Video poker rules

Royal Flush is the best hand you can get in video pokerIn Video Poker Online, we will give you information, tips and advise on how to play some of the most popular video poker variants, such as Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, All American or Jacks or Better. We will go through all the specific rules pertaining to each version, but first we will need to explain some general rules that pertain to all versions.

Video poker is a very easy game to play and to get started with. Since there is no need to find fellow poker players in order to organise a game, you can play video poker whenever you like. All you need is an understanding of and an interest in poker and a machine that gives you the ability to play the game. Profits are distributed according to a pay table that is usually visible on the screen while you play. You therefore do not have to beat other players’ hands to win – you just need to form a qualifying winning poker hand. The lowest hand that it is possible to win with is usually a pair of jacks (Jacks or Better), which usually returns you your stake at a payout of evens, or 1:1.

How to play

The game begins when you put up your stake. For each round you can usually choose your coin size, and the number of coins you wish to play with (usually between one and five inclusive). You can alter this amount at any time between hands, but the more you bet the larger your wins will be, when you win.

Once you have hit the ‘deal’ button you will be dealt five cards, just like in draw poker. Now starts the part of the game where you may make changes to your hand in line with the video poker rules. You can choose which cards you wish to keep, and which to discard. You can keep all if you want, or discard all. The ones you discard are then replaced by new cards to arrive at your final hand. If the hand qualifies for a payout then you win money in accordance with the amount on the pay table.

Video poker variations

In addition to general video poker rules, there are a number of different versions of the game. Two of the most popular are Deuces Wild and Joker Poker. In Deuces Wild all deuces (twos) act as wild cards, and in Joker Poker a single joker is added to the pack. This increases your chances of obtaining a high paying hand, but the amounts on the pay table are reduced.

Some machines also offer a progressive jackpot in which a jackpot amount accumulates via a small percentage of each wager that is fed into the machine by different players. When a player scores a jackpot hand – typically a royal flush – they win the progressive jackpot, or part therefore. Unfortunately to qualify for a progressive jackpot when playing video poker you have to be playing at the maximum bet level. This means your bankroll will disappear sooner in the quest for a big win.

Games with progressive jackpots

There are different variations of video poker that come with a progressive jackpot. Examples of these games are from software companies such as Playtech, Microgaming and Cryptologic:

  • SupaJax
  • MegaJacks
  • 10-line Jacks or Better
  • Jackpot Deuces
  • Super Jackpot Video Poker