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What is video poker?

We’re so glad you asked. Video poker, or poker slots, originated in Las Vegas sometime in the 1970’s largely in response to poker slots players looking for wins they could influence instead of leaving everything to chance. Combining poker strategy with the quick and thrilling fun of the pokies, video poker works in much the same way as the 5 card draw table game but with a few important differences. The biggest difference is that it’s just you and the machine playing so you have to adjust your strategy accordingly.

How to play video poker?

Like regular poker, or more specifically like 5 card draw poker, poker slots for real money Australia will open with a bet. You are then dealt 5 cards from a standard 52 card deck.

Standard video poker machines available in brick and mortar casinos like The Star in Sydney, the Crown Casino in Melbourne or Perth, and Treasury Casino up in Brisbane, are restricted to generally one type of game. Playing at an online casino, on the other hand, opens your world up to a variety of different versions. The same goes for all of your standard casino greats like blackjack, craps and baccarat.

If you really want to test how much you win and get all the thrills you can from your gaming, choosing online is always best. You get access to mobile games for all of your devices, offered better odds on games like roulette, you can play as many Keno and Bingo games as you like, as often as you like, and you can gamble with digital currency like your Bitcoin balance.

But back to video poker.

So, you have your draw. Now you choose which cards to keep and which cards to ditch. This is where the variations come to play because not all games are the same. We’ll go through some of the variations later. For now, think of trying to make the strongest hand you possibly can with a standard 5 card draw poker and ditch the cards you think are weakest.

When you’ve ditched, there’s a second draw and you compare your hand to the machine’s. If you have the strongest hand, then you win the bet. Simple. This is what makes video poker so ingenious. It’s fast, it has the same action as your standard pokies, but you have to use your wits and your card skills to ensure you come out on top.

How to play Deuces Wild video poker?

Deuces Wild is a variation on the standard game which actually allows you to achieve 5 of kind. In this version, 2s are considered wild so they can take the form of any card you need to achieve a winning hand. Winning hands are 3 of a kind or better and are ranked here from low to high as follows:

  • 3 of a kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Full house
  • 4 of a kind
  • Straight flush
  • 5 of a kind
  • Wild Royal with 2s
  • 4 deuces
  • Royal flush

How to play video poker Jacks or Better?

Jacks of Better, a variation very similar to Bonus Poker, is another variation in which you need at least a pair of jacks to win. As before, you open the game with a bet and then are dealt 5 cards from a standard 52 card deck. You choose which cards to ditch, bearing in mind that you need at least a pair of jacks to win the hand, and then hit “Deal”. You will be dealt new cards, freshly shuffled.

Winning hands ranked from lowest to highest are as follows:

Pair of jacks or higher

  • 2 pairs
  • 3 of a kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Full house
  • 4 of a kind
  • Straight flush
  • Royal flush

What video poker game has the best odds?

Jacks or Better offers you a tiny house advantage of 0.46% but the skill required to win regularly equates so you can’t have everything your own way. Another way of phrasing this percentage, which is more commonly used for video poker and a little clearer to the layman just starting out, is 99.54% RTP or return to player. So that means that when you are playing Jacks or Better at the very best level possible for a player, you will gain 99.54% of your wagered amount back in wins.

If you’re just starting out, then we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the rules of every variation of video poker from Double Bonus to Joker Poker before you decide which game pays you out the best odds. You may find that you excel at some variations more than you do at others, regardless of the odds offered and, at the end of the day, it’s about having as much fun as you can on your own.

How does video poker payout?

Depending on the version that you’re paying, you receive your pay outs based on the number of coins you have wagered and how many coins any given hand is worth. These coins can be valued for between 5 cents and 5 Aussie dollars. As an example, the payout for a Royal flush achieved in a game of Jacks or Better has a payout value of 250 coins whereas a pair of jacks – the lowest ranked hand you need to win a round – pays out at 1 coin.

How to win at video poker?

Winning at video poker, like winning at any gamble you ever make in life, whether made at a casino or outside it, requires a combination of skill, luck and critical thought. You need to understand the way the game is played and where video poker is concerned, that’s especially true. While all versions and varieties will resemble traditional 5 card poker, they are not exactly the same and the values do differ between games.

There are all kinds of fantastic mathematical programs which can give you an edge in every card game and they’re available online for download and study. They are not, however, light reading and if you’re serious about utilising these strategies then you better have a head for numbers. If you’re a regular human being and you want to ensure that you have fun while you gamble – basically, win a bit – then we will recommend that you familiarise yourself with the best and most frequent winning hands for your chosen game. Brush up on your standard poker knowledge so you know what to look out for in any given hand and be patient with yourself while you’re learning. Gamble sensibly, so bet small when you’re still gutting your gums, and you’ll have way more fun for longer.