Learn How To Play Video Poker
Welcome to our introductory page on Video Poker. Here we teach you how
to play, and everything you need to know to sit down to a game. After
this page you should read on about strategy.
Combining elements from slot machines and the game of poker, video poker
is one of the few casino games where the house expectation can drop below
zero. In contrast to pure luck games like roulette or slots, video poker
requires and strategy, and of course, a little luck.
When you sit down to play Video Poker, you'll need to deposit some cash
into a slot, and hit the deal button to get started. The machine will
deal you five cards, and it's your job to decide which of these cards
you want to keep, and which you want to replace. You can replace all of
them if you want, or just one, it's up to you. You only get the opportunity
to replace cards once though, so what you're dealt the second time is
what you win or lose on.
What you win or lose is defined by how good a hand you end up with, and
what the machine you're playing pays for that hand. How good a hand is
can be learned from looking at the ranking of poker hands. If you have
played poker before, this is where it will come in handy (and just about
the only spot actually). To learn the hand rankings of poker hands, check
out this page.
Your goal as a player is to make the best decisions on each first-dealt
hand, as to which cards you should keep. There is some intuition involved
in this (hey, you're not going to break up three of a kind if you don't
have a really good reason to) but these decisions aren't always an easy
Fortunately we're not the first people to play Video Poker, not by a
long shot. Out of all those who came before us, there have been a few
that have learned to love the game enough to develop strategies for different
variations of the game. These are usually called video
poker strategy cards and you can check what they are and how they
work for a couple of the most popular video poker games around.
Video Poker Strategy
Video Poker is a game of skill, with a bit of luck thrown in for good
measure. A good Video Poker strategy is to follow a predefined strategy
card, approach the game with a good bankroll management system, and be
sure you're playing a full-pay machine. Pretty simple, so let's break
More Video Poker Strategies
The best Video Poker strategies in the world fall flat on their face if
you try to apply them to the wrong machine. Video Poker machines come
in a thousand different variations, and each variation should be played
with specific strategies for that machine. The nature of the machine is
revealed entirely by its pay-schedule. Much like a slot machine's pay
table, it lets you know in plain numbers what you will be paid for achieving
Full Pay Video Poker
Finding a full-pay video poker machine is your first and foremost task
when learning to be an advantage video poker player. A full-pay machine
is one which has a pay-schedule that has not been altered in a way that
lowers the overall payback percentage of the machine.