Video Poker Guide: From Beginner To Pro

 

While poker is one of the most popular card games in the world, a new craze of video poker is beginning to appear. Video poker is growing increasingly popular, due to the fact you can get some of the best odds in a casino, some of which are even better than standard table games like roulette and blackjack, and it's also simple and easy to play.

This video poker guide is going to be suitable for players who have never seen a video poker machine before, and will progress through to some of the most advanced video poker strategies that you can find.

Video poker is the only game in a casino that will actually display everything that you need to know when it comes to working out the house edge, which means you are able to quickly develop a reasonable strategy to help you with your game play. However, even some of the most experienced video poker players are unaware of this.

After reading our guide, you will feel confident that you can sit in front of a video poker machine in any casino, or online on one of our video poker variants, and know that you have the best opportunities to win. So, if you want to learn how to play video poker, then read on!

 

 

Video Poker Background

 

The background of video poker is a strange one, and here you learn so much more about this exciting casino game.

The History Of Video Poker

While many people believe that the first video poker machine came about in the late 1970s, there were other previous advancements before this that you will learn about that influenced the creation of this popular casino game. Some of the names that you should remember throughout the history of video poker include:

  • The Sittman and Pitt Company
  • Charles Fey
  • Dale Electronics
  • Si Redd
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The Benefits Of Playing Video Poker

Whether you're knowledgeable about video poker, or you're a beginner, you should be aware of the huge benefits that are included when it comes to playing video poker. So why should you play video poker? What will you get out of playing the game? In order to be a winner with this game, then it's worth taking the time to practice proper video poker strategy, and understand the different types of video poker variants that you can play. This is where you will really see the benefits of playing video poker.

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Different Classes Of Video Poker Games

One of the interesting facts about video poker is that all of the machines more or less look the same. No matter which country, casino or online casino you're looking to play on, you're going to realise that video poker machines will look the same from one to the next. But their similar exterior doesn't necessarily mean that they are the same on the inside!

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How Video Poker Machines Operate

Before you begin playing video poker, you're going to need to know how the machine operates. Whether you're a knowledgeable poker player or one that is relatively new to the game, you're going to need to know the ins and outs of the game. Understanding how video poker machines operate will help you to improve your game play.

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Video Poker Glossary

Every industry has its own lingo and semantics, and if you don't brush up on your knowledge, then you're never going to truly know what you're doing. Fortunately, our glossary has you covered, with all of the common video poker terms that you are likely to come across.

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How To Play Video Poker

 

Before you tackle any game, it's important to know how to play. While this might seem like a basic tip, you'll be surprised at how many people simply sit at a live video poker machine or log in, and try their luck without really knowing what they're doing. Our video poker guide will ensure that you know how to play video poker before you start wagering.

Basics Of The Screen

Basics Of The Screen

When you first look at a video poker machine, you might think that it is quite complex. However, video poker is a relatively simple game that is somewhat reminiscent of a traditional slot machine in style. The screen will tell you everything you need to know.

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The Paytable

The Paytable

A huge benefit of video poker is the fact that the screen will display the paytable, allowing you to work out which machine has the very best odds and allowing you to calculate the house edge. In this chapter, we're taking a look at exactly what the paytable displays, how it differs to other game paytables, and the benefits of being able to see this.

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House Edge

House Edge

Every casino game that you play will have a payback or return on it, and this will include some kind of house edge. House edge varies across all of the different games, and one of the best things about video poker is the fact that the house edge generally tends to be one of the lowest of any casino game. In this chapter, we're taking a look at how house edge applies, how it changes across casino games, and just how different video poker house edge is to slot machines and table games.

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Different Types Of Video Poker

 

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.

Jack Or Better

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, and is a great game to play. If you're new to video poker, then our guide on how to play Jacks Or Better can help!

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Joker Poker

Joker Poker

Joker Poker is a standard poker game but with an added bonus – the addition of a joker to the pack. This provides the player with even more chances to win, as the joker acts as a wild card meaning it can be substituted for any other card in the deck. The aim of the game is very much the same as in regular poker and you are still playing with a standard deck of 52 cards with the aim of securing the best possible 5 card hand. Looking to get lucky with a wild card? This chapter will teach you how to play Joker Poker.

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Deuces Wild

Deuces Wild

Deuces Wild is one of the most popular online variations of video poker. While the same 52 deck card is used, each of the four deuces can be used to represent a card chosen by the player who holds them. This variation will also allow you to gamble on your winning hand with the potential of doubling your winnings, which is why it's so appealing for those looking to up the stakes. The more risks that you take with video poker, the likelier it is you will be more handsomely rewarded. Deuces Wild is an exciting variation, and this is the perfect way to find out how to play.

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All American Video Poker

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 pay-out 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.

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Aces & Faces Video Poker

Aces & Faces Video Poker

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. Here, we're taking a closer look at this exciting variation.

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How To Know Which Video Poker Games To Play

 

How To Know Which Video Poker Games To Play

 

Variance might seem like a complicated subject which will result in long-winded explanations about the mathematics behind video poker, but this chapter isn't that. Variance is a major characteristic of video poker, and it can actually make a huge difference to the short term results that you receive from the individual game that you are playing, as it ultimately affects payouts. Knowing about variance can also help you to manage your bankroll in a much better way. So, we're going to take a look at the differences between low, medium and high variance, and how it can affect your game play.

Variance Across Our Games

Variance Across Our Games

Variance is one of the most important, yet forgotten about aspects of many casino games and in video poker, understanding variance is important. Find out more about variance within our video poker games here.

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How Variance Can Affect Your Bankroll

How Variance Can Affect Your Bankroll

Managing your bankroll is an important skill, and variance can have an interesting effect on the way that you manage your bankroll. With variance helping you to determine how much you wager and when, it is an extremely important aspect of the game.

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Progressive Video Poker Game Variance

Progressive Video Poker Game Variance

Have you ever played on a progressive video poker machine? Well, think about the amount of cash you have the chance of winning on a progressive slot machine, then reduce the house edge, and that's progressive video poker. Sounds tempting right? Here, we're taking a look at how variance affects these exciting machines.

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How To Make A Decision About Which Variance To Choose

How To Make A Decision About Which Variance To Choose

Understanding variance is the first step to choosing the game that's right for you, and here we're taking a closer look at how you can make the right decision when it comes to choosing the game with certain types of variance.

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Video Poker Strategy

 

Video Poker Strategy
 

So far in this guide, you've learnt how to play video poker, the different types of video poker and how to know which video poker games you should play. This is the part of the guide that begins to get into the nitty gritty of the game. Don't let that put you off. If you can learn good video poker strategy, then the chances are you're going to do a lot better when you play.

Why Use A Strategy

Why Use A Strategy

Here, you're going to learn what video poker strategy is all about, how it developed and why you should use it. The best way to know why you should use a strategy is to compare video poker to slot machines. With a slot machine, all you need to do is put your money in, and start playing. Simply, the entire game is based on luck, and your chances of winning are going to be quite small. With video poker however, the game isn't solely based on luck.

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Types Of Video Poker Strategy Charts

Types Of Video Poker Strategy Charts

You've probably seen blackjack strategy charts throughout our blackjack eBook and advanced guide to blackjack. They're relatively easy to read right? Unfortunately, the same can't be said for video poker strategy charts.

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The Basics Of Video Poker Strategy

The Basics Of Video Poker Strategy

There are a number of video poker strategies that you can use, some more complex than others. However, we're breaking down the mathematically derived video poker strategy into two parts: the basics and the more advanced, so suit all types of video poker players.

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Advanced Video Poker Strategy

Advanced Video Poker Strategy

Our advanced video poker strategy will help you to better manage your bankroll and increase your chances of winning when playing this exciting game. We'll even go into detail about how to play using video poker strategy!

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