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Understanding Video Poker and its variants




With similarities of Slots and a five card game play Like Texas Hold'em, Video Poker is an easy card game suitable for those seeking game with less skills and lots of fun. Introduced in 1970s, Video Poker has turned out to be a highly entertaining machine game played by both professionals and beginners.



Variants in Video Poker mostly differ according to the winning hand combinations, which can be found on the screen of every Video Poker machine.

Given below are few of the most popular Video Poker variants:

Jack or Better

Jacks or Better the most commonly played video poker variant and is named upon one of the winning hand which consists of a pair of Jacks or better hands like Kings, Queens, Aces or Tens. A Full pay Jacks or Better can also be called as 9/6 where 9 is the payoff for Full House and 6 is payoff for Flush. This Video Poker variant has a return (theoretically) of 99.5% if and when played with perfect strategies.

Different hand combinations involved in Jacks or Better are Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, and Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, Jacks or Better. 

Some of the common hand dealing strategies in Jacks or Better Draw Poker for holding cards when dealt with non-playing hands are - always hold any four dealt cards to Straight Flush, always hold any three dealt cards to a Royal Flush, always hold low pairs like tens or lower, always hold cards like K,Q and J of separate suites, always hold any four dealt cards to Flush, always hold a single High ranking card, always hold any two cards with High ranking with same or different suites, always hold a card of Ten, K, Q, or J with same suit, always hold any four consecutive cards and always hold any three dealt cards to Straight Flush.

Jokers Wild Video Poker

Jokers Wild video Poker is played with 53 card deck which consists of a wild Joker card. In this variant, at anytime any card can be taken as a Joker. Although this video poker variant has similarities to Pai Gai Poker, it does not hold any restrictions which are often found in the former.

In this variant, the payouts are always high on hands of kings or even better.

The winning hand combinations in Jokers Wild Video Poker which includes Joker are Royal Flush and Five of a Kind, while those with or without a Joker are Joker Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind and Two Pair / Pair of Kings or Aces.

Jokers Wild Video Poker has two kinds; one kind of game returns the bet when you get a two pair hand and the other returns the bet when the hand is a pair of Kings or Aces.

The card holding strategies in this variant varies according to the hand that has a joker and the one that doesn’t. When your hand has a joker, always hold a hand with three of a kind, and always hold four card Straight Flush and Flush, hold strategy consecutive four cards, always hold any three dealt cards to straight flush and so on.

Deuces Wild Video Poker

Deuces Wild Video Poker is always with a 52 standard card deck where all the 2s are considered as wild cards. With better payouts, this Video Poker variant is considered to offer a return (theoretically) of 100.8%.

The hand combinations played in this Video Poker variant includes Natural Royal Flush, Four Deuces, Wild Royal Flush, Five of a Kind, Straight Flush, Four Of A Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind.