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How To Play Video Poker Games

Video Poker (while playing out similarly to Texas Hold' Em), actually plays out in a similar way to that of a Video Slot, and from the moment you first get the game up and running on your computer, or cell-phone device, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can change the amount you’re wagering, as well as choosing your game settings, such as whether or not to include sound, and how high, or low quality you want to set the graphics.

Once you’ve decided how much you want to wager/stake per hand, you see that 5 cards will be dealt on your screen.

You then get to decide whether or not you want to hold this hand, or discard 1-5 of your cards, in exchange for new ones. Whether you do so or not largely depend on the type of Video Poker you’re playing, and if you’re playing a game that pays a minimum of 2 Pair, as opposed to a game where you get paid for Jacks or Better, you’ll play very different types of playing style: for this post, I’m going to cover general Jacks or Better Video Poker.

In this case, if you were dealt a hand without any pair or above, you’d want to hold any card that’s equal to, or higher than a Jack. This is because you would want to try and make a pair by matching any of the next cards to come out with your high card.

If you have 4 cards of the same suit, or 4 cards in a row (i.e. 2, 3, 4, 5), you’ll want to hold these cards and take a little gamble on the next card making you your flush, or straight.

Once you’ve decided which cards you want to hold, and which cards you want to discard, you then simply press the spin/deal button once again, and the machine will then payout according to the paytable, which can usually be found above the game board itself.

One thing to remember, is that in Video Poker, you’re not playing against other players or dealers – it’s a ‘just you game’, and your hand isn’t pitted against anyone else’s. Instead, you are paid out according to the paytable in play.

Video Poker is very easy to play and understand, and I really recommend you at least check it out, thanks to the low house edge it contains, and the high return-to-player percentage you’re likely to achieve while playing!