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Video Poker

Video Poker was introduced in year 1970 and since then the game has been attracting huge crowd of card players, especially those looking for an easy version of Poker. A popular variant of 5-card Poker game, Video Poker is similar to yet easier than the different Poker variants like Texas Hold’em, Caribbean and other Poker games. Though the objective of both the games is to create a winning hand combination, Video Poker comes with easy game-play and simpler rules.

Video Poker screen provides players with betting options and rules along with the names of winning combination, which helps in understanding the game easily. Another major rule that makes Video Poker different from a standard Poker game is the fact that the game is played against the house and not against any other player. Poker hand ranking and rules in Video Poker are same as that in a normal Poker game.

The game play of Video Poker is lot similar to slot machines, with a tiny difference of former one requiring gaming skills. While the card sequence is controlled by Random-Number Generator, just like in a Slot Machine, the decision to hold a card requires little calculation and logical skills of the player.

Steps to Play

Video Poker is quite easy to play, as compared to the regular game of Poker where a new player is always bound to get confused and stressed-out. Video Poker is like a Slot Machine, where player has to bet and cards come out automatically in a row.

The Video version of Poker starts when a player inserts a coin or money, clicks on the betting button and is ready to draw the first five cards. The actual challenge begins when the player is dealt with 5- cards. It is now up to the player to decide which cards are to be kept and which ones to be discarded. The final hand created after drawing cards second time decides the fate of the player, if the hand meets the combinations given on the screen the player wins.

Step 1-

Step 1 is to place a bet amount which can be done by clicking on the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ button.

Step 2-

Once the bet amount is selected, player can either opt for Bet 1 or Bet Max. Upon choosing the betting value, player must click on ‘Deal/Draw’ button to get a hand of 5 new cards

Step 3-

Player can either choose to play with the available cards or discard a few cards for new one, which can be done by clicking on ‘Hold’ button under the cards that are required.

Step 4-

By click ‘Deal/Draw’ button again, the cards that are not held would get replaced by new set of cards.

Step 5-

The second set of cards make a final hand which if matched with any one of the winning combination, as mentioned on the top of the screen, would make a player win.

Video Poker Rules

Video Poker is a well designed game that presents Poker in simpler form where a Random Number Generator draws cards for players to play with. In Video Poker, player gets benefits like presence of combination lists and betting details on the screen. Player gets the choice of discarding or keeping a card and game ends when final cards are drawn.

The player bets, draws cards, holds the favorites and again draws cards and if the hand combination matches any of the combination in the list, player wins. Strategies come in play when the player has to discard and hold a card. The most common and popular variant of Video Poker is Jacks or Better.

Video Poker Hand for Jacks or Better

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • Four of a kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • Three of a kind
  • Two Pair
  • Jacks or Better

Different Video Poker Variants

  • Jack or Better
  • Joker Wild
  • Tens or Better
  • Bonus Poker
  • Bally's All American
  • Double Bonus
  • Deuces Wild
  • Double Double Bonus

Game Strategies & Tips

Video Poker being an easy looking Poker game can make players get excited and make needless mistakes. Since this game of Poker is a good combination of both luck and skills, taking care of few things while playing Video Poker can prove to be a good idea.

It is always a good idea to start a game with a set amount of money. Players who are not a pro must not continue to play even when they have lost a great deal of their game amount. Since the game is against a machine and not a person, players must take as much time as possible for deciding which card to hold and which one to discard.

Playing for free can help new players to enjoy and learn the game without risking any money for it.

Video Poker is played against a machine with no memory or control over the cards being drawn, as it has automatic card generator. The best way to play Video Poker is to enjoy it, to play as long as it's giving winning cards as well as play with all the patience and time.

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