Video Poker

Welcome to the Video Poker guide at Video Poker is one of the few online casino games where practice and some smart decisions can enable you to be a big casino winner. It may come as a surprise to beginners that video poker is actually one of the most profitable games in a casino and the most straight-forward in all respects. The payout table never leaves the gameplay screen and there cannot be a simpler payout table or a gameplay method.


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The game itself is a fusion of slot machines and poker where certain rules from both the games apply. Video poker offers one of the highest varieties on the internet and whilst players may find only some bits of the rules varied, it is enough to make it look like a whole different game.Our goal is to give you information that you need while playing Video Poker and inform you on what you can expect out of this wonderful card game.

Video Poker: History

Slot machines and video poker go hand-in-hand when it comes to history. Many pundits might also consider one of the games to be the offshoot of another (which one came first is still unclear). But as far as we can trace history, Si Redd had the patent for Video poker in which he established SIRCOMA (Si Redd’s Coin Machines) and introduced Draw Poker in 1979. Draw Poker is the first known Video Poker featuring all the standard video poker features we know today.

In the 90s with the introduction of the internet the popularity of the game further grew as now players could play in cities where there was no casino. It was in 1994 that Microgaming produced the first online casino software and with that came the first online Video Poker. So the two naturally grew together and today video poker offers one of the highest varieties of casino games online.

Video Poker: Hand Rankings

Below, we have provided all the card combination and hand ranking (starting from the highest paying) of a standard game of Video Poker. These hand rankings may vary slightly according to the variation of video poker.

Royal Flush


The best possible hand combination – Consists of 10, J, Q, K and Ace of a single suit.

Straight Flush


Straight Flush – 5 consecutive cards of the same suit with the highest card as a King.

Four of a Kind


Four of a kind – 4 cards of the same value

Full House


Full House – Three of a kind with a pair



Flush – All 5 cards of the same suit



Straight – 5 consecutive cards with mixed suits

 Three of a Kind


Three of a kind – Three cards of the same value

Two Pairs


Two pairs – Two sets of pairs with the same value

Jacks or Better


Jacks or Better pair – The lowest ranking card combination. A single pair Jacks, Queen, King or Ace.


Video Poker Rules: Interface & Gameplay

Video poker interfaces are generally the same no matter where you play them. Video Poker is similar to playing the standard table poker game. The only difference is that you are playing against the house on a machine rather than with multiple players sitting around the table and you cannot lose more than your initial bet. Video Poker is played with a standard 52 card deck. There are some variations where Jokers are used and some variations play multiple hands on a single deal where more than a single deck of cards are used.

Typically you start off by adding credits to the machine, and pressing the DEAL button. Bet amounts are determined by the coin denomination you choose and the number of coins you choose to insert. There are normally “-“or “+” buttons on navigation bar to adjust your coin denomination and no. of coins can be determined by clicking the various columns on the payout table or clicking the ‘BET ONE’ button.

Once your cards are dealt, you will have the option to choose which cards you want to keep. This is usually done either by clicking on the screen or pressing a series of ‘HOLD’ buttons on the machine that correspond to the cards in the hand. Pressing the ‘DRAW’ button will automatically exchange your old cards for new cards and take you right into the payout stage.

The object of the game is to have the highest possible card combination form the 5 cards in hand.




Based on the result of your final hand, the machine will then pay you on the basis of the paytable displayed on the top of the gameplay screen. Naturally, the better the hand, the higher the amount the game will pay you. If you get three of a kind with 5 coins inserted and the payout table shows 15 coins, you will win 15 coins, each with the value of the coin denomination you bet with.

Types of Video Poker

Players can find two different settings while playing video poker; Single Play and Multi Play.

Single hand video poker is the standard type of Video Poker. One standard deck of 52 cards, plus Jokers in some variations with 5 cards dealt. A round ends after you have drawn new cards resulting in five finals cards that decide the win.


Single Hand Video Poker

Multi Hand video poker is a relatively new variation on traditional video poker games. Multi Hand games start out exactly like normal games – you receive your five cards and choose which to hold. However, once you click “Draw” your hand will actually be split into multiple hands, and the draw will be run independently for each hand.

There are a few features in Multi-hand video pokers that are different from a single hand video poker.

  • Individual Draws: After selecting hands to hold and drawing a new set of cards, each individual hand will give draw cards from separate decks of cards.
  • Bigger bets: The bet size becomes large as you play multiple hands at a time. If you total bet is $5.00 and you are playing 10 hands at once, your total bet becomes $50.
  • Combined payouts: If the bets are larger, so are the payouts. After drawing cards, each card combination for each individual hand will be added to finalize your total win.

Multi-hand Video Poker


Video Poker Variations

In video poker, there are different variations that you have to learn so that you can choose a game that suits you. Different aspects of the game such as the inclusion of wild cards, difference in payouts etc. can vary according to the video poker you are playing. The standard and most popular variation is “Jacks or Better” and we will be comparing the top 5 (although there are many more) video poker variations to the standard Jacks or Better game to show you the differences.

Jacks or Better: Jacks or better is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 4000 coins for a Royal Flush. The lowest card ranking for a payout is Jacks or Better.

Deuces Wild Poker: Deuces Wild is played with a standard deck of 52 cards among which all the card values of ‘2’ are wild card meaning they will replace in for any other card to create a winning combination. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 5000 coins for a Natural Royal Flush (a royal flush made from 10, J, Q, K and Ace). The lowest card ranking for a payout is 3 of a kind.

Aces and Eights: Aces and Eights is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 4000 coins for a Royal Flush. The lowest card ranking for a payout is Jacks or Better. The payout table is what makes this variation unique as players can find high payouts for the combinations Four of a Kind (Aces of Eights), Four of a kind (Sevens), Four of a Kind (Others) in comparison to other variations.

Bonus Poker: Bonus Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 4000 coins for a Royal Flush. The lowest card ranking for a payout is Jacks or Better. The bonus part comes in on the pay table where high payouts are paid for 4 of a Kind (aces), 4 of a kind (2’s, 3’s and 4’s) and 4 of a kind (5’s to K’s) combinations.

Tens or Better: Tens or better is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Players can play up to 5 coins and the maximum payout is 4000 coins for a Royal Flush. The lowest card ranking for a payout is Tens or Better.

There is no actual answer to which variation is best for the player. If really depends on the player on which variation he understands the best. The gaming variations on video pokers aren’t just profitable but make the game very interesting too. No player will ever get bored of playing video poker as it offers a variety of more than 50 games in total.

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