Video Poker Tips & Tricks

Video poker is a casino game that is growing dramatically in popularity year on year, with people looking for a poker variant that mixes technology with the classic card game. Video poker is one of the most thrilling and timeless poker game variants that you can choose from, and there are a number of tips and tricks that you can consider in order to ensure that you are getting the most out of your poker game. Here, we're outlaying how to play video poker so you can enjoy the game here at Ladbrokes Casino, and have also put together a few tips and tricks in order to ensure that you know how to play this exciting poker variant.

How To Play Video Poker

Video poker is based on five-card draw poker, and is computerised in a way that is similar to a slot machine. Video poker generally offers some of the best odds in the casino, and it is a good alternative for people looking to a game that is similar to a slot machine, but want something more strategic. Playing the game is simple, and our video poker guide can show you everything you need to know when it comes to how to play and the strategies you can implement. You are dealt five cards, and decide which ones to keep by tapping the images on the screen. Then you hit DRAW and get replacements for the cards that you didn't keep. The hands are valued like traditional poker hands, and these are displayed on a paytable/pay schedule at the top of the screen, with hands like two pair, straight, flush, royal  flush etc. You can play a number of different coins, which will times the winnings by the amount of coins that you played. 



Playing Maximum Coins

The easiest way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your money when playing video poker is by playing maximum coins. This will give you the full value when it comes to getting the royal flush, which will be around 800-1. When you play with fewer coins, the value of the royal flush becomes typically 250-1, so you can instantly see how much of a difference that'll make. However, the downside to playing this way is that you generally won't get the royal flush very often – unless you're very, very lucky. However, you NEVER know when one is coming next, so you can be sure that if you were to get the royal flush, you will be paid very well. 


Multi-Line Games

There are two main variants of video poker, which then branch off into the different game types like Jacks Or Better. Firstly, there are single hand video poker games, and then there's multi-line games. Single hand video poker games are very simple variants of video poker, as you can only play one hand per turn. In multi-line games however, you are able to play a number of hands per turn. While getting a higher payback isn't necessarily guaranteed with multi-line games, one of the major benefits of choosing this type of video poker is that you are saving time by betting on multiple hands with every game. If you know that you're going to be playing video poker for a long period of time, then multi-line games can really help to speed up the entire game, quite dramatically. In order to play this way however, you will need to be good at multi-tasking. 


Wildcards are an amazing phenomenon in video poker, and they can really help to turn your entire game around. The purpose of the wild card is simple – it can turn any bad hand into a good one. The idea behind them is that they can assume the identity of any card in the deck, allowing you to create the best possible poker hand that you can.


A major benefit to playing video poker is that they are more similar to slot machines than just the fact they can be played using a machine. One of the most exciting things about video poker is the fact you can win a huge jackpot, just by playing the game! Whether you choose a progressive jackpot video poker game, or just a standard video poker variant, you have a seriously high chance of winning the jackpot – much more so than on a slot machine. So, if you're looking for a way to upgrade from slot machines, then video poker is the perfect next step. 


Checking Pay Schedules

Understanding the pay schedules is the single most important part of playing video poker, particularly if you're looking to play and make a profit. The pay tables/pay schedules are located at the top of the screen, and it displays the financial return that you can actually expect when you're playing. This is why video poker is deemed to be a ‘beatable' game, as you can choose the video poker machine or variant that will provide you with the best value. Casinos can loosen or tighten a game by manipulating how many coins are set to be won amongst certain pay categories. Straights, three-of-a-kinds and more will also vary depending on the video poker game variant. Quite simply, you're going to want to find the games with the best returns in order to be able to play the game for longer and ultimately win more comps and more cash. 



How To Choose Which Video Poker Variant To Play

Video poker can never be deemed as a boring game, simply due to the huge number of variants that you can find with the game. Here at Ladbrokes Casino, we boast a number of different video poker variants, some suited for desktop play and some suited for mobile play. Firstly, for desktop, we feature Jacks Or Better, Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, 10s or Better, Aces and Faces and 2 Ways Royal. If you're looking to play on mobile however, then you can play Caribbean Stud Poker with the poker variant, Joker Poker and Mobile Poker. 

If you're looking to choose a video poker variant, then there are a number of things that you should consider. Firstly, if you're new to poker, then you're going to want to choose a video poker variant that is easy to understand and to play. While you may want to choose payouts over difficulty, you may find yourself losing more if you have not yet learnt the various strategies that go with the games. Make sure that when you choose a video poker variant, you do your research into the ways to play the different games first. 

If You Are A Beginner, Start With Jacks Or Better

Jacks Or Better is generally deemed to be the most popular video poker variant, and for good reason. If you're a beginner, this is the perfect starting place, as the basic video poker strategy for this variant is easy to understand and learn. You can learn the optimal strategy in order to help reduce the house edge and have a better chance of winning. For example, if you are dealt 4 cards to a royal flush, then you're going to want to keep all four cards and exchange the fifth. If you've been dealt 2 pairs, then you're going to want to keep them, unless you have three cards to a flush. Similar to blackjack games, Jacks Or Better strategy can provide you with a better chance of winning as long as you play the strategy in the optimum way. 

Similar to blackjack strategy, you can use a video poker strategy chart in order to help you with this particular variant. The best thing about Jacks Or Better is that it isn't just a great beginner variant, it is also ideal for the more experienced player looking for a relaxed, strategy fuelled video poker game to enjoy.