Rules for Playing
How to Play
Method of Play
The game of Video Poker consists of two phases. In the
first, first you place a bet, then in receive a five card
hand after you push the button that is marked ‘Deal/Draw’.
After looking at your hand and evaluating it, you must decide
which cards you want to keep (‘hold’) and in
most cases you click on them to indicate this. The remaining
cards are replaced after you push the ‘Deal/Draw’ button.
After the discarded cards have been replaced, you have your
final hand. A predetermined payout table is used to decide
your winnings which are based on the strength of your hand.
Video poker comes in several variations. Examples are Deuces Wild, Aces and
Faces, Jacks or Better, and others. Combined with each of these variations
is its on predetermined payout table. There may be slight differences between
these types in hand rankings. The method of playing the game is in most cases
similar for all variations. The strategy to be employed in playing video poker
may very depending on the game variation.
Terms and Hand Descriptions
A hand that contains a 10, J, Q, K, A – which are all of the same suit
This is when the five cards follow in proper order having adjacent values.
An example would be the cards 5-6-7-8-9, where there is no wrapping (like
in the case of K,A,2,3,4 which is not a straight). In addition, the cards
are all of the same suit. When determining your hand you may value an ace
as being either high or low. An example of an ace high straight flush would
be A-K-Q-J-10, all of the same suit. A low straight flush might be 5-4-3-2-1
(ace), also all of the same suit.
Four of a Kind
this is when you are holding four cards of the same value in addition to a
5 th. An example would be 6,J,J,J,J, or 10,A,A,A,A , or 3,9,9,9,9.
A Full House is a hand that contains three cards that have the same value such
as AAA, or 999, plus another 2 cards that are also of similar value, or a
pair. Examples would be 3,3,J,J,J, or Q,Q,8,8,8 or7,7,A,A,A. What you in
fact have is three of a kind combined with a pair.
When all the cards in your hand are of the same suit, you have a flush. An
example would be the 5,6,8,Q,K all of spades.
When you have five cards that are adjacent and in sequence you have a straight.
Here are two examples: 3,4,5,6,7 ; 9,10,J,Q,K. When determining a straight
the Ace may either be counted as high or low. A high Ace would be A,K,Q,J,10,
while a low and would be 5,4,3,2,1 (Ace). A wraparound cannot be considered
as forming a straight as in K,A,2,3,4.
Three of a Kind
Three of a Kind is when you are holding three cards of the same value (rank),
in addition to two other cards that are not paired. An example would be the
following hands, all of which rank as Three of a Kind: A,A,A,4,6 ; 3,3,3,Q,K
When your hand contains two separate pairs in addition to a fifth card, such
as in - Q,Q,3,3,K ; 4,4,8,8,A ; J,J,6,6,K.
When you are holding two cards of the same rank or value (a prior) plus three
other cards that are not similar in value to the other two, or to one another.
For example: A,A,4,8,9 ; 4,4,Q,K,9 ; 10,10,3,4,7
Video Poker Payoffs
The following is the payout schedule that is employed in the Video Game of
Jacks or Better:
- If the final hand is a royal flush, the payout is 1
to 250 (a dollar bet would bring in $250).
- A straight flush would pay 1 to 50.
- Four of a kind would pay 1 to 20.
- A full hose pays 1 to 7.
- A flush pays 1 to 5.
- A straight pays 1 to 4.
- Three of a kind pays 1 to 3.
- Two pairs pays 1 to 2.
- Jacks or Better pays 1 to 1.