Different Types Of Video Poker

 

Chapter 3. Different Types Of Video Poker

 

One of the interesting things about video poker is all of the different variants that you can choose from. While some variants are more suited to beginners than others, all are simple and fun to play once you understand the differences and have begun to formulate some form of gameplay.

 

Jacks Or Better

jacks or better

3.1 Jacks Or Better

 

Jacks or Better is the most common video poker game mode and you will need to have at least one pair of jacks to get a pay-out. It is important to note that a less inferior hand will essentially be worthless and that a higher hand which offers superior value will only allow you to be paid based on a predetermined scale. This is generally recommended for beginners, which is why our video poker guide tends to focus on this variant, and it is a great game to play.

There are a number of different reasons why Jacks Or Better is a favourite option amongst live and online casino players around the world, including:

jacks or better It's a low variance video poker game, meaning you can bet smaller amounts and still be in with a chance of winning
jacks or better It's a simple variant, with no complex strategy or controls involved
jacks or better Its simplicity means it is suitable for beginners
jacks or better It still provides a thrill when you play

How To Play Jacks Or Better At Ladbrokes Casino

 

Generally, Jacks or Better will play a one-hand game, but you can change this if you wish. You can place a bet on a per hand basis meaning the more hands you want to play, the more you will need to stake

 

jacks or better
Step 1

When playing, you must place your bet first and then select the number of hands that you would like to play with. You can increase or decrease the amount that you want to play with, simply by using the + and - buttons on the screen.

 

jacks or better
Step 2

When you're ready, after you've placed your bet, all you have to do is click the ‘deal' button, and your first five cards will be revealed, face up. This is where you begin to take control.

 

jacks or better
Step 3

Using a video poker strategy or simply your own calculations or gut instinct, you can then decide whether or not you want to keep all of your cards, replace all of your cards, or replace just a few of your cards, in order to help you get the best possible hand.

 

jacks or better
Step 4

Once you have made this decision, this hand will be your final hand, and you will then get to see whether or not your hand correlates with a payout based on the paytable. If you are entitled to winnings, then you can click the collect button.

 

Does this sound like the right game for you? Or are you looking for something a little more challenging? There's a lot of different games that you can consider playing when it comes to video poker, all of which have their own little characteristics that are exceptionally fun to explore. Read on throughout our guide to find out more about our video poker variants here at Ladbrokes Casino.

Joker Poker

Joker Poker

3.2 Joker Poker

 

Joker poker is a low variance video poker game and is also known as Jokers Wild in some casinos. Essentially, the only difference between this video poker variant and other games is the fact that the Joker is used within the deck. This card substitutes for all other cards and acts as a ‘Wild' card meaning you have an even better chance of winning than ever before. With the presence of the joker, you are playing with a 53 card deck as opposed to a 52 card one. As with all other video poker games, the objective is to get the best five-card poker hand that you possibly can with the cards that you have been dealt.

There are a number of reasons why Joker Poker is such a popular game:

 

 

 

 

Joker Poker

It is a completely unique game

Joker Poker

It's different as you play with a 53 card deck


The Joker is an exciting variant giving you more chances of winning


It's a low variance game meaning it is low risk and you do not need a huge bankroll to play

How To Play Joker Poker At Ladbrokes Casino

 

In this part of our video poker guide, we are taking a look at how to play this exciting variant. Playing Joker Poker is no different to playing any other variant of video poker here at Ladbrokes Casino.

Joker Poker
Step 1

You start by deciding how much you would like to wager, and deciding how many coins you would like to play with.

Joker Poker
Step 2

Once you're ready, you will be dealt five individual cards and you have to do your best to try and get these cards to make up a winning combination which is displayed on the paytable at the top of the screen, or at the right hand side of the cards.

Joker Poker
Step 3

You can keep them all by clicking hold, or you can replace all of them, or even just a few if you wish.

Joker Poker
Step 4

No matter what you decide, make sure to keep in line with the correct video poker strategy in order to ensure that you are ending up with the very best hand to provide you with the winnings!

Joker Poker truly is an exciting variant of video poker to play, and it can be made as simple or as difficult as you would like it to be. Make sure to keep an eye on your video poker strategy though, because this low variance game can provide you with some excellent winning opportunities as the wild Joker can stand in for any of the cards on the deck!

Deuces Wild

Deuces Wild

3.3 Deuces Wild

 

Deuces Wild is a thrilling video poker game which can provide you with an excellent edge over the casino. If you know your video poker strategy with this game and you are able to make the correct, mathematical decisions, you will be able to reduce the house edge to a measly 0.76%! This makes Deuces Wild one of the most profitable video poker games yet. Of course, there are a range of pay tables across all casinos, so it is important to keep an eye on the paytable you are looking to play on. Variations can happen across a range of hands as opposed to the big Royal Flush wins that you tend to see on Jacks Or Better.

The most important thing to remember about Deuces Wild is to know what to do with the Deuces. There are two tips to make sure that you follow:

Deuces Wild Never discard a deuce
Deuces Wild Discard all single cards, unless it is a deuce

 

Generally, a Deuces Wild video poker strategy chart will be divided into approximately five charts, helping you to know what to do with a hand with deuces in. Here, we're breaking this down for you.

 

Four Deuces

If You Have Four Deuces

If you have four, then you have one option to consider - get rid of the other card!

Three Deuces

If You Have Three Deuces

Consider which of the following options apply to you and make the correct decision:

  • Keep a wild royal flush
  • Keep five of a kind
  • Keep your deuces and draw two cards
Two Deuces No Deuces

If You Have Two Deuces

This is where things start getting a little bit more complicated, meaning you have to memorise a lot more than in the other scenarios.

  • Keep a wild royal flush
  • Keep a five of a kind
  • Keep a straight flush
  • Keep a four of a kind
  • Keep four cards with a wild royal flush on the horizon
  • Keep four cards if a straight flush draw is on the horizon
  • Draw three cards and keep your deuces

 

If You Have No Deuces

  • Keep a royal flush.
  • Keep four cards if you can potentially make a royal flush.
  • Keep a straight flush.
  • Keep four of a kind.
  • Keep a full house.
  • Keep three of a kind.
  • Keep a flush.
  • Keep a straight.
  • Keep four cards if you're close to a straight flush.
  • Keep three cards if you could get a royal flush.
  • Keep one pair.
  • Keep four cards if you almost have a flush.
  • Keep four cards if you're at an open straight draw.
  • Keep a three card straight flush.
  • Keep four cards if you're nearing a straight.
  • None of these apply? Then draw five new cards.
One Deuces

If You Have On Deuce

Thought that was a lot to remember? Now try this:

  • Keep a wild royal flush.
  • Keep five of a kind.
  • Keep a straight flush.
  • Keep four of a kind.
  • Keep four cards if you can make a wild royal flush
  • Keep a full house.
  • Keep four cards if you have the opportunity to make a straight flush.
  • Keep three of a kind.
  • Keep a flush.
  • Keep a straight.
  • Keep three cards to a royal flush with no ace.
  • Keep three cards to a straight flush.
  • Keep three cards to a royal flush with an ace.
  • Keep the deuce and draw four more cards.

How To Play Deuces Wild At Ladbrokes Casino

 

Well that was a lot of information! Fortunately, you're at the end of that complicated strategy section, and you'll be happy to know that you are now ready to play Deuces Wild at Ladbrokes Casino. Aside from what to do with the Deuces, the concept of game play is exactly the same as it is across all of our other variations - which is one of the reasons why video poker is so popular!

All you have to do is choose how much you want to bet, deal the cards, make your decisions about what to do with your hand, then find out whether or not you're a winner by comparing your hand to the paytable. If you are, then you can collect your winnings and try again. If you're not, then better luck next time!

This exciting variant is one of many here at Ladbrokes Casino. Now all you need to do is brush up on your basic and advanced video poker strategy knowledge and you'll be ready to play.

All American Video Poker

All American Video Poker

3.4 All American Video Poker

 

While All American Video Poker is yet another variation of the Jacks or Better video poker game, it is one that requires a higher level of expertise among players. The popularity of this video poker game version is in the fact that it generally offers advantageous play and pays generously on Straight, Flush or Full House winning hands. Essentially, the payout is set to specific card combinations which are set to minimums and maximums by the casino. For example a full house will have a lower payout than a straight flush which will have a higher payout. Want to play something new? Then check out our chapter on how to play All American Video Poker.

 

There are a number of draws to this game, including:

All American Video Poker

It is simple to understand how to play, but more complex than other variants like Jacks Or Better

All American Video Poker

It offers increased payouts for middle hands and straight flushes, providing more winning opportunities

All American Video Poker

The house edge remains low in this variant

All American Video Poker

The return percentage is generally quite high across this game

How To Play All American Video Poker At Ladbrokes Casino

 

The concept of all of our video poker variants are the same. Firstly, you have to place your bet and you are dealt your initial five card poker hand. You then choose what to do with that hand, whether you're keeping or replacing the cards, and your final hand is the one that you will compare to the paytable to see if you're a winner.

Here are the hands that you will find when you play All American Video Poker

 

All American Video Poker

 

In some variations of All American Video Poker, you can also have the option to Gamble. This is an exciting option that is only available from sme operators, and it provides you with a chance to double your winnings if you correctly guess the colour or suit of the playing card. This is a fun bonus game that you can play, and you can keep on increasing your money with every game that you get right.

If you're looking to play All American Video Poker, then you might want to check out our video poker strategy guide before you play, so you can boost your chances of winning.

All American Video Poker is a great option for those looking for something a little more challenging than Jacks Or Better, and provides an excellent bonus game opportunity too!

Aces Faces

Aces Faces

3.5 Aces & Faces

 

Aces and Faces video poker is played with 52 cards and is based on the same type of game play that we associate with Jacks or Better. As the name suggests, Aces and Faces offers payoffs that are tied to combinations of face cards and aces. This can start from a pair of Jacks and offers higher pay-outs for four of a kind combinations in Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks. It is important to note that there are no wild cards to be played in this game too.

One of the most interesting parts about Aces & Faces is the different winning combinations that you can enjoy. The game remains as simple as ever, which is why it is generally classified alongside Jacks or Better, but it focuses mainly on the Face Cards and, you guessed it, the Face Cards. This provides a series of extra winning opportunities if you're lucky enough to score a Royal Flush or any other big win combination.

 

Aces & Faces is a popular option because:
 

Aces Faces

It's low variance

Aces Faces

It is similar to Jacks Or Better, meaning it is simple and recognisable

Aces Faces

It is suitable for beginners and experienced players looking for something different

Aces Faces

It is unique and exciting

Aces Faces

You can play with any sized bankroll

The hand rankings below show the most valued hands in a game of Aces & Faces, from highest value to lowest.

hand rankings

 

In terms of strategy with Aces & Faces, the general rule of thumb is simply to keep the higher value cards and discard the lower values, and the standard video poker strategy we discuss in our video poker strategy charts chapter can help to provide you with all of the information that you need to know.

Aces & Faces is ideal if you're looking for an alternative to Jacks Or Better which is still a relatively simple game that can provide you with plenty of winnings.

 

How To Play Aces & Faces At Ladbrokes Casino

 

Playing this game is simple, and here's a brief overview on what you need to know in order to play our variation of Aces & Faces here at Ladbrokes Casino.

The objective of the game is simple - obtain a five card hand with a winning combination that matches up to the paytable.

 

Aces Faces
Step 1

Firstly, all you have to do is choose how much you would like to wager with the +/- buttons.

 

 

Aces Faces
Step 2

Then you can choose the number of coins that you would like to bet on that particular hand, with the Bet One and Bet Max options.

 

 

Aces Faces
Step 3

After that, all you have to do is click Deal and you will be dealt five individual cards. It's up to you what you do with these, but if you decide to keep them all by holding then the hand is over. If you would like to replace all of them or some of them in order to get a better valued hand, then you will be given randomised replacement cards, and then the round will be over.

 

Aces Faces
Step 4

The hand that you are left with is your final hand, and you can then check whether or not you have won by matching up your hand with the paytable. Then you can start all over again.

 

It's important to know that the lowest combination win that you can achieve in Aces & Faces is a pair of Jacks - a pair of a lower value will not be a win.

Still sound too simple? Keep heading through our guide to find the right video poker variant for you.

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