The Game of Video poker

Amongst the popular card games, poker is a card games that involves betting and individual pay; the winner is determined by the ranks and combinations of cards. Initially poker was played as a card game in land based casinos but today poker games are played in both land based as well as online casinos.

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Video poker is one of the most popular online casino games. The first online video poker was probably developed by Microgaming in the year 1994. Video pokers can be played on the web browser or in downloaded form as web based online casino game or download based online casino game respectively.

In an online video poker, you can bet a minimum of 25 cents to a maximum of 5 dollars per round. Generally in order to play online video poker game, you must have at least 20 dollars in the machine before start playing in any of the denominations list.

How to Play an online Video Poker:

  • Click on the pay table to select your bet.
  • You can increase or decrease the total amount of bet on each bet line. For instance, if you select the 3rd bet line, then this would be similar to inserting 3 coins in a regular slot machine. You can then control the amount of bet you want to place giving the net value for each coin.
  • Click on “Hold” to keep the cards you want. The cards you keep must have the best chances of winning combinations.
  • Click on ‘Deal’
  • The machine will now show you if you have won or not. The results will be displayed on the pay table itself.
  • Some machines offer you to double up every amount you win. Here you would be taken to a secondary game screen and you need to select a higher card than the one facing up. For instance, if the computer displays a card, say, Jack then you will have to get cards higher than jack i.e. Queen, King or Ace.


How to Win a Game of Video Poker

  • A pair – You can win when you have a pair of Jacks or higher. Some games require Kings or higher to win the bet as a paired combination.
  • Two pairs – If you have two pair you will win. For instance, if you get two 5s and two Queens, you would win.
  • Three of a kind – If you get three cards of the same face then you will win three of a kind.
  • Four of a kind – Four of kind is when you have four cards of the same face.
  • Five of a kind – Five of a kind is possible only with a wild card i.e. when you have four cards of the same face and one wild card.
  • A straight – A straight is five sequenced cards which does not have the same suit.
  • Flush – This consists of five cards that are of same suit but not sequenced.
  • Straight flush – These consist of cards that are sequenced and are of the same suit.
  • Royal flush – When you have ten, jack, queen, king and ace of one suit then you have a royal flush.
  • Wild royal flush – Wild royal flush occurs when one of the cards of royal flush is replaced by a wild card.

The payout ranking is listed above is in order from the lowest to the highest.

Poker Types: Based on Popularity

There are six types of poker based on popularity, namely:

  • Texas Hold ‘Em – This is one of the most popular types of poker. Here players are dealt two “Pocket” or “Hole Cards” then he or she will have to wait for 5 community cards to be revealed. The betting takes place in four rounds:
  1. After the hole cards are dealt
  2. After the first three community cards are revealed
  3. After the fourth community card is revealed in turn.
  4. After the fifth community card is flipped.
  • Omaha – Similar to the Texas Hold ‘Em, there are four rounds of betting. The only differences are that the players are dealt four hole cards and the five community cards are immediately revealed.
  • 7-Card Stud – Here, each player is dealt 7 cards, three down and four up. Players must make best possible 5 card hand from their 7.
  • 5-Card Stud – Here, each player is dealt with 5 cards, but on the initial go round, the play may choose to trade in up to 3 of them.
  • High/ Low Chicago – This game can be played for the highest or the lowest hand. For high Chicago, the players with the highest spade-face down win half the pot; whereas for low Chicago, the players with the lowest spade face-down win half the pot.
  • Follow the Queen – This is a 7 card poker game where the wild card is designated to be the next exposed card after a queen is flipped. If no queens are flipped, there are no wild cards that round.