Basic Video Poker Rules
Poker is a mixture of Stud Poker and a slot machine with a few wild
cards thrown in. It's fast, almost like playing Stud, and you've
got a huge range of options. You can choose Jacks or Better, Deuces
Wild, All American, Joker Poker or a number of other variations.
Each game has its own personality and rewards a particular kind
the machines let you play anything from 1 through 5 coins, with
the payoffs improving at the high end of the scale. So if you know
your Poker hands and take the time to learn your game, Video Poker
can be fast, fun, and rewarding.
Poker salts should keep in mind that each game has its own strategy.
All American, for example, pays better than the others on straights
and flushes, so that will effect your approach to card selection.
When I first started playing Video Poker, I thought it would be
a lonely hearts version of the real thing. Not so. The games do
indeed have their own individual winning strategies, and taking
the time to learn your game means better payoffs.
with all forms of Poker, the player aims to get the best hand possible.
The payoffs are marked right on the face of the Video Poker machine
so it's a fast lesson in what the hand ranks are. All Video Poker
variations rank hands the same, though a given variation may add
an extra rank or two.
you would expect from a slots version of Poker, betting is pretty
straightforward in Video Poker. On any given machine you can typically
choose $0.25, $0.50, $1, or $5 games. And the bets are 1x, 2x, 3x,
4x, or 5x (Max Bet) whichever game you're playing. So if you're
playing a $1 game, you can place bets of $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5.
first thing to note is that the game face shows you the payoff for
each betting level. Invariably playing Max Bet pays off better,
overall, than any of the lower multiples. Smart players pick the
betting level they are comfortable with and choose their game accordingly.
other words, if you're comfortable with a $5 bet, then pick a $1
machine and play at Max Bet for $5. If $25 bets are more your speed,
pick a $5 game because Max Bet (5x) puts you at the $25 level. In
either case, you're getting the best payoff odds you can for that
game. This is similar to Slots strategy.
of key importance is the fact that the payoff ratios vary from game
to game. Where Jacks or Better may pay 25:1 for Four Of A Kind,
All American typically pays 30:1 and Joker Poker only pays 20:1.
These ratios do not necessarily reflect the true odds, so again,
knowing your game helps you play smarter.
Poker is a simplified poker game played on a machine. In order
to understand the game, it is first necessary to understand basic
poker hand consists of 5 cards. The Ace is considered the
highest card, followed by Kings, Queens, Jacks, etc. The
lowest card is a two. The object of the game is to get the
best hand possible. The various poker hands are described
below from lowest to highest:
pair - The lowest hand, containing 5 separate cards that
do not match up to create any of the hands below.
One pair - If two of the five cards are of the
same value, it is a one pair. Example: two jacks.
Two pair - Two pairs in the same hand,
such as two 8's and two 5's.
Three of a kind - Three cards of the same
value. Example: three aces.
Straight - Five consecutive cards, such
as 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. They need not be of the same suit.
An Ace can be used in two ways. It can be a "1" card
in a A, 2, 3, 4, 5 hand, or it can also be placed above the King
in an 10, J, Q, K, A sequence.
Flush - Five cards of the same suit.
They do not have to be in any order.
Full House - 3 cards of the same value,
along with a pair. Example: Three Kings and two Aces.
Four of a Kind - Four cards with the same
value, such as four jacks.
Straight Flush - This is both a straight
and a flush in one hand. Five cards must be in sequential
order AND they must be of the same suit.
Royal Flush - The best possible hand in
poker. You'll rarely ever see this hand. It is an
A, K, Q, J, and 10, all in the same suit.
first thing you must remember about Video Poker is that you are
NOT playing against other players, as in traditional poker.
You are playing against the machine. This means that all you
have to do is get a certain hand or better in order to get paid.
You don't need to outsmart anyone. But you do have to play
poker is basic draw poker. Here's how it goes:
wager a certain number of coins/credits, usually between 1 and 5.
The machine then deals you five cards. You can keep or discard
as many cards as you like. To keep a card, click the "hold"
button underneath the card. When you have selected the cards
you want to hold, click on "deal/draw." The cards
not being held are replaced with new cards. If your new set
of cards contains a winning hand, you get paid.