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If you want to play a game which really gives you the best odds of winning and hours of thrilling entertainment you would find in any Las Vegas casino (without even leaving the comfort of your home) then online Video Poker is for you. In fact, you’re five times more likely to win playing Video Poker than when playing an online video slot. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But, what if you’re not sure how to play or need a refresher course, that’s where we come in. Before we go any further, understanding the hand rankings in Video Poker is key. After that, your best and most rewarding game relies on skill, strategy, and of course, luck!
Take note of these abbreviations for each card symbol
Spades = S
Hearts = H
Diamonds = D
Clubs = C
The highest hand you can get consisting of 10D-JD-QD-KD-AD. You’re sure to be a Poker star with this one!
A series of five cards of the same suit in numerical order, e.g. 3S-4S-5S-6S-7S.
Four of a Kind
Also known as ‘quads’, this hand has four cards of the same rank but not the same suit while the 5th card (the ‘kicker’) can be anything, such as JC-JH-JC-JH-QS.
Otherwise known as a ‘full boat’, this Poker hand has three of a kind and a pair. Three cards of the same value in addition to two matching pairs. Eg. KH-KS-KC-10H-10H.
These are five cards of the same suite which have no sequence, for instance 2C-5C-9C-10C-JC.
Five cards in succession, but not of the same suit, like for example, 3D-4H-5S-6C-7H.
Three of a Kind
Exactly as the name says. Here, you'll have three cards of the same ranking or face value together with two random cards, ie. 9S-9D-9H-5C-7H.
Two pairs of cards of the same ranking or number with two other matching cards also with the same ranking or number, plus a kicker card. Something like, 5D-5C-8H-8S-10D.
Two cards of the same ranking with three unmatched cards, such as 2C-4D-7S-JH-JH.
This is where having an ace up the sleeve so to speak really helps, because in this hand there are no cards of the same rank or value, leaving the highest card a winner.
Let’s Get playing!
There are so many Poker variations to choose from in the Video Poker tab, and these include Aces & Faces, Deuces Bonus Wild Poker, Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild Poker, Jacks or Better, and Pocket Jacks Poker to mention a few. When you click on the Video Poker tab and see the wide range of Poker games available up to play, you’ll also notice that each of the games comes with 10 Play and 50 Play, so you can play multiple hands at one time.
How To Play Online Aces & Faces Video Poker
Once you take a seat at the virtual Poker table, you’ll see a few tabs you need to become familiar with. Since you’re not playing against another player, only the computer, your aim is to try and get the best hand possible to win those jackpots. The paytable right on top of the screen has two functions. You can view the payouts per hand at a glance, and when you click on a column it will change the number of coins and the bets from 1 to 5 as you’ll see in the ‘Coins’ and ‘Bet’ bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click the first column of ‘800’, you will wager 1 coin, click the second ‘1600’ column and 2 coins are wagered, and so forth. ‘Bet One’ can also be clicked to change the number of coins you want to bet per hand, or click ‘Bet Max’ to instantly wager the maximum number of coins. The payout for each hand will be based on the number of coins you originally placed the bet with. Check out your credits in the ‘Win’ tab next to ‘Deal’.
To change the ‘Coin Value’, keep clicking the black round circle with the ‘0.5.0’ until you reach the desired amount you want to bet. This is basically the same as laying your Poker chips down at any land-based casino. The ‘Coin Balance’ on the left of the bottom left of the screen specifies how many coins there are left to wager.
Click ‘Deal’. The Poker game starts where you’re dealt 5 cards from a 52 or 53 card deck, dependent on which variety of Video Poker you’re playing. In the case of Joker Poker, the 53rd card is the joker and acts a wild, meaning it stands in for a card of any denomination. Take a good look at your cards and strategize about your next move. If your hand has won, you can opt to take a chance and double your winning by clicking the ‘Double’ button. Do this, and you will then be taken to a different screen where you’ll get to try out your luck in a mini-game.
In the mini-game, the only elements you will see are the cards and various buttons - there is no paytable. Of your 5 cards, all the cards will be face down except for the left card which will be facing up. To unveil the values of the four cards, click on any one of them. The specific one you chose to click on will receive a Held flag. Your payout will be increased If your chosen card has a higher value than the card next to it on the left. Let’s say your card was of an equal or lower value in relation to the card on its left, then you would have lost your total win from the main game and will thereafter go back to your Video Poker screen. Every win you get gives you the chance to ‘Double’ it, within certain allowed limits though. Just remember that each time you use this option you can either double your win or completely lose it and all the cash you won in the main game. Alternatively, you can click ‘Collect’ and place your wins back into your account.
How To Play Online Deuces Bonus Wild Poker
This Poker variant is also called by its other name, Bonus Deuces Wild. In this game, a pair of 2s, aka a ‘deuce’ will act as wild cards. This ultimately makes your hand stronger because with them you have more chance of completing a winning hand. As mentioned earlier, you need to decide how many coins you want to wager. Most Video Poker games have 1 to 5 coins, and Bonus Deuces Wild Poker is no different. Just like we explained before, click on the paytable, ‘Bet One’ or ‘Bet Max’ to pick the number of coins to play with, but remember that if you do get a Royal Flush your payout will be less if you play with fewer coins. Now, pick your coin value which is again in the black circle with the 0.50 displayed on it, and ‘Deal’ to begin winning those jackpots!
How To Play Online Bonus Poker
Another great Poker variation is Bonus Poker. How this online casino game differs is that you will win a payout with a four of a kind hands, so the deal is to get four 3s, or four 5s, and so on. Note, that the biggest payout is still A Royal Flush, which when played with 5 coins is going to win you 4000 coins. Think smart, because beyond the entertainment, you also want value for your money and to keep the payout percentage in your favor, making the highest bet of 5 coins always recommended. Make your wager, click ‘Deal’ and those jackpots will come reeling in.
How To Play Online Bonus Poker Deluxe
Don’t be fooled by the misconception that this Deluxe Poker variant is going to be more difficult than normal Bonus Poker. It is in fact a lot more straightforward as it pays out for any four of a kind Poker hand without discriminating between the ranking of the cards. As per normal, you can view the payouts on the paytable, and from here place your coin size and wager; click ‘Deal’ and let the good times roll!
How To Play Online Deuces & Joker Poker
This is one of those Poker games which is played with a 53rd card as it includes the joker. How this online game functions is that the joker is a wild, and the deuces (a pair of 2s) assist with finishing a lucrative hand. Make your bets and wager using the same buttons discussed before. To win, all you need to do is keep holding your strongest cards to eventually build that win you’re after.
How To Play Online Deuces Wild Poker Online
Win big money with this one! Get your bets in with this game where any two (a pair) of the same cards you are dealt will count towards being a wild for your hand. An example of a winning hand would be where you have two pairs of 10 of different rankings, with two 4s of different ranking and a 2 of diamonds which you could equal to a 4, giving you a full house! Winning action at its best! Place those bets!
How To Play Online Double Bonus Poker
Grab yourself double the wins if your hand consists of four of a kind and a kicker, such as an ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, and onwards. This is an excellent online casino Poker game to play as you can get double the jackpots with the right kind of hand. Betting takes place as described previously, that is, by clicking on the payout amounts or by clicking ‘Bet One’, or ‘Bet Max’.
How To Play Online Double Double Bonus Poker
The most popular online Poker game out there. Well, with the chance to double your winning amount… no wonder! On the paytable you will see that certain payouts are for how many four of a kind hands you get, such as 2-4 and an ace-4, as well as four 2-4 and 5-K. After a win, remember that you always have the option to ‘Double’ your win which will take you to another screen for a mini-game, or you can place your winnings back into your account with ‘Collect’.
How To Play Online Jacks or Better
Better known as Draw Poker, and as referred to earlier on, Jacks or Better is played with a 53rd card, the joker, which will boost your game as it acts as a wild. Being the most elementary form of Video Poker, you only need to hold a winning hand with a Jack or better card to grab the Jackpot. A low card refers to cards such as 2, 3,4,5, 6, etc, while a high card are those like the Ace, King, Queen and obviously, the Jack. The Royal Flush is still the highest ranking for this Poker variant.
How To Play Online Joker Poker
Another thrilling edition of Poker incorporating a 53rd card, again playing out as a wild card. Begin the game by making a wager by clicking the paytable, or ‘Bet One’ or ‘Bet Max’. Your online Poker game will really be enhanced by keeping your best cards.
How To Play Online Pocket Jacks
This online casino Poker game is also known as ‘fish hooks’ because of the similarity of the ‘J’ in Joker to a fish hook. A little on the tough side to play, it really is quite profitable if you have a pair of Jacks (regardless of ranking) which means you have a top 5 hand. Take a look at the paytable for how much you can win from the pot!
How To Play Online Triple Double Bonus Poker
A revised version of Jacks or Better. The basic fundamentals of this Poker game are evident on the paytable which indicates that you will need four of a kind hands with 4 aces and a four 2-4 hand, but the Royal Flush is still the most rewarding payout with a whopping 4000 coins for the taking!