Introduction to Video Poker

Introduction to Video Poker

Video poker is a universal favorite, extremely popular in casinos both on and offline.  This game is based on traditional Draw Poker but also offers some of the elements found in modern slot machines.  The best thing about video poker is that it is widely available online in free and real-money varieties.  Playing is easy.  All you have to do is get familiar with the basics.

Basic Video Poker Rules

The rules of video poker couldn’t be any more simple.  In most cases, you simply place your wager and hit the “Deal” or “Draw” button to receive your cards.  After analyzing the cards, select the ones you want to keep and hit the “Hold” button underneath them.  Press the button again to get more cards and continue this process until you win or lose.  If you win, receiving your payout is easy as pushing a button.

Video Poker Bonus

If you win a hand of video poker, most casinos give you an option to play a bonus round that allows you to double your initial winnings.  In the bonus round, one card is usually dealt face-down and another is dealt face-up.  Your job is to predict whether the subsequent card will be higher or lower than the original card.  If the card is higher, you win the bet and double your wager.  If it is lower, you lose your initial winnings.  If the value of the cards equal a tie, a “push” is the result and you neither win nor lose and get to keep your winnings.  Because the bonus round is optional, keep in mind that you generally have to click a button to initiate the bonus game.

Winning Combinations

When playing video poker online or in a land-based casino, the combinations for winning hands are ranked as follows:

Jacks or Better A winning pair is only compromised of Jacks or higher.  Anything lower does not count as a winning hand.

Kings of Better Similar to the combination above, this qualifies a winning pair as Kings or higher.

Two Pair – Two pairs of cards with the same value.

Three of a Kind – Three individual cards of the same value.

Four of a Kind Four cards of the same value.

Five of a Kind Four cards of the same value plus a Wild Card.

Straight – Five cards in sequential order but not of the same suit.

Flush Five cards of the same suit in any order.

Straight Flush Five sequential cards of the same suit.

Royal Flush Five sequential cards of the same suit.  The first card must be a 10 and the last card an Ace.

Wild Royal Flush A Royal Flush composed with a Wild Card.

There are a number of online casinos that offer huge progressive jackpots for Royal Flush hands and other rare winning combinations to entice new players.  If you are a video poker pro, this could be your opportunity to strike it big and claim a very healthy payout.

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