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How to Play Video Poker

Video poker combines elements of poker with the ingenuity of the slot machine. It requires strategy and decision making. If you study the game and know how to play the different video poker variations, you can boost your odds considerably. To get going, read ReadyBetGo's Guide to Video Poker or read the latest video poker strategy. You can also check out the history and rules of video poker, or browse the best in video poker training software.

To get you started, here is the introduction to the ReadyBetGo! Guide to Video Poker .

Introduction to Video Poker

by Basil Nestor

If you like to gamble, and you like to win, then video poker is a better game than slots. Simply, it’s easier to beat. There is no hidden house edge, no secretly tight machines. Each draw is from a freshly shuffled (virtual) deck.

Best of all, video poker is one of the few casino games that has a positive expectation. That’s right. Play the right machine, long enough, in the right way, and video poker is mathematically guaranteed to pay back more than it takes in.

But that doesn’t mean you should quit your job to go play video poker. The effort required to earn a steady income as a gambler is a full-time job itself. On the other hand, it’s fairly easy to play a near-neutral game (pushing the edge to just above or below zero). Add the value of comps, and video poker can be a ticket to a free or nearly free vacation.

It’s a brainpower contest that pays.

Basic Video Poker

If you know poker then the fundamentals of video poker will be familiar. There is a hierarchy of hand ranks (see the next section) and a draw, but beyond that you should forget everything you know about the table game when playing the video version. You can’t bluff the machine, raise, or call. There’s no pot. The game deals you five cards. You can keep all of them, some, or none. Replacements are dealt as necessary. The revised combination is your final hand. Winners are paid according to a pay table posted on the machine.

The most basic game is jacks or better; any hand with a pair of jacks or better is a winner. Other versions make deuces or jokers wild (they count as any card the player requires). Wild-card games typically raise the minimum winning hand to kings or better, two pairs, or three of a kind. Multiple-hand games allow you to repeat the same starting cards three, five, ten, fifty times, or more. Each time the draw is different.

Whatever the game, the play remains essentially the same; receive five cards, draw, the result is your hand (or hands).

Buttons on a video poker machine are similar to those on a slot machine except that “Spin” is replaced by “Deal,” and each card has a “hold” button. In addition, most video poker machines use touch screens; just touch the cards to hold them.

Some players become excited and forget to hold cards when they’re dealt a royal flush or another perfect hand before the draw. One more press of the deal button does not bring a big payout, but five more cards. Ouch! Be sure to press the hold button for every card you intend to keep. The screen should acknowledge your choice.

The next article in this series is Ranking the Hands in Video Poker.  

ReadyBetGo's Guide to Video Poker

Playing in a Video Poker Tournament
Jean Scott has recently released a top-notch book on video poker called Frugal Video Poker. In this excerpt Jean gives us the lowdown on how to win video poker tournaments.
You Gotta Know When To Hold'Em
Memorizing video poker strategy isn't as daunting as it may seem if you limit your list to the truly important rules. Basil Nestor has narrowed it down to twenty essential rules that will add dollars to your video poker bottom line.
Before you Go! - Video Poker Essentials
There are a lot of varieties of video poker out in casinos today, but these essentials apply to all video poker games. Keep them in mind when you're playing.
Introduction to Video Poker
Video poker is best described as great game at a great price. Find out all about this fun and exciting game in ReadyBetGo's Guide to Video Poker
Ranking the Hands in Video Poker
Here are the hand rankings for video poker. If you don't know these ranks, learn them before you play the game.
The Video Poker Pay Table IS the Game
Unlike slot machines, a casino can't loosen or tighten a video poker machine without you knowing it. Why? Because the paytable tells you all you need to know about how good a deal you're getting.
A Player's Guide to Good Video Poker Games
Video poker has come a long with since Jacks or Better. Here are twenty-six video poker games complete with pay schedule returns for each variation.
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