Video Poker is one of the most popular games in land-based casinos, particularly in Las Vegas, and it’s a game that’s credited with being one of the main reasons casinos begun rising in popularity, helped in part with its exciting gameplay, and the face that it was one of the first casino games to remove the dealer, and put the player in front of a computerised machine instead.
Video Poker is also well-known due to its very low house-edge, which can – in certain instances – be as low as 0.01%!
So What Is Video Poker?
Video Poker is loosely based around Texas Hold’ Em Poker, and like within the popular card game, Video Poker requires you to make poker hands, which are then paid out against a pay-table.
The main difference between Video Poker, and Texas Hold’ Em however, is the fact that when playing Video Poker, you aren’t playing against other players.
In fact, you’re not even playing against the casino – you don’t play against a dealer hand, like within 3 Card Poker, and instead, you simply get paid out according to a paytable, which changes dependant on the game variation you’re playing.
How To Play Video Poker?
Playing Video Poker is increasingly simple, and this is just one of the reasons why it’s become so popular with players around the world. You simply select the stake you want to play, and press the ‘Play’, or ‘Start’ button, and you are dealt 5 cards.
If you like your hand, and already have a winning hand, you can choose to hold all your cards then and there. If, however, you don’t have a particularly good hand, you can hold any or all of your cards, and receive a second card, free of charge, allowing you to try and make a better hand, thus improving your payout.
For example, if you were dealt the 3,4,5,6, and 7 of hearts, and the 10 of spades, you have no hand; you would be wise to hold the 3,4,5, and 6 in order to try and hit a heart (to make a flush), or a 2 or 8 to make a straight.
Note: Most Video Poker games require you to make a minimum of a pair of tens in order to form a wining hand – in other words, any pair below 10s isn’t counted, so do try to remember this before playing to avoid disappointment!