Video Poker

Video Poker is a casino game based on the 5 draw poker which is played against a machine. From its early versions that is operated by coins, Video poker undergone from various development until our known today version of Video Poker, which comes in different game variations and payoff schedules adapted from different variant.

In the year 1994, Video Poker was introduced in Online Casinos that is available to play via Internet. In fact, the game became one of the most sought-after variety of poker aside from its good mechanics, players enjoy the video poker huge jackpots.

How to Play Video Poker

In order to win at Video Poker, players must understand the mechanics of the game and how to play it skillfully. If you are playing real poker games, learning video poker is easy since they are much alike except that bets in video poker is smaller than the real poker.

The game goal is to acquire a poker hand that pays out the most in the video poker pay table. The game is done by inserting one or more credits into the machine. First, players should insert the desired amount to wager then press "Deal" button. By then, the cards will be virtually dealt.

The Video poker machine will deal five cards to the players. This time, players could discard one or more of the cards to draw additional cards to make the best poker hand combination. In terms of payout, it depends upon the rank of the final hand (base on the basic poker hand ranking system) acquire by the players. However, consider that in certain variety of video poker, Royal Flush hand ranking pays out the most; while the lowest hand ranking depends on the video poker variant. Progressive jackpots is also available in some video poker machines.

Video Poker Varieties

  • Aces and Faces � four-of-a-kind hand (either four Aces, Jacks, Queens, Kings) pays higher
  • Deuces Wild � any deuce or 2 acts as a wild card
  • Joker Poker � 53-card deck is used, including one Joker as wild card
  • Deuces and Joker � deuces and Joker as wild cards (minimum rank required is three of a kind)
  • Jacks or Better � least valuable poker hand is a pair of Jack
  • Tens or Better � deuces and Joker as wild cards. Lowest poker hand is a hand that contains a pair of Tens
  • Multi-Hand Video Poker Games � play more than one hand at the same time.