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Video Poker

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Online video poker can be a fun game to play has a lot in common with slots. They are easy to play and they both require no interaction with a dealer or with other players, Video Poker however, adds a fun element of skill. In Fact, The best video poker games, played skillfully, offer odds that rival any table game.

There are many video poker variations to choose from however it is important to know why some are better to play. In this article, we will focus on "Jacks or Better", "Deuces Wild", and bonus poker. There are many other popular variations such as double bonus poker, double double bonus poker, and joker poker but these variations usually offer less favorable chances of using skill and winning.

Jacks or Better is a game of draw poker. In Jacks Or Better The player receives five cards from the dealer; the player then chooses which of the cards to keep or hold. Then discards the remaining cards for new ones by pressing deal. The final hand is determined a winning hand if the player has a pair of Jacks or better. The bigger The Hand, the better the Pay out.

Hands In Jacks or Better are ranked in order of; pair of jacks or higher, 2 pair, 3 of a kind, Straight, Flush, Full House, 4 of a kind, Straight Flush, Royal Flush.

Deuces Wild is a another game of draw poker that adds a wild card into the mix. The wild card adds the ability to hit 5 of a kind, but also makes the minimum winning hand a 3 of a kind. In Deuces Wild The player receives five cards from the dealer; the player then chooses which of the cards to keep or hold. Then discards the remaining cards for new ones by pressing deal. The final hand is determined a winning hand if the player has a 3 of a kind or better. There is also a special payout for having 5 of a kind, Wild Royal with 2's, or 4 Deuces. Deuces are wild and can be used to create any other winning hand.

Hands In Deuces Wild are ranked in order of; 3 of a kind or higher, Straight, Flush, Full House, 4 of a kind, Straight Flush, 5 of a kind, Wild Royal with 2's, 4 Deuces, Royal Flush . Also 2's are wild and can be used to create other winning hands. Please see the paytable on the current machine for more information.

Bonus Poker is The Same as Jacks Or better with a few added hand payouts meaning a bonus for 4 Aces, 4 of-a-kind 2-4, and 4 of a kind 5-K

Video Poker Payouts are generally much more favorable at online casinos than live casinos

The version of Jacks or Better regarded as full-pay, returns 99.5 percent with optimal strategy. This version is commonly referred to as a 9-6 game, for the 9:1 payoff for a full house and 6:1 payoff on a flush.

Except for the Max Bet, payoffs are proportional to the number of coins played; that is, three of a kind returns three coins with one coin played, six for two, nine for three, 12 for four, or 15 for five. The exception comes on a royal flush, which pays 250 coins for one, 500 for two, 750 for three, 1,000 for four, but on the fifth coin jumps to a return of 4,000 coins. This is why you always want to be able to afford the max bet of 5 coins/credits at the money level you are playing

Casinos vary game payout percentages by lowering the payouts on the flush and full house. 8-5 games, paying 8-for-1 on the full house and 5-for-1 on the flush, and 7-5 games are offered instead of the 9-6 games. With optimal play, an 8-5 game yields 97.9 percent; the 7-5 game pays 96.2 percent.

So lets break that down. You can increase your chances of winning by finding the best pay tables. The best is 9-6 at 99.5 percent payback, then 8-5 at97.9 percent payback, then 7-5 at 96.2 percent payback. If pairing the highest pay tables, with optimal strategy, online casino bonuses, and loyalty programs, you can actually be a profitable player.
Universal Video Poker Strategy

There Are many forms of video poker which means each variation has specific gameplay strategy. The one strategy that remains universal however is to always make the maximum bet.

At each money level of video poker there is a payout schedule that ranges with a minimum to maximum bet. You always want to make the maximum bet within a particular level of video poker. For example, you might be playing a max bet level of $1. The odds are more in your favor if you make a max bet of $1 at that level, than if you jump to another level - lets say $5 dollar max bet - and only bet $1 there.
Video Poker Money Management

If you are sitting down to play with $40, you don't belong at a $5 game that will take a $25 max bet. It is better to play a $5 max bet at a $1 game than a $5 bet in a $25 max bet game.
Video Poker Strategic Guidelines

Video poker players can improve their winning chances by following a few guidelines for holding or discarding the first five dealt cards. These guidelines will almost come natural to you with gained experience as you think about your hand possibilities:

Always Choose to hold a royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, three of a kind, or two pair.
Break up a flush or a straight only when you have four cards leading to a royal flush. That is, if you have ace-king-queen-jack-9, all of hearts, discard the 9 to take a chance at the big payoff for the 10 of hearts. You'll still have good odds of making a flush with any other heart, a straight with any other 10, and a pair of jacks or better with any ace, king, queen, or jack.
Break up a pair of jacks or better if you have four cards leading to a royal flush or four cards leading to a lower straight flush.
Keep a low pair instead of a single high card (jack, queen, king, or ace). This is an obvious play in Deuces wild, but also the better move over time in Jacks Or Better.
Don't draw to a four-card gut-shot straight (this is where the missing card is in the middle rather than on either end A-2-4-5) *unless it includes at least three high cards. (A-K-J-10)
Do draw to a four-card open ended straight because you have twice as many cards to make your hand as you do the gutshot straight. ex. 2-3-4-5
Don't Hold A "Kicker" In Video Poker. Many players used to playing live poker get into the habit of keeping kickers, for example K-K-A. Discard that Ace and give yourself a chance at a third high card, or if you get really lucky you could hit, a full house or four of a kind. (this tip is mainly for jacks or better, because you obviously need at least 3-of-a-kind to get any money in deuces wild)

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