Royal Flush Ace, king, queen, jack and 10 all of the same suit. The highest possible straight flush. All royal flushes are equal
Straight Flush Five cards of the same suit in sequence. Straight flush headed by the highest card wins
Four of a kind Four cards of the same rank and any other card. Highest ranking four of any kind wins.
Full house Three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. Highest ranking three of a kind wins.
Flush Any of five cards of the same suit. Between two or more flushes, the one with the highest card wins. If the highest cards are the same rank, then the next highest card determines the winner, and so on
Straight Any five cards in sequence (of two or more suits - otherwise it would be a straight flush). The straight headed by the highest card wins
Three of a kind Three cards of same rank and two unmatched cards. The higher ranking three of a kind wins.
Two pair Two cards of one rank, two cards of second rank, and an unmatched fifth card. Between two or more two-pair hands, the higher pair wins. If the high pairs are tied, the second pair determines the winner. If those are tied, the highest unmatched card wins.
One Pair Two cards of same rank and three unmatched cards. Highest ranking pair wins. If the pairs are the same rank, the highest unmatched card determines the winner. If tied, the next highest, and so on.
High card All five cards, different ranks and suits. The highest card wins. if the highest cards are the same rank, the next highest and so on.


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Aces and Faces
Double Joker
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Video Poker Tips and Strategy

Video Poker Tips for the beginner and expert player

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Beginning Serious Video Poker
OK, we all like playing slots, but there comes a time for a challenge. A casino game you can beat? You bet. Video poker offers tremendous payouts and has the largest return on any casino game. How so? The house advantage relies on the player making mistakes in play and this is why such high returns are offered. The object is to play all of your hands perfectly to achieve the payout percentages. It takes a little practise and is not a system. Perfect play is to play each hand with the odds in your favor for any given hand for a particular game type.
Video Poker: How Much Do I Bet?
In video poker you can bet from one to five coins in any of the available games. You should always bet five coins for any game you play. This is because it is the only way to gain the full payout percentage for any given game. This is based on pure mathematical probability. Sound expensive? Not really. You can play a 5c game for a maximum bet of 25c a hand and this will not chew your bankroll in any great hurry. Video poker has a jackpot return of at least 800:1 making it the best return for any casino game!
Video Poker vs Table Poker
A good video poker player will not necessarily make a good table poker player and vice versa. Why not? Video poker is playing the machine against set payout percentages. No bluffing, no poker face and no raising the stakes. You win, you get paid. It is this that allows you to beat the machine if you can know the game type, payout tables and how to play. The game is easy, playing well takes a little more effort. A bit of thought and strategy are needed for every game type. Pairs feature strongly in most video poker games.
Video Poker Uncovered
You will often see games described as 9/6 or 7/5. What this is referring to is the single coin payouts for a flush and a straight. In Jacks or Better you would get 9 coins for a straight and 6 coins for a flush on Jacks or Better 9/6 game. These pay lines help determine the overall payout percentage of a particular game. Generally the lower the overall payout percentage the more stable the game. Higher payout games are more volatile and will deviate more from expected play. Jacks or Better varies from 94.9% up to 99.5% payouts.
Video Poker: Payout Tables Pt 1
Payout tables are presented at the top of a video poker machine and the mistaken belief by many is that they are there for eye candy to tempt you by what you can win. Ultimately, the payout table presents to you the key of how to play any particular video poker game. NEVER ignore the paytables! For example: Any game that offers a Jacks or Better payout is basically good in playing a JOB strategy. In Bonus Deuces Wild holding a normal JOB hand can be video poker suicide. Why? Read on...
Video Poker: Payout Tables Pt 2
Let us have a closer look at paytables determining playing strategy. Jacks or Better offers a lowest payout for, you guessed it, A JOB hand. Last issue we said holding a JOB hand in Bonus Deuces Wild can be video poker suicide. Load up any BDW game and look at the paytable. There's no payout for a JOB hand. Lowest payout is for 3 of a kind. For example, if dealt a Q of clubs, J of hearts, a deuce, 9 of spades and a 10 of clubs the paytable would tell you a straight payout of 5 coins on a max bet. You would, in fact,hold only the Q, 10 and deuce. Why? This is a fair chance at a wild royal payout of 125 coins!
Video Poker: Payout Tables Pt 3
Now we have a fairly good grip on the importance of paytables. The secret to gaining an advantage over the house is to examine the paytable for any game closely. Look what hands pay and learn to hold your cards accordingly. Aim for 100% correct play in any game and become familiar with how it plays. All games are not the same. Stick with one game type until you are comfortable before moving on to more esoteric game types.
Video Poker: When To Stop!
Well, if you are on a roll then don't! Seriously though, give a little thought to fatigue, as this can cost you dearly when playing video poker. If your concentration wanders, or you are thinking about dinner, it is time to take a break. Thresholds vary greatly between people. I know my limit of 500 hands per session, yet others can play faultless 1000's of hands per session. Learn your limitations if you want to be a winner!
Video Poker: How To Win Pt 1
So, we now have a good understanding of basics and the paytables in video poker, but how do we win? You haven't hit a royal flush yet? You have a chance at hitting a royal flush in Jacks or Better 9/6 at 1:40390 hands. Sounds daunting doesn't it? The return on any given machine will be gained by many hands of play. It is rare to go and play 20 hands and hit a royal flush, although it has been done! You will raise your chances of hitting a royal by faultless perfect play. Examine and think before you play your hand.
Video Poker: How To Win Pt 2
We mentioned perfect play. Perfect play is the ability to play every hand with faultless mathematical precision and this should be the aim of every player. Video poker is fun and challenging. Do the homework on your games by examining the various analysis tables to determine your strategy and the volatility of the game. The high payout percentage games in the 100%+ region tend to be rather volatile and need a bit of extra attention.
Video Poker: Game Types
Basically there are Jacks or Better and Bonus type games and the Wild Card type games like Deuces Wild and Jokers Wild with many variations between. The Bonus games offer payouts for additional hand types displayed in the payout tables. For example, Bonus Poker offers additional payouts for Four Aces, Four Two's, Threes or Fours. The Wild Card games such as the popular Deuces Wild have the Two's as the Wild Card. Simply put, If I drew a pair of Seven's and a Deuce, this would be counted as Three Of A Kind. There are also Jokers Wild Games, Seven's Wild and other variations.
Video Poker: Multiplay and Double Up
Multiplay games allow you to play several hands at once and some casinos offer 10 hand play. You will often see these games referenced as triple play, power poker or multihand games. You will come across games that offer to double up on a winning hand. You are betting your winnings by drawing a single card against the dealer. The higher card wins. You can continue doubling up until you lose.
Inside Aces and Eights
Aces and Eights is another game where basic Jacks or Better strategy will stand you in good stead. A pretty high payout percentage prevails with a fairly low volatility, making for good play. There are bonus payouts for 4 Aces or Eights and also 4 Sevens. There is a total return of 99.78% and a medium variation on expected play making Aces and Eights a popular video poker game.
Inside Aces and Faces
Aces and Faces like most video poker games features strong pairs and is another game where basic Jacks or Better strategy will stand you in good stead. A pretty high payout percentage prevails with a fairly low volatility, making for good play. There are bonus payouts for 4 Aces and 4 Faces (any of 4 royal cards of a kind). There is a total return of 99.26% and a medium variation on expected play making Aces and Faces a good game choice.
Inside All American Poker
All American Poker is also a basic Jacks or Better strategy. Don't be fooled by the same payouts for JOB or Two Pair here. You would always hold two pairs no matter what. The payout ratio is tempting although the volatility is in the higher range. Medium to advanced players. All American has a total return of 100.72% and is an 8/8 game. 8 coins each for a flush and a straight on a single coin bet.
Inside Deuces Wild
Deuces Wild features additional payouts for 4 Deuces (2 card), a Royal with a Deuce and 5 of a kind hands. There is no payout for Jacks or Better and starts at 3 of a kind. Hold only a pair of Deuces and draw again even though the paytable is telling you that you have 3 of a kind. The game return for Deuces Wild runs at 100.76% total return and is not too volatile making for interesting play.
Double Jackpot or Double Double Jackpot?
Both games feature the same additional payout hands and the fundamental difference lies in the payouts and volatility. While Double Double offers you twice the payouts over Double it is a lot more variable in expected play. Double Jackpot returns 99.63% and Double Double Jackpot 100.35%. A basic Jacks or better strategy for both games while keeping an eye on the additional payout hand types is essential.
Inside Pick'em Poker
Pick'em Video Poker has a confusing variation over other games but has a very low volatility and a very good return. Fundamental difference is you are dealt 2 single cards and 2 decks of 3 cards...only 4 cards are visible. Your job is to pick one of the 2 stacked piles and strategy relies on comparing the visible cards to what maybe contained in the 2 sets of hidden cards. Confusing? Not really, use what you can see (taking 9's as your high cards) based on what is visible. Nothing apparent? Take a stab! Play a few dozen hands and it will become fairly apparent how to play this game. Pairs are strong with a total return of 99.95%.
Inside Loose Deuces
Loose Deuces Video Poker has no Jacks or Better type of payout so don't leave your hat at the door. Payouts are very good...variation is almost over the top! Serious players only please. Ok, we all like to live dangerously on occassions. Pairs are strong, hold only the wild(s) in any rubbish hand. An ace in a rubbish hand will do you no good. let it go. Total return is 100.97%

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