Online Casino Poker is a simple game played on a machine. An important difference between it and regular poker is that you are not playing against other people like in a normal table game. So your goal is largely the same – to get the best hand – but smart play in video poker relies on knowing the odds and strategy. Many poker machines will offer returns greater than 95%.
If you look hard enough, you might even find some that return over 100% with perfect play. These machines can be lucrative indeed for a skilled video poker player.
ONLINE POKER HANDS
The basics are as follows: there are 5 cards in a hand. The Ace is highest, then K, Q, Jack, etc. etc. down to the deuce (2). Naturally you need to try and get the best possible poker hand. After you place a wager, you will be dealt a five-card hand. You have the option of keeping or discarding as many of these cards as you please. Usually to keep a card you press a ‘hold’ button to signify that you want to include it in your hand. You then hit a ‘deal’ or ‘draw’ button function to get new cards. If this final hand is a winner, you collect based on the type of hand, and how many credits wagered.
Online Poker Hands From Best To Worst:
Ace, K Q J and Ten, all of a like suit.
Getting five consecutive cards, all of the same suit (e.g. 6 7 8 9 10 of Hearts).
Four of a Kind
Four of the same card, such as four Aces.
A full house is having one pair and three of a kind.
A flush is having all cards of the same suit – Aces, Spades, Hearts or Diamonds – though they do not have to be in any particular order.
Five cards in consecutive order, though they may be of different suits.
Three of a Kind
Three of the same cards, like three 10’s.
Having more than one pair, i.e. 2 sets of two of the same card, like a pair of 6’s and a pair of Jacks.
Two cards in your hand are the same value. In different versions of poker this may constitute the minimum hand, such as Jacks or Better – requiring you to have at least 2 Jacks to have a winning hand.
(Nothing) – You lose !
If you lose, the original wager in credits is deducted from your current total.
COMMON ONLINE CASINO POKER GAMES
Three common versions of Video Pokers in online casinos are ‘Jacks or Better’, ‘Deuces Wild’ and ‘Jacks Wild’. Here’s a short summary on each:
Jacks or Better Video Poker
Jacks or Better is the most popular and widespread version of video poker around. The minimum qualifying hand for a win is to get a pair of Jacks, as the name implies. Now for a little secret: you really don’t win a thing if you get just Jacks! Your original wager is returned to you and that’s it… you have to do one better to come out ahead. Check this table out for more details:
|Hand||Payout (to 1 )|
|Royal Flush||250 – 800 or Progressive Jackpot* (see below)|
|Straight Flush||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Four of a Kind||25|
|Pair of Jacks or Better||1|
|Three of a Kind||3|
*Note that two types of machines exist: one will pay out a set number of coins for a Royal Flush, others will pay a Progressive Jackpot. Progressives are very popular, due to the much better wins possible, but don’t forget to play ‘max coins’!
Deuces Wild Video Poker treats deuces (2’s) as wild cards. This gives you the advantage of using your deuces to act as any card you like to complete a hand. The flipside is that a casino will offer stiffer payouts and typically require a three of a kind hand as a minimum. See the table below for details on a normal payout table for Deuces Wild Video Poker.
|Hand||Payout per coin|
|Royal Flush w/Deuces||varies|
|Royal Flush w/Deuces||25|
|Five of a Kind||15|
|Four of a Kind||5|
Take normal Five Card Draw poker and add a joker… you’ve got Jokers Wild! Your deck, then, is 53 cards, one extra than normal. This wild card increases your chances of getting a good hand, so like Deuces Wild the casino evens the score by raising the minimum hand requirement. Customary Las Vegas payouts are listed below:
|Hand||Payout per coin|
|Five of a Kind||100|
|Royal Flush w/Joker||50|
|Four of a Kind||20|
|Three of a Kind||2|