How To Play Video Poker

Published On January 1, 2018

The objective of Video Poker is to receive the highest ranked five-card poker hand possible such as four of a kind, straight flush or royal flush. A 52 card deck is used (53 for Joker Poker) and is reshuffled after each hand. Different versions of Video Poker are available – these will have different pay outs for various hands. Video Poker variations include Double Bonus Poker, Aces & Faces, All American Poker, Joker Poker, Kings Or Better, Five Play Draw, Jacks Or Better, Pick’ Em Poker and Dueces Wild.

Many people assume that Video Poker is just an extension of slots. This isn’t actually the case and with the right strategy you can improve your chances of winning. You should apply normal poker strategy with regards to cards that you should keep, look for a machine that offers over 99% payouts, bet max credits and play a machine at betting limits you can afford. To hone your video poker strategy our advice is to use demo play on sites until you’re au fait with the game you’re playing.

The basics of video poker are quite simple. You’re dealt a hand of cards and offered the opportunity to keep or discard any of those on show. By keeping the best cards and discarding others you’re hoping that the replacement cards will generate you the best poker hand. Each game variation will effect the cards you choose to keep and discard. For example in Jacks or Better, keeping a pair of Jacks will guarantee a win. In Dueces Wild it’s worth holding the Dueces as they act as wilds (as you’d expect from the name).

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