Video Poker

The concept of the video poker machine may resemble a slot machine with poker cards. It’s based on five reels that display five cards on the screen, and the play is against the machine, not other players. It’s a game based on luck, but skill is needed also if you want to hit the right combination of cards.

Featured Video Poker Games

Aces and Eights Poker

Aces and Eights Poker Game

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Deuces Wild Poker

Deuces Wild Poker Game

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Jacks or Better Poker

Jacks or Better Poker Game

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Loose Deuces Poker

Loose Deuces Poker Game

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How it’s Played

After placing a bet, the machine gives you initial five cards from a standard 52-card deck. Then you have to decide which cards you’ll discard and which cards will be retained by pressing the “hold” button under the respective card. The aim is to get the best hand value, just as in table poker. After selecting your cards, press “deal/draw” and the discarded cards are replaced with new ones. Than your hand is ranked and you are paid off by the machine based on the hand value. Afterwards you can place a new bet for a completely new round.

Poker Hand Values

Hand values in video poker are the same as in table poker:

  • Pair – This is the lowest ranking hand when having two cards of the same value.
  • Two Pair – A hand with two pair.
  • Three of a Kind – A hand with three cards of the same value.
  • Straight – A hand with five cards in sequence of different suits.
  • Flush – A hand with five cards of the same suit that are not in a sequence.
  • Full House – A hand with three cards of the same value and a pair.
  • Four of a Kind – A hand with four cards of the same value, but of different suits.
  • Straight Flush – A hand with five cards of the same suit and in sequence.
  • Royal Flush – This is the best ranking hand when holding Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of the same suit.

Tips

Learn the game as best as possible and try to understand the principles before venturing in real money play. Try to play with the lowest possible bets until you are at the needed level of knowledge for playing bigger bets, or just find an online casino that offers free play for practice. Learn the payouts and find the best video poker machine.

Your best friend in playing poker is your patience. Take your time to think which cards you’ll hold and what hand value you want to get with those cards. Pay attention to the cards. Each time prefer holding the Jack instead of the Ace because this gives you more chances for a winning hand than the Ace.

Try to have a sufficient bankroll for your level of play, and a bankroll that you can afford to lose. Also, to increase your playing budget, find a casino that offers welcome bonuses or games that have bonus rounds or that are progressive. This way you’ll have bigger amount to spend and the bonus rounds can increase your winnings, and try informing yourself about video poker playing strategies.