Poker - The Lowdown.
Video Poker is a simplified poker game played on a machine. The first thing you must remember about Video Poker is that you are NOT playing against other players, as in traditional poker. You are playing against the machine. This means that all you have to do is get a particular hand or better to win money. You don't need to outsmart anyone. Even so, it's important to know what you're doing. It's worth taking the time to learn the rules - most video poker machines offer returns of over 95% and some even offer returns over 100%!
A poker hand consists of 5 cards. The Ace is considered the highest card, followed by Kings, Queens, Jacks, etc. The lowest card is a two. The object of the game is to get the best hand possible. You wager a certain number of coins/credits, usually between 1 and 5. The machine then deals you five cards. You can keep or discard as many cards as you like. To keep a card, click the "hold" button underneath or on the card. Click on deal/draw to replace the cards you chose not to keep. The cards not being held are replaced with new cards. If your new set of cards contains a winning hand, you get paid.
Hands are listed below, from best (highest scoring), to worst (no score):
· Royal Flush - 2000 points
· Straight Flush - 250 points
· Four of a Kind - 125 points
· Full House - 40 points
e.g. three aces and two fives
· Straight - 20 points
· Three of a Kind - 15 points
· Two Pair - 10 points
· Pair - 5 points
· None of the Above - 0 points
Jacks or Better
This is the most popular version of Video Poker. Basically, you need to get a pair of jacks or better in order to get paid (hence the name). Let's assume you bet five coins. If you get a pair of Jacks or better, you get five coins back. The machine might call you a "winner," but don't be fooled. You deposited five coins to begin with, and you just got your original five coins back, so you haven't won anything at this point. In order to really win, you must get a two pair or higher. The amount of coins you win depends on how high your hand is. A typical payout schedule is shown below.
*There are two types of machines. One will pay you a straight number of coins for the Royal Flush, and the other will pay you a Progressive Jackpot. A Progressive Jackpot simply means that a percentage of each coin dropped in the machine goes into a jackpot, which is paid out to the next recipient of a Royal Flush.
Below is a typical payout schedule for Deuces Wild:
Hand Payout >> per coin
Jokers Wild is five card draw poker with the addition of one joker. This
means you are playing with a 53 card deck instead of 52. The joker is
a wild card, and can be played as any card you want.
Hand >> Payout per coin