Video Poker

How to Play Video Poker

Video Poker was introduced in the 1970′s and at first, was struggling for acceptance. The game was originally referred to as “poker slots” by many. This was because slots games and video poker games were very similar because of a few things, both slots and video poker do not require a dealer or another player to be involved in order to play the game. Both games are offered in many usa online casinos and are also very easy. Most often have an auto play mode where the player can select their bet amount and the game will do the rest continuously. Video poker is somewhat different in one aspect, it does call for some skill when playing the game. The object in video poker is to acquire the highest possible poker hand. So poker hand rankings do play a part in this game, the player should familiarize themselves with these as well.

Poker hand rankings from highest to lowest.

Royal Flush
A straight from a ten to an ace with all five cards of the same suit.

Straight Flush
Any straight with all five cards of the same suit.

Four of a Kind
Any four cards of the same rank.

Full House
Any three cards of the same rank together with any two cards of the same rank.

Any five cards of the same suit.

Any five consecutive cards of different suits. Aces can count as either a high or a low card.

Three of a Kind
Any three cards of the same rank.

Two Pair
Any two cards of the same rank together with another two cards of the same rank.

One Pair
Any two cards of the same rank.

High Card
Any hand not in the above-mentioned hands.

Video Poker can come in as many as 40 different versions at some online usa casinos. The difference between many could be the maximum bet amount, the payout table, or the bonus game (if offered.) Players will notice the general layout and game play is the same for every variation of video poker. The layout is very simple and easy to navigate. The top of the screen is usually the payout table which is great because it gives the player the information they need most right up front. Under that, the players will see five cards, and then the player will see the buttons needed to play the game.

In most versions of video poker at online usa casinos, the player will first need to make a bet to start the game, from there the player will hit the ‘deal’ button and five cards will be dealt out, from there the player will need to choose which cards they would like to keep to make the best poker hand. This can be done two different ways depending on the software, the player can either click the card or they can click a button under the card to ‘hold’ it. The player can then hit the ‘draw’ button where a new set of cards will be drawn and placed where the cards that weren’t held in the last round were. At online casinos usa, some video poker games offer a bonus round which is actually pretty fun. When the player has a winning poker hand, they will be offered to double their bet and enter a bonus round.

The bonus round consists of a showdown between the player and the game, here the player will see five cards once again however the first card is face up which actually belongs to the dealer, the other four cards are facing down. The player must select one of the down facing cards in hopes to bring him a lucky card that is higher than the dealer’s card. If the player is successful, they will be asked to double again and play another round. The player has the option to decline and go back to the originally video poker game with his winnings!

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