hold more than 1 high card is if you have another high card of the same suit and have a chance to go for a royal flush or you have 4 high cards and only need one more for a straight. Like we recommend with all casino games, practice and learn the rules first. Go to online casinos that provide free video poker games. We recommend www.TopHatGambling.com for practicing. No downloads or sign up is required and you can play anonymously.
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