Video poker

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Video poker is a type of poker played on a gambling machine. You do not play video poker against other players or against a dealer. Instead, the pay table will tell you in advance exactly how strong your poker hand must be to yield a price. The better the hand, the higher the payout.

Virtually all types of video poker are based on five card draw poker. You receive five cards face up, and can freely chose to discard 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 cards and have them replaced by new cards from the deck. Not discarding any of the five cards is also permitted.

The most common type of video poker is Jacks or Better. As the name suggests, you need to get a pair of jacks or better to win anything on a Jacks or Better video poker machine. Other examples of popular video poker games are Tens or Better, Aces & Eights, All American and Decues Wild.

Video poker pay table

Below is a commonly used pay table for Jacks or Better. Please keep in mind that this is far from the only pay table used for Jacks or Better and the video poker machine you wish to play on might use a completely different pay table.

As you can see, the video poker machine that use this pay table allows you to bet anything from 1 coin to 5 coins per round. This is a very common practice in video poker machines, and not just for Jacks or Better. The more you bet, the higher your payout if you win.

Poker hand

1 coin bet

2 coin bet

3 coin bet

4 coin bet

5 coin bet

Royal Straight Flush

250

500

750

1000

4000

Straight Flush

50

100

150

200

250

Four of a kind

25

50

75

100

125

Full house

9

18

27

36

45

Flush

6

12

18

24

36

Straight

4

8

12

16

20

Three of a kind

3

6

9

12

15

Two pair

2

4

6

8

10

Pair of Jacks or higher

1

2

3

4

5

Statistics

Since you are allowed to make a choice that effects the outcome of the hand, video poker is not just a game of chance – it does have a skill component as well.

For each payout table, there is a mathematically correct way to act for each starter hand. However, statistics are only interesting in the long run. You can play perfectly all day on a high paying video poker machine and still lose vast amounts of money.

Because of this, and because most players do not bother with statistics, there are actually video poker machines that are set to pay out more than 100% over time if the mathematically correct choice is made in every situation.

Examples of popular video poker variants

  • Jacks or Better
  • Tens or Better
  • All American
  • Deuces Wild
  • Not So Ugly Ducks Deuces Wild
  • Deuces & Joker
  • Aces & Eights
  • Aces & Faces
  • Bonus Poker
  • Double Bonus Poker
  • Double Double Bonus Poker
  • Jokers Wild
  • Blazing Sevens
  • Crazy Eights