You have probably noticed that online casinos offer video poker in addition to traditional poker games. Players who are used to traditional forms of the game may find this somewhat confusing.
Let us clear up the confusion by answering a few questions about a game genre that is easy, exciting, and a whole lot of fun.
1. What is Video Poker?
Video poker is a simplified form of traditional 5-card poker. It retains the classic gameplay of building winning hands, but without all the complicated additional bets and strategies.
To simplify the game, developers borrowed aspects of online slot machines. Basically, five cards appear in a row similar to symbols on slot reels, and you then have to choose which cards to hold.
2. How Do I Play Video Poker?
Just like every other casino game, you are required to place an opening bet. You usually have a choice in the size of the bet you place, and once you have placed it, you need to click the Deal button.
When your 5 cards appear on the screen, they may or may not form a winning hand. If the hand doesn’t win automatically, you need to decide which cards you want to keep.
Select the cards you want to keep, and then select the Play button. The cards you don’t want will fall away, and new cards will take their place. The new hand formed will then be compared with the pay table to determine if you have won.
3. What Are Video Poker Hands?
The winnings hands in video poker are the same hands that win in traditional poker. Some games may not include some of the hands on their paytable, so be sure to check before you start playing.
Other games may offer special payouts or bonuses for certain hands that include specific additional cards.
Generally speaking, video poker’s lowest- to highest-paying hands include One Pair, Two Pairs, Three of a Kind, Straight, Flush, Full House, Four of a Kind, Straight Flush, and Royal Flush.
4. Can I Use Traditional Strategies?
Not really. Video poker’s format doesn’t really leave room to apply the strategies you would use when playing traditional table poker.
Video poker is a single-player game with far fewer rounds or stages than traditional poker, so strategies will be of little use to you.