Online Video Poker Rules and Strategy

online video pokerAbout Video Poker

Video Poker is usually classified as a type of Slot machine, but there are two major differences.

1) Online Video Poker has an element of skill where Slots is a game of luck.

2) You can tell the payout percentage of an Online Video Poker game by looking at the pay table, but it is impossible to know what a slot machine’s payout is set to.

Many people think that Online Video Poker games are as very bad gamble when in fact, the opposite is true. Some Video Poker Machines have a long-term payout of greater than 100%. Other than card counting in Blackjack, they are the only games in the casino where a player can get a long term advantage over the house.

With it’s low house advantages and the possible jackpots, Online Video Poker is the perfect game for players who like to play alone. Online Video Poker is also ideal for the new player as you can control the pace of the game, take your time while you are learning and then pick up the pace when you’re more comfortable.

Playing online Video Poker

It’s easy to learn. If you are not familiar with the ranking of poker hands you dont need to worry as the hand payouts will always be displayed on the video poker machines. Online Video Poker follows the same format as Five Card Draw Poker. Players are dealt five cards and decide which ones to keep. Players can discard 0 to five cards. After the draw, winning hands are paid out according to the posted payout schedule.

All Video Poker payoffs are on a “for” and not a “to” basis. For example, a pair of Jacks pays 1 for 1 on a Jacks or Better Video Poker machine. This means that your original bet is returned, not doubled — in other words, you break even.

Video Poker Hands

and Description
1. FIVE OF A KIND
Only possible with Wild Cards (Jokers or Wild Deuces)
2. ROYAL FLUSH
The highest possible Straight Flush
3. STRAIGHT FLUSH
A Straight with all cards of the same suit
4. FOUR-OF-A-KIND
All 4 of any one card value
5. FULL HOUSE
A 3-of-a-Kind with a Pair
6. FLUSH
All 5 cards of the same suit
7. STRAIGHT
All 5 cards in unbroken sequence
8. THREE-OF-A-KIND
3 cards of equal value
9. TWO PAIR
Two separate Pairs
10. PAIR
Two cards of equal value
11. HIGH CARD
No makeable hand – value is determined by the highest ranked card

Doubling your Winning

Some online video poker games offer the option of doubling your winnings after you have won a hand. If you decide to do this, the machine will deal five additional cards with the first one face up and the last four face down. You then pick one of the face down cards. If it is higher in value you double you winnings, if it is of lower value, you lose your winnings. There are different rules from machine to machine for a tie. In most cases a tie is a push, but in some cases a tie loses. If you win the double, you are usually allowed to keep doubling.

If a tie is a push, your chances of winning are 50/50. If a tie counts as a loss, the house advantage is a very high 5.8%. There is no House Advantage in doubling your winnings but this does not affect the overall long-term payout of a game as you cannot double unless you have already won.

Multiple doubling although tempting, is dangerous. Remember that the chances of winning a double bet are not affected by any previous double wins — if you have won 3 doubles in a row you still have a 50/50 chance to win the fourth double at that point. Below are the chances of winning consecutive double bets.