How to play Video Poker?
Date: 08-12-2016 | Posted in: How To Play
Nowadays casino players love to play Video Poker. You’ll find this game in almost every (online) casino on the planet. Interestingly enough, Video Poker is just a few decades old. It was introduced for the first time in 1970. In the past 45 years the popularity of Video Poker has increased. How do you play this popular casino game?
The birth of Video Poker
In the 1970s people were not used to computers yet. So the machines that were needed to play Video Poker weren’t used very often. At first they looked a lot like slot machines. In both machines there’s no dealer or other player involved, but you do need a lot of luck. For example, a random number generator makes the card combinations. Soon casino players discovered that playing Video Poker was actually great fun. It’s very exciting that you might win a lot of money. You never know if it’s going to be the best day of your life.
Video Poker cards
It has been said that you have a bigger chance of winning during Video Poker than when playing Slots. Perhaps you’ve played so many Slots that you like to do something else. In that case Video Poker is definitely a good alternative. To play this game you need five cards, who are randomly dealt by the machine Most of the time there are 52 of 53 Poker cards.
These are the cards that you can get, from lowest to highest paying hand:
- Pair – Two cards of the same rank
- Two pair – Two cards of the same rank. You get these cards together with another two cards of the same rank
- Three of a kind or trips - Three cards of the same rank.
- Straight – Five cards of different suits, in consecutive order. Aces can be high or low.
- Flush – Five cards of the same suit (not in consecutive order)
- Four of a kind – Four cards of the same rank
- Full house – Three cards of the same rank, combined with two cards of the same rank.
- Straight Flush – A straight with all five cards of the same suit.
- Royal Flush – A straight from 10 to Ace. All five cards are of the same suit.
Push the button and win
After receiving the cards, you decide which ones you want to combine. You just have to tap the pictures that are shown on the screen and push the ‘draw’ button. After this new cards will turn up, while the cards you don’t select go away. The numbers of winners are usually depicted as ‘credits’ on the screen. The computer will pay your winnings after the final five cards. Most of the time you find the buttons ‘Cash Out’ and ‘Bet One Credit’ on the left side of the machine.
Make your own decisions
As been said before, this kind of Poker is merely a case of luck. However, some casino players do have some strategies to enhance their chance of winning. This is another difference between Slots and Video Poker. As a player you can make decisions to affect the outcome, like tapping the pictures you want on the screen. This still gives you the feeling of being in control. It’s one of the reasons Video Poker is so popular among casino players. With a combination of luck, skills and strategies you can be a very successful player.
An unique game of chance and skill
In this game you always know the possible card combinations. This is quite an advantage, because with this knowledge you can use a player strategy. This makes Video Poker interestingly a game of chance ánd skill. It was even considered a game of skill a long time ago, when games of chance were forbidden by the law. In total there are 2598960 card combinations possible within Video Poker. However, you can actually calculate the frequency of the card combinations. So if you want to play safe, choose a card combination that often appears during the game. Or perhaps you prefer an almost ‘unique’ card combination. Your winnings could be much higher when that combination happens.
Beat the game
There are many reasons why Video Poker is incredibly popular. We’ve already mentioned the unique combination of chance and winning. Another advantage of Video Poker machines is that you can ‘beat’ this game easier than others. For example, take some versions of Deuces Wild. In the long run, these machines sometimes return more than 100 percent. It’s the same case for Jacks or Better, a game that Poker players absolutely love. In the end it returns about 99.5 percent with optimal play.
Experienced and non-experienced players
Although Video Poker can be ‘beaten’, most players still fail to do so. In comparison with experienced players, they make too many mistakes. This is why their game still ends up in loss. Of course all casinos want to make a profit. Sometimes they only have low-paying Video Poker machines. Another solution is to divide some locations in several sections. In this case the casino gives you a choice when you want to play Poker. There’s a table with experienced players who have strategies and make big money with this game. On the other side there’s a table with less experienced Poker players. The pay over there is much lower, but the chance of winning bigger.
Video Poker Bars
The popularity of Video Poker is still rising. Since the game was introduced more than 40 years ago, it has established a good name in the casino industry. In the United States there are even special ‘Video Poker’ bars. So enjoy a good drink over there, and perhaps you leave the bar as a rich man or woman!
Tips and strategies online
Thanks to the rise of the internet, the number of Poker players has even grown. This interesting development also means that more people become experienced players. They look for tips and strategies on the internet (like this website) and apply them during the game.