Online Gambling

Video Poker Rules

Many people have a misconception that video poker is just like a slot machine. This is in fact very far from the truth. No matter what video poker variation you’re playing they all have a strategy that can give a player a better chance of winning. This means that all video poker games have at least some skill involved, not just luck. With a slot machine it’s just a spin of the reels and hoping you win.

When learning to play video poker you need to take what you know about normal poker and ignore it. Video poker has almost nothing to do with regular poker. Kickers, bluffing, calling, raising don’t exist in video poker because you’re not playing against any other people. It’s between you and the machine.

The only thing you will take from normal poker would be the hand ranking, this will stay the same. Below is a chart that ranks all paying video poker hands from highest to lowest.

  1. Five of a Kind (Where Applicable)
  2. Royal Flush
  3. Straight Flush
  4. Four of a Kind
  5. Full House
  6. Flush
  7. Straight
  8. Three of a Kind
  9. Two Pair
  10. A Pair

You may hear a lot about ‘9/6’ or ‘full pay’ video poker. This is when a video poker machine pays out 9 coins for a full house and 6 for a flush when only one coin is played. Video poker machines that don’t offer this are weighed more in the casinos advantage.

Your goal in video poker is to get a winning hand. Winning hands will vary depending on the machine you’re playing. For example in Jack or Better you need at least a pair of Jacks to win. Video poker games with wild cards tend to pay off less and have higher minimum hand requirements.

The game starts with the machine dealing you five cards from a 52-card deck. Once you look over your cards you then decide which cards you want to hold and discard. You make your selection and then click on deal. You discarded cards will be replaced with new cards. Your hands is now finished, you will either lose or win depending on the payouts.

Video poker machines give players a chance to bet anywhere from 1 to 5 coins per deal. You should always bet five coins as it gives you the best payout per coin. So a royal flush with one coin bet would win you 250 coins but if you bet five coins you would have won 4000 coins. If five coin bets are to expensive for your bankroll then you need to switch to a lower coin denomination.