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Video Poker

Video poker is one of the online card games which the most variants of all. Available in practically every online casino, online bingo and online poker site, including a number of online sports books too, this card game has been copied and reproduced more times than a virus. It isn't just online that you can find video poker though, as most land-based casinos and small time arcades also house this game, including Australia's legendary "pokie" clubs. Sometimes video poker is available on free play, with no deposit required, others it can be as a progressive jackpot, with big bucks destined to find their way to the lucky winner. Often though, video poker is a standard electronic version of the classic five card stud game, with the same pay table evenly spread over many online gambling sites.

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Video poker rules

In the electronic version of the classic card game, the game will deal you a five card hand, of which in most cases, you can discard and keep as many of those cards as you wish by clicking on the relevant buttons, often displayed under or on top of the cards themselves. Your objective is to finish with one of the following hands;

  • Royal Flush is the highest hand a player can have in video poker, it consists of an ace, king, queen, jack and ten all in the same suit. It is so rare that it appears on average, only once in every 40,000 hands, and is of course, the maximum jackpot hand you're ever likely to get.
  • Next best would be a Straight Flush, which you'll get, if all your cards are in numerical or consecutive order, also in the same suit.
  • Should you fail to obtain both of those, and the likelihood is you will, then a Four Of A Kind is the next best option, which means you must hold all four cards of a given number of face; all the fours for example.
  • A Full House is the next best thing, and it consists of two cards of one kind, and three cards of another. For example two cards of eight, and three jacks would be considered a Full House.
  • Failing to get any of those top combinations will means that you need to get a Flush next, which is any five cards in the same suit, or a Straight under that, which is any five consecutive cards.
  • Three Of A Kind is below a Straight, and as you might expect, you'll need three cards all of the same value to get it.

All of the above combinations are advanced, and pay fairly well. But what of the smaller, and more likely combinations? In video poker, a Two Pair will see you win, which consists of two sets of two cards of the same value. Perhaps two Aces and two fives for instance. Failing that, the only other combination you have to play, that will enable to win on video poker, is a Pair of Jacks or Better. Which is self-explanatory.

More about online video poker games

Video poker has so many different variations and names that it would be impossible to list them all here, but anything bearing the title of Jacks or Better, Aces Wild, Deuces Wild and Jokers Wild are all good solid variants of the game. The objective of the wild games remains exactly the same, with the added bonus that certain designated cards are considered wild cards, and act as a substitute for any other card in the game. This enables you to have the option of getting a Five Of A Kind and wild flushes or straights, in some variations of the game. These additional combinations fit into the general pay out tables differently, depending on which game you are playing.

It is recommended when playing any video poker game, that you clearly read the rules and regulations of each variant, because sometimes there are more than just a few subtle differences in the game play of each card game. Most online casinos offer a free play version of several video poker games, and also offer rulebooks and F.A.Q.'s for inquisitive gamers.